Abby Lee Miller Tears Up on ‘Dr. Oz’ About Still Needing a Wheelchair: ‘I’m Done’

Abby Lee Miller got emotional on the episode of The Dr. Oz Show airing Monday, February 24, after the TV host asked her how it felt to be in a wheelchair after her 2018 emergency spinal surgery.

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“It’s horrible,” Miller, 54, told host Dr. Mehmet Oz, tearing up. “It’s awful. I said to my friends many, many times — I have to save my tears for the pillow — many times, ‘Why didn’t you let me [go]? Just, why did you say to do it? Let me go.’ You know? I don’t have children. I don’t have a husband. My parents are deceased. I’m done. I came here to teach dance.”

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The Dance Moms star underwent emergency surgery in April 2018 after suffering an infection in her spine. That same month, Us Weekly confirmed that Miller had been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. “Abby is devastated, but is strong and trying to put on a brave face,” a source told Us at the time. “She is still at [the hospital], and they are seeing what the next steps are. She will make it through this.”

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In September 2018, Miller left a Los Angeles rehabilitation center. “She isn’t doing good,” an insider reported. “She left because it’s too expensive to stay in rehab. … She’s home, she can’t go anywhere else. She still can’t walk. It’s really sad.”

The following April, the reality star — who previously served a one-year prison sentence between 2017 and 2018 for bankruptcy fraud — exclusively told Us she was “OK” at the moment. “Good days and bad days, good hours and bad hours,” she added.

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The Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition alum also opened up at the time about her knee problems. “I go to therapy three days a week, and then the fourth day, I have somebody come to me, and they are concerned with me walking again because of my knee,” she said. “I needed a knee replacement way before any of this happened. Before prison, before the cancer, before anything. And now it’s kind of hindering me — that same knee injury.”

Miller’s episode of The Dr. Oz Show airs on Monday, February 24 — check local listings.

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