How Shannen Doherty shares ‘truthful’ photos of breast cancer battle

How Shannen Doherty shares ‘truthful’ photos of breast cancer battle – Children and husband.  Shannen Doherty is getting honest about her ongoing battle with stage 4 breast cancer. On Thursday, the “90210” actress posted “truthful” photos about her journey as she battles the disease for a second time.

She shared a candid photo of herself in bed with a bloody nose while receiving treatment in 2015. “I had many noses bleeds from the chemo,” she said. Shannen is sharing her story as part of breast cancer awareness month. “I hope I encourage people to get mammograms,” she said.

Sharing the candid pictures to Instagram on Thursday, the former “Beverly Hills, 90210” star described her brutal, multiple-diagnosis journey to “cut thru the fear” of what lies ahead.

“For breast cancer awareness month, I’d like to share more of my own personal journey from my first diagnosis to my second. Is it all pretty? NO but it’s truthful and my hope in sharing is that we all become more educated, more familiar with what cancer looks like,” wrote 50-year-old Doherty.


“I hope I encourage people to get mammograms, to get regular checkups, to cut thru the fear and face whatever might be in front of you.”

The former “Charmed” star, who was diagnosed with breast cancer for the first time in March 2015 before entering remission in April 2017, graphically detailed the treatments she’s gone through, which included a mastectomy, chemo and radiation.

“I had many nose bleeds from the chemo,” shared Doherty, who said she turned to wearing funny pajamas to alleviate some of the mental and physical pain. “Not sure if any of you experienced this. I also was beyond tired.”

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Doherty then announced in February 2020 that she was battling stage 4 breast cancer and since then has been providing fans with regular updates, most recently telling them that she’s “fighting to stay alive.”

“I never want to operate [like I’m dying],” she said on “Good Morning America” Monday.

“I just want to operate as I don’t have things to check off because I’m going to keep fighting to stay alive.”

Doherty also explained that she’s fortunately still on her “first protocol” of treatment.

“It’s kind of like you just want to last on your protocols as long as possible so that you don’t run out of protocols,” she explained.


Does Shannen Doherty have kids?

How Shannen Doherty shares ‘truthful’ photos of breast cancer battle -  Children and husband
How Shannen Doherty shares ‘truthful’ photos of breast cancer battle – Children and husband

Shannen didn’t have kids before her diagnosis and, while she had wanted to start a family eventually, she told Health in 2019 that those plans changed after she went into remission. She revealed that the medication she was on forced her body into menopause and, short of going on a new hormone treatment, she is now unable to have children.

“It’s not possible [for me to get pregnant] because I can’t get out of menopause,” Shannen explained. “That would require estrogen, and I’m choosing not to take hormone pills — I can’t risk those levels coming up.”

Having higher estrogen levels could result in a reappearance of breast cancer and, for Shannen, trying to have kids at this point in her life is not worth the health risk.


Who is Shannen Doherty’s husband?

Luckily, Shannen’s husband, photographer Kurt Iswarienko, has remained a strong presence by her side through it all. They got married in 2011 and since Shannen’s diagnosis, they have been able to grow as a couple. In 2019, Shannen told People that they have a deeper respect for one another now and they don’t allow small infractions to define their relationship.

And, on Shannen’s birthday in April 2020, Kurt wrote a lengthy post on Instagram about how much he had enjoyed quarantine with her and how it allowed them to “slow down” together. Although the 49-year-old has dealt with a long drawn out battle with breast cancer, she has proven that she can push through, even if her life changes in irrevocable ways.