PF Patient Creates Parenting Book for Her Children

Kim Fredrickson, a patient columnist for Pulmonary Fibrosis News, is very aware that PF is shortening her lifespan, and it’s been hard for her to face her mortality. This reality guides how she spends her time, energy, and the decisions she makes. It also motivates her to get her affairs in order, and take steps to create meaningful memories for her loved ones.

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About six months ago, she realized she probably won’t be around to hold her future grandbabies, or help her children raise them in person. She decided to compile all the parenting workshops she’d given as a marriage and family therapist over the last 30 years into a book for her family. She wanted to have a positive influence in the lives of her adult children and their future grandchildren, and help them with the challenges of parenting when the time came. Originally this book was only going to be for them. As she wrote, she decided that others might benefit as well, so decided to self-publish it.

Several PF patients have already contacted Kim to let her know that they too fear they won’t be around to help raise their grandchildren, and are giving her book to their adult children.

 

www.kimfredrickson.com

Give Your Kids a Break: Parenting with Compassion for You and Your Children was released last week.

Kim also wrote a column on the topic, called “Creating Meaningful Memories for Our Loved Ones,” if you’d like to get more ideas.

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Kim Fredrickson is an Author, Blogger and Marriage and Family Therapist. She lives in Northern CA, with her husband of 40 years and has 2 adult children. Kim was diagnosed with Pulmonary Fibrosis in May 2014, as a rare complication from chemotherapy and radiation for breast cancer. Kim is the author of Pulmonary Fibrosis Journey: A Counselor and Fellow Patient Walks with You, The Power of Positive Self-Talk and Give Your Kids a Break: Parenting with Compassion for You and Your Children. Kim believes that learning to advocate for yourself with kindness and compassion, just as you would for a good friend, makes this difficult journey a little easier. In her patient column, she offers practical ideas to help us care for ourselves, fight for what we need, and process our many-layered emotions. Read more of Kim’s writing at www.kimfredrickson.com
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Kim Fredrickson is an Author, Blogger and Marriage and Family Therapist. She lives in Northern CA, with her husband of 40 years and has 2 adult children. Kim was diagnosed with Pulmonary Fibrosis in May 2014, as a rare complication from chemotherapy and radiation for breast cancer. Kim is the author of Pulmonary Fibrosis Journey: A Counselor and Fellow Patient Walks with You, The Power of Positive Self-Talk and Give Your Kids a Break: Parenting with Compassion for You and Your Children. Kim believes that learning to advocate for yourself with kindness and compassion, just as you would for a good friend, makes this difficult journey a little easier. In her patient column, she offers practical ideas to help us care for ourselves, fight for what we need, and process our many-layered emotions. Read more of Kim’s writing at www.kimfredrickson.com

2 comments

  1. Shoa Naqvi says:

    To use our challenges and tragedies, to overcome them and then use them to help improve the lives of others is true Humanity. All the best for your book. Best wishes!

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