Abby Lee Miller has some amazing news to share.
And we're just gonna let her get right to it...
“The cancer is completely gone,” the Dance Moms star told People Magazine this week while promoting the upcoming season of the hit Lifetime show.
She continued in exciting detail:
“I’m more than grateful. I’m thankful. I was always grateful but I think I must say ‘Thank you’ a hundred times a day because I have to rely on strangers; someone to open the door, someone to get the hanger off the rack at the department store, someone to pick up my phone if I drop it.
"How am I supposed to get it? I’m very grateful and thankful to strangers that have been so kind.”
In April of 2018, after undergoing emergency surgery for what was initially believed to be a spinal infection, Miller was diagnosed with Burkitt lymphoma.
A form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, the illness has taken its toll on Miller.
In the year since, the polarizing television personality has undergone an astounding 10 rounds of chemotherapy and months of rehabilitation in hopes of walking again.
For now, she remains refined to a wheelchair.
“I pushed through because I feel like I have more to do,” Miller explains here to People.
“I want to be an executive producer. I have three other shows and a cartoon that I’ve created. I want to do what I really do - I create. I can make something magical and wonderful out of nothing. I do it every week.”
Miller, of course, quit Dance Moms in a viral huff in March of 2017.
She ranted and raved on Instagram at the time about the way producers were treating her and the lame budget they were giving to he Lifetime reality series.
Over the course of the last two-plus years, Abby's life has been turned upside down and all around, as she spent time in prison for bankruptcy fraud and then faced the aforementioned medical crisis.
After all this, she will return to Dance Moms when the program kicks off Season 8 on June 4.
“I have goals,” Miller tells People.
“I have dreams and I want to see them come to fruition. I want to retire and want to be able to live out my days financially secure. That’s what everyone wants.”
Love her or hate her, one must admire Miller for how candid she has been on this difficult journey.
Last month, Miller, the 53-year old reflected on her health on the one-year anniversary of her emergency surgery.
She included the photo below of her back scar and wrote as an affiliated message:
“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.
At this point, Miller can't say for certain whether she'll ever walk again.
But this is very much her goal.
“If I can move, I can stand,” she told People.
“I’m supposed to stand three times a day for twenty minutes. I can take a right step because I can put my weight on my left knee then when I take a left step my right leg just crumbles because I need a knee replacement.”
We wish her the best of luck with her recovery.