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Taking Care (Elizabeth Edwards needs our prayers)
http://cms.carepages.com/ ^ | 2008 | By Margaret Jaworski

Posted on 08/08/2008 3:20:07 PM PDT by Maelstorm

Some months ago, while she was on tour, promoting her book, Saving Graces, I met and interviewed Elizabeth Edwards at a signing in New York City (see the interview below). At the time, John Edwards had not yet announced his 2008 presidential candidacy but the intention was in the air. As his wife spoke, her husband of 30 years watched her with pride and affection. They exchanged knowing looks and smiles. They conversed in the way of long time friends and lovers.

Yesterday, with her husband by her side, looking at her with pride and palpable affection, Elizabeth Edwards revealed with candor and grace that her breast cancer had recurred. Specifically, the cancer had traveled to her bone taking up residence on her right rib. Officially, Elizabeth Edwards now has Stage IV metastatic breast cancer which means her cancer is chronic, treatable but not curable. She’ll need treatment of one kind or another for the rest of her life.


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I hope everyone here takes the time to send her a letter. Here is the one I wrote. This kind of thing is horrible and I'm sure she needs some comfort...

Dear Elizabeth,

While I differ with you ideologically there are somethings that should transcend politics. I just wanted you to know that I have you and your family in my prayers and that I wish you the strength to get through these trying times.

I wish I could say I'm sorry for your husband but I can not understand what he did but I pray that you do not let this weaken your spirits. Cancer is bad enough by itself. My sister died from cancer when she was 21 shortly after having my nephew so I know a little bit about cancer and how stress only makes things worse.

That said, I wish you and your children well. There is nothing a man can do to make up for this kind of betrayal but you can do yourself and your children well by continuing to focus on your blessings and keeping your strength up. We can not let the value of our lives be measured by those who hurt us.

Prayerfully Yours-Mael

1 posted on 08/08/2008 3:20:07 PM PDT by Maelstorm
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To: Maelstorm

The other, also well-intended, thread got pulled, but these sorts of sentiments are appreciated. Shows how much (better?) - at least compassionate - our side is than theirs.


2 posted on 08/08/2008 3:21:52 PM PDT by library user
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To: Maelstorm

A red-herring post.


3 posted on 08/08/2008 3:22:28 PM PDT by toddlintown (Morons; all of 'em.)
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To: Maelstorm
Why?

Elizabeth Edwards knew of the affair and she kept the lie alive.

4 posted on 08/08/2008 3:22:47 PM PDT by LdSentinal
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To: Maelstorm

Dear Elizabeth,

Perhaps you are a serious and worthwhile person. Obviously your husband is not, but that is is deal, not yours.


5 posted on 08/08/2008 3:23:20 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heros have always been cowboys--Reagan and Bush)
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To: toddlintown

What’s a red herring? I’m hard of herring and don’t know. :O)


6 posted on 08/08/2008 3:24:42 PM PDT by library user
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To: LdSentinal
Elizabeth Edwards knew of the affair and she kept the lie alive.

How do you know that? Is there some special LDS magic at work here?

7 posted on 08/08/2008 3:26:39 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Who would McQueeg rather have mad at him: You or the liberals? FREE LAZAMATAZ!)
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To: library user

Sorry, I’ll save my prayers, my time and breath for someone that really needs them. What is it with women that forgive cheating husbands? I don’t get it, hope I never have to find out.

God Bless those men and women that remain faithful to the person they married. THEY are the ones I’ll cherish and honor.


8 posted on 08/08/2008 3:29:25 PM PDT by texasredtop
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To: Cyber Liberty

It’s apprently been reported that Edwards told his wife about the affair in 2006, after it ended. He’s run for office, with her at his side, since then, helping to promote his image as an all-American family man.


9 posted on 08/08/2008 3:30:48 PM PDT by mrsmel
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To: Maelstorm

Family values is just another card to be played in politics, and there’s no litmus test to find out who really has them, but I’d say that conservative Republicans seem to have a better batting average. They have to, because the MSM keeps them under a microscope.


