There’s been a firestorm of media and political attention on Terri Schiavo, the woman who has been in a vegetative state for the last 15 years. Her husband feels that it was Schiavo’s desire not to be kept alive by extra-ordinary means. Her parents feel differently and are fighting to keep her alive. This prompted us to sit down with our children and let them know our wishes. I think it is important to have these discussions even if they are uncomfortable. We have also indicated what should be done in the living will portion of our will. It is crucial that your wishes be written down and that the people who would have to make the decisions about your life know where that piece of paper is. I would not want my children or husband to have to make an uninformed decision and live with the burden of it.

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