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Elizabeth Edwards

Born: 1949-07-03 - Died: 2010-12-07
Cause of Death:
Breast Cancer

Death Summary: Edwards had been battling breast cancer since 2004, and had decided to forgo treatment in November 2010.

Who was Elizabeth Edwards : Elizabeth Edwards was many things throughout her life. An attorney, a best-selling author, and wife to a US Senator. Her battle with breast cancer led Edwards to champion the cause, and she became known as a major inspiration to women around the world.

Edwards was born into a military family, and moved many times in her early years. During college she attended a couple of universities, before obtaining her bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina. She would attend UNC's School of Law, where she would meet her eventual husband, John Edwards.

In 1996, The Edwards had to deal with the shocking death of their son Wade. Following his death, the Edwards would have two more children, both during John's senate campaign and time as senator. Up until Wade's death, Edwards worked in the Office of the Attorney General. Upon his death, she retired from law. Afterwards, she dedicated her time to the Wade Edwards Foundation. While also teaching at the University of North Carolina, and substitute teaching.

In 2004, John Edwards was called upon to run alongside John Kerry as vice president. On the day Kerry conceded defeat, Edwards discovered she had breast cancer. This battle would continue for years, even into her husband's eventual 2008 presidential primary campaign. During this time she was an adviser to her husband, and was a health adviser for Barack Obama concerning health issues.

Throughout her fight with breast cancer, Elizabeth Edwards released two books. Her first was titled: Saving Graces: Finding Solace and Strength from Friends and Strangers. This book focused on the death of her son, along with her battle with breast cancer. A second book was released in 2009: Resilience: Reflections on the Burdens and Gifts of Facing Life's Adversities. This book focused on her cancer again, and also mentioned the struggles of facing her husbands affair. Which was widely broadcasted, and spread throughout the media.

Edwards is survived by her three children, Emma, Elizabeth, and Jack.
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  1. Rosalind Pindyck Says:

    Heartfelt sympathy to the family of Elizabeth an inspiration to all.I had BC 1981 and it spread to my lungs 1982.I was given 6 months to live.I am a grandma of 6 now 29 yrs later and 65 now.A miracle the dr. said! Lucky and blessed. My motherwas not as lucky and she died from BC in 1952 she was 35. We must stop this dreaded disease from killing our loved ones and for the future of our children and grandchildren. “No ones spirit dies that is remembered”. RIP ♥

  2. Bonnie Overstreet Says:

    I watched you on TV and thought you were a beautiful person. I am sorry for your illness. My mom is going through the same thing, may GOD be with you. God bless your children.

  3. Mary Larche Says:

    Our hearts go out to Elizabeth’s children and her family. God has called his angel back home.

  4. Nancy Edmonds Says:

    Rest in Peace, Elizabeth. My heartfelt prayers are with your children and John. You have been their rock and you will continue to do so even in death. As I walk in the annual Komen 3-Day for the Cure in 2011, I will remember your strength and persistence to beat this horrible disease. As your contemporary, I am awed by your fortitude as you faced adversity and still remained so honorable. Be at peace. You have and will continue to serve as an amazing role model for so many women.

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  7. cherry morgan Says:

    pax stereo tv remembers elizabeth edwards passed away at early age 61.

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  9. Lisa Palmgren Hogg Says:

    Much too Young of a Energetic,Dedicated with a Cause Woman to Pass.
    …So Very sorry to hear of the Loss to the World…God will take good care of them….Their Passing is Never easy…I know..It is never easy..Blessings to the Family…
    Sincerely,Lisa Palmgren Hogg

  10. Linda Williams,SS Maryland Says:

    You were a very strong and couragous woman. your passing was a shock for the world. Rest on our beautiful princess!!

  11. Aarika Davis,SS Maryland Says:

    I only have one one that sums it all up. Gifted. You made us understand the gift of love, you gave us the gift of joy, you showed us the gift of courage & shared with us the gift of life. RIP! We love you.

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