Just Breathe…Compassionate Help for the PF Journey
Kim Fredrickson is an Author, Blogger and Marriage and Family Therapist. She lives in Northern CA, with her husband of 39 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 Give Yourself a Break: Turning Your Inner Critic into a Compassionate Friend, 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.
Treating one’s self with tender care is especially important to pulmonary fibrosis patients and their families. Medical tests, clinic visits, long-term illness management, and a shortened lifespan are difficult, ... Read more
Dealing with a serious chronic illness like pulmonary fibrosis can be highly stressful, to say the least. Absorbing the seriousness of our illness, alongside dealing with repeated clinic visits, ... Read more
About three months ago, I bought a used treadmill and started exercising at home. I used to go to pulmonary rehab three times a week. As my disease has ... Read more
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