Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by BigB08822, Jul 9, 2011.
Thank goodness for her honesty and openness and courage in talking about her addictions publicly and helping to remove shame from diseases. RIP, dear Betty.
R.I.P, brave lady
Agreed, she has left a lasting legacy that has helped innumerable people.
RIP, Betty Ford.
Always liked her. RIP.
RIP. 93...nice long life. She left her mark in this world, and it was a positive one.
It's a sad day. May she RIP.
She was one classy lady. Handling her addictions in such a public manner. A life well lived
Always loved her. A wonderful lady with a sense of humor, too. She will be greatly missed.
Truly saddened to hear of her passing. A brave and inspiring woman who was easily decades ahead of her time in so many ways. Her legacy of using her own life experience to help others will thankfully continue to live on.
Betty Ford was one of the finer First Ladies of the US in the latter half of the 20th Century (too bad her husband was such a boob ).
She lived to a wonderful 93 years of age and created a lasting legacy with her openness about addictions and was IMO at the forefront of putting drug rehabilitation on the map of public society and diminishing the shame with which it was previously associated.
Condolences to her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren…..May she RIP.
ITA. At the risk of sounding like a dinosaur, back in the day it was so shameful to go to rehab or to have an addiction, and if you were in that situation or someone in your family was in that situation, you certainly didn't let anyone else know about it. For a lot of people it was really for her to be so public about her problems, but her honesty did an incredible amount to let people know that these things could happen to anyone - even in a rich and prominent family - and that there was no shame in confronting your problems and working to deal with them.
She also was very forthright about her bout with breast cancer, and again this did a great deal to show people that it could happen to anyone and that it could be confronted.
RIP. She seemed like a really nice lady.
Well put! :respec
Rehab is seemingly so common these days. I think the overwhelming response is 'whatever' or indifference when one hears of yet another celebrity going into rehab. Betty truly was a pioneer and a very brave lady.
She was a wonderful First Lady and a all around classy woman. RIP Betty.
She was an amazing woman; and great example of courage and fortitude, in so many ways.
Her legacy will continue, through the millions of people she helped through her lifetime of service.
From what I read Mrs. Ford was quite anti-conservative in her young days and later too. She was a ballerina, a divorcee, pro-abortion, pro-womens rights, she even drank a little bit, and who knows what else.
. What a cool Republican!
Yes, she was one amazing and classy lady. She danced with Martha Graham, was a leading supporter and spokeswoman for the ERA, and publicly supported a woman's right to choose abortion. I admired her courage in going public with her breast cancer and her addiction to pain pills. Here was a First Lady who helped so many people by being open and honest.
Even though it is sometimes the punchline for comedians, The Betty Ford Center has done a tremendous amount of good and not just for the rich and famous.
She helped remove the stigma from breast cancer and seeking help for substance abuse. RIP, Mrs. Ford. You did more than your share to make America a better place.
My favorite memory of Betty Ford
(If you've never seen it before, you should know that there's a long lead-in, but it's worth it.)
RIP, Betty. What a great lady!
Nice tribute from Stevie Nicks
Mrs. Ford was a brave, classy lady. The world will be a little less bright with her gone. RIP
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