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.

For some of you it may be most important to make contact and share experiences with other teenagers in similar situations. You can 'talk' to others in the discussion forum in the 'Support' section. Also, we recommend that you have a look at the stories on the site to find out what other young people in similar situations are going through.

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.

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. 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.