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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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