Earlier this week, actress Shannen Doherty announced she’s battling breast cancer.
“Yes, I have breast cancer, and I am currently undergoing treatment,” the 44-year-old said in a statement to People
. “I am continuing to eat right, exercise and stay very positive about my life. I am thankful to my family, friends and doctors for their support and, of course, my fans who have stood by me.”
The actress reveals her March diagnosis was put on hold due to issues with obtaining medical insurance, which resulted in a 2014 lapse in her coverage. As a result, she filed a lawsuit against her former business partners, Tanner, Mainstain, Glynn & Johnson, arguing her doctors could have detected the cancer earlier if her coverage hadn’t wavered. As well, she would have been more likely to avoid more drastic treatments, including a potential mastectomy and chemotherapy, neither of which has been confirmed at this time.
“The spread of the cancer has caused [Doherty] severe emotional distress,” the lawsuit states, with the actress’ attorney, Devin McRae, adding that the trust between Doherty and her business associates “was violated here, and we hope that the defendants will correct it in a responsible manner.”
The Hollywood Mag
is sending out all the positive vibes to the actress and her family at this time *We love you, Shannen*
In honour of her career and strong personality, we’ve rounded up a list of what that make Doherty so amazing, and the ways in which she continues to steal our hearts!