Shannen Doherty Considering Adoption After Cancer
Actress Shannen Doherty is open to the idea of adopting once she conquers her battle with breast cancer. The former Charmed star, 45, has been fighting the disease since her diagnosis in February 2015, and, as she continues to undergo chemotherapy treatment, she has had to come to terms with the fact she is unlikely to conceive naturally in the future.
Doherty and her husband, photographer Kurt Iswarienko, have discussed their hopes for the future, and that includes the possibility of adopting a child – an option they will explore once the actress beats the illness. Asked if she is still hoping to have kids of her own, she tells Entertainment Tonight, “Maybe, there’s a chance after (chemotherapy), but being realistic – look, I’m 45-years-old, so I have no idea.” “My husband and I have discussed it and he’s like, ‘Let’s just get you healthy. Let’s focus on you and once you get healthy, and you’re OK, if you want to adopt, then let’s adopt’,” she recalls, adding, “Maybe that is our destiny.” In the meantime, Doherty reveals she has gained a whole new family in her fellow cancer sufferers and their loved ones, who have showered the actress with love and support since she went public with her health battle last summer, and the unexpected reaction has been a “humbling” experience for the star. “You realize how many people in the world are going through the same struggle as you and that you have such a larger family than you thought,” she smiles. “Because the cancer family is a really large family, and they’re wonderful and embracing and so willing to share their own story with you – and also inspire you and be inspired by you.” “That amount of love has changed me, it’s just made me appreciate people,” she concludes. “I always did, but it’s like a new kind of appreciation.”