Resources for Teens
At the Teen Zone, on level 4 in the Mountain zone at Seattle Children’s, you can play video games, watch movies with other teens, get on the computer to e-mail your friends, and just hang out.
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and CarePages have teamed up to help patients and caregivers use the web to communicate with loved ones while going though treatment. By using a CarePage, you can:
- Post updates—Family members and friends can access the most recent news about the patient.
- Post and receive messages—Friends and family may leave messages at anytime, from anywhere, in a way that provides support and isn't a burden.
- Post photos—Create a photo gallery to share photos with friends and family.
Art With Heart
Chill & Spill is a guided journal designed to help give you a place to scream, dream, doodle, noodle, evaluate, deliberate, realize and visualize. The book has art from folks who’ve done stuff for teen ’zines, music magazines and fashion, so it’s cool to look at and get inspired by. You can ask the folks at Seattle Children’s if they have any copies, or you can get it from the Art with Heart shop. Proceeds help the nonprofit Art with Heart help kids.
Camp Goodtimes is a place where kids and teens (ages 7 to 17) with cancer can forget about chores, homework and hospitals and just have fun. It’s a place where you can feel “normal,” not different or sick. The camp is free for teens who have or have had cancer. You can bring a friend or sibling along as well.
Gilda’s Club Seattle
Gilda’s Club, a nonprofit organization named for Gilda Radner, a comedian who died of ovarian cancer, offers a number of services to teens with cancer and to their families and friends. These include support and networking groups, lectures, workshops and social events. The Seattle club, located at 1400 Broadway, has a free monthly coffeehouse for teenagers, ages 13 to 18, who have cancer or who care about someone who has cancer. Call the club at (206) 709-1400, or check the Web site for dates and times.
Teens Living With Cancer
Teens Living With Cancer is a Web site sponsored by the Melissa’s Living Legacy Foundation and the Children’s Oncology Group. The Web site has useful information, both medical facts and ideas for coping with cancer. Many of the ideas come from other teens like you. The Web site also has discussion boards and online peer groups.
This Web site for teens offers “the scoop” on the non-medical stuff you may be wondering about—from skin to hair to fitness and friends. Check out the interactive style finder, for both guys and girls, to help you choose the right look for that bald head: wigs, hats, bandanas and other options that work for teens.