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...

Emm x, Aged 15

I had never even considered this being cancer; and I broke into tears, which caused her to break down.

My mum became ill in the summer holidays of 2008. Being off school meant I was up in our holiday home with her when her energy levels suffered and she was permanently ill. She would never admit that it was serious and would always brush it off with it being "food poisoning" or "asthma". I took her word for it and never really questioned her health and was certain that she'd get better. A few weeks after, a courier had passed her a note saying to attend the hospital as soon as possible as a defect had been found in her blood after an eye exam. She attended hospital and I frequently visited her. She text me saying it was "gall stones" and was nothing to worry about. Then on August the 24th she sat me down whilst lying on the bed and explained how she had cancer of the pancreas. I had never even considered this being cancer; and I broke into tears, which caused her to break down. She exclaimed "With chemo I will have two years, but I'm planning to break any expectations and live longer". Two months later, on October the 24th, she died peacefully. The chemo hadn't worked and she deteriorated rapidly right in front of my eyes. I miss my mum.

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