Alaskan Bush People star, Ami Brown, is reportedly heading back to the hospital — but don't worry, it's just for a check-up! According to a new report, the reality star mama is going to LA for her three-month appointment but is remaining "optimistic."
Discovery Channel Executive Vice President Laurie Goldberg defended the reality star and slammed fans who continue to think that she is faking her cancer batte. "It is just disgusting that anyone would say her cancer is not real or that it was created for the show," she told Radar Online. "Ami's battle with cancer is very real. Her chemo and radiation was tough, but she got through it and is recovering well. She is going to LA for a routine three-month check-up but is optimistic and surrounded by nothing but love."
As previously reported, the 54-year-old was diagnosed with lung cancer last year and is currently in remission. In a recent interview with People, she opened up about what it was like to receive the results of her latest scans. "I was expecting great news," the mother of seven said, despite having just a three percent chance of survival. "I could just feel it."
And she was right. Her cancer — which spread throughout her chest and back — is now gone. "The doctors were as shocked as we were," she said.
The radiation made it nearly impossible for Ami to eat anything, and she had gotten down to just 77 pounds. Today, she's enjoying chicken, salmon, meatloaf, rice, and enchiladas, and weighs a healthier 104 pounds.
In late October, fans were given hope that Ami was feeling better when her daughter, Rain, gave a brief update on her mother's health. In an Instagram post, she wrote, "My mom and I spent all morning making our favorite peach tea and our own mix of essential oils together (frankincense, eucalyptus, pink grapefruit, and spearmint) with coconut oil as a carrier and a touch of shimmer."
She added, "She is now going through her second round of chemo, 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. ❤️????? stay strong my rainbows, God bless #mommytime #teatime #staystrong #stayhappy #planttherapy."
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My mom and I spent all morning making our favorite peach tea and our own mix of essential oils together (frankincense, eucalyptus, pink grapefruit, and spearmint) with coconut oil as a carrier and a touch of shimmer, she is now going though her second round of chemo, 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, ❤️💛💚💙💜💖 stay strong my rainbows, God bless #mommytime #teatime #staystrong #stayhappy #planttherapy
Ami — whose family relocated from rural Alaska to a mansion in Southern California while she underwent intense chemo and radiation therapy — always remained hopeful, despite her chances. "You go to the chemo room and for radiation and there are faces there that you've grown used to seeing and then you go in again and they're not there and it’s really sad," she told the mag. "But the caregivers fill those rooms with so much sincere love and hope — and that's food for the soul. God gave me a great gift in them."
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."
Although there's a chance her cancer may return, she's not letting that possibility get her down. "I have to go in every three months now for the rest of my life and be scanned to see if it’s back or not. It’s going to be a part of my life forever. But I want to encourage people to enjoy every moment and walk every moment with God because he knows what it’s about. Never give up faith."