Friday, 13 October 2017

Shannen Doherty: My Cancer Will Be with Me Forever!

Shannen Doherty has been such an inspiration for the past couple of years, huh?

It was all the way back in August of 2015 when we learned that she'd been diagnosed with breast cancer, and ever since then, she's pretty much been a total hero.

Shannen Doherty Bald Photo

Or a "cancer slayer," as she calls herself.

Things were rough for her from the get-go -- her cancer diagnosis was revealed in a lawsuit against her former manager, who had failed to obtain insurance for her.

Since she didn't have insurance, it took her longer to get in a visit with her doctor, and if she'd been able to get medical attention earlier, her cancer may have been caught earlier.

If that had happened, she may have avoided all the chemotherapy and radiation she went through this past year.

Thankfully, even though Shannen did seem to have a rough time for a long time, she announced in April that the cancer was officially in remission.

And now, since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, she's taking some time to share another one of her inspirational messages, along with a heartbreaking photo:

Shannen Doherty Losing Hair

"This image is so personal to me," she said of the picture above. "I had started chemo. Was using a cold cap in hope to not lose my hair."

"End result was clumps in my hands."

Shannen wrote that "I was sick, felt like I was losing myself. Gained people and lost people. Got weak and got strong. Felt ugly and yet more beautiful inside than I had ever felt before."

"I remember this like it was yesterday, like it was a minute ago."

"Cancer has so many phases," she explained. "Shock, denial, acceptance, anger, resentment, rebellion, fear, appreciation, beauty. Remission."

"Even then, the phases keep coming. Cancer is with you forever."

Shannen Doherty in Remission

Because, she wrote, "Those who have experienced it know that even after you've kicked it's ass, it still impacts you, in good ways and bad."

"You still go thru the roller coaster of emotions. You still need support and love. And you can still grasp life and live, live live."

It's such a strong message, and it's clear that she's touched a lot of people with it.

If you check the comment section on her photo, it's full of people who have battled cancer or who have loved ones with the disease, and it's clear that Shannen is a bright light in all that darkness.

"I'm struggling right now," one person wrote to her. "Stage 4 Metastasis Breast Cancer. Been Battling 2 years now. It's so mentally draining. I just try and focus on the good."

"My 5 year old son is my strength. Thank you for sharing your journey. I've always been a fan and now I feel so connected."

Shannen Doherty Gets Chemo Pic

"Lost my wife to cancer 5 weeks ago today at 48 years old," another person commented. "I'm a broken man and miss her so much ... we were married 27 years together 33 years my world she was."

"I know the day her hair fell out was her worst feeling through her fight. Keep strong Shannen."

Another Shannen fan simply wrote "My battle started in 1972... and I am still here sweetie ... and so are YOU!"

We're not crying, you're crying.

Just kidding, literally everyone is crying.

Thank you, Shannen, for this and for all that you do.

*Dover is a small town in Pope County, Arkansas, United States. The population was 1,329 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Russellville Micropolitan Statistical Area. Contents 1 Geography 2 Demographics 3 General info 4 The Dover massacre 5 Notable people 6 References Geography Dover is located at 35°24'2?N 93°6'45?W (35.400597, -93.112534).[1] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.8 square miles (4.7 km2), all land. Demographics Historical population Census Pop. %± 1880 368 — 1890 528 43.5% 1900 373 -29.4% 1910 385 3.2% 1920 388 0.8% 1930 510 31.4% 1940 493 -3.3% 1950 510 3.4% 1960 525 2.9% 1970 662 26.1% 1980 948 43.2% 1990 1,055 11.3% 2000 1,329 26.0% 2010 1,378 3.7% Est. 2014 1,397 1.4% U.S. Decennial Census[2] 2014 Estimate[3] As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 1,329 people, 529 households, and 372 families residing in the city. The population density was 732.7 people per square mile (283.5/km²). There were 579 housing units at an average density of 319.2 per square mile (123.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.37% White, 0.23% Black or African American, 0.68% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.60% from other races, and 0.98% from two or more races. 1.96% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. There were 529 households out of which 37.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.6% were married couples living together, 16.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.5% were non-families. 26.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 3.01. In the city the population was spread out with 29.3% under the age of 18, 10.2% from 18 to 24, 28.1% from 25 to 44, 18.6% from 45 to 64, and 13.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 79.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.0 males. The median income for a household in the city was $27,697, and the median income for a family was $33,879. Males had a median income of $25,625 versus $19,073 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,261. About 10.6% of families and 14.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.9% of those under age 18 and 14.0% of those age 65 or over. General info Dover was either named by British aristocrats in the 1830s for Dover, Kent, England or by Stephen Rye in 1832 for Dover, Tennessee.[5] Dover was the county seat for Pope County in the 1800s. The original Pope County Courthouse was located where Dover Supermarket now sits. Dover is a small town near Russellville; it has several churches, a grocery store and a hardware store. Dover acts like a satellite city in relation to nearby Russellville[citation needed] and many residents commute regularly for work and education. The Dover massacre On December 22, 1987, Ronald Gene Simmons, of Dover, killed all fourteen members of his family during a Christmas reunion in Dover. Two days later, he continued his killing spree in the county seat of Russellville, having targeted previous employers and co-workers, killing two and wounding two more. Simmons was arrested without resistance, was sentenced to death on December 10, 1989, and executed on June 25, 1990, the quickest sentence-to-execution time in the United States since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976. Notable people L.J. Churchill (December 8, 1902 – October 2, 1987) was a highly regarded civic and political figure in Dover. A Cumberland Presbyterian and a Mason, Churchill served as mayor and on the municipal school board, both nonpartisan positions. He had been state chairman of the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service of the United States Department of Agriculture. Prior to his retirement, he operated L.J. Churchill's General Merchandise Store and was a member of the board of directors of the Bank of Dover. In 1960, he was a Republican candidate for the United States House of Representatives, having been defeated by the incumbent Democrat Dale Alford of Little Rock. Churchill was married to the former Audra Hill and had a son, Eunice Vance "Buck" Churchill, and two daughters, Ola Elaine Churchill Berry and Mary Janea "Polly" Churchill Massey, all of Dover.[6] Robert E. Dale, Republican former member of the Arkansas House of Representatives from Dover, 2009 to 2015 Jeff Davis, 20th Governor of Arkansas (1901-1907), later a US Senator (1907-1913). A very controversial figure, Davis was known for demagoguery and fiery rhetoric to appeal to his agrarian political base while disparaging city dwellers, blacks and Yankees Trevor Drown, Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives for Pope and Van Buren counties since 2015; succeeded Robert Dale Virginia Hudson, American flautist and teacher began her musical education at Dover High School. Jared Keylon, rodeo cowboy who qualified for 2012 National Finals Rodeo (birthplace). Ronald Gene Simmons, retired United States Air Force master sergeant who killed sixteen people over a weeklong period in 1987, beginning in Dover
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