10 posted on 08/08/2008 3:31:11 PM PDT by Spok (Whatever you say about McCain, it must be admitted that he's no B. Hussein Obama.)
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To: toddlintown

I really do feel sympathy for her. Edwards is scum for cheating on her but to cheat on your wife while she has cancer now that is pretty low. I felt the same thing about Gingrinch and his wife.


11 posted on 08/08/2008 3:31:57 PM PDT by Maelstorm (The obvious is the first thing lost on the media.)
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To: Maelstorm

You are more charitable than I am.

This woman was willing to foist Mr. Two-Americas on this nation, knowing he was lying his rear end off.

And she was willing to milk the sympathy of the American public for her cancer, while insisting on campaigning for her lowlife husband, instead of using the time she has left to be with her young children and make memories with them.

Think of it—both of them actually thought it was more important to campaign for President, lying to us in the process and robbing their children of irreplaceable time with them before Elizabeth leaves this vale of tears.

Honestly, who does that? What American value is that?

It is absurd and horrible, and I have trouble ginning up enough sympathy for these two posers.


12 posted on 08/08/2008 3:32:06 PM PDT by exit82 (People get the government they deserve--and they are about to get it --in spades.)
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To: Cyber Liberty
How do you know that?

It's reported she knew of the affair.

And she denied knowing about it in interviews.

So, Elizabeth Edwards is a liar.

13 posted on 08/08/2008 3:33:14 PM PDT by LdSentinal
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To: Maelstorm

I will send her a letter. She is in need of support and love, and I know what it is like to find out that the one you love has betrayed you...

I will lift her up in prayer to God.


14 posted on 08/08/2008 3:33:22 PM PDT by dandelion
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To: Maelstorm
She doesn't deserve this neither does her kids.

What a piece of work that man is to do something like this to them.

15 posted on 08/08/2008 3:35:08 PM PDT by mware (F-R-E-E. That spells free. freerepublic.com baby)
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To: LdSentinal

I apologize. I did not have all the facts. You did, and I feel foolish.


16 posted on 08/08/2008 3:36:19 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Who would McQueeg rather have mad at him: You or the liberals? FREE LAZAMATAZ!)
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To: library user

I don’t know how much better as far as personal lives but at least we have our arrows pointed in the right direction. Perfection isn’t what I’m interested in because that is something I can not deliver but I am interested in the truth and that is something that the left in America is sorely lacking. They may be well intentioned but they are at the same time wrong. I just felt that Elizabeth Edwards could use our prayers. Does she deserve them? That is not for me to answer because none are worthy of their own accord.


17 posted on 08/08/2008 3:37:51 PM PDT by Maelstorm (The obvious is the first thing lost on the media.)
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Yesterday, with her husband by her side, looking at her with pride and palpable affection, Elizabeth Edwards revealed with candor and grace that her breast cancer had recurred.

I was diagnosed with cancer six years ago. That diagnosis was accompanied by major surgery and chemotherapy and all the negatives that went with that. Ergo, I pray for ALL cancer victims, even the fat drunken blob from Massachusetts. I sense first hand the whole experience.

In the case of Ms. Edwards, lets put it in perspective. When you put the cancer to one side, she both condescended and disdained the vast majority of those who populate FR.

So, while I will always take the approach of the evangelist, John, in dealing with humans, I will not take this approach as a simpleton and believe Elizabeth Edwards gives a tinkers darn about sympathy or empathy from conservatives.

18 posted on 08/08/2008 3:37:56 PM PDT by stevem
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To: Maelstorm
>>>>>This kind of thing is horrible and I'm sure she needs some comfort...

No thanks. I was never taken with Elizabeth Edwards. Besides, she considers herself a political player. From all accounts, she knew about her husbands affair.

I'm getting tired of watching Republicans take the heat from the liberal establishment, while Democrats be given a complete pass.

