Carol Platt Liebau: Edwards' Decision

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Edwards' Decision

John Edwards has announced that he will continue campaigning even as his wife has been diagnosed with a recurrence of her breast cancer.

Those of us who have (thank God) never been forced to confront that kind of diagnosis can never understand what it means -- and can do little besides wish them both the best in whatever struggles may await them. Even so, continuing the campaign in defiance of the diagnosis seems like the right decision, a brave one -- and one that indicates just how central a presidential campaign can become, not just for a candidate, but for those who love him most.


Blogger Marshall Art said...

I have no problem with Edward's decision. He knows what his situation is better than anyone. Most likely the wife insisted he keep at it. Campaigning already takes a toll on one's family, anyhow.

But not to worry. Edwards doesn't stand a chance. He'll be home when, God forbid, it counts.

5:08 PM  
Blogger Greg said...

My wife is a two time breast cancer survivor. She has undergone a tremendous number of surgeries and treatments.

Over those years I've maintainted two jobs and we've had children in school who were involved in many extra-curricular activities. Also, my wife's elderly mother lived with us and required a great deal of care. Oh, and I was president of the local Little League, too.

I didn't quit either job. Our children continued with all their activities. And my wife and I attended nearly every event - along with her mother.

She was very week at times. But to this day she credits staying busy and the desire to push herself to be there for the children as key ingredients to her recoveries.

I wish Mrs. Edwards the best.

5:57 AM  

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