USAToday: Defiance Amid Diagnosis

Elizabeth Edwards’ candor about her cancer and her defiance in the face of its grim diagnosis made her something of a hero to breast-cancer survivors who would mob her at book signings and as she campaigned in 2008.
“Something she told me is so true: When she meets another breast cancer survivor, she instantly knows her better than she knows some of her best friends,” says Brenda Coffee of Boerne, Texas. Coffee wrote a book titled Breast Cancer Sisterhood, and Elizabeth Edwards contributed an essay for it. “I agree. We’re total strangers who become instant sisters who understand and mirror one another’s deepest hopes and fears before we’ve even said hello.”

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