A Lion in the House, debuting in two parts tonight and tomorrow night on PBS's Independent Lens series, follows five families over six years. According to the description on the PBS site:A four-hour documentary about kids with cancer may not seem like a fun way to spend a summer evening ... unless you have a child with cancer, or other special needs that make you appreciate the struggles of children and families to deal with doctors and illness and pain and loss.
By following the stories of Tim, Alex, Justin, Al and Jen, A Lion in the House reveals the ways that pediatric cancer affects entire families, demanding courage and sacrifice from everyone involved. From financial hardships to emotional stress and professional losses, each parent, grandparent and sibling encounters challenges that would be insurmountable were it not for the inspiring resilience, humor, wit and wisdom of the most deeply affected of all the family members –– the young Lions themselves.On the PBS site for the show, you can find profiles of the children and their families, artwork by one of the young subjects, and information on pediatric cancer and caregiving. If you do watch this show, stop back here and share your impressions in the comments. ... More on pediatric cancer