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...

When your parents have cancer

Podcast where teenagers talk about what it's like to have a parent with cancer

The UK charity Shine Cancer Support produces a series of podcasts called “Not Your Grandma’s Cancer Show”. These are hosted by Tatum de Roeck and one of them is called “When your parents have cancer”. Produced in partnership with students from Townley Grammar School, in this episode Tatum talks to Chloe and Ed about what it's like to be a teenager whose parent has cancer and how adults can help them cope. Amongst other things, they briefly talk about riprap and read out one of the stories published on the riprap website.

You can listen to the podcast in the Shine Cancer Support podcast section. You'll find this particular episode in the list of available podcasts and it's titled "When your parents have cancer".

Page updated 13 July 2016