Elizabeth Edwards (1949-2010)

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Elizabeth Edwards has passed away. Elizabeth was the wife of former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards. She died at her home on Tuesday after battling cancer for the last six years.

Her doctors told her last week there would be no further benefit from continuing her cancer treatments. Yesterday she posted the following message on Facebook:

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.”

“…there are certainly times when we aren’t able to muster as much strength and patience as we would like,” she added. “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.”

She passed away at her home in Chapel Hill with her family and friends with her. RIP Elizabeth.