Here's something that was forwarded to me by The Mango Farmer. It's been going around in emails and stuff, so I decided to post it here. Will post the photo credits as soon as I find out who the photographer is. :-)
Katie Kirkpatrick, 21, held off cancer to celebrate the happiest day of her life. Katie had chased cancer only to have it return to clog her lungs and grab hold of her heart. Breathing was difficult now, she had to use oxygen. The pain in her back was so intense it broke through the morphine that was supposed to act as a shield. Her organs were shutting down but it would not stop her from marrying Nick Godwin, 23, who was in love with Katie since 11th grade.
In this photo, Katie Kirkpatrick, left, and Nick Godwin, wait for the nurse to come and start Katie's treatment at McLaren Regional Medical Center in Flint on the morning of January 12, 2005. Nick Godwin works night shift as a Lapeer County Sheriff's deputy and took Katie to the medical center right after a night's work, three days before their wedding. Katie is tired from not being able to sleep at night because of her pain and Nick had worked a night shift.
Katie holds some of her daily medication for several minutes before taking them as she waves in and out of sleep because of the morphine she takes while sitting in the livingroom of the familly home in Metamora ( January 11, 2005).
Katie is in a lot of pain in the days leading to her wedding taking morphine and numerous medications to help her. Niki Kirkpatrick,right, took a leave of abscence from work so she can take care of her daugther Katie who now needs constant assistance.
Nick, left, takes a moment of rest while his bride, Katie, gets an intravenous procedure to reduce the amount of fluids her body is retaining at McLaren Regional Medical Center in Flint (January 12, 2005). Nick, who works night shift as a Lapeer County Sheriff's deputy, took Katie to the medical center after a night's work, three days before their wedding.
Katie walks past a photograph of herself when she was homecoming queen at Lapeer East High School where she also was a co-valedictorian. The photograph sits on a table in her familly's home livingroom in Metamora.
Katie puts on some hearings a few minutes before walking down the aisle to marry Nick who she had known since 11th grade, at Church of Christ in Hazel Park on January 15, 2005.
Katie and Nick cuddle up for a moment while waiting for the wedding photographer to get ready after getting married.
Dave Kirkpatrick gives the thumbs up to his new son in law while admiring the couple with his wife Niki Kirkpatrick, right, after Nick and Katie got married.
Katie gets serenaded by her new husband Nick and his best men during the wedding party on the dance floor at Boulder Point Golf Club and Banquet Center in Oxford, MI.
Katie Kirkpatrick Godwin, center, rests for a few moments during her wedding party. Katie was exhausted.
Five days later, Katie died. 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.