Thursday, January 20, 2005

No More!

Date sent: Thu, 20 Jan 2005 13:10:06 EST

On this day, when all the world is watching what America is saying
and doing, whether they are our friends or foes, I, like everyone
else, hear and see, but am not listening, and no longer want to

How can the things that are being said on TV at this moment, have any
meaning, when there are people like Terri, whom so many are begging
for mercy to be shown on this lady, to let her live, against the
wishes of the corrupt? What do words in any language mean, when
there is no one to listen, no one who cares, because for the moment
it doesn't concern them or affect their lives.

Even International organizations are turning a deaf ear to the plea
to spare Terri's life. Foreign countries called us selfish and
uncaring? That description fortunately does not befit everyone in
America. Since 1996, I have fought a fight that I consider one of
the most important issues in my life upon this earth.

In 1996 my brother, A.W. Edwards and his family, and my sister
Virginia Speer, and her family, decided to order (unbeknownst to me
until it was too late) my Mother's doctor, hospital staff, and then
the nursing home staff, to no longer give my Mother, Mrs. Delia
Edwards, any food, water, medicine, or oxygen. In other words, to
let her die. This was done for their monetary gain, and so they no
longer had to be burdened with my Mom.

I was not allowed to bring her to Texas to live. My Mom
lasted 8 (eight) days and nights, before she died a horrific death.
Every since, I have looked and searched for ways to have them
prosecuted for Torture/Murder.

What meaning is there for the words for what the soldier at Abu
Graib(sp) is going to spend most of the rest of his life in prison

Where is the meaning for the word "TORTURE" for what Terri and Hank have already been put through? Hank, the Veteran, and my Mom, Mrs. Delia Edwards, WERE TORTURED TO "DEATH.

The sad thing is, here in the U.S. the people committing this evil
crime are protected. NO ONE protected that soldier for doing what he
was told to do. No one is hearing or listening, or caring.

People talk out of the both sides of their mouth, for whatever their wants and needs can be attained, by doing so. We live in America.... supposedly the land of the free and the home of the brave, WHERE ARE THE FREE AND THE BRAVE?

I don't believe FREEDOM is alive anymore. I believe FREEDOM
has died with the GOOD, and the GOOD that are dying now, here and on
foreign soil.

I believe FREEDOM has and is dying at the hands of
corruption instituted by greed and selfishness.

I believe it is with every G.I. that wears a uniform, no
matter where they are. I believe it is in the heart of the majority
of those who protect us with their services and lives.

I do not know what it takes to stir bravery to awaken in our hearts to
preserve the freedom our ancesters wanted so much for us to have.

If the life of an innocent lady doesn't mean anything to anyone, then
we don't need to pretend that lives around the world do. That is
talking out of both corners of our mouths at the same time.

Wake up folks!!

Slap yourselves up side your head!! Get up off the couch, and out
from in front of the SquawkBox!!





Please DON'T allow another innocent life to be tortured and starved to death!
Please HELP to prevent a loving family from having to endure the same
painful memories you hear in Patricia when she was
forced to watch her Mother starved to death.

Save Terri!


Tell him NO MORE!
George W. Bush

Contacting the White House

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"We make a Living by what we do,
but we make a LIFE by what we give"

~Winston Churchill~

Saturday, January 15, 2005

An Important Message From Tiffany about Terri

Dear Friends of Terri,

I am moved to share with you a letter written by Tiffany, a young woman
who has taken up Terri's fight in the state of California.

I must preface Tiffany's letter by saying, it is great pleasure to know there are young adults like Tiffany, who appear to be more astute to the many criminal injustices happening in Terri's life, than there are of the few "so-called" legal professionals such as, Judge Greer, George Felos and Deborah Bushnell who practice here in the state of Florida.

Judge George Greer, attorney's George Felos and Deborah Bushnell have demonstrated their inability to see the numerous crimes which have been committed against Terri. They have openly supported estranged spouse
Michael Schiavo in his intention to kill Terri, a disabled woman who has not been permitted to leave her hospice room in well over four years. Terri amazingly, has fought back with a strong will to live despite Schiavo's two attempts to remove her only tube; a feeding tube which helps her to receive the same nutritional values which you and I receive on a daily basis in order to remain ALIVE!
NOTE: Had Terri been allowed therapy or a current swallow evaluation she could possibly be taking in nutrition via her mouth as opposed to a small tube in her abdomen.

