Shannon Doherty opens up about the emotional struggle of breast reconstruction surgery

“Reconstruction is no joke. Not going to lie… I’ve struggled with this surgery,” Shannon Doherty writes on a recent Instagram post documenting her journey after a breast cancer diagnosis in 2015.

She’s currently in remission and underwent breast reconstruction surgery, but Shannon’s very open about the continuing struggle of dealing with breast cancer. Her surgery lasted 10 hours and has been emotionally tough on her.

“My amazing Dr. Jay Orringer keeps reminding me it’s only been 3 weeks and I’m up and about” she explains. “not taking any pain pills and generally doing well considering I had 3 surgical sites and 10 hours of surgery. Still…. I struggle. I think emotionally this is rough along with physically being unable to do a lot of things I enjoy. This is yet another humbling moment that cancer has bestowed upon me and for that, I’m thankful. Things could be so much worse. So yes, I’m blessed. In so many ways. #reconstruction”

Being so candid about the emotional struggles she goes through is important for other people going through similar heart-wrenching journeys.

Amelia Cunningham is a Starcasm writer and editor