I want to take a moment to give respect to Elizabeth Edwards and express my sadness at her death. She was always a very brave and courageous woman, proud and protective mother, and a tireless champion for women facing breast cancer. I had the chance to work with Elizabeth Edwards at a Discovery Health TV town hall meeting. She was warm, open, honest, authentic, compassionate, and eloquent.
So many emotions come up for everyone, particularly women who’ve had breast cancer. Regardless of our political preferences, we relate to her on a very personal basis. We can understand how much will power it takes to go from one treatment to another, we can imagine how rough it was to handle the progression of her disease along with all of her personal challenges, and we can begin to feel her anguish when the decision was made to stop treatments while raising young children. We might also feel discouraged that today’s treatments weren’t powerful enough to control the cancer and save her life.
Separate from the sadness is a tremendous amount of admiration for Elizabeth Edwards. She shared her story to connect with other women and give them hope. She also received a great deal of strength knowing that many other women had forged the path and were pushing forward with her.
She got much comfort from her belief in resilience. And her own words have meaning for all of us too: “Resilience is accepting your new reality, even if it’s less good than the one you had before. You can fight it, you can do nothing but scream about what you’ve lost, or you can accept that and try to put together something that’s good.”
Any lost life to breast cancer—and any new diagnosis—must make us even more determined to eradicate this disease. Until all breast cancers can be prevented or cured, Breastcancer.org is fully committed to providing the best medical expertise and personal support to help each person overcome the devastation of this disease.
Thank you for sharing our mission. We are here for you during this sad time, and we welcome your stories about how Elizabeth inspired you.
Marisa Weiss, M.D.
President and Founder