Let us hope there will be other young adults who like Tiffany, will continue to take pro active roles to HALT any future wrongful acts like those inflicted upon Terri.

Tiffany's father sent me her email with the attached message:

" It's time for Americans to rise up against this evil on every front. Here is what we are doing today. My daughter Tiffany composed a letter to spread the word, as you have been doing. I thought you might be encouraged to read it, so here it is."

Greetings from wet Southern California!

Hey, it may be rainin' but it's still not that cold outside!

I'm writing about Terri Schiavo, the Florida woman whose delightful personality and decisive opinions have been hushed up by the American media- the attractive disabled woman whom Michael Schiavo, her estranged husband, is hoping to have put to death this month.

You may not recognize her story by name, because the mainstream media has brushed over her value as a person in their consistent coverage.

I've watched Terri react purposefully to her surroundings. I've seen her express love and appreciation to her parents. Not only is she a human, possessing opinions, feelings and emotions, but she is capable of learning, and improving her motor control, possibly even learning to eat on her own.

She was making steady progress, until her husband required all rehabilitative therapy be stopped, three years after her mysterious collapse in February, 1990, and four months after winning a medical malpractice lawsuit to pay for her continued rehabilitation. In August of 1992, Terri was awarded 250,000.00 in a medical malpractice settlement. In November of '92, Terri was awarded 1.2 million dollars toward rehabilitation, in a malpractice trial. Michael received $600,000.00 in the same malpractice trial. He stopped her rehabilitation in February of 1993.

Terri is no more a vegetable than I am the London Bridge. She is a living, thinking, feeling human being, who left behind no indication at all that she doesn't want to live on a feeding tube, which, by the way, she only uses when she needs to eat and drink.

The story that she would not want to be kept alive this way, was first told by her husband in '97- four years after he cut off all of her necessary rehabilitative therapy, and sometime after making remarks, such as, "When is that b--- gonna die?", and "Can’t you do anything to accelerate her death - won’t she ever die?” (Carla Sauer Iyer, R.N. in a thorough and conscientious deposition, under oath).

Covering Terri's plight without showing this part of the story is nothing short of telling a half truth. I mean, the media is lying to the American public.

Why do I care? (It wouldn't necessarily be the first time the media has only told us part of a story.)

Here's why. In Germany, just before 1938, there was no widespread public outcry against the idea that some people's lives were just not worth living, and that these people, with their inferior lives, should be efficiently disposed of. This is the concept at play here, in the situation of Terri Schiavo. And so far, there has been no widespread public outcry against this tragic thinking. And I really think there needs to be.

What did they say after Hitler fell, about the Germans who chose not to know what was going on? May they never need to say that about the Americans.

Is there anything you can do? Sure! Please visit and fill yourself in on her story. Watch the video. Check out the timeline. And don't miss the touching deposition by Carla Iyer.

Then could you compose your own letter? And send it to everyone who you think should know about this. Of course you can use any part of my letter, or the whole thing- if you like it. Somehow, I think this situation warrants more than just a mass "forwarding" blitz, but, better that than nothing.

Once the whole country knows the whole story, the public outcry part should come naturally. And if it happens soon enough to save Terri's life, maybe her death will not be layed to our charge.


Tiffany Dortignac
Whittier, CA

If there are other young adults out there who are willing to join Tiffany in her fight for Terri, please make contact with her at

Tiffany will also be speaking on radio in California about ways she and others can help Terri.
Cheryl Ford RN
Visit Terri's site:

"We make a Living by what we do,
but we make a LIFE by what we give"
~Winston Churchill~

Thursday, January 13, 2005

Brother Paul On The Drew Mariani Show 1/14

Click here: Relevant Radio - The Drew Mariani Show

Friday, 1/14 -- 4:30PM - 5:00 PM ET
The Drew Mariani Radio Show.

