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    DD, Aged 17

    When people would talk they didn't know what to say which was understandable.  more...

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    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...

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    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...

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    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...

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    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...

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    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...

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    HT - 13 years old

    She has been so strong about this and is keen to put it all behind her.  more...


If You Have a Parent with Cancer

These sites contain information and support for young people who have a parent with cancer.

Please get in touch if there is anything that you'd like to talk through with us here at riprap. Find local support in your area here.

Links updated 7/12/16

Hope Support Services offers support to young people aged 11 and over when a close family member is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. In Herefordshire and Gloucestershire, we offer youth sessions and monthly trips where the young people get the chance to meet other people their age going through the same thing, share new experiences and chat to Hope's professional team at the same time. We also offer safe online support nationally. Find Hope on Facebook and Twitter or visit our website. UK

Don't forget the kids is a voluntary organisation which aims to provide self-help support groups for children who have parents/carers living with cancer. We aim to provide a comfortable, informal environment where parents can relax whilst watching their kids play. We organise support groups in the London area for children up to the age of 17 who have a parent/carer coping with cancer. Check out our website for details of groups and other events. UK

Macmillan Cancer Support has created a handbook especially for young carers aged 12-18 which you can download, called 'Your feelings as a young carer'. It’s based on experiences of young people who have been there and covers some of the practical issues you might face when caring for someone with cancer. It also gives information and advice on coping with feelings, looking after yourself, and where to find support. Macmillan Cancer Support has also produced a short film about experiences of being a young carer. It's called "Young people caring for someone with cancer" and there's also a booklet on the topic. You can download the booklets and view the video from the links above. UK

CanTeen supports young people when cancer turns their world upside down. Through their website they provide information and support for 12-24 year olds whether they’re dealing with having cancer themselves or someone in the family has cancer. This is the link to their section for “My parent has cancer”. The website also offers useful booklets to download. Australia

Group Loop is a safe place for teens touched by cancer to connect to find support, education and hope while dealing with a cancer diagnosis. The website have separate sections for teens who have cancer themselves and also teens who have a family member or a friend who have cancer. USA

"When Your Parent Has Cancer: A guide for teens". This is a booklet produced by The National Cancer Institute in the USA. The booklet can be read in full on their website from the link above. You can also download it as a PDF or as an ebook. USA

Kids Konnected is specifically for kids with a parent who has cancer. The site mainly offers support through the chat room only and runs activity camps in the USA.

KidsCope is for children who have a parent with cancer. It is specifically aimed at helping children understand chemotherapy and its effects on their parent. It does this through a cartoon called Kemo Shark. There is a Kemo Shark book to download and there is also a video to watch on the website with interviews of seven children and four mothers who have experienced breast cancer. USA.