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Alaskan Bush People Season 8 has scarcely begun … but it is almost over. This season ends on Sunday.
But we have the season finale promo trailer for you, promising danger, medical news, and a wedding.
The official Twitter account for Discovery's Alaskan Bush People tweeted this promo for the season finale.
"We're not ready to say goodbye," the tweet laments.
No one is — like we said, we're only a few episodes into the season.
"Join us for the season finale," the tweet invites fans and followers. "Sunday at 9p on Discovery and Discovery GO."
Time passes so quickly these days.
Within the promo trailer itself, the family faces a new menace as they battle the elements in Washington.
"We've had floods," Gabe lists.
Gabe continues, saying: "We've had road issues."
"And now," he laments. "Fire."
"The fire seems very serious," viewers hear.
"I've never seen that much smoke," Bird confesses.
Those of us who have been around massive wildfires can attest — it's a unique experience. And it is not a fun one.
Bird explains: "The fires are just that close."
Watching the trailer, fans can see that for themselves.
We just hope that Ami Brown was in California. That much smoke is not good for a lung cancer patient.
Speaking of Ami, the finale shows her return from her checkup.
"How'd it go?" the family asks.
"We finally got the results in," Billy begins.
His voice sounds a little uneasy. Whether it's genuine emotion or played up for the cameras (or both) is difficult to say.
"Everything is, uh …" Billy continues.
Naturally, this is a teaser trailer., so his words cut off there.
Fans do not get to hear those results until they watch the episode.
That said, Ami's cancer was reportedly in remission as of last July.
We expect that they'll deliver good news after the show plays up the tension.
Ami's health is not the only (hopefully) good news to which viewers will be treated.
"And a new Brown joins the family," one of the trailer's internal cards teases.
We know, of course, that Noah Brown married Rhain Alisha back in August.
At the time, we had hoped that viewers would get to see this special occasion. Clearly, they will.
Additionally, that card's phrasing — referring to Rhain as another Brown — is further confirmation that Rhain will take Noah's last name.
Hopefully, that will lay those nastily persistent fan rumors to rest.
Not every family, even on reality television, has to be consumed by feuding just because that is more entertaining to viewers.
We look forward to the finale — and to even more of the Brown family.
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Anna Duggar offered her followers a rare glimpse at all of five of the children she shares with the reviled Josh Duggar, a man some fans feel should be forgiven.
As cute as it is to see the little ones gather around the table for dinner, Anna also revealed some information about her youngest.
As it turns out, adorable little Mason has a health condition.
“Pancakes for a Saturday brunch may seem ordinary,” Anna’s captions begin. “But today at our house it is a big deal! It is Mason’s first time to have (dairy-free) pancakes!”
Mason, she reveals, is unable to tolerate a certain group of foods.
“Yup, you may have guessed it,” Anna writes. “Lil Mason has a milk protein (aka dairy) allergy.”
“Allergies showed up at 2 weeks,” she shares. “And caused us to switch to formula while momma cut dairy and other potential allergy causing foods out of my diet.”
She then lists the foods that she cut out in order to use a guess-and-check method to eliminate other variables: “(i.e. gluten, corn, soy, eggs, nuts, chicken, & nightshade foods).”
(Look at him! Adorable!)
Anna shares that her efforts paid off.
“Thankfully,” she writes. “As we added things back into my diet we discovered Mason was only allergic to dairy,”
“And,” Anna continues. “By January he was back to 100% nursing and thriving.”
She says that he grew healthily, “reaching 20lbs at 6 months!”
“Sometimes in life,” Anna reflects. “We are faced with a mountain that seems impossible.”
Anna, being a devout Christian fundamentalist, presents this as a teaching moment within the context of her faith.
“We pray asking God to move the mountain,” she continues. “Yet God wants us to climb it!”
“Even though it is unexpected (and hard work) it is so worth it,” Anna instructs. “God’s grace is sufficient for each step of the way!”
“To have a mountain top experience,” she advises. “You must first climb the mountain!”
Pointing out that ski lifts exist is not as clever as it sounds in your head, folks.
“So friends,” Anna continued in her captions. “Whatever you’re facing today, keep doing the next right thing.”
It is unclear whether she is suggesting that God gave Mason a dairy allergy to challenge him or to challenge her, but perhaps she is simply imparting a lesson.
“Go take the next step!” Anna advises. “It’s totally worth it to keep going when you know you’re on the right track!”
That’s true enough. She does, however, have a question for her fans.
“P.S. Any tips for a good dairy-free pizza?”
Anna, of course, is no stranger to insurmountable obstacles. Not only did Josh Duggar cheat on her, it also came to light that he molested multiple very young girls, and that his family covered it up.
This would be difficult on any wife, but was especially hard for Anna, whose insular and extreme faith community teaches her that she cannot divorce her husband.
Like her sisters-in-law, Anna is denied a real life or career, and lacks even the agency to leave her widely despised husband.
So when she talks about climbing mountains in the hope that it’ll be worth it in the end, she’s probably talking about bigger challenges than a dairy allergy.
But seriously — poor little Mason.
Abby Lee Miller is battling cancer, and receiving visits and comfort from Dance Moms alumni. Now, she’s asking for something else.
If you are one of her fans or followers, she would like your prayers.
On top of her cancer, Miller has a high fever — and her white blood cell count is worryingly low.
“It’s Friday,” Abby Lee Miller writes in the captions of her latest Instagram photo, posted on Friday, August 17.
Curiously, she follows that announcement with the words: “Yay & Pray.”
The yay is to celebrate the end of the workweek. The pray is the beginning of her request.
Miller asks fans and followers to pray that “my white blood cell count goes up and my 103 fever goes down!”
Though she’s clearly not trying to be too dramatic, she follows that up with an understatement: “Yikes!”
She paired her captions with this photo.
Clearly, the once and future Dance Moms star is trying to keep things positive — even chipper.
A 103 fever is no joke. Even a degree or two higher can lead to brain damage.
And while one normally looks for an elevated white blood cell count when a body is fighting certain types of infections, it looks like hers is too low.
Why? She doesn’t say, but we can infer that her chemotherapy and radiation treatments are taking their toll on her immune system.
Earlier this year, Miller was released from prison and sent to a halfway house. It looked like she was on track to getting her old life back.
Then, she was sent to the hospital for an emergency surgery after a fast-creeping paralysis began to spread through her body.
Doctors performed an agonizing spinal surgery on her to take care of what they believed would be just an infection.
Instead, they discovered that she has a kind of cancer — Burkitt lymphoma, which is most often found in children.
That was not what they expected, and it is definitely worse than the infection that they had expected to find.
Miller then underwent a second emergency spinal surgery to relieve pressure, even as she goes through chemo and radiation to deal with the cancer.
Burkitt is a fast-spreading cancer.
The positive side of that is that Burkitt also responds more quickly to treatment than a slow-spreading cancer might.
Burkitt lymphoma has a 90% recovery rate in children, among whom it is the most common.
That figure is said to be somewhat lower among adults, but it sounds like Miller’s odds — statistically speaking — are good.
Still, this is a frightening experience for Miller and for her loved ones and her countless fans.
Though she has been criticized for her antagonistic attitude toward children, no one wants to see her be another victim of cancer.
This fever is, we hope, just a minor speedbump on her road to making a full recovery.
If any fans of hers want to send her their prayers or well-wishes that her fever goes down and her white blood cell count goes up, we are sure that she will appreciate it.
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