The Legacy of Terri Schiavo -- A Lesson for Us All
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In 2004-5, when the Terri Schiavo case divided the country,
one side of the story was buried under the avalanche of
politics and power. Now, Terri Schiavoï¿½s parents, brother,
and sister speak outï¿½for Terri and themselves. A LIFE THAT
MATTERS may well change every assumption you have about
Terriï¿½s too-brief life and prolonged, agonizing death.
Here the people who loved her and knew her best tell the
story not only of the fifteen years Terri struggled to stay
alive, but of a gentle child who brought happiness to
everyone she touched. This is the story of a normal
adolescent who blossomed into the beautiful young woman who
captured Michael Schiavoï¿½s heart. And it is the inside story
of their troubled relationship, for the members of Terriï¿½s
family were witnesses to a growing tensionï¿½and were her
confidants as she struggled in her marriage with the husband
who would later crusade for her premature and unnecessary death.
A book that stakes clear moral ground without a political
aim, A LIFE THAT MATTERS takes us inside Terriï¿½s family when
the courts ordered her feeding tube removed, and it leads
inexorably to a scene that will haunt readers forever: a
bereft family barred by the police from their daughterï¿½s
hospice room in the final moments of her life.
A LIFE THAT MATTERS separates lies from truth, myth from
facts, and politics from people. It challenges us to hear
the words and feel the emotions of the warm, intensely
private family who never sought the media storm that
accosted them, or the devastating legal battle that broke
their hearts. The book asks us what we would do if we found
ourselves, as the Schindlers did, wanting nothing more than
to love and care for a daughter as long as she could live.
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