Ami Brown's cancer battle has progressed — and the future is looking grim for the Alaskan Bush People star. In a new interview, the 53-year-old mother opened up about her current condition, how her family is coping, and why she wanted to be filmed — despite only having a three percent chance of survival.
The reality star — whose family has relocated from their home in rural Alaska to Southern California while she undergoes intense chemo and radiation therapy for lung cancer — is still hopeful, regardless of the statistics. "I realized early into this that it’s very easy to want to give up and just die. And on the pessimist side, it could be my last days," she said. "But I have the will to fight." She added, "Worrying about it only makes it worse. There is hope and that hope is having faith in God. You can’t give up. I tell people be happy. Just be happy. It’s a choice. Things can be hard and you just want to curl up but you have to shine."
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Ami admitted that she knew something was wrong when she felt pain in her back. She said, "Walking from the house to the garden, I would get winded. There were days I was just bedridden, but I just thought it was my arthritis. We were filming the show and at times it was all I could do to just stand there — I was in so much pain. When we were shooting promo shots I told them, 'There’s something wrong.' In December, I went to the dentist to get impressions made for new teeth and when they did a scan they noticed a little capsule. That’s how this all started."
The Discovery personality wed husband Billy Brown in 1979 when she was just 15 years old. They are parents to children Matthew, Joshua, Gabriel, Noah, Snowbird, and Rain, who are all coping with her condition differenty. She said, "We’ve been together and close their entire lives but they’re grown now. They have to strengthen their wings a little. This was a little drastic for strengthening… there are good days and bad days – for them and for me. But they handle their emotions pretty good. There are days that they have to talk about it and then talk about it again. I have faith that they will remain strong."
She concluded, "we wanted to do this [interview] and let people see what we’re going through because there are a lot of people that are going to be told one day that they have cancer. And that’s scary. I was nervous as a cat the first time I went in for radiation. I hope if people watch the show and see what I’m going through and it will take away a lot of their fear."
The two-hour season finale of Alaskan Bush People airs Wednesday at 9 p.m. EST on Discovery.
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