Shannon Miller is a fighter!
She fought at the 1996 Olympics to become a gold medal champion, and she became one of the most celebrated US gymnasts in history.
But nothing could prepare her for the battle she was to face when she was diagnosed with a severe form of ovarian cancer in 2011. Shannon was worried that the cancer would render her infertile, but she surprised everyone - including herself - when she became pregnant and welcomed a baby this past June!
Her and her husband John Falconetti welcomed a baby girl on June 25th, and her name is Sterling Diane! Miller refers to her second child as her "miracle baby".
Miller was diagnosed with ovarian cancer just 14 months after having her first baby - a boy named Rocco.
Here's what Shannon Miller said:
"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 . . . My world stopped."
The Olympian underwent nine months of intense chemotherapy, and was worried the toll of everything would mean she'd never have a baby again.
But just one year after finishing her treatment - even she was surprised how quickly she was able to get pregnant!
Here's what she said when she conceived her second child:
"I've been blessed to have the opportunity to do some amazing things in my life, but being a mom is second to none."
Mrs. Miller, besides living the life of a mommy, plans on using her celebrity status to help raise awareness about ovarian cancer.
"I really want to help so many people. I want to scream from the rooftops to get regular screenings, early detection really does save lives. That has become a mantra for me."
We're SO happy everything worked out for Mrs. Miller, and we hope she enjoys her new lease on life along with her new baby!
A big congratulations to this strong and inspiring woman!
[Image via Twitter.]