Shannen Doherty, well known for her role as Brenda Walsh in the hit ’90s show Beverly Hills, 90210, has recently shared her devastating battle against breast cancer. Early this month, Doherty posted her completely shaved head on Instagram which was heartbreaking but inspiring. Doherty was diagnosed with breast cancer last February 2015 but has only been open about it in August 2015. In her recent interview with Entertainment Tonight, she shared the sad new about her condition as she reveals that her cancer has spread to her lymph nodes. She also reveals that she has undergone mastectomy and has started her chemo therapy.
In the same interview, she shared the story behind the “impossibly tough day” when she posted a series of photos on Instagram on the day she decided to shave her head. Due to her chemo treatments, her hair was falling out. She recalls, “After my second treatment, my hair was really matted, like in dreadlocks. And I went to try and brush it out, and it just fell out”.
Her hair was shedding off and it drove her crazy that she wanted to just chop it off immediately. Thankfully, her mom and best friends were there to help her out and support her. “We did stages,” she recalls. “We did a pixie. And then we did a mohawk, which was my favorite look. And then finally, we had to get the shaver thing and just buzz it off.”
But the main reason behind the Instagram photos will melt your heart. Doherty said she wanted to share her story to hopefully help someone going through the same thing. Like any other person, she admits to being self-conscious about how she looks but gives more importance to inspiring others in fighting cancer. “I wanted to put it out there the way it felt the best for me to put it out there,” she said. “And also, if I could help one person then it makes me go, ‘Oh Okay.’ It’s easier to live with having cancer if I know I’m helping at least one person.”
Shannen Doherty’s courageous battle against cancer reminds us that no matter how difficult the situation can be, we can turn our heartbreaking moments into inspiring ones. Setbacks are inevitable but with great support from people who matter in our lives, and creating a new perspective, going through these setbacks make it a bit easier and a lot more meaningful.