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6/23/06
Barbara & Kurt Gary
Los Angeles

What a powerful program! Thanks to the filmmakers, to the families and most of all, to the kids. And thanks to PBS and KCET  this is the essence of why we support public broadcasting.

6/23/06

This film has touched me in a way I never thought possible. I cried,not because of sadness, but because of the strength and hope that these children and their parents had and have. I recently lost a very close friend to breast cancer and as a parent myself the thought of having to let go of someone that GOD has placed in my life for however long is most unimaginable. To see Alex,Tim,Al,Justin and all of other kids' face light up in the hopes of beating this illness is remarkable! As for the parents... Thank You for never giving up although knowing in the back of your minds the outcome, you stood your ground and faught to the end. I'm a very firm believer in this quote: IF THERE IS ANYTHING WORTH FIGHTING FOR, THEN YOU GO TO WAR! and that's what I feel that all of the parents did, and i'm truly grateful to have been able to share in your experiences. Thank You.

6/22/06
Athens, Ga

I was profoundly touched by Part I. I never need to look for heroes again. These people are my heroes. They embody courage in every form. It is amazing to me that any of them can maintain a sense of humor. After viewing the first episode, I know that I must do more in my life to reach out and give more. I am inspired by what these children and their parents have gone through. I will not waste the inspiration I have seen in them. I will find ways to give. These people reminded all of us of how strong the spirit is. I want to thank each one of them for making our world better. They have and at such a tremendous price. Thank you for showing the rest of us how to care and keep on going.

6/22/06
Patti Perkins
Pittsburgh Pennsylvania

As the mother of a 28 year old stage 3 tongue cancer patient I would like to see more focus on young adults. This age group is basically neglected in the media and their cancer rates are virtually unchanged since 1975. This group is a tough one due to lack of health insurance, neglect of early symptoms and non participation in clinical trials. The Ulmann foundation deals with this agegroup and I would like to see more films done on these forgotten cancer victims.

6/22/06
Mary McCollum
Baltimore, Maryland

The courage of the children in the film was extrodinare. I watched as tubes were forced down throats, death being discussed as calm as the evening news, and these children just continue to fight for that percious gift of life. Watching them inspired me to go on. I was told I had 3rd stage lung cancer in 2000 and all I could think about was dying. Then to watch these chilren hang on to every ray of hope and fight back from near death gave me inspriation to fight with such zeal.

6/22/06
Atlanta, GA

I had to get up to come to work, so I just had to go to bed last night before the show was over. I have been haunted all day by the families--especially, what happened to all the kids!? I am kind of glad it is a 2 part series and is back on tonight, although it is like reliving a nightmare.

I currently am dealing with a step-mother with bone-marrow cancer--Multiple Myeloma--and am very familiar with the hospital waiting room vigil. I know exactly how it feels to wait and wait with a sick family member in the hospital, not knowing what will happen next.

It is very frightening to watch a sweet, young person go through so much. It is gut wrenching to watch them slowly waste away and have their dignity stripped away as well. The sense of separation they must feel is just heartbreaking~

6/22/06
Satya Dosapati
Marlboro, New Jersey

The show was very moving and it brought tears to our eyes. Particularly, the spirit of the children in face of enormous hurdles is very touchy. What this show showed me is that the last 25 years of research on cancer by drug companies has nothing more than radiation and chemo therapies which are in turn cause more cancer than they cure. As shown by people like Lorraine Day who is physician with breast cancer and got cured herself by adopting natural methods and refusing radiation/chemo treatments. She writes how the politics of cancer does not allow the news about alternative treatments that could on their own or as complement to regular medicine has great potential to cure the cancer. But drug industry as I understand would never allow such news to come out. (Readers can also refer to books by Kevin Trudeau, Natural cures, They don't want you to know about'). The power of drug industry is so much that they sit on boards of Sloan Kettering, American Cancer Society (ACS), Time Magazine etc etc. and they decide for e.g, what treatments to be given and what not to be encouraged at Sloan Kettering. The funds donated to ACS could be used to find out more about such treatments but they will never want to pursue that since the drug industry control it. Per Lorraine Day, 60% of donations collected by ACS is used for staff and maintenance and actually only 5% goes to public. FDA I understand is revolving door for the FDA officials who approve drugs and move onto plump jobs in drug industry.

