"I still have it, but it's not making progress – I am," she told Access Hollywood

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Valerie Harper is a fighter.

“I’m doing better, very well!” Harper, 76, told Access Hollywood at the ELLE Hosts Women in Comedy Event in Los Angeles on Tuesday, which she attended with her close friend and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt star Carol Kane.

Harper, best known for her work on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Harper beat lung cancer in 2009 but revealed in 2013 she is battling terminal brain cancer.

“My dear friend came running over when I first told her [about my diagnosis],” Harper said, motioning to Kane, 63. “That was, what, four years ago? And I had three months to live!”

According to Harper, Kane has been a major source of support.

“[I worked with] my doctors and everything we did, and I listened to her, and she talked about having a good mental attitude,” she continued. “My friend Carol has helped me a lot with this!”

As for where her diagnosis stands now?

“Well, I still have it, but it’s not making progress – I am,” she said proudly.

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Last August, Harper was briefly hospitalized after collapsing backstage during a performance of the musical Nice Work If You Can Get It. She was later replaced by actress Brenda Vaccaro and took to Facebook to address reports that she was in a coma.

“I am happy to report that I am not, nor have I been, in a coma,” she wrote. “As anyone who has taken strong medication knows, it doesn’t always agree with you, even with me as this experience proves. I am confronting these hurdles with my usual enthusiasm and love of life.”