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Valerie Harper says her cancer 'is incurable and terminal,' but 'not today'

April 16, 2014 at 12:59 PM ET

It's been over a year since Valerie Harper revealed her battle with terminal brain cancer, and it's been a year since the date doctors told her that her battle would likely end. But right now, the actress is too busy living to focus on dying.

"I was supposed to be gone before last Easter," Harper explained during a Wednesday visit to TODAY. "But when you say 'supposed to be,' the doctors just give their best guesstimate. What I have is incurable and terminal, but guess what? Not today."

"And tomorrow's looking good," TODAY's Kathie Lee Gifford cheered.

"I'm doing very well," Harper said. "The treatment that my doctors at Cedars-Sinai have me on is working, and I'm doing acupuncture and herbal tea."

She's also "bringing spirit, body and mind together" to channel her energies away from the disease, and she's set her sights on work.

Next up for Harper, who participated on "Dancing With the Stars" last season, is a two-episode guest spot on "Signed, Sealed, Delivered," a new show from "Touched By an Angel" producer Martha Williamson.

"I just called Val up and said, we're going to start this show and we want you in for the very first two episodes," Williamson said of the casting process. "I couldn't imagine anybody better."

Of course not. After all, Harper has a long history with hit sitcoms, including "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and her spin-off, "Rhoda."

Speaking of Moore, Harper said she keeps in touch with her old pal.

"I talked to Mary three or four weeks ago, just to say 'hi,' (and) that I'm doing well," Harper recalled. "She had offered to have a Mass said in her home for me way back when I announced that I had this incurable situation, and that was so dear."

As for that "situation," Harper isn't fretting.

"Whenever I go, that's when I'm supposed to go, like all of us," she told Gifford and Hoda Kotb. "But live the moment."

"Signed, Sealed, Delivered" premieres April 20 on The Hallmark Channel.

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