I was very sad to hear about Elizabeth Edwards' death this morning.
I have always admired her strength of character and resolute air as she dealt with the tragic death of her first-born son, a challenging election campaign and her husband's infidelity. All she wanted was to last another eight years so she could see her two youngest children through the teen years. That was not meant to be.
We were both diagnosed with cancer the same year, 2004. I still remember listening to the announcement at the end of her husband's unsuccessful campaign. In many ways, I was relieved that she did not have to undergo treatments in the glare of public life.
She will be missed.