Shannon Miller Expecting Second Child

01/14/2013 at 01:00 PM ET

Shannon Miller Expecting Second Child
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There’s a miracle baby on the way for Shannon Miller.

The seven-time Olympic medalist is expecting her second child this summer following a battle with ovarian cancer, Miller, 35, announced on her website Monday.

The former gymnast and husband John Falconetti are already parents to son Rocco, 3.

“Things were going fantastic with the launch of my company … 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, who eventually underwent surgery to remove her left ovary and the malignant tumor, followed by nine weeks of chemotherapy, writes.

“I’ve been blessed to have the opportunity to do some amazing things in my life, but being a mom is second to none.”

As part of the Magnificent Seven, Miller took home two golds at the 1996 Atlanta Games, adding to the collection of two silvers and three bronzes she won in 1992 in Barcelona. Most recently, Miller covered the Summer Olympics in London.

— Sarah Michaud

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American Mom on

Shannon Miller and Kim Zmeskal were my favorite gymnasts to watch growing up. Congratulations to her!

klutzy_girl on

That is such amazing news! Congrats on the new little one!!

Megan on

She’s amzing….Congratulations!!!

Monica on

WoW! I am very happy and excited for her. Many blessings and well wishes your way, Shannon. You have given us women who were told cannot bear children a glimmer of hope. You are definitely a hero! I now have faith that someday I too will become a mother because of your story 🙂

Anonymous on

Congratulations Shannon on the new baby. I’m a 4 year Ovarian Cancer survivor and I know how tough it was to tell family and friends. I couldn’t even say the word and I’m still coming to terms in calling myself a survivor. Stay strong and know there are many like you out there who know how tough the struggle is. If you need advice or friends to talk to, there is a great website called WhatNext and it’s been a Godsend to me.

kristy on

They where mine too. Congrats to this Beautiful Woman who has beat anything at odds. ❤

Tee Tee on

Just read this announcement on Facebook and I’m so excited for Shannon, John and Rocco!

meghan on

Hip Hip Hooray! Hip Hip Hooray! Hip Hip Hooray! Such wonderful news!

Sharon on

Aaawww such great news! I loved watching her. It definitely is a miracle…so happy for her 🙂

ava on

Congratulations, Shannon and hubby! I wish you an easy pregnancy and much love ❤

Anonymous on

Wow congrats to them! I hope they have a girl, so they can experience one of each!

Tee on

Miracle baby is right, congrats to you and your family. I will never forget my GYN saying I was a step away from ovarian cancer. That word – cancer – I’m fairly certain strikes fear immediately in one’s soul and the thought, I don’t want to die, what needs to be done… surgery was scheduled, but my tumor burst a week prior to surgery which was a harrowing experience to say the least. Thankfully, mine were benign, not only did I have the softball size one in my abdomen, but several small ones were on my fallopian tubes and my right ovary was removed. Ladies, please put your fear aside and start going to your yearly exams. A few minutes of unpleasantness during the test, is far better than never making your appointment to be checked. Early detection is key.

Torgster on

Tee, while I am so grateful your cancer was caught in time, sadly ovarian cancer is one of the most difficult to diagnose as symptoms are so random. It’s not detected during routine pap exams. Women have to pay attention to their bodies and demand attention from their Dr. when they know something is amiss.

Chrissy on

That is wonderful news! Nice to see something happy.