Amy Dowden broke the devastating news that her friend and influencer Nicky Newman had died at the age of 35.
Five and a half years ago, the cancer activist was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer that had spread to her bones.
Amy, 33, who has been chronicling her own cancer struggle, commented on her friend’s last post with a promise to the popular social media star.
Newman had written a letter to her fans that began with the alarming sentence, ‘If you’re reading this, it means I’ve died.’
‘I made it 5 & 1/2 years though, pretty bad for a stage 4 breastie ey,’ she remarked, adding her trademark humour.
The Strictly pro posted her friend’s picture on her Instagram account only weeks after completing her third round of chemotherapy.
‘The most beautiful ray of sunshine who has done so much and created a community and legacy that will live on,’ wrote Amy.
The dancer revealed her own stage three breast cancer diagnosis on May of this year, with brutally honest messages regarding hair loss and her health.
Newman, also known as NickNackLou to her 248,000 Instagram followers, had been absent from the platform for many days prior to the news.
Amy continued: ‘I hope you know all the help and awareness you have done and will always continue to do so. I remember when I found out I needed a port, your page I turned to.
‘I will forever hold onto your lovely voice notes and will always think of you when I say Welsh Love. Thank you for being utterly incredible and a true inspiration.
‘I promise to grab life and deeply miss your radiance and positivity.’
She ended her statement by wishing her family well, including her husband Mr. G, who left his own note on the Instagram page.
In her own post, Newman wrote: ‘And none of this “she fought her battle nonsense”, I didn’t lose anything, the cancer eventually took over & that’s okay, we all knew this would happen.
‘I don’t think we are ever prepared to hear the words, we think we are indestructible & a magic cure will appear, but the truth is we all live this life day to day (we just knew our days are shorter).
‘So please promise me to cherish those around you and give your friends and loved ones the biggest squeezes! GO GRAB LIFE! You never truly know what is coming around the corner – so don’t take anything for granted.’
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