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Thursday, April 02, 2009

beautiful lesson

The girl in the picture is Katie Kirkpatrick, 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 do 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.

First Commenter: Foongpc


  1. FC!! Yay! I'm FC here!! : )

  2. Wow! Very inspiringlah, your post today. Love it!!! : )

  3. Life is indeed short. We should always be happy and laugh constantly. Besides, what's there to be upset about? Whatever happens happen for a reason. So just go along with the flow and enjoy what life brings! : )

  4. Wow! I don't know what to say. What an inspiration to us all.

  5. foong - haha congrats foong for your first time FC here!

    i haven't gotten one at your blog right? i'm sure will get one too!

    yes agree with you. life is short... so i should just follow with the flow.

    tammy - yeah tammy. both of them were strong enough to go through difficulty. inspirational!

  6. touching..
    i wanna cry
    hey, where did u get this from?
    agree..very inspiring
    thumbsup dude

  7. nabilah - from email. yes... very touching. couldn't agree more!

  8. sweet..
    i'm sure..the five days after her wedding day were very priceless for her

  9. even though she's dying, she looked so happy

    everyone deserve to feel happy even in a short while :(

  10. Even Katie died in 5 days after the wedding (huhu.. *cry*) but she reach the happiness.. her husband really a good guy make her happy.. :D

    never stop smiling, life is short :D

  11. indeed- life so fcukin short. so live life, before life, leaves u.

  12. Wow... that was a very poignant post. Kind of sad, though...

  13. that was so sad men
    love is too short..really
    im happy for her in the way she achieved her dreams(marriage is every woman's dream right?)
    and sad that she died so early and had to spend i only five days with her husband as a wife
    but everything happens for a reason i know
    have a great day faisal
    happy blogging

  14. this is inspired!!i heard about this one,and i know love can be so blind..

    just live you life to the fullest man!

  15. this is inspired!!i heard about this one,and i know love can be so blind..

    just live you life to the fullest man!

  16. this is inspired!!i heard about this one,and i know love can be so blind..

    just live you life to the fullest man!

  17. this is inspired!!i heard about this one,and i know love can be so blind..

    just live you life to the fullest man!

  18. Aww, Katie is so pretty, I love all the photo, especially the way someone took it in black and white.

    This post is so sweet, marrying a high school sweetheart? That's too cool! It just really sucks having to lose her! I say fuck Cancer lol. Excuse my words but I'm just too tired to hear Cancer killing people.

    This must be the saddest wedding ever.

  19. three words;

  20. WOW What a touching story... Thanks for stopping by... lol.. My husband and I don;t live separate, he is active duty military and is gone A LOT.. :)(sometimes it feels like that though..)

    And thanks for the compliment on my daughters... It's not one, but their twins.. lol..

  21. this is touching. i want that man! >< its hard to find a good man like that =)

  22. Don't worry, faisal. I'm sure you'll get to be FC on my blog too. Now if I've got the time, I'll do some stalking of your blog. hehe

  23. Akak dapat email ni dari kawan lama dulu n baru2 ni dapat lagi sekali..sambil baca sambil lap tulis pun air mata bergenang...they were tough couple and so lovely.... maybe the 5 days together were the most memorable days in their life..

  24. very touching indeed.. but by golly!! the woman is so damn thin!

  25. sedih... ada gak lelaki cam tu

  26. wanna cry right now.. =(

  27. wow..very inspiring post but very sad story...

  28. hello faisal
    i got a tag for you
    hope you like it

  29. many people
    many stories
    many ups and downs
    yes, life is too short to be ordinary.

    Hope yours is full of colors and a blissful one.

  30. Happiness is reachable, no matter how long it last.

    entry kali ni sangat2 best!!!!!!!!!
    i likeeeeeeeeeeee it :)

  31. somewhere_i_belong6:46 PM

    cedey tol... nk gak dpt guy cmni...
    pejam mata pun mesti rapat..huhuh

  32. i'm is is miraclee

  33. just like the story a walk to remember :)

  34. suituapui7:14 PM

    I love the poem at the end! True, very true!

