DENVER, Sept. 27, 2011 — As National Breast Cancer Awareness Month starts in October, people are wondering what risk factors could affect this disease. A landmark 20-year study conducted by the University of London found that unmanaged reactions to stress were a more dangerous risk factor for cancer and heart disease than either cigarette smoking or high cholesterol foods.
"When the doctors told me at 38 years old, with 3 young children while going through a divorce, that I had a 50/50 chance of survival I had no idea the extent of my instinct for survival and my choice for life no matter what I heard. I surrendered everything over to God when I was 17 years old and I used to pray, 'Dear God use my life and my death to bring more love into the world.' However when death lurked in the shadows I remember falling to the ground and crying out to God, 'I take back the death part,'" says Lauren E. Miller, who recently launched Stress Solutions University, an online video site equipping people with the skills needed to de-stress their lives.
"At the time of the diagnosis, my business was and still is teaching people how to maintain inner peace no matter what surrounds them and here I was facing two of the top stressors at the same time: cancer and divorce. In less than two years I experienced a divorce, a double mastectomy, 16 chemos, an additional year of chemo, 6 weeks of daily radiation, 12 surgeries (due to third degree burns from the radiation/chemo combination they had to graft my back onto my front), and a MRSA staph infection that almost took my life. I say this without any sense of victimization because this was truly a schoolhouse of opportunity to practice and apply what I had been teaching and learning about for 20 years. I remember standing in the shower, bald and breast-less, surveying the scars on my chest where my breasts used to be as I said out loud, 'Wow, I am earning my PhD in suffering, which will give me the ability to connect to the hearts of humanity through vulnerability,'" shares Miller, international bestselling author of 99 Things You Wish You Knew Before Stressing Out!
"When you remember that you have the God-given ability to shift your perception of any situation that unfolds before you, the portal of healing and opportunity for growth opens up before your eyes. After speaking engagements people will approach me and share pieces from their dark night of the soul experiences in life. Oftentimes, they will start out by saying, 'Well, this is nothing compared to what you have been through.' I respond by reminding them of three things:
- Be present to the lessons and learning opportunities in the midst of your perceived threatening situation. Don't miss the invitation to move beyond your limitations;
- No two human hearts beat the same. Comparisons only occur when people forget their worth, uniqueness and capability;
- Use your unique challenge to reconnect to what you value most in this life. You will begin to see what is non-essential and what is essential in light of this choice and inner peace will return."
"Be a seeker of rainbows no matter what surrounds you and you will see them appear in the most unlikely situations. The Reticular Activating System (RAS) is located by your brain stem and is responsible for tuning into whatever it is you are focusing on. I made the choice for God, life and love no matter what surrounded me. For the first time in 5 years I stopped all medication related to the cancer. By your thoughts you form your choices and by your choices you form your life – choose wisely. You are not the victim in life unless you choose to be," says Miller.
About Lauren E. Miller
Lauren E. Miller has received national recognition in Redbook, Ladies Home Journal, CNBC, Lifetime and Discovery along with the International Journal of Healing and Care. Using one-on-one-coaching, teleseminars, seminars and workshops, Lauren works with men and women worldwide, empowering them with techniques and skills to de-stress their lives. As an international speaker, Lauren has shared the stage with some of today's most inspirational speakers.
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