By Therese Recinella
Editor’s note. This tribute was posted on Therese Recinella’s Facebook account. She is graciously allowing us to reprint it in NRL News Today.
There are many things that I could say about my Dad, but what I want people to know is this: My parents faithfully raised 8 children including my sister Janet, who contracted encephalitis at the age of 7. A feeding tube was inserted into her trachea. Janet was in a coma for two years.
The state of Michigan wanted the tube out and her to die of starvation since the state concluded that there was no purpose and no hope for her to live. After working all day, taking night classes, dealing with all the other kids, my dad would sit with my sister and teach her how to chew until after a couple of years she could eat solid food again.
My dad fought the state of Michigan for 33 years to prevent the state from euthanizing Janet. Janet lived the last 8 years of her life also on a feeding tube as well and my dad (my mother had already passed on) fought for her life every day until she died a natural death in the will of God.
Seriously, why do so many people whine and complain about the slightest inconvenience? For my Facebook friends and family that wonder why I am pro life, that’s the reason. My parent’s witness taught me what it means that we are in the image and likeness of God. No matter our mental capacity, we are in relationship with God and that’s what gives us dignity. Not what we do or earn.
Thanks for taking the time to read about my Dad, Silvio Recinella.