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Thursday, November 22, 2012
Something to Reflect Upon this Thanksgiving
I received this as an email from a friend of mine. I felt it was worth sharing.
Never take anything for granted, life is short, so enjoy every day, and be thankful for what you have.
How's this story for a reminder that "We don't know we're alive".
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,
2012. 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
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 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 does
not allow her to stand a long period of time. Katie died 5 days
after her wedding. To see a fragile woman dress as a bride with a
beautiful smile makes you think... Happiness is always there within
reach, no matter how long it lasts. Let's enjoy 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. Please pray for those suffering from
cancer. Keep this going.