Valerie Harper

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There has been a lot of talk in the news about Valerie Harper. After the announcements her brain cancer is close to remission, and she would be among the upcoming cast of “Dancing With the Stars”, a lot of people seem to be very puzzled. Or disappointed. Quite a few seem to think she has made up her illness, that she faked the whole thing in an attempt to get attention. To get back in the spotlight. I don’t know Valerie Harper personally, but I don’t think anyone would go that far to make the cover of People magazine.

I’ve read some rather startling comments across the internet. Some claim that Suzanne Somers and Aretha Franklin also falsely claimed to have cancer. Both were cured too quickly, too easily. There are those who feel they, along with Valerie, did this to get sympathy, and to get a career boost. What kind of people have we become? Now I have heard of people pretending to be ill for such sick reasons as to get money, or to keep their husband from leaving them, but it still boggles my mind to see so many people appearing to be upset that Val is not on her death bed. I guess they were looking forward to yet the loss of another celebrity being in the news. That is water-cooler talk for some, status updates for their Twitter and Facebook pages. Yes, there have been celebrities who have defeated cancer. Among others are Diahann Carroll, Olivia Newton-John, and Fran Drescher. Sadly, many were not so fortunate. Bill Bixby, Bonnie Franklin, Richard Dawson, and Farrah Fawcett come to mind.

I don’t know what the future holds for Valerie, but I wish her well. I’ve never watched “Dancing With the Stars” before, but now I have a good reason to.

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~ by kmnnz on September 9, 2013.

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