We all get caught up in the rough and tumble of politics and can often forget that real human beings on the world stage are going through life confronting the same struggles and heartaches that each of us face. Today we await the news conference of John Edwards and his wife Elizabeth.
On Wednesday Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards accompanied his wife, Elizabeth, who has been treated for breast cancer, on a doctor’s visit. His campaign said they would hold a news conference in their hometown Thursday to discuss her health.
I am most concerned about the gravity of this matter, and the fact it is taking place in their hometown. Every American who knows the ravages of this disease understands the implications of a bad report from a doctor. We have yet to learn the specifics, but as a nation should unite in prayer and faith for her health and well-being. Also, we need to keep John and their entire family in our thoughts.
UPDATED….From The New York Times
John Edwards, the North Carolina Democrat, said today that his wife’s cancer had returned, but that his bid for the presidency “goes on strongly.”
“The campaign goes on, the campaign goes on strongly,” he said, with his wife, Elizabeth, at his side.
Mr. Edwards said he learned earlier this week that the cancer had reappeared in his wife’s rib cage. He said he and his wife recognized that it was no longer curable, though it could be managed with treatment.
Asked by a reporter whether recurrence of the cancer would cause him to suspend any campaign activities, such as fundraising or travel, Mr. Edwards said no. “We know from our previous experience that when this happens you have a choice, you can go cower in the corner and hide, or you can be tough and go out there and stand up for what you believe in,” he said.
“Both of us are committed to the cause and we’re committed to changing this country that we love so much and we have no intention of cowering in the corner,” Mr. Edwards said.
He said that after the news conference they would leave together for New York and Boston, and then to California on Friday.
Mrs. Edwards said she had the energy to continue the campaign. “I am absolutely ready for that,” she said.
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