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Valerie Harper chats about her health with Howard Stern

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 17: Actress Valerie Harper visits 'FOX & Friends' at FOX Studios on April 17, 2014 in New York City.
Photo by Monica Schipper

Valerie Harper announced in Closer magazine that she is completely cancer free. However, she technically had to change the news when she spoke with Howard Stern to say that she is cautiously optimistic. Valerie apparently spoke the way she wanted or considers her health to be, but in an interview with Howard, she gives the real story of how she's doing.

Although Valerie admits that she feels no symptoms, she has to take a “pulse dose” of 10 pills once a week. She said that when she takes the pills, it leaves her feeling out of it for the day. However, the next day, she hits the ground running.

"In a nutshell, each eight weeks I have a brain scan — a non-invasive MRI — and consistently, in a straight line, it's gotten better and better. Less cancer."

Valerie has astounded doctors when they told her she had only three months to live. She received the diagnosis in January 2013. She has delighted and encouraged others in their belief that a diagnosis of cancer is not always the end. In the fall of 2013, she competed on “Dancing With the Stars” with dance partner, Tristan MacManus.

Valerie continues to have hope for the future. In 2009, she was diagnosed with lung cancer, but it seems that nothing is going to keep her down. She continues living her life and enjoying each day.

Valerie starred on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” as Rhoda Morgenstern. She was a hit on that show, that in 1974, CBS offered her a spin-off show, called “Rhoda.” From there she starred in a number of shows and movies. Her newest venture is as a special guest star on the Hallmark Channel, “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” where she plays Theresa Capodiamante.

Watch "Signed, Sealed, Delivered" Sundays at 7 p.m. central on the Hallmark Channel.