Amy Dowden looked in great spirits as she beamed on her way to the Strictly hotel on Thursday.
The star headed to the venue to meet up with her fellow professional dancers and friends ahead of movie week on Saturday night.
The Strictly professional dancer, 33, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in May, recently chose to take control as she shaved her hair off amid her chemotherapy treatment.
The star beamed as she wrapped up in a beige trench coat and black headscarf while donning some black lace up boots.
She donned a pastel purple jumper underneath the coat, and carried her essentials in a tote bag and dark burgundy leather handbag.
Good spirits: Amy Dowden, 33, beamed as she arrived at the Strictly hotel to meet with the professional dancers on Thursday evening after revealing she would cry herself to sleep amid chemotherapy treatment
Smiling: The dancer beamed as she wrapped up in a beige trench coat and black headscarf
Amy underwent a mastectomy in June before doctors discovered she was also battling another form of cancer and would need further treatment.
Although she cannot take part in Strictly in her usual role this year, the Welsh dragon has expressed the incredible support she’s had from her family at the BBC dance show.
Supporting the show ahead of movie week, the star took to Instagram to share a throwback snap of Amy in her tiger makeup back in 2019 for her samba performance with her partner Karim Zeroual.
She captioned the snap: ‘I love Movie week on Strictly! Who’s excited?’
The television favourite revealed why she decided to shave her hair off as she told The Mirror: ‘I woke up one morning with quite a lot on the pillow, then I brushed it and quite a lot came out.
‘I was traumatised, crying, I would only brush my hair once a day, but I would dread that brush. My husband would brush it for me so I wouldn’t see.’
‘Then it started going from on top. Ben would hear me crying most nights and come and comfort me. It was upsetting him as well. He hated brushing it.
‘I would dread waking up in the morning, seeing what was on the pillow. It would be in your mouth, a trail being left, it was so distressing. So I saved myself the heartache and took control.’
Stylish: She donned a pastel purple jumper underneath the coat and completed the outfit with some black lace up boots
Heartbreaking: Amy said she would cry herself to sleep at night as she watched her hair fall out onto her pillow in her fight against cancer
Showing her support: The star took to Instagram to share a throwback snap of herself in her tiger makeup back in 2019 for her samba performance with her partner Karim Zeroual
Cheeky chappy: Strictly contestant Adam Thomas was seen heading to dress rehearsals on Friday as he beamed in snaps
Ready for Saturday: Jody Cundy was also seen heading to the Strictly studio ahead of movie week
Devoted: Amy’s husband Ben would brush her hair for her (pictured together in 2018)
Amy recently shared a heartbreaking video of herself as her hair was shaved off by her loved ones.
The Strictly star broke down in tears before she embraced the brave step she had made as she looked at herself in the mirror.
Amy says while it was tough, it was empowering to take control and is now looking forward to her hair growing back, rather than the heartache of losing it.
With Strictly kicking off late last month, it has been particularly tough for Amy to watch.
Amy says she cried when she saw the professional dancers lead their celebrities down the stairs in the first show.
And while dancing is a huge part of her life, Amy says her health at the moment has prevented her from being able to move in the way she is used to.
She says she has seen her body change and has gained weight as a side effect from her treatment.
‘I am missing everything’, Amy says.
Tough: And while dancing is a huge part of her life, Amy says her health at the moment has prevented her from being able to move in the way she is used to
Hard but supportive: Amy says she cried when she saw the professional dancers led their celebrities down the stairs in the first show
It comes after Amy revealed she nearly died due to the side effects of chemotherapy amid her breast cancer battle.
The Welsh professional dancer had the terrifying near-death experience after her first and second round of chemo she was rushed to hospital with sepsis and then blood clots.
She is now on blood thinners now for six months after the ‘frightening’ experience.
Amy also told how she at first wanted to refuse chemo as it would be ‘Strictly, her hair and her life gone’ but was ultimately persuaded to do it.
Amy underwent IVF to create and freeze embryos before starting her treatment with hopes to have children with her husband Ben Jones in the future.
A friend told her there was no point in her freezing her embryos as if she didn’t have the chemo she wouldn’t ‘be around to have these babies anyway’.
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