Meet Martha

For most of my life I was shy and lacked confidence. All of this changed when my daughter, Lauren, took me skydiving to celebrate my 50th birthday. Our safe landing resulted in having a new confidence that totally changed my way of thinking.

Martha & Daughter Skydiving

Martha Lanier with her daughter, Lauren, after a safe skydiving landing.

In my early 60’s I was told what no woman ever wants to hear … “You have breast cancer.” I had a bilateral mastectomy with major reconstructive surgery. To prepare both mentally and physically prior to surgery and as part of my recovery, walking became part of my daily routine. Just three months following surgery, I walked 30 miles in the Atlanta 2 Day Walk for Breast Cancer A highlight for me was being asked to speak at the Closing Ceremony.

Martha Lanier Speaking Atlanta 2-Day Walk Closing

Martha Lanier speaking at the closing ceremony for the Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer.

Encouraged by my daughter, I competed in the Aflac Iron Girl Sprint Triathlon to celebrate my one-year anniversary as a cancer survivor. With blood, sweat, tears and a lot of hard work t, at 62, I became an Iron Girl Triathlete. What a great surprise when my daughters ran with me across the finish line.

Iron Girl - Martha Lanier

Martha Lanier at age 62 celebrates her one year anniversary as a breast cancer survivor by crossing the finish line at the Aflac Iron Girl Triathlon with her two daughters, Lauren and Liz.

Blindsided just four weeks later, I was admitted to cardiac intensive care. Although physically I was in the best condition of my life, mentally I had high levels of self-induced mental stress that had spun silently out of control. Trying to be an invincible, do-all/be-all woman, resulted in stress cardiomyopathy.

My mission is to save lives by informing audiences about the value of managing stress.

I empower attendees to make their lives their number one priority. By taking better care of themselves, they improve their quality of life, and also increase their value to their work, their families and themselves. This results in leading a proactive life filled with good health, which can lead to happiness.

I take every opportunity to live my life to the fullest and have enjoyed swimming with dolphins, parasailing and zip lining in Belize.

Who knows what excitement and challenges I’ll try next!
I enjoy my three children and eight grandchildren. I am a veteran professional speaker with prior experience in human resources, professional and administrative positions and a background in Real Estate Relocation and REO Services. I am the author of Pink Lemonade: Mastectomy Tips and Insights from a Breast Cancer Survivor.