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Old 03-24-2007, 05:36 PM   #16
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They will be interviewed by Katie Couric tomorrow on 60 Minutes

I ordered her book from Amazon today, I feel compelled to read it now. After I ordered they said they only had 2 copies left.
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I think his first obligation should be to stay home and take care of his wife and put his polictial ambitions away.

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If anything, it seems like they both want to continue going forward without changing the way they do things, and if they both feel that way, then I have no problem with him staying in the race.
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I think his first obligation should be to stay home and take care of his wife and put his polictial ambitions away.

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Everyone deals with illness in different ways. Some people don't want their spouses to stop their lives to take care of them, some people need the "normalcy" of their regular lives in order to keep sane.

I don't think anyone has the right to judge how this family chooses to deal with her cancer.
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..and in sickness and in health..... see that ye hit the campaign trail.
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..and in sickness and in health..... see that ye hit the campaign trail.
Who are you to say that him being on the campaign trail isn't still honoring her? Until you are in their shoes, you have no clue, don't pretend you do.

If this was a Republican you'd be admiring their strength to keep on.
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It really is no one's place to say what they should do. Their relationship is hardly the type in which either makes decisions without the full input of the other. It is her life and their family. She basically doesn't want to sit around waiting to die, and why should she? I admire her so much for that.

They already lost one son, they would never do anything to their other children without serious consideration. This is their decision for now, things could change.

To suggest that a man like him puts political ambitions before his wife is really unfair and pretty outrageous. Would you say the same if it was Mitt Romney diamond? After all, his wife has an incurable disease-MS-and she is campaigning with him.

Where did diamond go? I guess he doesn't want to answer that question..

And what about Newt Gingrich discussing divorce terms with his wife when she was in the hospital recovering from cancer surgery? His campaign treasurer claims he said this about his wife

She's not young enough or pretty enough to be the wife of the President. And besides, she has cancer.

And here I thought Republicans had a monopoly on the proper way to act and react when your wife has cancer..
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Mrs Romney looks a lot healthier than Mrs Edwards.
That said if Mrs Romney was as in poor of shape as Mrs Edwards, I think I would want Mitt to sit this one out and take care of his wife.

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Mrs Romney looks a lot healthier than Mrs Edwards
It has nothing to do with looks, MS can be completely debilitating and I assume it can kill you as well. Mrs. Romney seems to have done well and she seems to know her limitations and know how to deal with them properly. But so does Elizabeth Edwards-and who are any of us to judge?

Elizabeth Edwards lives her life on her own terms. She lost a son at the age of 16, she is more than well aware how precious life is.
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Work can be balm during health crisis
By Pam Belluck and John Leland
The New York Times
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Article Last Updated:03/25/2007 12:23:03 AM MDT

When John and Elizabeth Edwards learned Wednesday that Elizabeth Edwards' breast cancer had returned, the presidential campaign, which often seems removed from daily life, suddenly mirrored reality for thousands of American families facing a deadly illness. John Edwards' choice - whether to scale back a demanding career to be with his spouse - is one faced throughout the nation.

Some people choose the path taken by Sandra Day O'Connor, who in 2005 announced she was retiring from the Supreme Court after her husband developed Alzheimer's disease. Others, like former Chrysler boss Lee Iacocca, whose first wife died in 1984 from diabetes, maintain a rigorous career during their spouse's illness but then become activists in the search for a cure.

In a recent example, the new governor of Massachusetts, Deval Patrick, was nine weeks into his job when he announced March 10 that his wife, Diane, 55, was being treated for exhaustion and depression. He scaled back his schedule on evenings and weekends, but he told reporters: "You are going to see me consistently perform my duties. I have a job to do."

Many spouses decide to keep up their work life, for reasons that range from practical necessity to their psychological well-being or that of the ailing partner. Some, particularly women with children, do alter or curtail their careers, but many others say that focusing on work can be a relief, a ballast and a needed escape.

"It was very important to me that he carry on his work," said Dr. Joanne Gillis-Donovan of Philadelphia, recalling her reaction when she and her husband, Joseph Donovan, learned she had Stage 3 breast cancer, which doctors said gave her a 20 percent chance of survival. "I needed us to carry on as normally as possible."

Gillis-Donovan said it would have felt like defeat if he had spent more time at home: "It would mean I wasn't able to survive by myself, that I needed him to survive."

Twenty years later, with no recurrence of the cancer, she is following the news about John and Elizabeth Edwards.

"I can see that it's critical to her survival that he run," Gillis-Donovan said. "That will keep her alive."

For many women with breast cancer, the last thing they need is a husband hovering over them, said Dr. Marisa Weiss, a breast-cancer oncologist and president and founder of the nonprofit breastcancer.org.

"The modern-day woman does not want pity," she said. "They hate that. Most of the time the husbands don't cut back. The woman remains in control, she's in charge of the household, and if anyone tries to take that away, she would feel usurped, that he feels she's incapable, and this makes her feel less independent."

Many families' decision is an issue of practicality. They need the income. Most of all, they need the health insurance. Hugh Panero, chief executive of XM Satellite Radio in Washington, was preparing for his company's public debut in 2001 when he and his wife, Mary Beth Durkin, learned she had leukemia.

"I needed to commit myself to my wife's care and also to the birth of the company," Panero said. "The reality is you have a job, and you have to do your job. You have medical insurance, and you can't give that up."

"For both people the situation is fraught with anxiety and guilt," said Dr. Irene Goldenberg, a family psychologist and author of several textbooks on family therapy. "Guilt for the sick person might be, 'I kept you from the thing you would have been best at, because of my inadequacy.' ... And for the other person it might be, 'I wasn't there when the chips were down."'

Women are more likely than men to scale back careers for a sick spouse or parent, even when the loss of income is a hardship.

Andrea Jenkins, 31, an educator at Trinity Episcopal School in Austin, Texas, was in graduate school when her husband, Michael, 33, learned he had non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

"People think it's going to impact Mike, and they don't think about the spouse as much," she said. "It actually impacted my job before it impacted his."

She gave up her job as a full-time teacher to work part time in an instructional support position. Her husband, the school's interim principal, gave up his bid to become principal when he realized he needed a stem-cell transplant.

"The hardest part is being 30 years old and having to talk to your husband about dying," Jenkins said, "and having it be a very real and possible scenario. I'm one of the biggest optimists, and I try to find the positives in everything."
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I think juggiling duties between being leader of the free world and tending to a sick spouse are too much and john edwards ambitions are, and self centered.

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..and in sickness and in health..... see that ye hit the campaign trail.


someone should let Gingrich know about this caveat.
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Altho Newt is genius, this is his achilles heel that making him unelectable -coupled with those pudgy cheeks.

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I think I would want Mitt to sit this one out and take care of his wife.

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What you would want doesn't mean a thing. It's what Mitt and his wife would want to do.
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I think juggiling duties between being leader of the free world and tending to a sick spouse are too much and john edwards ambitions are, and self centered.

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Same could be said for being the leader of the free world and tending daily to the recovery of being an addict.
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