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Shannen Doherty Opens Up About The Stress And Struggle Of Her Cancer Battle

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By Clark Sparky

It's been one week since Shannen Doherty made the announcement on "Good Morning America" with Amy Robach that she has been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. On Tuesday, she posted a message to Instagram to give fans an update on how she's doing.

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I want to thank all of you for your love, prayers and support," she wrote alongside a photo of herself riding a horse.

"It’s an odd time right now and I find my feet not completely underneath me. To say I have stress is an understatement. To say that I’m struggling is mild. But... I believe that I will find my footing. I’ll dig deep for the inner strength I need to face it all. I pray I do it all with dignity and grace. I have so much to say. So much to share. I will. For now... please know how much you all help lift me."

"I remember those days. I’m a nine year survivor of liver and lung. Cancer treatment has come a long way," a fan reassured her.

"Faith Moves Mountains! Believe in positive, and send you loads of positive energy! You are not alone. We are with you," another said.

"Lord hear our prayers for Shannen’s comfort & peace. I pray that you take upon yourself all of her worries, all her fears and all her burdens. We Love you," a third added.


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

"I don't think that I've processed it," Doherty told Amy Robach. "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."

"I would say that my first reaction is always concern about how I'm going to tell my mom, my husband," she added.

"It's a hard one because I thought when I finally do come out I would have worked and worked 16 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,'" she continued while talking about filming the "Beverly Hills 90210" reboot last year. "Our life doesn't end the minute we get that diagnosis. We still have some living to do."

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