- Fear can be a blessing, if you let it. Growing up, Courtney always had a fear of getting cancer. She doesn’t know exactly why this was one of her worst fears, but in getting that very diagnosis, her worst fears were realized. Yet when that fear was actually staring her in the face, Courtney knew that she had a choice: she could let that fear overcome her and dictate how she would handle this whole ordeal, or she could fight it and do what she could to put herself on the path to healing, despite the circumstances. It’s in these true fight-or-flight moments that show us what we’re made of, and Courtney says it showed her that she was stronger, better, and bolder than even she believed herself to be.
- Your Mindset Matters. Courtney says, “When I got that diagnosis, I knew one thing: I was not going to let cancer beat me. And that was my attitude throughout my surgery, treatment, and adjustment to life-after-cancer that followed. To this day I don’t worry about it coming back, and I firmly believe that my positive outlook contributed greatly to my healing process. Even though it wasn’t easy and there were certainly times when I wanted to hide under the covers and not talk to anyone, I know that our minds play a huge part in the quality of life we experience, regardless of our circumstances.” And for Courtney, that was the true lesson: our circumstances do not matter – it’s what we make of them and our outlook on them that does.
- Things Really DO Happen for a Reason. Had she not had cancer, Courtney says she would have most likely stayed on the life-path she was on: stressed to the max, working a 9 – 5 building someone else’s dream, and going nowhere to speak of in life. Having cancer has opened up a world of opportunity for her, and in many ways, it acted as a ‘rebound point’ that allowed her to bounce back into an even better version of herself than before. It gave her the courage to leave her 9 – 5 job and pursue an incredible journey of personal growth and development, which in turn has given her the tools and skill-set that she needed to go out and launch a business of her own. She is incredibly passionate about helping positive, growth-minded people discover their potential, realize their vision for their lives, and bring their dreams to fruition. By teaching them the skills they need to become successful, she hopes to inspire many to create the life they envision and pursue excellence in everything that they do. (You can read all about it here, on her blog!) In addition Courtney says having cancer has brought so many new people into her life, many of whom have become her very dear friends. In fact, she’s stayed particularly close with her surgeon, and now has the honor of serving on the board of the non-profit she founded called Blooming Lily. Their sole mission is to help women overcome negative life experiences both locally and in Kenya – her surgeon’s homeland – with a vision to expand globally.
A personal message from Courtney:
To all of you who have had cancer yourself, who have had your world rocked when you found out someone close to you was diagnosed with cancer, or who have lost a loved one to cancer… my thoughts and prayers are with each of you. Keep fighting, keep winning, and never, EVER give up.
XO, CourtneyCourtney is a speaker, author, trainer, and motivator who is on a mission to help others pursue excellence, not perfection. A self-proclaimed travelholic with an obsession for dark chocolate, she makes her home in the funky city of New Orleans with her husband Alan and their furry pups Ace and Deuce, as well as her rabbit Mambo. Meet her: http://courtneyelmer.com + http://facebook.com/courtneyelmerpage + @CourtneyElmer_ Follow @CourtneyElmer_ Please show your support by visiting Courtney's Blog and Non-Profit Organization: Courtney has really found a way to give back and make an impact on her community. She inspires and motivates others to be the absolute best version of themselves they can be. Learn more about Courtney and how she can make a difference in your life. Blooming Lily Foundation: Empowers women to lead, positively fulfill their destiny, and give back. They help, optimize, equip, support, and inspire women in all facets of their lives. Check out their programs and be inspired. Share Your Story!