Friday, March 23, 2007

John Edwards making a huge mistake...

Shame on John Edwards. During this rough time when his wife is battling terminal cancer, he decided that he will continue to run for President.

"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."

To imply that putting his family first and taking care of his wife during her battle with cancer is cowering and hiding is an insult to every person who has battled cancer. This has nothing to do with cowering and hiding, it has to do with putting what's important first. His family and his wife's well-being should be MORE important than running for office. This illness and its treatment takes an immense amount of time, energy and patience, not just from the patient but from the caregivers. And considering that he has three living children, one who just graduated from college and two others who are 8 and 6, WHO is going to take care of Elizabeth? Who will be there to shuttle her back and forth from her doctor's appointments and chemotherapy? Who will be there to cook her dinner and take care of the home because she will be too tired and worn out to do it herself? Who will be there to help her dress when she is in too much pain to do it herself? Who will administer her pain meds when she is too exhausted to do it herself? Who will be there to console her when she cries because she knows she is going to die? Who will be there when the pain is just too much, when she can't handle the chemo anymore?

I had a friend whose mother battled breast cancer and won, but during that time it was physically and mentally exhausting for the entire isn't just the patient dealing with the cancer, it's the entire family. Without her daughter, and especially her husband, who was her rock through the entire thing, her outcome may have been quite different.

Sure Elizabeth was at her husband's side when he made the announcement, sure she said she would continue the fight with him, but it seems very wrong indeed for him not to take advantage of every precious moment he has with his wife before she dies from this terrible disease.

This has nothing to do with politics, I just think John Edwards is wrong.

1 comment:

  1. I wonder if she told him she wants him to continue his campaign? And they probably have the finances to hire someone to help care for her, these people aren't exactly middle class blue collar workers.

    If it was me, NO, I couldn't do it, I'd want to be there for my spouse, but everyone is different.