The family of Elizabeth Edwards released a statement today saying she is ending her cancer treatments. Doctors said further treatments of the wife of two-time presidential candidate John Edwards would be unproductive, leading others to speculate she is facing the end of her life.
Her prognosis, according to the statement, is in terms of weeks and not months.
Edwards’ eldest daughter, Cate, along with other family members, are by her side at her home in North Carolina. CNN reports that John Edwards, whose affair with videographer Rielle Hunter brought down his career and led to the couple’s legal separation, was also there with Elizabeth at the time of the announcement.
In her statement, Elizabeth was grateful but resigned:
You all know that I have been sustained throughout my life by three saving graces – my family, my friends, and a faith in the power of resilience and hope. These graces have carried me through difficult times and they have brought more joy to the good times than I ever could have imagined. The days of our lives, for all of us, are numbered. We know that. And, yes, there are certainly times when we aren’t able to muster as much strength and patience as we would like. It’s called being human.
But I have found that in the simple act of living with hope, and in the daily effort to have a positive impact in the world, the days I do have are made all the more meaningful and precious. And for that I am grateful. It isn’t possible to put into words the love and gratitude I feel to everyone who has and continues to support and inspire me every day. To you I simply say: you know.
Elizabeth, 61, is also the mother of tweens Jack and Emma. Her estranged husband is the father of a soon-to-be 3-year-old, Frances Quinn, whom he famously fathered with Hunter.
Elizabeth’s breast cancer has been a part of the Edwards story since 2004, when she was first diagnosed.
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