We think of YouTube as a place to watch people fall off of treadmills, to enjoy animals doing cute and adorable things, and to laugh at babies sharing a giggle or a gasp. The antics that used to reach only a few now reach
Anyone who was a young woman in the 70’s feels a special connection to Valerie Harper, who, as Rhoda, tackled life as a single working woman living in the city on her own. Each week we were inspired to see Mary and Rhoda take on the world on their terms and it was special. So very special. The world was just beginning to open up to women, and these two were experiencing it. And it was entertaining. And funny. And inspiring.
And now Valerie Harper has received the devastating diagnosis of an incurable brain cancer. Her prognosis is grim, only 3 months.
Valerie Harper has chosen to use the tool of YouTube to talk directly to her many fans about her disease. To comfort others. And to point out how health care should be available to all.
I join in the chorus of 70’s women who are saddened by this news and wish her well as she journeys through these next few months.