The loss of Elizabeth Edwards shouldn't be shocking. We knew she had breast cancer. We knew it spread to her bones. It's remarkable she survived for so many years. But people who never met Elizabeth Edwards tell me they're taking the news hard. It seems that's because for years Elizabeth Edwards has been one of the nation's most public survivors.
On a recent afternoon, Pamela Rinchich quietly recalled how her cancer doctor abruptly canceled an appointment. Rinchich owed $268 from a previous visit: She didn't have the money and the doctor refused to see her until she paid.