Cancer and Lifeschooling – Barbara McCoskey

A Production of the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Cancer and Lifeschooling - Barbara McCoskeyRecently I had the lovely opportunity to combine our kids’ movie planning meeting along with a podcast recording session with my dear friend and cancer survivor, Barbara McCoskey! What fun lifeschooling as we all worked together on our projects (and the little kids played in the pool as we watched from the window)!

Barbara and I talked about field trips to the end of the driveway (yes…you’ll hear what that was all about) and lessons on T-helper cells, among other things. Barbara’s cancer journey eight years ago gave their family a wonderful opportunity to lifeschool! Listen to hear how.

Barbara McCoskey treasures being married to Todd for over 17 years. They have four children, two before her 2010 cancer diagnosis and two adopted after her cancer treatments ended. She and her family are featured in the documentary, the 5-Day Adoption, a movie demonstrating absolute faith and the power of God in answering prayer, released in 2016. She is also the author of Dear God, Please Heal Mommy’s Cancer: One Family’s Journey through the Eyes of a Child and is currently working on her second book, I Will Not Die, but Live. 

Barbara has a passion to encourage others to embrace God’s calling on their lives and to persevere through life’s challenges and started to share that passion. She and her family live in Charlotte, NC, where they have been lifeschooling for over 15 years.

Here is what I ask Barbara on this episode:

  • Tell us about your lifeschooling journey.
  • To remind our listeners, the definition of lifeschooling is “the individualized process of discovering your child’s God-given gifts and talents through real life experiences that happen within the context of your family’s unique situations and missions.” Is there a part of that definition that particularly speaks to you and share with us a bit more about how your family lifeschool?
  • I sometimes ask my guests if they have ever been tempted to quit homeschooling. It would certainly be understandable for you to struggle during this time when you had cancer. Were you tempted to quit?
  • What are some of the gifts that you have seen early on in your children and how have you tailored their education around the development of those gifts? Were you able to do this through your cancer journey?
  • Tell us a bit about your books and let our listeners know where they can find a copy.

And that’s Life as a Lifeschooler! Hope you’ll join us next time!

Love and Sickness – MBFLP 196

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To love and to cherish … in sickness and in health

For most of us, getting married at our healthy young-adult peak, the thought of life-rattling sickness is just a theoretical thing … most of us haven’t suffered more than an annual flu or a sprained ankle. Yet living in a fallen world, we can count on encountering an injury, a serious illness, or some other medical issue that calls us to account for that promise. How do we show love in sickness – whether our mate’s the one under the weather, or we are?

We’ve been there (both of us) so join us for a full episode of reasons to show extra love – and ideas how to make it work – when there’s sickness in the family!


MBFLP – Handling Flu Season With Grace

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MBFLP Surviving the Flu in Your Family
It’s not just cold and flu season – this year’s battle with influenza is worse than usual. How do you deal with the challenge of sickness at home while homeschooling? Does your response to sickness show your faith or cast doubt on it? How does love for the brethren enter into your family’s handling of illness? We’ve had everything from sinusitis to cancer – join us as we share some of what God’s taught us!


James 1:2 – My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience …

Galatians 6:2 – Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

Sick Day Resources

Pollyanna and Pollyanna Grows Up audiobooks

A Cry From Egypt radio theatre

Hero Tales from American History audiobooks

Moody Science Classics: 19-DVD Set

Moody Science Adventures: Flying Wings of Beauty / The Long Journey

Sugar Creek Gang audiobooks

G. A. Henty historical novel audiobooks

Upcoming Events

“Be Encouraged” Conference – Bell Shoals Baptist Church, Brandon, FL