Shannen Doherty Announced That She Has Stage 4 Cancer
"I don't think I've processed it."
Shannen Doherty just opened up about a devastating diagnosis during a recent interview.
Speaking to ABC News' Good Morning America on Tuesday morning (February. 4), the actress remained as transparent as ever about the health issues she's been facing publicly.
"It's going to come out in a matter of days or a week that -- I'm stage four," Doherty shared. "So my cancer came back. And that's why I'm here." The 48-year-old actress's battle with breast cancer appears to now be an an ongoing one, and sh's having difficulties coming to terms with it.
"I don't think I've processed it," she said. "It's a bitter pill to swallow in a lot of ways."
Doherty was initially diagnosed with breast cancer in March 2015. She's shared each step of her journey with fans ever since, taking to Instagram with candid photos during her treatment and documenting her time spent in chemotherapy the entire time.
This time, however, she opted to remain quiet about her latest prognosis. Instead, she's been hard at work bringing the upcoming 90210 reboot to life, following the death of her dear friend and former co-star Luke Perry earlier in 2019.
"I definitely have days where I say why me," she said. "And then I go, well, why not me? Who else? Who else besides me deserves this? None of us do. But I would say that my first reaction is always concern about how -- how am I going to tell my mom, my husband."
Doherty planned on keeping her diagnosis a secret for some time, only sharing the news with select people, because she wanted to make sure she made it clear that she was still able to work, without concerning others – especially since she wished to "honor" Perry.
"One of the reasons, along with Luke -- that I did 90210 and didn't really tell anybody because I thought, people can look at that other people with stage four can work too. Like, you know, our life doesn't end the minute we get that diagnosis. We still have some living to do," she said, sharing that one of the few people she opened up to about her cancer diagnosis was fellow actor 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, the -- this is what I'm dealing with,'" she said of Green. "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."
Throughout it all, and despite working through a frustrating public legal battle with insurance provider State Farm, Doherty is still determined to get things done and make a difference.
She noted that she still wants to "make an impact," and that she wants to be remembered for "something bigger" than just her while continuing to push through her current battle.