“BH90210” star Shannen Doherty is now in remission following a painful journey with breast cancer. Despite a positive health outlook, the actress admits she’s still coming to terms with her body following cancer treatment.
“I’m trying to figure out how to accept who I am now,” she tells People. “I’m never going to be the size I used to be. Some of my meds that I’m on keep zapping the collagen out of me, so I’m never going to have a wrinkle-free face. I’m critical of myself. But there are some things you can’t fight.”
Diagnosed with breast cancer in March 2017, Doherty underwent hormone therapy before a double mastectomy, followed by double rounds of radiation and chemotherapy. She then underwent breast reconstruction surgery using a process called DIEP flap which uses the patient’s own breast tissue to rebuild the breast.
“I really took good care of myself, and I came out of it in as good of condition I think somebody [in my situation] could be in,” Doherty says. “But the funny thing with cancer is that once you’re no longer on chemo or radiation, people think you’re fine, that you bounce back. But what they don’t realize is that your body has been through something so incredibly difficult that your body never fully bounces back.”
Despite the health hardships, Doherty, 47, is grateful to be here.
“I don’t think you’re ever on the other side [of cancer]. I don’t think about the fact that I’m in remission. I look at it like I’m lucky to be alive every minute, every second of the day.”
However, returning to work with “BH90210” has “taken a toll” on the actress’s mind and body.
“I’m exhausted. And I’m really terrible with self-care. When I‘m at work, I have a tunnel-vision mentality.”
“BH90210” airs Wednesdays on Global at 9 p.m. ET/PT.