One Olympic champion just announced some great news: Gymnast Shannon Miller is pregnant. This is Miller’s second child, though the first since she was diagnosed with germ cell ovarian cancer in 2011.
Miller decided to get the baseball-sized malignant tumor and one of her ovaries removed after her diagnosis, and got a clean bill of health on September 2011. Now she and husband John Falconetti have revealed they are expecting a newborn in summer 2013. The big reveal was made on Miller’s personal website, and the gold medalist says she feels excited about welcoming a new life into her family.
“I’ve been blessed to have the opportunity to do some amazing things in my life, but being a mom is second to none,” she says in a statement.
In the release about the pregnancy, Miller reveals that she and her husband had been hoping for a second child when they found out about her cancer. One of the risks of having chemotherapy was that Miller wouldn’t be able to conceive again. Her first son with Falconetti, Rocco, is three years old.