Elizabeth Edwards lost her battle with breast cancer today. Edwards used her illness to educate people about cancer and she worked very hard to shed light on the disease by making her personal battle with breast cancer public.
The wife of former senator and presidential candidate John Edwards was 61. The news just broke yesterday that Elizabeth had stopped treatments for cancer, after doctors told her it would not be productive.
After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004, radiation and chemotherapy were able to put the cancer into remission. In 2006, Edwards wrote a best-selling memoir, “Saving Graces: Finding Solace and Strength from Friends and Strangers” which was a very personal look at her struggle the disease.
In 2007, in the middle of husband John Edwards run for the presidential nomination, Elizabeth Edwards cancer returned. She bravely battled her disease until today. A quote from “Saving Graces: Finding Solace and Strength from Friends and Strangers” gives great insight into the kind of person Elizabeth Edwards was:
“How rare it must be for someone to say, ‘I deserve this cancer; it is a proper punishment for my sins,’ or even more unlikely, ‘God was right to take my child for I am not pious.’ We all have to redraw lines and rearrange our expectations of faith in these moments, and it is understandable that we do not come to rest with precisely the same understanding.”