Several months and two back surgeries later, Abby Lee Miller is showing off the healing progress she's made. Over the weekend, the Dance Moms star updated her followers on her recovery process, sharing a photo on Instagram of the scars and stitches from her recent operations.
"After the 2nd surgery, My back is finally on the mend," Miller wrote on Instagram.
"I just wish the top section & bottom would hurry along too! I had 52 staples perfectly aligned and now a bunch of crazy stitches are holding my neck & lumbar region together!" the dance instructor captioned the photo.
As seen in the picture, Miller has an incision running all the way from her neck to her lower back. And while the majority of the cut has already healed over, stitches from the second surgery, at the top and bottom of her back, are still fully visible.
In April, a few weeks after her first surgery, Miller shared a photo of her post-op scar, and those "52 staples perfectly aligned," on Instagram. "This gives a whole new meaning to being stabbed in the back!" she joked in the caption.
And in early June, Miller explained on Instagram that she had undergone the second operation.
Miller first underwent emergency spinal surgery in April after experiencing severe neck pain and weakness in her arm.
As SELF wrote previously, Miller's pain eventually progressed to paralysis, which then required an emergency surgery to relieve pressure on her spinal cord.
Though her symptoms were initially thought to be caused by a spinal infection, anorthopedic spine surgeon Hooman Melamed, M.D., who is treating Miller, told SELF previously that further testing suggested that she actually had Burkitt lymphoma, a rare type of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Burkitt lymphoma affects the lymph system, a part of the body's immune system. Because lymph tissue is found all over the body, this type of cancer can start pretty much anywhere, but it's often found in the stomach, the American Cancer Society explains.
The exact treatment plan for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma depends on the type and location of the cancer but may include a combination of surgery, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, and radiation. Earlier this month, Miller announced that she was starting her third round of chemotherapy and last week indicated that she may be losing her hair as a result.