lympic gymnast Shannon Miller visited patients, survivors and staff Thursday at the Florida Hospital Cancer Center, where she discussed her experiences as an ovarian-cancer survivor and advocate.
Miller is a 7-time Olympic medalist in gymnastics, competing in the 1992 Summer Games in Barcelona, and the 1996 Summer Games in Atlanta. Her visit coincided with National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, which occurs every September.
“Visiting with patients is important to me as a way to give women hope,” Miller said. “As a survivor I feel I should use my voice to try and inspire them to keep fighting.”
In 2011, Shannon was diagnosed with a rare form of ovarian cancer. After having the tumor removed and undergoing chemotherapy, she is currently cancer free.
A highly sought after motivational speaker and advocate for the health and wellness of women and children, Miller stresses the need for women to make their health a priority, as well as the importance of early detection in the fight against cancer.
Olivia Ariaudo, an ovarian cancer survivor who ended her treatment a year ago, was encouraged by Miller’s message.
“She’s been fighting this longer than I have,” Ariaudo said. “And it’s an inspiration just to know it’s possible.”