‘Beverly Hills 90210’ star Shannen Doherty has revealed that she’s battling Stage 4 breast cancer and has been since last year.
The 48-year-old actress who also starred in ‘Charmed’ was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015 and successfully battled the terrible disease.
Now Shannen has revealed she is in the battle of her life. Her cancer has returned and it’s even more aggressive. She also reveled that the cancer came back last year but she kept it private until now.
‘I just remember holding onto clumps on my hair’
When she was first diagnosed with the disease she kept her fans updated on her treatment through social media including her chemotherapy and shaving her head.
“After my second treatment, my hair was really matted, like in dreadlocks. And I went to try and brush it out, and it just fell out,” she said. “I just remember holding onto huge clumps of my hair in my hands and just running to my mom crying, like, ‘My hair, my hair, my hair, my hair.’”
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Ct scan to do mapping for radiation plan. This scared me so much. Not sure why. Was supposed to get it with contrast but the minute they started looking at which vein to use I started crying. Full panic attack. Sometimes, you just get sick of being poked. And that's ok. I cried. I felt sorry for myself for a minute. Then stopped and reminded myself of how lucky I am. Thank God my new radiation oncologist decided to try without contrast so I would calm down. So…. one panic attack down and mapping done!! Now to actually start radiation… #cancerslayer #warrior #fightlikeagirl #blessed
In a recent interview with ABC News which aired on Good Morning America she revealed her health news describing it as a “bitter pill to swallow in a lot of ways.”
She said: “I definitely have days where I say why me. And then I go, well, why not me? Who else? Who else besides me deserves this? None of us do.
‘How am I going to tell my mom’
“But I would say that my first reaction is always concern about how — how am I going to tell my mom, my husband.”
At first Shannen decided to keep the diagnosis to herself so she could continue to work and went on to star in the “90210” reboot, just four months after her friend and former co-star, Luke Perry died.
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Yesterday morning I got a phone call that devastated me. I’m struggling with this loss and am having a hard time with my thoughts. But, my heart goes out to his family and friends who were blessed by his light in their (and mine) lives. Processing this is impossible right now.
The 48-year-old actress said she decided to reveal her diagnosis now because it’s about to come out as part of a lawsuit over unpaid damages following last year’s devastating Woolsey fire, in California.
‘I don’t want it to be twisted’
“I’d rather people hear it from me. I don’t want it to be twisted, I don’t want it to be a court document. I want it to be real and authentic. I want to control the narrative. I want people to know from me,” she said.
Despite her diagnosis she isn’t slowing down and wants to highlight her battle to help others going through similar experiences.
“I think the thing I want to do the most right now is I want to make an impact,” she said. “I want to be remembered for something bigger than just me.”
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