19 posted on 08/08/2008 3:44:21 PM PDT by Reagan Man ( McCain Wants My Conservative Vote in November --- EARN IT or NO DEAL !!!)
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To: texasredtop

This isn’t about forgiving cheating husbands though I think forgiveness is a good thing regardless. People who dine on hurt and bitterness soon find nothing left in their hearts. Edwards is toast as VP and his political career is probably gone. Is there anything lower than cheating on your wife who has cancer? I don’t know if she was covering for him or not. Maybe she didn’t care. I just felt the need to offer a prayer for her and I did. The stress from this could kill her and if may have been part of the reason why she had a relapse. I don’t know.


20 posted on 08/08/2008 3:46:13 PM PDT by Maelstorm (The obvious is the first thing lost on the media.)
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To: LdSentinal
Why?

Because helping the sick and showing them compassion is what Jesus would do.

Elizabeth Edwards knew of the affair and she kept the lie alive.

Hmmmm... And you feel she had some special obligation to share it with you personally?

Whom should she have told and why do you think she had an obligation to tell anyone anything? Is there anything she could have done that makes her worthy of your prayers?

21 posted on 08/08/2008 3:50:59 PM PDT by mountainbunny
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To: Maelstorm
Pray for Elizabeth.

Pray that she turns from being a foot soldier in the Democrat Party.

The political Party with the Platform to:

  • kill babies mostly black babies
  • promote sexual perversion
  • steal from some and claim to give to others.
  • destroy families
and that she accepts the forgiveness of Yah'shua for her public sins.
shalom b'SHEM Yah'shua HaMashiach Adonai

22 posted on 08/08/2008 3:51:15 PM PDT by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 78:35 And they remembered that God was their ROCK, And the Most High God their Redeemer.)
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To: Maelstorm

Seems Elizabeth was in on the thing the whole time and was a willing participant in the cover-up.


23 posted on 08/08/2008 3:52:52 PM PDT by Phantom Lord (Fall on to your knees for the Phantom Lord)
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To: exit82

I can’t blame her for supporting her husband. Now it is another thing to know during the campaign and ignore it but these kind of things are complicated. Most wives don’t want to see that their husbands are cheating especially if they think things are going well and they have kids. I don’t have the ability to crawl into Elizabeth Edward’s mind. I just offered her a bit of charity that didn’t cost me a dime.

It seems not long ago people were bawling their eyes out over Senator Ted Kennedy. The man who ushered in the fall of Saigon by cutting military funding which led to the red tide engulfing Southeast Asia. If we can pray for a man who helped set off a series of events that led to millions dieing and or being tortured then I can offer up a prayer for a supportive wife who has cancer. I don’t like her politics and I don’t like her party but I don’t want her to die because her jerk of a husband cheated on her.


24 posted on 08/08/2008 3:55:41 PM PDT by Maelstorm (The obvious is the first thing lost on the media.)
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To: mrsmel

They just renewed their vows a year ago too.

And their 31st anniversary was last week...

I wonder if the cheatskate took her to Wendy’s, or maybe things were already ‘frosty’.


25 posted on 08/08/2008 3:55:43 PM PDT by proudpapa (McCain-Pawlenty '08)
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To: LdSentinal

And you believe that she knew it, based on what? John Edwards’ statement today? And why would you take that as gospel truth when he’s obviously been lying all along about all of this?


26 posted on 08/08/2008 3:57:49 PM PDT by TruthSetsUFree
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To: Phantom Lord

I don’t know that. It may have been the reason she had a relapse. It doesn’t matter. A prayer didn’t cost me a thing. If I reserved my prayers for only those who were blameless then I wouldn’t have anyone to pray for.


27 posted on 08/08/2008 3:59:01 PM PDT by Maelstorm (The obvious is the first thing lost on the media.)
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To: Maelstorm
I concur with your letter to Elizabeth Edwards. Well written.

This part I think we can all take to heart and do well to remember, as we've all been hurt by someone in some way at some point in our lives:

"We can not let the value of our lives be measured by those who hurt us."

In fact, I copied it down as a reminder to myself. Thanks so much for writing it.

