Alaskan Bush People viewers were treated to an early Christmas present on Friday night.
Following many months off the air, the popular Discovery Channel series aired a special holiday episode over the weekend, one that provided fans with a critical update.
We’re talking, of course, about Ami Brown.
The family matriarch has been diagnosed with stage four lung cancer and has been undergoing chemotherapy for nearly the entire year.
She’s been brutally honest about her condition and her very low odds of long-term survival.
On this special installment, however, Ami and her loved ones received some positive news:
She is finished with treatment.
(Viewers also learned that the Browns relocated from Alaska to southern California in order for Ami to be seen by physicians as UCLA; it had not been known previously exactly where she was being treated.)
“There is very single reason to be hopeful and absolutely optimistic,” Dr. Deborah Wong told Ami and Billy on the episode.
There’s still a long way for Ami to go, of course, but it’s important to savor every moment in situations such as this.
“Life is a gift,” Ami said in response to the doctor’s encouraging words.
The family celebrated the good news with a surprise for Ami, as the Brown kids decorated their California house roof-to-foundation and prepared a Christmas dinner.
Wearing a Santa hat at one point, Ami was led out of the home by Billy, blindfolded and holding her husband’s hand.
Once she saw the garden and how it had been filled with lights and a Christmas tree, Ami could hardly contain her emotion.
“The best thing about this Christmas is that mom gets to spend it with us,” daughter Birdy said on camera, adding:
“It was looking bad for a while. Having mom here for this Christmas I think is the best gift that we could ever get.”
We wish Ami and all the Browns the absolute best during this holiday season.
Said Billy of the occasion:
“For the Brown family, the meaning of Christmas is all things good… it’s that one time of the year that you really celebrate life.
“It’s a time of giving and also receiving love, and kind of a combination of the whole year, right there together.”
Prior to this episode and this update, the last we had heard from the Alaskan Bush People regarding Ami’s health was when daughter Rain revealed on Instagram that the family were “hopeful” as her mom began a second round of chemotherapy.
As for the future of the show?
This is unimportant compared to Ami’s well-being, of course, but plenty of fans out there remain curious.
There’s been talk that the Browns are moving to Colorado for Season 8, along with chatter over Bam Bam and his girlfriend landing a spinoff.
Nothing has been confirmed yet, however.
All that really matters right now is that Ami continues to progress and to spend as much time as possible with her loved ones.