Elizabeth Edwards: Role Model or Ruined Woman?

8 Dec

As women everywhere try to make sense of life – including the ravages of cancer, infidelity, and other devastating disappointments, an Internet poll is asking the question: Elizabeth Edward: Was she a hero or a victim?

My personal take is that she was a woman… at moments, she was heroic, at others, she was weak; at her most vulnerable, she was betrayed by her husband.

I admire much about Elizabeth Edwards. She may not have behaved perfectly during the months it took for her to recover from her husband’s betrayal, but she didn’t give up, she got back up!

How do you want to be remembered? I hope when I die, you will remember the times that I was loving life, because that is what has characterized my stay on this planet. I hope you will not focus on the times I lost my temper, forgot your birthday or felt completely overwhelmed by life. Let’s do the same for Elizabeth Edwards!

And, no matter what you are facing today, don’t give up! Even when Elizabeth made the decision to decline further treatment, it wasn’t “giving up.” It was facing the fact that the season for treatment was over. She was ready to move on, and the next day she did, to eternity.

What about you? Is it time to forge forward, making the most of every minute you have in this season of life, or has this season come to an end and now it’s time to let it go and move on?

I’ll be praying for you today!


Marnie Swedberg is the author of the Marnie Method Series for Super Busy Women and is available for 2 minute to 2 hour interviews. View Marnie’s Media Kit here.


4 Responses to “Elizabeth Edwards: Role Model or Ruined Woman?”

  1. sharon Hurkens December 8, 2010 at 1:12 PM #

    I was so sad to hear that Elizabeth passed away. To me, she was a remarkable woman. I just hope that she had a chance to learn the precious facts about a relationship with Christ. That’s all that’s important now.

  2. Darlene Taylor December 8, 2010 at 4:02 PM #

    My thoughts exactly Sharon!
    “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” – John 14:6

  3. Frankie Sherman December 8, 2010 at 9:00 PM #

    Lovely article.

    We can only imagine what we would do if we in her situation, battling cancer, raising young children, and dealing with a husband who betrays you. And she had to deal with it publicly. I thought your article was touching and helps us to stop and reflect on how we will be remembered and the legacy we’ll leave behind. May we ponder those thoughts often-so that when we are gone people we know for sure that we had an amazing relationship with Jesus.

  4. Lilly December 8, 2010 at 9:21 PM #

    She was a role model on how to face life when all seems ruined. It’s all in the attitude and how we react to life, whatever it gives us. I can empathize with Elizabeth Edwards per her failed marriage, the adultery, and her battle with cancer…however, her life is more public than mine…the lemons are still the same. If we make the lemonade and pass the healing on to other people, then she is an excellent role model, but had she become as bitter as the lemon that was handed her, then yes, she would have been the ruined and scorned woman. I believe she is a woman of stamina and courage, a symbol of hope and transparency. I don’t hold her as an idol, but a book that says, “If she can smile and serve others even through her trials, then others can too!”. Again, it’s all in the way one reacts to what life holds for you.

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