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Strictly's Amy Dowden confirms Christmas special return

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Strictly's Amy Dowden confirms special returnKen McKay/ITV/Shutterstock

Amy Dowden will return to Strictly Come Dancing for the show's Christmas special.

The professional dancer announced she had been diagnosed with breast cancer earlier this year, taking a break from the dance floor as she received treatment. In a new post on her Instagram page, Dowden confirmed she will make an appearance on the upcoming festive episode.

She posted a picture wearing a festive outfit and holding a paddle in the shape of a green Christmas tree.

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"It's one of my fav days of the year! @bbcstrictly Christmas special! Everyone looks amazing! It's a 10 from me!!!" Dowden wrote in the caption.

The happy news follows a tough time for the dancer, who was recently rushed to the hospital after doctors found a blood clot in her lung. Dowden updated her fans on her social media, explaining she had been at the hospital over concerns the clot could affect her heart.

"Hello everyone," Dowden wrote on her Instagram Stories. "Unfortunately I've had another nightmare this week. It just seems to be never-ending."

"I was rushed into hospital on Monday and it came to our knowledge on Tuesday that I've got another blood clot on my lung. They were really worried that the clot was travelling to my heart or affecting my heart. Luckily enough it's not."

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Dowden went to voice her frustrations dealing with the effects of chemotherapy, which is still affecting her body weeks after she completed her final round in early November.

"I've just been really frustrated. I had lots planned this week, voice-overs, just getting my life back," Dowden said.

"I think we get in our heads that once you've finished chemo that's it, but you learn it really isn't and there's chemo still in my body for six weeks since chemo," she continued.

"So, yeah, just wanted to update you all. But I'm home now after a few nights in hospital."

If you would like more information or support about living with cancer or treatment, please click here for guidance from Macmillan Cancer Support, or click here to learn more from Stand Up to Cancer.


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