Shannen Doherty: 'To say that I'm struggling' with stage IV cancer diagnosis 'is mild'

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Shannen Doherty is “struggling” with her stage IV cancer diagnosis.

One week after announcing her cancer had returned and is now more advanced, the BH90210 actress, 48, thanked her fans via social media for their “love, prayers and support.”

Doherty said it’s an “odd time” for her and her feet don’t feel “completely underneath” her. “To say I have stress is an understatement,” she wrote. “To say that I’m struggling is mild.”

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 05: Shannen Doherty arrives at the 9th Annual American Humane Hero Dog Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 05, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
Shannen Doherty, pictured in October, says she’s "struggling" amid her stage IV cancer battle. (Photo: Amanda Edwards/WireImage)

However, she’s hopeful.

“I believe that I will find my footing. I’ll dig deep for the inner strength I need to face it all.” And she prays she does that “with dignity and grace.”

Doherty said she had much more to say and share on the topic, but for now she just wants her fans to know that they’ve helped lift her during this difficult time.

Doherty was first diagnosed with breast cancer in March 2015 and had a single mastectomy. The cancer had spread to the lymph nodes, so she underwent chemotherapy and radiation. She also had intense reconstructive surgery. In 2017, she announced she was in remission.

The cancer returned last summer — four months after her Beverly Hills, 90210 co-star Luke Perry died suddenly. While she had previously been open about her cancer journey, she decided to keep the news to herself and her inner circle. She said she appeared in the Fox reboot, BH90210, last year to honor Perry as well as prove that she was still able to work despite her cancer battle.

In interviews, Doherty gave no indication that her cancer returned, including one with Yahoo in December.

Then last week, Doherty appeared on Good Morning America to go public with her “stage 4 terminal cancer" diagnosis, which she called “a bitter pill to swallow,” amid a legal battle with her insurance company State Farm. She sued the company after her California home was damaged in the Woolsey Fire in 2018. She said her health condition would come out in legal documents associated with the case, which is expected to go to trial.

In documents filed by State Farm in the case, the company claims the actress is trying to “garner sympathy” in an effort to get State Farm to “rebuild her entire house.”

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