October 26th, 2009
06:58 PM ET
4 years ago

Elizabeth Edwards: Marriage is a 'great love story'

John and Elizabeth Edwards during the 2008 presidential campaign.
John and Elizabeth Edwards during the 2008 presidential campaign.

(CNN) – Despite John Edwards' extramarital affair that rocked his marriage, his wife described their union as a "love story," albeit an unconventional one.

Elizabeth Edwards told WJLA-TV in Washington late last week that she wants her marriage to work, and that her husband has been supportive as she continues to battle breast cancer.

"John said, 'Perhaps not the great love story that we hoped, but maybe a great love story nonetheless," she said.

Edwards added: "'Til death do you part, because that's what I want."

Though Elizabeth promised to soldier on, she acknowledged the grim reality of trying to overcome terminal cancer.

"Cancer will probably win," she said. "Why would I give it any more days than it may already take? That's the choice I make."


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  1. WiseWoman

    She is brave, strong, intelligent, generous, and God's wisdom is very present in her spirit. Good for you, Elizabeth. You already won the battle...and it's bigger than cancer.

    October 26, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  2. Mike Jones

    After reading this article. I went into the bathroom and threw up. It made me that sick.

    October 26, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  3. Patrick

    I love Elizabeth Edwards. She is a good person. Her husband is a good man that did a bad thing. And he asked for forgiveness. I am so pleased that she has been able to forgive him. It is the christian thing to do. I wonder how many people here that critcize her represent themselves as christian, because they are not. They are hypocrites. It is typical of a fake christian to moralize and spout family values, but not really live them and condemn others. I feel such sadnees for people like that.
    You are an amazing woman Elizabeth Edwards and God loves you and your husband.

    October 26, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  4. same here

    If you divorce, you validate the stupidity of your husband and his mistress, not forgetting the financial burden on you and your children a divorce would bring. I am in this situation right now. It is a difficult call to make. Mistresses came and go. Men are idiotic creatures. Their set of values are different than ours. Divorcing won't fix neither, the stupidity of men when offered a free ride, nor the women that make themselves available to them. Two sorry species. Better to think of your kids, his life insurance, your house. Not divorcing outsmarts them both. The mistress won't have him while working up a sweat everytime thinking she will. Only time can bring vengeance.

    October 26, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  5. Jobe

    She deserves better but what can you expect from the master ambulance chaser. Product of the profession.

    October 26, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  6. Jill, California

    This woman is an inspiration to us all. She clearly puts family first, I don't know if I could have been so forgiving. God Bless Her!

    October 26, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  7. strong

    Elizabeth Edwards is a modern day martyr.

    Elizabeth, focus on your health, that is the most important thing.

    And if you have time, dump that loser husband of yours. Stop being so understanding towards him!

    October 26, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  8. A wised up Democrat who is now an Independant

    Why are you giving these two the time of day for. They're both sick. Are they the image of what we have in government?

    October 26, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  9. Navy Jack

    it is well past the time for these two to retreat from their obvious need for the validity of publicity to the support and comfort of their families and friends.

    perhaps known to both, but still not openly acknowledged, this disease progressively and systemically invades the inter family relationships and the participants' mental and emotional processes.

    there remains no excuse or acceptable reason for john's behavior.

    October 26, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  10. mr.r

    Why should we care about Edwards martial life?
    Isn't there something else you should be reporting on, let's say the economy? Or what about those two wars in the Middle East?

    October 26, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  11. Reason Prevails

    Let he who is without sin cast the first stone. May God bless Mrs. Edwards and her family. This matter is her business and I respect her right to do as she thinks appropriate within her marriage.

    October 26, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  12. Danny E. Gonzalez

    May God help them during this difficult times; Mrs. Edwards is very courageous and I hope she is able to battle through... John is a decent man; he has struggled and suffer enough in his life, it appears that he made a mistake and he is going to have to work really hard in order to regain his dignity... I do not doubt theirs is a love story, I do not doubt he loves her and I do not doubt that they will be ok. regardless of the outcome... I hope that people that disagree with them at least would do so with some respect!

    October 26, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  13. jsmith

    Ohhh Please ...commited to the contract of marriage..but " A great Love Story" ?? Give me a break, if two adults want to soldier on, thats up to them, but we all know what it is.

