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Shannen Doherty’s battle with cancer impacted her body image, her outlook on life and her marriage.

Though she’s in remission now, the “Beverly Hills, 90210” star opened up to People about life after treatment.

“I don’t think you’re ever on the other side (of cancer),” the 48-year-old said. “I don’t think about the fact that I’m in remission. I look at it like I’m lucky to be alive every minute, every second of the day.”

Doherty was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015. She finished her cancer treatments in 2017.

According to Doherty, cancer “solidified” her bond with producer husband Kurt Iswarienko.

“Kurt and I have a much deeper appreciation for each other now,” she told People. “We don’t let a night go by mad at each other. The last time we had a big argument was pre-cancer.”

Iswarienko also had a hand in helping his famous wife accept her body post-cancer.

‘BH 90210’: Shannen Doherty wouldn’t have done new series if she was the villain

“I don’t have to be a sexy little vixen,” she said. “How Kurt sees me really helps me be a better person. He was always like, ‘I’ve never seen someone handle something so difficult with so much grace. You’re so strong.’ And I figured out, it’s a quiet strength. And that is far sexier and appealing than I had before.”

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Though she has announced she’s “healthy” now, Doherty said cancer changes the body forever.

“I really took good care of myself, and I came out of it in as good of condition I think somebody (in my situation) could be in,” she said. “But the funny thing with cancer is that once you’re no longer on chemo or radiation, people think you’re fine, that you bounce back. But what they don’t realize is that your body has been through something so incredibly difficult that your body never fully bounces back.”

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The demanding schedule of filming “BH90210,” the reboot of her ’90s series, “has taken a toll,” Doherty told People.

Doherty previously told USA TODAY at the Television Critics Association it’s impossible to “face something like cancer and not be a different person.”

“Not that I was that person to begin with,” she continued. “It just allowed me to maybe take down my walls a little bit to maybe show the softer side of who I am, but there’s none of that in the new ‘90210.’ “

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Early 1990s. The original cast of “Beverly Hills 90210.” Shannen Doherty, front row, left in black bikini, played Brenda Walsh on the show from 1990 to 1994 Andrew Semel, FOX 1993. Actress Shannen Doherty laughs during a dress rehearsal Oct. 2, 1993, of NBC TV’s “Saturday Night Live” in New York. Doherty later told the audience that she married Ashley Hamilton the previous week; they divorced in April 1994. NBC-TV 1994. Shannen Doherty as Brenda Walsh in a publicity photo for “Beverly Hills, 90210.” Diego Uchitel, FOX 1995. Actress Shannen Doherty in a scene from the movie “Mallrats,” filmed after she left “Beverly Hills, 90210.” Carlo Ontal, Gramercy Pictures 1996. Shannen Doherty, left, finds herself the victim of an ambitious and obsessive acquaintance, Jennifer Blanc, in the TV movie “Friends ‘Till the End.” Paul Drinkwater, NBC 1998. Alyssa Milano, left, Shannen Doherty and Holly Marie Combs are three sisters called the Charmed Ones in “Charmed” on The WB Network Warner Bros. 1998. Shannen Doherty stars as a witch in “Charmed” on the WB Network. Frank Ockenfels, Warner Bros. Actress Shannen Doherty and Hugh Hefner (right) celebrate Hefner’s birthday at the Playboy mansion in Los Angeles in 1999. Johansson Lodge 2000. Antonio Sabato Jr. makes a guest appearance on “Charmed” with Shannen Doherty as Prue Halliwell. Richard Cartwright, Warner Bros. 2004. Shannen Doherty guest stars on an episode of “North Shore” on FOX. Mario Perez, FOX 2005. Actress Shannen Doherty attends an Alanis Morissette concert to benefit the Step Up Women’s Network in New York. Paul Hawthorne, Getty Images 2005. Shannen Doherty, right, fights ultimate superstorm in the CBS Sunday movie “The End of the World.” CBS 2006. Shannen Doherty gives reality TV a shot with a one-season show called “Breaking up with Shannen Doherty” in which she helps people determine whether a relationship is worth keeping. Oxygen 2008. Shannen Doherty, left, returns as Brenda to a “Beverly Hills” revival called “90210.” Shenae Grimes is Annie in a scene from the episode entitled “”Wide Awake and Dreaming.”” Michael Desmond, The CW 2009. Shannen Doherty arrives March 11, 2009, at the premiere of Walt Disney Pictures’ “Race to Witch Mountain” in Hollywood. Alberto E. Rodriguez, Getty Images 2009. Shannen Doherty arrives at the 13th annual Hollywood Awards Gala Ceremony on Oct. 26, 2009, in Beverly Hills. John Shearer, Getty Images 2010. Shannen Doherty attends the G-Star Raw fashion show Feb. 16, 2010, in New York City. Scott Wintrow, Getty Images 2010. Shannen Doherty, left, and her partner Mark Ballas perform March 22, 2010, on the celebrity dance competition series, “Dancing With the Stars” in Los Angeles. Adam Larkey, ABC 2011. Shannen Doherty and director/writer Christopher B. Landon arrive Jan. 12, 2011, at the premiere of New Films Cinema’s “Burning Palms” in Los Angeles. Alberto E. Rodriguez, Getty Images 2012. Photographer Kurt Iswarienko, whom actress Shannen Doherty married in 2011, and Doherty arrive Jan. 13, 2012, at WE tv’s “Family Affair” winter in Pasadena, Calif. Angela Weiss, Getty Images 2012. Shannen Doherty participates in a panel Jan. 14, 2012, for the new television show “Shannen Says” on WE tv during the AMC Networks portion of the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour in Pasadena, Calif. Danny Moloshok, AP 2016. Former “Charmed” castmate Holly Marie Combs, left, and Shannen Doherty arrive ahead of opening night June 16, 2016, for Opera Australia’s production of Carmen at Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia. Don Arnold, WireImage She attended the Hollywood Unites for the 5th Biennial Stand Up To Cancer event. Gregg DeGuire, WireImage

