KIM'S CONQUER CANCER CAMPAIGN
Kim Dixon, needs our help. This beautiful soul, this wonderful woman who is one of the most loving, genuine, kind-hearted, and Godly women you will ever meet, is facing some tough times. Three weeks ago, Kim went to the doctor for a small "knot" she felt in her abdominal area. At first her doctor thought it was a simple hernia, but tests would reveal it was actually ovarian cancer. She immediately underwent an appendectomy as they thought it had spread there, but thankfully, it had not. In addition, to the ovaries, there is growth above her belly button that needs treatment. In mid-March she will have a hysterectomy which requires 6-8 weeks for recovery. Once she is feeling "healthy" and strong enough for further medical treatment, she will begin chemotherapy which will take about 5 months to complete.
Kim Dixon has been a devoted educator at The Nativity School for 17 years, and has been an amazing gift to our 8th grade students for the past 12 years. Kim loves English, literature, and history, and her passion for these subjects brings them to life for her students. Her loving example, commitment to Christ, and genuine compassion for others, make her a role model for her students as they prepare to launch into high school. Kim has an amazing way of making each of her students feel deeply and dearly loved and valued. She takes great pride in being a part of our Nativity School family and has embraced each student who has passed through her door as if they were her own family. I've been lucky enough to see the love she has for her students sparkle in her eyes many times over the years and it has brought tears to my own. Her heart is with Nativity and now our hearts need to be there for this sweet angel.
As you can imagine, the medical expenses Kim is facing are mounting. She is a single mother who lives very frugally on a teacher's salary. In addition to her own medical challenges, her son is on kidney dialysis three times a week and requires much care himself. Kim is stretched beyond her means, and being out of work for several months, or longer, is going to be a huge burden for her. We don't know what the future will hold, but we can do our best to join together and support our beloved friend.
I am asking you to please prayerfully consider lending your financial support to our Mrs. Dixon through this campaign. Please spread the word to your friends at other Catholic schools and high schools as well, as this is a time to come together as a Catholic community and help raise Kim up in her time of need. I invite you to join our efforts by making a contribution of any size- nothing is too small or big - and help to ease Kim's burden so she can focus on her real battle, beating cancer!
If you have questions regarding this campaign, or have other fundraising ideas, please feel free to contact me. If you would like to make a donation by mail, please send your check, made payable to Kim Dixon to: Kim Dixon Fund c/o The Nativity School, PO Box 9180, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067.
Thank you in advance for your support. May God bless all of you and keep our Mrs. Dixon close in the months ahead!
The good news is that our girl is cancer free! She has beat the cancer beast and is getting stronger every day. Thank you for everything you have done to help her! She has a ways to go, but she is on her way back to all of us who love her dearly! Below is a note from Kim!
This season of my life has been the most challenging for me both physically and emotionally, but I want to say that I have never felt alone. Instead, I have felt enveloped in the love and support of devoted friends and family who have offered powerful prayers in my behalf. I believe that, just as your prayers have prepared a space for me, God has heard our prayers and has been with me every moment of my journey. He promised: Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you. Through your generous acts of kindness and love, God has assured me of His awareness of me. It has been said that, "God does notice us, and he watches over us. But it is usually through another person that he meets our needs." (Spencer W. Kimball) So many of my physical, spiritual, and emotional needs have been met when you followed a prompting to reach out to me. I can't find words to adequately thank you. From your examples, I have learned what true Christlike service really means.
And now a new season has begun. I am finished with chemotherapy and recently learned that my CT scan showed no evidence of disease. In a book written by a dear friend, she reminds us that miracles happen every day. "As we begin to talk about miracles, even small ones, we should mentally remove our shoes; we are on sacred ground." (Marilyn Green Faulkner) She goes on to reference J.R.R. Tolkien who described a miracle as a "sudden, joyous turn." I love this idea because this is exactly what my CT results brought me. Though I have no idea what looms on the horizon, I will receive this news as my own precious miracle brought about by a loving Heavenly Father and the love of dear souls (you!) who have attended me.
My heart overflows with gratitude, but I am not out of the woods, as they say. Please continue to pray that the cancer is forever eradicated, that my kidney function will be sustained, and that my Ileostomy surgery in September will be successful. Believe with me that miracles can and do occur!
Dear friends, I thank you for loving and supporting me, for cradling me in your arms and remembering me in your prayers.
With the deepest gratitude,
LETTER FROM KIM:
Carrie asked me to do a quick update for you regarding my progress. Though these last few months have brought brutal chemo treatments, I'm so grateful to report that my final one is this Friday. It has been a long, grueling road with a few setbacks, but I'm looking forward to better days. On February 20th I will have a CT scan followed by a visit to my oncologist on the 23rd to review the results. I humbly ask for your continued prayers in my behalf, specifically, that the disease is completely eradicated. Another surgery will follow in May or June to reconnect the Ostomy that was created in my March 2017 surgery.
I express my deepest appreciation for your support and prayers, for your many acts of kindness and generosity.
