Doherty, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in early 2015 and revealed earlier this year that the cancer has spread to her lymph nodes, went to her first radiation appointment this week and documented the experience on Instagram.
“I look like I’m about to make a run for it which is accurate. Radiation is frightening to me,” she wrote alongside the photo of herself in a hospital gown. Something about not being able to see the laser, see the treatment and having this machine moving around you just scares me. I’m sure I’ll get used to it but right now…. I hate it.”
Doherty already underwent chemotherapy to treat her cancer. Radiation is the next step in her treatment, though she hasn’t said how long she’ll be having radiation sessions. She has, however, opened up about her cancer in ways that have brought some serious tears to our eyes. Last month, she appeared on Chelsea Handler’s Netflix talk show, where she opened up about some of the unexpected parts of her treatment, including what she said was “beautiful” about having cancer.
“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,” she said, as both she and Handler fought back tears. “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.”
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