As people start to pay their respects and offer up their memories of Elizabeth Edwards, who just succumbed to the cancer she publicly battled for years, many of her virtues will be praised: her courage. Her grace under pressure. Her remarkable poise in the face of her husband’s affair. Her openness about her illness. Her wonderful way of being with her kids.
Perhaps her greatest legacy, though, will be her advocacy of universal healthcare.
One tweet, from Roger Ebert, really stood out to me:
Thank u Elizabeth Edwards- & on the day we achieve universal healthcare 4 all Americans, u will b there, & we will thank u again
Edwards was a strong advocate for her husband’s universal healthcare proposals during his two presidential campaigns. She went on to become a health care advocate in her own right, tirelessly attending events in Washington and elsewhere to talk about the plight of those who cannot afford health care in this country. She’s a hero to many for her work.
Some other memories of her being shared on Twitter include:
@maternique: RIP Elizabeth Edwards. Breast cancer claimed a resilent, inspiring woman today.
@redneckmommy: Elizabeth Edwards. You were kind to me, even after learning I was Canadian and of no value to you. RIP.
@ fibrowitch: So sad to hear of the passing of #Elizabeth Edwards Glad she was surrounded by her loved ones You win this round cancer but not the war.
What will you remember Elizabeth Edwards for?
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