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The Edwards family had sad news to share on Monday: Elizabeth Edwards' breast cancer has spread to her liver. Her disease has progressed to the point that doctors have told her not to continue her anti-cancer treatments. According to a friend's statement to the Associated Press, Edwards, 61, may have only a few weeks left to live.
The famous political wife is now resting at home, surrounded by her children, her extended family, and her estranged ex-husband, former Senator John Edwards. She is reportedly in good spirits, and not experiencing a lot of pain. On Monday, Edwards posted a note to her Facebook page, expressing her gratitude for the time she has left. Here's what she wrote:
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 Edwards became popular in the Democratic party by campaigning on behalf of her husband John Edwards during his vice-presidential and presidential primary bids. A strong woman, she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004, and has kept up the fight these past six years and wrote two best-selling books about persevering with the disease -- Saving Graces: Finding Solace and Strength from Friends and Strangers and Resilience. Even during her much-publicized separation from her husband (who famously strayed with Rielle Hunter), Elizabeth continued to advocate for cancer patients and a better healthcare system.
Medical experts consulted by USA Today say that Edwards may be able to prolong her life by declining treatment in the final weeks -- though it's rare for patients in her condition to live past six to twelve months.
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