‘Teen Mom’ Star Mackenzie McKee Shares Special Gift She Found From Her Mom Just Weeks After Her Death
Teen Mom OG star, Mackenzie McKee, is grieving the loss of her mother. The 25-year-old took a break from social media following her mother’s December 2019 death but has since returned and is focused on her fitness business and raising her family. The MTV star recently shared a photo of a touching note her mother left behind that she did not discover until after her mom’s passing.
Mackenzie McKee loses her mother to cancer battle
Teen Mom fans watched McKee struggle to come to terms with her mom’s cancer diagnosis. Her mother, Angie Douthit, was diagnosed with stage 4 brain cancer in January 2018. Douthit was open about her illness, sharing candid updates on her social media account as well as on the show. A devout Christian, she also penned a book, God’s Plan, which she detailed her journey.
The diagnosis was rough from the beginning and doctors shared that her outcome may not be as she wished. Despite treatments, the cancer spread quickly.
“Scans showed results that were not good. The cancer has grown in the liver and in the brain. There is also some hemorrhaging in the brain,” she wrote on her Instagram account. “I will have two more doses of radiation and that will be the last treatment I will be given. I should be able to go home in the next few days. We have decided to have the hospice come in when I go home for some extra care.”
Hospice care is normally the final place a patient goes in order to rest comfortably before the inevitable. Douthit provided the hospice update just a week before her death.
The family shared that Douthit died on her Instagram account on Dec. 10 with a touching caption equipped with a Bible verse.
“On Monday, December 9 at 11:37pm, Angie finished her race,” the caption read in part with a photo of Douthit running in a marathon. “Her last days were spent lovingly surrounded by family and friends as they prayed, sang, and shared funny Angie stories.”
She was just 50-years-old.
Mackenzie McKee shares note her mother left her
McKee and her mother were extremely close. The reality star leaned on her mom when she became pregnant as a teenager and viewers watched as Douthit stood by her daughter through the struggles of motherhood and marriage.
McKee helped care for her mother during her illness. As her progression worsened, she got a tattoo on her forearm in her mother’s honor that read, “Always be kind.” She shared a photo of the tattoo as well as a candid shot of her and her mother on Dec. 6. The tattoo is in her mother’s handwriting.
McKee broke her silence on her mother’s death in a lengthy Instagram post on Jan. 21. She expressed that she opted to grieve in silence, away from the spotlight as she reconciled her new normal.
“I have avoided talking to anyone regarding where things stand since her passing, and have passed on opportunities for interviews regarding her,” she wrote. “I decided to give a one time tell all interview. I miss you daily momma, every day and strive to make you proud, both with what I’m sharing here and every day of my life. I miss and love you more than words can say.”
McKee shared a link in her Instagram bio that led fans to the interview. Talking to Champion Daily, McKee revealed that she and her family have entrusted one another by spending time together to get through the difficult time. The family is tight-knit and live close to each other. McKee also said that she uses her Christian faith, as her mother would wish, to help her through the process.
As she continues to grieve, McKee got the surprise of a lifetime when she discovered a handwritten note from her mother while on a trip to New York recently. It was the first time she’d traveled to New York without her mom and was having a difficult time without her until she found the letter.
“I opened my suit case after arriving and who knows how this wallet got here but it did. Mom, you figured out how to come with me,” she wrote.
The note instantly put a smile on McKee’s face and allowed her to enjoy the trip knowing that her mother was close to her heart.