"I've always been very determined... I was able to prove them all wrong," she added.
As she prepares to head into a new decade with health and happiness, a full time job which she loves and an active social life, Lauren now gets to dream about things like where she’ll travel to next and “finding love and starting a family in the future".
Lauren, who has become an advocate for violence against women, recently spoke at an event to help raise awareness and remind women that they are the strong ones.
"Never be ashamed of your scars, as it simply means that you were, and are, stronger than the person that tried to hurt you," Lauren told the audience.