Elizabeth Edwards passes

UPDATE: Elizabeth Edwards has died.Elizabth Edwards

News broke yesterday evening that Elizabeth Edwards has been advised that it would be “unproductive” to continue her cancer treatment. She wrote in a statement on her Facebook page (as she’s always been super social media savvy):

“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. But I have found that in the simple act of living with hope, and in the daily effort to have a positive impact in the world, the days I do have are made all the more meaningful and precious. And for that I am grateful.”

I met Elizabeth some years ago at a small blogger meeting she held in NYC, and she was truly lovely to talk to — so engaging and genuinely interested in what this young feminist blogger had to say. She’s faced incredible hardships but has also achieved much in her life, and I’ve always appreciated her ability to be outspoken about her beliefs, like advocating for marriage equality (despite her husband’s opposing stance).

Our thoughts are with her and her loved ones.


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  • http://cabaretic.blogspot.com nazza

    There’s something about struggling with a long-term illness than changes you completely. Suffering is its own teacher. I’m reminded again how fortunate I am that even with my own health problems, they are not terminal.

    Elizabeth Edwards as portrayed by Game Change was far different from the way most people think of her. I always wonder whether we’ll ever give anyone in the public eye the right to be human, warts and all. We like to see people in all or nothing terms. Either they inspire us, or they disappoint us.