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Kathy's Story

Kathy wrote the book Back to Life after a decades-long battle with cancer and autoimmune liver disease. Now a victorious four-time cancer survivor and immensely grateful recipient of two liver transplants, Kathy decided to tell her story to honour her organ donors and the many people who helped her through the journey.  Back to Life is a top-rated Amazon best-seller described by reviewers as “a life-affirming story of healing and learning”, and an “inspiring read for anyone who may be facing challenging circumstances”.

Partial proceeds from book sales go to InspireHealth , a not-for-profit supportive cancer care organization providing programs and services to enhance quality of life, health and well-being of people living with cancer and their families.


Kathy is frequently called on to give motivational talks on her story at conferences, retreats, fundraisers and book clubs.

Back to Life

One woman’s inspiring triumph over a series of terminal diagnoses

“We can all learn from survivors because they share traits which make them survivors. By following their example we can be coached through tough times. Kathy’s attitude, experience and wisdom, learned with difficulty from the various health threats to her life, can be a teacher for all of us.”


author of Love, Medicine & Miracles



Kathy McLaughlin was a senior corporate executive when she learned she had Hodgkin’s lymphoma. She survived, only to learn years later that her cancer had returned — but this time, it was accompanied by a terminal autoimmune liver disease. Neither disease was treatable because of the presence of the other. Told by her doctors “there is nothing we can do,” she refused to give up. Instead, she took charge of her own healing project, applying the leadership skills she had perfected in her corporate career to the business of self-preservation.


Enduring all manner of indignities through a comedy of medical errors, she miraculously survives near-fatal chemotherapy, life-threatening surgery, liver failure and ultimately, two gruelling liver transplants.


For a book preview, click here.

About the Author:

Kathy McLaughlin now works as a strategic consultant helping business leaders achieve growth, scale, succession, well-being and other intentional results. As advisor, coach, speaker and author, she brings her unique sense of humour and intentional optimism to every engagement.


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