“It’s going to come out, in a matter of days or a week,” Shannon Doherty tells Good Morning America. “that I’m stage four. So my cancer came back.” Doherty also adds, “I don’t think I’ve processed it. It’s a bitter pill to swallow in a lot of ways.”
The actress previously battled breast cancer back in 2015 and was very open about it on social media. This time she has been more private about her struggles, and she went back to work filming the 90210 reboot. “One of the reasons, along with Luke — that I did 90210 and didn’t really tell anybody because I thought, people can look at that other people with stage four can work too. Like, you know, our life doesn’t end the minute we get that diagnosis. We still have some living to do.” Shannon is referring to Luke Perry, who passed away from having a stroke just months before her and the 90210 cast starting filming.
Doherty reveals the one person that helped her through her struggles was her 90210 co-star, Brian Austin Greene. “I had moments of great anxiety where I thought, ‘I can’t really do this,’ and Brian was the one person who — of that group of people that knew — that I told, like, pretty quickly and said, ‘Here — this is what I’m dealing with.’ So prior to shooting he would always call me and say, ‘Listen, you know, whatever happens, I have your back.’ He would look at me and be like, ‘We got this, kiddo’… so Brian helped me through a lot.”
Shannon lastly reveals that she plans on using her platform to make a difference. “I think the thing I want to do the most right now is I want to make an impact. I want to be remembered for something bigger than just me.”
Watch her full GMA Interview below.