In 2013, Valerie Harper, best known for her role as Rhoda Morgenstern on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, received news that no one ever wants to hear. The four-time Emmy Award-winning actress was told that she had leptomeningeal carcinomatosis, a rare form of brain cancer, and her prognosis was not good.
Harper was given three to six months to live, but five years later, she is miraculously still alive.
Harper, 78, is still living with cancer, but she continues to beat the odds, even managing to take on a few television, film and stage roles. Since her diagnosis, she has appeared in a short film, My Mom and the Girl (2016), and starred on season 17 of Dancing with the Stars, 2 Broke Girls, and Childrens Hospital.
Her oncologist, Dr. Jeremy Rudnick, told People that "It's a miracle she's still here."
"I'm still here," Harper opened up to People in a recently. "I still have cancer, but I'm okay and most of my days are good."
The 70s icon also revealed her secrets to defying the odds in the candid interview.