Emotional Support

Welcome to Elephants and Tea: Letter from a Brother

by Nick Giallourakis November 14, 2018

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.  

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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  I stumbled across it while taking care of some of our website backend and thought I’d share it…even outdated as it is (I’m completely situated in California now…goodness moving is […]

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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.

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Easy Ways To Talk About Poop!

by Mallory Casperson

Whether you’re ready or not, pooping is an important factor in how you’re dealing with cancer treatment and its side effects.

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How To Survive Your Own Apocalypse

by Mahalia Breen

My husband is a notoriously quirky gift-giver. For my birthday this year he bought me a weekend at a zombie apocalypse survival camp because I am a huge fan of the television series The Walking Dead.

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What It’s Like To Have An MRI

by Mallory Casperson

After my last CT scan, the radiologist who read the scan suggested that I have an MRI to look further into a cluster of cells that had taken residence on my liver.  This was my first go at a not entirely clean scan, post my declared cancer free date, so needless to say I was […]

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10 Things About Cancer in Your 20s

by Cecilia

Let me start this off by saying that I read a LOT of Buzzfeed, which means I often think of things in lists. So when brainstorming my next blog post, I figured, I may as well post a list! There is so much that changes in your life when you get cancer, regardless of age; […]

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