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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Elizabeth Edwards has had her share challenges—from losing a child to being diagnosed with cancer, from campaigning with her husband John Edwards in his run for vice president and president to discovering his infidelity. She discusses how to best cope with life’s difficulties in her book Resilience: Reflections on the Burdens and Gifts of Facing Life's Adversities.

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Elizabeth Edwards

Comments [13]

Judith from New York

how about a little compassion? I hope Mrs.Edwards never reads most of the above comments, very nasty indeed

Jun. 11 2009 01:32 PM
PML from New Jersey

DAT from Nathan Strauss Projects: It is clear from your comments that you are a cheater too. How is it that you can justify a spouse breaking his vow when she gets sick? Remember "in sickness and in health"? And your comments are so much more dispicable because you think he is justified because he is "good looking and wealthy"? So, if you are ugly and poor you have no right to cheat, but if you are good looking and wealthy you do? DAT, you have revealed your shallow and selfish personality to the world. Now, go away. Elizabeth and John Edwards have work to do on their marraige, but anyone who tries to place one iota of blame on her is out of line.

May. 20 2009 08:56 PM
mbk from nyc

I am not blaming her for her husband's affair. I am blaming her, and other staffers, who knew about this, and continued to be silent while he was campaigning to be the Democratic nominee for president. They all continued to lie to the American people. He he would have become the nominee and then the news broke, what do you think the election outcome would have been?

May. 20 2009 07:48 AM
Marilyn

mbk in nyc - You obivously must be someone who chooses to blame the wife for the husband's affair. Elizabeth believed John when he told her it was a one time indisceration. Elizabeth didn't find out until the summer of 2008 that John had been lying to her about his relationship with the other woman. People need to stop saying Elizabeth was complicit. She was naive in believing her husband.

May. 19 2009 04:28 PM
Patricia Hume from Charlotte, NC

Elizabeth Edwards is a class act.

May. 19 2009 02:01 PM
Chuck Renaud from Brooklyn

One tough broad.

More folks should have her spine.

I wish her health and happiness.

And hopefully peace.

May. 19 2009 02:00 PM
JP from The Garden State

DAT from Nathan Straus Projects,

Why should John not have cheated? Very simple, he took an vow, an oath, to be there for better or worse, in sickness and health until the day they die. This is what married people should be worried about that’s tearing apart the institution of marriage and has been probably since begging of this so called institution. breaking these vows destroys families and can turn adults into feuding children as they try to get out of their vows with as much property and vengeance possible.

May. 19 2009 01:52 PM
the truth from bkny

DAT 1)Women are NEVER satisfied and 2) It is a blow to the ego.

May. 19 2009 01:47 PM
DAT from Nathan Straus Projects

Is this a punish John Edwards tour for
Elizabeth?

Why can't she just accept the fact that
her husband wanted to have someone else?

He didn't abandon her, provided for her.

What is she complaining about?

She was suffering from cancer and could
not be a full partner to her husband.

However sympathetic her husband might be,
he still has sexual desires and Elizabeth
was in position to meet them.

So he got a girlfriend.

Why should a good looking, wealthy man,
have to resort to masterbation, because
he doesn't have a sexual partner, for
whatever reason?

Radiation, chemotherapy is not sexually
appealing.

Eisenhower, FDR, had significant others.

Clinton, JFK had flings.

Elizabeth should have been happy that
John was happy and leave it at that.

She got the husband, the house and the money.

May. 19 2009 01:39 PM
mbk from nyc

Why was she not honest with the public about what she knew would come out eventually. She was complicit in lying about this whole affair. Why would you risk this info coming out if your husband had become the democratic candidate?

May. 19 2009 01:36 PM
Lori from Montclair, NJ

Since at least 50% of all couples have affairs, Elizabeth Edwards is certainly not alone although few people have had to endure the public humiliation she has experienced. She is entitled to process this experience in any way she sees fit.

I admire John Edwards as a politician and I am SO frustrated with this recent self destructive affair -- it makes it impossible for him to assume a leadership role at such an important time in our history. If I'm frustrated, I can only imagine how frustrated his wife must be given the fact that she has been so invested in this man politically AND personally.

Sigh...

May. 19 2009 01:31 PM
the truth from bkny

I think perhaps you always knew, as women we always know, lonnng before they are ever caught. Whether or not you were able to accept it is another story.

May. 19 2009 01:31 PM
Laura from Manhattan

I wanted to tell Elizabeth Edwards that when I met her husband at Barnes & Noble on his book tour ["Home: The Blueprints of Our Lives"], even though we had an intense chat afterwards about government policy on that topic, I saw a man who was terribly worried about his wife's health.....almost even "panic-stricken" about what could happen. The look in his eye reminded me of that universal searching for answers, for balance, that we all have when totally knocked off our feet by life's tough blows. I met Elizabeth at a fundraiser--I'm sure she doesn't remember me--I'm a small woman with gray hair and glasses. I was glad to donate to the campaign to keep the topic of poverty in the forefront and in the fond but remote hope of having Elizabeth as First Lady.

May. 19 2009 12:41 PM

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