Amy Dowden has revealed she’s been ‘extremely’ sick after her fourth round of chemotherapy.
The dancer, 33, wrote candidly in her Instagram Stories: ‘Chemo 4✅ Was extremely sick even with three types of anti sickness. Very tired too. Going to be resting up.’
Amy was diagnosed with breast cancer earlier in May, and began chemotherapy after doctors discovered another type of cancer in her body, meaning she was unable to be paired with a celebrity for the new series of Strictly.
Posting ahead of the Strictly launch on Saturday, Amy penned the caption as she showed her hand while on the way to the hospital.
The star has been open about the side effects of treatment, including hair loss, and confessed she was finding it tough.
Tough: Amy Dowden, 33, has revealed she’s been ‘extremely’ sick after her fourth round of chemotherapy as she shared another update in her battle with breast cancer
Illness: The Strictly favourite was diagnosed with breast cancer in May and began chemotherapy after doctors discovered she was fighting another type of cancer too
Update: Posting ahead of the Strictly launch on Saturday, Amy penned the caption as she showed her hand while on the way to the hospital
Taking to her Instagram Stories on Monday, Amy updated her followers on how she was doing and admitted things were ‘really hard’.
She said: ‘So many messages asking me how I’m coping with the hair loss and I’m not gonna lie, it is really hard.’
Trying to stay positive, she added: ‘I think I cry less now. To begin with, it was every day, but now I have meltdowns when I wash my hair once a week.
‘For the last two weeks now, I haven’t brushed my hair and that has definitely helped.
‘Since I came out of hospital with the blood clots, I stopped brushing it myself because I was just getting distraught seeing how much was falling out.’
Amy explained that her husband and dance partner Ben Jones, who she married last year, has been helping by brushing her hair for her so she can’t see what’s falling out.
She explained: ‘I obviously am aware of it, but I’m not physically seeing or holding the hair that I’m losing and that for me is helping me big time.’
Amy looked gorgeous in the video, wearing her hair tucked under a patterned purple and pink scarf.
Tough: The Strictly Come Dancing star was diagnosed with breast cancer earlier this year and began chemotherapy after doctors discovered she was fighting another type of cancer too
Difficult time: The professional dancer has been open about the side effects of treatment, including hair loss, and confessed she was finding it tough
She said: ‘If I take my scarf off, you’ll see there’s hardly any [hair left], but it’s okay. I keep telling myself, “This too shall pass”.’
She then admitted: ‘This is definitely the hardest part for me personally,’ but said she wasn’t ready to shave her head.
She said: ‘I will get to that point… but I’m just not ready yet.’
Earlier this month, the dancer shared a health update with fans after her latest round of chemotherapy.
Amy assured her Instagram followers she was ‘getting there’ as she detailed the side effects she had been suffering through.
She said: ‘I had a bit of sickness, tiredness but you can’t sleep because of the steroids. Got my steroid moon face, which I am used to anyway by now’.
But she declared she was ‘feeling a lot more like Amy today’.
Opening up previously about her hair loss last month, Amy said: ‘As much as I prepared myself waking up everyday gently combing my hair with a wide comb and seeing what comes out, it is just heartbreaking personally for me.
‘I’m only washing my hair once, max twice, this week, not using any heat on my hair or styling it so I just don’t feel like me.
‘So it’s time to bring out the wig I say and get used to this and help me feel like me. I’m still Amy!
‘Some days last week I’d wake and for the first few seconds you forget and then suddenly it all hits you, the day and challenges ahead and your new reality and it’s tough – had a few morning cries and learning that’s OK too.’
She then thanked everyone for their messages of support, penning: ‘Thank you again for all the lovely messages asking how I am, want to be open and honest and hopefully help others going through or those supporting those on their journeys too!’
Despite hoping to come back to the dance floor soon, the Welsh star will be unable to participate in this series after she began her chemotherapy treatment in August.
Yet the star has felt the support of her Strictly family every step of the way and sent her love to a dance family as she commented a love heart emoji after the release of the trailer.
Amy was diagnosed with breast cancer in May, and revealed in July that doctors had discovered she has ‘another type of cancer’ after an MRI revealed more tumours in her body.
Talking about the news at the time Amy said: ‘For me, my journey, everything changed. I was originally going to have a lumpectomy, radiotherapy and hormone treatment.
‘But then, after my MRI, they found another tumour so then it changed into a mastectomy and then, after my mastectomy, unfortunately, they found even more tumours.
Honest: Taking to her Instagram Stories on earlier this month, Amy updated her followers on how she was doing and admitted things were ‘really hard’
Fighter: Amy later took to her stories to share an image of herself during chemotherapy, writing: ‘Let’s go! Number three! Next cycle I’ll be saying half way!’
‘And my pathology wasn’t what they were expecting, and they found another type of cancer and then they told me I needed chemo – for me that was a massive blow.
‘It wasn’t in the plan, originally – and I know the plan you can’t get fixated on.
‘So, all of a sudden, then I realised, and you get scared, but the oncologist did say that with chemo I’ve got a really good chance of a cure.
‘I was really scared and I didn’t want to do chemo but then seeing someone like yourself (Erin) who’s carried on and for me straightaway it was my dancing, like, you can take away my boob but you can’t take my dancing away from me and that’s what I get really upset about.’
Yet earlier in August, Amy joined her fellow professionals in training as she shared a glam snap of herself after being Strictlyfied’ by the show’s hair and make-up team.
The dancer revealed her joy at feeling like ‘Amy again’ and felt spurred on to tackle her latest bout of cancer treatment – which comes after she was hospitalised with sepsis after her first round.
She penned: ‘So grateful for my @bbcstrictly family, yesterday was just what I needed ahead of today. I’ve felt part of the whole journey so far!
‘I’ve seen all the group numbers and the process by videos, then again watching yesterday and WOW honestly the best yet! Yes it’s hard not being up there with them doing what I love but so proud to part of such a talented team.
‘I loved being made glamorous by the hair and make up team, putting on a sparkly dress from Wardrobe and feeling like Amy again being at my favourite place ! So very grateful!’
What is breast cancer, how many people does it strike and what are the symptoms?
Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers in the world. Each year in the UK there are more than 55,000 new cases, and the disease claims the lives of 11,500 women.
What is breast cancer?
Breast cancer develops from a cancerous cell which develops in the lining of a duct or lobule in one of the breasts.
When the breast cancer has spread into surrounding breast tissue it is called an ‘invasive’ breast cancer. Some people are diagnosed with ‘carcinoma in situ’, where no cancer cells have grown beyond the duct or lobule.
Most cases develop in women over the age of 50 but younger women are sometimes affected. Breast cancer can develop in men, though this is rare.
Staging means how big the cancer is and whether it has spread. Stage 1 is the earliest stage and stage 4 means the cancer has spread to another part of the body.
The cancerous cells are graded from low, which means a slow growth, to high, which is fast-growing. High-grade cancers are more likely to come back after they have first been treated.
What causes breast cancer?
A cancerous tumour starts from one abnormal cell. The exact reason why a cell becomes cancerous is unclear. It is thought that something damages or alters certain genes in the cell. This makes the cell abnormal and multiply.
There are some risk factors that can increase the chance of developing breast cancer, such as genetics.
What are the symptoms of breast cancer?
The usual first symptom is a painless lump in the breast, although most breast lumps are not cancerous and are fluid filled cysts, which are benign.
The first place that breast cancer usually spreads to is the lymph nodes in the armpit. If this occurs you will develop a swelling or lump in an armpit.
For more information visit breastcancernow.org or call its free helpline on 0808 800 6000