Earlier this month, Abby Lee Miller had to undergo a second emergency surgery as part of her ongoing battle with cancer.
But she did share some good news … though it does not directly pertain to her health.
She has announced — sort of — that Dance Moms is getting an eighth season despite its cancellation. Is it true?!
In a birthday post to young Dance Moms stars Lilliana Ketchman and Elliana Walmsley, Miller lets slip some exciting information.
“Happy Birthday to you two!!! @lillykofficial & @ellianawalmsley_,” Miller writes.
She adds a note, remarking on their growth: “Do those coats still fit?”
But this is where it gets less cheesey and much more interesting.
“There is a Rumor about Season 8,” Miller writes. “We might be headed some place cold!”
The last that anyone had really heard, the series had been cancelled. That was in May. It sounds like Lifetime has changed its tune.
“Anybody have thoughts on this?” Miller asks, before tagging: “#aldcla #aldc #abbyleemiller #dancemoms #abbylee #thebestisyettocome”
Earlier in June, Miller had teased that something good was coming on Instagram.
“I ‘heard’ some amazing news today!” Miller wrote. “Can anybody take a guess at what it was?”
Though the most obvious reply would be that it was something positive regarding her harrowing battle with Burkitt lymphoma, many fans immediately latched onto a different idea.
Now it sounds like those fans were correct.
Assuming that Abby Lee Miller’s apparent announcement on Saturday was true, that is.
But it would be very strange for her to make such a post if it is not true.
Abby Lee Miller’s cancer diagnosis came as a shock.
She had only just completed her sentence in prison and was staying at a halfway house.
She had to undergo her first emergency surgery after a strange and rapidly-spreading paralysis began to impair her movements.
It was only during surgery, which doctors were performing in order to relieve pressure that they believe that an infection was causing her on her spine, that they discovered that the culprit was worse.
Burkitt lymphoma, more often seen in the developing world and usually seen in children, was afflicting Miller.
The bad news is that it is the kind of cancer that spreads quickly.
The good news is that this particular fast-spreading cancer tends to respond quickly to treatments — and, though the rate is somewhat lower in adults, Burkitt lymphoma usually has a 90% recovery rate.
After two intense back surgeries, Miller’s outlook sounds like it is mostly positive.
She also shared that she has begun chemotherapy.
In an Instagram post, she wrote: “Hair today, gone tomorrow” and tagged it “#chemo.”
Though she is not yet exhibiting any signs of hair loss in her Instagram photos, it is a known and feared side-effect that can occur in some people while undergoing certain forms of chemotherapy.
We hope that Miller will, at least, get to keep her thick, curly hair as she undergoes this harrowing battle.
But if she does lose her hair temporarily, it is ultimately what many cancer survivors consider a small price to pay for their lives.
Fans have their fingers crossed that this news about Season 8 of Dance Moms is real.
But they should remember that Miller still has one hell of a battle for her health and her life ahead of her.
We’ve been critical of some of Miller’s behaviors and choices in the past, but she doesn’t deserve this terrible battle with cancer. No one does.
We hope that she makes a full recovery soon and that it is as painless as possible.