Brother Paul from Brothers of Peace, a close spiritual friend of the Schindler family will be talking about Terri as a guest speaker.

Call in Line-->> 1-877-766-3777

Listen to Brother Paul on your computer by clicking on the "top link"

Relevant Radio - The Drew Mariani Show


by entering the address into the url bar.

Once the website opens, click on the top banner

"Listen Live" to Relevant Radio.


Visit Terri's site:

"We make a Living by what we do,
but we make a LIFE by what we give"
~Winston Churchill~

Monday, January 10, 2005

West Virginia Rally For Terri

ADAPT WV along with West Virginia Community Supports Disability Forum (WVCSDF) is going to be holding a vigil for Terri Schiavo will be held on

Date & Time: January 13th from 6:00 p.m. until whenever.
Location: Outside the Mountainlair on The West Virginia University Campus in Morgantown West Virginia.

We encourage all to come!

You may ask yourself why are we doing this in West Virginia, since Terri lives in Florida. Well the answer is quite simple.

1. We in West Virginia are compassionate people who don't believe in killing our citizens who have a disability. That is murder. Also many of us have realized in helping Terri since October 2003, that we love her. Her smile lights up the world.

2. We know that if Terri's feeding tube is pulled, and she is in fact murdered. It will send a strong message out to the world that people with disabilities don't matter and they can be killed at any given time.

3. We don't think a husband who has moved on with his live with another woman and has two children by her, should be able to decide what Terri's wishes are. Terri did not have a advanced directive or living will. We don't believe her husband Michael Schiavo when he said she would want to die a slow painful death. When she has parents, and siblings who love her dearly.

Won't you please help us try to save Terri's life by attending this vigil on January 13th, and bring lots of friends.

For more information about Terri, go to

For more information about the Vigil.
Please call Vicki Shaffer at: 304-284-9919 or email Vicki at

Sunday, January 09, 2005

Terri Calls For Your Help! Write or Call "Ryan's Reach"

" In June of 2001, Ryan accidentally fell three stories through a skylight and was not breathing when paramedics began to work on him. He was resuscitated and spent over a year in a coma. Throughout that time, the Boone family continued to believe that Ryan would be healed and sought prayer for him repeatedly, via television, radio and the Internet. Ryan has gradually emerged from the coma, and is now talking and has regained his memory. The family gives thanks and praise to God for His faithfulness and answered prayer. "

Ryan Corbin is Pat Boone's grandson. Ryan was tube fed and had been in a coma for 6 months after his tragic accident in 2001.
Through prayers, extensive medical attention and therapy, but most importantly having the love and closeness surrounding him from his family and friends, Ryan sits smiling today from his wheelchair with his grandfather, Pat Boone.

Excepts taken from interview with Pat Boone on Larry King 2001.
MICHAELIS: He is on medications to maintain him so that hopefully over time, there is going to be the day he wakes up and they can start to rehabilitate him.
BOONE: They feed him through a tube -- excuse me, Lindy -- they feed him through a tube in his stomach. He has not had a bite of food in over two months.
KING: Are there ways they can say, well, looks like he is doing better. He might come out of this tomorrow?
MICHAELIS: His eyes are open. He blinks, he looks at you.
KING: He does?
MICHAELIS: Yes. He doesn't necessarily track to -- if you move or to your finger, but he makes eye contact and occasionally his eyes will move when somebody moves in the room and he will follow along with that movement.
KING: Can he answer yes or no by blinking? No?
MICHAELIS: Occasionally it has happened, but he blinks a lot and so there is questions as to whether that was a deliberate blink.

Terri unfortunately does not have a celebrity in her family who can easily reach out for public support in the same way Pat Boone did for Ryan. However, not having Pat Boone as her grandfather, does not eliminate Terri from needing the same therapy, medical attention, caring and family love that Ryan receives on a day to day basis.


I ask that you please join me this week in a calling and writing campaign to Pat Boone and Doug Corbin (Ryan's father) at "Ryan's Reach."

