Carol Miller
Carol Miller

OHIO CITY – An intruder entered Carol Miller’s Christmas this past year that she hadn’t planned on. It all started in August when she visited her doctor for her annual mammogram.

“When I had the mammogram done, it didn’t show anything,” said Miller. “In November I discovered a lump. I went to the family doctor and it was diagnosed as cancer. At the end of December, I had surgery to remove it.”

Following the surgery, she underwent chemotherapy, immediately followed by a period of radiation. Miller said that the most important advice she would give to women as a result of her experience is, “know your own body.”

“Even if women have a mammogram, it is very important for them to know their own body and do self-checks,” said Miller. “If you recognize that something is different with your body, act on it right away. If I hadn’t said something immediately, I don’t know what would have happened.”

Miller said that she received excellent personal care and encouragement from the women’s group at Lima Memorial.

A lifetime of commitment to the small community of Ohio City has developed a bond with the people of the community that has been very family-life.

Miller can’t begin to recall all of her commitments and involvements with Ohio City over the years. She has been a part of the Ohio City Relay for Life team, she has been a strong Christmas in the Park supporter, Arts in the Park and has served on the Van Wert County Economic Development Board.

A graduate of Ohio City Liberty Schools, she has served on the town council for 15 years and is currently serving as the community’s mayor for the sixth year. In addition, she has successfully put together grants for the local community building.

Her family consists of her husband, Dean, two children, and four grandchildren.

Miller emphasized that her survival through difficult times has depended on a firm faith in God.

“I gave everything to God,” said Miller. “Whatever His will is, it’s all in His hands. He knows me; faith in that fact has given me strength. I just trust God if it’s my time.

“This village is the love of my life,” added Miller. “I rode my bicycle in this town. It’s a part of me. I love people, I love being around people, I like to encourage people. We need to realize how blessed we are.”