Elizabeth Edwards remembered
Dec 8, 2010
Elizabeth Edwards lost her six-year battle with breast cancer yesterday and died at the age of 61. Edwards was a best selling author, a tireless advocate for health care reform and a crusader for cancer cures.
Most Americans got to know Elizabeth during the campaign trail leading up to the 2004 election where she proved her mettle as chief political advisor to her husband, John Edwards. Her life was unfortunately marked by tragedy, losing her 16-year-old son, Wade, to a car accident in 1996. She became a sympathetic figure as a wronged political wife in the wake of her husband's affair with Rielle Hunter.
Yet amidst the tragedy and wrongs she endured, Elizabeth Edwards made an indelible impact on the political system and was one of the few politicians that was universally respected on both sides of the aisle. She became an inspiration for women as she showed such strength and determination in coping with her disease.
An outpouring of support has streamed in from all over the country in the wake of her death. President Obama and the first lady expressed their sadness in a statement. "In her life, Elizabeth Edwards knew tragedy and pain. Many others would have turned inward; many others in the face of such adversity would have given up. But through all that she endured, Elizabeth revealed a kind of fortitude and grace that will long remain a source of inspiration," they said.
Elizabeth Edwards was many things to many people: a loving mother, a brave cancer survivor, a tireless advocate for the less fortunate, and a symbol of strength and resilience. For all these reasons the public will most likely continue to celebrate her life and those whom she touched.