Kurt Iswarienko and Shannen Doherty at the 5th Biennial Stand UpWhen people hear the name Shannen Doherty, a few things probably come to mind. First, of course, is the fact that she became a household name during her time on Beverly Hills, 90210.  Her legendary temper, however, resulted in her being removed from the cast but producer, Aaron Spelling, gave her another chance on the hit show, Charmed. Again, her on-set antics led to her dismissal and she’s been largely unemployed ever since.

Recently, some very sad news about the actress came to light – she’s battling breast cancer. Unfortunately, comments across the internet suggest that some people believe she deserves to suffer for all of her bad behavior but she hasn’t let that get her down. Instead, she seems determined to fight to survive.

No longer a starlet, the 45-year-old attended Stand Up to Cancer’s event last week and, with her husband, Kurt Iswarienko, and oncologist, Dr. Lawrence Piro, by her said, she gave an update on her health saying: “I’ve been given a really interesting opportunity and one that in a way, I kind of feel blessed. Cancer has in a strange way done some amazing things for me. It’s allowed me to be more me, like much more in touch with who I am, and much more vulnerable and the person that I always was, but I think it got hidden behind a lot of other stuff.  My marriage was always fantastic, but it’s even better now.”

She also took a moment to recognize how this horrible illness affects more than the survivors. Everyone around someone battling with cancer is part of the battle too. She explained: “I stand here to support every single person who has cancer, and I stand here to also support the husbands and the family that has to go through it. Because it’s not just the people who have cancer. It’s the families too that go through it that it’s very hard on.”

Her husband chimed in and said: “I have the easy part. Just being a support system for her… I wish I could do it for her, you know?”

While Doherty took a moment to thank everyone for their support, her doctor revealed that things are going well and said: “Shannen is doing amazing. We have just a few more weeks of treatment, and then we’ll be nearly finished with the chemotherapy.”

That’s great news! It’s interesting to consider what Doherty said about this being a positive experience, in some ways, because it has allowed her to be more vulnerable and to get in touch with herself in ways that are more genuine. Many people who have been through a traumatic experience will likely relate to what she’s saying since the situation gives them perspective about their lives. What may have seemed like a big deal one day could actually feel so important when survival is on the line.

Get better, Shannen Doherty, so that you can regain your health and live the life you’ve always deserved!