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‘90210’ Star Shannen Doherty Still Stuck Living in Temporary Housing After California Wildfires

Shannen Doherty is still displaced from her home after the California wildfires ripped through Malibu last year, and she does not know when she’ll be able to return.

The former “Beverly Hills, 90210” star filed documents in her ongoing legal battle against her insurance company State Farm, who claimed had refused to pay up on her claims relating to the Woolsey wildfire.

In the newly filed documents, Doherty explains she was forced to evacuate her home, “and the premises have remained uninhabitable since November 2018, during which time Plaintiff has been living in temporary housing.”

However, State Farm revealed that they have paid out over $350,000 to Doherty, in hopes of covering damage, temporary housing and furniture rental. State Farm says they are currently paying $35,000 per month for the actress to live in temporary housing.

The insurance company says Doherty has continued to submit additional expenses, and they now plan to depose Doherty, and her mother Rosa, in the near future regarding all the damage.

Earlier this year, Doherty sued and claimed, “State Farm will take advantage of the vulnerability and distress of its policy holders when they find themselves in the very situations they paid thousands of dollars in premiums to insure against.”

The actress claimed State Farm only offered two weeks of coverage for a temporary residence while the house was cleaned up, which Doherty believed was ridiculous.

She also claimed the entire ordeal was “incredibly distressing,” especially while she undergoes “invasive cancer treatment, including chemo and radiation therapy.”

The star was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015 and has been very open about her treatment.

State Farm has denied all allegations of wrongdoing and said they were justified in denying some of Doherty’s claims.

Shannen Doherty feels grateful to have successfully battled cancer (Picture: Getty)

Shannen Doherty has revealed she feels ‘lucky to be alive’ after her harrowing cancer battle.

The Beverly Hills, 90210 star was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015 before thankfully going into remission two years later after eight rounds of chemotherapy and a single mastectomy.

The 47-year-old has now said she’ll never be fully ‘on the other side’ of the disease, because she’s always thinking about how incredible it is that she’s beaten it.

