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Shannen Doherty Reveals Stage IV Cancer Diagnosis

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By Ivy Pope

Shannen Doherty had breast cancer three years ago, which was diagnosed in 2015. Well, it went into remission. And recently, she's come out with a stage 4 diagnosis, deciding to make it public before somebody else made it public for her.

"It's going to come out in a matter of days or a week that I have stage 4," she stated in an interview with ABC News, "So my cancer came back and that's why I'm here."

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She told Amy Robach during the interview that she has not fully processed it, and that this diagnosis is a bitter pill to swallow. "I have days where I say: 'Why me? Well, why not me? Who else besides me deserves this?'" She goes on to say that nobody deserves cancer, but this is something that goes through her mind frequently, these questions.

Doherty explained she was making her diagnosis public because she has legal documents entering the public eye, as she is suing State Farm for damage to her home in the 2018 Woolsey Fire, and claims they made her pay out of pocket.

"Know From Me... So It Isn't Twisted"

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Besides, she'd rather people heard it from her, anyway. "I don't want it to be twisted; I don't want it to be a court document. I want it to be real, and authentic, and I want to control the narrative. I want people to know from me." So she's taking it by the horns, folks.

She returned to filming the reboot of Beverley Hills 90210 after receiving her diagnosis, and grappling with the death of her co-star, Luke Perry, in March 2019.

Stigma Surrounding Cancer Patients

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"It was weird for me to diagnosed and then someone who was seemingly healthy go first." She continued with the show to honor her co-star, and believes she has yet to do enough in his memory.

She goes on to talk about the stigma surrounded cancer patients of any stage, but primarily stage 4.

"...I would have worked and worked sixteen hours a day and people can look at that and say, 'Oh my god, she can work and other people with stage 4 can work, our life doesn't end the minute we get a diagnosis, we still have some living to do."

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Despite her cancer diagnosis, Shannen has no plans to slow down or stop. Her fans have a bit of a mixed reaction to the diagnosis--on one hand, it's sad. On the other hand? She never should have had to announce her diagnosis like this. We can see she's making the best of it, but she shouldn't have had the threat of somebody else announcing it.

Hopefully, Shannen will make the best of this bad news, and turn it into an educational time for her fans, because the stigma surrounding cancer patients is real.

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