Emotional Support

Fatherhood With No Regrets

by Mickey Kesselman August 22, 2019

When my father pulled in the driveway at 5 o’clock every night, everything was right in the world again. He’d beep the horn and we’d go out to greet him with a kiss.

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Moments of Humor During Sadness

by Olivia Clarke August 19, 2019

I’m sitting in my oncologist’s waiting room because I pulled the short end of the stick and have a noon appointment. For you cancer pros reading this you know that you must have either the first or the last appointment of the day and even that last appointment is chancy.

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Starting at the Finish Line

by Matthew S. Newman August 15, 2019

Strength was not about physical size; it was something that would show its face at the toughest of times. It is rooted down in our souls, and it is what warriors are made of.

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Eight Days Cancer – A New TV Show

by Nick Giallourakis August 9, 2019

I had the privilege of catching up with TV producer Charles Mattocks this past week and talk about his new show airing January 4th, 2020 on FYI Networks called Eight Days Cancer. Why should the Elephants and Tea audience care about this new TV show? Those that read Elephants and Tea know all about the […]

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Breast Cancer at 26

by Megha Agarwal

Exactly a month before my 26th birthday, I was told I had breast cancer. Sounds heart-breaking? Weirdly enough, it wasn’t. When my weeping mother sat next to me and told me that the lump I had felt and gotten tested was positive, I smiled.

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Life After Cancer Treatments

by Julie Erwin August 1, 2019

I wouldn’t wish chemo on anyone. There were days that I could barely get out of bed to go to the bathroom, but I did it. I had to. I had to keep going. I didn’t want to die. I wasn’t ready then, nor am I now.

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The Balance of Being a Caregiver and a Mother

by Karla Flook July 30, 2019

Something a mother should never hear. On October 18, 2000, my 15 year old daughter was diagnosed with cancer. At that point in my life, I considered myself a veteran mom.  I’m not indicating that I thought I had all the answers, because I knew I didn’t.  Teenagers can drive that point home quickly.  But […]

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Just Keep Breathing: Coping With the Loss of a Young Adult Child to Cancer

by Pat Taylor July 25, 2019

I think that is the key word: choose. We can either choose to follow our child into the grave or learn to live without them. Live or die? Cancer stole their young lives… will it steal yours, too?

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Cataclysmic Attachment Trauma

by Kim Buff July 18, 2019

Having been in the cancer world for over a decade, and in the front-lines with families spanning that entire timeframe, I have had the opportunity to directly witness both personally and through association, the ongoing impacts of cataclysmic attachment. 

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To Live, Die or Advocate: A Mother’s Choice

by Pat Taylor July 15, 2019

What is a mother to do when she first hears that her healthy, funny, bright, charismatic daughter has been diagnosed with cancer at age 23? Stand by her side, of course.

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