If your Instagram feed is anything like ours, it's probably filled with victorious finish line shots, weight lifting PRs, and expertly styled meals. The social media platform is all about the curated, the perfect, and the ideal. Which is why we're so blown away by actress Shannen Doherty—best known for her roles on the OG Beverly Hills, 90210 and the cult classic Charmed—who's using the app to tell a much different—and much more powerful—story.
Doherty went public with her breast cancer diagnosis last August, when she filed a suit against her former business manager who had failed to pay her health insurance premiums, causing Doherty's coverage to lapse in the wake of her diagnosis. Since then, she has been documenting her fight on Instagram, reminding us all that real life is bigger than the Insta-perfect shots we share on our social media feeds. (More: 6 Things You Don't Know About Breast Cancer)
Most recently, she posted a series of powerful photos as she shaved her head.
After sharing a snap of her razor and some chocolates with the hashtags #cancersucks and #thankgodforfriends, Doherty began to document the emotional process..
With the support of her mother, Rosa Doherty, and friend, Anne Marie Kortright, Doherty put on a brave face for the intense emotional process that comes with making such a traumatic chop.
The comments on Doherty's account were overwhelmingly positive, with many users pointing out the beauty in Doherty's bravery—a sentiment we wholeheartedly second.