On Monday we heard from news sources that Elizabeth Edward’s breast cancer was no longer being helped by treatments and that her condition had taken a turn for the worst. Today, Dec. 7, 2010 at approximately 10:15 am, Elizabeth Edwards died at age 61. She will no longer have to face the daily struggle of living with breast cancer as she had been doing since Nov. 2004 when the diagnosis of Stage II breast cancer was made. Friends and family described the scene as peaceful and she died at her home in Chapel Hill, NC surrounded by her family.
Elizabeth Anania Edwards was a loving mother of 4 children, Cate, Emma Claire, and Jack and Wade (deceased). She was a lady of grace, an author, an advocate, and a staunch backer of now estranged husband John Edwards during his Democratic Presidential Campaign.
Edwards was a lady of patience and a forgiving spirit. This was evidenced when her husband John broke her heart by having an extramarital affair. She stood by him and only separated from him last year after learning that John had also fathered a child with his lover and former aid. Elizabeth Edwards was a lady who had to endure a great deal of hurt and pain in her life, yet she was never negative. She remained upbeat and positive in her attitude until the end, which is evidenced in her last post to Face Book which can be read at The Today Show.
To get a better understanding of Elizabeth Edwards experience with breast cancer and how she handled the scandal surrounding her husband’s affair, I recommend reading her two best-selling books, “Saving Graces,” and “Resilience.” They will both give you a more intimate look at this extraordinary woman.
Mrs. Edwards no doubt gathered the majority of her strength and endurance from an even more traumatic experience than her breast cancer and divorce, that being the death of her son Wade in 1996 at the age of 16. He died in a car crash. What could have been more devastating and challenging for a Mother than to lose and bury a child? That trauma taught her many things I’m sure, one being her unrelenting strength and trust in God.
Elizabeth Anania Edwards lived an exemplary life that would behoove any of us to imitate. Her faith, determination, and triumph in spite of her many tragedies demands admiration and inspiration. She has left her surviving children a tremendous set of values and standards to live by. She was loved by many and will remain in their hearts and memories forever. Rest in peace with Jesus and your son Wade, Elizabeth. You deserve that.
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