TODAY   |  December 08, 2010

Matt Lauer remembers Edwards’ strength

TODAY’s Matt Lauer reflects on his June 2010 interview with Elizabeth Edwards, who at the time was battling breast cancer and coping with breakdown of her marriage to John Edwards.

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>>> more now on elizabeth edwards . we had the pleasure of interviewing her a number of times over the years and during one of our conversations, we talked about her children and the lessons she taught them.

>> let me end the interview with what is the last paragraph in your book because i think its stirring. quote, i have said before that i do not know what the most important lesson is that i will ever teach any children, they will be able to say that she stood in the storm and when the wind did not blow her away, and it surely has not, she adjusted her sails. that's what you want them to know?

>> it is. as i said, i don't know what the most important lesson is. but i hope that it is that when bad things happen, it's easy to get through the good days, when bad things happen, you have the strength to face them.

>> that wasn't long ago. another thing that she wrote in the book and said to us in the interview said she was hoping for eight more years so that she could see jack through high school . and of course she didn't get those years.

>> but do the children know how much they were loved but her, so clearly.

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