John Edwards, as most of us are aware, is a presidential candidate whose wife has breast cancer that has metastasized to the bone. The condition, as one news source said, is treatable but not curable. I'm not an oncologist but a physician friend tells me that her life span is measured in years, not decades, and probably just a few years.
It just seems to me that if your wife is slowly dying of cancer that you would want to spend those last few years spending time together doing relatively enjoyable things. Campaigning for president does not seem like a great way to spend that time. I don't say this because of any political reasons. I have no strong feelings one way or another about John Edwards as a presidential candidate, but as a human I think he'd be better off doing something else.
It seems that John Edwards especially would get this. They lost a teenage son in an automobile accident several years ago, so you would think that he more than others would realize how precious life and time can be. They also have two young children. Now is the time to spend time with them, not when they are adults and your wife is no longer around.
I realize that this is none of my business, that it is between Edwards and his wife. I have read that she insisted he continue. Maybe campaigning is what they enjoy doing together. Some would say that seeking the presidency is more important than spending time with your dying spouse. I don't think so, though. There are lots of people who could be president of the United States, but there's only one guy who is Elisabeth Edward's husband.