Shannen Doherty Explains How Cancer Changed Her

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Shannon Doherty opened up on her cancer battle during a stop at Chelsea Handler’s Netflix series, “Chelsea,” and how the diagnosis changed her.“I think what’s beautiful and hard and interesting about cancer is that it tears you down and builds you, and tears you down and builds you and it remakes you so many different times. So the person I thought I was supposed to be or was going to be or who I thought I was six months ago is now somebody completely different. And I realize ‘Wow, I really thought that I was so brave and so gracious this entire time and really I was just hiding.'”

She continued, “This was very hard and not humbling — because I’ve already been humbled by cancer — but it was hard in the sense of rethinking sort of who you are and how you come to terms with who are now and accepting it and then looking at your husband and thinking like, ‘Dude, I’m so sorry.'”

Shannen was diagnosed with breast cancer last year. The story went public when she sued her former managers over a lapse in her health insurance.

Doherty underwent a mastectomy as a preventive measure when she learned the cancer may spread to her lymph nodes, and she started chemotherapy treatment.

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