Following her diagnosis last year, Doherty shared a series of emotional photos this afternoon in which she shaved her head.
Over a year after she revealed her battle with breast cancer to the world, actress Shannen Doherty has decided to let her Instagram followers take the journey with her as she shared a series of photos of herself shaving her head.
The former ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ star, aged 45, posted six black-and-white photos of herself undergoing the emotional process of cutting off her hair in stages. The first picture showed her embracing her mother, Rosa Elizabeth Doherty, with the final snap displaying a new mohawk, as she conducted the haircutting in front of the mirror herself.
Doherty, also a central cast member of long-running fantasy series ‘Charmed’ for its first three seasons, was joined by a friend who appeared to take the pictures for her as she posted them on Wednesday (July 20th).
The actress, who has enjoyed a successful TV and film career going back to the mid ‘80s, was diagnosed with breast cancer back in March 2015. She revealed her ordeal in August later the same year when she filed a lawsuit against her former business management firm Tanner Mainstain, in which she alleges the cancer spread because she wasn’t properly covered by their health insurance.
This February, Doherty went public and said that she had made the decision to remove the tumour. “Ultimately, they're just breasts, right? I mean, I love them, they're mine, they're beautiful, but in the grand scheme of things, I would rather be alive, and I would rather grow old with my husband,” she revealed on the ‘Dr. Oz Show’.
“Shannen was very transparent about what's going on in her breast. She has cancer on one side, it's a big tumor, it has spread to the lymph nodes on that side, but we don't have any evidence that it's gone any farther than that,” Dr Mehmet Oz later told Entertainment Tonight.
“She had to come to grips with the fear - sometimes that fear has paralyzed her over the past year,” he continued. “Thankfully, if we aggressively can treat it, we can save Shannen's life, and her doctors are superb and they're all over that decision.”