Elizabeth Edwards and Breast Cancer
I suppose being a public figure -- or a member of the immediate family of a public figure -- means that "privacy" is an oxymoron. We all know by now that Mrs. Edwards has had a recurrence of her breast cancer. At this point, I wonder if more people are aware of this than are aware that her husband is running for the Democratic presidential nomination.
The blogosphere has weighed in: Kevin, Orac, Sid, the Cheerful Oncologist, not to mention CNN, MSNBC and everyone else with an email address.
I was even talking about it with my office staff yesterday afternoon. With more than a little personal experience watching people go through the final stages of life with breast cancer, our conclusion that John Edwards' intention to continue with the campaign is short-sighted and one he will come to rue is widely shared. There are others who parse the decision as "her will to live" fighting on, continuing with as much normalcy as a presidential hopeful can possibly muster.
On the other hand...
IT IS NONE OF OUR BUSINESS.
Our president is still trying to become a king by firing lawyers who don't kowtow to him sufficiently and innocent American lives are still being lost every day on foreign soil so that rich American businesses dependent on oil can continue to rake in the bucks, and all we can do is voyeuristically weigh in on one family's tragedy-in-progress.
Enough, people. Let's get a life.
At least we'll soon know who the real father of Anna Nicole's baby is.