Elizabeth Edwards passed away of cancer today at the age of 61. Thousands of mourners, posted comments on Elizabeth Edwards Facebook Memorial page. A beautiful soul, she fought a brave battle against a deadly disease and a deeply emotional one with her husband, former Senator John Edwards. Elizabeth Edwards died this morning at her home in Chapel Hill, North Carolina surrounded by the family she loved so much.
On Monday, Elizabeth Edwards posted her last Facebook message of hope and love to friends saying, “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.” Beautiful words by an incredible woman.
Sadly the last few years of her life, Elizabeth Edwards had to deal with her husbands infidelity and the fact he fathered a love child with his mistress. In May 2009, she appeared on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” and in a candid interview, Edwards discussed the tragic ending of her marriage and being terminally ill. “Being sick meant a number of things to me,” Elizabeth Edwards told Ms. Winfrey. “One is that my life is going to be less long, and I didn’t want to spend it fighting.”Asked by Ms. Winfrey whether she still loved John Edwards, she replied, “You know, that’s a complicated question.”
In Elizabeth Edwards second memoir, “Resilience: Reflections on the Burdens and Gifts of Facing Life’s Adversities” she speaks openly about the anger and betrayal she felt over John Edwards betrayal. In her book, she offers other cancer survivors hope and inspiration on how to make each day count.
Elizabeth Edwards born under the astrology star sign of Cancer, is survived by her husband John Edwards and her three children. Her funeral is expected to be held this weekend in North Carolina. You can post your condolences on Elizabeth Edwards official Facebook page here. Thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends.