Actress Shannen Doherty ("Beverly Hills, 90210," "Charmed") shared two revealing and heart-wrenching posts with her 1.9 million Instagram followers last night, documenting the screenings she is undergoing as part of her tough and tenacious battle with cancer.
Doherty, 52, was diagnosed in 2015 with breast cancer that had spread to lymph nodes. In 2017, she announced that the disease was in remission, but sadly in 2020 she shared with her millions of fans that her cancer had returned, metastasized to her brain and was in an advanced stage 4 state.
Despite the difficult and painful revelation, Doherty makes sure to share with her followers the difficult treatments she is undergoing and her stubborn and courageous battle with the disease, while in recent months she has also had to deal with a difficult divorce from her third husband Kurt Izvarinko, to whom she was married for more than a decade and who reportedly cheated on her.
On Tuesday, Doherty shared two posts from January documenting her arriving to measure a mask for her radiation treatments, appearing to lie on the treatment bed painful, stressed and tearful, with the technician next to her explaining the steps of the process (the mask is necessary in situations where support is required for the head during radiation therapy due to the difficulty of holding it steady in one position during treatment).
🚨 Ce mercredi 7 juin, Shannen Doherty (Charmed), atteinte d'un cancer du sein, a publié une vidéo particulièrement inquiétante où, couchée sur une table, elle reçoit un traitement aux rayons. Un moment particulièrement difficile qu'elle décrit en légende :
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"January 12, 2023," Doherty wrote in the text accompanying her video. "On January 5, the CT showed metastases in my brain. Yesterday's video shows my process of adjusting to the mask that needs to be worn during radiation treatments," she added. "On January 12, I had my first radiation treatment. My fear is clear. I'm very claustrophobic and a lot of things happened in my life then. I am fortunate to have excellent doctors and to have amazing technology in the hospital. But the fear, the chaos, the timing of things. That's what cancer can look like," Doherty sought to show and emphasize the painful, non-photogenic side that doesn't always get enough stage or is exposed to the public, with her videos amassing hundreds of thousands of views and thousands of comments seeking to strengthen her spirit and embrace her courage for exposure and sharing.
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