“Dance Moms” star, convicted felon and cancer survivor Abby Lee Miller has lashed out at her doctors in a shocking and graphic Instagram post, even as she pursues a grueling dance training routine against medical advice.
All this has led to Abby’s many fans fearing that the determined dance mom and celebrated choreographer is pushing herself too hard as she makes a bid for her big TV comeback.Read More
In the photo, which was posted to Instagram on April 17, Miller revealed a massive surgery scar, and included a shocking caption questioning the doctors who were originally treating her.
“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 wrote in the caption that accompanied the photo of her bare back covered in stitches (the reality TV star looks almost unrecognizable). “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,” she lamented.
Miller went on to detail more grueling aspects of her treatment in the caption — only to conclude that she was ignored many times by doctors who she claims made the wrong decisions regarding her diagnosis. She also stated that she wouldn’t be alive if she hadn’t been able to find the “right team” to tackle her diagnosis.
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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 ????????
Miller’s bout with cancer wasn’t the beginning of her troubles last year. Her health problems began after she spent more than eight months in prison after pleading guilty to not reporting an international monetary transaction and one count of concealing bankruptcy assets. Now that her legal troubles are behind her and she is in recovery from cancer, Miller has returned to work on “Dance Moms” — however, her doctors aren’t sure this is the best move for her health.
A source close to Miller told RadarOnline that the dance coach is working 12 hour days. “She’s stretching herself too thin,” the source said. “Her doctors are telling her to stop, but she needs the show and the money for a comeback.”
Making the decision when to return to work, and how much to work, is a struggle for a lot of people after they deal with cancer treatment. It’s estimated that there will be over a million new cases of cancer diagnosed this year, according to the National Cancer Institute — and almost half of those will affect people between the ages of 20 and 64. That means a huge number of Americans will be balancing cancer and their career — or at least trying to. Many cancer survivors have told SurvivorNet that they welcomed the opportunity to go back to work during or after treatment, claiming it restored a sense of normalcy in their lives. The problem with Miller’s case is that it’s being reported that she’s going against her doctor’s orders.
“Some patients can work through their treatment, others cannot,” medical oncologist Dr. Elizabeth Comen told SurvivorNet when discussing working through treatment in general. “The key is that they have open conversations with their doctor about what their needs are, what their work entails (especially if physical labor is involved), and sort through what options they may have with their employer.”