Ryan's Reach
2953 Edinger Ave,
Tustin , California 92780,
United States
Ryan's Reach - Welcome

Please ask Mr. Boone to urgently come forth and speak out on behalf of Terri.
Direct them to Terri's website at for information about her.
Please give them contact numbers:
Keith at 727) 399-8300, Gibbs Law Firm and
Cheryl at 813-695-0870,

We must bring all eyes and ears to the injustice Terri is experiencing right NOW in the state of Florida.

Terri continues to be held hostage in one small room for well over 4 years. She is denied her patient and legal rights.

For this reason, I repeatedly ask you to urgently speak out on her behalf. Please forward this email far and wide.

Thank you so much for your help and dedication in taking a unified stand in support of Terri.

Cheryl Ford RN

Visit Terri's site:

"We make a Living by what we do,
but we make a LIFE by what we give"
~Winston Churchill~

A Visit With Terri Schiavo

Written by, Attorney Barbara Weller

This past Christmas Eve day, 2004, I went to visit Terri Schiavo with her parents, Bob and Mary Schindler, her sister, her niece, and Attorney David Gibbs III. The visit took place at the Woodside Hospice for about 45 minutes just before noon.

When I knew I was going to visit Terri with her parents, I had no idea what to expect. I was prepared for the possibility that the Schindlers love their daughter and sister so much that they might imagine behaviors by Terri that aren't actually evident to others. The media and Mr. Schiavo clearly give the impression that Terri is in a coma or comatose state and engages only in non-purposeful and reflexive movements and responses. I am a mother and a grandmother, as well as one of the Schindlers’ attorneys, and I could understand how parents might imagine behavior and purposeful activity that is not really there. I was prepared to be as objective as I could be during this visit and not to be disappointed at anything I saw or experienced.

I was truly surprised at what I saw from the moment we entered the little room where Terri is confined. The room is a little wider than the width of two single beds and about as long as the average bedroom, with plenty of room for us to stand at the foot of her bed. Terri is on the first floor and there is a lovely view to the outside grounds of the facility. The room is entered by a short hallway, however, and there is no way for Terri to see out into the hallway or for anyone in the hallway to observe Terri.

From the moment we entered the room, my impression was that Terri was very purposeful and interactive and she seemed very curious about the presence of obvious strangers in her room. Terri was not in bed, but was in her chair, which has a lounge chair appearance and elevates her head at about a 30-degree angle. She was dressed and washed, her hair combed, and she was covered with a holiday blanket. There were no tubes of any kind attached to her body. She was completely free of any restraints that would have indicated any type of artificial life support. Not even her feeding tube was attached and functioning when we entered, as she is not fed 24 hours a day.

The thing that surprised me the most about Terri as I took my turn to greet her by the side of her chair was how beautiful she is. I would have expected to see someone with a sallow and gray complexion and a sick looking countenance. Instead, I saw a very pretty woman with a peaches and cream complexion and a lovely smile, which she even politely extended to me as I introduced myself to her. I was amazed that someone who had not been outside for so many years and who received such minimal health care could look so beautiful. She appeared to have an inner light radiating from her face. I was truly taken aback by her beauty, particularly under the adverse circumstances in which she has found herself for so many years.

Terri’s parents, sister, and niece went immediately to greet Terri when we entered the room and stood in turn directly beside her head, stroking her face, kissing her and talking quietly with her. When she heard their voices, and particularly her mother's voice, Terri instantly turned her head towards them and smiled. Terri established eye contact with her family, particularly with her mother, who spent the most time with her during our visit. It was obvious that she recognized the voices in the room with the exception of one. Although her mother was talking to her at the time, she obviously had heard a new voice and exhibited a curious demeanor. Attorney Gibbs was having a conversation near the door with Terri’s sister. His voice is very deep and resonant and Terri obviously picked it up. Her eyes widened as if to say, “What’s that new sound I hear?” She scanned the room with her eyes, even turning her head in his direction, until she found Attorney Gibbs and the location of the new voice and her eyes rested momentarily in his direction. She then returned to interacting with her mother.

