Friday, March 23, 2007

Elizabeth Edwards' Uphill Battle Has Returned

Politics aside for a moment, PYY wants to extend heartfelt sympathies to the Edwards family on the horrible news that Elizabeth Edwards' cancer has metastasized to the bone. Words are seldom adequate for something like this, but I will try.

Allow me to say that I have never allowed political differences with friends, family, and neighbors to affect my interpersonal relationships with them. I know many people that do not share my views on a good many issues and quite frankly it doesn't matter, in the larger scope of things. We all love each other, just the same. There are some things more important than poilitics and this is one of them.

I do not know Mrs. Edwards and have never met her. But I know a few people that have died from cancer and knowing what I know about that dreaded disease, I know she is in for a long miserable battle from this point forward. It will not be easy, the odds are not in her favor.

When cancer metastasizes, it is harder to treat because at that point, it becomes a systemic problem, rather than a localized one. The treatments are not curative, they are merely palliative. This means, it is only a matter of time before the person will lose their battle. The question becomes, when? And that all depends on how the person responds to the treatments, everyone is different and we all respond differently to different things.

So knowing how difficult of a process this is, I want to say that it is my hope that she gets everyday she has coming to her and that her suffering is not beyond what she can bear. Our prayers will be with her, John, the kids, and all that know and love her, in this troubled period.


Greg said...

She's one tough mama, isn't she?

Unfortunately, and I know this may make me look like a bastard, but I think that Edwards now has a stature gap with his own wife: she looks stronger and more likable than him. The news conference yesterday looked like he was trying to gain some political capital from this devastating news. Maybe that's what she wanted him to do. But was John acting as a husband, or as an extremely ambitious politician who wants to be President literally more than anything else in the world, including spending as much time as he can with his dying wife? I don't know - if it were my wife, I'd have a hard time going to my normal job, never mind being on the road everyday in front of the news cameras, even if my wife ordered me to do it.

LASunsett said...


That's pretty much what my wife said. I didn't see the news conference, so I can't comment on it. But, she did and she had very few kind words for him.

I would hate to think this the case. But if it is the case, whatever support from women he has, may be lost and it will backfire on him in the end.

Always On Watch Two said...

This is so sad. I'm sure that Mrs. Edwards was hoping that all those previously clean scans meant good news.

I pray that Mrs. Edwards's cancer has not spread to her brain.

My cousin's breast cancer went and hid there even though all other scans were normal. Her death was ugly beyond words--psychosis from both the brain cancer and from the steroids used to keep the brain swelling down. For whatever deluded reason she had, I became the focus of her anger. We never got to say good-bye.

LASunsett said...


//Her death was ugly beyond words--psychosis from both the brain cancer and from the steroids used to keep the brain swelling down.//

I had to take prednisone a couple of times over the last couple of years. Steroids alone can make a person edgy. The brain cancer only served to make it worse.

I am so sorry to hear this sad story. Just remember though, it was the drugs and the disease talking. It wasn't her.

Anonim said...

On local news yesterday, a breast cancer survivor was interviewed. Regarding the political issue at hand, she said, it'd be a hard call. While the treatment will be tough/devastating, hence the wife will need all the support of loved ones, she said, in terms of morale, there is something (positive) to be said about continuing with the life's ordinary struggles (i.e., everything less her cancer).

Anyways, LA, when one has a blogger account, does he get a chance to contact blogger support people and bitch about certain blogs? As a non-account-holder, ordinary visitor, I can flag blogs for inappropriate content, but that's it. I feel, they wait for many people to flag a particular blog before taking a look at it. I am annoyed with a particular spam blog, which happens to crowd my Google alert inbox.

LASunsett said...


//Anyways, LA, when one has a blogger account, does he get a chance to contact blogger support people and bitch about certain blogs?//

I looked and all I get is a contact for technical support. I do not see any such link to complain about the practices of a blog administrator that uses his blog for spam purposes.

Can you set your e-mail to filter that particular address? You can always put the link up here and maybe my readers will flag it for you. That way more flags from different isp addresses may get them to look at it.

Rocket said...


Not surprised by your comment.

"The news conference yesterday looked like he was trying to gain some political capital from this devastating news".

May I call you Ann "Coulter"

Anonim said...

Thanks LA.

I know, adding filters at the alert set-up phase would help. But Google doesn't let you do that unless you have a Google account, which I don't. I can cancel the current alert, and re-create a new one, I suppose. While at it, I can exclude terms like "thanksgiving," "hunt," etc. if you know what I mean ;)

Anonim said...

Thanks for looking, LA.

This is the blog index page. This is a sample post that I am getting various versions of. I can't tell what the blog is about in general. Most posts are a soup of unintelligible special characters. But the posts I am alerted about are all advertisements of a Google group for photo sharing. From the post titles, one can tell what kind of photos are being shared.

Not that I am against sharing of any kind of photos, but I suspect this blog's intend is to push such advertisement/information through to Internet/blogosphere search results. I don't know if any one of are using Google alerts, for example, but over the last five months or so, I have come to rely on this tool a lot in staying up to date with affairs that interest me. It's basically a Google search which is done automatically on your behalf, and the results are emailed to your address. You specify how often the emails should be sent (as it happens, daily aggregates, etc.). As you can guess, my search terms are like "Turkey AND Turkish," and these posts titled "turkish photoshare" get into my alerts (and on my nerves). Since alert emails are sent by a legit Google address, I cannot filter these out based on sender. Since each alert email bundles together links to numerous new news & postings, I cannot filter 'em out based on message contents, either (since I don't want to lose other useful links).

So, visitors' flagging such blogs as inappropriate seems to be the only way.

Thanks again.

LASunsett said...


I wish I knew what to tell you. It sure doesn't make a lot of sense, does it? There all kinds of scams out there, this could be one of those.

Since you are getting them as a result of a search service you signed up for, it may not be possible to do anything about it. On the other hand, maybe where you sign up for the alerts could shed more light on it.

Anyway, I flagged it. Don't know how much good it'll do though. Sorry I can't be more help.

Greg said...

May I call you Ann "Coulter"

We have similar facial features.

LASunsett said...


//We have similar facial features.//

So, you are anorexic?