Actress Valerie Harper has been given another big boost in her cancer battle - she will live to see Christmas.

The Rhoda star was given just three to six months to live when she was first diagnosed with the disease in January (13), but now doctors have told her she can start making holiday plans because she's winning her fight with a rare cancer of the brain lining.

She tells America's Closer magazine, "(My doctor) said, 'At the rate we are going, you don't have to worry... You will see Christmas!'

"I thought, 'Could I be so lucky to have that happen again?'"

The news came following a second positive brain scan just days after she was eliminated as a contestant on U.S. Tv show Dancing With the Stars, and she adds, "I do believe in miracles."

And the ups and downs of the past 10 months have taught the 74 year old to face every day with a smile and a lot of positive energy.

She tells the publication, "We are all terminal and it's great to face that - and then discard it. Don't live in fear of dying."