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Shannen Doherty Says Cancer Has Made Her ‘A Better Human Being’

Despite her ongoing battle with cancer, Doherty says she feels "very blessed."

Actress Shannen Doherty began sharing her struggle with breast cancer in February 2015.

Since then, the former “90210” and “Charmed” star has documented her ongoing battle on social media—giving fans an intimate look at the day-to-day reality of cancer.

Doherty has shared moments that are raw and powerful—touching those who are rooting for her and those who are fighting alongside her.

For her honest and strong voice throughout her illness, Doherty was honored with the Courage Award at the American Cancer Society’s Annual Gala in Los Angeles on Nov. 5.

Doherty, never one to shy away from the truth, told the Press Association, “I’m feeling ridiculously lucky and very blessed. Cancer has changed my life for the better.”

She went on to say:

“It’s made me a better human being. It stripped away all the walls and barrier.. … It exposes any lie in your life whatsoever. It exposes who’s not really truly there for you and who really is there for you. It’s this brilliant thing where you just look around and think, ‘Oh my God, this person is amazing. They’re showing up for me in a way I never expected.'”

Doherty’s longtime friend Sarah Michelle Gellar presented the star with the honor at the gala.

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“She has always been a courageous person, but over the last year, she has become a one-woman army,” Gellar told the crowd. “Fearless yet full of heart, crushing cancer like a slayer — takes one to know one.”

Doherty thanked her mom and other long-time pals who were in attendance to show their support, too.

During the event Doherty encouraged others, including fellow celeb Michael Buble, whose son is fighting his own cancer battle.

She said, “Stay positive. That positivity, that outlook on life that you can get through something, it actually does get you through.”