Amy Dowden shaves her head amid cancer treatment
Amy Dowden revealed she is hoping to “be there” with her fellow Strictly Come Dancing professionals in “a few weeks” amid chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer.
The Welsh ballroom star shared the news alongside a photo of her in a promotional shot for the BBC dance competition, just a day after shaving her natural hair in an emotional Instagram video.
Looking radiant in a gold sequin frock, Amy typed: “Happy live show day @bbcstrictly. Wishing the entire team a fabulous show and I know it’s going to be amazing!
“I’ve been kept up to date with the pros and a few sneaky FaceTimes!”
“Literally can’t wait to watch and support you all. Hopefully, I’ll be there in a few weeks,” she added.
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Her 538,000 followers were delighted with the news as they shared their joy in the comment section.
Strictly host Claudia Winkleman typed: “We love you.”
Professional dancer Katya Jones said: “We gonna miss you so much tonight! Will do everything to make you proud.”
Coronation Street actress Catherine Tyldesley added: “We can’t wait to see you back on that dance floor shining brighter than ever!”
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It comes as Amy said she feels “empowered and positive” after shaving her head as her cancer treatment continued.
The 33-year-old shared an emotional video of herself with loved ones taking turns cutting a lock of hair.
The rest of her hair is then cut short and finally shaved off.
“I’ve done it and I’ve also crossed the halfway chemo line!” the star of the hit BBC One show said in a post on Instagram.
“I wanted to share the truth and hopefully help others, and bring normality to a beautiful bald head,” Amy, from Caerphilly, said in the post accompanying the video.
The dancer was diagnosed with cancer for the second time in July and has been sharing her experiences on social media.
She first discovered the first lump in April, a day before she was due to go on her honeymoon in the Maldives with her husband Ben.
After a mastectomy, she was told the tumours had spread and another type of cancer was discovered.
“I’ve not been able to take control of this journey so far, but as you can see with some of my loved ones I took the courage and control,” she said.
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