Your Summer Reading List

My latest and greatest reads! Suspense/Thriller Every Last Fear by Alex Finlay The Perfect Guests by Emma Rous Final Girls by Riley Sager Six Weeks To Live by Catherine Mckenzie The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave The End of Men by Christine Sweeney Baird Home Before Dark by Riley Sager Lying Next […] Read more…

Top 10 Quotes from The Addiction Inoculation: Raising Healthy Kids in a Culture of Dependence by Jessica Lahey

I absolutely loved Jessica Lahey’s first book The Gift of Failure  (I consider it a must-read for parents, and even had her on the podcast to talk about it) so I was really excited to dive into her latest, The Addiction Inoculation: Raising Healthy Kids in a Culture of Dependence. Thankfully, it did not disappoint! […] Read more…

My Breast Cancer Story Part 15: The Mental Health Piece

Cancer is a physically demanding disease, but the mental health component should not be underestimated. From the testing to the diagnosis through the treatments and living a life post-active cancer, thoughts and emotions are in a tailspin. Months ago I shared a post about how my faith was helping to get me through. I won’t […] Read more…

My Breast Cancer Story Part 14: Radiation Wrap-Up

The radiation phase of my breast cancer treatment is officially behind me! First, a recap from Instagram:   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Kate Winn (@katethismomloves) The 20 sessions (16 to the full area and 4 “boosts” to the area of the tumour) went by fairly quickly and pretty uneventfully […] Read more…

Your Spring Reading List

Another couple of months off work on medical leave, another couple of dozen books read…but not all of them met my standards for a This Mom Loves recommendation! Please see a list of my recent favourites below! If you plan to purchase online from Chapters/Indigo, using the links is really helpful to me. Thanks!   […] Read more…

My Breast Cancer Story Part 13: Gestures & Gifts

When someone we care about is going through a challenge like cancer, we want to do something (thus the oft-offered: “let me know if there’s anything I can do!”)….but what? I’ve said right from the start that the emails, texts and social media messages showing support are incredibly valuable, especially when there is no pressure […] Read more…

My Breast Cancer Story Part 12: Cancer Controversies – Battle Terminology, Pinkwashing & Benefits of Screening

Since being diagnosed with breast cancer in November 2020, I’ve don a ton of reading and come across some interesting cancer controversies that I didn’t know much about before: battle terminology, pinkwashing and whether or not early detection saves lives. Since I’m no expert I’ll just share the broad strokes of each, along with my […] Read more…

My Breast Cancer Story Part 11: Radiation Ready

Have I mentioned that I don’t like waiting? It’s been a while since I’ve shared an update because there has been nothing to share until now! One day this week I posted to Facebook to let everyone know how things were going, and here’s what I said: ********** Oh, the waiting is hard.   I […] Read more…

Your Winter Reading List Part 2

A number of weeks ago I shared a Winter Reading List with a pile of book recommendations for you. Since I’ve been home pretty much ever since for a combination of surgery recovery/holidays/lockdown/awaiting radiation I’ve done a LOT more reading, and I’m sharing my favourites with you here today! If you plan to order online […] Read more…

My Breast Cancer Story Part 10: Treatment Plan

Cancer treatment plans are very much tailored to each individual patient, so before I get to my personal plan (which follows the lumpectomy surgery I had in early December), I want to share some details about my cancer with you. First, let me introduce you to my tumour: invasive ductal carcinoma (80% of breast cancers […] Read more…

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