Shannen Doherty wants to shatter the idea that people with her illness are unable to work.
The “Beverly Hills 90210” star told “Good Morning America” in a candid interview Tuesday that she felt her abilities had been called into question since she announced she had Sstage 4 breast cancer in 2020.
“A lot of people who are diagnosed with stage 4 are kind of written off,” the “Charmed” star said. “It is assumed that they cannot work or that they cannot work to their full capacity, and that is not true.”
Doherty, 50, added, “This is something I really wish people would stop assuming and give us a chance to prove them wrong.”
Doherty – who will appear in the lifetime films “Dying to Belong” and “List of a Lifetime” this month – added that because of this misconception, she has found a “more fulfilling” job since her diagnosis.
Doherty was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015 and recounted his experiences on social networks. She went into remission in 2017, but in February 2020, the “Mallrats” actor announced that the cancer had returned to stage 4.
Yet before she began to speak publicly about her honest experiences with cancer, Doherty was primarily known as a ’90s television idol with a reputation for “bad girl”. Doherty opened up about his notoriety on “GMA”, explaining that at the time, many men in his industry were “not as collaborative with women as they maybe are now.” She also noted that most women were supposed to just “take your marks, say your line and do your job.”
Doherty said this kind of attitude made her “extremely rebellious.”
“I think because of all the names, the labels that were given to me, I kind of retracted even more on myself and became even more defensive and even more closed.”
But she said her perspective started to change after being diagnosed with cancer.
“You have to really dig deep to deal with cancer,” Doherty said. “And in this you find all these things that you had hidden, and these are beautiful things that you find. You find vulnerability… you find forgiveness ”
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