Elizabeth Edwards’ Cancer Is Incurable

Elizabeth Edwards’ Cancer Is Incurable


I respect that it’s a decision between John and Elizabeth, but this isn’t breast cancer. This is cancer in one of her ribs. And just so you know, bone cancer is really, really bad stuff. One of my great aunts had it, and she didn’t last very long after the prognosis. Of course, my great aunt was much older than Elizabeth, but “incurable” is certainly very grim.

Again I ask, should John continue his campaign?

From the AP:

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) – Democrat John Edwards is forging ahead with his second bid for the presidency despite the sobering news that his wife, Elizabeth, is battling an incurable reappearance of cancer. […]

The recurrence of the cancer – this time on Elizabeth Edwards’ bone – presents a setback for the couple, both personally and politically. Elizabeth Edwards’ illness and treatment is certain to affect her husband’s presence in the early voting states and may raise questions about the viability of his campaign, especially with financial backers. The first fundraising deadline is fast approaching on March 31.

So I think the question needs to be asked, “Are they being realistic?”

But both said the cancer was treatable and that they would stick with their plans to campaign vigorously for the nomination.

“From our perspective, there was no reason to stop,” Edwards said. “I don’t think we seriously thought about it.”

Again, our thoughts and prayers are with Elizabeth during this incredibly difficult time. Here’s to a speedy recovery from this significant illness.

I’m not the only one questioning the decision. Time magazine weighs in as well

Instead, Edwards said nothing would change; his campaign would continue and Elizabeth would be by his side on the road. Elizabeth spoke about the importance of her husband’s campaign, how the country needs him to be president. Both said there was never a debate yesterday, as they were receiving the news about her condition, about whether he should drop out of the race. John said that when the two of them were alone, Elizabeth was concerned about everyone but herselfâ€â€?her children, her husband and her country, in that order, but not herself.

He clearly meant it to be inspiring, but there is also something discomfiting about that statement. Even more discomfiting was Edwards’ claim that by soldiering on while his wife has incurable cancer, he would be proving that he could deal with the pressures of being president. I wonder how voters will react to that sentiment.

[…] Edwards’ supporters, and surely many average Americans, have to be wondering at what point the candidate will decide that his duties as husband and father to three children, including a 6 and 8 year old, trump his duty to his country and the cause of winning the White House.

Time continues on about the political and personal realities of this situation.

I urge you to read the whole thing.

  • http://www.isupportthismessage.com Amy

    Maybe it makes him look like a fighter but in my opinion he should spend more time ith the needs of his family

  • http://Google Bonnie Vineyard

    I admire Elizabeth Edwards very much, and I am so sorry that cancer has spread to her bones. I have read her wonderful book, “Saving Graces”. I would reccommend this book to everyone. After the death of their oldest son, Wade, Elizabeth had said that nothing, not even the diagnosis of her breast cancer, could ever compare to that hurt that she suffered from the loss of a child. She had the wonderful support of her husband, John. I believe John could carry on his duties as president, and still be there for his lovely family. They are a very close, united family, who take care of each other. I believe Elizabeth would be an asset to him in his campaign. She loves her husband and knows that he would be great as America’s next president. I truly hope this will not affect people’s minds about voting for John Edwards. It makes me more determined to vote for him. They are a strong family with high morals and they are to be commended for their bravery. God bless this family. I pray that Elizabeth’s cancer can be treated, and that this sweet lady will have many more years to live.

  • http://www.donklephant.com Justin Gardner

    You know Bonnie, between your comment and Alan Stewart Carl’s thoughtful post, I think I’ve changed my mind about this issue.

    I thank you for taking the time to post your thoughts here.

  • http://darydayshow.com daryday

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  • Gypsymagic

    I have cancer–a type that isn’t curable–and I fully understand that it’s Elizabeth Edwards’ decision how she wants to live out the rest of her life. You can’t control the cancer–you accept the treatments and hope–but one of the things you can control is your own sense of dignity and worth. It isn’t really about what someone else thinks you ought to do once you have to face this–it’s about fully living your days. This is her life, whatever is left of it, and she wants to spend it doing something that she believes in.