"I’m not dying until I do" is the attitude that Valerie Harper has. After given 3 months to live following a terminal brain cancer diagnosis, Harper isn't counting down her days that's for sure. During her March 11 interview on The Today Show, Harper explained that
"More than hopeful, Savannah. I have an intention to live each ... moment fully. The thing I have is -- is very rare and it's serious and it's incurable ... so far. So I'm holding on to the 'so far,'" Harper told Savannah Guthrie. Harper was only given three months to live but there is a chance that she could live longer -- much longer -- so she's just taking things day by day.
"I’m not dying until I do"
Valerie Harper's brain cancer is a lot more complicated than some people may think. She doesn't just have one tumor that is growing at a rapid rate. Instead, Harper says that her cancer is "all around." She is undergoing chemotherapy and her doctors say that it is possible that she could live longer than 3 months, but they really don't know.
Looking at Harper, it's hard to believe that she's dying. She is such a vibrant light and she seems so awake -- just living in the here and now. In many ways, her positive attitude could help prolong her life. As long as her quality of life is something she can live with, she should keep on living.
"I’m not dying until I do" should be everyone's motto. Life is too short to live otherwise.
© Effie Orfanides 2013