The day Elizabeth Edwards announced that she had breast cancer, my heart sank. Finding a lump in the breast only heightens the suspicious that the prognosis may not be good and in Elizabeth’s case, it wasn’t.
We all admired Elizabeth for different reasons. In my case, it was her love for healthcare reform that quickly grabbed my attention. Elizabeth advocated universal healthcare and comprehensive insurance for all Americans, not a “compromised” version based on partisanship and politics. As the years wore on, she discussed her diagnosis of incurable breast cancer with passion stating that she knew that she had access to the best possible care, but empathized with women who were not as fortunate.
It is said that behind every successful man lies the power behind the throne, and we know this to be true about Elizabeth. She was an accomplished attorney in her own right who took a backseat to raise her kids and support the presidential candidacy of her husband. For a while I thought Elizabeth had won the battle against breast cancer during its remission, but then it resurfaced its ugly head in the midst of her husband’s presidential campaign and she handled it with dignity and grace. Read more »
*This blog post was originally published at Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway*