Since revealing her diagnosis in August 2015, Shannen Doherty has been incredibly open about the trials and tribulations of her battle with breast cancer.
And her recent Instagram post in honour of Breast Cancer Awareness month is no different.
The actor shared a moving image of herself, distraught over the loss of her hair as she underwent chemotherapy.
“This image is so personal to me,” the 46-year-old wrote. “I had started chemo. Was using a cold cap in hope to not lose my hair. End result was clumps in my hands.”
“I was sick, felt like I was losing myself. Gained people and lost people. Got weak and got strong. Felt ugly and yet more beautiful inside than I had ever felt before. I remember this like it was yesterday, like it was a minute ago.”
“Cancer has so many phases. Shock, denial, acceptance, anger, resentment, rebellion, fear, appreciation, beauty. Remission. Even then, the phases keep coming. Cancer is with you forever. Those who have experienced it know that even after you’ve kicked it’s ass, it still impacts you, in good ways and bad. You still go thru the roller coaster of emotions. You still need support and love. And you can still grasp life and live, live live.”
The 90210 star previously spoke to Entertainment Tonight about the decision to share her experience so candidly.
"I wanted to put it out there the way it felt the best for me to put it out there; also, if I could help one person then it makes me go, 'Oh, okay.' It's easier to live with having cancer if I know I'm helping at least one person."
And going by the thousands of thankful comments on her recent post, she's certainly done just than that.