You can always count on Shannen Doherty to keep it real. The Beverly Hills, 90210 star has taken fans along on her emotional journey ever since revealing her breast cancer diagnosis in 2015. In a new post, the actress is getting candid about her latest challenge.
Doherty, 47, had reconstruction surgery three weeks ago, and the recovery process has been emotionally and physically rough. On Sunday, the actress shared a photo of herself with her surgeon on Instagram and opened up about how cancer has brought her “yet another humbling moment.”
Reconstruction is no joke. Not going to lie… I’ve struggled with this surgery. My amazing Dr. Jay Orringer keeps reminding me it’s only been 3 weeks and I’m up and about, not taking any pain pills and generally doing well considering I had 3 surgical sites and 10 hours of surgery. Still…. I struggle. I think emotionally this is rough along with physically being unable to do a lot of things I enjoy. This is yet another humbling moment that cancer has bestowed upon me and for that, I’m thankful. Things could be so much worse. So yes, I’m blessed. In so many ways. #reconstruction
A post shared by ShannenDoherty (@theshando) on Jun 2, 2018 at 4:30pm PDT
Doherty’s openness and positive outlook are clearly appreciated by her 1 million followers. The post is filled with messages of support, with many people sharing stories of their own. The actress has taken time to reply to many of the messages, offering words of encouragement.
In April 2017, Doherty revealed that she was in remission after rounds of chemotherapy and radiation. When she shared the good news, she had not yet decided whether reconstruction was something she wanted to do.
Moments. They happen. Today was and is a moment. What does remission mean? I heard that word and have no idea how to react. Good news? YES. Overwhelming. YES. Now more waiting. As every single one of my fellow cancer family knows, the next five years is crucial. Reoccurrences happen all the time. Many of you have shared that very story with me. So with a heart that is certainly lighter, I wait. In the meantime, decisions. Reconstruction which is several surgeries. Decision on taking a pill for the next five years that comes with its own set of problems and side effects. I am blessed, I know that. But for now…. remission. I’m going to just breathe. #cancerslayer
A post shared by ShannenDoherty (@theshando) on Apr 28, 2017 at 4:06pm PDT
One year later, and the actress is still in remission and optimistic that she will stay that way.
“Cancer is a beast that changes one,” she shared in April. “For me, it changed me in a lot of beautiful ways. But it also gave me a new level of anxiety about things. All understandable. I share my experience to help connect, bring awareness and hopefully encourage those going thru cancer to stay positive. So many of you have helped me with your words, prayers and support. You have helped pave the path I have walked and continue to walk and I’m eternally grateful for that. I can only hope I have helped you as well.”
Judging from her comments section, it’s clear she has helped many.
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