Amy Dowden from Strictly Come Dancing invites her fellow show professional Carlos Gu to spend Christmas with her, following her recent hospital visit amidst her cancer battle.

Amy Dowden from Strictly Come Dancing invites her fellow show professional Carlos Gu to spend Christmas with her, following her recent hospital visit amidst her cancer battle.

Amy Dowden invited her fellow Strictly Come Dancing professional Carlos Gu to experience ‘his first British Christmas’ with her and her loved ones.

Twinkle-toed star Amy, 33, who took time out from this year’s series of Strictly after she was diagnosed with cancer, took to Instagram on Sunday to share a glimpse at her festive celebrations.

Television personality Amy could be seen posing with 30-year-old Carlos, who is from China, before the pair enjoyed a meal with her husband Benjamin Jones and her twin sister Becky.

She captioned her post: ‘Cherish every moment and everyone in your life! Merry Christmas all! 

‘We have @gkx_carlos with us having his first British Christmas! Sending Welsh love to all, especially thinking of those who may find this time of year difficult. #merrychristmaseveryone.’

Amy Dowden invited her fellow Strictly Come Dancing professional, Chinese Carlos Gu, to experience 'his first British Christmas' with her and her loved ones

Amy Dowden invited her fellow Strictly Come Dancing professional, Chinese Carlos Gu, to experience ‘his first British Christmas’ with her and her loved ones

Television personality Amy could be seen posing with 30-year-old Carlos, who is from China, before the pair enjoyed a meal with her twin sister Becky (right)

Television personality Amy could be seen posing with 30-year-old Carlos, who is from China, before the pair enjoyed a meal with her twin sister Becky (right)

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She captioned her post: 'Cherish every moment and everyone in your life! Merry Christmas all! 'We have @gkx_carlos with us having his first British Christmas!'

She captioned her post: ‘Cherish every moment and everyone in your life! Merry Christmas all! ‘We have @gkx_carlos with us having his first British Christmas!’

It comes after Amy documented her last hospital appointment before Christmas on Thursday.

The dancer, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in May, and underwent a mastectomy in July, was supported at the visit by her devoted husband Benjamin Jones.

Donning a festive jumper she beamed in the snaps and thanked hospital staff before joking a large injection was her ‘early Christmas present’. 

She wrote: ‘The last apt before Christmas, then we are getting into Christmas spirit and taking out lovely dance teachers out!! Ready to spend Christmas with my loved one.’

Amy and Ben tied the knot in July 2002 and found a lump in her breast the day before she jetted off for a belated honeymoon to the Maldives.

It comes after Amy thanked the Strictly Come Dancing team in a heartfelt social media post last Sunday after she returned to the show for the final after being forced to miss the series amid cancer treatment. 

She returned to the final and looked to be having a great time as she caught up with all her pals in the dressing rooms amid the show.

She shared behind-the-scene snaps with finalist Dianne Buswell, as well as crew members.

Amy appeared in good spirits as she shared a picture of herself posing with husband Benjamin Jones on Sunday

Amy appeared in good spirits as she shared a picture of herself posing with husband Benjamin Jones on Sunday

Alongside the pictures, Amy penned on Instagram: ‘Strictly 2023 thank you! Congratulations to our fabulous winners and finalist but also to every member of the team! It’s truly a dream team!’

‘My aim this year was to be able to dance in some way and after breaking my foot the plans had to change but as always the incredible team still made it happen.

‘Last night I got to be part of the opening number, thank you @jasongilkison. To have that adrenaline rush from performing in front of an audience, to be back with the gang made me feel like Amy again (the first time since my diagnosis). Thank you @bbcstrictly for helping me through these past few months.

‘You’ve helped me more than you will ever know! This show certainly brings joy to the nation. It’s bitter sweet coming to the end for me as this has been my only bit of normality the past few months and given me the distraction and focus to be there on Saturdays when I could with the team.’

Concluding the post, she wrote: ‘My heart couldn’t be more full than it is for this show and everyone involved. So proud to be part of the magic! Thank you!’