6/22/06
Connie Hirz Herrick
Wheat Ridge, CO

As the volunteer director of a children's oncology camp, Sky High Hope Camp, I didn't move for the entire first 2 hours of "A Lion in the House." I am anxiously awating the final 2 hours. I was pleased that Alex's visit to camp was shown.

Children's Oncology Camps are available to cancer patients AND their siblings in all U.S. States and Canada. (In Colorado, we host kids from Wyoming, Kansas and Nebraska).

These camps provide patients, sibling and families the opportunity to forget about cancer for a week and just have fun doing things kids love to do at camp--canoeing, horse back riding, arts and crafts, singing, skits and making friends.

The first year I volunteered as the Arts and Crafts director. Some patients showed up looking very weak and fragile. Their siblings looked tired and anxious. I gave little hope to seeing the patients the following year. I was in for a big surprise. The next year, these same kids were healthy looking, tan, rosy cheeked and had energy and hair! Their siblings were eager to re connect with other siblings.

While the kids are at camp, the parents have a chance to relax and experience life as it was before cancer altered their worlds.

I am now in my 15th year of volunteering and am now serving as director. In the 26 years that Sky High Hope Camp has existed, no one has ever been paid for their time in working with these incredible children.

I encourage any cancer patient families to investigate Children's Oncology Camps through Children's Oncology Camps Association International. coca-int.org

Thank you for airing "A Lion in the House." It will help so many in the understanding of the impact of this disease on all members of a family and the caregivers who work so very hard.

6/22/06
Susan
Denver, Colorado

I too accidentally came across this show, and was spellbound by the quite dignity of all involved. Frankly, it seemed like time was suspended as I watched. A heartfelt thank you to every person involved in sharing with us such a personal time.

6/22/06
Bethesda, MD

My son completed treatment for osteosarcoma in November 2005. Eight months of chemo and amputation of part of his leg and he is now cancer-free, hopefully forever. I call the unit at Georgetown Hospital in Washington, DC, where he was treated, the alternate universe. Most of the parents I see at my kids' schools have no idea that a place like this exists and what it is like living day after day with kids hooked up 24/7 to iv meds, sick and fighting for their lives and parents sitting vigil praying these toxic treatments will save their children. I saw reviews for this program before I watched the first part last night and was worried it would sugar-coat the issue. You didn't and I commend you for really showing what it is like. I identified with so much of what I saw last night. I hope parents are watching and it will inspire them to do something about childhood cancers. I only wish more was publized about the sarcomas - there is so much more out there about leukemia and lymphoma but so little about the other common childhood cancers.

6/22/06
Lela Reichert-Klein
Chicago, Il

I am the daughter of the filmmakers and a ten year survivor of Hodgkins Lymphoma. It is so moving to read what all of you have shared today about watching the film last night! It took me about 4 years into the making of the film to be able to watch any of the footage, but now I am so proud of my mom and step-dad and the film they have created. Most of all I am constantly in awe of the families and medical staff in the film. How brave to share your stories with the rest of us, and how generous. I could not have done it (believe me, my mom asked!)

I also want to say to all of the other childhood cancer survivors out there -- of all ages -- that you are not alone. Please go to www.survivoralert.org, or other resources mentioned on this website to get support. We are all one big community, and we have to stick together!

6/22/06
Pete Hendershaw
Federal Way, Wa.

