DD, Aged 17

    When people would talk they didn't know what to say which was understandable.  more...


    Mimi - 15 years old

    I lost myself doing stupid things, angry and sad and depressed at everything. I ended up failing my classes, not caring about school, and getting into fights.  more...


    Chelsea - 14 years old

    I stuck my head round the door in the room mum was in, and she looked really ill. I couldn't understand what was happening - one minute my mum was fine and the next she was ill.  more...


    Clair - aged 14

    Something I wish is I could just have one more day with my dad! - to tell him how much I love him and how sorry I am for all the bad things I have said and done to him!  more...


    Nicole - 17 years old

    This time the doctors are unable to operate. He has already had 6 sessions of chemo and is having another 6 sessions. I cannot help feeling I may lose him.  more...


    Rirrif - 15 years old

    I have been staying with my dad because my mom doesn't want me around when she is sick, which is all the time. My dad works at night so I spend a lot of time alone since I'm not with my mom. I'm afraid she is going to die and I'll blame myself for not being there more. more...


    HT - 13 years old

    She has been so strong about this and is keen to put it all behind her.  more...

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Hi and welcome to riprap

This site is developed especially for teenagers who have a parent with cancer. In riprap, you can learn more about cancer and its treatment and through real stories you can read the experiences of other young people and share your own story.

Many in your situation feel alone with what they're going through and longing for someone who really understands. You can 'talk' to others in the discussion forum or have a look at personal stories to share experiences with other young people in similar situations.

Also, feel free to get in touch if you have any questions that are not answered by the information on the site. You can also get in touch if you would like any advice or emotional support in relation to what you are going through at the moment. Riprap has a team of support specialists with lots of experience in cancer care to talk things through or help you find the support you need locally or elsewhere.

Riprap was developed by a team based at the University of Sheffield, UK - within the Academic Unit of Supportive Care, the Department of Oncology. The website was first launched in 2003 and we are very grateful to the New Opportunities Fund for funding the initial website development under their 'Living with Cancer' initiative. We are also very grateful for the subsequent funding from the Department of Health that enabled us to upgrade the website in 2012. In July 2014, riprap's future was secured by being merged with Maggie’s and becoming part of their Online Centre.

As the site is developed in the UK, we have included a directory of services - called 'support in my area' - so that you can find out where to go if you want to contact someone locally where you live. There is also a list of links to national – including some international – organisations where you can look for further information and support.

For people over the age of 18, our Parent organisation Maggie's offers cancer support in Centres across the UK and also via Maggie's Online Centre.

You may wonder why we have called the site 'riprap'. The word 'riprap' means loose stones placed into a stream, onto which a firm foundation can be built. (This may clarify our logo which symbolises pebbles in a stream). So, with that in mind, we hope that this site can be one of your building blocks at a time when many things may seem uncertain and at a loose end.

We want to make this site as helpful as possible. Please visit the feedback section and let us know what you think so that we can continue to improve it.

Message to Parents, guardians, carers and family members.

The Riprap online service is part of Maggie’s, which is a UK registered cancer charity. You can rest assured that children / young people who contact us are supported by highly qualified cancer support specialists with long experience within cancer care. We are all checked by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) (previously the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB)) and approved for working with children and young people. The support we offer is free of charge.

You may also be reassured to know that all contributions that are published on the website from those who contact us have been checked before being put online. This includes personal stories, forum posts and queries published in the advice section. We will remove names or other details that might identify the identity of those contacting us, their family members, health care professionals or others that may be mentioned in their messages. We never allow riprap visitors to exchange personal details in the forum or in any way contact each other outside their communication on the riprap website. We regret how this may hinder personal friendships to develop further, however the principle of safeguarding those who contact us has to be top priority. We hope that we can be a source of support to young people in your family and please feel free to contact us if you have any queries about our service.

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