“Alaskan Bush People” Star Rain Brown Reveals Depression Battle, Updates on Ami’s Cancer Treatment
The Brown family, stars of the Discovery channel reality show Alaskan Bush People, have been dealing with personal struggles this past year. Family matriarch Ami Brown was diagnosed with stage 3 lung cancer and that diagnosis was revealed on the show in June. In an interview in August, Ami said she noticed the problem after experiencing back pain and is now undergoing chemotherapy and radiation in Southern California, far from home in Alaska.
Now, Fox News reports that daughter Rain Brown, 14, revealed to fans that she has been struggling with depression recently. On October 17, Rain posted a lengthy message on Instagram about her personal struggles. She told a story of how she couldn’t get out of bed for several days, and she realized that sometimes, that’s okay. “Don’t let your depression or dark feelings try to make you feel bad or people make you feel bad for doing what you know is right for you,” she wrote.
“For the past few days I’ve been struggling with some things, such as my depression, life, and some teen girl probs too (ya know a broken nail😏💅🏻) and I couldn’t figure out why I was in such bad shape I stayed in bed for about four days with minor aches and pains and I couldn’t find out a reason, it bothered me so much, I lost any want to be healthy or motivational, I was just a husk, but just now in the middle of the night it occurred to me, sometimes you don’t have to have a reason sometimes you don’t have to be perfect and somedays you just feel like staying in bed and watching old @simplynailogical videos and that’s OKAY! In the time of all this happening I told myself that over and over but it also hit me I had to actually believe it and just let it go and stop being bothered by it, I still feel kinda down and Like being lazy, but that’s alright because my body knows what it needs and if that’s rest I won’t be one to refuse. Stay strong my rainbows and listen to your body and soul they know what you need, don’t let your depression or dark feelings try to make you feel bad or people make you feel bad for doing what you know is right for you❤️🌈 Ps my mom gave me some panaway oil and now my aches feel so much better thanks mommy!!!”
Also on Instagram, Rain told fans that her mom is going through her second round of chemotherapy. “Sadly I can’t say how she is doing just yet, but we are all hopeful and faithful,” she wrote. “Thank you all so much for your support and love in this harsh time.”
If you’d like to send well wishes to the family, you can visit discovery.com/letters-to-the-browns, write a note and Discovery will print it out and deliver it to them.