I received this story in an email and was so moved by the message it sends. I share it now with all of you, in the hopes that it does the same.
Her name is Katie Kirkpatrick, 21 yrs old. Next to her is her fiancé, Nick, 23.
This picture was taken prior to their wedding January 11th, 2005. Katie has terminal cancer and spends hours in chemotherapy.
Here Nick awaits while she finishes one of the sessions…
Even in pain and dealing with her organs shutting down, with the help of morphine, Katie took care of every single part of the wedding planning.
Her dress had to be adjusted several times due to Katie’s constant weight loss.
An expected guest was her oxygen tank. Katie had to use it during the ceremony and reception.
The other couple in this picture is Nick’s parents, very emotional with the wedding and of course to see their son marrying the girl he fell in love when he was an adolescent.
Katie sat in a wheel chair listening to her husband and friends singing to her during her reception.
In the middle of the party, Katie had to rest for a bit and catch her breath. The pain did not allow her to stand for long period of time.
Katie died 5 days after her wedding.
To see a fragile woman dress as bride with a beautiful smile makes you think… happiness is always there within reach, no matter how long it lasts…..
Enjoy life, don’t make it too complicated, and appreciate the small things. Life is too short.