I read the newspaper this week with a keen eye. I searched for stories about inspirational women that I could share here.
I can't say for certain that there weren't any stories, but in a week heavy with politics and economics, there wasn't much room for editorials or feature stories about amazing women.
When I sat down to write this, the only name that popped into my mind was Elizabeth Edwards.
Elizabeth Edwards has vanished from the spotlight since her husband, John, removed himself from the presidential campaign. The day that John Kerry conceded the 2004 presidential election to George W. Bush, Elizabeth was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. In March of last year, the cancer returned, just as her husband began his own presidential race.
It's not only cancer that has struck Mrs. Edwards. In 1996, her son, Wade was killed when he lost control of a Jeep.
The wife of a lawyer and politician, Elizabeth Edwards has not led a charmed life. She has had what appears to be well more than her fair share of heartache, but she appears at events by her husband's side with a supportive smile on her face.
She is a political wife who makes no attempts at politics, herself, but she has written Saving Graces, a personal memoir that talks, in her down to earth style, about the various challenges she's faced in her life.
Elizabeth Edwards is inspirational because of her normalcy, because she allows herself to be a wife, a mother and an independent woman.