Abby Lee Miller has slammed doctors for ignoring symptoms for a spinal infection which lead to her undergoing serious surgery to remove a tumor.
Giving a glimpse into the grueling months of cancer treatment she’s endured Abby Lee Miller shared a haunting photo on Wednesday showing a massive scar on her back.
The 53-year-old wrote in the caption: 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.
Abby Lee Miller displayed a massive scar on her back in a snap posted to Instagram Wednesday as she revealed the struggle she had to convince doctors of her condition
She continued, ‘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.
Abby then called out doctors for not spotting the severity of her condition when she presented the same symptoms more than once.
‘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!
Misdiagnosis: In her lengthy caption Abby, 53, revealed she went to doctors with symptoms a couple of times but was ignored
Working it: Abby Lee recently shared a video of her physical therapy as she tries to get back into dancing ahead of her return to Dance Moms
‘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.’
Abby is returning to Dance Moms after her one-year prison stint for bankruptcy fraud and a diagnosis of Burkitt Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
According to The National Institutes of Health, it starts in immune cells, spreads very rapidly and is typically associated with the fastest growing human tumor.
Coming back: The dance instructor’s return to television was uncertain, especially in the wake of her recent health problems; pictured in Los Angeles in December
Her cancer diagnosis came on the heels of her early release from federal prison, where she served eight months of a year-and-a-day sentence for bankruptcy fraud and smuggling $ 120,000 Australian cash into the United States.
Late in February, Miller shared a new video that showed her getting back to dancing.
‘Back to dancing, one step at a time. Port de bras,’ Miller said in the caption of the Instagram video.
She also shared another photo during her rehab, as she tries to walk again with the help of her trainers.
Abby’s cancer diagnosis came on the heels of her early release from prison, where she served eight months of a year-and-a-day sentence for bankruptcy fraud
Return to TV: The reality star is getting ready to return the hit reality series Dance Moms, with the upcoming eighth season debuting this summer
It was announced in July 2018 that Miller would return to Dance Moms for Season 8, after leaving the show in March 2017.
Miller had been indicted on fraud charges and she was sentenced to one year and one day in prison, starting in July 2017.
‘I need to get back to teaching and I need to get back to screaming at children,’ she added in the teaser for Dance Moms: Resurrection. ‘I need to get back to my roots. I’m going to take these kids right back to the turf.’
The new season of Dance Moms, Dance Moms: Resurrection, debuts June 4.