Very recently, Shannen Doherty shared an update on her health, in a new feature for Elle magazine. The “90210” star revealed that she is battling with stage 4 breast cancer for the second time and wrote how she immediately starting researching experimental treatments.
“I was like, ‘OK, do I have good karma? Do I have bad karma? Why would I have bad karma?'” the 49-year-old said. “I started taking stock of my life and the things I’d done, and the things I hadn’t done. How I was with people.”
Doherty revealed her treatments would be hormone therapy and “a second targeted drug that is often effective at stabilizing metastatic disease.”
“Everybody got to ask questions and know what we were looking at as a group,” the actress explained, “as a team.”
She broke the news to her closest friends at a dinner party at her home where she also invited her oncologist, Dr. Lawrence Piro.
The actress also expressed gratitude, “I try to treasure all the small moments that most people don’t really see or take for granted,” she said. “The small things are magnified for me. We have this endless well within us, and it’s just about continuing to dig in that well for the strength to face adversity — and so that we can also see all the beauty.”
She even planned to write letters and leave video messages for friends and family for after her death.
“There are things I need to say to my mom. I want my husband to know what he’s meant to me,” she said. “But whenever it comes time for me to do it, it feels so final. It feels like you’re signing off, and I’m not signing off.”
“I feel like I’m a very, very healthy human being. It’s hard to wrap up your affairs when you feel like you’re going to live another 10 or 15 years,” Doherty added.
She concluded by saying, “I’m not ready for pasture. I’ve got a lot of life in me.”
Doherty was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015 but entered remission in 2017 following chemo, surgery and radiation.