After surviving prison and cancer, Abby Lee Miller, the somewhat controversial choreographer of the TV show “Dance Moms,” says she’ll survive her “awful” hotel-bound coronavirus quarantine: “They’re telling me I have to move out tomorrow,” she explained in an interview with Hollywood Life, “I’m handicapped, so it’s a nightmare. I found an apartment, finally, but it’s brand-new; it’s not inspected … so I can’t move in.”
“I don’t know what I’m going to do,” Miller said. “it’s absolutely awful.”
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In a February appearance on “The Doctors” Miller, who uses a wheelchair, took a few tentative steps to show her progress in physical therapy. Now, she worries she’s losing ground. “Right now, none of the physical therapy places for outpatient care will take me because of the coronavirus.”
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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. 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. 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 ????????
Asked what keeps her going, Miller replied, “There’s more work to do. There’s legs to straightened and feet to be pointed.”
Miller ran a Pittsburgh area dance studio before being cast on Lifetime’s “Dance Moms”, in 2012, Later convicted of bank fraud, she served just over a year in prison. Her cancer struggle began after her release, when she underwent back surgery. She shared her ordeal on Instagram (above).
“It was physically tough and emotionally draining,” she said of her recovery. “Going through the surgery, recovering, going to therapy … trying to get my right foot to move again, to get my toes to wiggle, that was hard.”
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Remember when staying in bed all day was just a fantasy or a “snow day” when school was cancelled? . . . . . Better than a hospital bed!!! #abby #abbylee #aldcla #losangeles #abbyleemiller #ALDC #pittsburgh #season8 #dancemoms #aldcalways #abbyleedancecompany #blackandwhite #photoshoot
“Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is not one disease, it’s many diseases,” according to Dr. Catherine Diefenbach, Director of Translational Hematology and Clinical Lymphoma at NYU Langone Health and the Perlmutter Cancer Center, who was not commenting specifically on Abby’s case. “And there are over 68 kinds of lymphoma.
For this reason, it’s very important that if you have a diagnosis of lymphoma, you’re treated by a lymphoma specialist. And, we hope for all of our lymphoma patients that the first therapy you receive, will be your last therapy. That is, that we can treat you and cure you with first-line therapy.”
There are two main categories of lymphomas — aggressive or indolent lymphoma — and the category determines whether the cancer is curable or manageable, and whether treatment is necessary.
“The approach to these lymphomas is very different,” says Dr. Diefenbach. Aggressive lymphomas are treatable and potentially curable. Indolent lymphomas are managed and don’t always require treatment, however they are not curable by conventional means of describing curability.”