"It’s hard to wrap up your affairs when you feel like you’re going to live another 10 or 15 years."
Shannen Doherty joined her former Charmed co-stars for a special reunion this weekend. The 51-year-old actress joined a panel featuring Rose McGowan, Holly Marie Combs, Brian Krause, Dorian Gregory, and Drew Fuller, moderated by PEOPLE's Breanne L. Heldman Saturday at 90s Con in Hartford, Connecticut. According to TODAY, That's 4 Entertainment, the company behind the yearly event that features some of the biggest ‘90s stars, uploaded a video on its Instagram story of Doherty walking onto the stage.
Doherty appeared on the Charmed panel as she embraced McGowan and Combs and asked the crowd, “I mean, is this not like a power of three or what?” Doherty who has been battling cancer for years was asked how she was doing to which she replied, "I'm feeling great, thank you! … This crowd is amazing!"
ALYSSA MILANO, SHANNEN DOHERTY, HOLLY MARIE COMBS pic.twitter.com/bezwNJDvVy— FAMOUS WOMEN (@Kevin10919728) January 30, 2023
The actress also spoke about how she related to her Charmed character, Prue Halliwell, and how she admired her strength. "Prue was a very, very, very strong woman. I was a really strong woman. I played her as that," she said. The Beverly Hills, 90210 star felt that did have a definitive impression upon many younger women who were watching the show "to grow up with that sort of inner strength and to help their families and take care of their families." Doherty added, "We're very much about empowering women and empowering women within the show."
Shannen Doherty has been fighting cancer for years after being first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015. She entered remission two years later but revealed in 2020 that her cancer had returned to stage 4. In 2020 she revealed that she had plans to record videos of herself saying goodbye to the people she loved. However, at the time she admitted she was having a hard time coming to terms with actually recording those videos or writing the farewell letters as it felt "so final," she said, according to Elle.
The ’90s icon admitted that she did try to sit down to write letters but was struggling. "That’s something I need to do. There are things I need to say to my mom. I want my husband [Kurt Iswarienko] to know what he’s meant to me. But whenever it comes time for me to do it, it feels so final. It feels like you’re signing off, and I’m not signing off. I feel like I’m a very, very healthy human being. It’s hard to wrap up your affairs when you feel like you’re going to live another 10 or 15 years," she told the outlet.
During her battle with the disease, she confessed she felt "a responsibility" to shatter misconceptions about cancer. "I feel like I have a responsibility in my more public life, which I separate from my acting life ... to talk about cancer and perhaps educate people more and let people know that people with stage 4 are very much alive and very active," she told reporters during a virtual panel for her Lifetime movie List of a Lifetime, per PEOPLE.
Shannen Doherty says stage 4 breast cancer is just ‘part of life at this point’https://t.co/jsi74Eq5dD— TODAY with Hoda & Jenna (@HodaAndJenna) September 15, 2021
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