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Amy Dowden enjoys incredible reunion following breast cancer surgery

The Strictly Come Dancing star has kept fans updated on her wellbeing

Amy Dowden backstage at Utilita Arena Birmingham on January 20, 2022
Diane Shipley
Senior Online Writer
28 June 2023
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Amy Dowden has long inspired her fans with her resilient attitude to living with Crohn's disease, and she has faced her breast cancer diagnosis equally bravely. 

On Wednesday, she was hailed as "a superstar" as she returned her former school, Hallfield, to speak to pupils as part of their prize-giving day.

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On Instagram, the Midlands school's official account shared a picture of Amy standing behind a lectern, wearing a gingham dress and smiling, with her long blonde hair styled in loose waves. 

The caption read: "A remarkable story of perseverance, hard work and selflessness, whilst overcoming adversity to get to the top of her profession. Thank you Amy, you really are a superstar!" 

Amy Dowden speaking at her old school© Instagram
Amy gave a heartfelt speech

One of the parents who met Amy after her talk also took to Instagram, writing: "We got the honour to meet the amazing Amy Dowden from Strictly today. She gave such an amazing and inspirational speech for Hallfield's prize-giving day at The Great Hall, University of Birmingham .

Amy and Ben looking smart on the red carpet© Getty
The star with her husband Ben Jones

"A great role model in teaching our girls to never give up your dreams and to always dream big. 'DONT BE BITTER, BE BETTER!' "Thank you Amy Dowden, I hope you get through the next battle you're facing [praying hands emoji]". 

Amy Dowden in pink dress holding an umbrella© Getty
Amy has opened up about her experience of cancer

Amy revealed exclusively to HELLO! in May that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer and went on to have a mastectomy earlier this month. 

READ: Amy Dowden shares health update with fans amid hopes for Strictly return

Three weeks ago, she shared an image to social media showing herself in a hospital bed, smiling at the camera and holding her thumbs up. 

Amy Dowden sparkles as she heads to the Strictly Come Dancing stage© Getty
Amy shot to fame on Strictly Come Dancing

The dancer captioned the image: "Step one to beating cancer! Rrrrrrready for this fight and more determined than ever to get back on the dance floor… #breastcanceryoung #checkyourchest #checkyourlemons #letsdothis #breastcancerawareness."

Her former Strictly partner Tom Fletcher commented: "Sending you all the love today. Us Fletchers are right behind you X." 

Amy Dowden and Tom Fletcher on November 22, 2021 in London© Getty
Tom Fletcher has supported the star

"You got this @amy_dowden," her co-star Gorka Marquez wrote, while former contestant Sara Davies added: "You’ve got this! [heart emojis]," and 2018 champion Stacey Dooley posted three red hearts. 

Other followers chimed in with kind messages, which included: "Sending all the love, you've got this! xxx," and: "Sending you all of the love in the world! You're going to beat this and I cannot wait for you to be back to doing what you love most." 

Amy Dowden attends the Pride of Birmingham Awards at the University of Birmingham on March 06, 2023 © Getty
Amy is remaining positive

Speaking to HELLO!, Amy said: "I've been through quite a lot in my life and this is another hurdle. But if I'm positive and strong, I've got a really good chance of getting back out on the dancefloor as soon as possible." 

Amy Dowden poses with her fellow Strictly Come Dancing stars© Getty
Amy hopes to return to Strictly this autumn

The Welsh-born dancer revealed that she hopes to raise awareness of the disease and help others going through their own diagnoses. "With what I've done for Crohn’s, I want to do the same here,” explained Amy, whose advocacy has included making a powerful BBC documentary, Strictly Amy: Crohn's and Me. 

Amy Dowden looks glamorous in emerald green gown© Getty
The performer has inspired countless people over the years

"If I can try and turn this negative into a positive, it's going to help me get through this." "You just don't ever think it's going to happen to you," she added. "I hadn't thought it was possible to get breast cancer at my age. My mum has had breast cancer, but she had it at a later age, in her 50s."

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