Valerie Harper: 'I'm not dying until I do'

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It's kind of amazing when a person doesn't let something like terminal brain cancer get her down. And Valerie Harper has definitely gone this route following her announcement about the illness last week. On Tuesday (March 11), the actress appeared on talk shows to discuss how she was planning to live life while she still had it. As Harper put it, "I'm not dying until I do."

The 73-year-old actress, best known for her role as Rhoda Morgenstern on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and on "Rhoda," appeared on "Today" with nothing but positive messages about her cancer. Although Harper has a dim prognosis -- she can expect to live only 3 to 6 months with this disease -- she appeared positive and lively.

Related: Valerie Harper's husband initially hid her cancer diagnosis from her.

Harper had trouble saying the complicated name of her incurable and rare disease, but she had no trouble saying positive things about her life. "Incurable is a tough word. So is terminal," Harper explained to Savannah Guthrie. "I have an intention to live each moment fully. Like right now, all there is is Savannah and Val."

All of this indicates that Valerie Harper will continue to do well for awhile at least. And as the actress pointed out before the end of her interview, "I'm not dying until I do!"

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