Amy Dowden emotional over 'life-changing' present from Strictly co-star amid health battle

Professional dancer Amy Dowden, 31, has shared her joy after her kind co-stars on the Strictly Come Dancing live tour gave her a very special present that will be a “life-changer”. It comes after Amy was forced to miss several shows after she suffered a Crohn’s Disease flare-up.

Thankfully, after a dash to the hospital, Amy has recovered and is back on stage to finish off performances in Glasgow.

Appearing in full glam from her dressing room, Amy beamed as she thanked co-stars Tilly Ramsay and Sara Davies for their gift.

The dancer told her 316,000 Instagram followers: “Guys, I needed to share this with you. So, Tilly and Sara got sent this from Wild Moose and they were like, ‘Amy, we think you might like this’.

“It’s a hot water bottle – which I have most days on my tummy – that I can strap on!

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“So now, when I’m teaching my students, because they are always giggling that I’ve always got one and I’m trying to tuck it in my trousers or keep it on with a belt and trying to dance.

“Now, there’s no stopping me!

“Honestly, this is a life-changer for me. Thank you!”

When Amy was 19 she was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease, which is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

Last Monday, the dancer shared a photograph of herself lying in a hospital bed with a cannula fitted into her arm.

She wrote: “Just want to help spread the awareness of hidden chronic illnesses.

“We get so many comments, ‘Oh you look fine’, on the outside yes, but not the inside. Comments like, ‘Why do you push yourself?’ Well, I wouldn’t do anything in life if I spent the whole time worrying if I might get a flare up. (sic)

“I’ve always said it won’t define me! To me, my condition is at its cruellest when it takes me away from my biggest passion, dancing!”

Following tonight’s performance in Glasgow, the Strictly cast will travel to Nottingham and London.

This week is set to be a big one for the dancers as their final performance will take place this Sunday at London’s O2 Arena.