Leading from the Left

Sunday, March 25, 2007

The Strength of Elizabeth

Most of us have been touched by cancer. Many of us have been touched by breast cancer--friends, family, loved ones. We know the importance of carrying on, of staying focused on work and family and our goals.

Elizabeth Edwards has been exhibiting enormous strength of character this week by 1) sharing her diagnosis with us honestly and openly and 2) deciding to stay focused on the important things in her life. Some have critcized the Edwards' for continuing with the campaign despite Elizabeth's diagnosis. I disagree. They should be commended for the dignity and grace they've shown.

This is an educative moment, I believe; a moment in American discourse in which we can all learn how to live with cancer. Perhaps Elizabeth can teach us all a little bit about strength, character, honesty, and personal integrity. Hat's off to Elizabeth Edwards....