Abby Lee Miller Just Shared A Selfie From Her Hospital Bed After Cancer Diagnosis
Dance Momsalum Abby Lee Miller nearly died last week, after contracting what doctors thought was a rare spinal infection—but turned out to be non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, a form of cancer, reportsPeople.
On Saturday, she posted a selfie from her hospital bed thanking fans for their support. "So much gratitude and love for those who listened, those who looked deeper and those who leapt into action," Abby wrote. "So much more I wish I could say......about how quickly your life can change at the hands of others."
While Abby's doctor, orthopedic spine surgeon Hooman M. Melamed, M.D., at Cedar Sinai Marina Del Ray Hospital, toldPeoplethat her cancer diagnosis is still preliminary, he's already speculating that the dance instructor will need further treatment.
“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 toldPeople. "Depending on the tumor type, depending on the sensitivity of the tumor—it just depends the type but I feel more than yes, she will undergo chemotherapy or radiation.”
Extrareported that Abby underwent early morning spinal surgery on Tuesday after going to the emergency room with complaints of persistent pain in her neck.
"In the span of 24 hours, which was something that I have not seen, her condition rapidly deteriorated," Melamed toldPeople. "She was completely paralyzed from the neck down."
When he did a CT scan on Abby, Melamed saw that the infection had migrated all the way from the base of her neck to her lower back. If they hadn't rushed her into the five-hour surgery and removed certain parts of some vertebrae, she could have died.
Abby is now recovering, with feeling returning to her extremities, but Melamed can't yet say whether or not she'll be able to walk again after surgery.
“She’s made some recovery in 24 hours, which is better than no recovery,” he said. “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. All you can do is pray and, as a surgeon, you maximize everything you can for the spinal cord to recover itself. I am hopeful.”
Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma is a cancer of the body's white blood cells, which help the immune system function, the American Cancer Society reports. It is one of the most common cancers in the U.S., affecting nearly 75,000 people every year. More than half of patients are 65 and older at the time of diagnosis, the ACS says. The five-year survival rate for people with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma is 70 percent, the ACS reports.
On April 10, celebrity gossip siteTMZreported that Abby had been transferred from the halfway house, where she was serving out the tail end of a prison sentence for bankruptcy fraud, to a hospital. According toPeople, this previous hospitalization had to do with a thyroid condition.
AsUS Weeklyreported, Abby received a 366-day sentence in May 2019, after trying to cover up 5,000 in income while also filing for bankruptcy. She pleaded guilty in June 2019.
In March, she was moved from the Victorville Federal Correction Institute in California to the Residential Reentry Center in Long Beach. Before she began her prison term, the choreographer underwent gastric bypass surgery and reportedly lost around 100 pounds.
In a since-deleted social media post from behind bars in which her new physique was on full display, Abby sounded optimistic about life on the other side.
"My world flipped upside down when I had to enter prison," she wrote. "I have made friends with both inmates and staff, I’ve tried to better myself, participated in anything offered to me and I am a better person for this experience."
"I am feeling great and ready to turn over a new leaf thank you so much to everyone for your support especially my nearest and dearest I love you all," she added.
Melamed toldPeoplemuch remains to be seen regarding Abby's prognosis. “There’s a chance this can spread to any part of the body … this is probably coming from somewhere else,” he says. “We don’t know where the source is.
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