Shannen Doherty Reveals Details About Her Cancer Battle to Chelsea Handler
Shannen Doherty is divulging more experiences from her battle with breast cancer in an emotional new interview. The actress talks with Chelsea Handler in the latest episode of the Netflix talk show Chelsea, taking us inside the difficulties of her fight and what she has discovered along the way.
"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," Doherty reveals in the interview. "It remakes you so many different times. 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 says.
Handler's mother died from breast cancer 10 years ago in 2006; thus, the emotion and affection shared between her and Doherty during their talk is raw and real.
And then there is this lady.... @chelseahandler We met many many years ago. Have run into each other and always exchanged numbers, talked of plans etc. Chelsea reached out and has since, made a point to have date nights with me on a weekly basis. Yeah she's funny but also wicked smart with a huge heart. This one just wants to make a difference. Sometimes the right people come into your life at the right time. #girlpower #fightlikeagirl
"This was very hard and not humbling—because I've already been humbled by cancer," Doherty confesses. "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 looking at your husband and thinking like, 'Dude, I'm so sorry.'"
Doherty has decided to use social media as a platform to bring the dilemmas of living with cancer to light. She shares her time with chemo, her doctors, days spent with her adorable dog, and photos from her hospital visits: showing that life does go on even if it's tough.
Sometimes it seems like chemo will never end. Sometimes you wonder if you have the courage to face cancer and all that comes with it. Dig deep. The courage, strength and tenacity is there inside us all. This is my crew......Dr Lawrence Piro, nurse Dawn and the wonderful Joyce. These 3 got me thru chemo. Hope to never see them in the chemo room again!!! Onward to radiation. #fightlikeagirl #movingforward
It's clear the actress has a real supporter and rock in her husband, Kurt Iswarienko. Known for his high-fashion images of Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Rami Malek, and Samuel L. Jackson, the photographer also uses his Instagram page as a venue to show his love and encouragement for Doherty.
In a touching post three months ago, he captioned a picture with his wife in a pink wig and model Anne Marie Kortright: "Cancer is like a book with so many pages, you don't see a way to read through all of them at once."
He continued, "But when you take them one page at a time, a story emerges and takes shapes in unexpected ways. The outcome isn't clear or easy to reckon with, but you find as you go through the journey, that a clear outcome isn't the point. The journey is the thing. The people you connect with along the way are the point. It's about human energy. It's about breathing."
Watch Doherty's emotional exchange with Handler in the video at top. Catch the full Chelsea episode on Netflix now.