With her mantra “fight like a girl” in mind, the 45-year-old has somehow stayed strong and relentlessly positive even as the disease has spread beyond her lymph nodes — she’s even managed to keep dancing.
But among her candid social media updates is the heartbreaking reality of life when chemotherapy lurks and this recent photo on shows just how tough it gets.
#fbf to a very short bit ago. Day after #chemoday isn’t always so great. Sometimes one isn’t able to dance, or eat or even to think about the next day. Sometimes it just feels like you aren’t going to make it. That passes. Sometimes the next day or 2 days later or 6 but it passes and movement is possible. Hope is possible. Possibility is possible. To my cancer family and everyone suffering…. stay courageous. Stay strong. Stay positive. #wegotthis. #fightlikeagirl
“Day after chemo day isn’t always so great,” she captioned the photo.
“Sometimes one isn’t able to dance, or eat or even to think about the next day. Sometimes it just feels like you aren’t going to make it. That passes,” she says, adding that sometimes it can take up to a whole week.
“Hope is possible. Possibility is possible. To my cancer family and everyone suffering… stay courageous. Stay strong. Stay positive.”
Shannen's friends have supported her throughout her treatment. Source: Instagram
The 90210 star went public with her diagnosis in September 2015, releasing a statement to People magazine.
"I am continuing to eat right, exercise and stay very positive about my life,” she said.
"I am thankful to my family, friends and doctors for their support and, of course, my fans who have stood by me."
Her mother has been by her side throughout, as well as a number of her friends.