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    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...

I found out on thursday my mum has cancer, I want to ask so many questions

I'm lost - I found out on thursday about my mummy having terminal cancer. I dont know who i can talk to, who i can tell, i dont know anything. i want to ask so many questions but i m scared of the answers

What devastating news you have had - this must be a terrible shock and I really do feel for you. It is very common in situations like yours that people around you feel very helpless and don't know what to say or do. That's a very difficult situation for you, because more than ever you need people to talk to and who can give you support. Exactly who to talk to or who to tell is very much up to you, but it should be people you trust and that you know will be there for you. It may be that you can talk to one person about some things and another person about something completely different.

Although you probably feel completely down and need people to come to you, it may be that you have to take the first step in talking to people. It seems like you have not told your friends about it yet, but even if they did know, many would be very uncertain about what to say and some may even try to avoid you because they are so scared of saying something wrong and upsetting you more.

We would normally recommend that everyone involved in your life in an important way should know what you are going through now. This is the only way they can support you and you do need people to talk to and lean on. Although no-one can take away the pain and sadness of what is happening to your mum and all of you in the family, it is usually a big help to have people around you who knows about it and that you can talk to whenever you need to. It is important that you tell them what is best for you - you may not want to talk about what's happening to your mum all the time, sometimes you need to be with your friends just to get away from it all for a little while so that it doesn't overwhelm you completely.

When it comes to the questions you have, but are scared to ask, what you are saying here is very important - that you realise that although lots of questions are there, you may not be prepared for the answers. All this has happened very fast and you need to make sure that you want the answer before you ask. Usually though, we find that although many answers can be not what we wanted and very difficult to deal with, it is still better to know the situation the way it is. Some questions may be medical about your mum's condition and what is likely to happen and hopefully someone in the family will be able to help you with those answers.

In general, it is better to talk openly in the family about what's happening. Often people try to protect each other by not talking about what's going on. However, everyone is still thinking about it all the time and instead of sharing the burden and sadness, everyone is left on their own to deal with it. I hope you will find the support you need from your family, friends and other people in your life. Thinking about you.