Her name is Katie Kirkpatrick, 21 yrs old. Next to her is her fiancé, Nick, 23. This picture was taken prior to their wedding on 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 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 is Nick’s parents, very emotional with the wedding and to see their son marrying the girl he fell in love with when he was an adolescent.
Katie, in a wheelchair, 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 for 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.