‘I Woke up From Surgery To Find Out I Had a Rare Form of Ovarian Cancer’: Olympic Gold Medalist Shannon Miller Shares Her Journey

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Leigh Weingus June 29, 2023

“There were two portions of my journey,” (Shannon) says. “There was the lead-up to surgery, which they call the ‘wait-and-observe’ period, which is excruciating. Because there are so many questions and so few answers. And here I was—I had been this elite athlete, my job was to know exactly what was going on with my body at all times. My body was the tool that I used to quite literally become the best in the world at something.”

For that reason, Miller said, having this “thing” in her body that she didn’t understand was extremely challenging: “That was so difficult mentally, psychologically. And then after that came the diagnosis, which was diagnosed at one stage first and then had a higher malignancy.”

Once she started doing chemotherapy, Miller found she was faced with both a mental and a physical challenge. “I am so thankful for other women out there who gave me hope, who reached out to me and said, ‘You can do this. Take it one step at a time.’ I got so much great advice.”

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