Valerie Harper's husband Tony Cacciotti informs the fans about the health of the longtime actress.
In a Facebook post Tuesday morning, 78-year-old Cacciotti revealed how the doctors had advised his 32-year-old wife Cacciotti said he was unwilling to listen to them because he so much revered 79-year-old Harper, and vowed to keep his wife in some cases as pleasant as possible from the last moments of her life.
While the couple's girlfriend, Deanna, launched a GoFundMe campaign for Harper last week, the site that had raised over $ 66,100 from Harper's friends, his family, and his beloved fans has now started shutting down members of entertainment The industry stepped in to help Harper with his medical expenses.
"She did so much for so many people, and when they heard what was happening, everyone came forward," Cacciotti tells PEOPLE about the support he and Harper have received. "Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined that. It is really amazing. "
" I just did not want to take her to a hospice and now we can leave her at home, "adds Cacciotti." It hangs in there. We have good days and we have tough days. "
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The disease, which was diagnosed with star only four years after defeating lung cancer in 2009, occurs when cancer cells spread in the fluid-filled membrane surrounding the brain, known as meninges.
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Because of the incredible rarity of their story, Cacciotti said he refuses to give up his wife.
"We will continue as long as the above powers allow, and I will do my best to make Val as comfortable as possible," wrote Cacciotti in the Facebook post. "There are two special ANGELs on this planet who disguise themselves as humans living and working together, and who have made it possible to care for all the needs of Val."
"For those of you who live in I understand that it is difficult to let go, he continued. "As long as I'm able and able, I'll be where I belong right next to her."
"Many, many thanks for your kindness and support," Cacciotti finished the signature with "Tony." 19659017] Deanna, the couple's girlfriend, also left a message at the end of the post: "We are so thankful for your love and support. From time to time I will post updates on Valerie's Facebook page as we know you will remember them. "
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After being diagnosed with leptomeningeal carcinomatosis, the actress defied expectations and lived beyond doctors' expectations, but continued to undergo chemotherapy.
In 2015, Harper told PEOPLE that she agrees with her diagnosis.
I'm ready, I'm ready to go, "Harper admitted. "Maybe that's the secret, that's me – I do not want to, God, I want to live to be 102, but I'm not counting on anything, really, because we should not, we do not know what's around the corner I think you just take every day and get the best out of it and do what you can and have fun. "
Harper also revealed to PEOPLE 2017 that the secret of their survival was their devoted husband.
He's such a nudge, "said four-time Emmy winner from Cacciotti, her former personal trainer." He does everything for me, drives me everywhere, makes me eat healthy, walk and lift weights. Really, he is the best shove in the world. "