Life Story

Madison Anne began writing at age six; she has a box full of stories she wrote about her cats and their adventures. All throughout her middle school years, she continued to day dream and write, even during school. For her, writing was a hobby. Little did she know writing would soon become her liberation.

Also at the age of six, Madison Anne suffered from severe migraines. She cannot recall a time where she hadn't come home from school with a splitting headache. On a whim, her pediatrician sent her in for a MRI at age 13, and that day, Madison's life eclipsed. She was diagnosed with a brain tumor on her right temporal lobe, dangerously close to her optic nerve. That summer, her brain tumor was removed, catalyzing her transformation from an atheletic girl to a chronically sick girl. As time continued, Madisonw was diagnosed with dysautonomia, a degenerative disease which raised havoc over her life, family, and friends. This disease, first considered mild in the form of POTS, prevented her from standing more than five minutes; if she stood, she would faint. Her symptoms digressed until she could no longer eat or drink. For three years, her life was a living hell, shadowed by pain and despair. She was hospitalized at least once a month. There were always late-night urgent visits to the ER three times a week. Madison dropped out of school, having to begin online school, the pain of sitting in class and inability to manage her sickness making it impossible to be a "normal" student. As she and her mentor agreed, Madison was Different,Different with a capital D.  The disease progressed into three organs, causing her gallbladder, stomach, and bladder to stop functioning. At sixteen, Madison lost hope. She was tired of being fed through an IV while her friends were able to eat her birthday cake; she was exhaused of being in the hospital every other week.
She opened her computer, not sure what to do. Soon, she had opened a new document and begun typing, words flowing from her head into her fingertips. She wrote and wrote, the words coming out without much consideration, until she discovered that she had a promising storyline. At that moment, she knew writing would be her escape from a world of pain and suffering. As she wrote her first book, Perfectly Safe, her childhood faith was reignited. Sitting in a hopsital bed, suddently, her world lit up. 
She knew she was suffering for a reason. She knew God had His hand on her. She continued writing, determined to share the flaming hope inside her with others around her. As she did so, she created a nonprofit, Kids With Cattitude, dedicated to suffering children like herself. Her nonprofit makes blankets for kiddos in the hospital. You can read about her nonprofit at www.kidswithcattitude.org .​ Today, as she continues to write and work on her nonprofit through the pain of daily life, she wants her readers to know four things: 1) God is her joy and hope; 2) She would not be where she is today without both her sister and mentor; 3) There is always a glint of hope, even when the darkness seems all-consuming; 4) In the darkness, God's light shines brightest.

Madison and her nephew

"God is [her] refuge and strength, a very present help in times of trouble" (Psalm 46:1).

Madison and her niece, ages 9 and 3, respectively