As she continues her long lengthy battle against breast cancer, Shannen Doherty revealed she has been struggling with her motor skills following a recent brain surgery.
While speaking to People, Doherty stated her surgery in January to remove a tumor she named Bob. But afterward, she had trouble with her right hand. She was unable to hold a glass or a fork for three to four months.
“They put you on so many steroids,” Shannen Doherty explained. “It’s to take down any brain swelling. I have a horrible reaction with steroids, so I tried to cut it down, and then the brain would swell a little bit more, and the hand would stop working completely.”
Doherty also revealed that she worked so hard to control her motor skills again. “The first time a glass slipped right through my hand, I was like, ‘No, no, no, no, no. This is not happening. I am going to work on this.’ And so, I did.”
The Charmed star added that it took some perseverance, dedication, and faith to get through her situation. “I’m not a quitter.”
Shannen Doherty was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015. Since then, she has undergone various procedures, including mastectomy, chemotherapy, and radiation treatment. She was able to announce her cancer went into remission in 2017. However, it came back three years later and she was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer.
Shannen Doherty Credits Her Mother For Her Strong Tenacity While Fighting Cancer
As she continued to speak about her health condition, Shannen Doherty told People she gives her mother, Rosa, credit for her strong tenacity while battling cancer.
Rosa was diagnosed with a brain aneurysm when the actress was 8. She was only given a 10% chance of survival. After discovering her eyebrow was paralyzed one morning, Rosa worked tirelessly until she was able to finally move the eyebrow once again.
“I come from a strong woman who was determined,” Shannen Doherty explained. “She impressed that upon me as a very young child like, ‘You don’t give up. You just have to work hard at it.’”
While reflecting on her childhood, Doherty thinks she has always been a fighter. “I was raised that way to be very strong and that I could do anything that I put my mind to.”
In regards to her health progress and the future, Shannen Doherty remains confident in herself. “The thing that I like to tell anybody — including myself — is that it’s about pushing through the next two, three, four and five years,” she added. “Because in that period of time, there’s going to be another new protocol, a new clinical trial. There’s always something. So it’s just trying to get to that point.”
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