Cancer, undoubtedly, imposes a heavy burden on those who have to battle it, but what’s often less discussed is the profound impact it has on the loved ones of the patient.
Fortunately, many individuals are fortunate enough to have a strong network of people to assist them during their most challenging moments when confronted with this devastating disease. Relying on one another is essential, and the strength and support of a loved one can make a significant difference.
In June of this year, 52-year-old actress Shannen Doherty disclosed that her stage four cancer had spread to her brain, eliciting an outpouring of sympathy and empathy from her global fan base.
The renowned actress known for her roles in “Beverly Hills, 90210” and “Charmed,” Shannen Doherty, received her initial breast cancer diagnosis in 2015. However, after undergoing treatment, she achieved remission two years later.
Tragically, in 2020, Doherty made an appearance on “Good Morning America” to reveal that her cancer had not only resurfaced but had progressed to stage four.
“It’s going to come out in a matter of days or a week that I’m stage four,” she said. “So my cancer came back and that’s why I’m here.”
During that period, Doherty disclosed that she had chosen to keep the news hidden from the public eye for a full year, acknowledging, “I don’t think I’ve processed it. It’s a bitter pill to swallow in a lot of ways.”
The extent of the challenges she faced during that year is difficult for us to truly fathom. However, it is known that during this time, Shannen Doherty primarily kept her devastating diagnosis private, even as she was involved in the production of a reboot of “BH90210.”
One of the few individuals she did confide in was her former “Beverly Hills, 90210” co-star, Brian Austin Green.
“I had moments of great anxiety where I thought, ‘I can’t really do this,’ and Brian was the one person who – of that group of people that knew – that I told, like, pretty quickly and said, ‘Here, this is what I’m dealing with’,” she explained.
“So prior to shooting he would always call me and say, ‘Listen, you know, whatever happens, I have your back.’ He would look at me and be like, ‘We got this, kiddo’…so Brian helped me through a lot.”
In a recent interview with the Herald Sun, Brian Austin Green conveyed that he maintains regular communication with his close friend. He described her as an exceptionally strong individual, emphasizing that if anyone can confront cancer head-on, it’s her. While acknowledging the difficulty of the situation, he expressed his deep affection for her and commended her for making the best of it.
Shannen Doherty has garnered widespread admiration for her candid approach to sharing her cancer journey. The actress has been exceptionally open with her fans, striving to provide them with updates at every stage of her journey.
Back in June of this year, Doherty shared footage of her first radiotherapy session, where she explained, “On January 5th, my CT scan showed Mets in my brain. Yesterday’s video was showing the process of getting fitted for the mask which you wear during radiation to your brain.
“The first round of radiation took place. My fear is obvious. I am extremely claustrophobic and there was a lot going on in my life.
“I am fortunate as I have great doctors like Dr Amin Mirahdi and the amazing techs at Cedar Sinai. But that fear… the turmoil… the timing of it all… this is what cancer can look like.”
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