Cancer Really Sucks is a website designed for teenagers by teenagers who have loved ones facing cancer.

What is your mood?How are you feeling?

Share Your Story

Submit your story along with your name and age and we will post it on our “My Mood” board.

CRS Phone App

Connect with others who are are experiencing a cancer diagnosis too. Share feelings, get support, realize you are not along. The app is free to use. It can be downloaded from ITunes or the Google Play store. You do need an access code to activate the app. Contact Gems of Hope to get your code, or 319-393-9681.

The Wall

It’s tough to be grateful when you don’t feel well, or even worse, when you or someone you love is diagnosed and struggling with cancer. You’re not alone. Join other teens who are dealing — tag the wall and share your attitude of gratitude!


Music can inspire, calm, and heal. Music comes in all forms that you can watch or listen to, we hope you enjoy the list of songs listed. Also, we invite you to recommend your favorite tracks to share with others.


The following sites can provide you with more ways to deal with cancer and supply those you love with information. References to recommended websites and social media channels for additional support.

Looking for additional support?

We are hear to help support you and find ways to cope, please contact us today!