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Valerie Harper gives update after health scare

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Valerie Harper is setting the record straight about her health after being hospitalized last week.

Harper had expressed that she was “not feeling well” Wednesday prior to a performance of the musical Nice Work If You Can Get It at the Ogunquit Playhouse in Ogunquit, Maine, and was taken to a hospital as a “precaution,” according to a release from the theater.

Now the former Mary Tyler Moore Show star, who was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in 2013, is speaking further, and shooting down speculation that she had been in a coma.

“I am happy to report I am not, nor have I been, in a coma,” she said Friday in a post shared on Facebook. “As anyone who has taken strong medication knows, it doesn’t always agree with you, even with me as this experience proves. I am confronting these hurdles with my usual enthusiasm and love of life.”

She added, “P.S.. But I must confess that the highlight of this ordeal came when I was escorted by two handsome young men and a pilot, in a medivac helicopter, as the full moon lit the sky. Talk about movie magic!!!”

The Ogunquit Playhouse also issued another statement Friday following the rumors about Harper’s condition.

“There have been conflicting reports in the media regarding Valerie Harper’s condition after being admitted to the hospital Wednesday evening prior to going on stage at the Ogunquit Playhouse,” the theater said. “Executive Artistic Director Bradford Kenney has been in direct communication with Valerie’s family from the beginning and can report that Valerie is not, and has never been, in a coma. She is currently enjoying her family’s company while resting at an undisclosed location. Valerie has been loving her time in Ogunquit and is looking forward to getting back on stage at the Ogunquit Playhouse.”

You can see Harper’s full message below. 

My dear friends and fans!

As always, thank you for your amazing support. I am happy to report I am not, nor have I been, in a coma.

As anyone who has taken strong medication knows, it doesn’t always agree with you, even with me as this experience proves.

I am confronting these hurdles with my usual enthusiasm and love of life.

Much love, Valerie

p.s.

But I must confess that the highlight of this ordeal came when I was escorted by two handsome young men and a pilot, in a medivac helicopter, as the full moon lit the sky. Talk about movie magic!!!

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