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...
It is always hard when someone we love gets cancer, but particularly difficult if your parent is diagnosed when you are at a young age. Young people often feel very lonely as they may not know anyone else their own age who are going through a similar experience. Reading stories from other teenagers in similar situations may help you realise that you are not alone and that what you feel and how you react are completely normal.
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Because many of you use the site when things are difficult and you're feeling low, you'll find that stories can often be quite sad and upsetting to read. Don't let this discourage you - there are many happy stories out there that may not be submitted to us because people may not use the site when things are going well. We do have a section for positive stories and welcome more stories in that section as well as in all the others.
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