Abby Lee Miller is opening up about her harrowing battle with Burkitt lymphoma, voicing her frustrations with medical professionals she says should have diagnosed her earlier.
The "Dance Moms" star, 52, took to Instagram Wednesday to reveal a lengthy scar on her back after surgery for an infection that paralyzed her from the neck down.
"One year ago today ~ I underwent emergency surgery for an infection in my spine," she wrote. "This mass/tumor choking my spinal cord turned out to be Burkitt Lymphoma."
Burkitt lymphoma is a form of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, a cancer of the lymph nodes. With non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, the cancer starts with white blood cells called lymphocytes, which are part of the body's immune system, according to the American Cancer Society.
Miller said she endured 10 rounds of chemotherapy, underwent another spinal surgery and will have one more procedure in the near future. "I struggled thru months of physical therapy to learn to sit up again, to crawl," she said, detailing the rough road to recovery.
The reality star uses a wheelchair, but added that "maybe with a miracle someday I’ll walk."
Miller then slammed medical professionals who she says missed her symptoms and misdiagnosed her condition, pleading with them to "STOP practicing! Please."
"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?" Miller said, calling out 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."
She continued: "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."
Miller was hospitalized for a thyroid condition in April 2018. She also underwent gastric bypass surgery before her 2017 sentencing on bankruptcy fraud charge.
The reality star was released from prison in March 2018 after serving eight months of a one-year sentence. She was transferred to a residential re-entry center, or halfway house, in Long Beach, California, where she was set to stay before her sudden illness.
Contributing: Sara M Moniuszko
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Abby Lee Miller reveals spinal surgery scar, slams doctors who 'misdiagnosed' cancer