Today, December 7, 2010, the world says goodbye to a stoic and admirable woman: Elizabeth Edwards.
The way in which Elizabeth Edward’s balanced all of life’s trials and tribulations is a testament to her strength, courage, and determination. Just yesterday, in fact, less than 24 hours before her passing, she shared the following with her Facebook fans:
“I have found that in the simple act of living with hope, and in the daily effort to have a positive impact in the world, the days I do have are made all the more meaningful and precious. And for that I am grateful.”
In short, she chose to live her life with an optimistic attitude and toward the goal of doing something positive and meaningful in the world. And, that she did.
While we’ll never likely know all of the struggles with which Elizabeth Edwards was forced to endure, we do know a few — and they are life-changing:
- In 1996, the eldest of her 3 children was killed in a car accident. He was only 16.
- In 2004, she was diagnosed with cancer — a battle she waged until her death today.
- In 2008, her cancer (previously in remission) campaigned once again against her body as she simultaneously stood by her husband’s side and exerted her energy toward his ambitious goal to become the next President of the United States.
- In 2010, her husband’s shame caught up with her and the rest of the world as we learned of his affair and an out-of-wedlock child he conceived with his mistress. She would separate from her husband in January, but the divorce was still pending at the time of her passing.
One can only presume that the enormous stress and strain caused by her husband’s infidelity added to her ultimate loss of her battle with cancer.
Unlike her husband, Elizabeth Edwards will be long remembered for her quiet grace, indelible sophistication, and stoic ability to face life’s challenges while maintaining her character.
May we all learn from her example.
~Lynda C. Watts