28560898.jpgWhen we make decisions about our careers it’s impossible not to take your family into consideration.

John and Elizabeth Edwards were faced with such a decision this week. It was both heart-wrenching and uplifting to watch the two of them during a press conference talk about her cancer and explain why they decided to stay in the presidential race. I say “they” because such a decision would impact both of them.

The Wall Street Journal had an editorial today that I found right on target (I rarely think that about Wall Street Journal editorials.)

Here it:

In today’s nasty and polarized politics, we weren’t surprised to see some of the cranks on the Web criticize John Edwards for announcing that his presidential campaign will continue d espite the return of his wife’s cancer. By these lights, he is supposed to retire from public life and tend to her full-time.

Shouldn’t that be up to the two of them? By the look of their press conference yesterday, Elizabeth Edwards wouldn’t want her husband to give up his pursuit of the Democratic nomination despite her diagnosis. They seem to be in it together, and to like each other besides.

The decision to continue also reflects the changing reality of cancer and its treatment. The spread of Mrs. Edward’s breast cancer to her bones meant that she probably can’t be cured in the sense of being declared cancer free. But with improving treatments and new, less toxic anticancer drugs, she could live her currently active life for many more years. “I don’t expect my life to be significantly different,” Mrs. Edwards said yesteday, in a demonstration of fortitude that is itself a lesson for the rest of us. God speed.

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