'Facts of Life' star Charlotte Rae diagnosed with bone cancer


"Facts of Life" star Charlotte Rae was diagnosed with bone cancer this week at the age of 91.

The actress, who played beloved character Edna Garrett on the hit sitcom and its predecessor "Diff'rent Strokes," said she is "not in any pain right now. I'm feeling so terrific and so glad to be above ground."

Rae told People that she got the bad news from her doctors on Monday, and the diagnosis comes after a prior battle with cancer.

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"About seven years ago, I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer — which is a miracle that they found it because usually it's too late," Rae said. "My mother, sister and my uncle died of pancreatic cancer. After six months of chemotherapy, I was cancer-free. I lost my hair, but I had beautiful wigs. Nobody even knew."

Rather than taking bone cancer as an instant death sentence, "Now I have to figure out whether I want to go have treatment again to opt for life. I love life. I've had a wonderful one already. I have this decision to make," she said.

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Rae was scheduled to start her latest round of cancer treatment on Thursday, but opted to postpone it.

"I wanted to think about it first," she told People. "I think I'm gong to go for it. The side effects were not too bad when I did it originally. I've had a great life, but I have so many wonderful things happening. I'd like to chose life. I'm grateful for the life I've already had."

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The Emmy winner returned to film in "Ricki and the Flash," with Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, and Rick Springfield. In November 2015, Rae released her new autobiography, "The Facts of My Life," which was co-written with her son, Larry Strauss.

Revaltions in the memoir included her battle with alcoholism followed by 44 years of sobriety, discovering her husband, John Strauss, was bisexual, and the death of her eldest son, Andrew, who suffered from autism and dementia.

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