The professional dancer. 33. was diagnosed with breast cancer in May and underwent a mastectomy in June before doctors discovered she was also battling another form of cancer and would need further treatment.
Speaking to Janette Manrara, Amy said: ‘Chemo again tomorrow, session six. I am over half way and I can see the finish line.
‘But I’m not going to lie, it is tough but I am feeling strong and positive. I just want to raise as much awareness as I possibly can and get everyone to check their chest.’
Amy, who has been forced to miss this year’s series, delighted viewers when she made a surprise appearance on last Saturday’s show and embraced her hair loss by showing off her newly shaved head.
Brave: Amy Dowden gave an update on her ‘tough’ cancer battle as she appeared on It Takes Two on Wednesday
Braving the bald: Amy, who has been forced to miss this year’s series, delighted viewers when she made a surprise appearance on last Saturday’s show and embraced her hair loss
The professional dancer, who sported a beautiful brown wig for her It Takes Two appearance, said: ‘My wig wasn’t ready for the dress run so Diane was going on at me all day saying “You look so beautiful without it”.
‘I went out and did the dress run and the Strictly family treated me no differently without.
‘They gave me so much love and support and I spoke to production, and the hair and make up girls were saying “Don’t wear the wig”.
‘I felt really liberated and I didn’t tell anyone. I was nervous but it didn’t matter if I had my wig or not.’
Of her decision to show off her shaved head on the live show, Amy added: ‘I want to use my platform to to help give others the courage and strength they need.
‘I found losing my hair really traumatic and it didn’t matter how much I prepared for it, I couldn’t even brush my own hair in the end I couldn’t even look in the mirror in the end because I was bald on top.
‘I told my family “I’m shaving it tomorrow”. We all did it together, my friends and family got together, we tried to make it as fun as possible. They inspired me and I want to use my platform to help others give others the courage and strength they need.’
Amy praised the show’s bosses, her fellow dancers and fans for giving her strength, as she said: ‘They have all inspired me.’
Update: The professional dancer, who sported a beautiful brown wig for her It Takes Two appearance, said ‘it is tough but I am feeling strong and positive’
Strong: Amy told Janette she was set to have her sixth session on chemotherapy on Thursday
Strictly family: Janette told her: ‘Fans and viewers are showing so much love and support’
‘Everyone has been amazing, dancers, hair and make up, everyone but I have to give a special shout out to the execs (executives) who have been there since my diagnosis in spring.
‘We have cried happy tears, sad tears. Having them and getting involved in the show has meant everything to me.
‘On those difficult days has helped me push through.’
Amy singled out Dianne Buswell, who is partnered with EastEnders star Bobby Brazier, and Katya Jones, teamed up with Nigel Harman for their constant support.
Amy said of Diane: ‘There’s not a day goes by when she doesn’t message me and send videos of her and Bobby.
‘Katya and Nigel facetiming me on chemo days, I am forever grateful.’
Janette told her: ‘Fans and viewers are showing so much love and support.’
Amy replied: ‘Strictly has the world’s best fans and gosh have I felt it – the love the support always comes on days I have really needed it and I will never ever be able to thank them enough.’
Tough time: Amy thanked her fellow dancers for their unwavering support. She singled out Dianne Buswell (pictured)
Inspiration: The professional dancer, 33, returned to the show to support her co-stars in her her first TV appearance since shaving her head
‘So lovely to see the beautiful Amy Dowden’: Viewers took to X – formerly known as Twitter – to say they were thrilled to see her on It Takes Two
Viewers took to X – formerly known as Twitter – to say they were thrilled to see her on It Takes Two.
One wrote: ‘Seeing @dowden_amy on @bbcstrictly #ittakestwo makes my heart sing. Looking absolutely fabulous & as Craig would say Goooooorgous Darling. Hoping Chemo tomorrow goes well. Thinking of you, thank you for sharing your journey & being such an inspiration. Big Hugs.’
‘Loved seeing Amy on It Takes Two’.
‘seeing amy on it takes two was so inspirational and powerful for so many people !! she’s incredibly gorgeous and has such a heart of gold, missing her on the dance floor endlessly’ another viewer added.
‘So lovely to see the beautiful, amazing @dowden_amy on #ittakestwo tonight!!!! I hope she knows how loved she is by the strictly fans and family.’
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