Even though I don’t live in the USA – the news of Elizabeth Edwards saddened me.
With living in New Zealand, who John Edwards was – what his politics or personal problems were, didnt really interest me at all. But when I heard his wife had recurrent breast cancer that is who I took notice of.
I didn’t know Elizabeth other through what I read on the internet and through magazine articles but whenever you hear of another mother with cancer it resonates within you on a very deep level. We all love our children and fear leaving them. I have already had one recurrence, since initial diagnosis in August 2008, and although I am back in remission as one of the other MWC mums so eloquently put it there is an elephant in the room. At 47 I still want to live long enough to see my children married and my grandchildren but both my children and I know its a possibility that I might not.
Everytime we hear of someone making the decision to end treatment we know it could so easily be us in the future and the fact is most of us have already contemplated how and when we would make this decision. Only another mother with cancer understands.
Elizabeth Edwards used her time left to educate with grace and strength what it is like to be a mother with cancer and for that all of us other mothers thank her.
Rest in Peace