Amy Dowden on heartbreaking side effect of breast cancer treatment

Strictly’s Amy Dowden speaks on new boob’ amid breast cancer battle

Amy Dowden, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in May, has shared that her hair has begun to fall out despite “cold capping” to try and prevent this side effect from happening.

The Strictly Come Dancing professional said it was “heartbreaking” watching her hair fall out when using a hairbrush, and admitted it was now time to begin wearing a wig she has had custom-made just for her.

On her Instagram Story, Amy said: “Wanted to be open and honest with you all from the start.

“So this cycle, I started feeling sick soon as second lot of ‘red devil’ was going in. Got home very tired and started being sick (even with all the anti-sickness), by Friday afternoon the sickness stopped and just waves of nausea.

“Still taking anti-sickness now. Hardly any sleep due to steroids and insomnia they bring with them.

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“Didn’t have any last cycle but some lovely mouth ulcer friends this time round. But I’ve managed some walks, lovely homemade soups and smoothies and feeling even better today. The little wins!”

Amy explained she had begun to lose her hair from treatment and was struggling to “feel like herself”

She continued: “What I’ve found harder this time round and the last few days is hair shedding.

“Even though I’m cold capping you hope to keep 50 percent of your hair and there are also many benefits to the hair growing back quicker too.

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“But as much as I prepared myself waking up every day gently combing my hair with a wide comb and seeing what comes out, it is just heartbreaking personally for me.

“I’m only washing my hair once, max twice, this week, not using any heat on my hair or styling it so I just don’t feel like me.

“So it’s time to bring out the wig I say and get used to this and help me feel like me. I’m still Amy!

“Some days last week I’d wake and for the first few seconds you forget and then suddenly it all hits you, the day and challenges ahead and your new reality and it’s tough – had a few morning cries and learning that’s okay too.”

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Amy has already undergone a mastectomy and breast reconstruction surgery after she discovered a lump in her right breast shortly before she was due to set off on holiday with her husband.

She added: “Thank you again for all the lovely messages asking how I am, want to be open and honest and hopefully help others going through or those supporting those on their journeys too!

“Again thanks to my family, friends and you guys for my lovely messages, I read them all, just don’t always have the energy to reply but I want you to know it really helps, means more than you will ever know!

“Not taken for granted and really appreciated and noticed! You truly see how lucky you are to have amazing loved ones around you! Love to you all.”

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