Valerie Harper is positively radiant these days. There's a sparkle in her eyes and a genuine warmth in her smile. Why not? She's defied the odds.
Early last year, Harper was told she had three months to live. Harper, a non-smoker who had a cancerous tumor removed from her lung in 2009, has a rare form of lung cancer that had spread to areas around her brain.
"I was supposed to be dead a year ago," said Harper, 74. "We are all terminal, let's face it. I did the shock and grief. My husband, Tony, took it terribly. He said, 'That's not true. I don't accept that.' "