Strictly pro Amy Dowden hospitalised after ‘nasty’ Crohn’s disease flare-up in lockdownJanuary 28, 2021
Strictly: Amy Dowden discusses battle with Crohn’s disease
Strictly Come Dancing professional Amy Dowden, 30, is no stranger to speaking out about her Crohn’s disease, as she continues to raise awareness about the health condition. The dancer was diagnosed at 19 years old. Crohn’s disease is a lifelong condition where parts of the digestive system become inflamed, as stated by the NHS.
The website adds the symptoms may be constant or may come and go every few weeks or months. When they come back, it’s called a flare-up.
Amy said being a dancer has helped her pull her through the disease, but admitted it is a continuous “battle”.
Speaking in a new interview this week, the Strictly star said she suffered a “nasty flare-up” during the current third national lockdown and was hospitalised.
When asked how she had been coping, she said: “I think there are ups and downs, aren’t there? I’m so used to being such a busy bee at my dance academy and on tour.
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“For me, finding me in just my house has been really tough, I’m a social bee as well.
“I struggle with my health as well, with lockdown, my Crohn’s doesn’t like lockdown and unfortunately, I was admitted into hospital last Friday with a nasty flare-up.”
On what may have caused it, she went on to explain: “I think my body is so used to being on the go and energetic, moving from one place to another place, to dancing all day, to teaching, to then being stuck at home, I’m not physically as active.
“Even though I’m trying to keep busy, I’m not burning my energy levels half as much as I used to.
“So yeah, ups and downs – I just try and stay as positive and as motivated as possible.”
On how she had been keeping sane, she added on the Getting Personal with Daphne Bugler and Isabella Hobbs podcast: “I write lots of things in my diary that I try to tick off.
“The last lockdown I was lucky to be busy with Strictly, in our world it didn’t feel like lockdown wasn’t happening.”
Amy has since told fans she has been working on a new project while at home.
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The dancer joined Strictly Come Dancing in 2017 as the show’s first Welsh professional.
So far, the brunette beauty has danced on the show with celebrities; Brian Conley, Danny John-Jules, Karim Zeroual and most recently JJ Chalmers.
Speaking on This Morning in 2019, she said there was a “back-up plan” on the show in case she falls ill before a live show.
She revealed: “The production team on Strictly are incredible… straight away we are on top of it and so is my doctor.
“That is a possibility [to pull out of a show] but anybody could have a sickness bug on the day and anybody could have an injury. There is always a back-up plan.
“I talk about it with the production team and they are on top of it.”
The dancer also discussed why she chose not to speak about her health condition when she first joined the show.
“When I got my job on Strictly Come Dancing I didn’t want to be known as ‘Amy with Crohn’s’. I wanted to establish myself as ‘Amy the dancer’ first,” she told Hello! Magazine.
“But I’ve done two seasons on the show now, and I think it’s important to speak out. It will be a relief that people will finally know, but I don’t want any sympathy. It doesn’t define me, it’s just part of me, and I want this to be a positive story.”
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