Shannen Doherty is standing up to cancer, and helping to spread the word about early detection.
“Extra’s” Renee Bargh caught up with the 48-year-old star, who is currently in remission from breast cancer.
She told Bargh, “I’m feeling great. I’m feeling good, and very happy, blessed, thankful.”
She is regaining her health after dropping to 91 lbs. during treatment, saying, “I went for walks. My husband really forced me out of bed. Sometimes he carried me out the front door… It started with walking and then it moved to dancing, then it moved to boxing… Building up my strength was, yes, movement, but also faith.”
Her illness journey changed her relationship dynamics with her husband and family as well. Doherty explained, “It got more intense in a beautiful way… It let them see another side of me I had been covering up for a long time.”
Shannen is passionate about helping others now, explaining, “Early detection is going to make your prognosis better.” She put off her mammogram for a year, speculating, “Maybe I wouldn’t have had the surgeries that I’ve had or the chemo I’ve had… radiation.”
Her message for those that may be diagnosed is: “I am proof that you can fight... and that you can win.”
Doherty was at an event for Stand Up to Cancer and Cancer Screen Week with mobile mammogram units. She said, “They have made it so accessible and so easy for women. Seeing these women going in and being brave and doing it, it’s been a rewarding, beautiful day.”