A ctor Hill Harper says he noticed something was wrong while filming Tyler Perry’s “For Colored Girls” last summer in Atlanta. The actor revealed, he woke up one morning unable to swallow, a visit with a doctor revealed a sobering diagnosis: thyroid cancer. Fans will be happy to know that Hill Harper is doing fine these days! “Today, if we believe the doctors, I am doing pretty well,” Hill said about his diagnosis. Early detection worked in his favor, as did extensive research and second and third opinions. He also retained a positive attitude. “There were times when I was down, being a celebrity doesn’t have an iota of value when you’re looking death in the eye, but a positive attitude goes a long way toward healing,” Hill said.
One of the most difficult aspects of the cancer diagnosis for Hill was that many men in his family had died from the disease, “My father, my uncle, my grandfather,” Hill said. “But I believe that we don’t have to relive the fate of our forebears. I didn’t want to repeat that. I feel like I’m gonna live long, healthy and happy. I just claim it that I’ve been cured.”
Now, Hill is using his struggle to help others in his new book, “The Wealth Cure: Putting Money In Its Place”. Curing one’s relationship with money and conquering a grave illness had some parallels, he decided. Hill realized that people could use the same five-step process to cure their financial ills that he was using to fight his cancer, beginning with diagnosis, treatment plan, compliance with that plan, maintenance, and the last step is to thrive.
Hill completed the book while going through his treatment, which included the removal of his thyroid gland. Hill jokes, “I don’t have any metabolism, so if I blow up like the girl in Willy Wonka, that’s why — but I am doing well and now monitoring my condition to assure that the cancer didn’t spread.”