08/28/2013 at 01:45 PM EDT
In March, Valerie Harper said she was in the process of saying her lifetime goodbyes
– but it sounds like her health is good enough for a least one more great achievement.
The Emmy-winning star of The Mary Tyler Moore Show
and its spinoff Rhoda
, 74, who is suffering from terminal brain cancer, will compete on season 17 of Dancing with the Stars
, according to TMZ
The actress is apparently paired up with Irish hunk, Tristan MacManus, 31.
Reflecting on her accomplished life, Harper said at the time of PEOPLE's exclusive interview, when she revealed her condition: "Cancer makes real what we try to obscure from ourselves. We spend our lifetimes thinking, 'I'm never going to die.' But cancer says, 'Hey, not so fast.' "