Discovery’s hit series, “Alaskan Bush People,” introduced the world to the Brown family back in 2014.
The family of nine, led by parents Billy and Ami Brown, call themselves the “wolf pack” and live in a one-room cabin in the Alaskan wilderness near the Copper River Valley.
The series mainly focuses on the family’s efforts to live off the land and get by in the dangerously low temperatures of Alaska. But this season, the Brown family received some devastating news.
The family matriarch, Ami, was diagnosed with stage 3 lung cancer and her health quickly deteriorated. The news left the family of nine heartbroken. Her daughter, 14-year-old Rain, said:
“I don’t care who you are. I don’t care what you’ve been through. I don’t care how old you are. If you hear that your mother has cancer, it’s going to shock you. I just wish I could change it somehow. I’m very scared for her.”
And on Wednesday’s episode of “Alaskan Bush People,” the family was given a “difficult” update about Ami’s health and future treatment.
According to People, the family relocated to Southern California after finding out about the matriarch’s diagnosis so that she could receive treatment at the UCLA Medical Center. But they didn’t get good news.
Doctors confirmed that Ami had stage 3B lung cancer, and revealed that she would have to undergo treatment that is much more intense than the family expected.
The show’s executive producer, Sheila McCormack, broke the news to the worried family. She said:
“So the radiation is 5 days a week for 6 weeks. After the radiation, once a week she goes to the other building and they put an IV in her and she gets chemotherapy for four hours.”
She also said that if Ami lost any more than five more pounds from her 94-pound frame, she would have to go on a feeding tube. One of Ami’s sons, Bam Brown, 32, didn’t take the news well. He said:
“What’s going on now is the most difficult thing we’ve gone through because of who it’s happening to — because it’s mom and because of what it is.
It makes a house burning down or a boat sinking or needing 5 stitches no big deal. This is really difficult. I don’t even know what to say.”
It’s unclear if Ami has started treatment since the series was filmed at least three months ago, but the family seemed to be in a fighting spirit on Wednesday’s episode.
The family patriarch, Billy, said that everything would work out “as long as [they] keep faith in family and God.”