STRICTLY Come Dancing pro Amy Dowden has revealed she's been rushed to hospital for the second time in eight weeks.
The 31-year-old star was taken to A&E in Manchester after suffering a Crohn's flare up that left her unable to perform on the tour.
Amy was also taken to hospital in November and forced to pull out of the Strictly live show after a sudden health emergency.
She shared two pictures today – one of her preparing to take to the stage on the tour and another in a hospital bed hours later.
The star, who was partnered with Tom Fletcher in the most recent run of Strictly, thanked the hospital staff who cared for her when she was brought in on Saturday.
Writing on Instagram she said: "Not quite the weekend performing in Manchester I was expecting.
"The one pic is me all ready to dance the following is literally a few hours later.
"Just want to help spread the awareness of hidden chronic illnesses. I know we get so many comments oh you look fine, on the outside yes, but not the inside.
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"Comments 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.
"I’ve always said it won’t define me! To me, my condition is at it’s cruellest when it takes me away from my biggest passion, dancing!
"I can’t thank my fellow cast enough… it certainly helps to have some strapping male dancers there to help carry you too 🤣. I love you all!"
The Welsh ballroom expert added: "To the entire @strictlycomedancinglive team, thank you!
"Thank you for the Incredible care I received in Manchester hospital and biggest thanks to all the fans who have sent such beautiful messages!"
She concluded: "I’m feeling SO MUCH BETTER and I’ll be back dancing with the gang, living the dream before you know it! Lots of Welsh love 💖."
Amy's celebrity pals were quick to send get-well-soon wishes with judge Motsi Mabuse writing: "❤️❤️❤️❤️."
What is Crohn’s Disease?
CROHN’S Disease is an ongoing and life-long condition once diagnosed and there is no cure for the disease.
It is a condition that causes inflammation of the digestive system.
The inflammation is the body's reaction to injury or irritation, and can cause redness, swelling and pain.
It is often described as a chronic condition and although sufferers will have periods of good health, there are flare-ups where symptoms are more active.
TV presenter Gaby Roslin added: "Sending huge love to you my sweet 😘😘."
Amy was first diagnosed with the chronic bowel condition as a child, but kept her battle secret until 2019 when she first opened up about the disease.
The Welsh dancer spoke about the illness in a 2020 documentary, Strictly Amy: Crohn's and Me, following her frequent hospital trips during the pandemic.
The condition causes severe inflammation and ulcers in the digestive system and has landed her in hospital more than 100 times in severe pain.
It is one of the two main forms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease – the other is a condition known as Ulcerative Colitis.
Common symptoms include recurring diarrhoea, abdominal pain and cramping – usually worse after eating and extreme tiredness.
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