Shannen Doherty's Emotional Throwback Photo Shows the Realities of Battling Breast Cancer

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Breast cancer is a reality that affects countless women and their families. And with many cancer-slaying hopefuls fighting in the trenches for their lives and health, it's testimonies like this that can be light at the end of a very long and often dark tunnel. Shannen Doherty's breast cancer throwback photo is a powerful testament to all women who struggle both during and after cancer.

  • Shannen shared this emotional photo on Instagram of her hair falling out during her past cancer battle with a powerful message.

    "Breast Cancer Awareness month. This image is so personal to me," the 46-year-old, who announced her breast cancer diagnosis back in 2015 -- and has been in remission since April of this year -- writes on Instagram.

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    She continues:

    "I had started chemo. Was using a cold cap in hope to not lose my hair. End result was clumps in my hands. I was sick, felt like I was losing myself. Gained people and lost people. Got weak and got strong. Felt ugly and yet more beautiful inside than I had ever felt before. I remember this like it was yesterday, like it was a minute ago. Cancer has so many phases. Shock, denial, acceptance, anger, resentment, rebellion, fear, appreciation, beauty. Remission. Even then, the phases keep coming. Cancer is with you forever. Those who have experienced it know that even after you’ve kicked it’s ass, it still impacts you, in good ways and bad. You still go thru the roller coaster of emotions. You still need support and love. And you can still grasp life and live, live live."

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  • There's been an outpouring of kindness and love toward Shannen for opening up about her past battle and the realities she continues to face.

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  • Many -- including fellow cancer survivors -- are celebrating the actress as they share stories of trying times they once faced.

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  • Shannen's words continue to be a source of encouragement and a shining light for breast cancer awareness.