Read this story (h/t Blogs for Terri), written by one of Terri's attorneys, and try to imagine being Terri.
Try to imagine being trapped in your body, unable to communicate the way you want to. Able to communicate in a limited fashion, but not enough to be heard by those who want to kill you.
Or maybe they hear, but they don't care. They just want to kill you, and you know it.
Try to imagine knowing that you are about to be starved to death.
Maybe this, from the link above, will help:
I stood up and learned over Terri. I took her arms in both of my hands. I said to her, “Terri if you could only say ‘I want to live’ this whole thing could be over today.” I begged her to try very hard to say, “I want to live.” To my enormous shock and surprise, Terri’s eyes opened wide, she looked me square in the face, and with a look of great concentration, she said, “Ahhhhhhh.” Then, seeming to summon up all the strength she had, she virtually screamed, “Waaaaaaaa.” She yelled so loudly that Michael Vitadamo, Suzanne’s husband, and the female police officer who were then standing together outside Terri’s door, clearly heard her. At that point, Terri had a look of anguish on her face that I had never seen before and she seemed to be struggling hard, but was unable to complete the sentence. She became very frustrated and began to cry. I was horrified that I was obviously causing Terri so much anguish.Now imagine what it's like for Terri's parents, wanting to care for their daughter and save her life, with death advocates like Michael Schiavo, George Felos, and Judge Greer aligned against them, using the power of the state to kill their daughter right in front of their eyes.
Surely her parents and advocates must feel they are living a nightmare. They, too, must ask, "Do I wake or do I sleep?"