BBC Strictly Come Dancing fans rush to support Amy Dowden after life throws her 'unexpected challenge'

Amy Dowden has been supported after a fresh cancer update - saying life has thrown her "unexpected challenges". the BBC Strictly Come Dancing star has spoken out in a lengthy Instagram post, after being deemed 'cancer free' earlier this year following her diagnosis last spring.

BBC pro dancer Amy typed: "Life has a way of throwing unexpected challenges our way. Being diagnosed with cancer at a young age was a curveball I never saw coming. In the midst of fear and uncertainty, I often felt like I was alone. But I wasn’t alone, and neither are you.

"The support of the NHS and cancer charities across the UK has been my lifeline through it all. They’ve been by my side every step of the way, reminding me that I’m not in this fight alone. That’s why I’m asking you to join me in supporting #TheBigHelpOut.

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"By volunteering your time, you can make a real difference in the lives of those battling cancer. Whether you have a day, half a day or and hour. It all helps! Visit and download the app today! #thankyou."

"I honestly feel it's after treatment you feel the most alone ..when everyone thinks you should be fixed and back to normal...the cancer meds mean we will never be the same...," a fan replied. A second said: "I am having a mastectomy next week after chemo and immunotherapy. Thank you for all the help and support I have received so far.

"Especially the MacMillan nurses, the cancer specialists and NHS staff and volunteers." Another said: "Currently sat having chemo round 4 of six, I have a rare thymic cancer that has metastasis in my lung and chest. Was nice to see this."

"After treatment is the loneliest place people think you don’t need them any more, any family or friends of anyone going through this be around forever not just for treatment x" another wrote. "Im in hospital now had major surgery. Ive got bowel cancer x," shared a fellow fan.

"I am donating time and creativity by making chemohats for cancer patients for free," another said.