She’s a fighter, that’s for sure.
Amy Dowden has opened up about the sepsis battle she endured soon after her first round of chemotherapy.
The Strictly Come Dancing star was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer back in May, and in July, she shared the news that doctors had discovered another form of cancer, which left her needing chemotherapy.
The 32-year-old bravely shared the additional health scare she faced in an interview with HELLO! Magazine, detailing the symptoms of the condition that started showing on Thursday, August 3rd, and the events that led to her hospitalisation.
“I wasn’t feeling too bad that day; I was just sick, but a couple of hours later I started having a temperature of 37.7 degrees Celsius.
“At the time, I didn’t realise that having a temperature of 37.5 or above could be fatal for a chemo patient. I just thought it was my reaction to chemo, but as it turned out, I had already got an infection,” Amy says.
Explaining that the days that followed her first chemo session (Friday and Saturday) that she ‘couldn’t believe how good’ she felt and had even managed to get out for a walk, which she forwarded to producers working on Strictly Come Dancing.
However, it was after the walk with her dad, Richard, that things began to go south.
Amy’s mum, Gillian, says that her symptoms ‘got worse very, very quickly.’
“At one point she felt ok, then suddenly she felt very ill—it happened in an instant,” her mum recalled.
It was when the two decided to sit down and watch a film that she began to notice that Amy was breathless and then started complaining of chest pain.
“She went to stand, then just sort of crumpled back onto the settee,” Gillian says, with the Strictly star describing symptoms of feeling ‘freezing cold’ while also being ‘clammy and shaking.’
It was then that Amy’s parents rang her ‘red card, a service that provides the chemotherapy team’s contact details and current treatment information, and they said to hang up and ring the ambulance.