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Terri Schiavo

During the many years that I have been aware of Terri Schiavo, I had never seen a picture of her before the collapse that caused her brain damage. I saw a picture this morning for the first time and was struck by how beautiful and vibrant she looked before her mind and body were ravaged. Then I saw a picture taken of her in 2001 and the counterpoint to the first image was so startling.

I do wonder what I would do in a similar situation with a loved one. I don't have children so I have no idea how hard it might be to let go of a child no matter what his or her current condition.

In the case of Terri Schiavo, I hope that her loved ones put aside what they want and consider what's truly best for her. And then I hope they will remember and honor the way she lived before the tragedy as they make decisions on her behalf.

I don't have an answer for them. I just pray for their sake that her husband, her parents and her siblings are putting her first. I hope they are not so wrapped up in the battle for control that they forget that Terri Schiavo should always be the main consideration.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1475130

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beccak1961
Mar. 18th, 2005 03:03 pm (UTC)
It's such a hard decision. I don't know what I'd do and hope to God I never find out. My heart goes out to her family.
silverdee
Mar. 18th, 2005 05:45 pm (UTC)
And imagine having all this played out so publicly. I know her parents are using the media to publicize their opposition to what happened today. But it's still got to be awful to have your family's business all over the news no matter what side you're on. I need to do my living will.
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