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 - aged 16

It's hard seeing my mam cry as it makes me want to cry myself but I've learnt (hopefully) not to 'bottle' things up.

My dad was diagnosed with bowel cancer in the summer and it was a shock to the whole family. Not long after finding the tumour my dad started having pains and it turns out he had a blockage in his bowel, where the cancer was. The news came back that there was more cancer around the bowel than they thought.

Not knowing what was going on my mam sat me down and told me and my sister that his cancer was terminal. I didn't know what to do, I felt isolated from my friends as they didn't know what I was going through and they could have fun, but I now had to take on the role as a young carer, helping my mam do stuff for my dad like getting his food, drinks etc. It really is tougher then what I expected it to be. It's hard seeing my mam cry as it makes me want to cry myself but I've learnt (hopefully) not to 'bottle' things up.

Learning that my dad has cancer is probably one of the hardest things I've had to go through and knowing that he's going to die soon is even harder. Knowing that he might not be there to see my prom or even how I've done in my GCSE's and definitely knowing that he won't be there when I have children of my own or get married. That's what's the hardest :(

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