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Strictly Come Dancing 2020: What is Amy Dowden’s illness?

JJ Chalmers praised his dance partner Amy Dowden during tonight’s Strictly Come Dancing for defying the odds on the show despite battling Crohn’s disease.

JJ and Amy were eliminated from the BBC competition after being put in the bottom two against Jamie Laing and Karen Hauer.

Pro dancer Amy, 30, has suffered with Crohn’s disease – a lifelong condition where parts of the digestive system become inflamed – since she was a child.

Speaking after their elimination, an emotional JJ told host Tess Daly: ‘I’m unbelievably proud. I never thought I would make it this far, I’ve gotten half decent maybe at something which I had no clue about, to begin with and I’ve enjoyed every second of it, it has just been an absolute blast.

‘It’s just a privilege to be in this long. I mean this competition is insane! To be counted among that cast at this stage in particular means the world to me. It’s meant everything.

‘It’s been an unbelievable challenge, well outside my comfort zone but I’ve had this one [Amy] to just keep me in it and I can’t quite express what she means to me.’

JJ, who served as a Royal Marine in Afghanistan and was injured by a bomb blast in 2011, went on to address Amy’s Chrohn’s disease as he told her ‘you could never let me down’.

‘She’s lived through so much in her own right in fairness and I know that any day she can wake up and she could be hospitalised essentially so she lives fearing she’ll let people down,’ he added.

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The pair had a heartbreaking goodbye on the dancefloor (Picture: BBC)

‘But the way you’ve built me up, you could never let me down.’

Amy also struggled to hold back the tears as she gave a moving speech about JJ.

‘Aw JJ, it has been an absolute honour to be your partner and most importantly friend, throughout your Strictly experience,’ she sobbed.

‘He is, and everybody would agree, one of the world’s most truest gentlemen. I honestly believe from working with JJ over the last few months I’ve become a better person and I’ve learned so much.

‘The way he faces challenges with such strength and determination, you have helped me for the rest of my life on how to face my own personal challenges.’

‘And honestly, I’m so proud of every single step you’ve performed on this floor, I just had the best time,’ she added.

Strictly Come Dancing continues Saturday at 7pm on BBC One.

 


Credit: Original article published here.

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