Strictly's Amy Dowden fans 'choked up' after emotional one year update since diagnosis

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Amy penned an emotional look back a year on -Credit:Getty

Strictly's Amy Dowden has left her followers tearful with a poignant Instagram update marking one year since her cancer diagnosis.

The Welsh dancer was initially diagnosed with an aggressive form of stage three cancer in May the previous year.

In a gut-wrenching video, Amy published a montage featuring her time spent in hospital undergoing chemotherapy. The TV star also included snapshots showing the unwavering support from family and friends, alongside snaps capturing her harrowing journey of hair loss.

Following that, the clip shows Amy gracing multiple award ceremonies and making appearances at Strictly Come Dancing live events, set to the tune of Miley Cyrus' The Climb.

Accompanying the post, she penned: "These past few weeks and especially days I've constantly been thinking this time last year I was having this test, or this appointment."

"A year ago today it was confirmed what we thought it was but it became reality and my life changed forever when the Dr said we are sorry Amy it's cancer. I can't believe it's been a year and all what my body has been through and achieved", reports the Express.

She continued: "A year ago Ben, myself and my twin sister cried together and had to pull ourselves together as we had to break the news to my parents and just knowing the heart ache and worry it was going to cause."

"I used to lay awake for hours with my mind going to all sorts of places, would I make it to Christmas, would I dance again, how's Ben going to cope, I don't want to lose my hair, you name it. I wish I knew then how I would be a year on."

"I told myself constantly this too shall pass and a year on, my hair growing back, my energy getting better and better, back dancing and most importantly spending time with my family and friends and appreciating life."

She concluded: "To those struggling right now I'm sending you love and strength. To those family and friends who stuck by me I'm forever grateful to you! I know I'm lucky and blessed for another shot at life, here's to a healthier, better, happier and dancing year ahead! .... Now a gentle reminder have you checked your chest this month? Early detection can save lives."

Many of her 657,000 followers flooded the comments section with warm comments. One person penned an emotional message saying: "You have come so so far and that beautiful smile and strength shines through x."

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 05: Amy Dowden (R) and sister Becky Dowden arrive at the National Television Awards 2023 at The O2 Arena on September 5, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Alan Chapman/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
Amy Dowden and sister Becky Dowden -Credit:Alan Chapman/Dave Benett/Getty Images

A second commented: "Absolutely proudest and in awe of you and your strength, resilience, drive, determination, courage and unending selflessness."

A third typed: "Got really choked up watching this. My son's a twin and he's now at 3.5 and 2 years in remission. What you and all of your family when through I'm sorry you joined our club. Worst club in the world full of the best people x."

Her post comes just a few weeks after doctors informed Amy, following multiple rounds of chemotherapy, that she no longer has cancer in her body. However, she will require monthly injections for the next five years.

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