All Posts By Mackenzie Madsen

Lung Story Short


I don’t know what possessed me to think I was cool enough to shop at Urban Outfitters. My family was in town and we, of course, hit the bay area shopping malls. I had my sister with me, so I was feeling extra confident. Also, I think the tubes on my face gave me a false sense of confidence in my bodily old age.

We hit the sales section which I naively thought was occupied solely by my sister and me. I then proceeded to, how can I say this politely, let one rip. I was so proud of myself, “Kaylie, did you hear that?! Haha! Aren’t I amazing?! GUFFAW GUFFAW!” She then looked at me in terror as she pointed out the Gwen Stefani look alike, hanging clothes up in the corner. I ran as fast as my loose little cheeks could take me.

An Update


It’s been a little over two months since my hospital stay in February and there are a couple of things I know for sure: Needing to buy a plunger is one of the more awkward experiences in life. You will always run into someone from church when buying ...

Bye Bye Butterfly


Before I say anything else, I have to say thank you. Thank you to all of you for your constant love and support. I was overwhelmed with the response to my last post as you shared beautiful words of encouragement and bared your hearts and souls to me. We are not here on this earth ...

Splitting Airs


I haven’t been able to write for a while. I’ve had a lot that I’ve wanted to say...but it was stuck, lodged somewhere between my head and my heart and my craw - a serious case of emotional constipation. And I think I know why. When I was first diagnosed, I was desperate to find anyone ...

A Christmas Gift


Home Sweet Home I was a mess when I had to let go of my favorite home. It was a house in a green field surrounded by tall birch trees that would gently rustle when the wind blew. I used to crave that sound when I was away. It was the home I came home ...

The Way We Were(n’t)

by Here's a little Throwback Thursday to a time when Henry and I were a combined 70 pounds lighter than we are today. To a time before tubes and tests and tears and triumph. A time of bangs and baby love. when things were new. and simple. View post