When her mother was close to her, Terri’s whole face lit up. She smiled. She looked directly at her mother and she made all sorts of happy sounds. When her mother talked to her, Terri was quiet and obviously listening. When she stopped, Terri started vocalizing. The vocalizations seemed to be a pattern, not merely random or reflexive at all. There is definitely a pattern of Terri having a conversation with her mother as best she can manage. Initially, she used the vocalization of “uh’uh” but without seeming to mean it as a way of saying “no”, just as a repeated speech pattern. She then began to make purposeful grunts in response to her mother’s conversation. She made the same sorts of sound with her father and sister, but not to the same extent or as delightedly as with her mother. She made no verbal response to her niece or to Attorney Gibbs and myself, but she did appear to pay attention to our words to her.

The whole experience was rather moving. Terri definitely has a personality. Her whole demeanor definitely changes when her mother speaks with her. She lights up and appears to be delighted at the interaction. She has an entirely different reaction to her father who jokes with her and has several standing jokes that he uses when he enters and exits her presence. She appears to merely “tolerate” her father, as a child does when she says “stop” but really means, “this is fun.” When her father greets her, he always does the same thing. He says, “here comes the hug” and hugs her. He then says, “you know what’s coming next---the kiss.” Her father has a scratchy mustache and both times when he went through this little joke routine with her, she laughed in a way she did not do with anyone else. When her father is ready to plant the kiss on her cheek, she immediately makes a face her family calls the “lemon face.” She puckers her lips, screws up her whole face, and turns away from him, as if making ready for the scratchy assault on her cheek that she knows is coming. She did the exact same thing both times that her father initiated this little routine joke between the two of them.

The interactions with her family and our appearance in her room appeared to require some effort and exertion from Terri. From time to time, she would close her eyes as if to rest. This happened primarily when no one was paying particular attention to her, but we were talking among ourselves. After a few minutes or when one of the visitors approached her and started to talk directly to her again, Terri would open her eyes and begin her grunting sounds again in response to their conversations. Although I approached her, leaned close and stroked her arms and spoke to her, she did not verbally respond to me.

Terri’s hands are curled up around little soft cylinders that help her not to injure herself. I understand that these contractures are likely very painful, although there was a time when Terri was receiving simple motion therapy when her hands and arms relaxed and were no longer as constricted. When the therapy was discontinued by order of her guardian and the court, the contractures returned. These contractures would apparently be avoidable if Terri were given the simple range of motion therapy she previously received. It is very sad to observe firsthand these conditions that make her life more difficult, but that would be correctable with little effort.

When we were preparing to leave, the interactions with Terri changed. First, she went through the joke routine with her father and the “lemon face.” When her niece said goodbye to her, Terri did not react. Nor did she react to me or to Attorney Gibbs when we said our goodbyes to her. When her sister went to her to say goodbye, Terri’s verbalizations changed dramatically. Instead of the happy grunting and “uh uh” sounds she had been making throughout the visit, her verbalizations at these goodbyes changed to a very low and different sound that appeared to come from deep in her throat and was almost like a growl. She first made the sound when her sister said goodbye and then, amazingly to me, she made exactly the same sound when her mother said goodbye to her. It seemed Terri was visibly upset that they were leaving. She almost appeared to be trying to cling to them, although this impression came only from her changed facial expression and sounds, since her hands cannot move. It appeared like she did not want to be alone and knew they were leaving. It was definitely apparent in the short time I was there that her emotions changed—it was apparent when she was happy and enjoying herself, when she was amused, when she was resting from her exertion to communicate, and when she was sad at her guests leaving. It was readily apparent and surprising that her mood changed so often in a short 45-minute visit.

I was pleasantly surprised to observe Terri’s purposeful and varied behaviors with the various members of her family and with Attorney Gibbs and myself. I never imagined Terri would be so active, curious, and purposeful. She watched people intently, obviously was attempting to communicate with each one in various ways and with various facial expressions and sounds. She was definitely not in a coma, not even close. This visit certainly shed more light for me on why the Schindlers are fighting so hard to protect her, to get her medical care and rehabilitative assistance, and to spend all they have to protect her life.

