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 You Have Cancer

These sites are aimed at children and young people who have cancer. The information offered here can be helpful to others too as it is easy to understand.

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 08/12/16

Youthhealthtalk is a website about young people's real life experiences of health and lifestyle. The site has an extensive section on teenage cancer. Users can watch, listen and read young people's experiences and join in discussions on the forums. UK

CLIC Sargent offers information and support for young people who have recently been diagnosed, or are living with cancer. UK

Macmillan Cancer Support - here you can find out about cancer types, treatments and living with cancer as a teen or young adult. This information has been written specifically for young people and reviewed by other young people with cancer. UK

Teenage Cancer Trust offers information and support and includes stories from young people. UK

Lymphoma Association provides a section about lymphoma in children and young people. UK

Youth Cancer Trust is a charity providing free, fun activity based holidays for young people aged 14 to 25, suffering with cancer or any malignant disease from anywhere in the UK or who are patients of any UK hospital. Holidays are also available for young people who have been in remission for up to five years or who are living with the late effects of having had cancer as a teenager or young adult. UK

Willow offers free special days for 16-40 year olds with life threatening illnesses who live in the UK. This could be a concert, a break at Centerparcs meet a celebrity - special days to create some lasting memories. Carers and family members can also be covered. UK

Dreams Come True is a children's charity serving England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Our mission is quite simply to bring joy to terminally and seriously ill children and young people up to age 21 cross the country by making their dreams come true. 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 “I have/had 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

TLC - Teens Living with Cancer offers sound medical information and psycho-social support designed to enhance a teen's quality of life, based on real-life experiences of teens with cancer, their families and friends. USA

2bMe - This site was created as a resource for teens ages 13 to 17 with cancer. It serves as an online component of Look Good…Feel Better for Teens, to help them dealing with the appearance, health, and social side effects of cancer treatment. USA