From The New York Times:
“Elizabeth Edwards, who as the wife of former Senator John Edwards gave America an intimate look at a candidate’s marriage by sharing his quest for the 2008 presidential nomination as she struggled with incurable cancer and, secretly, with his infidelity, died Tuesday at her home in Chapel Hill, N.C. She was 61.
Her family confirmed the death. A family friend said Mrs. Edwards was surrounded by family and friends when she died shortly after 10:15 a.m. On Monday, two family friends said that her cancer had spread to her liver and that doctors had advised against further medical treatment.
Mrs. Edwards posted a facebook message to friends on Monday, saying, “I have been sustained throughout my life by three saving graces — my family, my friends, and a faith in the power of resilience and hope.” She added: “The days of our lives, for all of us, are numbered. We know that.”
In a life of idyllic successes and crushing reverses, Mrs. Edwards was an accomplished lawyer, the mother of four children and the wife of a wealthy, handsome senator with sights on the White House. But their 16-year-old son was killed in a car crash, cancer struck her at age 55, the political dreams died and, within months, her husband admitted to having had an extramarital affair with a campaign videographer.”
I feel deeply saddened by the news that Elizabeth Edwards has passed away. At the same time I feel profoundly proud to be a woman. She did all us women proud!
I sit and think about my life since my divorce and compare what I’ve been through to what Elizabeth went through and I know, that I have no reason to feel sorry for myself. I often tell women they it is there choice, they can live their lives choosing to allow a divorce to destroy them or they can choose to rebuild and move on with dignity.
Something has been taken from Elizabeth that most of us will retain…a life to live. When you stop and think about what your ex has done or is doing to you, think about Elizabeth Edwards. In a very short span of time she lost her child in a car accident, her husband to another woman and battle breast cancer and she did it all with her head held high and showing nothing but grace.
Elizabeth Edwards knew the true meaning of forgiveness. She knew it was a gift she gave not only herself but her children also. We should all strive to meet adversity in the same way she did. I’m sitting here today wishing she were here and able to continue setting a good example for all women who have suffered adversity.
Since she isn’t I wish her God’s speed and extend my gratitude to her and her family for sharing with us such a magnificent woman.