'I'm Petrified': Shannen Doherty Reveals She's 'Dying' Of Stage 4 Cancer
Three years after entering remission for breast cancer, Shannen Doherty has revealed on World Cancer Day that it has now returned.
Speaking to 'Good Morning America' in an interview that aired in part on Tuesday, the former 'Beverly Hills, 90210' star, 48, was initially diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015, but it went into remission in 2017.
The star said that she had living with the diagnosis privately for almost one year, but decided to speak out due to a court case with her insurance company after she filed a motion in her lawsuit against State Farm Insurance, which states that "Plaintiff Shannen Doherty is dying of stage 4 terminal cancer".
“It’s going to come out in a matter of days or a week that -- I’m stage IV," Doherty told Amy Robach. "So my cancer came back. And that’s why I’m here. I don’t think I’ve processed it. It’s a bitter pill to swallow in a lot of ways.”
“I don’t want it to be twisted. I don’t want it to be a court document,” she said.
“I want it to be real and authentic, and I want to control the narrative.”
In the documents, Doherty's attorney claims that the actress is unable to live out "her remaining years peacefully in her home" because State Farm has not agreed to cover the cost of repairs to her home which was damaged in the 2018 Woolsey fire.
Doherty added that upon finding out that her cancer had returned, she continued to work on BH901210 -- with the diagnosis coming just four months before the shock death of co-star and close friend Luke Perry from a stroke.
“It’s so weird for me to be diagnosed and then somebody who was, you know, seemingly healthy to go first,” she said.
“It was really, like, shocking. And the least I could do to honour him was to do that show. … One of the reasons, along with Luke, that I did 90210 and didn’t really tell anybody [was] because I thought, ‘People can look at that [and see] other people with stage IV can work too.’
"Like, you know, our life doesn’t end the minute we get that diagnosis. We still have some living to do.”
Despite admitting she was "petrified" and "pretty scared" upon learning the disease had returned, Doherty said she's trying to remain positive.
“I definitely have days where I say, ‘Why me?’” she admitted. “And then I go, ‘Well, why not me? Who else? Who else besides me deserves this?’ None of us do.”
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