Survivorship

The stories and experiences are written by people after cancer treatments. These stories are written for those learning how to get back to work, college or just trying to be themselves again. Just getting past treatments isn’t enough, it is surviving and thriving that is key to being you again.

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I Need You to Stay

by Alexa Jett March 9, 2020

On May 2nd, 2017, one week before my total thyroidectomy and the official start of my cancer treatment, I laid on my kitchen floor crying. I remember every single detail. How hard and cold the floor felt, the tears that pooled near my face, and the biggest thing: The sound of my now ex-boyfriend’s  boots walking out the back door and his car starting.

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Disability?

by Elizabeth Davis

Cancer, and cancer treatment,  wreak havoc on your body internally, yet can sometimes give a false appearance of health if you were to look at a picture of me or see me dressed in my Sunday best on days when I am able to make the effort.

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Sex Ed for Survivors: Safety First!

by Marloe Esch March 2, 2020

Safer sex practices are an important part of staying healthy, regardless of your age, gender, sexual orientation, relationship status…or cancer status!  But what does “safer sex” mean in the context of a cancer diagnosis? 

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The Time Bubble – March 2020 Issue

by Nick Giallourakis

This issue covers a lot of mixed emotions and I’m sure you will find one that you will relate too. You will laugh and you will cry but like all things Elephants and Tea, we will do it together. I hope you enjoy our first magazine issue of 2020. 

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Navigating the Workplace with Chemo Brain

by Lynda Wolters February 23, 2020

Is chemo brain real? Heck yeah. But what does it feel like. Imagine being in a murky lake, under water, wearing ankle weights, pressure in your ears and head. You fight, kick, pray for help. But it doesn’t come.

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Cancer and the Definition of Health

by Kirsten Efremov February 18, 2020

Are we ever truly healthy after a cancer diagnosis or treatment, especially as young adults? Can we take this current definition of health and use it to be “healthy” as a cancer patient’s, survivors, thrivers, warriors? Can we use a disease state to classify a new health term?

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Reflecting on the Past

by Jennifer Anand

I decided to do some reflecting on some of my journal entries from a few years ago. Five years ago to be exact. Five years. That seems like an eternity ago, and just yesterday all in the same moment. Rereading this reminded me of that girl.

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10 Word Cancer Stories

by Dana Stewart February 10, 2020

I was diagnosed with breast cancer when I was 32 years ago.  That day was almost 10 years ago.

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My Body

by Jennifer Anand February 2, 2020

I stand, looking at you in the mirror. The reflection glaring back is weary with pain and age, unfit for a 25 year old. My back neck is smooth, still devoid of the hair that radiation took from me. My hair finally comes past my shoulders, but it’s taken seven years to do so. My […]

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Survived, Endured and Beaten Bowel Cancer

by Peter King January 28, 2020

After a big operation like bowel cancer it would be surprising to live a normal life without any after effects or pain.  One very common thing people have after bowel cancer is adhesion and abdominal pain. 

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