Amy Dowden has stated that she is’making the most of the good days’ since being diagnosed with breast cancer.
The Strictly Come Dancing veteran, 33, disclosed in May that she had stage 3 breast cancer and had undergone a single mastectomy.
Amy will be unable to compete in this year’s Strictly because doctors discovered new tumours, for which she is currently undergoing chemotherapy.
Amy has been keeping her followers up to speed on the highs and lows of her treatment, having recently gone through a difficult period after seeing her hair was coming out.
Fortunately, she is surrounded by a large number of sympathetic people.
On Sunday (August 27), the ballroom diva, who celebrated her birthday on August 10, posed with a delectable-looking pink cake baked expressly for her by a kind friend.
Amy, dressed in a pink sweater and baseball cap, made an excited face as she pointed to the delicious confection decorated in candles before eating in.
She wrote in the caption: ‘When you have the best friends and have a late birthday celebration 💖🎀💖! @braddykes is taking cake orders 😜🤣🎂’
Amy added a series of hashtags, which were #BelatedBirthdayCelebration, #MakingTheMostOfTheGoodDays, #IHaveTheBestFriends, and #MyJourney.
Flooding the comments section with support for the Welsh performer, one Strictly fan wrote: ‘This photo is pure happiness 😭 so glad you were able to celebrate you deserve it so much ❤️’
‘Happy Belated Birthday lovely. Hope you’re doing well you’re so strong and inspirational. Sharing your journey is so brave. ❤️, wrote another.
‘Love it! Keep fighting gal! You’re ace! ❤️’, another praised.
Amy had earlier taken a photo with her spouse while out for a walk on a Bank Holiday.
Last year, she married Benjamin Jones, with whom she owns a dancing school in the West Midlands.
Amy has continued to inspire her fans with her candid updates on cancer treatment, particularly after confessing it was’so heartbreaking’ to lose her hair.
The dancer has posted photographs on social media of her hair falling out while she combs it.
As a result, Amy has had a wig manufactured and admits it’s time to start wearing it.
One thing she isn’t prepared for is shaving her head.
Amy responded to one follower who advised she ‘brave the shave’ by explaining why it’s too soon for her.
She wrote: ‘I’m personally not ready for this.
‘Everyone is different and how they cope or go about their journey is up to them and need to be what’s right for them.
‘I’ve had lots telling me just shave it. It’s only hair.
‘I’ve already gone through body changes for life, emotions, pain and right now I want to try save what I can with the cooling cap.’
She went on: ‘Absolutely to those who brave the shave, you are strong!
‘But please all remember everyone of us have different emotions, battles and deals with everything with what’s best for them and how they cope best!
‘All journeys are personal.’
How to check your breasts for signs of cancer
CoppaFeel! offers three simple steps on how to check your own chest for signs of cancer.
- Look at your boobs, pecs or chest.
- Look at the area from your armpit, across and beneath your boobs, pecs or chest, and up to your collarbone.
Be aware of any changes in size, outline or shape and changes in skin such as puckering or dimpling.
- Feel each of your boobs, pecs or chest.
- Feel the area from your armpit, across and beneath your boobs, pecs or chest, and up to your collarbone.
Be aware of any changes in skin such as puckering or dimpling, or any lumps, bumps or skin thickening which are different from the opposite side.
Notice your nipples
- Look at each of your nipples.
Be aware of any nipple discharge that’s not milky, any bleeding from the nipple, any rash or crusting on or around your nipple area that doesn’t heal easily and any change in the position of your nipple
Macmillan cancer support
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