Elizabeth Edwards lost her battle with cancer today, passing away at the young age of 61 at home in Chapel Hill, surrounded by friends and family. It was only yesterday that it was announced that she had stopped all treatments for the cancer that was invading her body, as it was just far too advanced, thus only causing more unnecessary pain and suffering.
Elizabeth left a lovely message to her Facebook friends and family yesterday:
“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 towards everyone who has and continues to support and inspire me every day. To you I simply say: you know.”
We all know about Elizabeth’s marital problems with her husband, ex-Presidential candidate John Edwards. I’m certainly not going about to delve into that sludge today. Elizabeth doesn’t deserve that treatment and never did. I admire her grace and strength, especially throughout her last years.
Her family released a statement saying,
“Today we have lost the comfort of Elizabeth’s presence but she remains the heart of this family. We love her and will never know anyone more inspiring or full of life. On behalf of Elizabeth we want to express our gratitude to the thousands of kindred spirits who moved and inspired her along the way. Your support and prayers touched our entire family.”
She is survived by her husband John, and their children,28-year-old Cate, 12-year-old Emma Claire and 10-year-old Jack. The family asked that donations be made to the Wade Edwards Foundation which benefits the Wade Edwards Learning Lab. He was the Edwards’ teenaged son who died in a car accident.
Rest peacefully, Elizabeth. You will be missed by so many.