Monday, March 28, 2005

Ms. Schiavo

A short note on Terri. She's dominated my thinking for a few days now. God Bless her and all her family. This is such a tragic situation. I don't think anyone would want to live in such a state and I believe that a person's wishes to die should be respected. No matter how hard it is to let someone go, we must all go some time or another. I'm under the impression her parents have not wanted to let her go., therefore pursuing this battle over the years. I would not want this situation to happen to me and therefore because of Terri's situation I will seek a living will or whatever it is I need to do.  I already have given a friend the power of attorney to make medical decisions for me should my meds fail and my mental health deteriorate again.   With Terri's plight, I need to take that one step further.   My family doesn't really know me. (we are dysfunctional and see each other every few years).    I don't want my family stepping in my behalf.   To uphold my wishes, I know the legal system is the only way.    I recommend this for everyone.    Right-to-Die issues I know are moral issues for some but people need to respect others regardless of their beliefs.   Who are they to dictate about someone else's life.   Granted there are children and others who can't make a decision, like the mentally handicapped or mentally ill.   These times others do need to decide for them.  But an adult who is capable of making their own decisions, should be respected.    I know I have taken a risk here speaking out, but this has been plagueing me since friday and another j-lander's entry. (she had her own experience with this situation) .    Remember:  God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the Courage to change the things I can, and the Wisdom to know the difference.     Terri is in God's hands now, as she should be!   Let her Spirit be Free!

1 comment:

delela1 said...

Terri's case has made me think twice about having a living will, also.  this is a heart breaking story, so very sad.