Updated Elizabeth Edwards’s long battle with cancer has intensified, with the disease spreading to her liver and doctors advising against additional medical treatment, two family friends said Monday.
Mrs. Edwards, 61, posted a message to her friends on Facebook.
“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,” Mrs. Edwards wrote Monday. “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.”
Mrs. Edwards, who had legally separated from former Senator John Edwards about a year ago, was first diagnosed with breast cancer six years ago. She has chronicled her public battle with the disease – and with the infidelity of her husband – in books and numerous interviews.
She was briefly hospitalized last week. She was surrounded by members of her family on Monday, including her three children and Mr. Edwards, a friend said, and she was resting comfortably at her home in Chapel Hill, N.C.
In the Facebook message, she offered her thanks to her legions of admirers for standing by her.
“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,” Mrs. Edwards wrote. “To you I simply say: you know.”
“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,” Mrs. Edwards wrote. “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.” (Full story at NYT)