BBC Strictly Come Dancing star Amy Dowden shares run from hospital for ‘cruel’ illness while in Manchester


Strictly Come Dancing star Amy Dowden shared her hospital run while in Manchester.

The professional dancer was in town for the live tour of the hit BBC One show.

But Amy, 31, suffered a flare-up of her Crohn’s disease, leaving her in hospital and unable to perform on the Strictly tour.

The Welsh dancer shared the news on Instagram on Monday night.

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“Not exactly the weekend I was hoping for in Manchester,” he wrote alongside two images.

“The first picture is me ready to dance, the next picture is literally a few hours later,” she explained, and the second picture shows her lying in a hospital bed with a cannula in her hand.

Amy continued, “I just want to help spread awareness of hidden chronic illnesses. I know we get so many comments, oh you look good on the outside yes but not on the inside.”

“Comments, why are you trying? Well, I wouldn’t do a thing in life if I spent all my time worrying that I might have a breakout. I’ve always said it won’t define me!”

“For me, my condition is cruelest when it takes me away from my greatest passion, dancing!”

Amy has been performing on the Strictly live tour

Amy was full of praise for her Strictly co-stars and the care and support she has received.

“I can’t thank my co-stars enough…it sure helps to have some beefy dancers there to help carry them too. Love you all!”

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“To the entire team at @strictlycomedancinglive, thank you! Thank you for the amazing care I received at Manchester Hospital and a big thank you to all the fans who sent such lovely messages. I’m so sorry I couldn’t perform for you!”

The prom star ended her post with a positive update.

“I feel MUCH BETTER and I’ll be back dancing with the gang, living the dream before you know it,” he said.

“Lots of Welsh love #chronicillness #raisewareness.”

Amy was quickly inundated with support from her co-stars and fans.

Gorka Marquez, who made his way to see the show at Manchester’s AO Arena, said: “Sending you lots of love.”

“You are amazing and the strongest person I know, I can’t wait to dance with you again,” wrote Neil Jones.

Nancy Xu, who met Rhys Stephenson on the tour, commented, “Girl, I’m so proud of you. I can’t wait to have you back.”

@eddo_official said: “Sending you all my love Amy. You are so strong and continue to inspire so many on a daily basis.”

“Bless you honey, I hope you feel like yourself again soon. You are an inspiration to many,” wrote @nanny.anndavis.

Fan page @amydowden__ added: “You are always such an inspiration Amy. Take care, looking forward to performing on stage doing what you love again ASAP! Sending you all well wishes and love right now.”

Amy with Tom and Giovanna Fletcher when they took care of her last year

It comes a couple of months after Amy was last hospitalized following an outbreak of Chron.

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In late November, Amy was out for a walk with her Strictly 2021 dance partner Tom Fletcher and fellow Strictly member Sara Davies when an ambulance had to be called.

Amy, who won a Welsh BAFTA for her documentary on the condition, was treated by the McFly singer and his wife Giovanna.

Giovanni explained that because everyone at Strictly was in bubbles, the professional dancer couldn’t travel to the Midlands or Wales, so he stayed with the family while Amy’s husband, Ben Jones, was working away from home.

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