28 posted on 08/08/2008 4:01:45 PM PDT by TruthSetsUFree
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To: Maelstorm
Thank you for posting this. The parable of the Good Samaritan is certainly applicable in this instance.

Elizabeth Edwards is in my prayers.

29 posted on 08/08/2008 4:01:58 PM PDT by mountainbunny
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To: Maelstorm

I feel sorry for her but I cannot get past how smarmy she was toward the Cheneys and their daughter’s lesbianism.

Elizabeth was a hard nosed liberal politico who is probably smarter than the silky pony she hitched her political cart too. Sorry for her, yes. Respect her - no. I am right on the the same plane as feeling sorry for Hillary when Monica’s blue dress turned up stained with her husbands semen.

I hope Elizabeth survives a long time to raise her children and fades out of poltical life. Her epitaph will at least be more graceful than that of her philandering husband.


30 posted on 08/08/2008 4:02:19 PM PDT by silverleaf (Fasten your seat belts- it's going to be a BUMPY ride.)
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To: proudpapa

It is just horrible. The stress this kind of thing causes could kill her. They have kids. God only knows maybe he thought she was going to die. I know Edwards is taking the heat he deserves but I can’t help wondering what kind of women cheats with a man whose wife is dying? I wouldn’t be surprised to find out that her cancer relapsed after she found out. Stress is a horrible trigger for medical ailments.


31 posted on 08/08/2008 4:02:26 PM PDT by Maelstorm (The obvious is the first thing lost on the media.)
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To: mrsmel

His affair did not end in 2006. The baby was born in February 2008. Do the math.


32 posted on 08/08/2008 4:03:31 PM PDT by silverleaf (Fasten your seat belts- it's going to be a BUMPY ride.)
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To: exit82
I agree with the entirety of your post. Another Hillary Clinton woman, covering for her husband who wants to be US President, model for Americas citizens. These women have to know that their husbands will continue such behavior if enabled by them. Both could have at the very least refused to play along with the lies. Let the husbands be man enough to face the consequences without softening from their wives. Both Hillary and Elizabeth, IMO, want the power as much as do their husbands. I do not wish either of them ill, neither do I include them in prayers. I am neutralized to such deliberate manipulation of public sympathy for political purposes.
33 posted on 08/08/2008 4:04:22 PM PDT by mountainfolk ( God bless President George Bush)
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To: Maelstorm

Like I said—you are charitable than I am, and I admire that.

It is hard for me to be charitable to people that are lying to me, and who see no problem in doing so. Remember, Mr. Two Americas was putting himself up as a moral expert on America’s ills, when he was already a part of the problem.

If he had fully admitted to what he did without all the qualifiers, I might be tempted to be more willing to feel sorry. As it is, his admission has a host of denials attached to it, making it superficial and meaningless. Sort of like himself.

And for the record, let it be known that I never have shed a tear for The Swimmer, for the exact reason you mentioned and much, much more.

And I never will.


34 posted on 08/08/2008 4:04:25 PM PDT by exit82 (People get the government they deserve--and they are about to get it --in spades.)
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To: Maelstorm

You’re a sucker. She has the life she’s made for herself. How dare anyone feel sorry for her? She’s just another cheesy lawyer married to an even cheesier lawyer. What’s she’s suffering now is pure karma.


35 posted on 08/08/2008 4:04:25 PM PDT by Glenn (Free Venezuela!)
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To: mrsmel

That changes things a bit but this coming out brings back all the stress. Maybe things are better now. I don’t know the whole story. Maybe I’m being too sentimental but it still didn’t cost me a dime. Edwards political aspirations are over now. He isn’t a Bill Clinton.


36 posted on 08/08/2008 4:04:58 PM PDT by Maelstorm (The obvious is the first thing lost on the media.)
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To: LdSentinal
Actually Ld, it is Edwards who claimed his wife knew about the affair.

To my knowledge, she has not commented on this.

37 posted on 08/08/2008 4:07:59 PM PDT by mware (F-R-E-E. That spells free. freerepublic.com baby)
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To: TruthSetsUFree
So, John Edwards threw his own wife under the bus?

