Cancer, of course, exacts a heavy toll on those forced to live with it, but something that’s not spoken about as often is the impact it has on the loved ones of the sufferer.
Fortunately, most people are blessed with the benefit of having a strong group of individuals to help them through their darkest hours as they face this terrible disease. Leaning on one another is vital, and the strength and support from a loved one really can go a long way.
It was in June of this year when 52-year-old actress Shannen Doherty revealed that her stage four cancer had mestasized to her brain, prompting an outpour of sympathy and sorrow from her fans all around the world.
The Beverly Hills, 90210 and Charmed star was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015, but went into remission two years later after undergoing treatment.
Tragically, Doherty appeared on Good Morning America in 2020 to let the world know her cancer had not only returned, but that it was at stage four.
“It’s going to come out in a matter of days or a week that I’m stage four,” she said. “So my cancer came back and that’s why I’m here.”
Just how difficult that year must have been is beyond our powers of comprehension, but it’s known that the actress largely kept her damning diagnosis to herself as she worked on a reboot of BH90210.
One of the few friends she did confide in was Beverly Hills, 90210 co-star Brian Austin Green.
“I had moments of great anxiety where I thought, ‘I can’t really do this,’ and Brian was the one person who – of that group of people that knew – that I told, like, pretty quickly and said, ‘Here, this is what I’m dealing with’,” she explained.
“So prior to shooting he would always call me and say, ‘Listen, you know, whatever happens, I have your back.’ He would look at me and be like, ‘We got this, kiddo’…so Brian helped me through a lot.”