Shannen Doherty on Her Stage 4 Breast Cancer: ‘I’ve Got a Lot of Life in Me’
“Beverly Hills, 90210″ and “Charmed” actress Shannen Doherty opened up to Elle about her battle with Stage IV breast cancer, which returned in February and metastasized (VIDEO BELOW):
I try to treasure all the small moments that most people don’t really see or take for granted. The small things are magnified for me. We have this endless well within us, and it’s just about continuing to dig in that well for the strength to face adversity — and so that we can also see all the beauty.
Doherty recalled when she first learned she had breast cancer in 2015:
When I got cancer the first time, it was this really beautiful thing, because it finally stripped all of that away. Those walls were, like, eliminated. That sort of childhood resentment—19 to me is childhood—was gone.
Despite her illness, Doherty says she is working on developing some TV projects:
I haven’t sat down to write letters. That’s something I need to do. There are things I need to say to my mom. I want my husband to know what he’s meant to me. But whenever it comes time for me to do it, it feels so final. It feels like you’re signing off, and I’m not signing off.
I feel like I’m a very, very healthy human being. It’s hard to wrap up your affairs when you feel like you’re going to live another 10 or 15 years. It’s like anybody with Stage IV faces this sort of thing, where others want to put you out to pasture. I’m not ready for pasture. I’ve got a lot of life in me.