Last spring, “Alaskan Bush People” matriarch Ami Brown was diagnosed with life-threatening cancer. The official diagnosis was advanced lung cancer and Brown was quoted with only a three percent chance of survival.
Brown underwent several rounds of chemotherapy treatment and radiation therapy. As of the end of August, the situation was looking dismal for the then-53-year-old.
Brown dropped from 128 lbs. to 89.4 lbs. and could barely move. More recently, her weight dropped to an extremely dangerous 77 lbs. Her family, including her husband and her seven children, were preparing for the worst. Brown said that she would not give up hope, however.
She said, “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. But I have the will to fight.”
And fight she did. Recently, Brown’s health began to take a turn. Rather than a turn for the worst like Brown and her family were expecting, however, the mother of seven began healing.
On December 21, the 54-year-old went in to find out the results of her latest scans. Brown said that after several months of treatment, this time felt different. She said that she had hope that these results would be cause for joy.
She told PEOPLE, "I was expecting great news. I could just feel it."
Just as she suspected, all signs of cancer in her body, which had spread significantly earlier in the year, had completely disappeared! Ami's husband, Billy, said that the "doctors were as shocked as we were."
Now, Ami is opening up about the hope and faith that helped her through her painful, dark days. She talked about maintaining faith in God while going through hardship.
When asked about why she chose to open up about her health, Ami said, "Just this past week I was thinking back about how very bad I really was. 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. 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."
The reality star said that she felt so much "sincere love and hope" throughout her journey from the caregivers. She said that she felt as though having them was God's gift to her.
When asked if she was fearful that cancer would return, Ami said, "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."
Congrats to Ami Brown on her good health, and thank you to everyone who prayed for her throughout this journey! Now, there is another situation that is needing your prayers. Earlier this morning, a tragic situation occurred- a college football star was found dead in an apparent suicide. Please pray for his family and friends during this shocking time.