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Strictly star Amy Dowden shares heartfelt post as she starts cancer treatment

The Strictly Come Dancing performer shared her breast cancer diagnosis last month

Amy Dowden attends the Pride of Birmingham Awards at the University of Birmingham on March 06, 2023
Diane Shipley
Diane ShipleySenior Online Writer
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Amy Dowden opened up to HELLO! last month about her breast cancer diagnosis and on Wednesday, she shared with fans that she'd started her treatment. 

The professional dancer took to Instagram to post an image of herself in hospital, and it showed the optimistic star sitting up in bed while wearing a hospital gown, beaming and holding her thumbs up. The Strictly fan favourite captioned the image with a determined message. 

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Amy wrote: "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." 

Amy Dowden giving a thumbs up from her hospital bed© Instagram
Amy posted from her hospital bed

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

"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. 

Dianne Buswell, Nadiya Bychkova and Amy Dowden © PA Images
With fellow Strictly dancers Dianne Buswell and Nadiya Bychkova

Other followers of the dancer 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 looks glamorous in emerald green gown© Getty
The star has inspired countless people with her incredible strength

Amy shared the news of her diagnosis in an exclusive interview with HELLO! last month. "I've been through quite a lot in my life and this is another hurdle," Amy, 32, said. 

Amy Dowden's emotional message announcing her breast cancer diagnosis© Instagram
The star also posted her news to Instagram

"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." 

Bravely sharing her personal news, which she only received the previous week, the Welsh-born dancer revealed that she hopes to raise awareness of the disease and help others going through their own diagnoses. 

Amy Dowden sparkles as she heads to the Strictly Come Dancing stage
Amy shot to fame as a professional dancer on Strictly Come Dancing

"With what I've done for Crohn’s, I want to do the same here,” explains Amy, whose advocacy around her chronic condition has included making a powerful BBC documentary, Strictly Amy: Crohn's and Me. "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 adds. "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."

Amy Dowden looks lovingly towards her husband Ben as they hold hands
Amy and Ben got married last year

 It was Amy's experience of doing the CoppaTrek! with Gi – the fundraising 100km walk led by Giovanna Fletcher in support of breast health awareness charity CoppaFeel! – last June that ultimately led her to discover her own breast cancer. 

Amy Dowden wears royal blue dress as she poses for photo
It was in April that Amy first discovered a lump in her right breast

"Last year, I did the CoppaFeel! trek and I spoke to so many incredible ladies who had battled breast cancer. I was thinking to myself: 'I don't even check my breasts'," says Amy, who married fellow professional dancer Ben Jones last July

Amy Dowden and husband Ben at the Pride of Birmingham Awards 2023 © Getty
Ben is supporting his wife through her treatment

"This last year, obviously, I made a conscious effort to check my breasts. CoppaFeel! has now potentially saved my life, because I don't know how long this lump could have been there before I would have noticed and done something about it. So me speaking out might end up saving some other people's lives because they start checking their breasts."

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