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December 6th, 2010
05:49 PM ET

Elizabeth Edwards stops cancer treatment, releases statement

CNN Political Unit

Elizabeth Edwards is surrounded by family and friends in her North Carolina home after being informed by her doctors that further cancer treatment would be unproductive.

"Elizabeth has been advised by her doctors that further treatment of her cancer would be unproductive," the Edwards family said Monday in a statement. "She is resting at home with family and friends and has posted this message to friends on her Facebook page."

The message from Edwards, the wife of two-time presidential candidate John Edwards, reads:

"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."

Edwards was told by her doctors last week that additional cancer treatments were futile, said a source close to the family. Her prognosis was described in terms of weeks, not months, the source said.

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  1. anna lee

    Blessing to Elizabeth for The Lord to wrap her in His loving Arms & recieve her in all the love & kindness she deserves when it is her time-Until then a healing miracle would be wonderful.
    Elizabeth has lived a tragic life losing her son! that loss never leaves a Mothers heart! The very fact that she picked herself up from that & carried on as a wife-mother-succesful lawyer-compassinate person-friend-daughter-
    went on across the country to advocate for so many positive things is an amazing thing after losing her son,BESIDES being diagnosed with CANCER..besides being betrayed ..well she went to to wrote 2 powerful books about grace and lived them ....she is an example of what
    I should think an angel in heaven will be deserving of! Bless her & her children

    December 7, 2010 at 5:17 am |
  2. EUNICE ODEN

    Dear Elizabeth,
    My prayers goes out to you and your family. I pray and hope there is a miracle for you. May God give you the strength to go on and keep the faith God is good all the time and know that his mercy endures forever.

    I will be praying a special pray for your children. I have always admired your strength. May God continue to bless you all.

    December 7, 2010 at 1:45 am |
  3. Annette Russell

    My heart goes out to Elizabeth Edwards and her children. They have a difficult road ahead, but are so fortunate to be surrounded by so many loved ones...

    The only thing I have not heard from anyone is the word 'hospice'. This is a family that has lived their lives in front of our nation...would our nation not benefit from this fine woman who has focused much of her public life on healthcare, if the gift of hospice could not have at the very least, been mentioned?

    December 7, 2010 at 12:06 am |
  4. Joy Mack

    Mrs. Edwards, thank you for putting a face of grace and strength on breast cancer. Thank you for showing me how to fight. I pray for peace and blessing on you and your family. You are loved!!!

    December 6, 2010 at 11:53 pm |
  5. Betty

    Elizabeth Edwards appears to be such a fine lady. My heart and prayers have been with her from the moment it was announced that she had cancer. I must say I was fooled by her husband. He had many of us fooled. I don't know how he can look at himself in the mirror. How could he cheat on his wife, the Mother of his children, at such a critical time in her life?

    December 6, 2010 at 11:46 pm |
  6. Masaki

    That is sad to hear and I hope she will make it so she will see her friends and family for Christmas and the following events that are planned for her and her family and friends.

    Good bless you, your family and your friends...
    MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

    December 6, 2010 at 11:44 pm |
  7. Dinah Phillips

    I met you on the campaign trail in '04 in Dayton, OH. You spoke so eloquently and passionately about the problems our nation was experiencing. I thought at the time how gracious, intelligent, compassionate, and knowledgable you were, and that you should be on the Democratic Ticket yourself! May God bless you and your children at this most difficult time. You certainly are an inspiration to all of us with the way you've handled the challenges you've been presented. You've faced those challenges with grace and dignity. May you be granted a Merry Christmas with your family. God Speed, Elizabeth.

    December 6, 2010 at 11:26 pm |
  8. Paul

    Dear Ms. Edwards,

    What class you have shown throughout your ordeal. I'm saddened at the news that I just read and will remember you in my prayers. Please don't give in.

    Sincerely...

    December 6, 2010 at 11:24 pm |
  9. Martina

    Elizabeth Edwards = courage, strength, fight, hope, faith for her family, others and herself.

    She is certainly certainly loves her family very much.

    December 6, 2010 at 11:18 pm |
  10. Chuck

    You are an inspiration to us all. God bless you and your family.

    December 6, 2010 at 11:15 pm |
  11. Mimi in California

    Elizabeth,You are a beautiful,courageous,women.Our world needs such individuals like you.I am a breast cancer survivor of nine years,my husband has survived prostrate.Life is never the same,but know how much our country admires how you have handled a life altering illness with grace.My heart is saddened,you are a angel.

    December 6, 2010 at 11:12 pm |
  12. Nova Shah

    Thank you for being you.

    December 6, 2010 at 11:11 pm |
  13. Jesse

    Dear great lady. We all continue to learn from your strength. Life on earth is only a rehearsal. A great job youve done to help and encourage others. If it is meant to be, you and your son Wade will guide your family through a sweet spirit.

    December 6, 2010 at 11:10 pm |
  14. Wisty

    Dear Elizabeth,

    A famous golfer once said when asked how he'd like to be remembered that 'one is remembered for their achievements but missed if they've worked to help someone's lot in life be better – and that he'd rather be missed than remembered.'

    You will, of course, be remembered but even more you're going to be very, very much missed. Thank you so much for devoting your life to helping everyone's lot in life be better.

    December 6, 2010 at 11:07 pm |
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