As many begin to focus on New Year’s resolutions, Brad Douthit, father of Teen Mom OG star Mackenzie McKee, continues to grieve the loss of his wife Angie and reflect on their time together.
After a two-year battle with Stage 4 cancer, Angie’s family announced on December 9 that she had “finished her race,” surrounded by family and friends. The family shared the news on Angie’s Instagram—a place where Angie posted inspirational messages and updates everyday with her followers. Since her death, various family members have kept the daily messages going and on Thursday Brad took over to provide an update on how he’s been doing in the weeks since Angie’s death. .
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“Imitate me, as I also imitate Christ.” 1 Corinthians 11:1 “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.” 2 Timothy 4:7-8 On Monday, December 9 at 11:37pm, Angie finished her race. Her last days were spent lovingly surrounded by family and friends as they prayed, sang, and shared funny Angie stories. Angie found out about her cancer in January 2018. She wanted to keep everyone informed of what was going on so she made a social media post. The next day she made another. And then another. And what started as an easy way to convey information turned into wildfire of hope that spread over the world. She wasn’t able to sleep an entire night so she would wake up around 3am to write her posts. We watched her get up everyday in the darkest hours of the night to spread the brightest light that she knew of, her Savior Jesus Christ. There were times when she wrote her posts through pain and confusion. There were times at the end when she couldn’t type and would ask her daughters to type for her but she would not give up spreading the gospel message of hope. In nearly two years, she never missed her daily post…tomorrow she will. But this is where you pick up the baton and run like she did mighty warrior. You can choose this day to be like Angie and use your social media engagements to make a difference rather than disaster, to spread love and not hate, and to always be kind. We know many people around the world read these posts so drop your city and country name in the comments so we can see where you are! #staystrongmightywarrior #itsonlycancer #alwaysbekind
“ … Everyone keeps telling me that it gets easier as time goes on, but I ain’t experienced that yet. It seems to get harder every day,” Brad wrote. “I keep thinking of things that I should have done for Angie and with her. So all I can do is thank God for allowing me to be her husband and thank Him for all the things He taught me through watching her live her life.
“It was so amazing just to hear her heart for God and His people,” he continued. “Her love and kindness caught me by surprise a lot of times, but after a while I came to expect it.”
Brad— who has appeared on ‘Teen Mom OG’ as well as Teen Mom 3 and 16 and Pregnant— went on to say at times he wanted Angie to “get mad and holler or blame” their situation on something, but Angie always told him that “God had been preparing her for this her whole life” and that he just had to enjoy what moments he had with her.
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Psalm 57:1 “Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me, for in You my soul takes refuge; in the shadow of Your wings I will take refuge, till the storms of destruction pass by.” Everyone keeps telling me that it gets easier as time goes on, but I ain't experienced that yet. It seems to get harder every day. I keep thinking of things that I should have done for Angie and with her. So all I can do is thank God for allowing me to be her husband and thank Him for all the things He taught me through watching her live her life. It was so amazing just to hear her heart for God and His people. Her love and kindness caught me by surprise a lot of times, but after a while I came to expect it. Sometimes I wanted her to get mad and holler or blame our situation on something, but she just kept telling me that God had been preparing her for this her whole life. So I had to just hold on and enjoy every moment with her. She forever changed my life. I love and miss her, but what she has done in this world and for this world makes me smile when I'm not crying. Angie always ran to the Lord for strength and refuge. Please pray that I can do the same. #alwaysbekind #staystrongmightywarrior #ultimatehealing -Brad Douthit, husband and best friend of Angie Douthit
“She forever changed my life,” Brad said. “I love and miss her, but what she has done in this world and for this world makes me smile when I’m not crying. Angie always ran to the Lord for strength and refuge. Please pray that I can do the same.”
Brad signed off from his post with “Brad Douthit, husband and best friend of Angie Douthit.”
Earlier this week, Mackenzie wrote about how hard it is to watch her dad live without her mom, who was his high school sweetheart.
2020 is a year I have to learn to live without my mom,’ she wrote on Instagram. “The one who helped me through everything. The one who always believed in me. The year us kids have to watch our dad live without his sweet heart. I do not want to ring in the new year AT ALL.”
Angie’s cancer battle will be a topic covered during the upcoming season of ‘Teen Mom OG.’