“It is not progressing. It is going the other way. It is looking better and better each test. It’s incurable, but that’s OK… I’m doing quite well. The pills are a pain in the a**, but that’s OK. I’m alive, so I can deal with the icky day or two… I was supposed to be dead in three months, and here it is a year and six months later.” Veteran actress Valerie Harper is staying positive as she continues to battle cancer. The Mary Tyler Moore Show star announced in early 2013 that she had been diagnosed with rare brain condition leptomeningeal carcinomatosis and had only three to six months to live.