What about boyfriends and girlfriends?
Many young people say that they feel “different” from their friends when they have been through cancer treatment.
It can be hard to feel confident when you have lost your hair and are not your usual weight. Making new friends when you look different or can’t do everything that other people can do, can feel like a big challenge.
It’s the same when it comes to girlfriends and boyfriends. It’s good to remember that almost everyone you meet will also feel that there are parts of themselves or their background that they would like to change.
A lot of the people you meet will feel that they couldn’t have coped with your illness and the treatment you’ve had. It’s up to you who you tell about your illness, but remember that often the people, who you are open with, will feel much more able to tell you about their own worries.
Having had cancer doesn’t stop you having normal relationships and getting married just like your friends.
© CCLG 2007 This information has been provided by the Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group. It is aimed at 10 – 16 year olds although it may be of interest to other young people.
Authors: Katherine Green, Moira Bradwell and Annie Griffiths on behalf of the CCLG Publications Committee. All quotations have been supplied by 10-16 year olds.