I had to write you and let you know that your show on children with cancer overwhelmed me so much!
I a 46 year old man just haven gone through throat cancer and radiation to the neck thought I had it bad! It was tough I will definitley admit especially haveing gone through it by myself and a family doctor that slandered my name in the medical community so bad that after radiation ended 08/05 I was left to fend for myself and to this day I do not know if It is gone or what because my doctor holds my records hostage! Long story! But this is about the courage of Alex and especially Justin ashcroft(is it?) and his family! They had a tear or 2 trying to push it's way out of this radiated head of mine! Alex is very precious and me being a man that does not pray much I will pray for that little girl! And her father I give the highest regaurds to a real man and father! And as for the family of Justin they have total respect from me they never gave in and I was schocked to see that right after they gathered everyone Justin came back! Awsome!His mother and father are the ultimate parents and ones I would be proud to call mom & dad! Don't worry you guys you did everything right for your son and God sees your pain and suffering! You are very strong human beings and I used to think of myself as that strong but watching you guys I place myself in second! And I to would rob a bank if it came to anything happening to my 8 year old boy! I don't know how I'd react quite frankly but to look back at the professionalism by you guys! Thank you and I look foward to watching closely and praying that all your unselfisness pays off and your sons and daughters come home forever and peace be in your lives!

6/22/06
Kimberly Simon
Albertville, MN

I enjoyed the first segment of "A lion in the House". It brought me back to residency. I was one of the residents in the film. I look forward to the second installment tonight.

6/22/06
Julia Paul
Charlotte, NC

Please thank everyone involved in the making of the film: "A LION IN THE HOUSE".

I am waiting to see part II tonight but after watching part I I can't tell you how deeply touched I was by this very emotionally riveting film.

I appreciate the filmmakers representing ALL persons involved in the care and decisions that have to be made for pediatric cancer patients.

This was beautifully made with such compassion.

Thank you.

6/22/06
Boston, MA

I watched the first part of this film last night and it really hit close to home. As a young child, I had a serious illness and shared the ward with many pediatric cancer patients. The girl with whom I shared a room was suffering from leukemia. She had just become a girl scout. We later found out, after my recovery, that she had died. I still remember her, even though I was only four years old at the time.

I have been sad all day as I think about the kids and families of "A Lion in the House." I will watch part 2 tonight and will plan on doing some kind of volunteer work in the near future.

Peace and love to all.

6/22/06

I am the mother of a 10 year pediatric cancer survivor. He is enjoying a beautiful and successful life as a young adult. If I had seen this film at the time of my child's diagnosis, I would have been even more distressed than I was at the time. Newly diagnosed patients should remember that approximately 80% of pediatric cancer patients do survive, and although the treatment regimens are rigorous, and the side effects are hard to endure, they are typically not as severe as the side effects experienced by the children in last night's film. The majority of pediatric patients are not terminal, and most oncologists are not as negative as Dr. Gloom and Doom, who describes the intensive care waiting room as the "death room."

6/22/06
Sandra Dubuc
Hudson, NH

My 6 year old son was diagnosed 2 years ago with Hepatoblastoma, Stage IV. He had about 4 months of chemo then a liver transplant with follow up chemo. He was in remission for 7 months when the cancer came back in his lungs. He started a new chemo, 6 weeks later found out it didn't work and the lung mets were surgically removed. He was back in remission until mid December when it went to his brain and left wrist bone. They removed the brain tumor and started yet another chemo for the wrist tumor. 3 weeks later found out it wasn't working and started 14 days of radiation along with 4 oral chemos. Found out a month ago that none of that worked and the wrist tumor is still growing and he now has a new brain tumor and 4 new lung tumors.
I did watch the first part of the documentary last night and I wish it had focused more on life outside of the cancer patient. My 8 year old son is having such a hard time having been through 2 years of dealing with his brother's cancer. I also have a 2 year old son that has to be shuffled around everytime we have to head to Children's Hospital Boston or the Jimmy Fund at Dana Farber. Cancer takes such a toll on the whole family and I wish the show focused more on the frustrations of trying to keep a family together, yet dealing with another relapse knowing there is no cure.
Pat Hopkins from WI, please contact me about your granddaughter. Hepatoblastoma is so rare that there aren't that many kids out there with it and that's why there are little options for more treatments for my son.
Don't stop believing is our motto!!!

