ICYDK, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Shannen Doherty are really good friends. They might seem like unlikely pals, but if you go back in TV time to Gellar’s days as a vampire slayer and Doherty’s time as a witch (on Charmed, not Beverly Hills, 90210), it shouldn’t be that surprising. Their friendship has endured over the years and SMG proved it when she posted a sweet message about her “muse” Shannen, who is currently in the fight of her life as she battles breast cancer.
My #mondaymuse (and really every day #muse) is my brave friend @theshando. I’ve always said she is one of the most loyal friends I’ve ever known, and now while she is facing the toughest journey of her life, she is sharing it with friends she has never met in the hopes of helping other people who are going through the same struggle. That’s a true friend #FuckCancer
The post is emotional, touching, short and sweet, as she talks about Shannen sharing her story, inspiring so many people. And Doherty responded in kind.
I’m starting #totaltuesday and dedicating it to @sarahmgellar. Why? Because she’s the total package. Smart, funny, beautiful and a great friend. She’s that friend that is always there when you need her no matter what. Loyal and loving to the bone. I am blessed for many reasons and she’s one of them. Love you SMG. #cancersucks #fightlikeagirl #friendshelpcancersuckalittleless
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Doherty was originally diagnosed in February 2015. It was last month when she posted photos of herself getting her head shaved and it was just last week that she revealed in an emotional interview that the cancer has spread, telling Entertainment Tonight, “The unknown is always the scariest part. Is the chemo going to work? Is the radiation going to work?”
She added: “Everything else is manageable. Pain is manageable, you know, living without a breast is manageable. It’s the worry of your future and how your future is going to affect the people that you love.”
Doherty is trying to stay positive and continues to update us on her health on social media. She recently posted a photo of herself looking like a badass, ready to kick cancer’s ass with everything she’s got, captioning it with an inspiring quote from author R.M. Drake.
She was fierce, she was strong, she wasn’t simple. She was crazy and sometimes she barely slept. She always had something to say. She had flaws and that was ok. And when she was down, she got right back up. She was a beast in her own way, but one idea described her best. She was unstoppable and she took anything she wanted with a smile. R.M. Drake. #cancersucks #warrior #fightlikeagirl
F*ck cancer AND fight like a girl. We couldn’t be more in your corner, Shannen.