Elizabeth Edwards was no saint, but she sure was a winner
Just last week, doctors told Elizabeth Edwards that she had eight weeks to live. So it came as a shock when less than 24 hours after she posted a Facebook message on Monday about her prognosis, the wife of 2004 Democratic vice presidential candidate John Edwards was dead.
She knew that day was coming — as did most of us who had followed her valiant fight since she first announced that she had breast cancer the day after John Kerry conceded the presidential election to George W. Bush six years ago.
Still, I felt unprepared for the news.
Even though Edwards had told Facebook friends that she stopped taking treatment, I mistakenly thought that meant she had at least several more weeks of life. But as she eloquently wrote, "The days of our lives, for all of us, are numbered. We know that. And, yes, there are certainly times when we aren't able to muster as much strength and patience as we would like. It's called being human."