Remember the ’70s sitcom What’s Happening, and Raj’s bratty little sister, Dee?
Dee, played by Danielle Spencer, has been out of the spotlight for some time. She became a veterinarian and recently discussed in an interview “what’s happening” in her life today.
She shocked everyone by revealing her recent breast-cancer diagnosis. She said: “Surgery is definitely one of the option. I’m trying to get as many opinions as possible, but it does look [like] that is what I’m going to do. Hopefully after that, there won’t be any chemotherapy or radiation. With everything that I’ve been through with the spinal cord injury, I know God is not going to give me another affliction. So I was completely shocked when the doctors told me.”
In 1977, during her time on What’s Happening, Spencer was involved in a car accident, which injured her spinal cord and eventually leaving her near paralysis.)
However, Spencer received some great news in the midst of her sad circumstances. Recently she became the only child star to be inducted into the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. The museum opens in 2015.
“I still can’t believe it,” she said. “That’s something people can look at for years to come, long after I’m gone.”