Talking to Kym Marsh and Gethin Jones on Tuesday’s Morning Reside, the 30-year-old mirrored on her sickness and the way it has had an impact on her profession.
‘I suffered since I used to be 11 years previous, I wasn’t identified till I used to be 19,’ she defined.
‘However once I was 19 I used to be hospitalised for six weeks at one time and I missed out on the British Championships. And I knew what it was wish to have my dancing taken away from me, and yeah I believe that I needed to show I can do that.’
‘My dancing for me was my saviour, it put me in my glad place and ultimately, it took me away from my worries,’ she added.
Amy has suffered from her sickness since she was 11 (Image: BBC)
Amy went on clarify that she had been turned down numerous job alternatives due to her sickness.
‘When folks informed me, “Oh I don’t assume you’re going to have the ability to make it”, or I used to be turned down some fabulous alternatives for dancing due to my Crohn’s I used to be like “How dare they? They’re not dwelling in my physique”,’ she continued.
‘And I believe it sort of made me extra decided to do that, and nobody’s gonna take away my greatest ardour in life.’
Amy stated dancing was her glad place (Image: Keith Mayhew/SOPA Photos/REX)
What sickness does Amy Dowden have?
Amy has had Crohn’s illness since she was 11 years previous.
The dance professional defined to Kym and Gethin about how her sickness works.
‘Crohn’s illness is irritation to the digestive system, it might probably begin on the mouth and it might probably have an effect on the whole colon,’ she informed them.
‘It may well trigger narrowing to the gut, ulcers, irritation, and everyone has completely different signs, and sadly, it’s a continual sickness so in the meanwhile there’s no treatment.’
What’s Crohn’s illness?
Crohn’s is a lifelong condition the place components of the digestive system grow to be infected.
It’s one sort of a situation known as inflammatory bowel illness (IBD).
Based on the NHS England website, Crohn’s illness impacts folks of all ages.
The signs, which embody diarrhoea, abdomen ache, cramps, tiredness and weight reduction, normally begin in childhood or early maturity.
The signs could also be fixed or could come and go each few weeks or months. After they come again, it’s known as a flare-up.
JJ and Amy had been eradicated from Strictly on Sunday (Image: BBC/Man Levy)
After Amy and JJ’s elimination from Strictly on Sunday, JJ paid the sweetest tribute to his dance accomplice.
‘I’m unbelievably proud. I by no means thought I’d make it this far, I’ve gotten half first rate perhaps at one thing which I had no clue about, to start with and I’ve loved each second of it, it has simply been an absolute blast,’ he informed host Tess Daly.
‘It’s only a privilege to be on this lengthy. I imply this competitors is insane! To be counted amongst that forged at this stage particularly means the world to me. It’s meant the whole lot.
‘It’s been an unbelievable problem, properly exterior my consolation zone however I’ve had this one [Amy] to simply preserve me in it and I can’t fairly specific what she means to me.’
The pair had a heartbreaking goodbye on the dancefloor (Image: BBC)
JJ, who served as a Royal Marine in Afghanistan and was injured by a bomb blast in 2011, went on to deal with Amy’s Chrohn’s illness as he informed her ‘you possibly can by no means let me down’.
‘She’s lived by way of a lot in her personal proper in equity and I do know that any day she will get up and he or she could possibly be hospitalised basically so she lives fearing she’ll let folks down,’ he added.
‘However the best way you’ve constructed me up, you possibly can by no means let me down.’
Amy additionally struggled to carry again the tears as she gave a moving speech about JJ.
‘Aw JJ, it has been an absolute honour to be your accomplice and most significantly pal, all through your Strictly expertise,’ she sobbed.
‘He’s, and everyone would agree, one of many world’s most truest gents. I truthfully imagine from working with JJ over the previous few months I’ve grow to be a greater particular person and I’ve realized a lot.
‘The way in which he faces challenges with such energy and dedication, you will have helped me for the remainder of my life on face my very own private challenges.’
‘And truthfully, I’m so happy with each single step you’ve carried out on this ground, I simply had the most effective time,’ she added.
Strictly Come Dancing continues Saturday at 7.15pm on BBC One.