Shannen Doherty: After Chemotherapy and Radiation Treatments Comes the Waiting Game
Shannen Doherty has been documenting her journey with cancer in the photo sharing site Instagram since she was first diagnosed with breast cancer 2 years ago. Doherty, who has played memorable characters on television in the 90s and early 2000s,has publicly shared some details of her battle with the big C.
Last week USA Today reported that the 45-year-old actress has recently completed her chemotherapy and radiotherapy sessions and is now on the waiting game stage. Doherty took to Instagram her sentiments on waiting, saying that her entire time with the disease has been full of waiting.
Now, Doherty says she is waiting for tests, waiting to be told she is cancer-free and waiting to begin her breast reconstruction surgery.
According to The Daily Mirror, the actress was also scared of radiotherapy and admitted to have been tempted to run away on her first day. While Doherty has gone through a 5-days-a-week radiation treatment sessions for the past 6 weeks, the actress said she's still not used to it.
The former Beverly Hills 90210 actress also expressed her gratitude to the doctors who have been treating and helping her as she fights to get well.
Before starting her radiotherapy treatment, Doherty sat down for a rare interview with comedian Chelsea Handler. In the said interview, the former Charmed star admitted that losing her trademark brunette hair is hard. Losing her eyelashes and eyebrows was even harder. The actress said the experience made her understand the emotional side of her battle with cancer.
As terrible as the experience is, Doherty says it was also godsent and humbling. The actress said the journey has torn her down and rebuilt her at the same time. It also revealed the most valuable people in her life that Doherty is grateful for include her husband, photographer Kurt Iswarienko and a handful of friends who odid not bail on her.
Doherty maintains a level-headed attitude while waiting for the results. As much as she'd like to believe that the worst is over, she's not out of the woods yet and only time will tell with the test results. Until then, the actress chooses to guard her heart.