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Shannen Doherty’s Courageous Battle: From Metastatic Breast Cancer to Spreading Awareness and Defying Misconceptions

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Shannen Doherty (Credits: Survivor Net)

During the summer, Shannen Doherty shared that her stage 4 breast cancer had extended to her brain. The much-loved actress has now disclosed that the cancer has also spread to her bones. Despite facing this challenging reality, Doherty, known for her role in “Charmed,” remains resolute and spiritual about her journey.

Expressing her perspective to People magazine, she remarked, “I am a very spiritual person, so when I have done what I am here for, on this earth for, then that’ll be fine. But I’m not anywhere near that.” Doherty’s battle with breast cancer began in 2015 when it had already reached her lymph nodes. After a period of remission in 2017, the cancer returned in 2020.

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Shannen Doherty (Credits: US Weekly)

The actress has been candid about her struggles, sharing details of her treatments and fears. Addressing the topic of death, she conveyed, “I’m not afraid of death. I know where I’m going. I know… the people that I’m gonna see. I think I would be afraid of death if I wasn’t a good person. But I am.”

While maintaining a positive outlook, Doherty humorously expressed her desire to halt the aging process, stating, “I don’t want to die. That’s the difference. I’m not afraid of dying, I just don’t want to die. Like ever.” She emphasized that she is not done with life, living, loving, creating, and aspiring to make positive changes.

Optimistic about the future, she remarked, “My greatest memory is yet to come.” Doherty continues to use her voice to raise awareness about cancer and raise funds. She sees her life’s journey as preparation for a purpose, stating, “I think that my life up until this moment was all getting me ready for what God has me here to accomplish. And I think that’s to reach people who have cancer that are impacted by it in such a profound way to help bring awareness, to help raise money.”

Rejecting misconceptions about cancer patients, especially the notion that they are incapacitated, she emphasized, “People don’t know a lot about cancer. You’re, like, done. You’re retired. And we’re not.” Doherty highlighted the unique outlook of cancer survivors, grateful for every moment they have, and stressed the need to challenge stereotypes surrounding the disease.

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