This summer, we reported that Abby Lee Miller was holding Dance Moms auditions despite continuing to undergo chemo treatments.
Now, those auditions have borne fruit.
Despite fears that she will never walk again, Miller has returned to work — and is filming for Dance Moms.
On Tuesday, November 6, Abby Lee Miller shared this photo on Instagram.
“Grrrrrrrr!!!!” she wrote in the captions. “Back to the daily grind.”
That means that she is officially back to work filming Dance Moms.
It has been more than a year and a half since she departed the show (which was a couple of months before she reported to prison).
“Comment if you can guess what we’re shooting today?” she asks her fans.
She also shared a weirder pic.
Then there is this photo that we would be at a loss to explain without the caption.
“I think this dancer is finished making QUICK CHANGES from 1 Costume to another!!!” Miller captions the pic.
It’s a very goofy photo and, without that context, we’d never have guessed that it was a costume change.
Miller concluded her caption: “Thanks to all for a great day of work!”
Well, that’s certainly a behind-the-scenes look that you don’t see every day.
Abby Lee Miller is no longer staying in rehab.
As you can see in this photo (which has been edited, but she’s fighting cancer and it’s very understandable), she enjoyed pumpkin season.
Unfortunately, reports say that Miller’s departure from rehab in September had less to do with being on the mend.
They had more to do with money.
Receiving around-the-clock care is expensive.
Now she is at home and remains unable to walk.
From the beginning, before she was even diagnosed, her Burkitt lymphoma manifested in the form of creeping paralysis.
Doctors initially assumed that she had an infection, and performed an emergency spinal surgery.
Upon examining her spine, however, doctors discovered that she did not have an infection, but a rare form of non-Hodgkins lymphoma known as Burkitt lymphoma.
Burkitt is generally found in children, where it has a high recovery rate.
This fast-spreading cancer is rarer in adults, where recovery rates are said to be somewhat lower.
The good news is that fast-spreading cancers are typically more receptive to treatment than slow-spreading but resilient cancers.
That is a small comfort, but you take good news when you can.
Adding insult to injury, Miller was still at a halfway home when she received this diagnosis.
That’s right. Last summer she entered prison to begin serving her 366-day sentence.
She hadn’t yet been fully released by the state of California (a halfway house is not freedom, folks) before she began this serious cancer battle.
We’ve been deservedly harsh on Miller, but she does not deserve to be fighting for her life.
But now Miller is back to work.
We hope that her health will continue to improve.
Her wig is very close to her natural hair and it looks like she’s approaching Dance Moms with a positive attitude.
Sometimes, that’s all that you can do.
We should note that Lifetime has not yet announced a return date for the hit reality series.