"Still...I Struggle": Shannen Doherty Shares Her Feelings After Breast Reconstructive Surgery
Breast cancer diagnosis and treatment must be one of the most terrifying experiences a woman can go through. Finding out you have breast cancer is bad enough, but then, comes the treatment, and it obviously isn’t a walk in the park. But the attitude is an important part of recovery process, and Shannen Doherty proved once again that she’s a fighter and isn’t going to give up.
Back in 2015, the actress was diagnosed with breast cancer. She had to undergo a single mastectomy, radiation, and several grueling rounds of chemo. The Charmed star has been sharing her progress on Instagram and has said on multiple occasions that her cancer battle was a life-changing period of time.
When it comes to breast cancer treatment, mastectomy is as dreaded, as hair loss caused by chemo. Shannen underwent the surgery in May 2016, several months after her diagnosis. Like any other woman who has to have this operation, Shannen was heartbroken. Here’s how she described getting fitted for new bras in an interview with Entertainment Tonight:
It was traumatic and horrible, and I didn’t think anything of it at the time, then my mom went with me and I broke down crying in the dressing room and ran out. And then sat in the car crying.
Two years have passed since then, and Shannen fights on. She has recently undergone a reconstruction surgery. Her mother Rosa was by her side, and the actress shared a touching picture with her on Instagram:
The surgery lasted 10 hours, and Shannen is still recovering from it.
Reconstruction is no joke. Not going to lie... I’ve struggled with this surgery. My amazing Dr. Jay Orringer keeps reminding me it’s only been 3 weeks and I’m up and about, not taking any pain pills and generally doing well considering I had 3 surgical sites and 10 hours of surgery. Still.... I struggle. I think emotionally this is rough along with physically being unable to do a lot of things I enjoy. This is yet another humbling moment that cancer has bestowed upon me and for that, I’m thankful. Things could be so much worse. So yes, I’m blessed. In so many ways. #reconstruction
Prior to the surgery, Doherty banked her own blood in case she would need a transfusion. She was moved by others in the room who were there to donate blood and vowed to do it too, once her doctors allowed it.
My doctor had me bank some blood for my upcoming surgery. Mars P was patient with me and didn’t even roll his eyes at my anxiety over the needle size. He was patient, kind and really good. As I sat there banking blood for myself, I asked him about some of the people also donating... especially the ones with TVs. So two of them come every 2 weeks and donate platelets which takes 2 hours. Another girl comes as often as allowed to donate blood. To say I’m moved by the generosity of people is an understatement. I’m vowing that as long as I’m cleared in the future, I will start donating. Thank you to those selfless humans that donate. Thank you to Mars and all at the clinic in Woodland Hills for your smiles and hard work. Thank you to the @americanredcross #humbledagain.
The actress has been in remission since finishing her treatment. In April, she announced that one test revealed a slightly elevated tumor marker, but she’s staying positive.
Still in remission. I imagine that I’ll always worry to a certain extent but I think we all worry about something. Cancer is a beast that changes one. For me, it changed me in a lot of beautiful ways. But it also gave me a new level of anxiety about things. All understandable. I share my experience to help connect, bring awareness and hopefully encourage those going thru cancer to stay positive. So many of you have helped me with your words, prayers and support. You have helped pave the path I have walked and continue to walk and I’m eternally grateful for that. I can only hope I have helped you as well. Much love to you all. #remission #cancerslayer
We are amazed by Shannen’s unbreakable spirit. We wish her to remain cancer-free and never go through this nightmare again.