Strictly’s Amy Dowden pens heartfelt tribute to parents amid chemotherapy treatment

Amy Dowden has shared a sweet tribute to her parents as they celebrate their 40th anniversary.

The Strictly Come Dancing pro, 33, who is currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer, labelled her parents the "best role models" as she posted a photo of the pair to her Instagram Story.

Adding text to the sweet snap, she wrote: ""Happy 40th anniversary to my wonderful parents!

"The best role models and Lloyd, Rebecca and I are so lucky to have you as our parents! Devoted their lives to each other and their children." She then added a string of emojis before finishing with: "Enjoy your day and can't wait to celebrate soon!"

It comes just a few weeks after Amy and her twin sister Rebecca celebrated their birthday, with Amy sharing that she had struggled to look forward to the milestone amid her cancer battle.

Taking to Instagram, Amy shared a photo of her twin sister, wishing her a happy birthday, before going on to explain that she had not been looking forward to her own birthday on Thursday 10 August.

She wrote: "I wasn’t looking forward to this birthday. At the moment any milestone or event is a bigger reminder and hurts."Im far from what I should and normally doing, in the rehearsal room with my strictly family. But all your wishes this morning have certainly cheered me up."

She then encouraged her followers to check their own breasts, writing: "This year my birthday wish is for all to take the time to check themselves! @coppafeelpeople have so many useful resources [prayer hands emoji] [heart emoji]!

"Doesn’t take long! That’s my birthday wish! Thank you so much again for all the love and support it really does help and mean so much to me. Welsh love Amy x [four hearts emoji] #checkyourlemons"

Amy has been open about her cancer battle on social media and recently shared that she “burst into tears” when she arrived at the hospital for her first round of chemotherapy.

Sharing some snaps from hospital, she wrote: "Chemo 1 done! I looked worse going in than coming out actually.

"I didn’t sleep, I got there and I just burst into tears, luckily my pink sister made sure I walked in and helped me through it and distracted from the brain freeze of the cold cap…

"I’ve left knowing chemo 1 done and not as bad as I thought. This is due to the incredible team and nurses! Thank you NHS! Hopefully not too many side affects.

"One step closer to being back on the dance floor. (That’s what’s hurting the most right now, I’d do anything to be there with my fellow pros right now). But for now chemo 1."

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