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...

Jess - 16 years old

About 8 months ago I found out my mum had cancer. She still has cancer, because it's not going to go away. It's staying until the day it kills her.

About 8 months ago I found out my mum had cancer. She still has cancer, because it's not going to go away. It's staying until the day it kills her.

I am 16, and I have a 14 year old brother. I'm starting grade 11 in two days. My biggest worry at the moment should be boys and getting good grades. But life isn't like that for me anymore.

My mum was diagnosed with cancer at the end of 2014. She went for chemo at the beginning of 2015. Things were very different at the beginning of last year. My mum stopped her part time job. She stopped going to the gym. She stopped taking my brother and I to school for band in the morning. My dad became the one who made our lunches. He became the one to start taking us to school. I suspected something was wrong, but I was too afraid to ask.

About 6 months later, I arrived home from school one day to find my mum at the door, a smile plastered on her face. And she just broke down, and cried. She sat my brother and I down and told us she had cancer.

Now, 8 months later, I'm beginning to realize a lot of things. That my mum isn't going to get better, she is going to die from cancer.
That my life will never be the same again, even if a miracle does happen. And I'm realizing how much I took for granted when everything was okay, before.

Sometimes I think, this can't actually be happening. This sort of thing shouldn't happen to our family. But that's the thing. Cancer affects anyone. It's affected me and my family.

This year, I'm clarinet section leader in band. My dream since grade 9, achieved a year earlier than I'd even thought! But now, I can't even be excited. I don't even feel proud, or happy. How can I be?

This sort of thing shouldn't happen to anyone. Cancer was just a word to me before. Just a tragic idea for a story's plot line for books like The Fault in Our Stars.

But now it's something that has changed my life forever. I don't even know how long my mum has left to live. It's even hard living with her at the moment. She's crazy depressed. She lies in bed all day. She will come upstairs crying, and she'll start screaming, yelling, about the unfairness of it all. It's so hard. And it's so unfair.



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