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...

Riprap re-launch

We are very pleased to announce the re-launch of the riprap website after a total revamp of its design and navigation.

We hope that you will still recognise the site as we have kept the logo, the colour scheme and the focus on emotions, particularly with regard to organising the stories that have been submitted to the site over the years.

The stories are still the most important focus of the website as your feedback has told us how much you value them. They are now organised in a way that make them easier to find. We still offer a forum in the ‘support’ section and hope that you will contribute with your thoughts in that. We have introduced a new section named “Voices of support” – also in the ‘support’ section – and we aim to develop this part to become another way of offering support to our riprap users.

The riprap website was first launched in 2003, with funding from the New Opportunities Fund under their 'Living with Cancer' initiative. We are very grateful for the subsequent funding from the Department of Health that enabled us to carry out the upgrade of the site as it appears today. We have enjoyed working with Arkom Creative Technology in developing our revised website and hope that you will find it helpful and user-friendly.

This article was first published : 13.8.2012

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