She endured humiliation beyond comprehension by her husband, all the while fighting a gallant fight against breast cancer, yet she stood by the man whom betrayed her in the most vile and despicable way. She lost a son when he was sixteen years old to an automobile accident. This woman's personal strength and tenacity were repeatedly tested by crushing disappointments and unmet expectations. Her demonstrations of strength and will, though a model for tolerance and a resilient spirit, were also a study in questionable choices. At a time when she might have been restoring her strength to fight the deadly disease, instead this woman wrote a detailed memoir that doubled as a platform to excoriate her husband's mistress.
Elizabeth Edwards, the estranged wife of two time U.S. presidential candidate John Edwards, is reported to have lost her battle with breast cancer, which was diagnosed during the 2004 presidential election campaign. Doctors have told Edwards that her cancer has metastasized to her liver. This death sentence surely hits her family and supporters very hard. Fighting cancer is tough enough, but to have deal with a loathsome, ignominious husband along with the disease, it's certainly more than one should or could have to endure.
Edwards, 61, said in a Facebook posting on Monday; "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."
"These graces have carried me through difficult times and they have brought more joy to the good times than I ever could have imagined. The days of our lives, for all of us, are numbered. We know that," the posting said.
Elizabeth Anania Edwards (born Mary Elizabeth Anania on July 3, 1949, in Jacksonville, Florida), is an attorney and best-selling author.
Elizabeth Edwards was more than a political spouse. She was chief adviser and strategist to her husband's campaigns for the Senate and later for the presidency. After retreating from public life as their marriage crumbled, she emerged to advocate for changes in the country's health care system while grappling with her own disease.
This woman certainly did not deserve the cards she was dealt, but she played them brilliantly, and will leave terra firma with her head held high, and dignity in hand. Most women of America could use Elizabeth Edwards as a role model.
We at NFTOS Salute Elizabeth Edwards!
Footnote: Sen. John Edwards has shown himself to be the lowest form of human that God could create. Edwards trouble did not end with the affair and illegitimate child as in May 2009, newspapers reported that Edwards' campaign was being investigated for conversion of campaign money to personal usage related to the affair. Edwards said that the campaign was complying with the inquiry. The relevant US attorney refused to comment. In the same month, George Stephanopoulos of ABC News reported that members of Edwards' staff had told him that they had planned a "doomsday strategy" to derail Edwards' campaign if he got close to the nomination. Joe Trippi, a senior advisor to the campaign, said the report was "complete bullshit". In August 2009, Rielle Hunter appeared before the grand jury investigating this matter. On March 15, 2010, Rielle broke her silence during an interview with GQ magazine and provided new details about the affair.
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