When Shannon Miller was 19, she became the most decorated Olympic gymnast in American history. She is the only female athlete to be inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame – twice — first as an individual in 2006 and again in 2008 as part of a team.
In January 2011, although physically and mentally strong and outwardly healthy, Shannon was diagnosed at age 33 with a rare form of ovarian cancer. A baseball size tumor was successfully removed, followed up with an aggressive chemotherapy regimen.
Shannon will talk about the role that pathologists and laboratory professionals play in her cancer diagnosis and treatment during the General Session on Wednesday, Oct. 3, at the ASCP 2018 Annual Meeting in Baltimore.
For the first full year after her successful treatment, Shannon was acclimating to a “new normal.” She reached out to others who had been through cancer who shared their stories of hope. Shannon is now cancer-free and remains open and public about her diagnosis and treatment, advocating for early detection.
During her athletic career, Shannon won an astounding 59 international and 49 national competition medals, with over half of these resulting in gold medals. The only U.S. gymnast to win two World All-Around titles, she is also the first American female to medal in the individual all-around of a non-boycotted Olympics, and the most accomplished gymnast, male or female, in U.S. Olympic history.
Today, Shannon has made the transition from Olympic athlete to advocate for improving health care for women and children. With programs, partnerships, and articles, Shannon seeks to empower women to make their health a priority through education and awareness.
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