Livewire - an online community for teens

When you’re a teenager with a serious illness, not many people really get what you’re going through – and it can be hard for siblings too. That’s why we’ve created Livewire: a safe community for young people aged 12-20 living with disability, serious illness or a chronic health condition who can do with crew who understand and offer a little extra support.

Online, Livewire is a place you can visit any time, knowing you’re always amongst friends who genuinely care. Here, you can swap stories, ask for ideas, and talk about whatever’s going on in your life, from operations, MRIs and scary tests, to issues you’re having with friends and family – even your frustration at missing out on getting to the beach because of another hospital visit!

Our Livewire chat hosts are always here to listen, support discussions, provide support, and there’s never any judgment. It’s social media as it should be: fun, safe and drama-free.

As well as connecting with people through chat rooms, Livewire also keeps you connected via the newsfeed and hooks you up with some interesting and fun stuff like competitions, articles and our very own TV channel, LivewireTV. Think of it as your escape hatch on those days you feel bored or just over it.

Cancer Advisor has a range of resources for young people with cancer, but we’re always looking for more content. Leave a comment below, share your own story or recommend a resource.

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