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. The Misfit Miracle Girl: Candid Reflections is an inspirational, humorous and inviting collection of essays.
Diagnosed with stage four germ cell ovarian cancer while on summer vacation, Kate’ s world changed overnight. Then there was her recovery from multi-system organ failure that doctors said could not explain medically. Kate’s story, as the title suggests, is a collection of candid reflections from her life before, during, and after a Vatican approved miracle.
Kate shares, “I woke up from a coma to this declaration that I was a miracle. In everyone else’s eyes I was instantly the face of something bigger than myself and my immediate, human set of circumstances, like walking, talking or feeding myself were seemingly overlooked because I was labeled miracle girl."
In her inspirational memoir, “The Misfit Miracle Girl: Candid Reflections” join Kate on the tumultuous, hilarious journey of personal transformation as she humanizes her experiences as patient, caregiver, and life as an often misplaced, misunderstood mis-fit miracle girl.
Kate wants you to know that what you think, what you feel and who you are matters. You always have a voice.
Kate D. Mahoney is an international storyteller and actorvist. Connect at www.katedmahoney.com
“You will never find a real life story as special and as rich as Kate D. Mahoney’s. She writes with a fierce passion and a rare combination of spiritual seriousness and holy irreverence, a combination that I consider essential. Kate will get your heart pumping and won’t let you take sides easily.” - Thomas Moore, Bestselling author of Care of the Soul
“Sharing hilarious anecdotes and wisdom acquired along the way, Kate tells her story with humility and grace in The Misfit Miracle Girl: Candid Reflections as she does the seemingly impossible task of taking an unimaginable event…and making it completely relatable. You’ll be awed by her strength and, at the same time, you’ll want to be her best friend.” - Cara McDonough, Huffington Post Contributor, mother of three
"Through Kate's accounts of doubt and devotion we are reminded of the humanity and divinity in all of us. An inspiring, courageous memoir about owning the past, honoring the present and looking to the future." - Father Richard Rohr, Author, spiritual world leader and founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation
“Kate’s raw, beautiful truth is one of a life that has been made richer through the mess of pain and faith and struggle and miracles. It will touch you deeply.” - Mary Ellen Clausen, Founding Director, Ophelia’s Place
“In The Misfit Miracle Girl: Candid Reflections, Kate writes of the long journey toward understanding such a profound childhood moment. With each page, Kate projects the same qualities those who know her always find in her presence: Her words evoke a joyous and loving intensity, a searching wonder and humility, about her story and communion with the larger world." - Sean Kirst, Author, longtime Upstate NY columnist and journalist
“Whenever she writes or speaks, she lays it all out on the table - her love, her joy, her pain. She doesn't beat around the bush, and there's something to be said for that. And she tells it with a side of laughter, a glimmer of hope. She reminds us that we're human. She reminds us to find joy in difficult moments.”- Alyssa LaFaro, Writer and editor, Chapel Hill, NC
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About the Author
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.
Connect at www.katedmahoney.com.