Tuesday December 07, 2010 05:05 PM EST
Elizabeth Edwards – a political wife whose personal dramas, including her husband’s infidelity and her six-year battle against breast cancer, were played out on a public stage – died from the disease Tuesday. She was 61.
“Today we have lost the comfort of Elizabeth’s presence but she remains the heart of this family,” the Edwards family says in a statement. “We love her and will never know anyone more inspiring or full of life.”
She died at her home in Chapel Hill, N.C., surrounded by her family.
“On behalf of Elizabeth we want to express our gratitude to the thousands of kindred spirits who moved and inspired her along the way,” the statement adds. “Your support and prayers touched our entire family.”
On Dec. 6, 2010, it was announced that her doctors decided that further treatment for her breast cancer would be unproductive and that she only had a short time left to live.
That same day, on her Facebook page, Edwards thanked supporters and wrote, “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.”
First diagnosed with cancer in 2004, Edwards went into remission until the 2008 presidential campaign.
Her husband, former North Carolina Democratic U.S. Senator John Edwards, declined to withdraw from the race – a decision he announced at a press conference with his wife stoically standing at his side.
A few months later, however, he was effectively forced out of his bid for the White House by frontrunners Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.
In a heartbreaking later episode that at first brought denials from John Edwards and then a frank admission, the former politician acknowledged fathering a child with a videographer who worked for his campaign. John and Elizabeth Edwards separated in January 2010, after three decades of marriage.
A native of Jacksonville, Fla., and an attorney by training (she and John met in law school at the University of North Carolina, and married in 1977), Elizabeth Edwards is survived by three children, ranging in age from 28 to 10: Cate, Emma Claire and Jack. Her eldest child, Wade, was killed in a 1996 car accident when he was 16.
As she wrote on the day it was announced she would stop having treatment, “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.”
Elizabeth Edwards was born on July 3rd, 1949 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_Edwards
7 + 3 +2+0+1+0 = 13 = her personal year (from July 3rd, 2010 to July 2nd, 2011) =