The Dance Mom got raw and personal about her health issues, including beating cancer, her spinal cord injury and having a new lease on life.

Abby Lee Miller, 52, has had some seriously scary health issues over the last year — revealing she was only minutes from death during an emergency spinal surgery. “I lived, you know the doctor said we have ten minutes or were going to lose her and thats how close to death I was,” she told HollywoodLife in an interview at the Creative Arts Emmys on Sunday, September 15. “This spinal cord injury, what it did choking my spinal cord and all that — I can take a few steps with the walker,” she reveals.

Having a close brush with death was a life changing experience for the Dance Moms star — but ultimately helped her re-set her priorities. “I yell at my friends all the time when I get frustrated and upset, Im like why didnt you just let me die? Dying is easy, you just lay there, you know this is hard, this is tough and they said well he didnt give us a choice, he just said Im going in and we said oh, okay,” she continued. “Thats the story. I guess I have more dreams to fulfill. I have other things I want to do and doing other shows Im creating and you know theres always a kid that needs to straighten their legs and point their feet.”

Recovering from the surgery was no easy feat, and required a rigorous rehab schedule. “I was at the California Rehabilitation Institute. Its amazing. Its fabulous and you have therapy four times a day, four hours a day, every day, Saturday, and Sunday included,” she revealed. “Now once they release you and your insurance says thats it, then youre an out patient and you go for an hour, three times a week, so you spend an hour getting there, you do it for an hour, and then you leave for an hour, and its really not the same intensity.”

Abbys spinal cord issues were brought on