EP 19: Kate Mahoney: Misfit Miracle Girl
In this podcast you’ll hear the amazing story of Kate Mahoney, whose new book tells the story of her illness and subsequent recovery, that led the pope himself to declare her a miracle. Kate’s story is equal parts terrifying, endearing and incredible and she tells it with humor and wit. Kate is currently on a book signing tour for Misfit Miracle Girl in the Northeastern United States with Barnes and Noble.
Kate D. Mahoney is a miracle and she wants you to know you are, too. Even if that’s not what you’d call it. She’s named after the feisty, independent character in William Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew, and was born in Washington, D.C., to educators and activists. Sporting purple feet pajamas as a munchkin in The Wizard of Oz, Kate didn’t know her role of a lifetime would ultimately be that of just being herself.
Kate spent her formative years in Alexandria, Virginia, and then the Republic of Ireland.
While on summer vacation in her parent’s birthplace of Central New York, she was diagnosed with stage four germ cell ovarian cancer and later experienced multi system organ failure. She was 14.
International and nondenominational prayer requests were directed to a deceased nun by the name of Mother Marianne Cope. Kate’s discharge papers state her recovery from the organ failure could not be explained medically.
Her case led to the canonization of Mother Cope, and an adventure that was as sacred as it was side-splittingly funny to Vatican City.
Kate holds a B.A. in drama from Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland, as well as certificates from iO Chicago and Second City. She is an international speaker and activist who travels the globe to share honest and humorous anecdotes from her life as patient and caregiver.
If you feel that this story intertwines with your own journey, please consider spreading the message of The Misfit Miracle: Candid Reflections with a wider audience. Bring Kate to your hometown, share www.katedmahoney.com on your social networks, Skype with Kate for book clubs and/or schedule Kate for a keynote talk. It is through our differences that we find our unity.