Living Legacy

I’m sure everyone is aware by now that Elizabeth Edwards died from breast cancer yesterday.  I took the news very badly.  I was shocked.  Daddy-O and I had just heard she was stopping treatment the night before.  So quick.  So short a life.

I shed tears for a woman I did not know… and maybe more than a few for the women I do know and have known.  I am not sad for Liz Edwards in death.  She is with her beloved son, Wade, now.  I am certain her mother’s soul is singing with happiness for that.  I am profoundly sad, however, for the trials of her life. 

No mother should have to outlive her child.  No wife should be made to suffer the very public humiliation and betrayal of her husband’s infidelity and subsequent fathering of a child.  No woman should have her life stolen by cancer.  And yet she did.  It is a tragedy in itself that rogue cells should lay her low after having triumphed over adversities that would ruin a lesser woman. 

And that is precisely why I have been so shaken by Liz Edwards’ death.  She was no wilting flower.  She was not one to hang her head in humiliation.  She was the epitome of a strong woman!  She survived more than most.  She had money and influence enough to get the best of medical care.  And still she died.

Cancer is an equal-opportunity destroyer.

That is the scary part of the legacy Elizabeth Edwards leaves behind.  This is the part that makes all of us quake inside and hold our husbands and kids a little bit tighter.  But this is the least of Liz’s legacy.  Her real legacy is raising her children, her unfailing strength, her tireless advocacy and her boundless generosity of spirit. 

Elizabeth Edwards did not let cancer, betrayal or tragedy end her life before her heart actually stopped beating.  She didn’t fade away into non-existence.  She was an active participant  until the very end!  She loved.  She mothered.  She rose above.  And she lived

That is her legacy.  That is what we should all remember!

Cross-posted to Mothers with Cancer

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3 Responses

  1. Thinking of you…

  2. […] heartfelt tribute to Elizabeth Edwards is beautifully scripted by Imstell in her post “Living […]

  3. well put stella. that was amazing. luv u!

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