LIVE, LAUGH, LOVE


Her name is Katie Kirkpatrick, 21 yrs old. Next to her is her fiancée, 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 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 are 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, in a wheel chair listening to her husband and friends singing to her.


In the middle of the party Katie had to rest for a bit and catch her breath. The pain doesn't 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.....lets enjoy life and don't live a complicated life. Life is too short.






work as if it was your first day
forgive as soon as possible
love without boundaries
laugh without control

and never stop smiling
even if you don't know the reason.

Please pray for those suffering from cancer.
We all have close to our heart.

Prayers are always answered

Please feel free to post this power message for awareness.
Blessings

18 comments:

KekeLynn said...

That was absolutely beautiful... and so overwhelming sad.

April 24, 2009 at 10:01 AM
Christine said...

Good Morning KekeLynn :)
*SO* powerful...right!
My heart ached and full of sadness too.

Talk about a profound perspective.

Blessings to all with cancer.

Have a grand week-end, filled with love and laughter.

Cheers & Hugs!

April 24, 2009 at 10:19 AM
positivelypresent said...

Wow, this is an amazing and sad story. It definitely puts life in perspective and I think that's wonderful. It also shows me that there are truly wonderful people in the world. Seriously, how many guys would marry her, knowing what they knew? That guy must be awesome.

Thanks for sharing this. It's sad but also inspiring.

http://positivelypresent.typepad.com

April 24, 2009 at 10:25 AM
Monica Nichols said...

So beautiful - oh my gosh I cannot wipe my tears.

Thank you thank you thank you.

Hugs,

Mon

April 24, 2009 at 6:40 PM
Christine said...

Hello Positively Present :)

I know right! What an amazing man...must be an angel.

Your welcome! I felt the same as you, I felt such sadness and found it to be very inspiring.

Love your blog :)

April 24, 2009 at 7:00 PM
Christine said...

Hey Monica :) Thank you for sharing. I am with you sista...I cry so hard every time I read it.


Last night Mon, I had a Momma and Daughter night (my 18 yr. old babygirl) and I hugged her *SO* much... not wanting to take one moment for granted.

Live, Laugh, Love
Cheers & Hugs!

April 24, 2009 at 7:10 PM
Andy Koehn said...

Perfect. Just perfect. I'm a cancer husband...terminal wife though we don't know when. This is so beautiful.

April 24, 2009 at 8:21 PM
Andy Koehn said...

PS--No. Not sad. Great! Not every ending is a happy one. (In fact...we don't really like to end a good story, now do we?) They LIVED...both of them...on that day...but more importantly...the days that preceeded it...and after. This is just too awesome.

April 24, 2009 at 8:25 PM
Christine said...

Hello Andy :)
Thank you so kindly for sharing!

Your absolutely right Andy "They LIVED...both of them...on that day...but more importantly...the days that preceeded it...and after."
You bring tears of joy to my heart.

My thoughts and prayers are with you,your wife and your loved ones.

Blessings!

April 24, 2009 at 9:24 PM
Suzanne said...

Nothing to say after this post. No words to describe this feeling.

Thank you for sharing.

April 24, 2009 at 10:01 PM
Christine said...

Suzanne, my friend! :)

No words are necessary when the heart feels all.

Cheers & Hugs!

April 25, 2009 at 11:39 AM
laughingwolf said...

beautiful in all ways, christine :)

i lost my sis to gall bladder cancer, so i know a bit of what goes on... :(

April 26, 2009 at 12:38 PM
Christine said...

Thank you so much for sharing,laughingwolf.

I am so sorry for your loss. Hugs!

We lost our Dad last yr. to liver cancer.

May your day be filled with love,laughter.

I will continue to pray for those suffering from cancer.
We all have close to our heart.

April 27, 2009 at 8:35 AM
aries_arevalo_ax said...

I always pray for those who are terminally ill... I really feel that God could work miracles in them through prayers. The story is so sad, that I felt a tear in my eye...

April 27, 2009 at 1:09 PM
Melinda said...

that was beautiful and touching and heartbreaking all at the same time.

April 28, 2009 at 6:13 AM
M Riyadh Sharif said...

So touching... I felt the tears inside me while it...
& such a wonderful message.
Thanks dear for this very nice post.

May 1, 2009 at 6:37 AM
Faith and Facts said...

Thanks for the compelling reminder that life is like a vapor and vanishes with the morning dew.

I enjoyed the brief stop on your blog and look forward to a more leisurely exploration.

blessings

May 5, 2009 at 12:50 PM
Deb said...

God Bless!
I lost my husband to colon cancer only three months after we found out about it. He was a fighter too. xxx

February 27, 2012 at 11:44 AM
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