The girl in this picture is Katie Kirkpatrick, she is 21. Next to her, is her fiance', Nick, 23. This picture was taken shortly before their wedding ceremony, held on January 15, 2005 in the US. Katie has terminal cancer and spends hours a day receiving medication. In the picture, Nick is waiting for her on one of the many sessions of Chemo 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 wedding 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 their 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 rest breaks. The pain wouldn't allow her to stand up for long periods.
Katie died five days after her wedding day. Watching a women so ill and weak getting married and with a smile on her face makes us think.....Happiness is reachable, no matter how long it lasts. We should stop making our lives complicated.
Her husband Nick said of the wedding and Katie's passing: "It was wonderful. It was a dream come true. She was the most beautiful angel ever - just caring and selfless, and such an inspiration to everyone. She was always smiling no matter what happened, no matter what news she got. She was as close to perfect as they come."
She did not let sickness stop her from living, take away the hope or faith that made her believe she had a future. She had a lovely wedding and she had love and she gave love and love doesn't die. And that is how Katie beat cancer.