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As a teenager, school is probably a big part of your life. Living with cancer may cause you to feel like things are out of control, and you may feel more nervous, anxious or down than you did before you had cancer. It’s funny because you may enjoy going to school even more now, than before you had cancer, as a way to maintain a normal schedule and to see your friends.

Going to school while you have cancer can also be tough. You might be scared about getting behind in homework or missing class, especially if you aren’t feeling well or have to be out of school for doctors’ appointments. If you’ve been undergoing treatment or have had surgery, it can be hard to return to school because you may fear what your friends may think. As tough as it is, it may be helpful to talk with your friends about what’s going on with you and what you might need from them. Remember, it’s also ok to also tell you your friends that you don’t walk to about it. Do what feels right to you.
It is probably a good idea to keep your teachers in the loop about what’s going on with your cancer experience. It’s also helpful for your parent / guardian to check in with your teachers so that you can get the support you need from school.

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