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...

Lucy - 16 years old

My biggest fear I was going to lose my dad.

July 2015 it was the first week of the summer holidays. I'd just left my old school all ready to start at a new place in September. My best friend at the time lived right next door and she had been round all day watching movies with me, my twin and his friend. My parents told us the night before that they were going to a bank appointment. Biggest lie they have ever told us.

The day moved on and they still weren't home. I knew there was something wrong, I don't really trust them. I pulled my best friend into a room and told her what I thought was wrong, I believed one of my grandparents was ill.

About an hour later my parents came home, I was layed on the sofa with my quilt, my twin had gone upstairs. They called him down and then my dad looked at us both. From that moment our lives changed "I have cancer" he said. I didn't know what to do, my twin punched the wall and ran upstairs. I sat and stared at the wall. I took my things upstairs, asked my friend if I could go round. I went round and sat on her floor and told her about my dad. She's been in my life for 6 years we both cried together. My dad started Chemo and radiotherapy and he was so bloody strong through it all I'm extremely proud of him and how far he has come.

He was given the all clear in August of 2016. But less than a month later the cancer had returned and in September of 2016 we was told the worst, it was back and this time there was nothing Chemo or radio could do. My biggest fear I was going to lose my dad.

However on November 2nd he had a major operation an operation that he wasn't fit enough for at first but he made it. It was a rough couple of weeks in hospital and it was touch and go at times. Now 3 months later he still has his days and he is still recovering but thankfully the operation took all the cancer away. We are now waiting for more results in March.

I was so confused when he first got diagnosed and to this day I'm still confused, why of all people in this world why my dad. He's been a fantastic father for the past 16 years of my life. To everyone out there whose parent is battling this battle, hold on and keep your head held high, we’re all in this together xxxxxx

Page updated 15 February 2017