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...
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.
The stories on the riprap website are real stories submitted by people who have used and are using the site. The names in the stories are given by those submitting them and is not a result of our wild fantasy in case you find some of them a bit weird. The pictures in the stories are stock images and are not the people in the stories. The stories are organised according to the seven emotions that the website is centred around, which are common emotions that teenagers feel when their parent has cancer. You may find that some of the stories are placed in several of the emotion sections. We have done this because some stories may relate to several different emotions.
Because many of you use the site when things are difficult and you're feeling low, you'll find that often stories can 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.
We appreciate that everybody's story is different and we hope that you will submit your story to share with other riprap users.