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Madonna Badger Discusses Life After Tragedy

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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 05: Matthew and Madonna Badger watch as the caskets carrying the bodies of their three daughters arrive for funeral services on January 5, 2012 in New York City. Hundreds of people attended the service at St. Thomas Episcopal Church to remember Lilian Badger, 9, and her twin sisters Sarah and Grace, 7, who died in a fire in Stamford, CT along with their grandparents on Christmas morning. The girls' mother, Madonna Badger, and her friend Michael Borcina were the only survivors of the fire, attributed to a bag of smoldering ash and embers left in a first-floor mudroom. Officials reported the girls had wanted the ash out of the fireplace so that Santa Claus could come through the chimney.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 05: Matthew and Madonna Badger watch as the caskets carrying the bodies of their three daughters arrive for funeral services on January 5, 2012 in New York City. Hundreds of people attended the service at St. Thomas Episcopal Church to remember Lilian Badger, 9, and her twin sisters Sarah and Grace, 7, who died in a fire in Stamford, CT along with their grandparents on Christmas morning. The girls’ mother, Madonna Badger, and her friend Michael Borcina were the only survivors of the fire, attributed to a bag of smoldering ash and embers left in a first-floor mudroom. Officials reported the girls had wanted the ash out of the fireplace so that Santa Claus could come through the chimney. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

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In an essay published in the most recent issue of Vogue magazine, a woman who lost her three young daughters and parents in a Christmas Day house fire in Stamford two years ago opens up about life after tragedy.

Much of the essay written by Madonna Badger is a visceral depiction of the events of Christmas Day 2011. From the time the fire broke out, to the moment she learned that everyone was dead except her and her then-boyfriend, contractor Michael Borcina.

Badger talks about the group of friends that stayed close to her while she dealt with this unimaginable horror. One of those friends that hung by her side – college friend William Duke – is now engaged to Badger, the two set to be married next September.

She called the continued pain at times “a prison cell”.

Badger did finally find a place for the ashes of her family.

She says, “I found a beautiful spot for them up on a hill and I can feel my girls and my parents with me every day. This gives me immeasurable help.”

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