‘I don’t think about the fact that I’m in remission. I look at it like I’m lucky to be alive every minute, every second of the day,’ she told People.

The actress is pleased she came out of her cancer battle in ‘good condition’, but insists she hasn’t ‘bounced back’ as well as people might think because her body went through so much.

‘The funny thing with cancer is that once you’re no longer on chemo or radiation, people think you’re fine, that you bounce back,’ she explained.

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‘But what they don’t realise is that your body has been through something so incredibly difficult that your body never fully bounces back.’

Shannen has been filming the reboot of Beverly Hills, 90210, named BH90210, in which she reprises her role as Brenda Walsh, and has said the long shooting days have ‘taken a toll’.

The star previously revealed that she decided to sign up for the reboot to ‘honour’ Luke Perry’s memory, after his death back in March.

She and Luke had been the only two original stars who were unconfirmed for the revamp, but his passing pushed her to reconsider the project.

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Shannen Doherty On How Breast Cancer Changed Her Body and How She Learned to Love It Again

If you had looked at Shannen Doherty’s life a few years ago, you would have seen something pretty darn idyllic. Through years of hard work and indelible roles on Beverly Hills, 90210 and Charmed, she had established herself as a talented and respected Hollywood actress, and she had found love and settled down with photographer Kurt Iswarienko. Then, in 2015, she was diagnosed with breast cancer, and her world dramatically changed. Shannen immediately swung into action, and what followed was a whirlwind. “It’s been eye-opening, enlightening, and hard,” she admits. “There were definitely dips and valleys where I thought, ‘God, I wish this were easier.’ ” Her initial attempts at fighting the cancer cells with hormone therapy proved to be ineffective, as the disease had spread to her lymph nodes. So in May 2016, Shannen had a single mastectomy, followed by grueling courses of chemotherapy, and then radiation. About a year after radiation was complete, she underwent an intense reconstructive surgery. Now, “I’m in remission,” explains Shannen, 47, “but I’m still not done with this journey. Every five years is another milestone.” Nonetheless, she is brimming with strength, positivity, and even gratitude for the disease that threatened to end her life. “As brutal as it was, cancer was a gift,” she says. “It opened me up, it taught me about myself, and it changed me as a human being forever.”

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Going back, what do you remember about your initial diagnosis?

There was a lump, and I had a mammogram and then a biopsy. When I got the results, I was in the car with my mom and I just knew. The longer I sat, the more it started sinking in. Then I started crying. I called my husband and told him. And from there, I just put together a team—including L.A.-based surgeons Dr. Armando Giuliano and Dr. Jay Orringer and oncologist Dr. Lawrence Piro.

What made you decide to be so candid about everything on social media?

It was just about being as honest as possible. And then it became very important to me that I was there for people who were going through it. I would never give medical advice because I’m not a doctor, but I would always say, “Advocate for yourself.” And also, I get a little less trolls and haters on social media now, so that’s good. I think because cancer stripped me of my defense mechanisms, it allowed people to see all sides of me.

What was the lowest point throughout the journey?

I remember I got in the shower to wash my hair, and it just started coming out in clumps. I started screaming for my mom. I think that was harder than the surgeries. It was like, “Oh my God, this is real.” Right away, I made the decision to shave my head. My friend came over, and she shaved it. We laughed, and we cried. She shaved it in stages, so it was like a pageboy, then punk rock, shaved on the sides. It was a fun experience, considering that I was devastated.

How did your husband of seven years, Kurt Iswarienko, handle it?

A pivotal moment for me was when I was deathly ill from the chemo. They were worried about my organs shutting down because I couldn’t keep anything in. One time, I couldn’t lift my head, I couldn’t suck on an ice cube, I was done. And Kurt was crying, saying, “Please don’t leave me.” I looked at him and thought, “I can’t do this to him.” So I dug deep, gathered everything up, and charged forward again. Kurt and I got through one of the worst things a couple can go through, and we came out stronger.

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Instead of a traditional implant, you chose DIEP flap, an innovative breast reconstruction using your own skin and tissue. What brought about that decision?

