Fans have been following actress Shannen Doherty’s breast cancer battle since her diagnosis in 2015.
But the former “90210” and “Charmed” star, who openly shares the ups and downs of her illness via Instagram, shared an extra-special picture Friday with the hashtag #fbf (Flashback Friday).
The caption explained that the actress recently finished her last chemotherapy treatment in October and is finished with radiation as well.
#fbf to this morning. Oct7,2016… not that long ago. Last day of chemo. Exhausted. Now that I’m done with chemo and radiation, the waiting game is here. Waiting for test. Waiting to see if I’m clear or not. Waiting for reconstruction. Waiting. I think when one gets cancer, they are always waiting to a certain extent. To those who know… I’m waiting with you. #cancerslayer ?
“#fbf to this morning. Oct7,2016… not that long ago. Last day of chemo. Exhausted. Now that I’m done with chemo and radiation, the waiting game is here. Waiting for test. Waiting to see if I’m clear or not. Waiting for reconstruction. Waiting. I think when one gets cancer, they are always waiting to a certain extent. To those who know… I’m waiting with you,” she wrote.
Doherty ended the caption with her now-recognizable hashtag: #cancerslayer. As anyone who’s battled cancer knows, waiting is part of fighting the disease, and it’s a waiting game that is not easy.
The actress revealed via Instagram that she will get tested again in April for any signs of cancer. Until then, Doherty is going about life as usual.
“And we are off… As I wait until April to get tested, I might as well travel, work, create, love and put effort into things I’m passionate about. #cancerslayer #staytuned,” she wrote.
A photo she shared on Valentine’s Day expressed a theme common to her cancer struggle: One of gratitude to her husband and others who’ve supported her through her illness.
Doherty has also taken special care to thank her medical team—and even her radiation machine.
“Thank you Vantage Oncology and Dr Leslie Botnick. Thank you to all that work there, especially Anna,Vince, Mike (pictured here) and Jackie. And a big thank you to Maggie. Everyday you rotated around me, I knew you were zapping the last of those pesky micro cells lingering behind. Here’s hoping I never see you again sweet Maggie!!! #lovethiscrew #cancerslayer,” she captioned the picture.
Follow up visit with Dr Leslie Botnick, my radiation oncology and Vantage Oncology. He said ” I didn’t get into medicine to make money. I got into it to help people”. He helped me. In a country where more and more doctors won’t take insurance, he’s a rarity. Plus, he makes me smile!! #radiation #cancerslayer #igotagoodone #vantageoncology
Doherty has served as an inspiration throughout her cancer fight. She was honored with the Courage Award at the American Cancer Society’s Annual Gala in Los Angeles on Nov. 5, for her honest and strong voice.
At the time Doherty told the Press Association, “I’m feeling ridiculously lucky and very blessed. Cancer has changed my life for the better.”
I think we can all agree her positive attitude and willingness to share has changed many of us for the better. Here’s hoping for more great news in April.