A warrior, an inspiration and a role model: there’s no doubt Shannen Doherty is all of those things
The actress, 45, was diagnosed with breast cancer in February 2015 and made the brave decision to share her journey with the world, documenting the rare highs and heart-wrenching lows of her treatment on social media.
But last week the Beverly Hills 90120 star confessed that, although she’s doing her best to stay strong, there are days when she can’t help but think the worst.
Alongside a powerful snap of her during a chemotherapy session, Shannen wrote: ‘The day after #chemoday isn’t always so great. Sometimes one isn’t able to dance, or eat or even think about the next day. Sometimes it just feels like you aren’t going to make it.’
Shannen continued: ‘That passes. Sometimes the next day, or two days later, or six, but it passes and movement is possible. Possibility is possible. To my cancer family and everyone suffering… stay courageous. Stay strong. Stay positive. #wegotthis #fightlikeagirl.’
In August Shannen broke down during a live television interview when she revealed the cancer had spread to her lymph nodes, despite having had a single mastectomy. She explained: ‘For that reason, we are doing chemo, and then after chemo I’ll do radiation.’
It came after she made the heartbreaking confession that treatment has left her unable to have children, ending her dreams of starting a family naturally with husband Kurt Iswarienko.
Her doctor has since insisted Shannen is ‘doing amazing’ and confirmed that she is nearly finished with chemotherapy. But, understandably, Shannen can’t help but question ‘what if?’
‘I don’t know if I’ll ever look like me again,’ she said sadly. ‘I want to believe that, if I fight, I’m going to be okay.’
Support for Shannen – who starred as Prue Halliwell in Charmed – has been pouring in on social media, with many thanking her for her open and very honest story. One inspirational user wrote: ‘Never give up. I beat it and so can you. Let’s kick cancer’s arse. I know it’s hard but keep going, you’re getting closer to the end of the treatment and that’s when you can have your life back. Lots of love you warrior.’
Another praised: ‘Your spirit is so strong, your courage is so inspiring. But above all your face is still beautiful. I am sending you love from my heart.’
We’re all on your team and praying for you, Shannen.