6/22/06
Richard Wolk, MD (Ret.)
Fresno, CA

Thank you for producing this sensitive film about living with childhood cancer. I relate to it on many levels since I was a family doctor (of the old paternalistic school) for ten years before commiting the next thirty years to medical oncology after our 8 year old son came down with acute leukemia. I scrambled to learn cutting edge clinical info ASAP, while my wife worked on developing an association of families similarly afflicted with childhood cancer--the prototype for The Candlelighters was initiated in our living room in 1969.
Your Lion film vividly captures many of the dilemmas that are presented to the children and their families during the course of their disease. The continous weighing of harms vs. benefit with any proposed treatment is major source of stress for the caregivers. The way that a physician presents imperfect alternatives often determines the decision. I believe that it is the oncologist's responsibility to assess the various alternatives with his clinical expertise and to recommend the best choice of each individual patient. When research choices are available, the best plus an unknown should be offered especially when a surefire cure is not known. The oncologist also has the responsibilty, once the decision is made, to administer the treatment and manage the side effects assertively to minimize suffering and to give the patient a chance at a cure.
In childhood cancer it nearly impossible for the oncologist to maintain emotional detachment. When employing research alternatives alternatives, the attending physician should be separate from the research investigator so that he may be more objective in assessing harms vs. benefits.
The ultimate question of whether we are prolonging life or merely delaying death is especially tough when working with the families of children with cancer. Often the patient realizes the answer before the family can come to terms with it, and sometimes the patient is placed in an excruciating position of humoring and supporting his/her loved ones until they can concur.
Your Lion film effectively shows that, when a child gets cancer, the whole family has it. Thanks again for making this poignant film.

6/22/06
Marybeth
San Jose, CA

I unexpectedly tuned into A Lion in the House last evening, it was--I don't know if this is appropriate-- magnificent, I couldn't stop watching. I never write to a TV show, but I was so moved by the experience I had to reach out.

AS the mother of a healthy 5 year old boy, I am aware that life can change in an instant and lived my worst nightmares in the thoughts of illness coming to my child.

I extend my deepest respect, admiration to the families and children in the film, their bravery, dedication and love is tremendous. You inspired and humbled me, you will be in my thoughts for a long time to come.

6/22/06
Shannon H.
Salt Lake City, UT

I couldn't go through the day without telling someone how moved I was by last night's episode of A Lion in the House. I was flipping through the TV stations when I came upon this show. I didn't get to see all of it, only about the last hour or so. However, I was moved to tears...literally. Watching those brave kids go through the pain & suffering of cancer made me realize how precious life really is. I thank them for their incredible example of faith, hope & love. I want to tell Tim what an incredible person I think he is. He has touched my heart in a way that I will never forget; in a way that makes me want to help him, and anyone else who may be suffering. I thank you!!

6/22/06
Luis Pineros
Elmhurst, New york

Justin is the strong young man... i will be praying for him and his family...

6/22/06
Brian Tinkler
Westminster, CA

Wow! Powerful stuff. I've worked for many years through many tears to raise funds for the www.pbtfus.org through the www.rideforkids.org events. This film put's the reality of pediatric cancer right in my face. Thank you. This is must see TV.

6/22/06
Kathleen Forsythe
Pittsburgh Pa

Wow! Bravo
A lion in the House is the best reality TV on today. Loved this program. So real so true. I cried with all the families. The families are incredible people and they faced such a cruel blow with such style. Bravo more programs like this one is needed.

6/22/06
Steve Reichert
Cincinnati, Ohio

I was in shock the other night when I saw part 1 of the documentary. My son was Diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma in late August of 2000. We live in Cincinnati so we were treated at Childrens Hospital. Dr. Joe Palumbo was our Oncologist and then later Dr. Vinod Balasa both of whom were very visible on part 1 of A Lion in the House. The coincidences just seem to keep coming when I went to the web site to discover that one of the producers carried the same last name as I and also went through the same horrors as having a child of their own diagnosed with cancer. What are the odds?
I wanted to share this with the group and with Julia Reichert. Also, I wanted to thank Julia and all the families for taking the time to deal with all the heartache to produce such a wonderful documentary. The attention and recognition helps so many families in so many different ways.

