Alaskan Bush People star Ami Brown's health has seemed to take a turn for the better.
Ami Brown is speaking out directly, for the first time in a long time.
In a new interview with People, Ami Brown describes how her battle with cancer has come to, for now, a happy ending.
Of her meeting with her doctor, Ami says:
"I was expecting great news."
That might make her the only one. Just a few months earlier, Billy Brown had described Ami's condition as "grim." And the couple's youngest daughter, Rain Brown, admitted that she didn't know if her mom would make it.
But it sounds like Ami knew her own body.
"I could just feel it."
Ami reveals that "all signs" of the cancer that had spread through her lungs and her back had vanished.
Billy Brown notes that he wasn't the only one surprised by the good news:
"The doctors were as shocked as we were."
As you know, cancer treatments like the radiation and chemo that Ami experienced can be hell on the body. Ami found herself unable to eat
She had dropped to 77 pounds, which is a life-threatening weight for an adult.
We're all happy to hear that Ami is back up to 104 pounds (she's still tiny, folks), and is once again enjoying midnight snacks.
Ami admits that it's not all rainbows and roses, or whatever. It's just better.
"I’m still a little weak and tired and I get a little sickly, but I do some walking around the house now."
Compared to how things were, though, she's walking on sunshine.
"My last treatment was December 7 and it took about a month for the pain to go away. It was so bad and the radiation treatment hurt so badly."
Fighting for your life is agonizing.
"To take a sip of water just hurt so bad and I couldn’t eat anything. It progressed in strength, the hurting."
A major thing impacted what Ami's diet.
"I went from [eating] ice cream and mashed potatoes and stuff to [eating] nothing at all. I’d like to develop a protein sucker for people."
But she's turned all of that around.
"But now I’m so hungry. I used to not be a big food person but now I am so appreciative of food."
(Some folks spend every day in anticipation of their next meal, but for others, it's just a thing that they do. We guess that the latter perspective lends itself better to living in the wilderness)
As for what food Ami is eating now?
"Chicken, salmon, meatloaf, rice, and enchiladas. It was so hard just to get to 80 lbs. and then 90, to actually get to 100 was incredible."
But let's be totally clear about this: her cancer is "gone" but remission is not a forever-cure. People who beat cancer face an increased chance of cancer returning.
Ami knows that.
"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."
Four times a year, every year, she's going to be bracing for the worst possible news.
"It’s going to be a part of my life forever."
Ami takes the opportunity to speak to her fans about how her faith was a source of comfort during this ordeal.
Like so many reality stars, Ami Brown is a Christian. She says:
"But I want to encourage people to enjoy every moment and walk every moment with God because he knows what it’s about."
And she has a very succinct piece of advice:
"Never give up faith."