One of my biggest complaints was that because my cancer had spread to my lymph nodes, they really had to remove a lot under my armpit. I could almost feel my rib cage, and it was really bothering me. Plus, you have to replace implants, and I want to go under the knife as little as humanly possible. It’s a harder surgery, for sure. And afterward, the skin is pulled so tight you feel like it’s going to rip open. It’s a crazy feeling.

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How was your body affected by everything?

The hormones I went on threw my body into menopause instantly. My metabolism came to a screeching halt, and I put on a ton of weight. Chemo also put on weight for me. Plus, the chemo and radiation drain collagen right out of your skin, so you age really quickly. For me, the hardest part is the scars. Every time I get out of the shower, I look, and it’s like, “Oh my God, I’m Frankenstein.”

How are you learning to love your body again?

I love that my body is strong and that it has the ability to fight something like cancer. I’m trying to show it more appreciation by going to a nutritionist, Dr. Philip Goglia, and doing strength training and boxing at Box ’N Burn almost every day. Importantly, my perception of sexy has changed. For me now, sexy is strength. Sexy is vulnerability. Sexy is compassion. Sexy is grace. Why should I care so much about the physical shell?

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Before cancer, you were open about wanting a family. Has that changed?

It’s not possible because I can’t get out of menopause. That would require estrogen, and I’m choosing not to take hormone pills—I can’t risk those levels coming up. We’re having conversations about an egg donor, maybe adoption. But there’s fear there. Am I going to last five years? Ten years? I certainly wouldn’t want my 10-year-old burying a mother. I’ve always wanted a kid. But maybe I’m supposed to mother in a different way.

Do you feel different now that you’re in your 40s?

I didn’t even know myself when I was in my 20s. I was a passionate kid, but I was also a scared kid. I hid behind so many things; I hid behind attitude. I want to give that person a hug. In my 30s, I kind of got smart. Now I’m in my 40s, but I’ve had so much to deal with, I’m not sure what my 40s are like. It’s a learning experience, for sure.

How did your cancer battle change you?

I felt more feminine and vulnerable than I’ve felt in my entire life. I was always used to being the strong one, and during that time period, every wall I’d built up in my life came down. I also had a lot more time to look at myself and say, “I’m a pretty OK person” and cut myself some slack. I’ve had a lot of those epiphanies. It’s OK to stumble.

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In terms of work, what does the future hold for you?

I love working, and I can’t wait to be back at it full-time. For the first time in my career, I’m looking at it in a very different way. I went through cancer and was methodical in putting a team together and in the decisions I made. That’s how I’m looking at my career now. I’ve always been like, “I just need to work and make money.” I didn’t ever choose with strategy, and now I’m a little more strategic. It’s not a race for me anymore.

What makes you happiest now?

It’s the little things that are making me laugh. The expressions on my dog’s face. My husband playing air guitar as we walk down the street. It’s all those little moments, the ones that make me smile and feel very joyful that I’m still here to enjoy them.

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Shannen Doherty has been through a lot in the health department lately thanks to her 2015 breast cancer diagnosis and three-year battle with the disease. Now, she says she’s learned a lot from the experience.

Shannen told Good Morning America in a new interview that her cancer journey actually helped her be a better actor. “I also think it made me a better human being,” she said. “It takes down all your walls, all your barriers, everything that life sort of threw at you…you’re guarding yourself so yeah, that all comes tumbling down.”

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Shannen first revealed in 2015 that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer after suing her former business manager for neglecting to pay her insurance premiums. Shannen said in the suit that this kept her from receiving medical care that, she says, could have helped catch the cancer earlier.

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Shannen’s treatment included chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery, and she shared a lot of details about the process with fans on Instagram. “I know sharing helped me because when I got back, these beautiful stories from other people, what they were going through … giving me hope and support and love, it really helped,” she said. “It’s truly a family. There’s something so beautiful about the journey.”

