Amy Dowden opens up about her battle with Crohn's disease
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Amy Dowden, 31, was looked after by Tom Fletcher, 36, his wife Giovanna, 36, and Sara Davies, 37, after suffering from a Crohn’s flare-up at the weekend. The Strictly Come Dancing star was inundated with messages from her fans on Saturday after she was noticeably missing from group numbers.
Taking to Instagram, the dancer explained that she had been in hospital due to an “unexpected” Crohn’s disease flare-up.
Amy said that her fiancé Ben wasn’t at home at the time, so was taken care of by her ex dance partner Tom and Sara Davies.
She shared various snaps on her page from her time in hospital and recovering at the Fletchers’ home.
Amy wrote: “I’m recovering very well and certainly being well looked after and look forward to returning to the dance floor.
“Big thanks to lovely @saradaviescc and @tomfletcher for taking care of me (of all the days to be poorly, Ben was in Blackpool with the dance school).”
She added: “To the Fletchers who made sure I had everything and more at the hospital, have brought me back to theirs where the whole family are giving me all the love, care, burnt toast (Tom), unlimited supply of @mrsgifletcher clothes along with @tomfletcher sock choice you could possibly need, lots of drawings and pretend injections from my new doctors Buzz, Buddy and Max.
“Thank you, they really were sent to me.”
Dragons’ Den star Sara also commented on her post, telling fans she had tears in her eyes seeing Amy be put into an ambulance.
McFly singer Tom addressed Amy’s hospital dash on his page.
The former Strictly contestant said his dance partner was “one of the strongest people I’ve ever met”.
He went on to say: “Being with her during a Crohn’s flare up this weekend was a pretty scary experience to say the least! So glad @saradaviescc and I were with her to do what we could until the ambulance arrived.”
He added Amy didn’t remember Sara donating an extra pair of trousers to her or Tom carrying her in the ambulance wearing crocs.
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“She’s home with us now and back to chatting non-stop and drinking her way through our supply of teabags, so I think she’s on the mend. Rest assured, the Fletchers are taking care of her,” he added.
Amy documented her Crohn’s disease in her award-winning documentary Strictly Amy: Crohn’s and Me.
She was diagnosed with the condition at just 19 years old.
Crohn’s is a long-term condition that causes inflammation of the lining of the digestive system.
The NHS state: “There’s currently no cure for Crohn’s disease, but treatment can control or reduce the symptoms and help stop them coming back.”
The dancer’s parents first realised something was up with her health when she had a lack of energy.
She said on This Morning: “The next thing I started getting stomach cramps. They got me home and they got so bad I actually passed out from the pain.
“They took me to A&E and they thought I had appendicitis. I went years then with these awful stomachs.”
Recalling the time she was diagnosed, she went on to say: “When I got the diagnosis, I thought ‘Finally, I have got an answer, now it is time to go and achieve my dreams’.”
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