Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Elizabeth Edwards Gravely Ill, Suspends Treatment as Cancer Spreads

Elizabeth Edwards' cancer fight has taken a turn for the worse.

With the disease spreading to her liver, the wife of John Edwards revealed that she is resting at home and no longer seeking treatment for the disease.

"Elizabeth has been advised by her doctors that further treatment of her cancer would be unproductive," the Edwards family says in a statement.

An Elizabeth Edwards Picture

On Monday, the ailing Edwards posted a Facebook message to her friends that can be tragically interpreted as a farewell of sorts. She writes:

"I have been sustained 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 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."

"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," Elizabeth Edwards continued. "To you I simply say: you know. With love, Elizabeth."

Edwards, who was first diagnosed with breast cancer in November 2004, was briefly hospitalized last week after not feeling well over Thanksgiving.

Doctors said her cancer had metastasized to the liver.

Family members – including adult daughter Cate, a Washington lawyer, and her brother and sister, Jay and Nancy Anania – rushed home to be with her.

Elizabeth and John Edwards, the two-time White House hopeful who has been estranged from her following the infamous birth of his love child with Rielle Hunter, also have two younger children together, Jack and Emma.

Our thoughts are with Elizabeth and those close to her.

Elisabeth Röhm Lauren German Connie Nielsen Cameron Richardson Bianca Kajlich

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