Women's Health

Olympic Gymnast Shannon Miller Discusses Fighting for Her Life

A tough road ahead

Treatment was both physically and mentally draining for Miller. She underwent chemotherapy 5 days a week for a total of 9 weeks and told herself that she could handle it. However, she did not anticipate the dire side effects. By the end of the first week, she experienced severe nausea and vomiting. By week two, she experienced severe fatigue, neuropathy, and her hair fell out. “My next true moment was with me and God in that room thinking, ‘How do I do this?’ I kept coming back to the realization that I don’t have to do this alone. I have my faith, and I have my team around me. I reminded myself I wasn’t the only one going through this” said Miller.

In May of 2011, she finished with her chemotherapy treatment. At this time, Miller thought that she would start to feel better, more energized, and that her hair would grow back. However, she received help from another cancer survivor, who told her that she would feel better, but it would take some time.

In June of 2011, Miller was declared cancer free. It took her about a year before she felt like her normal self again. Shortly afterwards, she and her husband started trying for a second child. Their daughter, Sterling, is now three years old. “It happened a lot quicker than we thought. It was such a blessing. My daughter is amazing” said Miller.