Sad but inspiring story (made me cry)

I'm not usually one for sharing things like this, but when I read this it made me tearful. It's very sad but there is a powerful and inspiring message - make the most of our most precious moments, even if they are so short. x


 


The Joyous Life and Wedding of Katie Kirkpatrick


By Phil Bolsta



Katie Kirkpatrick’s story is a powerful reminder that we can still find joy in the midst of suffering tragedy by focusing on and celebrating the present moment. The photos and text come from an e-mail I received and from snopes.com,which verified Katie’s story.


On Valentine’s Day, 2002, Katie Kirkpatrick, then a freshman at Rochester College (a small Christian college in Rochester Hills, Michigan), was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. Undaunted, Katie strove to keep up with her studies, but she suffered another setback in 2003 when she was diagnosed with an inoperable lung tumor wrapped around her pulmonary artery. Nonetheless, in 2004 the resilient Katie took part in champion cyclist Lance Armstrong’s Ride for the Roses cancer fundraiser.


On January 15, 2005, twenty-one-year-old Katie—the girl “with a contagious smile and unrelenting optimism” who had been battling cancer for three years—married twenty-three-year-old Lapeer County sheriff’s deputy Nick Goodwin, her high school sweetheart and the love of her life, at Church of Christ in Hazel Park, Michigan.


Photos were taken by Romain Blanquart.


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Katie Kirkpatrick and her fiance, Nick, rest prior to their wedding. Katie has terminal cancer and spends hours in chemotherapy. Here Nick waits while she finishes one of the sessions.



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Even in pain and dealing with her organs shutting down, with the help of morphine, Katie took care of every single wedding plan. Her dress had to be adjusted several times due to her constant weight loss.



 


 


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An expected guest was her oxygen tank. Katie had to use it during the ceremony and reception. Katie's parents look on.



katie-kirkpatrick-in-wheelchair-being-serenaded

Katie, in a wheelchair, listening to her husband and friends serenading her



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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 periods of time.



katie-kirkpatrick-in-wedding-dress-snuggling-with-nick

Katie passed away just five days after her wedding at the McLaren Regional Medical Center in Flint, Michigan



 


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.



Posted on August 25, 2011 at 3:14 am
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Yep....I cried. That was so touching. Makes you appreciate what you have.

Posted on August 25, 2011 at 3:17 am
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Ugh you've got me crying at work. 

Posted on August 25, 2011 at 3:22 am
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WOW!!!! So sad but It really makes you think and appreciate the peolpe around you because you never know when it will be your or their last day on this earth.  My father in- law from my pervious marriage has cancer and is in his last days also my aunt has cancer and they are saying that it is not looking good for her.  I just ask for prayer for my family as we deal the best we can with everything going on around us... Live, Love, and Laugh like it's your last....

Posted on August 25, 2011 at 3:23 am
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oh yea...I'm crying at work

Posted on August 25, 2011 at 3:23 am
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Now you done made my manly exterior...um...get something in my eye!

Posted on August 25, 2011 at 3:24 am
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wow!!! so much too be thankful for. thanks for sharing this heart touching story.

Posted on August 25, 2011 at 3:24 am
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LOL @ Frazam!


Yeah it really got me too. Such a beautiful girl. I'm so glad she got to have her wedding day though

Posted on August 25, 2011 at 3:26 am
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As you said, sad and inspirational.  I'm left kinda speechless

Posted on August 25, 2011 at 3:30 am
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OMG! No! I knew this wasn't going to end well for Katie... I'm so glad she got her day and that she could be so happy. I'm sad that it had to end so quickly :-(

Posted on August 25, 2011 at 3:33 am
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trying to wipe the tears away so no one in the office will notice......we take so many things for granted and life is too short.... LIVE, LOVE & BE HAPPY :) & MAKE EACH MOMENT COUNT ((((HUGS))))

Posted on August 25, 2011 at 3:57 am
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this is so sad! but thanks for sharing, definitely gives me some perspective!!

Posted on August 25, 2011 at 4:47 am
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So incredibly sad, but so inspiring!  What a fighter and it's amazing that she was able to experience the happiest day of her life!

Posted on August 25, 2011 at 4:53 am
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Yeah, no dry eyes here either! Wow..... that is quite a story. I am so happy she got to experience such an amazing day with her high school sweetheart!

Posted on August 25, 2011 at 4:59 am
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wow. That was incredibly moving. If we had more men and women in the world with this couples attitude and fortitude it would truly be heaven on earth.

Posted on August 25, 2011 at 5:01 am
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Wow! I am speechless and trying tonto cry at work! The photos are stunning..she is beautiful!
Posted on August 25, 2011 at 5:03 am
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cryingg so much!!! she had a beautiful day!!

Posted on August 25, 2011 at 5:09 am
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Omg I'm tearing up now. That's so sad but I'm glad she was happy

Posted on August 25, 2011 at 7:37 am
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Thanks for sharing that. I am facing certain health issues myself and it really puts things in perspective...no one should give up fighting, I just hope I can look as beautiful on my own wedding day...

Posted on January 26, 2012 at 11:37 pm
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Sort of makes you rethink your own priorities..... what an incredible story!

Posted on January 26, 2012 at 11:40 pm
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OMG I can't believe she is gone and just 5 day's after they married :'( This is a tragic story but filled with love and hope! It so weird the things we take for granted and one day it will all be gone! I am deff thankful for all I have in my family <3 Hope her husband is getting along alright midst the pain :'(

Posted on January 27, 2012 at 12:26 am
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