Most gratefully, Kim
BELOW IS A LETTER FROM KIM!
I've recently finished reading "Braving the Wilderness" by Brene lBrown. In her book she explores such topics as vulnerability, belonging, standing alone, and interconnectedness. I found myself weeping at every reading because I saw myself in her descriptions. During my illness I have felt incredibly vulnerable and lonely in that wilderness of not knowing and fear. But what I have also discovered is that I really am not alone at all even in the midst of the most frightening gauntlet of my life.
Brene Brown defines empathy as the following: “Empathy has no script. There is no right way or wrong way to do it. It’s simply listening, holding space, withholding judgment, emotionally connecting, and communicating that incredibly healing message of ‘You’re not alone.’” As I've journeyed down this most recent path that has challenged everything I thought I knew about myself, I've discovered tangible evidence of empathy in those who simply hold a place for me in their hearts; who sit with me and listen; who simply show up with a loving text or card or meal. I am overwhelmed with the outpouring of human compassion and empathy I've received from angels seen and unseen. And always the message is, You are not alone!
I will never pretend to understand how prayer works. But I am touched to the core knowing that my name is on the lips of my family, friends, and even perfect strangers who have somehow heard of me who are offering prayers in my behalf. “I thought faith would say, ‘I’ll take away the pain and discomfort,’ but what it ended up saying was, ‘I’ll sit with you in it.’” – Brené Brown
I don't know how it works, but I have felt you sitting with me in this dark place and miracles have occurred. Where there was no hope, a light at the end of the tunnel has appeared for me. Since starting chemotherapy, I feel I am on a strong path that gives me courage. An awareness that I am connected to many who care about me has caused me to be brave.
I am so very grateful for the expert doctors and nurses who lovingly attend me. I am grateful for my dear health advocate whom I did not know before my diagnosis but who gives of her time and expertise to advocate for my medical and financial needs. I cry when I speak of her. I've never known such unconditional service in my behalf. She says, "Isn't this why we're here?" She is teaching me lessons with every sweet encounter. I am so grateful for this fund. It has become my lifeline. I am grateful for dear friends who reach out with phone calls, texts, and delicious meals for my family. I am grateful for simple words of encouragement sent late at night or in the early hours of the morning. I am grateful for new friends I've met at the infusion center who share my illness and who smile their beautiful smiles or cry their heartfelt tears and remind me I am not alone.
I am halfway through my treatments and though there are hurdles to overcome, I do keep a happy vision of completing my chemotherapy in January and returning to my former state of health. With your prayers and such generous donations, the way is being made clear.
With more gratitude than I have words to express,
KIM"S PERSONAL UPDATE:
Dearest Friends, Family and Kind Participants,
First and foremost, I want to express my deepest gratitude for your faith, prayers and generous donations made in my behalf on this site. I am so grateful for the love and support I have felt from people who are near and dear to me and those I may never have met. I am overwhelmed with the outpouring of compassion and desire to help.
It must also be said that this fund would never have come to pass without the impassioned urging of my dear friend, Carrie Wilhite, who is an incredibly busy, involved mom of three gifted children. All three have been stellar students of mine, and I am grateful to know each one. Thank you, Carrie, for this tremendous gift of your love.
Since my diagnosis and subsequent surgeries, there have been countless setbacks and health complications. Our goal was to start chemotherapy in May, but it wasn't until just three weeks ago that my oncologist finally felt it was time to begin treatments though we are "dodging land mines." The infusions will happen every Friday for three weeks with one week off to recuperate. Then the process begins again times six. I will be finished in January if all goes as planned. My beloved 7th and 8th graders are in the hands of an excellent team teacher who will be with the students until I can return in January or February. In the meantime, I am working for short periods of time from home to support my team teacher. I am hopeful that I will feel well enough to attend faculty meetings in order to interface with my colleagues who lift and strengthen me with their love.
My heart is full of such gratitude for all of you whether you are known or unknown to me. I am sincerely touched by the sense of common humanity that binds us together in happy and dark times. There are no words to express my gratitude for your contribution to my wellbeing. With such love as this, I cannot fail.
With immense faith and love,
You are remembered in our prayers daily Kim and I put your name on the temple prayer rolls every week! Much love and lots of hugs
Kim, Thinking of you and rooting for you in every way possible! You are such an inspiration of grace and courage and faith and teach us all through your words and example. Please know you are always in my thoughts and prayers. Sending you big warm hugs. xox
Kim, you are always in our hearts and prayers. We are rooting for you, and would love to help in any way. We love you! It's so good to hear from you.
The Parents in Prayer & Samaritan groups at Nativity are sending constant prayers your way darling. Looking forward to your return to full health, strength and vigor soon, and seeing you back on campus in January
SO relieved to hear from you, Kim. The kids love you so much and they talk about you all the time. Keep up the great work and attitude!!!!!
Kim, all the Spencers love you so much and we are praying for you and sending you strength and courage. You are so amazing and admired and loved