Last spring, it was revealed on a heartbreaking episode of Alaskan Bush People that matriarch Ami Brown was diagnosed with Stage-3 lung cancer. According to her husband, Billy Brown, the discovery was made after a biopsy found a cancerous mass in her lungs — and doctors were urging the mother-of-seven to get more testing. 

“Ami started getting sick months ago and we didn’t know what it was, but it changed from the point of ‘something’s wrong’ to ‘something’s wrong,’” he said on the show. To seek treatment, the family decided to leave the bush and return to society. “It’s hard to even talk about it, because it’s something I never thought would come out of my mouth,” Ami, 54, said at the time. “This is earth-shattering for us, it really is.”

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