Emotional Support

I Never Thought This Would Happen To Me

by Samantha Krizo November 28, 2018

There will never be a time that you are not going through the “journey” as CANCER has life long issues. Although as an Oncology patient there will always be fear that CANCER will come back, but you try to get through the rest of your life as best as you can.


Video: Cancer Dudes by M Powerment

by Dan Dean November 21, 2018

Being “macho” isn’t the way to go for guys anymore. Fighting cancer isn’t something to just brush off for men, it takes its toll not just physically but mentally as well. Check out this video by M Powerment.


Welcome to Elephants and Tea: A Letter from a Mother

by Angie Giallourakis November 16, 2018

IMAGINE you are told your child has cancer. They survive. And then they get diagnosed a second time. And they survive.


A College Tale: Emerging from the Darkness

by Tess Blasko November 14, 2018

My name is Tess Blasko and I am 23 a year old cancer survivor. It was Osteosarcoma that slithered its way into my life.  Being diagnosed with cancer brings you into a world where you never want to be. 


Welcome to Elephants and Tea: Letter from a Brother

by Nick Giallourakis

I would like to personally welcome you to Elephants and Tea!  If you are reading this message you or someone you love is fighting with cancer either as a patient or a survivor.  


The Look What Cancer Stole From Me Petting Zoo

by Mallory Casperson October 26, 2018

This post was lost in our drafts and written over a year ago, while I was getting ready to move from Central Illinois to California.  I stumbled across it while taking care of some of our website backend and thought I’d share it…even outdated as it is (I’m completely situated in California now…goodness moving is […]


Partnering With Friends To Maintain Motivation

by Jane

According to my neurologist, migraines respond well to structure.  That means I’m supposed to keep a regular sleeping and eating schedule, and also exercise daily.  The latter is particularly unappealing on my bad days, which is why I enlisted some friends as exercise buddies.


When You’re Stuck In The Pickle Jar…

by Mallory Casperson

Sometimes I feel stuck.  I’ve picked up a brand new career track post-cancer and some days are better than others.  Sometimes I feel like I have it all figured out and sometimes I spend weeks feeling so very stuck on something.  For a couple of weeks it was the budget and strategic planning documents that […]


Stay Comfortable And Warm During Treatments And Tests

by Jane

I have previously talked about how to dress warmly for a regular day.  A day at or in the hospital imposes additional requirements, however.  Depending on what tests or treatments are being done, you may: need to ensure easy access to certain blood vessels or to catheters have restrictions on wearing metals need to dress and […]


It Should Get Easier

by Michele

Eight years on, I know the drill. After the interminable wait in the radiology department waiting room, I’m led to a small room with a narrow bed next to an ultrasound machine. I dutifully wore a v-neck sweater so I wouldn’t have to change into a gown. After removing my necklace and earrings, I lay […]