God, I love Elizabeth Edwards. Like most of us here in the blogosphere, I adored her feistiness, her willingness to stand up to right-wing crap like Coulter's from the beginning. It was always such a treat to read her online comments. And what a fundamentally decent woman, someone who always felt for other people and spoke about them in such a compelling way. (Maybe she's the one who should have run for president.)
I'm adding my own best wishes and prayers to those of the Edwards family as they accompany the talented and much-loved Elizabeth during the last weeks of her life's journey. I'm so grateful to her for fighting our battles with us, and very glad she's getting to have a good death at home, with the people she loves and who love her:
(CNN) - 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.
She is receiving treatment and medications, however, for symptoms and side effects.
"She is not in pain, Elizabeth is in good spirits," said the source. "She has prepared for this"
John Edwards and their children are at her side, along with Elizabeth's brother and sister.
Update: Gone too soon. WRAL is reporting that Elizabeth Edwards passed away today at age 61. Our prayers and condolences go out to her children and friends. She will be missed.