After a shocking cancer diagnosis at the young age of 25, Courtney Elmer learned to slow down, stress less, and live more. The Brave Files.

Shocking • Encouraging • Inspiring

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As a newlywed, one typically expects to live a life of joy and excitement. There is a honeymoon, oftentimes a new home, and maybe even talk of children. Generally speaking, it is a blissful time, free of stress, in a couple’s new life together. However, for Courtney Elmer, this certainly wasn’t the case.


An Unexpected Diagnosis


Courtney was always career driven. She hustled and pushed, building a thriving business. In essence, she seemed to lead the ideal life. This was until she returned from her honeymoon and was immediately diagnosed with an aggressive form of thyroid cancer. Shocked and terrified, Courtney underwent surgery and began treatment.


Learning to Stress Less


Forced to slow down during recovery, Courtney realized how much stress she had been under. She consistently worked hard and, it seemed, she had forgotten who she was and what she wanted from life. As a matter of fact, slowing down was a foreign feeling that caused her to experience intense discomfort. It was a total life transformation, and learning to live a different way of life was also a lot of work!


Remission and Motherhood


Thankfully, Courtney went into (and is still in) full remission. During this time, she leaned on the support of her close-knit family. Additionally, Courtney focused on unplugging and reconnecting with the people in her life. She learned life is too short for excessive stress.


Cancer treatment often causes infertility, therefore, Courtney didn’t expect motherhood to be in her cards either. Much to her surprise, she got pregnant ended up gave birth to a beautiful baby boy. While there was great joy during this time, Courtney still felt anxiety about where life would lead her. The uncertainty of motherhood caused new levels of stress and fear. 


Learning to Live More


While the unknown is scary, the joys of motherhood allowed Courtney to learn the true value in stressing less in order to live more. Life is about authenticity, connection, and transformation. Courtney knew all too well that every day is a gift and life is too short. Stop working so hard and start taking care of yourself.

After a shocking cancer diagnosis at the young age of 25, Courtney Elmer learned to slow down, stress less, and live more. The Brave Files.
Top Takeaways:
  • Life is short. Do the things you love.
  • There is real value in unplugging and being present with the people you love.
  • Authenticity is what sets people apart.
Giving Is Good!

Courtney supports the Blooming Lily Foundation because she deeply understands the value in life transformation. This organization inspires and empowers young girls in Kenya to dream big. Blooming Lily teaches young women that there is more out there for them if they desire to achieve it. The nonprofit supports various programs and initiatives all focused on the empowerment of young girls who would otherwise never receive such resources.

More About Courtney:

Courtney took transformation to the next level by becoming an Empowerment Speaker and Stress Coach. Her work focuses on helping women get rid of the overwhelm in their lives and businesses. Through this work, she teaches high-achievers how to stress less and live more!


Connect with Courtney


We encourage you to connect with Courtney through her website to learn about her coaching style. Courtney’s work is making a real difference!


You can also connect with Courtney via Facebook or Instagram.

After a shocking cancer diagnosis at the young age of 25, Courtney Elmer learned to slow down, stress less, and live more. The Brave Files.

Courtney and her husband on their wedding day!

After a shocking cancer diagnosis at the young age of 25, Courtney Elmer learned to slow down, stress less, and live more. The Brave Files.

Courtney undergoing treatment for an aggressive form of thyroid cancer.

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