In May 2009, NPR recorded an interview with Elizabeth Edwards about her (then-new) book, Resilience. The bulk of the interview was consumed by the topic of her husband's extramarital affair, as is perhaps the book itself. I enjoyed the last bit of the interview best. Elizabeth Edwards was asked to define "resilience" and this is what she said:
I talk about my father's life after he had a stroke. I think resilience is accepting your new reality, even if it's less good than the one you had, the reality that you liked before. That's what my dad did. He still grabbed hold of what was left and lived it as fully as he could.