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Valerie Harper talks 'Dancing With the Stars': 'As long as you're alive, you can do something'

The cast of the 17th season of Dancing With the Stars was just announced this morning, but former Mary Tyler Moore star Valerie Harper may already be the sentimental favorite. Even better news? The actress recently found out that her terminal brain cancer may be close to remission. She and her doctor talked to AARP The Magazine and her doctor explained, “I would say that Valerie is near a complete response to the treatment we’re giving her.”

Harper also discussed her desire to continue living her life to the fullest, and how for her, that included excitement about competing on Dancing With the Stars. “As long as you’re alive, you can do something.” She continued, “I wouldn’t give people advice, except to share with them what I’m doing. Which is: You’re alive, stay alive. Don’t start putting a foot in the grave or planning a funeral. You can plan it, but don’t start planning it as if it’s that day.” READ FULL STORY

Valerie Harper talks cancer on 'Today' and 'The Doctors': 'I'm not dying until I do' -- VIDEO

Valerie Harper is facing her terminal cancer diagnosis with the class and optimism she’s exuded since her early days on The Mary Tyler Moore show.

The woman behind Rhoda Morgenstern revealed last week that she’s suffering from leptomeningeal carcinomatosis, a rare form of cancer that strikes the membranes surrounding the brain. But judging from her appearances on two talk-shows today, you’d never guess that Harper is even sick — though her voice was sounding a bit raspy, due to a case of laryngitis unrelated to her illness.

The four-time Emmy winner appeared first on Today to discuss her disease and her prognosis. As a healthy-looking Harper explained to Savannah Guthrie, the cancer she’s facing is incurable. Even so, it’s also not an immediate death sentence. “It could be a week, it could be three months, it could be several years” before she succumbs to the disease, Harper explained, adding that she’s determined to make the most of whatever time she has left: “I have an intention to live each moment fully.” The bottom line? “I’m not dying until I do.”

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