The truth is Elizabeth Edwards is a liar.

38 posted on 08/08/2008 4:08:43 PM PDT by LdSentinal
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To: Maelstorm

Yes, prayers to E;izabeth. And for her to gather strength to fight cancer.


39 posted on 08/08/2008 4:10:38 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (I have already previewed or do not wish to preview this composition.)
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To: Maelstorm
"I just felt the need to offer a prayer for her and I did."

Then you wrote a letter and posted it on a public forum suggesting that everyone should write her as well.

40 posted on 08/08/2008 4:12:35 PM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde ("When the government fears the people there is liberty ... " Thomas Jefferson)
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To: silverleaf
I feel sorry for her but I cannot get past how smarmy she was toward the Cheneys and their daughter’s lesbianism.

I can't forget how she went after Ann Coulter when Ann was on Chris Matthew's show. Ann implied that Edwards used his son's death to benefit him politically, and Elizabeth took a "How dare you!" attitude with Ann over it.

I guess I can see Elizabeth's point. I mean, surely no man who would cheat on his dying wife could possibly stoop so low as to capitalize on his own son's death. /sarc.

41 posted on 08/08/2008 4:14:37 PM PDT by PalmettoMason (Hey John! We're NOT your effing "friends"!)
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To: Maelstorm

I’ll pray for her not to suffer, but I don’t have that much compassion for her. She helped perpetuate his lies, and for political gain at that. I just don’t have enough sympathy to spare for her, as far as the affair and love child issue goes.

I do feel terrible for her children though....they are the innocents here, and do need prayers and compassion.


42 posted on 08/08/2008 4:15:34 PM PDT by rottndog (Globull Warming "Science" = garbage in, gospel out.)
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To: silverleaf
His affair did not end in 2006. The baby was born in February 2008. Do the math.

And he's been caught sneaking out of her hotel room TWICE int recent months. The affair is ongoing, or at least was until he said he dind't love her... now he's in trouble on that count.

43 posted on 08/08/2008 4:17:46 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: LdSentinal

What’s the big deal? For a RAT, this is a resume-enhancer.


44 posted on 08/08/2008 4:20:18 PM PDT by Ax (A guy can never be too rich, too thin or have too many camouflage T-shirts.)
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To: Maelstorm

I feel sorry for her medical condition but its inconceivable that we all could know with reasonable certainty about her husband’s extramarital shenanigans and she would be oblivious.

Odds are she knew something was up quite a while ago. Today’s news publicly embarrasses her and removes all public doubt. But I don’t think she was wide eyed and naive - the only thing different today is that the rest of us know with no doubt what she almost certainly knew all along.


45 posted on 08/08/2008 4:21:18 PM PDT by Sgt Joe Friday 714
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To: Maelstorm

How old is this story? I couldn’t find a date on it, but if they follow the practice of using the date in the URL, the story would be from October 2006 (although there is a link to a 2007 items.

Suggesting a very old date is the fact that the book signing ‘some months before’ was prior to Edward’s 2006 announcement of his candidacy. So the article appears to be at least a year old.


46 posted on 08/08/2008 4:24:53 PM PDT by PAR35
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To: XeniaSt

Amen.


47 posted on 08/08/2008 4:35:02 PM PDT by TrishaSC
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To: PAR35; Maelstrom

Article was written on 23 March 2007. Edwards announced her cancer had recurred on 22 March 2007.


48 posted on 08/08/2008 4:44:52 PM PDT by A.A. Cunningham
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To: silverleaf

I don’t say that it did, but apparently he told his wife in 2006 that it ended.


49 posted on 08/08/2008 4:51:55 PM PDT by mrsmel
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To: proudpapa

If they weren’t frosty before, I’d bet they will be now that it’s public. How humiliating. And I find it hard to believe that that’s not his child. Now really, he has an affair with her, but she conveniently gets pregnant later by one of his staffers?


50 posted on 08/08/2008 4:57:39 PM PDT by mrsmel
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