Shannen Doherty shares shots from breast cancer battle to promote awareness for people to get mammograms and regular checkups
Shannen Doherty took to Instagram on Thursday with a pair of shots from her battles with stage four cancer, one in which she dealt with a nose bleed as she was battling the disease.
‘For breast cancer awareness month, I’d like to share more of my own personal journey from my first diagnosis to my second,’ the 50-year-old actress said. ‘Is it all pretty? NO but it’s truthful and my hope in sharing is that we all become more educated, more familiar with what cancer looks like.’
Doherty, who portrayed Brenda Walsh on the hit 90s series Beverly Hills, 90210, said she had hoped to ‘encourage people to get mammograms, to get regular checkups, to cut thru the fear and face whatever might be in front of you’ in sharing the personal shots.
The latest: Shannen Doherty, 50, took to Instagram on Thursday with a pair of shots from her battles with stage four cancer, one in which she dealt with a nose bleed as she was battling the disease
Doherty looked back on how she was ‘diagnosed with breast cancer’ in 2015 and ‘had a mastectomy and did chemo and radiation.’
The Charmed star said she ‘had many nose bleeds from the chemo’ and ‘also was beyond tired’ amid the aggressive course of treatment.
In the second of the shots, Doherty was clad in a pajama ensemble with images of Cookie Monster on it.
‘I cheered myself up by putting on funny pajamas that my friend Kristy gave me,’ she said. ‘Did they actually cheer me up? Yes!! Lol. I looked ridiculous and in that ridiculousness, I was able to laugh at myself.
Doherty was clad in a pajama ensemble with images of Cookie Monster on it
The Beverly Hills, 90210 alum was seen in an Instagram post this past June
‘Finding humor helped get me thru what seemed impossible. I hope we all find humor in the impossible.’
Doherty underwent a mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiation after she was first diagnosed with cancer in March of 2015, and then declared cancer-free in April of 2017. She said in February of 2020 that the stage four cancer had returned.
Doherty, who is wed to photographer Kurt Iswarienko, spoke with ABC News earlier this week about her focus amid the recurrence of her cancer battle.
‘You really have to dig deep to face cancer, and in that, you find all this stuff that you had hidden away,’ Doherty said. ‘And it’s beautiful things that you find: You find the vulnerability, you find your trust in people again. You find forgiveness.’
In the chat, Doherty said she felt she has ‘a responsibility’ in her public life ‘to talk about cancer and perhaps educate people more and let people know that people with stage four are very much alive and very active.’