Books and Blogs

Life on Pause

by Elephants & Tea April 22, 2021

Life On Pause is a podcast for and by young adults living with cancer. Each month, young adult cancer patients from Penn State Health share honestly about their cancer diagnosis, treatment and life afterwards. As cancer causes the group to reflect on issues both large and small, surprisingly relatable stories and themes emerge. From relationships to body functions, nothing is off the table. Contact lifeonpause@pennstatehealth.psu.edu with questions or feedback.

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Wife, Widow, Now What?

by Elephants & Tea February 25, 2021

Wife, Widow, Now What?: How I Navigated the Cancer World and How You Can, Too. This is the first of its kind to be written in this hybrid style of a memoir and self-help by a cancer spouse/significant other for other spouses/significant others or those navigating the cancer process. In addition Rachel includes all the music she listened to during her journey, if you’d like to make a playlist for your reading pleasure.

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Cancer Actually F***ing Sucks Podcast

by Elephants & Tea October 23, 2020

Get ready to laugh, cry, and find comfort in knowing you’re not alone in your cancer journey through Madison and Paige’s interviews with young fighters and survivors. As 26 and 24 year old cancer survivors, they will take a personal deep dive into their guests’ experiences with their diagnoses and how they cope with the trauma that comes with hearing the C word, while also finding laughter through this crazy experience. Madison is an integrative nutrition health coach guiding young survivors to take control of their health again, while Paige is also studying to be a holistic nutrition coach!

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negative space

by Elephants & Tea August 27, 2019

Inspired by the art concept of negative space, defined as the space around and between a subject, Allison Breininger’s site is dedicated to shining light on caregivers who are often unseen and underappreciated, but are essential components of the patients’ well-being. At thenegativespace.life she writes honestly and openly about the realities of caregiving and by doing so creates a safe community for caregivers to feel seen, heard, and appreciated.

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J.L. Barker

by Elephants & Tea April 26, 2019

JoAnna Barker is a 20- something who defeated cancer and wrote a book about it. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and then you’ll find multiple references to books and movies that she some how related to cancer. Don’t be fooled, if you don’t have cancer you’ll still love this book. It’s a great read for people with cancer, people who love people with cancer, and people who just want to know how to relate. We hope you enjoy this reading journey. Trust us, it’s not what you’ll expect!

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Mette de Fine Licht

by Elephants & Tea January 30, 2019

Teenage cancer survivor, author, blogger and speaker Mette de Fine Licht has written 10 books, including the memoir, Willpower Girl — A Teenager’s Trek Through Cancer. The book is a rare insight into a teenage cancer patient’s mind with all the fear, doubt and longing for a normal teenage life.

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