Strictly Come Dancing's Amy Dowden says 'fingers crossed' she'll be back on show

Amy appeared on BBC Breakfast
Amy appeared on BBC Breakfast -Credit:BBC

Amy Dowden, a professional dancer on Strictly Come Dancing, has reiterated her intention to make a strong return to the show after her ordeal with breast cancer.

At 33 years old, Dowden discovered a lump in her breast just a day before embarking on her honeymoon with husband Ben Jones. She was later diagnosed with stage three breast cancer, underwent a mastectomy, and completed a course of chemotherapy.

Speaking to BBC Breakfast, she said: "I can't believe it's a year since I found the lump. But I'm just so grateful in the year for the treatment I've had, the NHS, and all the charities, everybody that's helped me to be still here today."

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She further shared her experience with ongoing treatment, saying: "I was actually at the oncology unit yesterday, having my monthly injection, which I will need for five years. But I'm just so grateful to get another shot at life. but I never thought in a million years at 32, that I'd be diagnosed with breast cancer."

She added: "I was living my life to the full on Strictly Come Dancing, I'd just got married, but cancer doesn't discriminate," reports the Liverpool Echo.

Now, Amy is putting her energy into supporting The Big Help Out, an initiative promoting the positive impact of volunteering on individuals and communities. She said: "Unfortunately one in two of us in our lifetime is diagnosed with cancer but charities like Cancer Research UK, Macmillan Cancer Support, Young Lives Vs Cancer, Breast Cancer Now, they wouldn't exist if it wasn't for volunteers.

"And volunteers are the backbone, the heartbeat to all these charities that help fund research, the reason why I'm still alive today, to help support not just those going through it, but their families as well.

"But as a volunteer you get so much pride as well, it helps your mental health, there's so many benefits to it."

When questioned about what supported her throughout the past year, she said: "I've got amazing friends and family. The oncology unit, the nurses, the breast nurses, and also the public support has been incredible.

"And I think the goal and the dream to be back on the dance floor as well, because I've missed it so, so much."

She further added: "I'm working really really hard and getting my body fully back in rehab and physio, I've got a brilliant team. So fingers crossed I'll be back on your screens dancing [soon]. If Strictly will have me back, I'll be back."