Shannen Doherty is fresh off of a huge court win after she battled with an insurance agency over a house fire, but the actress is revealing images from her other brutal war with breast cancer.
The ‘90210’ star shared several pictures on Instagram of herself in bed following a round of brutal cancer treatments. In the photos, Doherty has a shaved head and is bleeding out of her nose. Incredibly, the actress is able to find humor in the situation after throwing on a pair of funny pajamas given to her by a friend. The pictures are accompanied by an emotional message about the ongoing treatment.
“For breast cancer awareness month, I’d like to share more of my own personal journey from my first diagnosis to my second. 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 began.
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She continued, “I hope I encourage people to get mammograms, to get regular checkups, to cut thru the fear and face whatever might be in front of you. In 2015 I got diagnosed with breast cancer. I had a mastectomy and did chemo and radiation. I had many nose bleeds from the chemo. Not sure if any of you experienced this. I also was beyond tired.”
The ‘90210’ star explained how she cheered herself during the process, saying, “I cheered myself up by putting on funny pajamas that my friend Kristy gave me. Did they actually cheer me up? Yes!! Lol. I looked ridiculous and in that ridiculousness, I was able to laugh at myself. Finding humor helped get me thru what seemed impossible. I hope we all find humor in the impossible.”
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“A breast cancer diagnosis isn’t the end of your life…. I am living proof of that,” Doherty said. Adding, “We can thrive and live our lives to the fullest. Taking care of yourself and getting checked, (although it can be scary) is an absolute must. Early detection is the key!”
Shannen revealed during a lengthy battle with State Farm Insurance, that her cancer had returned and was terminal. A lawyer for the actress said in a legal filing, she “is dying of stage 4 terminal cancer. Instead of living out her remaining years peacefully in her home, Ms. Doherty remains displaced and battling with her insurance company.”
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In the end, Shannen claimed victory in the lawsuit, collecting a $6.3 million judgment against the insurance company. Following the massive win, Doherty’s attorney issued a statement saying, “We thank the members of the jury for their thoughtful consideration of Shannen’s case. Adding, “This should send a message to State Farm and other institutions that they should not forget they are dealing with human beings.”
Fans and friends flooded the actress’s Instagram, sending messages of encouragement. “You are a warrior and an inspiration Shannon. Proud to know you,” one comment read. Another added, “So proud of you my Shannen, you are an admirable woman and an example for all.”