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Shannen Doherty Who Is A Breast Cancer Survivor, Shared A Powerful Message For Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Shannen Doherty who is a breast cancer survivor doesn’t want us, women, to just be aware during the Breast Cancer Awareness Month, she wants us to act on it too. The actress and director found out she was in remission from breast cancer in the spring of 2017. Although now she no longer has signs of the diseases, she is committed to helping other women survive through early detection and treatment. On October 1, she took to Instagram to share a message that goes beyond awareness.

 

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Standing at the mammogram machine posing in a hospital gown, she said:

October. Breast cancer awareness month. Last week I went for my mammogram. As scary as it can be, it’s also comforting when you get the all clear. Early detection is the key. Don’t put it off!!!

The ‘Heathers and Beverly Hills, 902190’ star has documented her cancer journey, from the beginning when she was diagnosed, to the chemotherapy and radiation treatments, and then to her slow and difficult recovery. She has a million followers on Instagram who are keen to follow her very honest, candid, and as well as intimate updates. In one picture, Shannen shared the process of shaving her head during chemotherapy.

 

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And in another picture, she showed what it was like to get a chemotherapy treatment, writing:

Day after #chemoday isn’t always so great. Sometimes one isn’t able to dance or eat or even to think about the next day. Sometimes it just feels like you aren’t going to make it. That passes. Sometimes the next day or 2 days later or 6 but it passes and movement is possible. Hope is possible. Possibility is possible. To my cancer family and everyone suffering…. stay courageous. Stay strong.

Shannen found out she had breast cancer in 2015 and that it had spread to her lymph nodes. Her treatment involved a one-sided mastectomy as well as chemotherapy and radiation. Although she’s cancer-free for over a year now, she is still aware and cautious about it. Back in April, she wrote:

Reoccurrences happen all the time. Many of you have shared that very story with me. So with a heart that is certainly lighter, I wait.

 

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