When I arrived home from work today and turned on the news, I was greeted with the news that Elizabeth Edwards had died. Immediately my eyes filled with tears. I wasn't expecting them. After all, I did not know her personally. She wasn't family. And yet, I felt so deeply saddened and humbled by her death. Sometimes things just hit us in ways we don't expect.
She suffered so much pain in her life. Not everyone gets hit like that. One thing after the other. First her teenage son died. Then her stage 3 breast cancer diagnosis. And finally, being left alone to deal with all this pain by a cheating spouse. How much can one person take? If it were me, I don't know that I would have ever gotten past the first tragedy. The death of a child. How does one go on from that? But she did. And with grace. She was a fighter to the end and a real role model for all women today, young and old.
We lost an important person today.
Rest in Peace Elizabeth Edwards.