One cannot think of Elizabeth Edwards without having the word grace come to mind. She is currently battling terminal breast cancer, and yet is a force to be reckoned with. She recently wrote a book, Resilience: Reflections on the Burdens and Gifts of Facing Life’s Adversities. The title says it all.
On November 3, 2004 she was diagnosed with breast cancer.This was during the 2004 Presidential Election. She continued to campaign along side her husband John Edwards. She never once let the cancer dictate her life.
On March 22, 2007, Elizabeth Edwards revealed that her cancer had returned, and it was terminal.
This brings us to the current day, and the announcement by John Edwards that he is the father of a child, by Rielle Hunter, Quinn.
“I am Quinn’s father,” Edwards said in his statement. “I will do everything in my power to provide her with the love and support she deserves. I have been able to spend time with her during the past year and trust that future efforts to show her the love and affection she deserves can be done privately and in peace.” Good luck on that one!
The heartbreak of Elizabeth Edwards continues. After surviving the death of her son Wade at age 16, and her public battle with cancer, does she really need the stress of her husband’s infidelities on top of it all? How can she possibly feel about the National Enquirer outing her husbands affair and his out of wedlock child with his mistress. The National Enquirer knew before her about the affair!
The saddest part about all this is that a person battling cancer needs all the peace and serenity they can muster, to fight the good battle everyday. Elizabeth was not given this luxury.
So most people ask, “Why doesn’t she leave him?” Her response has always been to do what was best for her two young children. Breaking up her home is obviously not in their best interest.
My advice to Elizabeth Edwards? Move back to Florida. (She was born in Jacksonville) We will welcome you with open arms. Start a new life for your children and yourself. Leave the negatives behind. Once again feel hope and happiness. You deserve it so much.
As I participate in this years, Race for the Cure (for Breast Cancer), on January 30, in downtown West Palm Beach, I’ll be thinking about Elizabeth Edwards. And I’ll put her name up on the survivor’s board. For no matter what her diagnosis is, Elizabeth Edwards is a survivor, in the true sense of the word. May the light always shine upon her…
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