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Elizabeth Edwards, the estranged wife of former Democratic Senator and presidential candidate John Edwards, is reportedly saying her "goodbyes" after receiving a devastating diagnosis from doctors about her struggle with cancer. According to a statement from the Edwards family, doctors advised her that "further treatment of her cancer would be unproductive."
On Monday, Edwards, 61, took to her personal Facebook page to post a message to friends which seemed to suggest she has just days to live. "The days of our lives, for all of us, are numbered," she wrote. "We know that."
She was hospitalized last week and the entire Edwards family -- including John -- are now gathered with Elizabeth at the family home in Chapel Hill, N.C.
"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," Edwards wrote in the Facebook post. "These graces have carried me through difficult times and they have brought more joy to the good times than I ever could have imagined."
"...there are certainly times when we aren't able to muster as much strength and patience as we would like," she added. "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."
Edwards has been battling breast cancer since her initial diagnosis in 2004. In 2007, she revealed that the condition had spread to her bones and had been deemed terminal. The cancer has reportedly metastasized to her liver.
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