Actress Shannon Doherty has been bravely documenting her battle with breast cancer over the last few months, even sharing heartbreaking photos as she shaved her head (with the help of family and friends) while undergoing chemotherapy treatments. The former Beverly Hills, 90210 and Charmed star first confirmed in August 2015 that she had been diagnosed with the disease in March of that year – in an extremely upsetting turn of events, Doherty had been forced to reveal her illness when legal documents surfaced, revealing that she was suing her former business manager for failing to pay her insurance premiums during 2014 (causing her to miss out on essential health care, during which time the cancer spread to her lymph nodes).
Since then, Doherty has been making the best of having revealed her condition to the general public, using her celebrity to shine a light on the tough realities of battling cancer in order to raise awareness.
Along the way, Doherty has been supported by her husband, friends, and family members – Buffy the Vampire Slayer herself, Sarah Michelle Gellar, posted a touching tribute to her longtime friend’s strength and resilience on Instagram only a few weeks ago.
One person has been there for Doherty throughout it all: her mother, Rosa. Now, the actress is taking the opportunity to give thanks to her “Mama Rosa” for her unwavering support.
On Saturday, Doherty posted a beautiful black and white filtered photo of herself, lying on her mother’s lap. The two are smiling and Doherty’s mother is poking her cheek playfully.
In a heartwarming caption, Doherty writes:
Sometimes there’s nothing like a mothers love to help get you thru. Thank you mom for always being there and being so strong for me. I love you. #mamarosa#cancersucks #fightlikeagirl
The hashtag “Fight Like A Girl” is a reference to an association of the same name which functions as an online community/support group for women with cancer and other diseases.
What a beautiful tribute from Shannon to her mother. We’re so happy to see, once again, that Doherty has a solid group of people around her, supporting her and lifting her up during this trying time.