02:24 PM EDT 10/09/2013

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Dancing With the Stars

UpdatePosted 10/08/2013 02:55PM

Eliminated Valerie Harper: 'I'm So Happy My Knees Aren't Broken' from DWTS

Originally posted 10/08/2013 01:55PM

Valerie Harper continues to stay positive.

The actress, 74, who was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer earlier this year, is keeping her chin up, following Monday's early-season elimination on Dancing with the Stars with partner Tristan MacManus.

"I didn't know what it was going to be, but I came to it open-armed because I see the show and I see the joy on the show," Harper told PEOPLE backstage shortly after her dismissal. "And these wonderful dancers, week after week [are] breaking their whatevers to get a number [to] look right. They are great and I've enjoyed them very much. And then there's my fellow people [who] I enjoyed meeting."

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