Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Life is Short! Touching Marriage (Terminal Cancer)

Beautiful Lesson !!!!!!!!



The girl in the picture is Katie Kirkpatrick, she is 21 . Next to her, her fiancé, Nick, 23.
The picture was taken shortly before their wedding ceremony, held on January 11, 2005 in the US .
Katie has terminal cancer and spend hours a day receiving medication.
In the picture, Nick is waiting for her on one of the many sessions of quimo to end.



In spite of all the pain, organ failures, and morphine shots, Katie is going along with her wedding and took care
of every detail. The dress had to be adjusted a few times due to her constant weight loss



An unusual accessory at the party was the oxygen tube that katie used throughout the ceremony and reception as well.
The other couple in the picture are Nick's parents. Excited to see her son marrying his high school sweetheart.



Katie, in her wheelchair with the oxygen tube , listening to a song from her husband and friends
At the reception, katie had to take a few rests.The pain does not allow her to stand up for long periods



Katie died five days after her wedding day. Watching a woman so ill and weak getting married and with a smile on her face makes us think..... Happiness is reachable, no matter how long it last. We should stop making our lives complicated.


Life is short
Break the rules
forgive quickly
kiss passionately, love truly
laugh constantly
And never stop smiling
no matter how strange life is
Life is not always the party we expected to be
but as long as we are here, we should smile and be grateful.

1 Comments:

At 8:12 PM , Blogger KClovestory said...

What a beautiful story. I just had to say good bye to my groom. Three days after talking seriously about getting married we discovered that my late husband had terminal bile duct liver cancer. We married two weeks later with immediate family and close friends in attendance. It was a perfect day. We spent the next seven months living a beautiful life together. Not perfect mind you. Keith had much pain as Katie. Wheel chair, oxygen at the end, catheter, bile drain bag, no appetite or when he did eat it came back up much of the time. He lost close to 120 lbs. in 11 months. We didn't know he had cancer until two weeks before we married but he had already lost 45 lbs. and was experiencing severe heart burn type pain. The Dr. had told us that he had the cancer for 6-12 months before being diagnosed. Life is short. Live it bravely. Jump in with both feet and never regret the experiences that give you the beauty of life. God knows what he is doing even if we can't see it. Keith made me feel lovable again and God knew that Keith was going to need love and help to face this last piece of his journey here on earth. I miss him but I still marvel at the beauty of life.

 

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