Abby Lee Miller Reveals Surgery Scar, Posts Harrowing Message About Cancer Journey
Abby Lee Miller has long been known as a bully.
The polarizing Dance Moms host has yelled and screamed and tormented her way to fame over the years, verbally attacking an endless array of students on this long-running reality show.
But reality star reveals a much softer side below, one with which even the most vocal critic would have a hard time finding fault.
As you very likely know by now, Miller has been dealing with ongoing health issues for the past year or so.
She was diagnosed with cancer in April of 2018 and underwent multiple surgeries and bouts of chemotherapty in the subsequent months.
Even now, yes, Miller is on the mend and on her way back to Dance Moms — but she’s confined to a wheelchair.
She has a very long and arduous journey in front of her and she may never walk again.
But Miller is trying to remain strong and candid, as evidenced by her latest Instagram photo and message.
In a revealing picture of herself, the dance instructor’s bare back is on display as she peers over her shoulder into the camera lens.
“One year ago today — I underwent emergency surgery for an infection in my spine. This mass/tumor choking my spinal cord turned out to be Burkitt Lymphoma,” Miller says to open a lengthy and emotional caption.
“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.”
This sounds awful enough on its own, but it doesn’t even cover all that has transpired for Miller since her original diagnosis.
“I struggled thru months of physical therapy to learn to sit up again, to crawl and maybe with a miracle someday I’ll walk. 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?” she asks in this post.
She’s clearly frustrated and maybe a little bitter.
But it’s pretty hard to blame Miller for feeling this way.
The reality star concludes her message with a touch of gratitude and also with a pretty major call-out:
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.
Miller does not reveal the identities of these doctors, at least not in this caption.
Perhaps she’ll say more down the line, however, especially as we inch closer to the Dance Moms Season 8 premiere in June.
For now, though, you can check out a trailer for new episodes:
You can look back at what Miller wrote about the time of her diagnosis:
“So much gratitude and love for those who listened, those who looked deeper and those who leapt into action,” she wrote. “So much more I wish I could say……about how quickly your life can change at the hands of others.
“Thanks for #abbyleemiller #abbylee #aldc #aldcla #aldcalways #dancemoms #iwilldance.”
And you can familiarize yourself with a lot of what Miller has gone through here: