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Strictly Come Dancing star Amy Dowden shares painful reality of Chron's

Strictly Come Dancing star Amy Dowden has opened up about suffering from Crohn’s disease in a heartbreaking Instagram post.The professional dancer, 31, bravely spoke out about living with the lifelong illness on World Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Day on Instagram, alongside a snap of herself on a hospital bed when she was having a flare-up with red, inflamed eyes, a swollen face and cracked lips.Amy detailed how the condition, which causes inflammation of the digestive tract, has severely impacted her life and told how she had been denied work opportunities as employers considered her to be a "risk" due to her condition.She wrote: "World IBD day. I wanted to show the reality of flares! (this isn’t me today, I’ve had a lovely day filming).

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Strictly's Amy Dowden rushed to hospital for second time and forced to miss tour dates
Strictly Come Dancing professional Amy Dowden has been rushed to the hospital for the second time in eight weeks after suffering a Crohn’s flare up while on tour.The Welsh dancer, 31, was forced to miss shows on the Strictly Live Tour after being submitted to a hospital in Manchester after last enduring a similar medical flare-up in December.Sharing two selfies – one of her glammed up and ready to perform, side-by-side with one from a hospital bed ‘a few hours later’ – the performer said it hadn’t been “quite the weekend performing in Manchester I was expecting.”The star added that her condition is “cruellest” when it takes her away from her biggest passion, dancing.A source close to the star told MailOnline: “Amy suffered another Crohn's flare up this weekend, which meant she couldn't perform in Manchester.“The entire team is always there to support her, Shirley Ballas especially, whose niece has the same illness.“Shirley had been worried about Amy before they set off to Manchester from Leeds, she asked her to travel with her instead of catching the coach with the rest of the cast.”Amy, who was partnered with McFly frontman Tom Fletcher, 36, on the last Strictly series, also used her platform “to help spread the awareness of my hidden chronic illnesses.”She added: “I know we get so many comments oh you look fine, on the outside yes, but not the inside. Comments why do you push yourself?“Well, I wouldn't do anything in life if so, spent the whole time worrying if I might get a flare up.
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