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Shannen Doherty has been in remission from breast cancer since April and she is not taking a second for granted.
Though the 90210 actress is currently cancer free she is making sure her voice and platform are put to good use in the battle against the ghastly disease.
The 46 year old was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015 and used Instagram to document the journey of her treatment. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Doherty posted an emotional photo on Thursday that captured the moment she began to lose her hair.
She stated in her moving post :
“This image is so personal to me, I had started chemo. Was using a cold cap in hope to not lose my hair. End result was clumps in my hands. I was sick, felt like I was losing myself. Gained people and lost people. Got weak and got strong. Felt ugly and yet more beautiful inside than I had ever felt before.”
Since she began her Instagram diary chronicling her battle she has found mountains of support and that base has only strengthened with her rallying to fight on for others.
Several of Doherty's Hollywood colleagues weighed in with praise and admiration, not just for her survival but for her picking up the mantle for the fight.
According to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.
Improvements in medicine since 1989 have reduced deaths caused by breast cancer by 38 percent. Treatments can include surgery, radiation, chemotherapy and hormone therapy.
Shannen concluded her post with a strong message that she has been espousing throughout her struggle and after, “Those who have experienced it know that even after you’ve kicked [its] ass, it still impacts you, in good ways and bad. You still go thru the roller coaster of emotions. You still need support and love. And you can still grasp life and live, live live.”
Thank you Shannen for your grace and please, Live, Live Live! #remissionforever #thecure