A year after Abby Lee Miller underwent emergency spinal surgery, the reality TV star is opening up about the battle she’s faced thus far.
On Wednesday, the Dance Moms star shared an emotional post on Instagram, paired with a raw photo of her spinal surgery scar.
“One year ago today ~ I underwent emergency surgery for an infection in my spine,” the caption read. “This mass/tumor choking my spinal cord turned out to be Burkitt Lymphoma. I endured ten rounds of chemo therapy (each lasting 6 days with 4/ 24hr bags pumping poison into my body ending with a spinal tap in 3 spots, plus another shot of Chemo into my tailbone area up the spinal cord around my brain cavity) Ten times! Another spine surgery was needed & I have one more still to go.”
“I struggled thru months of physical therapy to learn to sit up again, to crawl and maybe with a miracle someday I’ll walk,” she continued. “Why didn’t the ER Doctors on duty do their jobs? I came in twice with the same symptoms? Why didn’t somebody listen to me, the patient? I finally found the right team that’s why I lived to tell my story, I have a lot to say! Thank you to all wonderful top notch professionals who continue to help me heal. For those who missed it, misdiagnosed me, and the so called Federal “Doctor” who took me off medication cold turkey and the other ER “Doctor Hollywood” who told me to go home and take it easy for 10 days – STOP practicing! Please 🙏🏻”
In February’s trailer for the upcoming season of Dance Moms, Miller opened up about her battle with cancer.
“In an instant, your life changes completely,” Miller said in the clip, followed by footage of her fighting back tears in a hospital bed. “I was ready to go back to work and start my life over and now I can’t even walk.”
“I need to get back to teaching and I need to get back to screaming at children,” she added. “I need to get back to my roots. I’m going to take these kids right back to the turf.”
In April 2018, one day after undergoing emergency surgery for what was initially thought to be a spinal infection, the reality star — who was released from prison in March 2018 — was preliminarily diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a cancer that develops in the lymphatic system.
Miller went into the emergency room after she experienced “excruciating neck pain” and weakness in her arm, and after her condition deteriorated over the next couple days, Dr. Melamed performed emergency surgery for a multi-level laminectomy.
Since then, Miller has been receiving chemotherapy and documenting her journey via social media. (Miller left her rehabilitation facility in September.)
Before her health crisis, Miller had been living in a halfway house since serving her 366-day sentence for bankruptcy fraud at the Victorville Federal Correctional Institution in California, which she entered in July 2017.
She was officially released from the halfway house in May.
Dance Moms premieres June 4 at 9 p.m. ET on Lifetime.
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