Tell Me, What Is it Like to Be Really Sick?

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In this episode of the Kids Are Philanthropists too! podcast, kids and adults talk about some physical health challenges and how they affect their daily life and feelings. Listen to hear their perspectives and get some new ideas for how to support friends and loved ones dealing with health challenges.

Our host is Amy Neugebauer with 10-12-year-old co-hosts Jayden, Alona, Leo, Ismahil, Ibrahim, and Sam, all part of The Giving Square community.

Our special guests are Melanie Goldstein and Ron D'Uva.

PrintOne 50-Minute Session

Learners will know and be able to

  • support people who are ill with kindness and understanding.
  • name some organizations that help people when they are ill.
  • demonstrate empathy for people dealing with a health challenge.

Link to the Kids Are Philanthropists, Too! podcast Episode 1 "Tell Me, What Is it Like to Be Really Sick?"

Related Resources 

Teacher Preparation 

Learn about a local organization that helps people who are ill.


  1. Opening Questions

    • What is a health challenge you or someone you know has had?
    • What are some of the challenges with having this issue?
    • What do you remember about how people tried to help out? What was most helpful? 
  2. Play the Kids Are Philanthropists, Too! podcast Episode 1 "Tell Me, What Is it Like to Be Really Sick?"

  3. Discussion Questions

    1. What surprised you about the stories you heard from Jayden, Alona, Leo, Melanie, and Ron?
    2. What were some of the things that people had to give up while being sick? Examples: certain foods, time with friends, time outside.
    3. In this podcast, Leo described a lot of medical terms that he has learned since he got sick and Jayden talked about donating his hair. How can our challenges be used to help others?
    4. How might you be helpful to someone with a health challenge?
  4. Extensions

    • Develop a better understanding of what it might be like to be sick or have a medical challenge by reading books such as Lucky Broken Girl and Just Ask.
    • Listen to first-person narratives on the StoryCorps website.
    • Research local non-profit organizations that support people dealing with health challenges. Figure out how you can be most helpful to them.
    • Listen to our latest podcast.