Shannen Doherty continues to defy the odds. Back in 2015, the "Beverly Hills 90210" actress was diagnosed with breast cancer, and her diagnoses over the next eight years have gotten more severe. Over the weekend, though, Shannen shared an optimistic approach to her health battles, saying she's "great."
During a speech at 90s Con — for which she received a standing ovation — the actress spoke valiantly about her health, her divorce and her confidence.
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The audience at 90s Con in Tampa, Florida, gave Shannen Doherty a standing ovation when she took the stage. "Thank you so much," she said. "You guys know how much I love crying constantly. And I do, it seems. So, thank you."
Shannen was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015. She entered remission two years later. Then in 2020, her cancer returned as Stage 4. In June, things got a little more dire for the "Charmed" star: Her breast cancer had spread to her brain, she revealed. She secretly underwent several surgeries and began radiation treatments.
At the time, she posted videos of herself being fitted for a special mask that's worn while receiving radiation treatments in an enclosed machine. "My fear is obvious. I am extremely claustrophobic and there was a lot going on in my life," she captioned one of the clips. "I am fortunate as I have great doctors like Dr. Amin Mirhadi and the amazing techs at Cedars-Sinai [Medical Center]," she added, "But that fear…. The turmoil….. the timing of it all…. This is what cancer can look like."
Although her health certainly has an affect on her wellbeing, Shannen Doherty has a strong mindset: "I have a fight for my life, that I deal with every day. I think I am really great," she said to the 90s Con crowd's delight.
The "Heathers" star also had an upbeat attitude while discussing her cancer battle in 2020…
"I'm good. I love it when people say, 'We're praying for you.' … But there comes a point where you go, 'I got this. Like, I'm fine, I'm good.' There's a lot of people in the world that could use prayers — and I'm feeling great," she told "Entertainment Tonight."
"I'm doing better than OK. I'm doing well. I feel strong and healthy and confident and happy," she added at the time.
Amid Shannen Doherty's lengthy cancer battle came some personal news: In April 2023, she filed to divorce her husband of 11 years, Kurt Iswarienko.
Making light of the situation, Shannen joked to the 90s Con crowd, "My other profession is getting engaged, married and divorced, and I'm doing that very well."
After she filed for divor,ce the TV star's rep said, "Divorce is the last thing Shannen wanted. Unfortunately, she felt she was left with no other option."
Her rep also hinted that another woman played a role in the implosion of Shannen's third marriage: "You can contact Kurt's agent, Collier Grimm at PICTUREKID, as she is intimately involved," the rep said.
Shannen Doherty's "Beverly Hills, 90210" co-star Brian Austin Green shared an update on his longtime friend's health last week.
"She's an incredibly tough person," he told the Herald Sun on Sept. 12 when asked about Shannen. "If there's anyone who could put up a real fight to cancer, she's one of them. It's not an easy situation, obviously, but I love her to death."