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Shannen now says that “everything’s going really well” with her health. “You hear the word remission and it’s a rush of different emotions. It’s like, ‘what’s next?’ There’s a little bit of fear and apprehension. I felt lost for a second. I was like, ‘now what?’” she said. “But then it sort of starts seeping in and then you get joyous and you get so excited but then you got to wait for that five-year mark and that 10-year mark—so remission is a crazy word to me.”

She’s also excited to be working again. “I wanted to know that I could do this,” she said. “I wanted to make sure that I was back and I was ready for it.”

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Shannen Doherty is standing up to cancer, and helping to spread the word about early detection.

“Extra’s” Renee Bargh caught up with the 48-year-old star, who is currently in remission from breast cancer.

She told Bargh, “I’m feeling great. I’m feeling good, and very happy, blessed, thankful.”

She is regaining her health after dropping to 91 lbs. during treatment, saying, “I went for walks. My husband really forced me out of bed. Sometimes he carried me out the front door… It started with walking and then it moved to dancing, then it moved to boxing… Building up my strength was, yes, movement, but also faith.”

Her illness journey changed her relationship dynamics with her husband and family as well. Doherty explained, “It got more intense in a beautiful way… It let them see another side of me I had been covering up for a long time.”

Shannen is passionate about helping others now, explaining, “Early detection is going to make your prognosis better.” She put off her mammogram for a year, speculating, “Maybe I wouldn’t have had the surgeries that I’ve had or the chemo I’ve had… radiation.”

Her message for those that may be diagnosed is: “I am proof that you can fight… and that you can win.”

Doherty was at an event for Stand Up to Cancer and Cancer Screen Week with mobile mammogram units. She said, “They have made it so accessible and so easy for women. Seeing these women going in and being brave and doing it, it’s been a rewarding, beautiful day.”

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Shannen Doherty is opening up about how her battle with breast cancer has not only changed her physical ability to have children but altered her emotional perspective on starting a family.

Because cancer treatment threw her body into early menopause, Doherty says she and her husband can no longer conceive the traditional way.

Shannen Doherty on the cover of Health magazine. Her career, she says, “is not a race for me anymore.”Health

“We’re having conversations about an egg donor, maybe adoption. But there’s fear there. Am I going to last five years? Ten years?” she said in an interview for Health magazine’s March issue. “I certainly wouldn’t want my 10-year-old burying a mother. I’ve always wanted a kid. But maybe I’m supposed to mother in a different way.”

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Doherty, 47, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015 and spent nearly two years in treatment before announcing in April 2017 she was in remission.

The “Beverly Hills 90120” actress said sharing the journey on social media helped her through the process.

Because cancer treatment put her body into early menopause, Doherty says she and her husband are considering having a baby through egg donation or adoption. Health

“It was just about being as honest as possible. And then it became very important to me that I was there for people who were going through it,” she said. “I would never give medical advice because I’m not a doctor, but I would always say, ‘Advocate for yourself.’”

Being so public about her battle, including her reconstruction process, also had another side benefit.

“I get a little less trolls and haters on social media now, so that’s good. I think because cancer stripped me of my defense mechanisms, it allowed people to see all sides of me,” she said.

Doherty also shared how fighting breast cancer shaped her relationship with her husband, photographer Kurt Iswarienko.

“A pivotal moment for me was when I was deathly ill from the chemo. They were worried about my organs shutting down because I couldn’t keep anything in. One time, I couldn’t lift my head, I couldn’t suck on an ice cube, I was done. And Kurt was crying, saying, ‘Please don’t leave me,’” she told Health.

“I looked at him and thought, ‘I can’t do this to him.’ So I dug deep, gathered everything up, and charged forward again. Kurt and I got through one of the worst things a couple can go through, and we came out stronger.”

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Doherty said she’s eager to return to work full-time but said her cancer battle has changed the way she views her career.

“I went through cancer and was methodical in putting a team together and in the decisions I made. That’s how I’m looking at my career now,” she said. “I’ve always been like, ‘I just need to work and make money.’ I didn’t ever choose with strategy, and now I’m a little more strategic. It’s not a race for me anymore.”

