Speaking on Steph’s Packed Lunch, the dancer, 31, revealed that her fellow pros rallied around her when she became ill, after she was forced to take a break from the show’s tour to recover.
Describing the day she had to be taken to hospital, she said: ‘I woke up and I felt niggles in my stomach, a bit more tired and I just thought ‘oh maybe it’s the tour’ and I had a hot water bottle.
Candid: Amy Dowden has revealed she was cared for by he Strictly Come Dancing co-stars after being rushed to hospital following a Crohn’s Disease flare-up that left her ‘crying in pain’
‘Then I started vomiting between numbers during the show, which can be normal for me. I have to say to everybody, ”That’s just like you guys going to the toilet, don’t panic!” she added.
‘Then I got on the bus and all of my fellow pros know me and they could instantly see ”Amy’s not well…” It got to the point where I was crying in pain, Aljaz whipped me up and carried me into the service station.
‘I managed to get my symptoms under control, we got to Manchester but slowly I deteriorated to the point where unfortunately they needed to call an ambulance straight after the matinee. Kai carried me off the stage in the matinee in Manchester.’
Supportive: Speaking on Steph’s Packed Lunch, the professional dancer, 31, revealed that her fellow professional dancers rallied around her when she became ill
Amy recalled: ‘They needed to call an ambulance straight after the matinee. Kai carried me off the stage in the matinee in Manchester’ (Kai Widdrington pictured)
Amy has been very open about her battle against Crohn’s Disease, and told host Steph McGovern: ‘I’ve learned to live with it, I’ve learned to accept it. But I’ve become determined it’s not going to define me, it’s not going to stop me. I’m Amy the dancer, yes I have Crohn’s Disease but I’m going to learn with live it.
‘People say ‘why did you do the tour if you’re not well?’ I wouldn’t do anything in life. Growing up… I wouldn’t get dance partners because I was seen as ‘a risk’ and it’s discrimination…
‘Until Strictly, I was applying for jobs and there are two boxes, do you have a criminal record and do you have a chronic illness. I knew as soon as I was ticking chronic illness, I wasn’t going to be seen.
Battle: Amy has been very open about her battle against Crohn’s Disease, and told host Steph McGovern: ‘I’ve learned to live with it, I’ve learned to accept it’
‘When I got Strictly, it opened so many opportunities and I want to use my platform now to raise awareness, break the stigma and help others.’
Amy is now going on tour with ‘An Evening with Amy Dowden’ where she’ll be dancing with her fiancé, Ben Jones, with whom her wedding has been postponed due to the pandemic.
She explained: ‘We should be getting married. We’ve had to postpone the wedding twice due to the pandemic, so fingers crossed this year I finally become a Mrs!’
Using her voice: She added: ‘When I got Strictly, it opened so many opportunities and I want to use my platform now to raise awareness, break the stigma and help others’
Asked what it’s like dancing with her fiancé, Amy laughed: ‘It can go one way or another!’
Amy, who was partnered with McFly frontman Tom Fletcher, 36, on the last Strictly series, was hospitalised in December due to another painful Crohn’s flare-up.
The Welsh dancer has suffered from Crohn’s, which is a condition where parts of the digestive system become inflamed, since childhood.
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Fighter: Amy, who was partnered with McFly frontman Tom Fletcher, 36, on the last Strictly series, was hospitalised in December due to another painful Crohn’s flare-up
CROHN’S DISEASE EXPLAINED
Crohn’s disease is a long-term condition that causes inflammation of the lining of the digestive system.
Inflammation most commonly occurs in the last section of the small or large intestine but it can affect any part of the digestive system.
Common symptoms can include:
- abdominal pain
- fatigue (extreme tiredness)
- unintended weight loss
- blood and mucus in your faeces (stools)
Remission occurs when people with the disease go long periods of time without symptoms however these periods can be followed by flare ups of symptoms.
Why it happens
The exact cause of Crohn’s disease is unknown. However, research suggests a combination of factors may be responsible. These include:
genetics – genes you inherit from your parents may increase your risk of developing Crohn’s disease
the immune system – the inflammation may be caused by a problem with the immune system that causes it to attack healthy bacteria in the gut
previous infection – a previous infection may trigger an abnormal response from the immune system
smoking – smokers with Crohn’s disease usually have more severe symptoms than non-smokers
environmental factors – Crohn’s disease is most common in westernised countries such as the UK, and least common in poorer parts of the world such as Africa, which suggests the environment has a part to play
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