Stories

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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Cancer Triggers

by Jennifer Anand August 14, 2019

I was sitting in church, intently listening to the sermon, when that familiar tickle hit my throat. You know the one. Somewhere on the side of your throat where normal swallowing won’t reach. Followed by an intense coughing fit, which for me will be followed by loud gagging sounds.

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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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Turning 25

by Jennifer Anand August 6, 2019

Living with cancer. On Monday I’ll turn 25. It doesn’t seem possible that just 7 years ago I never would have dreamed of reaching this birthday.

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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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Thank you Caregivers: A Father’s Day Letter

by Jennifer Anand July 23, 2019

As we continue to focus July’s content on caregivers, Jen Anand digs out from her archives a letter to her Father thanking him for all the help and support he has been during her cancer journey.  This is a big thank you to all the amazing caregivers out there!  We can’t do this without you. […]

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