Lauren Miller shares her story about a troubling health discovery she previously encountered.
The actress and comedian unexpectedly revealed at the UCLA Neurosurgery Gala in Beverly Hills this week that she had a brain aneurysm — which she only discovered after she was inspired by the nonprofit Hillary Philanthropies, which she co-founded with her husband, Seth. Rogen, for a whole-body MRI.
Miller, whose grandmother and mother both had dementia, She said during her speech At the party, she wanted to “take a deeper look at anything that could be lurking inside me that would affect my longevity.” I discovered this in 2018.
“They found, of course, this kind of aneurysm in my head,” the 42-year-old told her audience. “Of course, this was terrifying information and made me think of my great-grandmother, whose fate I certainly did not want to emulate. Fortunately, she was relatively young.”
She added: “I did what the doctors recommended, which was to have an annual MRI [to] Track size.
Miller explained that the aneurysm was small and remained that way — “until it didn’t happen” — as doctors noticed its sudden growth in the spring of 2022. Ultimately, the actor found solace in Dr. Jeffrey Colby at UCLA, who “answered every question.” She had.
Miller decided to undergo surgery to remove the aneurysm.
The “Superbad” actor, who married Rogen in 2011 and together released the film “Hilarity for Charity,” He told people previously Her most valuable advice of all is, “Know yourself, know your numbers, and know your genetic risk factors.”
It’s only natural that the comedian chose to add some humor to her heartfelt speech on Wednesday.
“I am truly grateful to Dr. Colby…and to all the staff at UCLA who guided us through this terrifying experience that I am truly grateful to have overcome,” she said. “I’m really grateful that I won’t be dying at this dinner table or any other any time soon.”
Miller got undeniably serious about brain health after her mother was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s at age 55. Rogen followed suit after tying the knot — and testified before Congress about the need for more research on Alzheimer’s in 2014.
He was, of course, just as funny as Miller was on Wednesday when he did.
“I’ve seen the enormous financial strain this disease causes, and if the American people decide to reject genital-driven comedy, I won’t be able to afford it anymore.” He said. “I can’t imagine how people with limited resources deal with this.”
For Miller, the first step is awareness, and not being afraid to seek out information.
“Don’t be afraid to dig deep,” she told People. “Because there are things you can do to modify your genes and to make lifestyle changes and live a brain-healthy life and maybe delay or even prevent dementia or Alzheimer’s.”
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