- Caitlin Bangsund is committed to spreading a message of hope so people of all ages can be reminded to press on, one tiny step at a time.
- Her inspiration came from watching her daughter Macey’s medical journey unfold.
- She writes to understand the danger and beauty of love, to unravel grief, and to encourage people to see beyond limitations (their own and others).
- The “Marvellous Macey” picture book series is based on the true story of a real-life superhero.
- Just about every person will see a bit of Macey in themselves, and that’s a good thing.
Caitlin Bangsund is an author who will not talk to you about the weather but does tend to overthink most other things in life. She takes refuge in the quiet morning hours where she whispers to herself, “Slow down. Have fun. Trust God.” In spite of being a serial-rule-follower at heart, she loves to make people laugh and show off her enviable dance moves whenever the opportunity allows. If you are lucky, she will share her purse-hot-sauce with you! She wishes we would all communicate in song, that we could eat unlimited quantities of cookie dough, and for a world full of hope.
Caitlin Bangsund is committed to spreading a message of hope so that people of all ages can learn to persevere, one tiny step at a time. She uses the grief and trauma of childhood cancer, childhood disability, and the fear of almost losing her daughter – the star of her picture book series – to encourage both children and adults to be themselves and see beyond limitations (their own and others).
Throughout Macey’s medical journey, Bangsund shared blog updates with friends and family. During that time, writing became therapeutic for her and inspiring to her readers. It was a way for people to connect and empathize, and she was often encouraged to turn her writing into a book.
Bangsund writes to share lessons, humour, and inspiration based on the experiences of her family. Macey is a “miracle, a superhero, and a girl who knows how to light up a room. She demonstrates kindness and acceptance and is the greatest example of resiliency.”
Upon entering the self-publishing industry, it became clear to Bangsund that her Bachelor of Business degree would prove useful. Her personal training certification was not as applicable. She wears many hats and is getting better and better at juggling.
Bangsund is currently working on adding resources to help people navigate grief and seeking opportunities to speak about the danger and beauty of love. When she is not sitting at her desk (how badly she wants a standing desk!) she is walking her Goldador (dog, not gecko), lifting heavy things, watching Modern Family with her husband and two sons, or having teatime with her daughter.
Bangsund hopes the “Marvellous Macey” series will start conversations about having hope, living in the moment, showing up for the people we love, and persevering (slowly, and on tiptoes).
Her message is face the muck, find the glitter, and press on when things are hard (tiny steps count!).