Skip to comments.Taking Care (Elizabeth Edwards needs our prayers)
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. Shell need treatment of one kind or another for the rest of her life.
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.
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.
A red-herring post.
Elizabeth Edwards knew of the affair and she kept the lie alive.
Perhaps you are a serious and worthwhile person. Obviously your husband is not, but that is is deal, not yours.
What’s a red herring? I’m hard of herring and don’t know. :O)
How do you know that? Is there some special LDS magic at work here?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It's reported she knew of the affair.
And she denied knowing about it in interviews.
So, Elizabeth Edwards is a liar.
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.
What a piece of work that man is to do something like this to them.
I apologize. I did not have all the facts. You did, and I feel foolish.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Pray for Elizabeth.shalom b'SHEM Yah'shua HaMashiach Adonai
Pray that she turns from being a foot soldier in the Democrat Party.
The political Party with the Platform to:
and that she accepts the forgiveness of Yah'shua for her public sins.
- kill babies mostly black babies
- promote sexual perversion
- steal from some and claim to give to others.
- destroy families
Seems Elizabeth was in on the thing the whole time and was a willing participant in the cover-up.
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.
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’.
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?
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.
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.
Elizabeth Edwards is in my prayers.
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.
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.
His affair did not end in 2006. The baby was born in February 2008. Do the math.
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.
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.
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.
To my knowledge, she has not commented on this.
The truth is Elizabeth Edwards is a liar.
Yes, prayers to E;izabeth. And for her to gather strength to fight cancer.
Then you wrote a letter and posted it on a public forum suggesting that everyone should write her as well.
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.
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.
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.
What’s the big deal? For a RAT, this is a resume-enhancer.
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.
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.
Article was written on 23 March 2007. Edwards announced her cancer had recurred on 22 March 2007.
I don’t say that it did, but apparently he told his wife in 2006 that it ended.
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?