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...


If your parent has cancer your life may be very different from what it used to be. Many feel 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.

You may feel lonely but you’re not alone! In addition to the stories on riprap, the forum can help you make contact with other young people going through similar experiences. You may also find support from reading the ‘Advice’ column where we share some of the queries from other teenagers and our replies to them. You may want to get in touch with your own query or perhaps you just want to talk things through with us in private...? Further, you’ll 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 those of you whose parent has sadly died from cancer.

Recently, we have added a section called ‘Voices of support’ where we incorporate video and audio files and then there is the Creative Corner where you can express your thoughts and feelings in a creative way.

We hope that the riprap site can help you in many ways but you may need face-to-face or other local 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 UK national and some international organisations that may be relevant for you to have a look at.