Betty Ford has died, a long-term survivor of breast cancer and outspoken advocate for people with addiction. She was a person in her own right when political handlers would have liked a demure helpmate to her husband. But Gerald and Betty seemed to truly love each other. She wasn’t his shadow, or there just for the cameras.
She underwent a mastectomy, endured 1970’s era cancer treatment, and lived to the age of 93.
She stood up for women by just being real. Thank you, Betty Ford, you served your country well.