Frank Torres, Orlando Freelance Reporter

We could all learn something from how Elizabeth Edwards lived.

In Uncategorized on December 8, 2010 at 4:00 pm

I’m sure you will all read a dozen more, better written articles on how this inspirational American lived, but this clumsy writer will just give it his best shot.

Elizabeth Edwards, Mother, Wife, and Cancer Awareness Spokesperson passed away Tuesday, surrounded by family passed away on Tuesday from a long battle with breast cancer. She sent out the following message a couple of days ago.

“You all know that I have been sustained throughout my life by three saving graces — my family, my friends, and a faith in the power of resilience and hope,” she wrote. “These graces have carried me through difficult times and they have brought more joy to the good times than I ever could have imagined.”

“The days of our lives, for all of us, are numbered. We know that. And, yes, there are certainly times when we aren’t able to muster as much strength and patience as we would like. It’s called being human,” – Elizabeth Edwards

She lost her oldest child, had an unfaithful husband, dealt with the political headaches and still she fought cancer with everything she could, all of the while advocating for health care reform, helping others inflicted with the disease, kept a strong, positive presence on the campaign trail, wrote a couple of books, and raised her kids.

It made me ask myself the question “What have I done lately?”

If we could learn anything from Elizabeth Edwards, it would be that that our spirit is stronger, than a diagnosis. Life is so very short, and when our time is moved up because of disease it only proves that we have to pick ourselves up and help as many people as possible, do as many good things as we can. We have to put aside silly grudges and keep in perspective, what the really important things in life are. Ms. Edwards was sick for six years and during that time she did more than most of us will ever do. She could have retreated, she could have gone back home and waited for things to take their course.

Instead, she gave strength to those around her and proved that while disease might destroy, The way we live our lives is possible of creating so much more. I know that’s what I’ve learned, and in this jaded and often difficult political world we live in, everyone involved agrees…

Elizabeth Edwards rose above the challenges and did a lot of good.

Elizabeth Edwards 1949- 2010

  1. Compare her coverage to Tony Snow’s.

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