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Valerie Harper adds final chapter to her memoirs

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Sep 19, 2013 | 2:07pm EDT

Terminal cancer patient Valerie Harper has added a new chapter to her memoirs about her battle with leptomeningeal carcinomatosis. The 74-year-old TV star was cancer free after a battle with lung cancer when the first edition of her autobiography, I, Rhoda, came out in 2010, but she learned that the disease had returned to her life in January (13) - and she only had months to live. Harper has since defeated the odds and the brain cancer is receding; she has even signed up as a contestant on Dancing With the Stars in America. But before she hit the TV dancefloor earlier this week (beg16Sep13), she had to add a chapter to her book. She explains, "The paperback was coming out and (publishers) Simon & Schuster... called and said, 'Let's have an afterword or another chapter about this,' because, at the end of the book, I'm cancer-free, which is not true. It was true when I finished the book. "The book ends in 2010 and I had conquered lung cancer and then this thing came up and at the same time the book was coming out, so we thought we'd wait and when the paperback came out I put that additional chapter (in it)."

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