Strictly's Amy Dowden shares sweet message from her dad following cancer update

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Strictly Come Dancing pro Amy Dowden received a sweet message from her dad Richard following her latest cancer update.

Posting on Instagram this week, Dowden announced that months of chemotherapy treatment means there's "no evidence of disease" left in her body.

Via Instagram Stories, the ballroom choreographer has now shared Richard's response to the wonderful news.

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"How do I begin to express my joy of hearing this," he wrote to his daughter.

"You have faced this with great courage – my pride is beyond words. Not only have you had to deal with this awful illness but you have strived to raise awareness using your platform to help others. Forever proud to be your dad."

Adding a caption beneath the text, Dowden celebrated the fact they can all start to move on with their lives.

"You gave me the courage!" it began. "It's been so hard seeing the pain in my parents/loved ones' eyes but they really did help and get me through every step! Here's to 2024 full of all the celebrations we missed out on the past few months and I will do all I can to make you and mum proud."

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Dowden added: "Cancer really is just so cruel affecting so many peoples' lives! I'll never stop doing what I can to raise awareness and pray one day we can prevent this or find a cure for all!"

In the Strictly star's original note to fans, Dowden revealed that she wouldn't be given the all-clear for another five years yet, "especially with a hormone-fed cancer".

"But it was all worth it. Words I never thought I'd hear at one point. So grateful for all the care I received and continue to have. To my husband, family and friends who supported me unconditionally and to you guys! Thank you!"

Strictly Come Dancing will return later this year on BBC One, while spin-off Strictly: It Takes Two airs on weeknights on BBC Two. Both shows are available to stream on BBC iPlayer.

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If you would like more information or support about living with cancer or treatment, please click here for guidance from Macmillan Cancer Support, or click here to learn more from Stand Up to Cancer.

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