Editor’s note: This is so sad. Near death and declining further treatment for her cancer, Elizabeth Edwards has posted a good-bye message for admirers on her Facebook page, a sign of the times when it comes to mass communications. The media followed up. Ms. Edwards’ family, including her children and ex-husband John Edwards, is at her side.
It brought back a local memory of John Edwards’ run for the presidency. I happened to be voting myself in the county clerk-recorder’s office the day he pulled out of the race. A woman who already had voted for him with a “vote by mail” ballot walked into the office and asked if she could change her vote.
I admire Elizabeth’s courage in recent years. She put up with a lot — too much, in fact. Our prayers are with you.
“You all know that I have been sustained throughout my life by three saving graces — my family, my friends, and a faith in the power of resilience and hope. These graces have carried me through difficult times and they have brought more joy to the good times than I ever could have imagined.
“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.
“It isn’t possible to put into words the love and gratitude I feel to everyone who has and continues to support and inspire me every day. To you I simply say: you know.
“With love, Elizabeth”