As a disabled person, I applaud these agencies for giving their voices in support of Terri. I am 28 years old now. My disability (cerebral palsy causing extreme difficulty walking and breathing problems) will, according to my doctors, cause me to become unable to use my legs, basically becoming wheelchair-bound and unable to move on my own by the time I am between the age of 50-55. I have been following this case very closely since I first heard about it. It is worrying me, because if Terri's husband gets his way I really feel that it will become the precedent in these types of cases. If it can happen to Terri (who, in my opinion based on seeing photos and clips of her is NOT "permanently brain-dead"), it can happen to me or any of us in the future. I certainly would not want to be starved to death over the span of weeks until I died because I was "undesirable" to someone, or to society. Which is why this case is so important to me and other disabled people. I also commend you people who are fighting for Terri- I just hope that when my time comes, and other disabled people's times of trouble come, that you will continue to fight for us. It is very much appreciated, and I thank you all. However- the important thing now is to fight for Terri, so that we hopefully never even have to worry about this happening to anyone again in the future.
I would give anything to be able to care for my husband ,like MS could have chosen to care for Terri. But my DH had a living will, and I was bound by his decision. I feel that I was hurried into an irrevocable life-and-death decision by the doctors and by his own family, but that's neither here nor there : Terri, to judge by the videos, is far more responsive to people and her surroundings than was my husband, on that last terrible day-and her heart beats on its own, her lungs operate on their own, and at least some doctors believe that as she does not drool, she can be trained to eat by mouth. While her life is not one I would have wanted for my DH, or would want for myself, in absence of a written directive from Terri, her family should have the opportunity to care for her till the NATURAL end of her ligfe-and as her heart and lungs are working ,that death should not be the result of slow starvation and dehydration.
posted on 10/29/2003 2:41:40 PM PST
I'm in the same position you are. I'm 33, have multiple sclerosis and doctors told me I can look forward to the next 50 years slowly becoming more and more disabled. My grandmother (has MS too, can't figure this out) sends me magazines showing MS patients in wheelchairs and in the disabled olympics (skis specially fastened to themselves).
This kind of thinking scares the *&*^ out of me... I guess according to the left I'm not worth the time and effort. Maybe if I had breast cancer they'd hold a rally for me?
According to some of them I should have just been murdered in the womb, if there was a way to predict who would have MS or CP or anything else some of us end up with. Thank God my husband doesn't feel the same. Both of us pray for Terri and her family.
And pray that we are able to maintain the sanctity of life position over the quality of life position in our society. Who is anyone to tell me what my QUALITY of life is? Or you?
posted on 10/29/2003 9:35:22 PM PST
(Bennett / Krauthammer: "When in doubt, you MUST opt for Life")
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