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Posts by Angie Giallourakis, PhD

Caregiver, Founder of Steven G. Cancer Foundation

Angelike (Angie) Giallourakis has a Ph.D. in Special Education and a M.ED. in Rehabilitation Counseling from Kent State University.

Prior to her son Steven’s first cancer diagnoses in 2006 she was a college professor at Cleveland State University where she taught future special educators about the importance of being a family centered educator when meeting the needs of children with disabilities. Steven’s second diagnosis in 2009, a BMT (bone marrow transplant) and and the impact of treatment on his survivorship generated Angie’s desire to learn as much as possible about cancer in young people. She founded and serves as President of The Steven G AYA Cancer Research Fund – a non profit charity whose mission is to support AYA Cancer Research, Wellness, Patient Education and Social Support She serves as a Board of Director for the three non-profit charities:

She strongly believes that only through a collaborative and caring spirit will this horrible disease finally be eradicated.

Parent Mentoring: You Are Not Alone

by Angie Giallourakis, PhD January 17, 2024

There are moments in my life that I will never forget. Most of them represent important milestones like getting married, the birth of our sons, the sudden death of a good friend, and the passing of my dear parents. I can recall them all. However, there is another moment I will never forget: the day of my son’s cancer diagnosis.


Dear Cancer, I Will Not Thank You, Ever

by Angie Giallourakis, PhD June 1, 2021

A Poem to cancer from the Steven G. Cancer Foundation and Elephants and Tea President.


Meditation and The Breath of Life

by Angie Giallourakis, PhD September 8, 2020

Picture yourself sitting or lying down in a most comfortable position. You are relaxed. Eyes open or closed, it doesn’t matter. Breathing naturally. Aware of the surrounding sounds and smells.


Caregiving + COVID-19 = More Stress

by Angie Giallourakis, PhD June 8, 2020

Caring for loved ones with cancer requires emotional fortitude, empathy, dedication, strength, and patience (for yourself and others). Knowing that this situation is impacting our lives, I thought it best to provide some coping strategies while social distancing.


The Bubble – Life Comes to a Screeching Halt Because of Cancer.

by Angie Giallourakis, PhD March 2, 2020

Can I keep working? What do you mean I might be too weak? What do you mean my immune system will be susceptible to germs? Will I have to leave school? What about my athletic scholarship?


Who Is Really to Blame?

by Angie Giallourakis, PhD November 27, 2019

A few weeks ago my son Steven was diagnosed with cancer, again. And not just one cancer, but two. Learning of his diagnosis took my breath away. Not again!!!


Unlikely Associations

by Angie Giallourakis, PhD November 12, 2019

This is dedicated to my new friends Muscle tee shirts Amish dressing gowns Head Scarves All styles here Stale Cigarettes Old perfume Mingling with OPI’s latest: Red & Yellow Chemo Glow Nordstrom Wall-Mart HandMade! Low rise jeans LL Beans’ Old worn out tees… Whatever fits works here Tennis Shoes Sandals Bare feet too Arabian Asian […]


The “A” in AYA: Where do Adolescents fit in the Hospital System?

by Angie Giallourakis, PhD September 4, 2019

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. September is also Adolescent Cancer Awareness Month. Sometimes language gets in the way of attempting to identify a particular age group. It is easier to use one word to describe a certain age group for the sake of efficiency.


Mom’s 6 Tips: Staying Well During Cancer Treatment

by Angie Giallourakis, PhD March 5, 2019

We know that a cancer diagnoses is incredibly stressful and frightening. A person’s emotions are usually over the top – and yet, we know that in order to survive this horrible ordeal the patient needs physical and emotional nourishment while in treatment.


Welcome to Elephants and Tea: A Letter from a Mother

by Angie Giallourakis, PhD November 16, 2018

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