It was her husband Tony who convinced her to say yes, reports CNN's Nischelle Turner.
"I said, 'Oh no, I can't do it.' He said, 'No, Valerie.' I said 'Give me one good reason.' He said, 'You have cancer! Get up there, and show people that you can dance and do. And the doctors say it's fine to exercise," Harper shares.
Though her doctors thought she might not live through the summer she's defied them and the subtle expectation that a person with a terminal disease will slip into despair.
Harper says she lives life to the fullest because she is not afraid of death now.
"This death sentence made me look it in the eye, and then once you do it there's a great freedom. It's almost like fanable! Go to Naples!"