JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – January 14, 2013 – Seven-time Olympic medal gymnast, cancer survivor, and President of Shannon Miller Lifestyle, Shannon Miller, has announced she is expecting a miracle baby! This comes just two years after Miller was diagnosed with a rare form of ovarian cancer.
After surgery to remove her left ovary and the malignant tumor, Miller received nine weeks of aggressive chemotherapy to give her the best chance of survival and non-reoccurrence.
In 2011, Miller and her husband John Falconetti, President of The Drummond Press, had hoped to expand their family. Miller says, "Things were going fantastic with the launch of my company, Shannon Miller Lifestyle, my foundation was growing and we hoped our family would expand as well. Then my world stopped. Instead of calling my parents to tell them they had another grandchild on the way, I was calling to tell them I may have cancer. Our baby plans were put on hold indefinitely."
Miller is now cancer free and excited about this next chapter. "I've been blessed to have the opportunity to do some amazing things in my life, but being a mom is second to none."
Miller continues her mission of helping women make their health a priority through her company Shannon Miller Lifestyle which focuses on health and wellness for women. She is taking a playful yet informative approach to pregnancy with her new blog: from sharing ways to announce a pregnancy or gender, to handling the not-so-much-fun parts of pregnancy, she'll discuss issues that real moms face.
- Miller had surgery to remove a germ cell tumor (a rare form of ovarian cancer) on January 13th, 2011.
- After surgery, Miller's left tube and ovary were removed, and she began an aggressive chemotherapy regimen. Miller faced the reality that she may not be able to have another child.
- Many people don't realize Miller and her husband were hoping for a second child when doctors discovered the cancer. Miller had considered postponing her appointment due to a busy schedule.
Shannon and her husband will be expecting their second child in summer 2013. Their first child is son, three-year-old, Rocco.