Son with cancer: Can we tie all the hospital time to a project?

by Delaina

My son is almost nine and is going through chemotherapy for lymphoma. We spend most of our time at the hospital right now. We stopped formal homeschool in April and have not been able to get back on track yet.

However, yesterday I had the brilliant idea to somehow combine all this time we spend at the hospital around medical professionals to a project of some sort. Maybe a unit study in medicine or job profession of doctors/nurses...I'm not sure. Any ideas or help with the details?

How could we pull this off and make it memorable for my son (and maybe his siblings, too)?


Hi Delaina
I think this is a wonderful idea if you and your son feel up to it. It is certainly making lemonade out of lemons!

I hope everyone chips in with some ideas for you.
My thoughts are that maybe a large lapbook would be good. You could look at :

The Human Body - there is some lapbook information here.

First Aid

Temperature - you could do lots of experiments at home.

Genes - There is a workbook at Currclick

Medicine through the ages. ie. Medieval medicine.


Occupations in Medicine ie. Doctors, nurses.

My children used to love a PC game called Theme Hospital where you had to manage a hospital including hiring staff, dealing with epidemics and building hospital facilities. You can download it BestOldGames but I think you need an old operating system to get it to run.

I wish your son a speedy recovery, and hope you all enjoy learning in your project.
best wishes, Julie.

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by: CTQ

My son was 4 when diagnosed. The hospital is the most INCREDIBLE learning place. Our hospital bent over backwards to allow Oncology kids access to any area that wasnt dangerous.

My son was mad about the security station = watching people from the ward, thru hospital to car park etc.

Catering. Physio. There are a thousand opportunities and if adult present to add a bit of understanding your child will learn more than at school in his life experience and understanding of the greater picture.

I do hope YOU have a support system. Dont forget to take time out for yourself.

Thank you
by: Delaina

Hi, and thank you for commenting. I am the one who made the original post. I still have not followed through with the idea yet. We ended up joining a group classical homeschool this year, and with his extra fatigue and new curruiculum, it just wasn't the time. But, we are adjusting okay, and trying to make it to the finish line of ending chemo in April!

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