What would you do if you were Elizabeth Edwards?
Irish and Irish American women respond to Edwards' memoir 'Resilience'
The Irish women we polled felt that Elizabeth should have dumped Edwards.
Brigid Corrigan, 63, a married woman from County Tipperary said: “I think she stayed with him for her own good and much as his. I think she was foolish to do so because he doesn’t deserve it, but she stayed because she wants to and she thought she was better with him than without.
“If he hadn’t been in the public eye, she could have easily told him to get lost if she was as devastated as she said she was.”
Susan Elliott, 30, of County Dublin had some choice words for Elizabeth as well. “Pathetic, maybe, but what best describes her is a woman in love. People do strange things and even stranger when they are besotted with a man. When the blinkers come off then she may realize that she is the pathetic one and not the mistress,” she said.
But some, such as Kathleen Overbeck, a 26-year-old Irish American from Minnesota, see the matter in an entirely different light. “Cancer is an ugly, unforgiving disease,” said Overbeck. “Elizabeth has found forgiveness in herself and beauty in the reflection of her husband's eyes. And if that brings her comfort, then it is comfort well-deserved.”