Friday, May 04, 2012
Shannon Miller on Parenting with Cancer
On her diagnosis: "I was diagnosed with a malignant germ cell tumor (a form of ovarian cancer) in January of 2011. After surgery and chemotherapy, I am now very excited to say that I am cancer free! My cancer was caught at a very early stage. I hope that by being very open and public about my diagnosis I can remind others that early detection is key. My company is dedicated to helping women make their health a priority. When I found out I had cancer it brought my passion for the topic to a new level. Whether it’s cancer, diabetes, heart disease or just trying to stay fit we must make our health a priority."
On struggling to parent: "My son was 15-months-old when I was diagnosed. After surgery I wasn’t allowed to lift him for eight weeks. Any mom out there understands how hard that is emotionally as well as logistically with three naps a day getting him into and out of the crib.
My chemotherapy regimen was very intense. I called it the 'hit’ em hard hit’ em fast' regimen. I was extremely sick for the better part of 10 weeks and the fatigue was incredible. I was blessed to have so much help from family and friends. I would try to rest a lot during my tough weeks and on better days I would get work done. My son was a wonderful inspiration. Seeing him smile and play made everything better."
On becoming a bald: "I was very concerned….well terrified…. about how my son would react to bald mommy. I was so scared he would be frightened. I voiced my concern to a friend who had taken care of Rocco while I went to get my head shaved. A mother herself, she was amazing. She told me that I had to be comfortable with my new look first, or he certainly wouldn’t be. I wore hats for the next couple of days around him and took the time to get used to my new look, feel my head, look in a mirror. When I finally introduced it to him (nonchalantly while playing the 'wear the hat' game) he didn’t even flinch. Apparently it was just another hair style for mommy!"
On having more children: "In July, I’ll find out the status of having another child. After surgery and chemo I was still given an 85% chance of having children. John (my husband) and I have done our best to leave it in God’s hands and remain very thankful to have such a wonderful little boy."
Do you know any young parents faced with cancer?
Shannon Miller: "I Was Terrified How My Son Would React To Bald Mommy" [CelebrityBabyScoop]