Shannen Doherty on Playing Version of Herself in ‘BH90210,’ Honoring Luke Perry’s Memory

Shannen Doherty grew up in front of the camera, including early roles on “Father Murphy” and “Little House on the Prairie.” Her career was already on the rise — she was one of the “Heathers” in the dark comedy of the same name — when she took the role that elevated her to worldwide fame: Brenda Walsh on “Beverly Hills, 90210.” The show was an instant hit, and Doherty admits now that she couldn’t handle the tremendous attention that came with it. She left the series after four seasons but found more success as one of the original stars of “Charmed” (which she exited after three seasons). Now Doherty and most of her “90210” colleagues are back, but playing themselves, in Fox’s “BH90210,” which premieres Aug. 7 — five months after the death of co-star Luke Perry.

What was your initial reaction to the idea of reuniting as versions of yourselves on “”?

I said, “No.” It had zero to do with the cast or anything else. It had everything to do with the fact that I just couldn’t foresee myself doing another “90210,” or playing a heightened version of myself. It wasn’t for me at that point in my life, and it remained that way for a long time. They were kind enough to keep coming back to me and asking.

What changed?

When Luke passed away, I looked at it quite differently: more from the perspective of honoring Luke, his memory, and through a show that he was an integral part of. What an opportunity to be given for us all to band together, be around each other while we mourn and grieve the loss of someone who mattered to all of us deeply.

Was there any concern that people’s hearts wouldn’t be in it as much now that everyone’s coping with his loss?

We all have moments throughout this filming, where one of us will just get emotional out of the blue, because there’s something that somebody says that reminds us of Luke. Our first episode, we definitely honor him.

What’s it like to play a parody version of yourself?

There are tidbits from our lives that maybe we took, and then we exaggerated it to a ridiculous degree, where it’s no longer us. There is definitely poking fun at some of the stuff that’s been said about us, or some of our life situations, whether it be divorces or my big epiphanies after cancer. It’s fun, but it’s definitely a character.

How do you feel now about the legacy of “90210” and your role in it?

There is a very deep gratitude and appreciation for “90210,” for everything that it provided for me, for the opportunities that it gave me. I feel very blessed that I was a part of this show that made such an impact back in the ’90s, that really took a stance on a lot of issues that weren’t being discussed at that point in time, and we were brave.

With ‘90210’ also came a lot of personal growth, or lack of growth, or trauma, or whatever it is. For me, I think I was very confused back then about what I wanted for myself, and the attention was way too much. I didn’t always handle it the well. And in truth, I was just shooting myself in the foot because the more I fought it, the more the celebrity took over versus the actor, and then the press ran with it.

How difficult was it for you at the time?

It was an incredibly difficult time to read about yourself in such a way that you know that probably 85%, 90% of it isn’t true. It becomes a snowball effect, and you can’t seem to get away from it. And it’s honestly traveled with me for a large chunk of my career. There’s also a little bit of trepidation about going back into ‘90210’ because it seems to be that show that triggers old responses or old behavior from journalists. It’s as if 90210 makes other people go back to the ’90s and think that everybody is exactly the same as they were then and that none of us have grown.

There was plenty written back in the day about rifts on set. How would you describe the relationship now among all of you?

I think we’re all really close. There’s an appreciation where we’re all much older now. There’s a scene between myself and Tori, Jennie and Gabrielle where we address the big fight that Jennie and I had back in the ’90s. And it’s funny because as we’re rehearsing it, we were all dying of laughter. We were all like, “Oh, my God, is this really what happened?”

Your cancer is in remission, but you had a bit of a health scare last year. How are you doing now?

I’m doing fine. I get checked on a regular basis. I’m overly cautious at this point. I think I live my life carefully but very optimistically. I definitely value every second that I have and my relationships have changed for the better. Cancer really brought that home for me of valuing every single second.

You appeared in the earlier “90210” reboot and in the “Heathers” remake last year. What do you make of audience fascination with reboots?

