Sunday, September 19, 2010

Cancer Bitch and Crazy Cancer Bitch

I've always swung back and forth on Elizabeth Edwards. I've admired her fight against breast cancer, admired her books - then "Game Change" was published and I read about the "abusive, intrusive, paranoid and crazy" Elizabeth Edwards. Who is this woman?

Last week I watched the "Nate Berkus Show and his interview with her was fascinating. She's opened her own interior design store, "Red Window," because she wanted something for her future that had nothing to do with her past. She talked candidly about her divorce from John Edwards. (hasn't decided yet what to do with the photos of the two of them hanging on the wall) She said they are amicable - "I see the father of my children, and that’s very important to me. Particularly since I have a terminal disease, this is the person who at some point will take over the primary parenting, and it’s important to me that he heals if he needs too."

She knows she has a year, maybe two, and described her life as "a sled going downhill." She also said she's accepted John's baby with Rielle- going as far to say she'd thought about buying stuff at Baby Gap - because the child was innocent and would be growing up with her kids after she was gone. But she hasn't quite forgiven him yet. Oh, and she also admitted she's a bargain shopper:




The interview was taped at her house in Chapel Hill. She was supposed to appear live later on in the show but instead skyped in from North Carolina - she's on a new cancer medication, looked frail and had lost her hair again. Damn, I'm starting to admire her again.....

4 comments:

Diana said...

Forget her for a moment. You're the person to be admired.
I'm always thinking of you
Diana

Lynne said...

John and Elizabeth Edwards had myriad issues -- individually and as a couple -- well before her health challenges appeared. I'm glad that she's finally acknowledging her childrens' sister, and that that child is an innocent in all this drama.

I wish her the best, but as a politician once said, Elizabeth Edwards couldn't carry your bra. You've lived your life with more integrity than she ever could envision.

Please excuse me now -- I have to pray to be a better person...

felicia said...

I think I am finally becoming wise, because I can understand the importance of accepting people with all their flaws (which means you can be accepting of yourself, too) and the importance of forgiveness and compassion. Long-winded way of saying that there are good things and awful things about Elizabeth and she has had to cope with a really rotten hand. You learn. You cope. You move on. And you my friend, as Diana said, are golden and to be admired. I hope I am as gracious as you if I am ever in your shoes.

Amy said...

you have a wonderful blog. thanks for sharing your life and experience here. keep it up and never give up. you can do it.