Olympic gymnast Shannon Miller is pregnant with what she calls her "miracle baby" after a battle with ovarian cancer. The 35-year-old seven-time Olympic champion announced today (Tuesday), on her website, that she and her her husband, John Falconetti, will welcome their second child this summer. “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 says in a statement announcing her pregnancy.
Almost exactly two years ago, the couple was hoping to receive news that son Rocco (now 3) would become a big brother. Instead, the couple got devastating news when doctors told the gold medalist she needed surgery to remove a rare form of ovarian cancer. Following surgery, Shannon Miller’s left tube and ovary were removed and she began an aggressive chemotherapy regimen. At the time, doctors told Miller she may be left without the ability to have another child. "Things were going fantastic...Then my world stopped," Shannon recalls. "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.”
Today, Shannon Miller is cancer free and excited to welcome baby number two this summer. She's the second gold-medal Olympian, this year, to announce she's expecting. Volleyball star Kerri Walsh Jennings recently found out on live television she will welcome her third child, a daughter, this year.