Breaking news: Cancer-stricken Elizabeth Edwards, ex-wife of Presidential hopeful John Edwards, takes turn for the worse

Breaking News: Update: She’s passed away………
Former Presidential hopeful John Edwards’ ex wife Elizabeth Edwards takes a turn for the worse according to Fox News. She  announced the following on her facebook page:

“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. 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. But I have found that in the simple act of living with hope, and in the daily effort to have a positive impact in the world, the days I do have are made all the more meaningful and precious. And for that I am grateful.”It isn’t possible to put into words the love and gratitude I feel to everyone who has and continues to support and inspire me every day. To you I simply say: you know.”

Sad. Very, very sad. When you consider they were married since 1977 (law school sweethearts, apparently) and started out with no money and built a life together. And then she gets diagnosed with cancer and he absolutely couldn’t cope with it. And the rest is history. That happens, you know. Studies show that when a woman gets terminally ill, her partner/husband is more likely to leave her than when a man gets terminally ill. We’ve done that post on this blog. Terminal illness is often a life-changing event that pushes a couple to divorce for some bizarre reason. Personally, I find it bewildering. If you love someone and you have been together for as long as the Edwardses have been together, how are you not anchored and bonded to eternity? How does a mere diagnosis of illness cause the marriage to implode in this manner?
And, you better believe that a terminal illness can be made worse by divorce stress. Studies show that as well. We have done a post called, “Can a bad marriage give you breast cancer.” Or, it might have been can a divorce give you breast cancer….there are anecdotal cases that show a possible link between marriage/divorce stress and cancer and other illnesses getting worse.
Not that I’m blaming either of them. I am saddened for them. I don’t even blame Rielle Hunter. By the time she came along, something had obviously gone terribly wrong in that marriage. All I can do is say a prayer for Elizabeth. One thing is for sure, she carried herself with dignity in this situation. She held her head high. Good for her.
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