It comes after Amy took to Instagram as she documented her last hospital appointment before Christmas on Thursday

It comes after Amy took to Instagram as she documented her last hospital appointment before Christmas on Thursday

Donning a festive jumper she bravely beamed in the snaps and thanked hospital staff before joking a large injection was her 'early Christmas present'

Donning a festive jumper she bravely beamed in the snaps and thanked hospital staff before joking a large injection was her ‘early Christmas present’

She wrote: 'The last apt before Christmas, then we are getting into Christmas spirit and taking out lovely dance teachers out!! Ready to spend Christmas with my loved one'

She wrote: ‘The last apt before Christmas, then we are getting into Christmas spirit and taking out lovely dance teachers out!! Ready to spend Christmas with my loved one’

Amy and Ben tied the knot in July 2002 and found a lump in her breast the day before she jetted off for a belated honeymoon to the Maldives

Amy and Ben tied the knot in July 2002 and found a lump in her breast the day before she jetted off for a belated honeymoon to the Maldives 

Strictly viewers were moved to tears as Amy made her return to the show’s dance floor during this year’s final.

While she has made appearances on the programme and its spin-off It Takes Two , she had not danced with her fellow professionals before the final.

But on Saturday she took to the dance floor once again, opting to go without a wig having lost her hair following her chemotherapy.

The moment left viewers feeling emotional, with many taking to Twitter to express their joy at seeing her on screen.

One viewer wrote: ‘Tearing up at seeing Amy Dowden dancing in the #StrictlyFinal Let’s have her back on #strictly soon!’

Someone else shared: ‘That Amy Dowden reveal was a MOMENT.’

‘@AmyDowden is dancing!!! Oh my gosh that’s so good to see. Leaky eyes moment,’ shared another viewer.

While someone else posted: ‘OMG #Strictly A minute in and bawling seeing gorgeous #AmyDowden dancing.’

She made her return to dance floor for Strictly's final on Saturday after being forced to miss the series due to her illness

She made her return to dance floor for Strictly’s final on Saturday after being forced to miss the series due to her illness 

It comes after Amy thanked the Strictly team in a heartfelt post last Sunday after she returned to the show for the final after being forced to miss the series amid cancer treatment

It comes after Amy thanked the Strictly team in a heartfelt post last Sunday after she returned to the show for the final after being forced to miss the series amid cancer treatment 

She returned to the final and looked to be having a great time as she caught up with all her pals in the dressing rooms amid the show

She returned to the final and looked to be having a great time as she caught up with all her pals in the dressing rooms amid the show 

Alongside the pictures, Amy penned on Instagram: 'Strictly 2023 thank you! Congratulations to our fabulous winners and finalist but also to every member of the team! It's truly a dream team!'

Alongside the pictures, Amy penned on Instagram: ‘Strictly 2023 thank you! Congratulations to our fabulous winners and finalist but also to every member of the team! It’s truly a dream team!’

Another show fan commented: ‘Amy Dowden dancing without a wig is the energy everyone needs.’

While someone else shared: ‘Great to see Amy Dowden in the opening routine!!’

Amy bowed out of this year’s series of Strictly Come Dancing as she underwent a course of chemotherapy, which she completed in November.

However, earlier this week, the star appeared on ITV’s This Morning where she admitted that her cancer journey is far from over.

The chemo caused neuropathy, meaning she temporarily lost feeling in her hands and feet, causing her to land on her foot at a strange angle and break her metatarsal.

And just weeks after breaking her foot, Amy was rushed to hospital after suffering another health blow.

The professional dancer was diagnosed with a blood clot on her lung but is now thankfully recovering well with the help of blood thinning injections.

Amy explained : ‘I’m taking every day as it comes. I though once I rang that bell I would be fine but it’s not been like that, I find it mentally a lot tougher now. The journey isn’t over yet.

Amy was diagnosed with breast cancer in May, and underwent a mastectomy in July (seen in hospital)

Amy was diagnosed with breast cancer in May, and underwent a mastectomy in July (seen in hospital)

‘I’ve had what I love the most taken away from me and I just find that so cruel.’

As Women’s Health UK’s December cover star, Amy spoke about the life-changing ordeal she has faced since her cancer diagnosis in May.

The dancer insisted: ‘I just want to be treated as normal. When I’m walking outside and I’ve got my headscarf on, I don’t want looks of sympathy or feeling sorry for me – I’m Amy.

‘Sometimes, people don’t know how to address it. Just ask how I am – I will answer you. We don’t want you to feel sorry for us. We’re embracing it. Stand strong with us
Don’t give me that pity look – I don’t need it!’.

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