Last month, Abby Lee Miller underwent a second emergency surgery on her spine. The once-and-future Dance Moms star's cancer spreads quickly, and requires swift treatment.
Miller has now updated fans on how her spine is healing, sharing a graphic photo of her progress.
Be warned, folks. This photo is not for the faint of heart.
Abby Lee Miller is battling cancer. She has Burkitt lymphoma, a fast-spreading cancer that is usually only found in children, but there are adult cases.
She's shared this new photo (below) update.
First, Miller provides a little context, writing: "After the 2nd surgery."
The second surgery was performed after an MRI led her doctors to believe that it was necessary.
"My back," Miller announces. "Is finally on the mend."
Healing from surgery is zero fun, but healing from spinal surgery is worse. You cannot even rest on your back for a long time, for obvious reasons.
"I just wish," Miller adds. "The top section & bottom would hurry along too!"
There is the photo. As she mentiones, there appears to be faster healing along the center.
"I had 52 staples perfectly aligned," Miller describes.
Surgical staples are often used to repair long incisions for certain procedures.
"And now," Miller laments. "A bunch of crazy stitches are holding my neck & lumbar region together!"
If that thought makes you a little queasy, you're not alone.
She ends her captions with tags, writing: "#abbyleemiller #abbylee #dancemoms @hoomanmelamedmd #aldc #aldcla #spjne #disc"
Dr. Hooman Melamed is her orthopedic spine surgeon.
Burkitt lymphoma has a 90% recovery rate in children. In adults, who are less likely to have it, the recovery rate is somewhat lower.
But not only is Miller getting necessary treatments, including chemotherapy, it sounds like she has a positive attitude.
Even so, reports say that Abby Lee Miller is prepared for the worst as she continues with her treatments. That is smart, even if it can feel a little grim.
Through a combination of surgeries, chemo, and radiation, fans hope and pray that Miller can make a full recovery.
The good news about Burkitt is that because it spreads quickly, it also tends to respond to treatments faster than slow-growing cancers.
Sometimes, you have to focus on the positives and be hopeful.
Fortunately, Miller has a lot to which she can look forward.
First of all, prison is behind her. She's done with her time behind bars and she's also done with her time in a halfway house.
Second of all, to the shock (and joy) of countless fans, Dance Moms is coming back.
Miller surprised fans with an informal announcement on Instagram.
But, honestly, if anyone's going to break that news, it should really be Miller, right?
Still, people's fingers are crossed for Miller.
Her back may still be healing from her surgery, but she's also working hard to combat the cancer itself.
Miller is 51 years old and only got out of prison a few months ago.
She can conquer Burkitt lymphoma, but it will take a lot. Cancer always exacts its toll.