Actress Shannen Doherty opens up to Health magazine about her fight against breast cancer for the outlet’s March cover issue.
Shannen Doherty is to show people that she has a lot to live for, after winning her battle with breast cancer.
The 47-year-old actress has been in remission for almost two years and is an opening in a huge way about her horrific ordeal and why she finally feels like her life has changed.
“I felt more feminine and vulnerable than I have felt in my whole life,” Doherty told Health magazine for the March issue. “I was always the strong, and during that period, every wall I had built in my life came down. I also had much more time to look at me and say, ‘I’m a pretty good person and cut me some slack. I have a lot of those revelations. It is OK to stumble.”
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In the fight against difficulty for the survival, Doherty decided to be a part of her journey with her followers on social media – something she said gave her the ability to act as a support system for everyone with cancer.
“It was just about being as honest as possible. And then it became very important to me that I people who are ready for it,” she said. “I would never give medical advice because I am not a doctor, but I would always say, ‘stand up for yourself.'”
In exposing her road to redemption to the boundless depth of social media, Doherty said that the decision actually from the cornucopia of the criticism that they receive regular opponents, and helped to strip her of any obstacles they used to combat the negativity.
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“I get a little bit less trolls and haters on social media, so that’s good,” she explained. “I think because the cancer stripped me of my defenses, may the people see all sides of me.”
During her many chemotherapy treatments, the “90210” alum is said to be one of the most difficult moments of her fight was when she discovered braids fell out – that’s when they finally made the decision to shave her head.
“I remember that I was in the shower to wash my hair, and it just started to come in the middle of the woods. I started screaming for my mother,” Doherty lamented. “I think it was more difficult than the operations. It was like, ‘Oh my God, this is real.'”
Still, Doherty pushed on in her quest to beat cancer. But, the former “Charmed” actress recalled a time where she was certain that the cancer had gotten the best of her, and would spell doom for her and her husband Kurt Iswarienko.
“They were concerned about my organs shutting down because I could not keep anything in,” she detailed. “One time, I could not lift my head, I couldn’t suck on an ice cube, I was done. And Kurt was crying, saying, ‘Please don’t leave me.’ I looked at him and thought, ‘I can’t do this to him.” So I dug deep, gathered everything, and charged forward again. Kurt and I got through one of the worst things a couple can go through, and we came out stronger.”
For many cancer fighters and survivors, the uncertainty about whether the cancer will return following remission is what often keeps them and their loved ones in the night. Despite the fact that in the redemption, Doherty has a new challenge on her plate – the allure of maternity.
Doherty and Iswarienko are now faced with the difficult decision is to determine whether and how they will ever have children –since the effects of the ongoing chemotherapy have forced her in the menopause.
“We have conversations about an egg donor, maybe approval. But there is fear there,” she said. “I’m going to the last five years? Ten years? I certainly wouldn’t want my 10-year-old buries a mother. I have always had a child. But maybe I’m supposed to be his mother in a different way.”
However, for the moment, Doherty is proud of herself and so many cancer survivors and fighters do not give up and continue to fight.
“I love that my body is strong and has the ability to fight with something like cancer,” she said. “I try to show more appreciation by going to a nutritionist, Dr. Philip Goglia, and doing strength training, and boxing in the Box” N Burn almost every day. My perception of sexy has changed.”
“For me, now, sexy is power. Sexy is vulnerability. Sexy is compassion. Sexy is grace. Why should I care so much about the physical shell?”