6/22/06
a. ratner
old lyme, ct

I don't know where to start, but "Lion in the House" gives people a tiny incling of what the experience is like. My husband had a stem cell transplant in April of 2004 (non hotchkins lymphoma). This is a 54 year old who could do 100 miles a day on his bike, raquetball champ,went to the Y every day for 30 years, great diet, never smoked. They don't tell you a hair of what can go wrong from treatment. I think it takes away really educated choices about the treatment and the choice of life. It's not just life, it's quality of life! When something goes wrong you get that "thousand yard stare" from the doctors. So far my husband has survived, the lymphoma is no longer the issue, the cure is. 3 days after his first chemo treatment he had a heart attack, (chemo is poison). He was supposed to be in the hospital for transplant 3-4 weeks. He was there 8 months, and 4 in a nursing home. Now he has brain damage from an opportunistic infection, graf vs host disease so bad he can't see, his teeth are crubling from the radiation, he hobbles around on a walker. We are going broke! I can't work because he has too many needs. He hasn't been able to work for three years, and will never again. If you are sick long enough, family and friends fall away. The system is flawed. There is nowhere to turn anymore. I look at him and think of the torture his body has gone through and is going through, and I could scream. We'll be living in our car within the next 6 months. Getting into disabled housing is a 3-5 year wait! Should I go on. I know we are not alone, many other families are suffering the agonies of this nightmare. If I had the time, I would try to do benefits or something national for folks going through this like us. Please print this. Maybe someone has an idea to help us all to survive the cure!

6/22/06
Filip Marceron
Harrisville NY

I watched the documentary with deep sorrow for all suffering children and their families, but also with deep disapointment : nowhere, not for a single minute nobody mentioned the emotional factors active in those deadly situations. It seems to me that now the US society as a whole has reached the point of total collective denial of psychological factors in the onset of illnesses : just continuing this way will lead nowhere except more sufferings and more deathes, new miracle drugs won't surface because there is no other way except deal honestly with the causes where they are, in the field of emotions and feelings in the victims. Some day the truth will be known, and shame will fall on all adults who actively worked to keep the taboo everywhere, insensitive to the terrible sufferings of thousands each year. History will recognize our times as pre-medieval for moral and human values, as money, lies and public disinformation rule everything. I have involved in psychotherapy since 1970 when i started a psychoanalysis and could see the tremendous efficiency of the process when done properly, but i understand it is kept unknown to the general public because it leads surely to the truth, which is unwanted. I can't tell enough what a disgust i feel for all who agree to be and stay blind. This will not help negative consequences befall on everyone of us.

6/22/06
marcia

God bless the families and the kids in this film.

6/22/06
Tiffany

First of all I wanted to say thank you to the makers of this program and those who are brave and out spoken enough to share their experiences with the world because thats not an easy thing to do. To let a selfish,apathetic,unsympathetic, and sometime unempathetic world that we live in, somethimes we forget about everything and everyone else and we focus more on our own problems and then every once in a while we run across programs like this that show us things could always be worse and that we should be grateful for everything like our parents,friends, brothers and sisters people that will stay stick with us through whatever. As far as the Doctors in the program especially Justin's doctor I think they were some cold hearted unfeeling people.

6/22/06
Kimberly
Mechanicsville, Virginia

Sadly, I was only able to watch the first part of the film. I will be buying the dvd though. I must say this is the BEST real life film I have seen in years. My son was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma IV Oct.26th 2004. He was just 2 months and 3 days shy of his 3rd birthday. He just finished treatment in Jan 2006 and is currently showing no evidence of disease. I think this film is the FIRST film to show the TRUE life rollercoaster these families must go through. Children's cancer is a very tragic subject and it's nice to see it on TV for "normal" people to see. I know going through the rollercoaster myself that you must live day by day...as we learned from Justin and his family. We were in a very similiar situation as Alex and that truly touched me close to home as I knew what her family was going through. Truly an amazing film. I give two thumbs all the way up!! Thank you for offering this!! This shows the hard truth for some children who sadly do not beat the cancer....well they do in their own way. :) As we have been touched my little angels in real life and know just how special these children are!! Amazing film!! Thank you!!

