Cancer strengthens Shannen Doherty

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“She was always protective before, but she has become this crazy, protective dog.”

Cancer is a devastating and insidious disease that has affected many American families, unfortunately.  Breast cancer is the 2nd most common cancer, after skin cancer and an early diagnosis, as with any diseases, is a key factor for a positive prognosis.

Shannen Doherty, a “Beverly Hills 90210” star, has been forthright about her battle with the illness, indicating that the disease has now spread to her lymph nodes.  She is currently receiving chemotherapy treatments which will be followed by radiation.  She has already undergone a single mastectomy.

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Cancer strengthens Shannen Doherty

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The illness has only made Shannen’s marriage of 5 years, to Kurt Iswarienko, a photographer, stronger than it already was; which is extremely important, for it makes the difficult days more bearable when a loved one is their to see you through your good and bad days.  Initially, her outlook was positive, but soon, it turned to gloom; but when she saw her husband’s reaction to her perspective, the pessimism was short-lived.  “My marriage was always strong, but it’s made my marriage a thousand times stronger,” she stated.  “I could not have gotten through this without my husband.”

Also, in looking back, she has come to the realization that her German Shepherd, Bowie, was well aware that something was amiss in her body, stating that, “she would obsessively sniff right here on my right side for a long time before. So, it made sense when I got diagnosed.”

“She was always protective before, but she has become this crazy, protective dog,” Doherty stated.  “It’s hard to get close to me when she’s around.”  So, needless to say, Bowie has become more than just a pet for Shannen, which is very common with most families, that share their daily lives with a mascot.  They too, become a family member due to their selfless and loyal love to their masters.  She sometimes wears a cute pink shirt that reads, “Security” on it.

Dog detects cancer

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Shannen also has her mother and friends for her support system.  She indicates that her experience has been life changing.  “That amount of love has changed me, it’s just made me appreciate people.  I always did, but it’s like a new kind of appreciation,” she said.

Our hearts and prayers reach out to all those who have this disease. Thank you, Lord, for blessing us with loving and compassionate creatures so stay beside us.

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