Shannen Doherty Brings Chelsea Handler to Tears as She Describes Life With Cancer

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This actress has been nothing but open and honest about the challenges she's faced this year, but her latest interview will gut you as she speaks more candidly than ever. In a poignant conversation with Chelsea Handler, Shannen Doherty talks about how her battle with cancer has forced her to "remake" herself "so many different times." 

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The former Beverly Hills, 90210 star, 45, told the host of Netflix's Chelsea how the disease has challenged her and changed her way of thinking about herself and her future. Hear her open up about this emotional time in this preview to the episode streaming now:

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It's no wonder the usually caustic Chelsea was brought to tears. The tough-talking comedian lost her mom to the disease in 2006. Doherty was diagnosed over a year ago, yet she's so raw and real when she talks about how the disease has changed who she thought she was.

"I think what's beautiful and hard and interesting about cancer is that it tears you down and builds you, and tears you down and builds you," she said. "It remakes you so many different times. The person I thought I was supposed to be or was going to be or who I thought I was six months ago is now somebody completely different. I realize 'Wow, I really thought that I was so brave and so gracious this entire time and really I was just hiding.'" 

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Her words no doubt resonate with so many cancer patients and survivors. The actress, who's been married to Kurt Iswarienko since 2011, says what so many spouses probably feel when faced with the same devastating circumstances.

"This was very hard and not humbling -- because I've already been humbled by cancer," she said. "It was hard in the sense of rethinking sort of who you are and how you come to terms with who are now and accepting it and looking at your husband and thinking like, 'Dude, I'm so sorry.'"

While her husband, mom, and friends have been there every step of the way, Doherty's heartbreaking Instagram photo illustrates the inherent isolation those facing cancer all too often feel:

Some might say the glamorous actress has never been more radiant because of the bravery and grace with which she's handling this illness. She's truly an inspiration and we wish her all the best in the days ahead.

 

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