I realize that Terri has good days and bad days. There are obviously days when she does not interact with her family, as they had previously told us. There are also apparently days when Terri is even more interactive and responsive to them than she was on the day I visited. Since this visit I am more convinced than ever that the Schindlers are not just parents who refuse to let go of their daughter. There really is a lot going on with their daughter and potentially, it seemed obvious to me, Terri could improve even more with appropriate care and 24 hour a day love that can only come from a dedicated family. As I watched her, my foremost thought was that on the next day, Christmas, Terri should not have been confined to her small room in a hospice center, nice as that room was, but that she should have been gathered around the Christmas dinner table enjoying the holiday with her family.

MEDIA: Call the Gibbs Law Firm Media Director, Mr. Keith Brickell, at O:727-399-8300 or C:727-458-4824 to arrange an interview with Attorney David Gibbs III or Attorney Barbara Weller. He can be reached by email:

Friday, January 07, 2005

A Birthday Wish For Bobby Schindler!

By, Cheryl Ford RN
Tampa, Florida

January 7, 2005
Bobby Schindler turned 40 on the 6th of January. His sister Terri turned 41 last month on December 3rd. Bobby and Terri Schindler are very close to each other. When asked of Mary Schindler (Bobby's mother) what she remembers most about the birthdays her children have celebrated, she replied with a giggle, "The kids always had a lot of fun together at their parties. We love celebrating together. Suzanne and Terri always complained when it came time for Bobby to celebrate his party. Bobby's birthday was so close to Christmas, he ended up with double the presents."

Bobby Schindler is a teacher at Tampa Catholic High School in Florida.
Yesterday, Robert Sr., Mary, their daughter Suzanne and granddaughter Alex surprised Bobby in his classroom with a birthday cake and balloons. Mary remarked, "Normally Terri would have been right there with us when deciding to make a surprise visit to her brother. However yesterday, we suddenly had to stop and think before walking into the classroom. What if Bobby saw us there and our initial presence upset him? We were concerned about him reacting, thinking we were there to deliver him bad news about Terri."

Mary continued, "We decided to send our granddaughter into the room before us with the balloons. We have to make considerations for every action we take these days, even when it comes down to a simple surprise visit to wish our son Happy Birthday."

Bobby and Terri spent hours playing together when they were growing up. When they moved away from their parents home, they still remained very close to each other. I have personally come to know Bobby. He, like the rest of his family are wonderful people to be around. They have a family bond that is so rare to see in this day and age. Knowing how hard Bobby is fighting for his sisters life, I am quite certain that one of the best birthday presents Bobby could have received yesterday was to have been told his sister was free to return home to his family. Bobby has said many times, "home is where Terri would want to be."

Happy 40th Birthday Bobby!
May your birthday wish for Terri's freedom come true!

On The Net:
Terri's Website

Saturday, January 01, 2005

Terri Needs Your Help! Please Forward This Letter.

Dear Terri Supporters,

Terri's life is in grave danger! Michael Schiavo and George Felos are again counting down the days they can put Terri to death!

We as Terri's supporters must join efforts and help to save her life.
Terri is a live human being. She may be disabled and in a wheelchair, however, she feels, laughs, hurts, moves, responds, thinks, becomes frightened and cries just like you and I do. She will be afraid and she will feel pain the day Michael Schiavo walks into her room and inflicts the cruel death of dehydration and starvation upon her.

If we don't act now, within days it may be too late.

I ask you to please help Terri by joining me in a massive letter writing campaign effort. Only five minutes of your time each day and one 37 cent stamp will include you in on a rescue mission to save an innocent disabled woman's life. Please help me! Please help Terri! She needs your help.

Mrs. Rosalynn Carter, former first lady is head of the Rosalynn Carter Institute at Georgia Southwestern State University. They help family caregivers provide better care to vulnerable loved ones. She also chairs The Carter Center's Mental Health Program in Atlanta and co-chairs the Center's Human Rights Program with former President Jimmy Carter.

Please write a letter to Mrs. Carter and ask her to speak out on behalf of Terri. Please mention in your letter that this is a human rights issue and express urgency for her help in Terri's cause. Include in your letter that we as a civilized society cannot stand by and allow death by starvation and dehydration to happen to people just because they are disabled.

Thank you so much.
Cheryl Ford R.N.

Mrs. Rosalynn Carter
One Copenhill
453 Freedom Parkway
Atlanta, Georgia 30307