WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- ‘Beverly Hills 90210’ actress Shannen Doherty has revealed on ‘Good Morning America’ that she was diagnosed last year with stage 4 cancer.
- The 48-year-old actress admitted to feeling so terrified of the latest diagnosis that she kept it to herself for a year and still took on projects.
- She told the TV show that she’s so grateful for her BH 90210 co-star Brian Green who helped her a lot during filming.
Three years after she went into remission, ‘Charmed’ star Shannen Doherty revealed her cancer came back and that she was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer.
Speaking on “Good Morning America” on Tuesday, the 48-year-old actress tearfully admitted that she’s very scared about the grave diagnosis. She also revealed that she had kept her battle with cancer private for a year to prove that she is still able to work.
“It’s a bitter pill to swallow in a lot of ways. I definitely have days where I say, ‘Why me?’ And then I go, ‘Well, why not me? Who else besides me deserves this?’ None of us do,” she told the show.
Shortly after she was diagnosed, her former co-star Luke Perry died of a massive stroke. She said she kept the news of her latest diagnosis to herself and worked on a “Beverly Hills 90210” reboot to ‘honor’ him.
“It’s so weird for me to be diagnosed and then somebody who was, you know, seemingly healthy to go first. The least I could do to honor him was to do that show,” said Doherty.
While she admitted to having told a small group of people about her diagnosis, she said that she also confided in co-star Brian Austin Green, whom she said had helped her get through moments of great anxiety as well as long days of filming.
“So prior to shooting, he would always call me and say, ‘Listen, you know, whatever happens, I have your back.’ He would look at me and be like, ‘We got this, kiddo’ … so Brian helped me through a lot.”
The news comes after Doherty’s legal battle with insurance company State Farm for the damage to her home during the 2018 Woolsey Fire has been made public.
While Doherty said that she didn’t want the public to know about her condition yet, she told the TV show that she preferred that people hear it firsthand from her. “I don’t want it to be twisted. I want it to be real and authentic. And I want to control the narrative,” she added.
According to the American Cancer Society, people with stage 4 breast cancer have a 22 percent five-year survival rate, meaning, 22% of people with the disease are still alive five years after being diagnosed.
Source: Page Six