Shannen Doherty Shares Emotional Throwback Pic of Losing Hair During Chemo: 'Cancer Is With You Forever'

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Shannen Doherty remembers every day of her cancer battle like it was yesterday. 

The 45-year-old actress took to Instagram on Thursday to share an emotional pic of herself losing her hair during chemotherapy, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month. 

"This image is so personal to me. I had started chemo. Was using a cold cap in hope to not lose my hair. End result was clumps in my hands," Doherty began her heartbreaking caption. "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," she continued. "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. #cancer #cancerslayer." 

Doherty, who revealed her breast cancer diagnosis in August 2015, announced she was in remission in April. Months later, the actress showcased her growing hair with a photo of herself vacationing with her husband in Tulum, Mexico. 

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