Amy Dowden has insisted she doesn’t need anybody’s pity throughout her breast most cancers battle.
The Strictly Come Dancing star, 33, lately completed chemotherapy after being identified with the sickness in May and he or she has urged individuals to deal with her ‘as regular’ once they see her out and about.
Amy has posed with out her wig for a sensational new journal cowl shoot, and defined that individuals preventing most cancers need others to ‘stand robust’ alongside them.
‘I simply wish to be handled as regular. When I’m strolling outdoors and I’ve acquired my scarf on, I don’t need seems of sympathy or feeling sorry for me – I’m Amy,’ she advised the December concern of Women’s Health UK.
‘Sometimes, individuals don’t know the best way to handle it. Just ask how I’m – I’ll reply you. We don’t need you to really feel sorry for us. We’re embracing it. Stand robust with us…Don’t give me that pity look – I don’t want it!’
That was a part of the explanation for Amy deciding to pose and not using a wig for the duvet shoot as she desires to shine a light-weight for individuals going via the identical well being struggles.
‘Finding out I had Crohn’s [Amy was diagnosed age 19 following eight years of symptoms] I didn’t ever have anybody within the public eye to look as much as or to say to my buddies, “That’s what I’ve acquired,”‘ she defined.
‘And I simply had somewhat second: I imagined youngsters having the ability to go to highschool and having the ability to embrace [not having hair] or go swimming and simply be like, “I’m like Amy who’s off Strictly.”
‘And that simply gave me the arrogance to go, “Yeah, let’s do that.” ‘
That feeling of acceptance and having individuals to look as much as has been an enormous assist for the skilled dancer amid her personal most cancers battle.
She stated: ‘I by no means thought at 32 I’d be identified with breast most cancers… It’s a membership you’ll by no means want to be in, however once you’re in it, it’s probably the most loyal membership you might ever be a part of. I can communicate to my fellow pink sisters and immediately they get it.’
She has additionally obtained a wealth of help from the Strictly workforce and her husband Ben Jones, however she does have moments of struggling to just accept the fingers she’s been ‘dealt’.
‘Oh yeah… I at all times say, I by no means requested [for] this to occur to me. I’ve at all times labored so onerous. I’ve at all times been a very good particular person,’ she added.
‘I taken care of myself, I’ve exercised effectively, haven’t smoked… I do get indignant. I simply assume I’ve been dealt a troublesome one…
‘I feel it’ll take some time to just accept. It took me a very long time to just accept my Crohn’s. Until I’m again dancing and again to my regular self, I don’t assume I’ll settle for it.’
Read the total Amy Dowden interview within the December concern of Women’s Health UK, additionally accessible as a digital version.
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