On Tuesday, actress Shannen Doherty took to Instagram to share the latest step in her battle against breast cancer, once again putting up a defiant front against the invasive disease she's been dealing with since March 2015.
On track with her recovery process, Doherty was joined by her model pal Anne Kortright-Shilstat and mom, Rosa, to document the process of shaving her head, which she labeled with "steps" 1 to 6.
Last summer, revelations regarding the Beverly Hills 90210 alumni's condition came hand in hand with news of a lawsuit filed against her business managers, who she said came in the way of her medical insurance payments. Apparently, they hadn't been paying her premiums and as a result, she was unable to see a doctor for months.
Thankfully though, she had the solid support of family, friends and fans all the way through. Kortright-Shilstat also recently opened up on Instagram about helping her friend through the challenges of losing her hair, saying:
I couldn't be prouder of you today. Your strength and courage is so inspiring and I am so very lucky to have you in my life. Thank you for blindly trusting me today to help you with such a big step.
The final image on Doherty's Instagram shared the following results:
Following her diagnosis back in 2015, the actress has kept relatively quiet about how her treatment has been going and to date, this is her most brutally honest update on her own health. When we heard from her last month, Shannen said she was incredibly grateful for the support she has been receiving from loyal fans:
"The love and the prayers have been absolutely wonderful and supportive and so encouraging. I really do appreciate it."
Without a doubt, the actress will give strength and hope to others battling this terrible disease. And in doing so, she has joined the following women who have taken it upon themselves to courageously speak out about breast cancer:
1. Angelina Jolie
Last year, Angelina Jolie became a beacon of hope for many after undergoing a double mastectomy. In a letter published in The New York Times, the actress outlined her reasons for surgery after finding out that she had an exceptionally high risk of developing break and ovarian cancer.
In an interview alongside her husband Brad Pitt, she also spoke about going through menopause early as a result and honestly relayed the ways in which her body had changed:
"I knew the breast would be a bigger surgery and physically changing. The ovaries is more, your hormones changing and your emotions changing, but it's different. You feel different."
2. Christina Applegate
Christina Applegate took an incredibly progressive approach to her cancer diagnosis, deciding to undergo a double mastectomy to decrease the chances of the condition ever coming back. Appearing on the Oprah Winfrey Show in 2008, she said:
"It came on really fast. It was one of those things that I woke up and it felt so right. It just seemed like, 'I don't want to have to deal with this again. I don't want to keep putting that stuff in my body. I just want to be done with this.' And I was just going to let them go. [...] I have taken a very progressive stance. For that I am really grateful."
Applegate is also a founding member of Right Action For Women, a charity that provides financial support for women who are likely to be diagnosed with cancer.
3. Sheryl Crow
Following a routine mammogram in 2006, Sheryl Crow learned that she had calcifications on both of her breasts, forcing her to postpone a world tour and undergo seven weeks of radiation. During this time, she was open about trying to surround herself with inspiring and positive vibes, saying:
"I am inspired by the brave women who have faced this battle before me and grateful for the support of family and friends."
4. Cynthia Nixon
In 2006, Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon was diagnosed with breast cancer, just as her mother was before her. After an 18 month battle, the star recovered and ever since, she has been drawing attention to the impact of the disease through her work with various nonprofit organizations.
Today the actress is an official ambassador for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation, offering vital advice, such as:
"Talk with your doctor, make healthy lifestyle choices and most importantly, know your body – as that can make all the difference in the world."
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