Amy Dowden shared a video with her fans on how she’s coping with her cancer treatment, expressing her ‘distraught’ about her hair loss.
In May of this year, the Strictly Come Dancing professional dancer revealed that she had been diagnosed with stage-three breast cancer.
She has subsequently been open with her followers on social media about how she is doing, sharing photos and videos from her chemotherapy sessions as she nears the halfway point, and discussing her decision to begin wearing a wig.
The 33-year-old revealed in a new set of clips released on her Instagram Story shortly after attending the National Television Awards said her third round of chemo was the ‘greatest one so far,’ after being taken to the hospital following her first round due to infection.
Amy experienced three blood clots after the second round, but following the third round, she claimed that she “just had the usual side effects from chemo,” which included vomiting, exhaustion, severe mouth ulcers, and hair loss.
While wearing a scarf on her head in the video, she shared: ‘I can’t now leave the house without something on the top of my head because unfortunately, [I’m] quite bald on top.’
Amy added that she has received’so many messages’ wondering how she is managing with her hair loss, and that it has been’very, really hard’ for her.
The ballerina revealed that she had sobbed on several occasions about losing her hair, including’meltdowns’ when she washed her hair once a week.
However, having her husband Ben Jones brush her hair for her has helped Amy since she doesn’t have to physically see the hair that’s coming out, even if she is aware of it.
‘That for me is helping me big time because if I took my scarf off, you’ll see there’s hardly any left but it’s okay,’ she said, before referencing a video of Tom Hanks speaking during an actors’ roundtable as she continued: ‘Because I keep telling myself like Tom Hanks says this too shall pass.’
Amy explained that since leaving hospital after suffering from blood clots, she’s stopped brushing her hair herself ‘because I was just getting distraught when I’d see how much was falling out’.
‘That has helped me. But this is definitely the hardest part for me personally,’ she stated.
The Strictly pro added that while some people have been encouraging her to shave her head, she doesn’t feel ready to do so, as she emphasised that for all those who are going through similar situations to her, ‘Everybody is on their own journey and no one should be judged for it. They should be supported.’
Amy expressed her thanks for all of the comments she’s gotten from fans, friends, and family in her videos, while also adding that as she approaches the halfway point of her chemo treatment, she will shortly begin a new type of chemotherapy.
‘That’s obviously quite daunting because I kind of got used to this chemo, and now I don’t know what side effects I’m gonna get from that one. But I will go in as positive as I possibly can,’ she said.
The singer also recalled how fantastic it was for her to be able to join the rest of the Strictly cast at the National Television Awards, when the BBC series received the award for outstanding talent programme.
She also had the opportunity to spend time with her twin sister Rebecca, who took the week off work to care for her.
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