While it didn't look good for her a few days ago, and she's far from out of the woods, Farrah Fawcett is now expected to leave the hospital within days.
Friend Alana Stewart is in awe of how the Charlie's Angels star has dealt with her ordeal, saying "I've never seen anyone fight for their life like this."
Despite widespread reports to the contrary, Fawcett, 62, was hospitalized for internal bleeding not directly related to her longtime fight with anal cancer.
"Farrah is not in a coma and she's never been unconscious," Stewart says.
"It's unconscionable for these things to be put out. It's so tremendously hurtful to Farrah. It's put her in a panic. But Farrah's spirit is incredible."
Her personal physician, Dr. Lawrence Piro, has also been impressed with Fawcett, calling her "an amazing patient" since she was first diagnosed in 2006.
"All people who face cancer are brave," he says, "but Farrah has been especially brave because she has had to battle two burdens at the same time. One is the burden of cancer. The other is going through the cancer in a very public way."
Farrah Fawcett has been receiving visitors from a close circle of friends such as Stewart. Another presence is her long-time companion Ryan O'Neal.
"Ryan has continued to be by her side and has helped her so much through this experience," says the physician Piro of the longtime couple.
Son Redmond O'Neal, however, is in jail. Tough break there.