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The one word that changed everything: 'Pregnant'

Updated: January 17, 2013, 3:58 PM ET
By Shannon Miller

This past Sunday marked two years to the day since I had surgery to remove my left ovary and a baseball-sized malignant tumor due to a rare form of ovarian cancer. My husband, John, and I made the incredibly difficult decision that day to be as aggressive as necessary to remove any cancerous cells, even if it meant I could no longer have children.

We found out after surgery that I had been lucky -- they caught it early, and the cancer hadn't spread. But the contrast between ...

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