Elizabeth Edwards is seriously ill and doctors say further treatment for her cancer would be unproductive.
The family issued a statement Monday that revealed her doctors' diagnosis. It said she is resting at home with family and friends.
The wife of former presidential candidate John Edwards posted on her Facebook page that she can't express the love and gratitude she feels to those who've supported and inspired her. She wrote "the days of our lives, for all of us, are numbered."
The 61-year-old Elizabeth Edwards separated from her husband after he admitted to an extramarital affair. She has battled breast cancer since 2004.
The following statement was released by Edwards' family:
Elizabeth has been advised by her doctors that further treatment of her
cancer would be unproductive. She is resting at home with family and
friends and has posted this message to friends on her Facebook page.
"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.
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