Shannen Doherty Reveals Stage 4 Breast Cancer Diagnosis

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Shannen Doherty revealed that her cancer has returned in an interview with Good Morning America.

In the exclusive Doherty opened up about coming to terms with the diagnosis and keeping it private for a year.

“It’s going to come out in a matter of days or a week that I’m stage 4. So my cancer came back and that’s why I’m here,” said Doherty. “I don’t think that I’ve processed it. It’s a bitter pill to swallow in a lot of ways.”

The 90210 and Charmed star revealed her first diagnosis in 2015 and documented her treatment journey on social media. She announced in 2017 that she was in remission.

Her first concern with her initial diagnosis and relapse have both been letting her loved ones know.

“I would say that my first reaction is always concern about how I’m going to tell my mom, my husband,” Doherty tearfully said.

Doherty recently appeared in the short lived 90210 reboot, and said she had to do it to honor her castmate that passed, Luke Perry.

“It’s so weird for me to be diagnosed and then somebody who was, you know, seemingly healthy to go first,” said Doherty. “It was really, like, shocking. And the least I could do to honor him was to do that show. I still haven’t done enough in my opinion. So it’s a hard one.”

Doherty decided to do the reboot not only to honor Perry, but also to show that people with stage 4 are still able to work.

“When I finally do come out I will have worked 16 hours a day. People can look at that and say, ‘Oh my God yeah. She can work and other people with stage 4 can work too.'”

She added, “Our life doesn’t end the minute we get that diagnosis. We still have some living to do.”

Doherty is also in a battle with her insurance company State Farm. The actress sued State Farm after her California home was damaged in the 2018 Woolsey Fires.

She says she’s been forced to pay of pocket for losses she believes should be covered by her policy. State Farm alleges it’s paid nearly $1.1 million in claims, and that it’s enough.

In a statement to ABC News, State Farm said it empathizes with Doherty’s health issues, but that it’s prepared to defend its position in court.

“We empathize with Ms. Doherty’s health issues and wish her a full recovery,” State Farm said. “We strongly believe we have upheld our commitment to our customer and have paid what we owe on this claim. We are prepared to defend our position in court.”

Doherty decided to reveal her diagnosis solely because court documents detailing her health condition will become public ahead of the trial.

“I’d rather people hear it from me,” Doherty said. “I don’t want it to be twisted. I don’t want it to be a court document. I want it to be real and authentic. And I want to control the narrative. I want people to know from me.”

Doherty revealed that’s she petrified, but off camera said she’s getting through it with this quote.

“You only die once. You live everyday.”

Sending our prayers and love to Shannen Doherty.

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