Shannen Doherty has been very candid about her recent battle with breast cancer and, speaking with friend Chelsea Handler, Doherty describes the “beautiful and hard” moments and what she’s learned from the terrible illness.
The actress sat down with Handler, who lost her own mother to breast cancer, for an upcoming special from the comedian’s Netflix show, Chelsea, and confessed, “I think what’s beautiful and hard and interesting about cancer is that it tears you down and builds you, and tears you down and builds you and it remakes you so many different times.”
Doherty added, “So the person I thought I was supposed to be or was going to be or who I thought I was six months ago is now somebody completely different. And I realize ”Wow, I really thought that I was so brave and so gracious this entire time and really I was just hiding.”
The former 90210 star also said she knows how hard this is for her husband, Kurt Iswarienko. “This was very hard and not humbling – because I’ve already been humbled by cancer. It was hard in the sense of rethinking sort of who you are and how you come to terms with who are now and accepting it and looking at your husband and thinking like, ‘Dude, I’m so sorry.’”
At one point, Handler could not hold back her emotions, which prompted a teary Doherty to say, “Don’t cry.” Watch the sneak peek of the interview below.
The special Chelsea episode streams on Netflix on Friday, October 28.