Valerie Harper: Alive, Savoring Every Moment

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Valerie Harper may have incurable brain cancer, but she says she's feeling great.

"I'm alive. I'm feeling good. I'm trying to live every moment as much as I can."

Harper tells USA Today "the phone has not stopped" since her announcement.

"Or the texts, or the e-mails. It's incredible."

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But she worries people "have a picture of me in a bed or a wheelchair or in trouble. Three months may be accurate, but it is not the whole truth."

"I could have a seizure within a week," or, she says, she could live much longer.

"I can't say it's terminal. I'm saying it's incurable so far, but we're all terminal. No one is getting out of this alive. The key is, don't go to the funeral until the day of."

The star of the classic sitcoms Rhoda and The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Valerie Harper says that even during chemotherapy, she is feeling good these days.

"I feel better now than I did when I first started feeling symptoms," she said, noting that she hopes the chemo will slow the spread of the disease.

"My husband says if we can slow it down, more stuff may come up," possibly new cures or treatments. "They are working fast and furiously for all of us."

"They're not doing this for Valerie Harper. They are doing this for cancer patients."

"It could a be a week, it could be three months or perhaps six months or a year. I'm already at eight months from first symptoms. I'm trying to get ready to say goodbye."

"Miracles occur," she says, "or people die the next day."

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