Shannen Doherty took to Instagram on Thursday, August 4, to tell fans that undergoing chemotherapy for her breast cancer has taken a toll on her physical and emotional well-being.
“Each person’s cancer journey is different. For me, chemo has been terrible and believe me, we have tried almost everything,” the Beverly Hills, 90210 alum, 45, wrote alongside a photo of herself laying in bed next to her beloved dog Bowie. “So days like this have become a bit of the norm. I’m learning that it’s ok to fall into bed and give in to the exhaustion or nausea or aches.”
Each persons cancer journey is different. For me, chemo has been terrible and believe me, we have tried almost everything. So days like this have become a bit of the norm. I’m learning that it’s ok to fall into bed and give in to the exhaustion or nausea or aches. I’ve learned a lot of that thru all the beautiful people who have shared their personal stories with me right here on Instagram. Thank you. Btw, it doesn’t hurt to have #msbowie comfort me So back to my nap. Thank you for your prayers, well wishes and stories. They help so much. #blessed ? by #mamarosa
After thanking her 422,000 followers for their continued support throughout her health battle, Doherty gave a shout-out to her precious pooch for sticking by her side as she fights to get better.
“Btw, it doesn’t hurt to have #msbowie comfort me. So back to my nap,” she concluded. “Thank you for your prayers, well wishes and stories. They help so much.”
During a sit-down interview with Entertainment Tonight on Tuesday, August 2, Doherty revealed that she believes her dog was the first to sense that she had cancer.
“She would obsessively sniff right here on my right side for a long time before,” she shared. “So it made sense when I got diagnosed.”
As previously reported, the actress discovered that she had breast cancer in February 2015. She recently told ET that the disease has worsened and spread to her lymph nodes.
After her eight rounds of chemotherapy are finished, Doherty is planning to begin radiation treatments. The Charmed star, who is married to photographer Kurt Iswarienko, stated that she is optimistic about her future even though she didn’t feel that way when she was first diagnosed with cancer.
“[My husband and I] were at this Italian restaurant in Brooklyn, and I looked at him and I said, ‘You better enjoy every single second that you have with me … ’cause I’m going to be dead in five years.’ He burst out crying and was like, ‘You can’t say that,’” she recounted to ET on Tuesday. “That phase was short, thank God. That was a short, short phase that I think my family and friends got me through.”