Elizabeth Edwards, former wife of Senator and Presidential hopeful John Edwards, has been bravely battling cancer since 2004. Sadly, it appears that fight may no longer be winnable.
Via WRAL News.com:
Elizabeth Edwards’ cancer has spread, and her health has deteriorated, multiple sources told WRAL News Monday.
Edwards, 61, the wife of former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards, was briefly hospitalized recently, but she is now at home, and her family and friends are lending their support.
Elizabeth Edwards was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004, which went into remission but returned in 2007 while her husband launched his 2008 presidential run. The couple disclosed the illness while continuing on the campaign trail.
The cancer subsequently moved on to her bones, where it was determined to be incurable but treatable. USA Today reports that it has now spread to her liver, and that doctors are now advising she forgo any additional treatment. A statement to People Magazine reads:
“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.”
John and Elizabeth Edwards legally separated in January of 2010 after it was disclosed that John was having an affair with a campaign videographer. Due to North Carolina’s mandatory one year separation period, the couple never officially divorced.