In case you missed this story earlier this month, Alaskan Bush People matriarch, Ami Brown, faced seemingly insurmountable odds after being diagnosed with advanced lung cancer last year but, now, in time for this new year, all signs of cancer have disappeared.
Initially, the 54-year-old was given a 3% chance of survival but refused to give up hope. As she underwent months of painful radiation and chemotherapy treatments, she was determined to be a survivor. When it was finally time for her latest scan on December 21, 2017, she was ready. “I was expecting great news,” she said. “I could just feel it.”
Brown, and her husband, Billy, left rural Alaska last year and relocated to Southern California so that she could receive treatment. The mother of seven found herself struggling to eat and, at one point, weighed a life-threatening 77 lbs. Today, she’s a different woman.
Weighing a much healthier 104lbs, Brown says that she wakes up in the middle of the night to eat snacks. She says that she’s still feeling weak but has a renewed appreciation for her ability to eat.
“My last treatment was December 7 and it took about a month for the pain to go away,” she explained. “It was so bad and the radiation treatment hurt so badly. To take a sip of water just hurt so bad and I couldn’t eat anything. It progressed in strength, the hurting. I went from ice cream and mashed potatoes and stuff to nothing at all. I’d like to develop a protein sucker for people. But now I’m so hungry. I used to not be a big food person but now I am so appreciative of food.”
The reality television star explained that the entire process was emotional but that, ultimately, seeing caregivers fill treatment rooms up with such “sincere love and hope” was a gift from God.
“Just this past week I was thinking back about how very bad I really was,” Brown said. “Entering that road was so dark and I was fearful. You hear the words chemo and radiation and you’re staring down that dark road and I want other people to know that it’s petrifying but you need to keep a little light. I hope they can see that I made it through and that gives them hope. It’s very scary but I never gave up hope.”
As for her stunning recovery, Brown gives the credit to a higher power. “You have to stay positive and keep God with you because he really does perform miracles. In fact, I’ve allowed the University of California, Los Angeles to use my medical records for a case study because they hadn’t really run into my situation before.”
For the rest of her life, Brown will need to be evaluated every three months to ensure that the cancer has not returned. She’s accepted this reality but also places emphasis on the positives. “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.”