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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