Monday, March 27, 2006

From Cheryl Ford, RN of Fight4Terri

This email is from Cheryl Ford, RN tonight. God bless!

If you feel inclined, please click on the link and post your comments on Bay News 9.

Family feud that divided a nation

Terri Schiavo was 41 when she died.
The family feud that divided a nation goes public again, when two books about Terri Schiavo hit the market a day apart.

Schiavo's husband Michael released his book Monday. Schiavo's family, the Schindlers, release their side of the story Tuesday.

Schiavo was the Pinellas Park woman who remained in a vegetative state for 15 years before her feeding tube was removed March 31 of last year. Her story and the family drama on both sides of the issue fueled debates that went all the way to the highest branches of government in Washington.

Michael Schiavo's book, "Terri: The Truth," will tell his side of
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the story after keeping a low profile during her final days. Schiavo writes about his love for his wife and the threats he received for following her wishes.

"A religious zealot offered $250,000 to anyone who would kill me," Schiavo writes. "My two babies were threatened with death. All because I was doing what Terri, the woman I loved, wanted."

In another excerpt, Schiavo writes, "When Terri collapsed in February, 1990, I was certain she would recover. My love for her kept that hope alive in me for years. But there came a time when I had to face the medical facts."

In Schiavo's parents' book, "A Life That Matters," her brother, Bobby Schindler, chronicles the first moments he saw his sister after her collapse.

"I could see half the side of her face and she was having trouble breathing. I leaned down and shook her shoulders and said 'Terri get up, get up.' There was no response. And it was that moment that the paramedics knocked on the door."

Schindler tells the reader how his parents reacted to the news that something was terribly wrong with his sister.

"My dad kept asking me over and over again, 'What do you think is wrong?' And I didn't know. I didn't know. I didn't know what was wrong. And we just waited."

Michael Schiavo and the Schindlers fought in court for eight years over what each thought were Terri's best interests. The courts gave Michael Schiavo the final say.

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Our Fight4Terri
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Cheryl Ford, RN ( is not affiliated with any other group and works to protect the rights of the disabled community

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