Abby Lee Miller: Everything to Know About Her Preliminary Cancer Diagnosis
Abby Lee Miller was released from prison and transferred to a halfway house after serving 366 days in prison for bankruptcy fraud. Since being released, she has talked about her plans to return to television and even take Dance Moms to Broadway.
She also made some big lifestyle changes, from getting gastric bypass surgery before going to prison to reportedly losing 100 pounds by the time she was released. The reality star made headlines for looking different, but her health surprisingly took a turn.
Initially, there were reports that she got emergency surgery because of an infection. However, she has since been preliminarily diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. So what does that mean for her future? Here are seven things to know about her diagnosis and surgery.
1. Abby Lee Miller felt paralyzed from the neck down
Miller reportedly felt paralyzed from the neck down. She also had “excruciating neck pain” and weakness in her arm, according to People.
“Over the next two days, her condition started deteriorating,” Dr. Hooman M. Melamed, who treated Miller explained to People. “Not just her pain, but her weakness started getting worse. In the span of 24 hours, which was something that I have not seen, her condition rapidly deteriorated. She was completely paralyzed from the neck down.”
It was first believed that she had an infection, but Miller has since been diagnosed with Burkitt lymphoma, a form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The reality star then had to go into surgery.
Next: This is what her surgery did for her spinal chord.
2. She got five-hour surgery
The choreographer got a five-hour surgery for a multi-level laminectomy on April 17, according to People. This involved removing the back of several vertebrae, so there is less pressure on her spinal chord.
Next: This is what recovery has been like for Miller.
3. Miller started recovering in 24 hours
It didn’t take long after surgery for Miller’s health to change. “She’s made some recovery in 24 hours, which is better than no recovery,” said surgeon Dr. Hooman M. Melamed. “Nobody wants to end up thinking they’re going to be paralyzed for the rest of their life. That’s a reality that’s facing all of these patients going into it.”
Next: Miller has returned to social media.
4. She posted a selfie from the hospital
Miller has since been on social media after the ordeal. She posted a selfie in her hospital bed on Instagram with the caption, “So much gratitude and love for those who listened,those who looked deeper and those who leapt into action. So much more I wish I could say……about how quickly your life can change at the hands of others. Thanks for 🙏🏻❤ #abbyleemiller#abbylee #aldc #aldcla #aldcalways#dancemoms #iwilldance”
Next: Miller has shown progress this way.
5. She regained feeling in her arms, legs, and toes
The choreographer’s movement is reportedly no longer limited. She regained feeling in her arms, legs, and toes, according to People.
Melamed also claimed her health is “looking good” and her regaining feeling is a “very good sign.”
Next: This is what Miller’s doctor said about future surgery.
6. She will need another surgery
Melamed also made it clear that although her health has made a turn for the better she is “not out of the woods yet” according to People. She will need another spinal surgery.
Next: This is what Miller’s plan could include.
7. There is a plan being made possibly including chemotherapy
It’s still not exactly clear what else Miller will have to do, but a plan is being made. “We’re getting an oncologist involved and we have to figure out what the next steps are as far as chemotherapy or radiation or more spine surgery,” Melamed said, according to People.
The doctor also added,”Depending on the tumor type, depending on the sensitivity of the tumor – it just depends on the type but I feel more than yes, she will undergo chemotherapy or radiation.”
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