Over the course of decades, Shannen Doherty made a name for herself by staring in hit shows like Beverly Hills 90210 and Charmed. Now, at 52 years old, she welcomes fans into her life in a more personal way so they don’t feel so alone. It all started in 2015 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. After two years of treatment, she went into remission.
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But in 2020, Doherty was hit with difficult news: her cancer was back. This time, though, at stage 4. Then, last year, the cancer spread to her brain and bones. To say that Doherty’s health was taking a toll would be an understatement. Still, she remains hopeful. On a recent episode of her podcast, Let’s Be Clear, she shares a source of that hope.
“I’m on a new cancer infusion, and after four treatments, we didn’t really see a difference, and everybody wanted me to switch, and I just kind of was like we’re going to keep going with this and see,” Doherty explains.
Although there was a lack of results at the start, after six or seven treatments, something drastically changed. As Doherty explains, there’s been a “breaking down” of the “blood-brain barrier.”
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Essentially, this membrane in the brain allows cerebral blood vessels to regulate molecule and ion movement between the blood and the brain.
“Do I call that a miracle? For me, that happens to be a miracle right now, that, like, I sort of rolled the dice and said let’s keep going,” Doherty shares, later adding that if feels like “maybe God intervening and saying, ‘I’m gonna give her a break.'”
Doherty’s new-found hope in this helpful treatment, the exact name of which has not been disclosed, continues to have a positive impact on her life in a variety of ways. This includes her view on life in general.
“Every day is a gift…” Doherty says. “All I can do is live each day in as much a positive manner, with a lot of hope, as I can.”
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