John Edwards' affair literally made his wife ill, according to Elizabeth Edwards in her new memoir.
According to New York Daily News, terminally ill Elizabeth writes that when John confessed his betrayal, "I cried and screamed, I went to the bathroom and threw up." How To Heal A Relationship After An Affair
Wow. And this is a woman who went through chemo.
In her new memoir—Resilience: Reflections on the Burdens and Gifts of Facing Life's Adversities (May 12, Broadway Books)—Elizabeth details her husband's infidelity more so than she had previously.
Elizabeth writes that she wanted John to quit the 2008 presidential race to protect the family from public scrutiny and that she learned of the affair days after he announced his candidacy—way back in 2006. (This was nearly a year before the National Enquirer reported the affair to the public.)
Elizabeth was afraid of the destructive questions John's affair with videographer Rielle Hunter would raise. Despite her fear, she still stood by her husband on the campaign trail in his second, ill-fated run for the nation's highest office.
Now validated in her original apprehension, Elizabeth writes in her memoir, "He should not have run."
The former presidential hopeful admitted the affair in August 2007. By this time, the National Enquirer was already reporting that John was Hunter's baby daddy. John denied paternity and Elizabeth doesn't address the issue in her book.
Elizabeth does address Hunter—just not by name.
The scorned woman refers to Hunter as a parasitic groupie who invaded the Edwardses' life. She goes on to call Hunter's life "pathetic" (in comparison to her own tragic story). Diary Of A 23-Year-Old Mistress
Elizabeth hasn't fully come to terms with her husband infidelity, even saying that his original confession to her, "left most of the story out." But if the title of her book is to be taken literally, she's taking it in stride.