    October 26, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  14. Susan Keith

    Elizabeth Edwards is thinking more rationally than anyone else in this situation. She realizes the reality of being a divorced mother battling a dreaded disease and children entering confusing years. Elizabeth, your husband has, at least publicly, done and said the right things. What he has said and done privately is between the parties involved and God. People will slam you for choosing your family unit. They will not have to live the consequences of the decision. You are a very strong woman, whom is to be much admired, and have made the right choice. Bravo for not letting other people make your decisions for you! You are in my prayers!

    October 26, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  15. Bob

    One word describes Elizabeth.....Class. This woman is now facing her own mortality and she is still trying to salvage what most of us would consider a "train wreck" marriage. Personally, I have ZERO respect for any person who cheats on their spouse. John, you are lucky to have a woman as great as this. If she recovers from her cancer, I hope she moves on and leaves you to your skanky girlfriend.

    October 26, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  16. SamSunny

    Each one of us has unique principles we live by in our lives. As individuals we must decide what works for us and not respond to what others expect. If living the rest of her life with John makes Elizabeth happier, then that's what she should do. Someone else may find that situation impossible, it just boils down to each one of us as an individual and what we need and what we can live with.

    October 26, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  17. Miediakumo T A

    "till death do us part" – if these words were said with meaning on the altar or whereever,then you've got to look for all posible means to stand by your words.A MARRIAGE that is not founded on the principle of forgiveness will never last.So, she's made a giant stride in their relationship .

    October 26, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  18. Gerald

    Now here is so competition for the Clintons, both women are such sad excusses of really strong women

    October 26, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  19. Reason Rules

    We are entitled to judge this because it is paraded in front of us, by both the media and Mrs. Edwards. This is not a love story but rather the story of three desperate people, none of them without blame. Mrs. Edwards deserves compassion because she is a human being who is suffering great physical pain, staring down the barrel of a gun, knowing she will leave behind young children with no mother. She also knows – as does the rest of the world – that lurking in the shadows with her husband's love child is the opportunist who set all this in motion. There is no way to know how this situation would sit now if Mrs. Edwards were not battling cancer. Perhaps she would have left him long ago (this was certainly not his first infidelity). But the story stays in the news because it appeals to women who have suffered at the hands of a man and to women who have suffered at the hands of the cancer beast. There is little dignity left to a woman who has been victimized by both, other than the that which she drums up from within. Mrs. Edwards has an apparent need to prove hers by continuing to comment on this subject, which is private and really no one's business. But she makes it our business by continuing to discuss it in one way or another – whether it's this interview or her recently published tell-all book. So, judgment aside – people falter and some will divorce and others will stay together – the real story here is the wife's inability to take this out of the public eye and get on with what's left of her life.

    October 26, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  20. Lou

    I guess her idea of love is totally different from that of her cheating husband.

    October 26, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  21. normajean

    I now think I've heard it all. Elizabeth Edwards says she wants her marraige to work . What marraige? To forgive is beautiful, but if the person who promised in a religious ceremony , to love and cherish you forever, and with whom you have children, has been sleeping around and even finally admits to having a child by another woman, sorry lady but that is not a "marraige". I can't even figure out what,in the long run, are the legal implications of this disgusting mess. I feel sorry only for the Edwards children.Even though her health may limit her life, can this be happiness for her? If so, there are some very strange people here.I've had cancer and a straying husband and I still don't understand her.

    October 26, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  22. JH St. Louis, MO

    She deserves better. Good luck and warm wishes to Mrs. Edwards.

    October 26, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  23. strong

    It is so typical of today's sick society: John will come out smelling like a rose, when it's all over.

    October 26, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  24. Mike

    It is encouraging to read thoughtful mature musings on this personal human story. I too feel love never dies, life is more than we know and that higher power is love. I see a peaceful radiance on Mrs. Edwards face. That gift of serenity is hard won, bravo on choosing to follow "to love one another as I have loved you".

    Agape love is above philos love and eros love. It is a love that is totally selfless, where a person gives out love to another person even if this act does not benefit her/him in any way. Whether the love given is returned or not, the person continues to love (even without any self-benefit)

    October 26, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  25. Jean

    I bet some of you that say she is crazy to stay have never made mistakes. Isn't there something called forgiveness and redemption? Or perhaps you don't take vows seriously??

    October 26, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
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