"A religious zealot offered $250,000 to anyone who would kill me. My two
babies were threatened with death. I was condemned by the president, the
majority leaders of the House and Senate, the governor of Florida, the pope,
and the right-wing media, all because I was doing what Terri—the woman I
"I didn’t respond to their attacks. I didn’t confront their lies. Until
"…You may know the headlines about what came to be known as The Schiavo
Case, but that doesn’t mean you know what really happened. And you certainly
don’t know why. Frankly, that’s because my efforts while Terri was alive
were concentrated on giving her the best care possible, and waging the legal
battle to ensure that the promise I’d made to her—that she wouldn’t be kept
alive artificially—would be kept. I didn’t have time for public relations. I
didn’t have time to expose the hidden agendas of all sorts of people, most
of whom wouldn’t have known who Terri was if they passed her on the street.
That’s why I wrote this book, and why it’s called Terri: The Truth."
About the Authors:
Michael Schiavo’s epic battle, first to heal his wife, and then to
allow her to die with dignity, was front-page news around the world. To care
for Terri, Michael became an EMT, then a registered respiratory therapist,
and finally, a registered nurse. Michael has founded
mobilize voters against candidates who have no qualms about interfering in
what should be personal, family decisions. TerriPac will also work to
encourage everyone over the age of seventeen to have a living will. Michael
lives with his wife Jodi, and their two children, Olivia and Nicholas, in
Michael Hirsh is a Peabody Award-winning documentarian and the
author of four nonfiction books, including None Braver: U.S. Air Force
Pararescuemen in the War on Terrorism.
"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
Schiavo’s parents, brother, and sister speak out—for Terri and themselves. A
LIFE THAT MATTERS may well change every assumption you have about Terri’s
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 Schiavo’s heart. And it
is the inside story of their troubled relationship, for the members of
Terri’s family were witnesses to a growing tension—and 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 Terri’s 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 daughter’s
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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