To the Editor:
Terri Bryant is a friend of my daughter, Marjorie, who is profoundly disabled. Marjorie lived in a CILA (community integrated living arrangement) for 16 years when her health was failing. It was tragic.
Out of desperation and exhaustion, I sought Terri Bryant’s help to find a placement with medical care for my daughter that would be safe and keep her out of pain. Terri was sincerely concerned about my very sick, voiceless and powerless daughter. The Murray Center was a good option and Terri checked in on Marjorie and the placement application process.
Because of the kind and caring staff at the Murray Elm Medical Cottage, Marjorie is now able to drink liquids for the first time in three years and her stage IV kidney disease is now at near normal functioning levels. That’s just a couple of the lovely surprises we’ve had at Murray. Best of all Marjorie is currently out of pain, and she is safe.
I wouldn’t wish Marjorie’s tough journey on anyone. And, as a parent, it is incredibly hard to watch such suffering. Most of us will never have to decide whether our loved one should live in a large institution. But Murray Center has been life-saving for Marjorie.
Terri Bryant supported my profoundly disabled daughter who was suffering greatly and made something really wonderful happen in place of something very sad, desperate, and hopeless. That is the true meaning of a state representative. Terri Bryant is the real deal.