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...


If your parent has cancer your life may be very different from what it used to be. Many feel very alone and don´t know who to turn to for support. We hope that this section can help you with what you´re going through.

Although you may feel lonely, you’re not alone. The forum can help you get in touch with other young people going through similar experiences. You may also find support from reading the ‘Advice’ column with replies that has been given in response to queries from other teenagers. You’ll also find some information under ‘Living with cancer’ regarding talking about cancer and how cancer may affect you and your family. The experience you have been through is likely to affect you even after treatment has ended and your parent has recovered from cancer. We talk a bit about this in ‘Moving on’. We have also included a separate section for the few of you whose parent has sadly died from cancer.

We hope that the riprap site is helpful in many ways but you may need face-to-face support to help you deal with it all. Have a look at services listed in the section ‘Support in my area’. There is also a section with links to national and some international organisations that may be relevant for you to browse through.

Finally, we have a new section called ‘Voices of support’ where we will incorporate video and audio files that may offer various forms of support.