Two years ago in October my beautiful Sister Julie died of Cancer she was 58 six months older than me and before I was adopted we became friends, I remember following her home from School because I thought she was so nice, she had such a beautiful, warm smile. Julie married a few months before she died, she helped others in her life to feel wanted and raised money to help support those in need but sadly she left her Childhood faith in Jesus and went in the wrong direction the same as I did but before she died Jesus our Lord and Saviour rescued her and in thankfullness she asked for the Old Rugged Cross to be played at her funeral.
The following Story is in remembrance of all we shared together the good times and the bad … I Love you Julie, thanks for being my friend when nobody else wanted to, I look forward to being with you again, not just for a few years but for ever.
On Saturday January 15, 2005 Katie Kirkpatrick, 21 Married Nick Godwin, 23, who was in Love with her since 11th grade.
Katie held off Lung Cancer to celebrate the happiest day of her life. To Breath was difficult for her and so she had to use oxygen. The pain in her back was so intense that even Morphine gave little relief as Katie’s organs were shutting down,
but it would not stop her from Marrying her Nick.
Katie seeing a photograph of herself when she was Homecoming Queen
at High School remembers a time when Cancer was not part of her life
but Nick is always there for her and this comforts Katie.
Katie and Nick wait for the nurse to come and start Katie’s treatment, although Nick works night shift he still takes Katie to the Medical centre after
finishing work. Three days before their Wedding Katie is tired
from not being able to sleep at night because of her pain.
Nick takes a moment of rest while Katie gets an intravenous procedure
to reduce the amount of fluids her body is retaining.
Her Mum Niki takes time of work to care for Katie who now needs
Katie now experiencing a lot of pain only a few days before her Wedding
relies on Morphine and other medications to help her.
Katie happily puts on some earrings knowing in a few moments she
will be walking down the aisle to Marry Nick at the
Church of Christ in Hazel Park.
Dave and Nicki welcome Nick their new Son In Law right after
Nick and Katie were married.
Katie and Nick spend some precious moments together
after the wedding.
Katie gets serenaded by Nick and his best man during
the Wedding party and her Joy overshadows the
Pain for a short time.
Taking time out to rest during her Wedding party, Katie is exhausted
and in pain but her heart is full of Joy.
After Marrying Nick her High School sweetheart, Katie lived only five more days . She leaves rich memories of her Courage and Hope in face of
overwhelming suffering and pain…
Katie and Nick did not give up but held onto the Hope that they had a future
which could not be calculated in terms of Days or Hours but in the fullness
of realising their Dream and rejoicing that it became a reality…
Their Love lives on… for every Heart that remembers a flam burns
bright and no amount of time can dim the light.
Lets light a Candle of Hope by taking time out to Pray for all those suffering Terminal illness and for their Loved ones and lets also seek to give
of our time and resources.
“A Candle loses nothing if it is used to light another one… So as we light someone else’s candle our flame will also burn brightly too.
Music – Memories