'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.

"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.

See photos of Charlotte Rae through the years:

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THE FACTS OF LIFE -- Pictured: (clockwise from top left) Nancy McKeon as Joanna 'Jo' Marie Polniaczek Bonner, Lisa Whelchel as Blair Warner, Mindy Cohn as Natalie Letisha Sage Green, Kim Fields as Dorothy 'Tootie' Ramsey (center) Charlotte Rae as Mrs. Edna Ann Garrett (Photo by Herb Ball/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE FACTS OF LIFE -- Season 1 -- Pictured: Charlotte Rae as Edna Garrett (Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE FACTS OF LIFE -- Pictured: (back row l-r) Kim Fields as Dorothy 'Tootie' Ramsey, Lisa Whelchel as Blair Warner, (front row l-r) Nancy McKeon as Joanna 'Jo' Marie Polniaczek Bonner, Charlotte Rae as Mrs. Edna Ann Garrett, Mindy Cohn as Natalie Letisha Sage Green -- Photo by: Ron Tom/NBCU Photo Bank
DIFF'RENT STROKES -- 'Movin' In' Episode 1 -- Pictured: (l-r) Conrad Bain as Philip Drummond, Charlotte Rae as Edna Garrett -- Photo by: Herb Ball/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank
THE FACTS OF LIFE -- 'Overachieving' Episode 5 -- Aired 3/12/80 -- Pictured: (l-r) Kim Fields as Dorothy 'Tootie' Ramsey, Charlotte Rae as Mrs. Edna Ann Garrett, Molly Ringwald as Molly Parker -- Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBCU Photo Bank
THE FACTS OF LIFE -- Season 2 -- Pictured: (l-r) Charlotte Rae as Mrs. Edna Ann Garrett, Kim Fields as Dorothy 'Tootie' Ramsey (Photo by Herb Ball/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE FACTS OF LIFE -- Pictured: (l-r) Mindy Cohn as Natalie Letisha Sage Green, Kim Fields as Dorothy 'Tootie' Ramsey, Charlotte Rae as Mrs. Edna Ann Garrett, Lisa Whelchel as Blair Warner, Nancy McKeon as Joanna 'Jo' Marie Polniaczek Bonner (Photo by Ron Tom/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
BURBANK, CA - JANUARY 11: Actress Brooke Shields, entertainer Bob Hope, actor Erik Estrada, actor Gary Coleman and actress Charlotte Rae attend the NBC Television Special 'Bob Hope's 30th Anniversary Special' on January 11, 1981 at NBC Television Studios in Burbank, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
LOVE BOAT - 'Pride of Pacific/viking's son/seperate Vacations/Experiement/Getting to Know You' which aired on March 6, 1982. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) CHARLOTTE RAE;NELSON REILLY
THE FACTS OF LIFE -- 150th Show Party -- Pictured: (l-r) Charlotte Rae as Edna Garrett, Lisa Whelchel as Blair Warner, Nancy McKeon as Joanne 'Jo' Polniaczek, Kim Fields as Dorothy 'Tootie' Ramsey, Mindy Cohn as Natalie Green, Mackenzie Astin as Andy Moffet, George Clooney as George Burnett (Photo by Ron Tom/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE FACTS OF LIFE -- 'Spago Party' -- Pictured: Charlotte Rae -- (Photo by: Gary Null/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
381951 01: It was 'Facts of Life' time again when actresses Lisa Welchel, left, Charlotte Rae and Nancy McKeon reunited during the Third Annual Friends of CLARE Foundation Tribute Dinner to honor Charlotte Rae. The CLARE Foundation has been helping individuals, their families and loved ones gain sobriety and build healthy and productive lives in Los Angeles for thirty years. The event was held November 16, 2000 at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica, CA. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Newsmakers)
Actress Charlotte Rae and Actress Ruth Buzzi attend the 1993 American Television Awards on May 23, 1993 at The Barker Hangar, The Santa Monica Air Center in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Set�up scenes of the play 70, Girls with Charlotte Rae(red, center) with the cast in a scene. (Photo by Lawrence K. Ho/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
Sally Struthers (Samantha), Charlotte Rae (Charlotte), Bea Arthur (Carrie) and Katherine Helmond (Miranda), parody Sex and the City for the TV Land Awards, which will air on TV Land on Wednesday, March 17 at 9 p.m. ET/PT *Exclusive* ***Exclusive*** (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
BURBANK, CA - JULY 20: Charlotte Rae and Connie Hines attends the Hollywood Collectors & Celebrities Show at the Burbank Airport Marriott Hotel & Convention Center on July 20, 2007 in Burbank, California. (Photo by John M. Heller/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA. - MAY 28: Charlotte Rae arrives at Sony Pictures Premiere of 'You Don't Mess With the Zohan' on May 28, 2008 at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JUNE 12: (L-R) Actors Anne Jeffreys, Charlotte Rae, Ann Rutherford and Sue Collins pose at A Centennial Tribute to Jimmy Stewart at The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on June 12, 2008, in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ryan Miller/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 13: Actress Charlotte Rae and Lawrence Preston arrive at the 14th Annual Actors Fund Tony Awards Party on June 13, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tullberg/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 21: (L-R) Actresses Jane A. Johnston, Carol Channing and Charlotte Rae attend Channing's 90th birthday celebration at the Pantages Theatre on February 21, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 27: Actress Charlotte Rae attends the 25th annual Professional Dances Society Gypsy Awards at The Beverly Hilton on March 27, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 10: Geri Jewell, Cloris Leachman, Nancy McKeon, Charlotte Rae and Lisa Whelchel attends the 9th Annual TV Land Awards at the Javits Center on April 10, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
The cast of 'The Facts Of Life' (L-R) Cloris Leachman, Mindy Cohn, Kim Fields, Charlotte Rae, Geri Jewell, Lisa Whelchel and Nancy McKeon accept the Pop Culture Award onstage at the 9th Annual TV Land Awards at the Javits Center on April 10, 2011 in New York City.
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 05: Charlotte Rae and Lawrence Pressman attend the opening night of 'Assisted Living' at The Odyssey Theatre on April 5, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Araya Diaz/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 15: Actress Charlotte Rae attends the 2014 PaleyFest Fall TV preview of 'The Facts Of Life' 35th anniversary reunion at The Paley Center for Media on September 15, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 03: Actress Charlotte Rae and Jerry Stiller attend the Charlotte Rae book signing of 'The Facts of My Life' at Sardi's on November 3, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Bobby Bank/WireImage)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - FEBRUARY 12: Actress Charlotte Rae attends Hallmark's Home and Family 'Facts Of Life Reunion' at Universal Studios Backlot on February 12, 2016 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JUNE 12: Charlotte Rae and Alan Mandell arrivesa at The Actors Fund's 20th Annual Tony Awards Viewing Party at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on June 12, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Marc Flores/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - MARCH 20: (L-R) Actress Charlotte Rae and actress Kitty Swink attend the Premiere Of 'Casa Valentina'at Pasadena Playhouse on March 20, 2016 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Earl Gibson III/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - APRIL 23: Actress Charlotte Rae attends the 30th Annual Gypsy Awards Luncheon at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on April 23, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/FilmMagic)
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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."

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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