Strictly Come Dancing star Amy Dowden has shared that she's been admitted to hopsital and will miss some dates of the live 2022 tour. The Welsh profes
Strictly Come Dancing star Amy Dowden has shared that she’s been admitted to hopsital and will miss some dates of the live 2022 tour.
The Welsh professional dancer took to Instagram on Monday to reveal she’d had a Crohn’s disease flare-up while performing in Manchester.
Sharing two pictures hours apart, Amy wrote: “Not quite the weekend performing in Manchester I was expecting.
“The one pic is me all ready to dance the following is literally a few hours later. Just want to help spread the awareness of hidden chronic illnesses.
“I know we get so many comments oh you look fine, on the outside yes, but not the inside. Comments why do you push yourself? Well, I wouldn’t do anything in life if I spent the whole time worrying if I might get a flare up. I’ve always said it won’t define me!”
Amy continued: “To me, my condition is at it’s cruellest when it takes me away from my biggest passion, dancing! I can’t thank my fellow cast enough… it certainly helps to have some strapping male dancers there to help carry you too. I love you all!
“To the entire @strictlycomedancinglive team, thank you! Thank you for the Incredible care I received in Manchester hospital and biggest thanks to all the fans who have sent such beautiful messages, I’m so sorry for not being able to perform for you!
“I’m feeling SO MUCH BETTER and I’ll be back dancing with the gang, living the dream before you know it! Lots of Welsh love.”
The Caerphilly-born dancer’s co-stars flooded her with messages of support.
“You are incredible and the strongest person I know, I can’t wait to dance with you again,” said Neil Jones.
While Sara Davies wrote: “We missed our Amy so much yesterday at the shows in Manchester but so relieved to hear she’s on the mend now!
“It’s amazing how she copes with such a debilitating illness but so proud of how she picks herself up and doesn’t let it stop her living her dreams. Such an inspiration!”
Amy recently opened up about her emotional journey with Crohn’s disease, which she’s suffered with since the age of 11 and was diagnosed with at 19, in her incredible documentary Crohn’s and Me. You can read more on this here.
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