Elizabeth Edwards Friend on What We Can Learn From Her

Edwards' Friend: Elizabeth "A Force For Good"

Friends and family honoring the legacy of Elizabeth Edwards say she did not lose her battle with cancer. The battle was about living a good life, which she did, so she won.

Dr. Gordon Livingston knew Edwards before she became a political figure. Both had lost children -and from tragedy grew a 14-year bond. Livingston told CBS News senior White House correspondent Bill Plante that Edwards had a lot to teach us.

"The way she stood up under the many losses she had to endure encouraged other people, particularly women to bear their own in the same spirit that she did. I think she finally taught us that our hearts though broken can be full and we can stay in the fight until the very end," Livingston said.

Watch Dr. Livingston's interview with CBS News' Bill Plante above.