In a world where headlines are often filled with celebrity escapades and Hollywood extravagance, Shannen Doherty’s battle with stage four cancer shines as a beacon of courage and resilience. The 52-year-old actress, best known for her roles in iconic TV shows like “Beverly Hills, 90210” and “Charmed,” has recently shared a heartfelt update on her ongoing fight against this relentless adversary.

Doherty’s journey began in 2015 when she received her first cancer diagnosis, and the world watched in awe as she confronted it head-on with unwavering determination. However, in 2020, the dreaded news came back, with a stage four classification attached to it. It was on a somber morning at Good Morning America that Doherty, with unyielding candor, revealed, “It’s going to come out in a matter of days or weeks that I am stage four. So my cancer came back, and that’s why I am here.”

Despite the immense fear and uncertainty that engulfed her, Doherty’s spirit remained unbroken. She asked the question that many of us would in her shoes: “Why me?” But she followed it with an empowering declaration, “well, why not me, who else besides me deserves this? None of us do.”

In a poignant interview with PEOPLE, Doherty bared her soul and shared the stark reality of her ongoing battle. “I don’t want to die,” she said, emphasizing her resolve to keep fighting. Her words resonate with anyone who has faced adversity, offering a powerful reminder that the human spirit can be indomitable in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds.

Doherty’s journey took a hopeful turn when she decided to embark on a new treatment, one she would later describe as a “miracle.” Speaking on the Let’s Be Clear podcast with her radiation oncologist, Dr. Amin Mirhadi, she opened up about her experiences with this groundbreaking therapy.

Initially, the treatment showed minimal results after four sessions, leaving doubts looming. However, Doherty’s unwavering spirit led her to persevere. She revealed, “After the sixth or seventh treatment, we really saw it breaking down the blood-brain barrier. Do I call that a miracle? Yeah. For me, that happens to be a miracle right now. That I sort of rolled the dice and said, ‘Let’s keep going.'”

In the midst of this arduous journey, Doherty also expressed gratitude for her other oncologist and the positive turn her treatment had taken. She believed it to be a miraculous intervention, saying, “That it’s actually breaking down that blood-brain barrier is actually a miracle of that drug, a miracle of maybe God intervening and saying, ‘I’m gonna give her a break.'”

But it’s not just the “miracle” treatment that fuels Doherty’s fight. Her unwavering optimism and belief in the power of hope play a significant role. She stated, “Every day is a gift, and there are so many new things in the works that I think hope is always there. I think it’s so important.”

With a pragmatic outlook on life, she added, “I can die today, I can die in 20 years, I don’t know. Or I can die of cancer. But all I can do is live each day in as much of a positive manner with hope as I can and embrace it.”

Doherty’s inspiring message is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the transformative power of hope. In the face of her relentless battle with cancer, she reminds us all that positivity can be a potent force in the fight against adversity, proclaiming, “I believe that positivity that you bring into your life, I think it helps with your whole body. I think that it helps you fight the cancer. Mind over matter a little bit.”

As we stand by Shannen Doherty in her fight, we send our heartfelt wishes for her continued strength and recovery. Her story is not just about a Hollywood star; it’s about the triumph of the human spirit against all odds.