Maybe the material back then was just really good — I’m not sure. I think that we’re all nostalgic for a different era. I’m definitely scared of being the Reboot Queen. What was appealing about “BH90210,” I looked at what they were doing and I don’t even know if you could call it a reboot. It’s really a brand-new, fresh show that takes you on a deeper look into stuff that happened back in the ’90s and the people who are around today. And then after that, I pretty much cannot do another show that would even be considered a reboot.

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Age: 48 Birthplace: Memphis Career surprise: “I’ve never considered myself funny enough to do comedy.” Personality trait no one knows: “I’m incredibly shy.” Social media she prefers: “Instagram. I’ve always believed that a photo says more than anything.”

Actress Shannen Doherty opened up to Health magazine about her battle with breast cancer for the outlet’s March cover issue. (Reuters)

Shannen Doherty is showing people she has a lot to live for after winning her bout with breast cancer.

The 47-year-old actress has been in remission for nearly two years and is opening up in a huge way about her harrowing ordeal and why she finally feels like her life has changed for the better.

“I felt more feminine and vulnerable than I’ve felt in my entire life,” Doherty told Health magazine for its March issue. “I was always used to being the strong one, and during that time period, every wall I’d built up in my life came down. I also had a lot more time to look at myself and say, ‘I’m a pretty okay person’ and cut myself some slack. I’ve had a lot of those epiphanies. It’s OK to stumble.”

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In fighting arduously for survival, Doherty decided to share her journey with her followers on social media – something she said offered her the ability to act as a support system for anyone else battling cancer as well.

“It was just about being as honest as possible. And then it became very important to me that I was there for people who were going through it,” she said. “I would never give medical advice because I’m not a doctor, but I would always say, ‘Advocate for yourself.’”

In exposing her road to remission to the boundless depths of social media, Doherty said the decision actually deterred the cornucopia of criticism she regularly received from detractors and helped strip her of any barriers she used to combat the negativity.

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“I get a little less trolls and haters on social media now, so that’s good,” she explained. “I think because cancer stripped me of my defense mechanisms, it allowed people to see all sides of me.”

During her numerous chemotherapy treatments, the “90210” alum said that one of the most difficult moments of her battle was when she discovered locks of hair were falling out – which is when she ultimately made the decision to shave her head.

“I remember I got in the shower to wash my hair, and it just started coming out in clumps. I started screaming for my mom,” Doherty lamented. “I think that was harder than the surgeries. It was like, ‘Oh my God, this is real.’”

Still, Doherty pushed on in her quest to beat cancer. But, the former “Charmed” actress recalled a time where she was certain the cancer had gotten the best of her and would spell doom for her and her husband Kurt Iswarienko.

“They were worried about my organs shutting down because I couldn’t keep anything in,” she detailed. “One time, I couldn’t lift my head, I couldn’t suck on an ice cube, I was done. And Kurt was crying, saying, ‘Please don’t leave me.’ I looked at him and thought, ‘I can’t do this to him.’ So I dug deep, gathered everything up, and charged forward again. Kurt and I got through one of the worst things a couple can go through, and we came out stronger.”

For many cancer fighters and survivors, the uncertainty of whether cancerous cells will return following remission is what often keeps them and their loved ones up at night. Despite being in remission, Doherty has a new challenge on her plate – the allure of motherhood.

Doherty and Iswarienko are now faced with the difficult decision of determining if and how they will ever have children –since the effects of ongoing chemotherapy have forced her into menopause.

“We’re having conversations about an egg donor, maybe adoption. But there’s fear there,” she said. “Am I going to last five years? Ten years? I certainly wouldn’t want my 10-year-old burying a mother. I’ve always wanted a kid. But maybe I’m supposed to mother in a different way.”

However, for the time being, Doherty is proud of herself and so many cancer survivors and fighters for not giving up and continuing to fight.

“I love that my body is strong and that it has the ability to fight something like cancer,” she said. “I’m trying to show it more appreciation by going to a nutritionist, Dr. Philip Goglia, and doing strength training and boxing at Box ’N Burn almost every day. My perception of sexy has changed.”

“For me now, sexy is strength. Sexy is vulnerability. Sexy is compassion. Sexy is grace. Why should I care so much about the physical shell?”