6/22/06
Gulfport, MS

I just wanted to share my 11 year old's thoughts on the small part of the program she saw last night. She was diagnosed at age 3 with rhabdomyosarcoma. As she was watching them put the feeding tube in Tim she said "I guess it is easier when it is a 3 yr old. If they don't want to do that you just tell them they have to." Having a teen with cancer must be the ultimate challenge. They know what cancer is, they are much more concerned about their appearance and they have a mind of their own. One issue I have personally seen but has not been addressed in the film is "What if the teen decides he is done with treatment" How do you force them to fight?

6/22/06
Rebecca Marley
Boston, Massachusetts

As a 10 year survivor of uterine stromal sarcoma stage 3c (at the age of 19), I was moved to tears more times than I could count last night while watching A Lion In the House. Memories of treatment, painful decisions, and having to stay strong for my family came flooding back.

One of the things that touched me the most, and it was something so simple, was when Alex was talking at the dinner table about a boy that she had a crush on. For one moment, she was able to forget about her cancer, and live her life as a child. I felt as a 19 year old, that my college years were somehow taken away from me as I was thrown into menopause at such a young age. While my friends were out partying, I was walking round and round the halls of Dana Farber with my IV poll trailing behind me.

I still have to watch tonight to find out what will happen to these beautiful souls... But I hope that their families know how much all of their love, support, and constant presence mean to their children.

WHile I may still suffer lots of side effects from all of the radiation, chemo and surgery, I have gained so much perspective, so much strength, and a zest for life that carries me through each day.

Thank you for such a beautiful work of art.

6/22/06
Cody F. E. Olsen
Elkhorn WI.

Hey i was staying up laye and i saw the show and i watched it and i cried know y? Because i hade cancer. Im not sure how to spell it but I hade AML lucema i think thats how u spell it. And the show made me remember all the things that happened to me for about 2 years. The reason I cried was because it was so simmaler that i couldn't bleave it so i cried. I know how these people feel the kids and the family. I don't think I could of made it with out my family but the 3 people that were always there my mom, my dad, and my faverit nerus Carron. She tried to get in to work evey day for 2 years just to help me. she didn't have to but she did and i love her for that. And PBS thank you for making this show to help people understand what kids like me have to got threw. I know im only 13 but i still remember... im fin and cured and i have to go in for check ups only evry other 2 monthes. thats wat i wanted to say and thank you agen. ~ps sorry if i spelled anything wrong~

6/22/06
LISA KAY DOUSAY
BAKER, LOUISIANA

I JUST WANTED TO SAY THAT I'VE WATCHED THE FIRST PART OF THE PROGRAM AND CAN'T WAIT TO WATCH THE NEXT. IT WAS VERY HEART WRENCHING TO WATCH THE FAMILIES GO THROUGH AND FIGHT THIS HORRIBLE DISEASE. FROM THE MOMENT IT CAME ON TV I WAS POURING DOWN WITH TEARS. THOUGH, MYSELF NOR ANYONE IN MY FAMILY HAVE GONE THROUGH THIS. MY OLDEST DAUGHTER HAS GONE THROUGH A TRAMATIC BRAIN INJURY AT THE AGE 3 AND IS STILL SUFFERING FROM IT. I KNOW ITS NO WAY NEAR WHAT THESE FAMILIES HAVE AND ARE STILL GOING THROUGH. I JUST WANT TO SAY THAT EVEN THOUGH WE NEVER MET YOU ARE IN MY PRAYERS AND GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU. PLEASE E-MAIL ME WITH INFO IF I CAN HELP IN ANYWAY. I AM SINCERELY SORRY FOR THE THINGS YOU MUST ENDURE WITH THIS DISEASE.

