Dance Moms star Abby Lee Miller appeared on The Doctors on Tuesday (September 10) to show that she’s a fighter…and always will be.
Fans will recall that Miller has been confined to a wheelchair since April of 2018 following emergency spinal surgery and a Burkitt lymphoma diagnosis. But on the talk show, her doctors said the time was right to take her first steps in public.
“We’re in a position where her spine is stable so that’s an important part of recovery,” Miller’s oncologist, Lawrence Piro, said on the show. “That’s really good news. Secondly, the surgery happened very quickly, so the time of pressure on the spinal chord and the nerves was as minimized as possible. And every evidence is that she should be able to recover.”
Before taking those crucial first steps, Miller asked the supportive audience to pray.
“This is scary, you have no idea,” she added.
Miller shared the heartwarming video on her Instagram page on Wednesday (Sept. 11,) saying that watching the video made her cry. However, she did seem to suggest that her recovery has slowed down since the taping of the show.
“I’m not nearly as strong as I was during this taping,” she wrote. “I have a long way to go. If there’s 1 thing I know, it’s that I’m a fighter and there’s no such thing as “can’t.”
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Watching this made me cry! Thank you @thedoctorstv for letting me share my story with the world! Dr Lawrence Piro, Dr Hooman Mellomed, Dr Christopher Boudakian, Dr Simoni for your wisdom and kindness. My PT was so amazing, CRI is the best! I’m not nearly as strong as I was during this taping. I have a long way to go – if there’s 1 thing I know, it’s that I’m a fighter and there’s no such thing as “can’t”! . . . . . #thebestisyettocome #aldcla #aldcstrong #aldc #abbylee #abbyleemiller #cancer #lymphoma ##theangelesclinic #thespinepro
Here’s to hoping Miller continues to recover, and will someday soon walk on her own.
“I have goals,” Miller told People earlier this year. “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.”