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 for Ami to receive treatment, and after a few months it was reported that her chemo was over.
According to the Facebook page Alaskan Bush People Exposed, which has a reputation of posting accurate information regarding the family, Ami had 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.
A little while after that, the family confirmed that Ami's cancer was gone, calling it a miracle.
"Her lungs are clear," Billy Brown said during the Alaskan Bush People Christmas special. "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.”
Now, Ami is speaking about her cancer for the first time since she was diagnosed.
Ami spoked with PEOPLE about her journey through treatment, and revealed that she had a good feeling her cancer would be gone. Despite the 3% survival rate for those diagnosed with advanced stage lung cancer, she never gave up hope.
“I was expecting great news,” the mother of seven said. "I could just feel it."
Even though treatment was rough, Ami's faith in God is what pushed her through.
"It was so bad and the radiation treatment hurt so badly," Ami revealed. "To take a sip of water just hurt so bad and I couldn’t eat anything. 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. 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."
Now, Ami is focusing on gaining weight (she was below 70lbs during her treatment).
"I used to not be a big food person but now I am so appreciative of food, but now I'm so hungry," she said. "It was so hard just to get to 80 lbs. and then 90, to actually get to 100 was incredible."
She's not totally in the clear, though. Ami will still have to be monitored closely. She's confident that God will guide her through.
"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," she said. "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."