The upcoming issue of People Magazine features a cover story on Elizabeth Edwards, wife of former Democratic Presidential hopeful and admitted cheater, John Edwards. While the story doesn’t quote Edwards directly, her best friend, Hargrave McElroy, speaks, telling the magazine:
“There was anguish – excruciating anguish – for her in dealing with this,”
I bet. But the article does raise an important point, which is how Edwards’ terminal diagnosis affected her decision to either stick by or dump her cheating ass of a husband:
Elizabeth, 59, faced an agonizing choice: “Do I kick him out, or do we have a 30-year marriage that can be rebuilt?” says McElroy. The fact that she suffers from a terminal disease, one that could rob her children – Jack, 8, Emma Claire, 10 and Cate, 26, a student at Harvard Law School – of their mother, weighed heavily in her decision.
“She couldn’t say, ‘Well, maybe we’ll work through this for years, or maybe we should separate for two years,'” adds Elizabeth’s best friend. “[The cancer] forced her to choose whether to move forward.”
That’s tough. I’m sure her initial reaction was to want to throw his sorry ass out into the street. But she doesn’t have the time or energy for a messy divorce, not to mention the fallout that would cause for her children. It’s just such an unfortunate situation and it seems, until she gets her gold-plated seat in heaven (I think she earned that one), she’s kind of stuck between a rock and a hard place. Here’s hoping she’s got plenty of pebbles to ding John on the head with.