Cazi - 13 years old

    When I found out the news I cried and ran upstairs and collapsed with upset. My mum was never going to see me graduate or get married or see my grandchildren or help me throughout life.  more...


    Frankie - 15 years old

    I feel I should be doing something but I don't know what to do, I feel so helpless.  more...


    Purplepagandragon - aged 14

    I wish I could just get on with it like my sister but my coping skills don't seem to work like that at all.  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...


    Micky Blue - 13 years old

    If i feel upset i try to keep a brave face for my dad.  more...


    Nicky - 15 years old

    I haven't told any of my friends what I am going through. I don't want them to treat me differently. I just wish it will all stop. I'm tired and I want my family back. more...


    Leanne - 12 years old

    The next day we had a call from the surgeon saying that mums operation was a success. We were all so pleased. more...

Professor Sam H Ahmedzai
Professor of Palliative Medicine
tel: +44 (0)114 271 2950

Hilde Hjelmeland Ahmedzai
Project Manager

Riprap website
Att. Pauline Hutchinson
University of Sheffield
Sykes House office
St Luke's Hospice
Little Common Lane
Sheffield, S11 9NE

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 individual stories you can see how this might affect you and your family.

For some of you it may be most important to make contact and share experiences with other teenagers in similar situations. Because we are concerned about the safety risks of chat rooms on the internet, we have decided not to offer this feature. However, you can link up with 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 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.