Welcome! I'm Kim Fredrickson, and I'm so glad you are here.
Until recently, I’ve maintained a private practice as Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT 22635), Life Coach, and professor at undergraduate and graduate levels. I’ve spent the last 30 years face to face with individuals, couples and groups helping to bring healing and hope to pains carried, past and present.
My life took an about face in 2013 when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. What a rough road that was...lumpectomy, chemotherapy and radiation. I clung to God, my family and my friends to get through an incredibly difficult time, knowing that soon it would be over, and my life would get back to normal.
I finished treatment and breathed a sigh of relief….for 4 days. Then an even bigger life altering and serious health crisis ensued. After lots of medical tests I was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis, a rare side-effect from chemotherapy and radiation. PF as we call it, is a progressive lung disease that has a 3-5 years life expectancy. In July 2014 I went on supplemental oxygen 24/7 and closed my counseling practice soon thereafter.
It’s been a rough road getting used to all of this…lots of up and downs, tears, disbelief and trying to adjust. By God’s grace I’ve felt His presence, assurance, and love. He is holding my hand and guiding me. I am determined to use this for good and to hopefully bless others as I walk this journey.
I don’t want to miss what He has for me along this journey, and what He wants me to share with all of you.
I know your road hasn't been easy, either. I can tell you that no matter what you've been through learning to be a kind and compassionate friend to yourself will make a world of difference. I stumble and fall, and don’t do everything right – I don't need to and neither do you!
As my world got suddenly smaller, I realized that God had been preparing my new ministry to others in ways I never dreamed of. I'm in awe about the ways He’s created for me to reach others with practical and compassionate help through my books, blog, CD and videos. I am also blessed to write a weekly patient column for Pulmonary Fibrosis News, Just Breathe: Compassionate Help for the PF Journey.
Self-compassion has helped me so much to get through these tough times.
When I was diagnosed with cancer, and then PF, I decided to be a good friend to myself. Self-compassion helps me be kind and caring to myself in the ways I talk to myself, take care of myself, encourage myself, and accept the volumes of prayer and support my friends and family offer. I am committed to not turn on myself or abandon myself during these difficult times.
I know God has a purpose for pulmonary fibrosis in my life, and in the lives of others. I honestly wish I didn’t have to go through cancer or pulmonary fibrosis. I wish I would have a miraculous healing. I know God doesn’t waste any pain or hardships as I submit to Him and allow Him to use what has happened in my life for His purposes. Life isn’t supposed to be easy, and I don’t feel ripped off by God. He has blessed me in so many ways, even in the midst of such a devastating time. I know He has lots of plans of how this will impact others in ways that I will never know about until Heaven. I don’t need to know what those plans are. I trust Him.
My life has changed and gotten smaller because of this illness, so I focus on what I am still able to do…which is a lot. My lungs are disabled, but I’m not. I’m still the same person with Christ by my side…just with an oxygen tube 🙂
Kim enjoys sharing about the transforming power of self-compassion integrated with our faith. Kim is available for radio and television interviews as well as guest blogging. Please contact Kim via e-mail Kim@KimFredrickson.com