Ready to Be Heard: How One Woman Lost Her Hearing and Found Her Voice

September 1, 2020
Hosted by Lori Anne Rising and “Uncle Mark” Olmstead

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Imagine for a moment that you go to bed one night, hearing at least well enough to live your life and then wake up the next morning totally deaf. On top of that, you can’t speak either. You’ve lost the ability to communicate with others. How would you cope? What would you do? Who might you become? Amanda McDonough shares her real-life story of how she lost her hearing but found her voice in this week’s episode. Inspiring, funny, and full of life, she’s living her dreams despite the odds. Join us to find out how a deaf woman does radio, how a lip-reader gets groceries in a pandemic, how she’s taking on Hollywood, and so much more! If you or someone you know is interested in being a guest, visit to learn more.

Rise ‘n Shine! Not Just for Mornings Anymore.

Rise ‘n Shine! Not Just for Mornings Anymore.

Tuesday at 12 Noon Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica Variety Channel

Our program helps create a world that works for everyone by focusing on how to rise and shine as individuals each day. We strive to remember that there are no small acts, and all choices have ripple effects. To create lasting happiness, healthy families and a thriving planet, we must challenge pre-conceived thoughts, beliefs and habits, while cultivating deeper gratitude.

Throughout the show, we talk with authors, musicians and innovators. Some guests may remind you of things that you already know but appreciate hearing again. Others may stretch the limits of what you now consider reality, presenting the opportunity for growth and transformation.

All our guests have one thing in common though: like us, they are actively engaged in helping make the world a better place in their own unique ways. They’re taking risks, rising above the past, and shining their most authentic light to help create a world where even our grandchildren’s children can thrive.

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Lori Anne Rising and “Uncle Mark” Olmstead

Lori Anne Rising and “Uncle Mark” Olmstead

Since 2015, Lori Anne Rising and Uncle Mark Olmstead have been life partners in a quest to make a positive difference! Putting courage before comfort, and taking big risks to be true to their hearts, they are now sharing their mission of helping families rise and shine together.

Lori Anne is the international award-winning author of “You. Rising! Reclaim Your Life. Live Your Purpose.” This road map for women helps them shift from martyr to matriarch to live a healthier, happier, values-based life. As a Thought Leader with the Women’s Information Network, and a Global Prosperity and Peace Initiative Board Member, she is committed to women’s empowerment, social justice and helping create a world that works for everyone.

Uncle Mark is a singer/songwriter and International Best Indie Book Award-winning children’s author who’s performed on stages all over the world. His book, “The Adventures of The True Sunbeam,” is a delightful, universal story that reminds everyone’s inner child how to shine authentically and by using the book’s interactive activities, family relationships are strengthened, even across generations. Inspired early on by John Denver, Uncle Mark is committed to making a difference one song, and one story, at a time.

Together, Lori Anne and Uncle Mark are pursuing their dream of traveling, while lifting hearts and touching lives through words and music. Join them each week to discover new ways to “Rise ‘n Shine” in your own way, every day!

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October 2020

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