The Brown family has tragically accepted that the matriarch of Alaskan Bush People might not be with us much longer. But even with a dire cancer diagnosis, Ami Brown is still fighting for her survival. (“Nevertheless, she persisted,” right?) We’ve heard your need-to-know questions about this Discovery star, and we’re giving you all the information we know right here.

Does Ami Brown have cancer?

Yes. Ami was diagnosed with lung cancer — reportedly stage IV — earlier this year. She and her family have moved from Alaska to California while she undergoes chemo and radiation therapy.

“Last fall I had some pain in my back,” she told People in August. “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… 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.”

How is Ami Brown doing? How is her health?

“She is now going through her second round of chemo,” Rain Brown, Ami’s 14-year-old daughter, told Instagram followers on Oct. 20. “Sadly I can’t say how she is doing just yet, but we are all hopeful and faithful. Thank you all so much for your support and love in this harsh time.”

How old is Ami Brown?

She’s 54 years old — according to court records from Tarrant County, TX, obtained by — and she’s made a lot of fans in that timeframe.

“People will stop us at red lights on our way in and tell us their whole church is praying for us,” she said. “I want people to see what a big giant family we feel a part of. The world needs more of that.”

Where was Ami Brown born?

Her exact place of birth remains private, but People says both she and husband Bill grew up in small towns in northern Texas. According to Radar, she was 15 and he was 26 when they got married. She was still a teen when they welcomed their two eldest children, sons Matthew and Joshua (aka “Bam Bam”).

What happened to Ami Brown’s shoulder?

Even before her cancer diagnosis, Ami experienced pain in her neck, shoulders, and back because of her cervical radiculitis. “What it is, I have some arthritis in my neck,” she told Radar in 2015. “It’s degenerative from working and injuries and things. The arthritis has built up where your nerves come out of your cervical spine there at your neck area and shoulder. It pinches on the nerves. The muscle was like three times its size, so that also pushed on the nerve. It was a really bad, painful thing.”

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