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Terri Schaivo

April 1st, 2006 at 02:27 am

One year ago today, Terri Schaivo died.

One year ago Tuesday, I started working at my job. We still have clients tell us "I don't want to be like that" and we do a lot of Directives to Physicians.

This is such a simple document. And it doesn't have to be "right to die" as some call it. This document is about spelling out your wishes and it can be written however you like.

If you don't want to do the document - then at least have the conversation with your family. Make sure they are fully aware of your wishes. I've always known what my mom would like. My mom would like for assisted suicide to be available, she's even asked me to promise to allow her to drown herself in the tub if she gets like my grandma. When I was 12, I watched my mom and dad have to make the decision to allow my brother's body to die (he had no brain stem function).

My mom and dad are fully aware and supportive of my decision not to be kept alive through artificial means unless there is a very good chance (realistically) that I will recover. So is my husband.

I know it's a hard conversation to have, but you have to do it. Even if your decision is to be kept alive as long as possible, you have to tell your family.

2 Responses to “Terri Schaivo”

  1. mjrube94 Says:

    I took DD to a birthday party and was talking to the other moms. It's AMAZING how many of these women (and husbands) don't have wills, powers of attorney, etc. They all know they should, yet they don't take the (pretty simple) steps to get it done.

  2. carol Says:

    I followed that case closely on the Internet and was heartbroken when Michael had the feeding tube pulled for the 3rd time. Somehow I knew that was going to be the last time for Terri and I was right. Very shortly after that, I got on my computer and drafted up my own Advance Directive, had it notarized, and made 3 copies of it. It still makes me sad about Terri.

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