As season 7 of Alaskan Bush People began, the Brown family was hit with hard news: Ami, the matriarch of the family, was suffering from advanced lung cancer.
"Once we got the call that it was cancer, part of me just, like, wanted to run away,” said Bam Brown, Ami's son. “But stronger than that was the emotion to get here and to see mom and do whatever I could to be moral support to everyone.”
The family moved to California to get Amy the treatment she needed, and fans waited to hear about the matriarch's condition.
"The kids really made that decision," Billy Brown, Ami's husband, said. "We saw Ami slow down so fast. She started out 128 lbs. and she dropped to 89 really fast. Last winter was really hard on her. [Our son Bear] got really mad one day. I was pretty bad and mom was pretty bad and he started right then, “How long are we going to do this?” Once we knew what Ami had, Bear was adamant. We had talked about it before and when we sat down realized and made the decision, it wasn’t like it came out of nowhere. "
According to the Facebook page Alaskan Bush People Exposed, which has a reputation of posting accurate information regarding the family, Ami has finished her chemotherapy and is making considerable progress.
"Ami has finished chemotherapy treatment for now and they are scheduled to start filming in a few weeks," the page posted.
Despite these rumors, the family never spoke out about Ami's diagnosis, so fans were left hanging. However, the Browns released new information on Ami's health.
On the Alaskan Bush People Christmas special, the Browns revealed that not only was Ami done her chemotherapy, her lungs were also clear.
“Her lungs are clear," Billy Brown said. "She’s still weak and she has a cough and all that, but if you look inside her eyes that’s the best part because Ami’s back. She’s inside there, and she wasn’t for a while.”
During a visit with her doctor, Ami is commended for her incredible strength.
“It sounds like you bounced back really well," Dr. Wong said. "We don’t know what the future will hold. It’s kind of out of our hands, but there’s every single reason to be hopeful and absolutely optimistic. You were pretty sick, but you got through it. I think that’s a testament to, you know, the strength of your will but also the strength and resolve of your entire family."
The news comes as a "Christmas miracle" to the family, who were preparing to say goodbye to Ami just a few short months ago.