A Child’s Invisible Illness

Posted by Connie on Tuesday, August 28th, 2007 at 10:45 pm and is filed under Family Life, Healthy or Not.
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Peanut is in third grade now. She actually loves school. As a matter of fact she cried today because she was too sick to go to school – a first! She’s running a fever, has a sore throat and headache.

Her teacher is awesome this year. Peanut says that she makes everything exciting, even math. And this year something else is exciting. For the first time in our county we have a “virtual student.” On Peanut’s first day of class we saw a huge teddy bear sitting at a desk. Ms. Lewis explained that it’s her stand in for a student who is homebound but will be attending class by videoconferencing.

The young boy has Hyper-IgM Syndrome which means he doesn’t have an immune system equipped to fight off germs. He’s adorable and so eager to be part of a real classroom.

A reporter came to visit Peanut’s classroom. She said it was about Kevin. So we waited for the newspaper to print the story. We eagerly shared the info with everyone we knew. Peanut gets to be part of a child’s life with an invisible illness and this means the world to her.

It’s not jut mom who has something wrong with her. Now she knows a child her age who is sick like mom.

Another place to learn about people with Invisible Illnesses is the yearly event being held this year for the week of September 10 – 14th – The National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week.

Go take a peek, see what conferences are being held and help spread the word!

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  1. What a cool way to integrate kids into a mainstream classroom environment. Our school system
    could take a lesson from peanut’s.

    comment by Rach — August 29, 2007 @ 8:06 pm
  2. I think that is so awesome. Gotta love technology. I think it’s a
    wonderful learning experience for both sides.

    comment by Sophia — August 30, 2007 @ 2:58 pm
  3. What a great way to let kids understand illness better, as well as keep a child being part of the class. I especially liked that they used a teddy bear for it to all be visual for the kids in the classroom too. Thanks for mentioning Invisible Illness Week. I’m mentioning your article in our ezine about II Week. Blessings, Lisa Copen

    comment by Lisa Copen — August 30, 2007 @ 3:05 pm
  4. What a blessing for the child who is ill…and a great learning experience for the other kids. It’s about time!

    comment by Vicki — August 30, 2007 @ 3:39 pm
  5. That’s such a wonderful idea! I agree it’s about time they finally started doing something for these children to keep their lives as normal as possible. It’s a shame that someone hasn’t put forth the effort to do it sooner.

    comment by Jenn — August 31, 2007 @ 1:23 am
  6. That’s amazing! What a unique idea that I hope catches on every where. Such a great learning experience for all involved. Thanks for sharing!

    comment by Allyson — September 10, 2007 @ 11:14 pm

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