Despite reports that Ami Brown was just days away from succumbing to stage four lung cancer, the Alaskan Bush People matriarch is now reportedly in remission. According to a new report, the 53-year-old is crediting her family and faith with saving her life.

“Ami is doing amazing, and she’s ready to show everyone that miracles do happen,” a source told Radar Online. “Her doctors are all dumbfounded at how she was able to almost beat this when she was in such a bad state last year.”

As previously reported, Ami was diagnosed with cancer last year, and in a recent interview with People, she opened up about why she always remained optimistic, even though she only had a three-percent chance of survival. “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.”

Now, however, things are looking up — and she’s closer to her husband, Billy Brown, than ever before. “This whole experience has been a total wake up call for Amy and for everyone in the Brown family,” the source added. “It has also made her and Billy closer.”

Of course, fans already had an idea that the reality TV star was in remission. Back in January, Alaskan Bush People Exposed reported that she wasn’t 100 percent cancer-free but had successfully completed chemo.

“Ami Update: I’ve been seeing in a lot of other groups and articles that she is 100 percent cancer-free,” the webmaster for the Facebook page wrote. “I would like to set the record straight. Ami is officially in remission and for now, chemo is over. That doesn’t mean she lied about having cancer or faked having cancer. All it simply means is that she is in remission and will be monitored by her doctors very closely. Like most people dealing with cancer, it is something that Ami will have to deal with for the rest of her life and to suggest anything else is irresponsible and utter nonsense.”

Recently, however, fans of the hit Discovery Channel show have questioned whether or not she was ever sick since the statistics were so grim. Many were arguing it was just for ratings. One person wrote, “I just don’t see how someone that is stage four was able to be cancer free so fast. Remember, stage four means the cancer metastasized to other parts of the body. The five-year survival rate is less than 10 percent. I’m glad she is doing well, but it doesn’t add up.”

Luckily, the show will return later this month — and Ami is expected to be a big part of it. A sneak peek was released by the network last week and revealed that the family of nine will be back on August 19. “It’s a miracle is what it is,” Billy said in the promo, in regards to their year of setbacks. “We’ve gone through a lot of adversity. It was like everything was closing in on us, darkness all around and it was over. Then, Washington came into view.”

Amy added, “It’s almost like being born again and starting life a new. The good Lord has given me a second chance.”

Alaskan Bush People returns Sunday, August 19 at 9 p.m. EST on Discovery.

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