Elizabeth Edwards, who was a resilient lady who had many tragedies in her life, recently passed away at sixty-one. Elizabeth Edwards was a woman who did not let the tragedies of her life pull her down or let life take over. She has written two books about her life that became bestsellers. Elizabeth Edwards almost became the wife of a Vice President and then when her husband ran for the Presidency, almost made it to the White House. When her husband ran for President, it was announced that the cancer that she had been battling for a number of years and had been in remission for, had returned. She did not have a good prognosis but she did not let that bog her down. She was a fighter and she was a determined woman who would make the best of her situation.
Elizabeth Edwards was the kind of woman that you either liked or disliked but either way she was a lady who had endured and had overcome much to be the woman that she was. She had endured the tragic death of her oldest son, Wade, and then had to deal with the fact of a scandal of her husband cheating on her. And he lied about it! Until then, John Edwards was a very handsome man who I had basically idolized. He had stood by his wife through everything and then this happened. I was disappointed in him because I was willing to vote for him to become the next President of the United States.
Elizabeth Edwards was the kind of woman who could handle almost anything with grace and dignity, but after what happened with the reveal of what her husband had done, it seemed she shrank into herself. Even when he was running for the Presidency and she had been told that her cancer had returned, she stood behind him and was determined to help him. She still stood by him after it was revealed that he had an affair even though she did not have to.
It was recently revealed that she had been writing letters to her children so she could help them cope with her illness and life itself. She did not want her children to be bitter towards life so she basically coached them in the ways of life. She said she would never be finished with her letters. She may have lost her son, Wade, but she was determined to make sure her children survived. She was a tough woman who wanted her children happy and healthy. She had two more children at an older age and she will leave a legacy for them.
She has suffered more than anyone in this life but did she let that get her down? No. She made herself strive ahead and be the person that people will long remember. Yes, they will remember that she was the wife of John Edwards; cheater; more than they will remember that she was the wife of Vice Presidential and Presidential candidate. Many will see that she did not let her illness get her down, that she more or less triumphed over it. She may not have beaten it, but she made sure that her life was not about the illness. She may have grieved over the loss of her life, but she knew her children would go on to become the people that they were meant to be. Elizabeth Edwards was one woman who did not let her illness beat her; she beat it with the way she saw life and the way she lived it. She will be long remembered for that alone, if nothing else. I, for one, am glad that we were able to know her through the years that she was in the spotlight. Rest in peace, Elizabeth. You deserve it.