As Alaskan Bush People ended season 7, mom Ami Brown is finally allowed to reveal the shocking truth and details about her cancer. In the only interview since her cancer diagnosis, Ami shares how her lung cancer was discovered and how she is doing now.
Ami Brown, the Alaskan Bush People matriarch who will turn 54 on August 28, is not doing well. While viewers saw Ami travelling with the family during the show’s season finale, the reality is shocking: Ami is weak and battling her illness with the last of her strength.
If Ami Brown’s lung cancer cannot be stopped from spreading with radiation and chemotherapy – and spreads to her brain or other vital organs– it will be the end.
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In a recent interview, Ami Brown shared from her hospital bed in Southern California that she is in a lot of pain. Merely drinking a sip of water has become a challenge due to her throat being raw from the radiation that she is receiving.
“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,” Ami Brown told People in the only interview she has been given since diagnosed with lung cancer. “But I have the will to fight.”
Ami Brown is receiving radiation and chemotherapy at UCLA. Her weight has dropped to 89.4 pounds. She remains in bed with Billy always being nearby. When Billy cannot be at her bedside, one of her children, especially Bear, stay with her.
Ami says that her lung cancer survival rate is as low as 3 percent, as doctors informed her and her husband Billy. At this point, her family and faith is what is holding Ami up.
Looking back, Ami shared that the journey of her lung cancer all began when she went to the dentist to have impressions done for new teeth. A scan revealed that there was a little capsule in her – prompting a further investigation.
At the time of her lung cancer diagnosis, Ami Brown was already at stage 3B, explaining why she had been experiencing so much back pain, had trouble breathing after just a short walk, and why she was losing weight.
While filming season 7 of Alaskan Bush People, Ami said that she tried to rest as much as possible, but it became harder and harder to stand. As for the future of their reality television show, both Ami and Billy make it clear that their focus is in the here and now.
So why did the Brown family continue with their reality television show? Ami Brown says that there are many people facing lung cancer or any other type of cancer. Cancer is scary, says Ami. The Alaskan Bush People matriarch hopes that by sharing her cancer journey on the show that it will help others and take away a lot of the fear.