In a statement posted on her Instagram Story, the Strictly Come Dancing star told her followers that she was ‘sorry’ for being less active on her profile in recent weeks.
The 33-year-old followed up with an update that’s left her feeling more ‘positive’ after everything that she’s been through since her breast cancer diagnosis, as her hair is growing back at a significant rate.
In her message, Amy wrote: ‘Hey hey, thank you for all the lovely messages the last few weeks. Sorry for being a little silent here. I needed a little time and space.
‘I’m still missing and craving what I should be doing but starting to accept I need to be patient.’
She continued: ‘After a crazy week of hospital tests and apts last week Ben and I then went away for a few days and it’s exactly what we both needed.
Amy shared a heartfelt message with fans (Picture: Instagram/@amy_dowden)
The star celebrated how much her hair has grown (Picture: Instagram/@amy_dowden)
‘Hope 2024 has been treating you all well. Once again thanks for all the love.
‘And of course I need to remind you, have you checked yourself yet this year? If not get checking.’
In follow-up posts on her Story, Amy revealed that she is starting to notice her hair growing back a lot more after her several rounds of chemotherapy.
Sharing a video of herself displaying her hair to the camera, she wrote in the caption: ‘Also so grateful for the hair growth so far. My eye lashes and brows are back and the hair is growing.
‘This is for anyone going through treatment… Remember like I keep telling myself “this too shall pass”. This is 11 weeks since my last chemo.’
The Strictly star compared her hair growth to early December (Picture: Instagram/@amy_dowden)
For comparison, Amy shared photos of herself taken on December 6, when her hair was a lot shorter, to the present day, saying that she couldn’t believe the difference.
‘To now… can’t believe it. The re growth felt so slow but looking back it’s unreal and it’s helping me feel more positive,’ she said.
Amy first announced that she had been diagnosed with stage three breast cancer in May last year.
The dancer underwent a mastectomy, and in July she revealed that a second diagnosis of ‘another type of cancer’ meant that she had to undergo chemotherapy.
Amy made several special appearances on Strictly last year (Picture: BBC/Ray Burmiston)
Breast cancer symptoms
The first symptom of breast cancer that most women notice is a lump or an area of thickened tissue in their breast.
You should see a GP if you notice any of the following:
a new lump or area of thickened tissue in either breast that was not there before
a change in the size or shape of one or both breasts
a discharge of fluid from either of your nipples
a lump or swelling in either of your armpits
a change in the look or feel of your skin, such as puckering or dimpling, a rash or redness
a rash (like eczema), crusting, scaly or itchy skin or redness on or around your nipple
a change in the appearance of your nipple, such as becoming sunken into your breast
She previously explained: ‘I was originally going to have a lumpectomy, radiotherapy, and hormone treatment. But then, after my MRI, they found another tumour so then it changed into a mastectomy and then, after my mastectomy, unfortunately, they found even more tumours.
‘And my pathology wasn’t what they were expecting. And they found another type of cancer and then they told me I needed chemo – for me that was a massive blow. It wasn’t in the plan, originally – and I know the plan you can’t get fixated on.
‘So all of a sudden then, I realised. And you get scared. But the oncologist did say that with chemo I’ve got a really good chance of a cure.’
Throughout her treatment, Amy has also faced blood clots, sepsis and a broken foot, while delighting fans by making special appearances on last year’s series of Strictly.
Macmillan cancer support
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