Dance Moms star Abby Lee Miller shared a powerful image Thursday, revealing her spinal scar on the anniversary of her surgery to treat cancer that left her paralyzed.
The 52-year-old former dancer and reality star revealed that her diagnosis of Burkitt Lymphoma led to a whopping ten rounds of chemotherapy, as well as multiple spinal surgeries.
“One year ago today — I underwent emergency surgery for an infection in my spine,” she wrote. “This mass/tumor choking my spinal cord turned out to be Burkitt Lymphoma.”
“I endured ten rounds of chemotherapy (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),” she added. “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.”
Miller also criticized doctors who misdiagnosed her initially.
“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!” she wrote. “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.”
Now that she is on her way to headling, the former dancer revealed that she will be re-joining the cast of Dance Moms once again, which is set to premiere in June on Lifetime.