  35. been a while since my last visit:P since i just done with my piece of dissertation write-up; here i am hahah

    life is a series of installment i guez; live life to the fullest, and never regret of anything!

    have a great day faisal!

  36. if i am in nick's shoes, i wouldnt hesitate to do that too. it's the least one can do for the one you love.

  37. kebahagiaan adalah hak milik setiap insan~

    touching nya...

  38. nabilah - yes. to die in happiness is the best thing we ever wanted in our lives.

    - yeah. most of us don't appreciate life... but regret when it's shorter.

  39. etavasi - yes. agree with you... we should be happy always :)

    jerry - ah i like that... "live life before life leaves you!" :) good one... indeed.

  40. terra - yes its sad but i guess it was a happy ending for both of them :)

    blue - if i was the guy... i guess its hard for me to accept the fate. i will marry her of course but deep in my heart i'll be crying every night. counting days... and thinking of the day she dies... really will drive me nut.

  41. axim - will you do the same? :)

    half - who loves cancer? no one. i hate cancer too but its just too hard to get rid of it... i mean not to hear about it. even my neighbor got breast cancer. she told us that she cooks at home and very seldom eating outside but then doc told her it might be because of the work stress.

    no stress, no outside food.

    life is never that easy, don't you think?

  42. penguin - haha is that the laziest comment you ever type? busy thinking of the next new post for your blog eh? :P

    keep me posted!

    lisa - ah ok. now i got the storyline clear :)

    twin is cool but i know how hard to raise...

  43. syaz - i'm like that :P

    foong - i will! i will! haha...

  44. kniedaz - akak rasa... ramai tak yang sanggup jadi macam ni? yang ramai... semua atas landasan nafsu kan? susah la nak cari orang yang sanggup buat macam ni. 1 dalam sejuta kot?

    jard - cancer is evil... remember?

  45. luffy - ko sanggup tak? :)

    bard - remember to be happy? life is too short. so, don't cry.. :)

  46. lakas - indeed. something for us to think about :)

    blue - oh ok! thanks :)

  47. drsam - life is never easy. sometimes its never fair :)

    but what we should do is... appreciate every moment and live life to the fullest. there is no turning back :)

    qaseh - yes. agree with your point :) who says we can't get happiness even tho life is shorter than we expect?

  48. somewhere - hehe tapi bukan mudah nak cari macam ni :)

    wahidah - love is blind? haha in this context?

  49. inah - a walk to remember? never watch the movie and never read the book yet.

    should be a good one! :)

    - hehe i know you are good in art :)

  50. rahah - yes. to keep ourselves happy always... story like this should always be read... if not everyday at least often :)

    - but can we be as strong as him? :(

  51. k.a - macam iklan le plak :P

  52. faisal,
    She had the cancer yet she still had the big dream.
    With the determination, she endured the great pain.
    She had the great tolerance.
    Her life was short but showed us how she treasured the life.
    The lesson is that we have to love the life even facing a lot of obstacles.
    Yes, this is the time to forgive,love truly
    laugh constantly smiling
    no matter how strange life is.
    This is the wonderful yet inspiring post.
    Faisal, have a nice day.

  53. very touching... why some people dont know or dont want to appreciate LOVE....

  54. that's absolutely beautiful.. i got teary eye there! great post!!!

  55. coolingstar - yes coolingstar. its hard to find a strong woman like her! i really adore her!

    rush - life is never fair i'd say?

  56. jackie - hopefully it won't give you depression :)

  57. em...
    bagus la tunang die

  58. this is so sweet. thank you for posting this up..made me felt so tingly inside.

  59. mizszie - yep. bukan semua orang boleh buat macam tu :)

    ladyviral - glad that you like it :)

  60. hey this is good. *sorry lama tak tak dtg, i missed a lot. busy.* i'm making this a desktop wallpaper. maybe a lesson, too, about how some people are just focusing on the wrong things when they should be finding ways to happiness. how's that?

  61. potter - sometimes we make effort to find happiness, just that sometimes happiness seems to run away from us. how? :(


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