Shannen Doherty Bears Down On Her War Against Cancer [Video]

Shannen Doherty continues to inspire and awe the world with her publicized battle against cancer. While many of us are reminded how fortunate we are not to have to endure Doherty’s trials, Shannen moves forward, enduring her darkest days and celebrating whatever wins she manages to achieve. We are honored to follow along as she shares her latest bouts with chemotherapy and the darkness in which those treatments leave the battered actress. Just as poignantly, Doherty humbles her followers with shared moments of joy with her most endearing loved ones, reminding each of us what really matters in life.

Chemotherapy Leaves Shannen Doherty Feeling Defeated And Weak

My girl @missbowiedoherty and me just hanging. #lovemydog #bowierocks

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In following Shannen’s progress, People notes an Instagram share in which Ms. Doherty appears weary and weakened by her most recent round of chemotherapy. The actress turned cancer survivor shared an image of herself on “Chemo Day” as she rests on her hospital bed, and there can be no missing just how weakened she is by the treatments. Shannen captions the image with a message that reveals the hopelessness that can accompany the treatments, although she adds that those dark feelings are short-lived.

“#fbf to a very short bit ago. Day after #chemoday isn’t always so great. Sometimes one isn’t able to dance, or eat or even to think about the next day. Sometimes it just feels like you aren’t going to make it. That passes,” writes Ms. Doherty. “Sometimes the next day or 2 days later or 6 but it passes and movement is possible. Hope is possible. Possibility is possible. To my cancer family and everyone suffering…. stay courageous. Stay strong. Stay positive. #wegotthis. #fightlikeagirl”

Doherty just began a new round of chemotherapy in August, upon learning that the cancer had spread from her breasts, attacking her lymph nodes and possibly spreading further. While Shannen is weak from her cancer battle, she recognizes that exercise and physical activity are important to fighting off the cancer. When she’s not bedridden, Shannen joins her husband, Kurt Iswarienko, on walks, gym workouts, or for light tennis matches.

It's always a good day with #coachTim #fightlikeagirl

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“It’s not always easy and sometimes I can’t do it the next day but I try to make an effort to get the blood flowing and the toxins out of my body thru working out. Some days are easy workouts and other days I push it but the key is to MOVE!!!” reveals another post from Shannen Doherty. “This is for any illness. Obviously check with your doctor. The road to recovery is paved with all sorts of different material.”

Shannen Doherty Moves Forward With A Little Help From Her Friends

It's so important when battling a disease like cancer to have friends like @sarahmgellar thank you for always having my back and educating all about this disease. Love you. #Repost @sarahmgellar with @repostapp ・・・ Today is recognized as #internationalbreastcancerday, although for some people, that is everyday. I am only a footnote in this picture. To my left is the @theshando, my friend who is kicking cancer in the you know what. But more than that, she is sharing her battle, so people fighting this horrible disease know they are not alone. I am inspired by her on the daily. To my right is Dr Lawrence Piro, the Oncologist who has been side by side in Shannen's fight. It's not a job to this incredible doctor, it's his life. I have never been in the company of a more passionate or dedicated scientist. He is the true definition of a hero. I am honored to know you both. Breast cancer is nowadays the most frequent malignant tumor in the world. But with early detection and incredible doctors like Dr Piro, breast cancer can be fought and won. So today I urge you, make an appt to get checked or even remind a friend to get checked or just think pink and honor those fighting this battle today and everyday.

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Shannen may be alone in enduring her cancer treatments, but as Today reveals, Ms. Doherty is far from alone when it comes to fighting her battle, and that might be the key to her eventual victory. Of course, Shannen’s mom and husband have both been steady sources of support and strength, but they are, by far, not the only ones to have stepped up in support of Doherty. As another recent Instagram post proved, friends Anne Kortright and Chris Cortazzo have been among Shannen’s most ardent supporters.

There is also Chelsea Handler, who recently showed up among Doherty’s Instagram posts, as Doherty publicly acknowledged their long friendship and showed her appreciation for Chelsea’s recent support.

“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,” Shannen writes of her friendship with Handler. “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”

While there is much Shannen Doherty must do alone in her cancer battle, there’s no denying that the support of family and friends has had a great impact on Doherty’s morale and on her life in general. While treatments might, at times, leave Shannen feeling down and beaten, her massive support system, from family and friends to the millions of fans who offer encouragement on a daily basis, might be the key to ultimately defeating cancer once and for all.

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