Strictly Come Dancing star Amy Dowden has issued a new health update regarding the heartbreaking pain she is experiencing amid her battle with breast cancer.
The 33-year old professional dancer revealed she had been diagnosed with the disease in May and underwent a mastectomy a month later.
Since then doctors have found another type of cancer in the Welsh beauty, which she described as a "massive blow" that forces her to miss this year's competition of the BBC show.
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Opening up on Sunday (August 20) Amy said she has been left feeling "heartbroken" after her hair began to fall out, despite "cold clapping" – a technique practiced by sufferers to try and stem the side effect.
Addressing her 469,000 Instagram followers, she wrote on her story: "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."
She continued: "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!"
Discussing her hair loss further, the ballroom and Latin American specialist explained she is struggling to "feel like herself" as a consequence.
And poor Amy admitted she will be wearing a custom-made wig to hide the effects of her treatment.
"What I’ve found harder this time round [second bout of chemotherapy] 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."
Amy closed her update by thanking her friends, family and followers alike for their support, adding that messages "really help" her in her fight.
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