Elizabeth Edwards says her husband “made a terrible mistake” in having an affair, but he confessed to her 2 years ago, she writes in a Daily Kos post, months before her breast cancer returned, and "we began a long and painful process in 2006, a process oddly made somewhat easier with my diagnosis in March of 2007." She says her family had faced a lot of challenges together, and would get through this, too. "Although John believes he should stand alone and take the consequences of his action now, when the door closes behind him, he has his family waiting for him."
Elizabeth writes that she had hoped the matter would remain private, but "I am proud of the courage John showed by his honesty in the face of shame" in his television confession.
"The toll on our family of news helicopters over our house and reporters in our driveway is yet unknown. But now the truth is out, and the repair work that began in 2006 will continue."
She asks those concerned about the harm John's conduct had done to her, to "think also about the real harm that the present voyeurism does, and give me and my family the privacy we need at this time."