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‘Little House on the Prairie’s Shannen Doherty Reveals Cancer Has Spread to Her Bones

‘Little House on the Prairie’s Shannen Doherty Reveals Cancer Has Spread to Her Bones

Actress Shannen Doherty is opening up about her continued cancer battle, sharing that it now spread to her bones. Doherty, known for her work on Little House on the Prairie and Beverly Hills, 90210, is still looking ahead in her life.

“I don’t want to die,” Doherty said in a PEOPLE cover story before Thanksgiving. While she continues to open up about this journey, the actress, 52, confirms that she’s not done at all. “I’m not done with living,” she said. “I’m not done with loving, I’m not done with creating, I’m not done with hopefully changing things for the better. I’m just not — I’m not done.”

While she was on Little House on the Prairie, Doherty played Jenny Wilder, who was Almanzo’s niece. Jenny lives with them and Laura after her father dies. Doherty stayed with the show through the entire ninth season, its last one on NBC.

Shannen Doherty Faced Mastectomy, Chemotherapy Treatments

Back in 2015, Shannen Doherty underwent a mastectomy and had chemotherapy and radiation treatments. She announced in 2017 that her cancer was in remission. That was until 2019, when it returned. In 2020, she received a stage 4 cancer diagnosis.

“When you ask yourself, ‘Why me? Why did I get cancer?’ and then ‘Why did my cancer come back? Why am I stage 4?,’ (And) that leads you to look for the bigger purpose in life,” she explains. Doherty wants to raise awareness about the type of cancer she has while showing people that living life to the fullest is possible.

“It’s insane to me [that] we still don’t have a cure,” she says.

Shannen Doherty, though, is not letting her current situation totally dampen her spirits. She wants to prove to people that a person with stage 4 cancer can live well.

Actress Wants to Show Her Ability to Work

But she is most driven by her desire to prove that she can work despite her cancer diagnosis. And it’s that deep-seated sense of discipline that helps her carry on. Shannen Doherty has worked on taming her at-time brusque attitude.

“People just assume that it means you can’t walk, you can’t eat, you can’t work,” she said. “They put you out to pasture at a very early age — ‘You’re done, you’re retired,’ and we’re not,” she says. “We’re vibrant, and we have such a different outlook on life. We are people who want to work and embrace life and keep moving forward.”

Don’t count Shannen Doherty out at all. The actress has had a hot-tempered nature about herself in the past.

“My greatest memory is yet to come,” she says. “I pray. I wake up and go to bed thanking God, praying for the things that matter to me without asking for too much. It connects me to a higher power and spirituality. My faith is my mantra.”