After a year of almost-constant physical struggles, Dance Moms star Abby Lee Miller is proclaiming that she is finally cancer free.
“The cancer is completely gone,” she tells People magazine in a recent interview. “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.”
Miller’s cancer was first revealed in April of 2018, when emergency surgery for a spinal infection revealed that she was actually dealing with the affects of Burkitt lymphoma, a form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. And while the cancer may be gone, the repercussions of her health struggles are still evident. In fact, Miller currently finds herself forced to use a wheelchair.
“If I can move, I can stand,” said Miller as she promoted the June premiere of the new season of the Lifetime show Dance Moms. “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.”
But she refuses to let this slow her down.
“I have goals,” Miller said. “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.”