Elizabeth Edwards Succumbs to Cancer

Yesterday evening, I was saddened to hear the news that Elizabeth Edwards had exhausted all treatment options and was reported to have only a couple of weeks to live.

Those of us who followed Elizabeth’s brave battle with cancer from the end of 2004 presidential election and onward, watched a woman battle not only for her life but her marriage as well.

The first news I heard on the radio tonight as I drove home from work was that Elizabeth Edwards had passed away this evening. Just hours really from the first report that she had a couple of weeks to live.

Elizabeth Edwards was a mother, a lawyer, a best-selling author and the wife of former U.S. Sen. John Edwards. She was 61.

Today we have lost the comfort of Elizabeth’s presence, but she remains the heart of this family,” her family said in a statement. “We love her and will never know anyone more inspiring or full of life. On behalf of Elizabeth, we want to express our gratitude to the thousands of kindred spirits who moved and inspired her along the way. Your support and prayers touched our entire family.”

There are plenty of reporters and pundits re-hashing the triumphs and tragedies of Elizabeth Edwards life tonight. I’d like to remember her simply as a champion for healthcare and a cure for cancer.

This evening, Senator John Kerry today released the following statement on the passing of Elizabeth Edwards:

“This is very sad news, and the fact that it isn’t a surprise makes it no easier to hear. Elizabeth Edwards was an incredibly loving, giving, and devoted mother, and Teresa and our entire family are grateful for the time we shared getting to know her in 2004. We have many wonderful memories of those days traveling the country and seeing firsthand Elizabeth’s great affection for Cate, Jack, and Emma Claire. Today all those moments are rushing back.

“The same day our campaign ended at Faneuil Hall, we saw Elizabeth head off to Mass General to confront this terrible disease. America came to know her in a different and even more personal way, as she fought back with enormous grace and dignity. She became an inspiration to so many. Teresa and I, along with our family, send our prayers and deepest sympathies to Elizabeth’s family and the children she loved so much.”

Mercury News reports that California first lady Maria Shriver is remembering Elizabeth Edwards as a “mighty warrior.” CNN has statements from President Obama, Vice President Biden, the Clinton’s and more…

Edwards passing this evening is reminder to all of us that “some breast cancers, even those without evidence of spread at diagnosis, come back.”

My thoughts and prayers are with her family tonight. R.I.P. ElizabethR.I.P

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About Pamela Leavey

Pamela Leavey is the Editor in Chief, Owner/Publisher of The Democratic Daily as well as a freelance writer and photographer. Pamela holds a certificate in Contemporary Communications from UMass Lowell, a Journalism Certificate from UMass Amherst and a B.A. in Creative Writing and Digital Age Communications from UMass Amherst UWW.
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