Mark and Mary Kay Liston: Diagnosed

October 2, 2023
Hosted by Patricia Raskin

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Authors Mark and Mary Kay Liston share their faith-filled journey in addition to stories of 26 others to help readers cope with life-altering diagnoses in Diagnosed: Inspirational Stories After an Alarming Medical Diagnosis. Can a difficult diagnosis create a stronger faith? On November 3, 2022, Mark and Mary Kay Liston went to the ER to treat a nasty cough that Mark had picked up. After hours, the doctor entered the room and gave Mark the somber diagnosis of lung cancer, indicating a ping pong-sized lump in his lung. To Mark, who was a healthy, lifelong non-smoker, the diagnosis was both shocking and confusing. In the following 76 days, he journaled and wrote notes down on all his daily medical interactions, doctor and hospital appointments, and medications given. This meticulous process of fact-finding, coupled with the author's friend-and-family invitation for, and inclusion of, 26 others' stories of similar life-threatening diagnoses, resulted in the compilation and creation of Diagnosed: Inspirational Stories After an Alarming Medical Diagnosis. The Listons divided the book into two different sections: the first section for the 26 individuals interviewed who share their diagnosis/recovery stories, and the second section for the authors' own story. Each individual who shared had a different story. Each had survived cancer or another life-altering illness, or cared for someone who had. Each one offered special insights. Yet, all are inspirational stories that can help any reader cope with their own possible life-altering diagnosis. 90% of the patients interviewed shared the importance that their faith in God, and prayer, had played in their recovery story as they, along with the author team, all navigated the powerful, healing waters of faith.

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Patricia Raskin is a nationally recognized, multi-media talk show host, award-winning producer and business owner. She is recognized by her peers and audiences as the “powerhouse voice” on lifestyle, health and wellness and inspirational programs. Her work as a trainer, speaker and coach to thousands of participants, focuses on creating positive change on a local, regional and national level. Patricia has been known as a “positive media” pioneer for four decades and she has interviewed over 5,000 guest experts and celebrities including, Dr. Maya Angelou, Dr. Memhet Oz, Marianne Williamson, Dr. John Gray, Richard Bach, Dr. Andrew Weil, Jack Canfield, Joan Lunden, ABC Shark Tank’s Kevin O’Leary, and award-winning actor Jane Seymour. Patricia has interviewed talented writers, producers and directors from the Hallmark Channel including Michael Landon Jr., Elliot Gould, Ernest Borgnine and Patty Duke. Her programs have aired on Cumulus, PBS and NPR affiliates, WTKF, 107.3FM, Blog Talk Radio and she was one of the first to create positive radio programs on the internet. The Patricia Raskin Show, aired on the News Talk 630 WPRO, a Cumulus Broadcasting affiliate, for ten years. Her program is now broadcast exclusively on, its nineteenth year, heard live on Mondays on the Variety Channel at 2PMET/11AM PT, rebroadcast on Saturdays at 3PMET on the Health and Wellness Channel and archived on voiceamerica. and also available iTunes Patricia works with companies, businesses and non-profit organizations to create trainings, seminars, radio programs, podcasts, and events that promote healthy living. Her work as a podcast coach helps clients craft, develop and deliver their podcasts. She is a 2017 graduate of the NU11 class of Leadership Rhode Island. Patricia is a recipient of the 2020 Providence Business News (PBN) Leaders and Achievers Award, the 2015 Rhode Island Small Business (SBA) Award, 1996 and 2003 Distinguished Woman of the Year Award from the Carteret County (North Carolina) Council for Women and the 2001 recipient of the Circle of Excellence Media Award from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

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