Laughter is definitely the best medicine. Shannen Doherty shared a sweet post on Instagram on Thursday, August 4, in which she and her husband, Kurt Iswarienko, goof off with wigs and scarves on their heads.
“He loves me with pink hair or no hair,” the 45-year-old actress captioned the funny photo, in which Iswarienko pokes playfully at her nose with his middle finger. “I’m blessed to have such a strong support team starting with @kurtiswarienko who loves me more every second.”
“Can’t imagine my life without him,” she continued. “Cancer is not pleasant but it can bring out the best in relationships or the worse. Thankfully, it has made our marriage stronger.”
He loves me with pink hair or no hair. I’m blessed to have such a strong support team starting with @kurtiswarienko who loves me more every second. Can’t imagine my life without him. Cancer is not pleasant but it can bring out the best in relationships or the worse. Thankfully, it has made our marriage stronger. #f?cancer
Doherty recently revealed that her cancer has spread. (She was first diagnosed in February 2015.) “I had breast cancer that spread to the lymph nodes, and from one of my surgeries we discovered that some of the cancer cells might have actually gone out of the lymph nodes,” she told Entertainment Tonight on Monday, August 1. “So for that reason, we are doing chemo, and then after chemo, I’ll do radiation.”
The former Charmed star has been vocal about her ups and downs in her ongoing battle with cancer. In an interview with Entertainment Tonight earlier this week, Doherty revealed that her cancer has, against all odds, strengthened their relationship.
“I could not have gotten through this without my husband. … My marriage was always strong, but it’s made my marriage a thousand times stronger,” she said. “He’s never missed a chemo. He’s never missed a sick day.”
Doherty and the photographer tied the knot in October 2011, and Iswarienko has similarly shown his support for the Beverly Hills, 90210, alum in recent days. On Tuesday, he posted a photo of himself, Doherty and a pal throwing up middle fingers to cancer.
“Cancer is like a book with so many pages you don’t see a way to read through all of them at once,” he captioned the image, in which Doherty wears the same bright pink wig. “But when you take them one page at a time, a story emerges and takes shape in unexpected ways. The outcome isn’t clear or easy to reckon with, but you find as you go through the journey that a clear outcome isn’t the point. The journey is the thing. The people you connect with along the way are the point. It’s about human energy. It’s about breathing.”