6/22/06
Latoya Jackson
Las Vegas,NV

I was so moved by this documentry on children battling cancer it was so emotional for me but at the same time it shows you just how valuable your children really are and to never let a day go by without telling them how much you love them but looking at these children suffering with cancer i just wish there was something i could do my heart really goes out to any family with a love one suffering with this disease and how much they touched me its like you never know until you acually see it but i just wanna thank you guys here at this website for letting me express how i feel about these children and this disease you guys are doing something real great so thank you.

6/22/06
Mrs.Yow
Anderson ,S.C.

I know that it breaks my heart into so many pieces that I can't help but break down and cry, just the thoughts of what each and every perosn is going through.
The 15 year old boy I think hisname is Tim,he has a very loving spirit about him. No matter how bad people in his family are treating him Moma, he still only wants what is right,andhe only wantto dotheright thing. That boy has so much love and compassion in his heart. ...I think the Lord has great plans for him. Even if it is to show the world that no matter how tough things get always remember what counts and it is loving one another and being compassionate.
Even though he hurts because of the illness and doesn't understand why him.... He still only wants to do help others and bethere for them. .
He is alot like me., If I could lay down my life so that every single person like Tim could live and never hurt again.
I would do it in a heartbeat. I mean it from the bottom of my heart..
I am a 35 mother of three{18,17,& 13} and soon to a Mam'ma in about a month. I would let go, to let all of them, live.
I would really love to meet him. He just took a hold of my heart.There is something really special about this kid.

6/22/06
OAKLAND PARK, FLORIDA

"A Lion in the House" is a must see film that evokes thougts like 'There but for the grace of God go I'... We can try to put ourselves in each family's shoes, but it is the cruellest quirk of fate to be chosen to fulfill this role. To be on this rollercoaster, their lives put on hold, hoping for a miracle. I was struck by Tim's courage. Most kids would have cried and said "Get that thing out of my nose", but he let them insert the tube, even though it made him vomit...
Alex's Dad, donating his plasma, knowing that it gave them hope...
It was gut-wrenching watching Justin's family wrestling not only with his disease, but a group of doctors that appeared to have thrown in the towel! I kept thinking, get him out of there, take him to St.Jude's! When Justin rallied and proved them all wrong, it was poignant, and I can't wait to tune in tomorrow for the second episode.

6/22/06
Alicia Adams
Concord, North Carolina

I really love the film. It showed me so much more than I knew. I was deeply moved and cried at several parts. This is something that will change me forever. Thank you so much for sharing your journeys. I will be praying for all of the families, nurses, doctors and staff.

6/22/06
Sandy
Bulverde Texas

I accidentally stumbled upon your show "A Lion in the House" - what a great show! Show the public that Cancer is more than just a treatment, loss of hair and get back on with life!

I loss my son to rhabdomyosarcoma after a 4 year battle - Your show had me bawling, and laughing, I can relate with all of the parents comments, feelings and body language - I commend all the families and especially the kids for sharing such an intimate time.

Sandy
www.zacsplace.info

6/22/06
Luis and Jenny Lidsky
Laredo Tx

Unfortunately, cancer does not discriminate. It can affect anyone regardless of their backround or ethnicity. family is the strongest bond there is.

6/22/06
Caree Jones

I watched the show tonight. My husband came upon it and he, nor I, couldn't turn away. I was shocked and proud of my husband. We lost our son Dawson, 5 years ago to Pineoblastoma. Dawson fought his battle from the age of 7 months old to 19 months, 1 year and 10 days from diagnosis. My husband never watches shows that involve childhood cancer, it upsets him to see, but he watched every second of A Lion in the House.
A Lion in the House is the closest documentary that I have seen that portrays the lives of the people affected by childhood cancer. The show really took us back. The good, the bad and the ugly. I laughed, I cried and "yelled" at the TV.
These truly special children are brought into our lives and they forever change us and to the people who listen to our stories. These children leave lasting legacies to even people whom they have never met. My son is my hero, my strength. These children are heros to us all and they deserve all that we can do for them. Thank You to the creaters and to the families that allowed a glimpse into thier world. Bless You All.

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