Elizabeth Edwards

Wednesday, December 8, 2010 - 10:39am

Family and friends mourn the loss of Elizabeth Edwards.

Following Elizabeth Edwards' death at the home she and john built outside Chapel Hill, North Carolina, the family issued a statement saying, "today we lost the comfort of Elizabeth’s presence but she remains the heart of this family.
We love her and will never know anyone more inspiring or full of life."

"The one memory of Elizabeth that I will take with me forever, and that is, you know, the power of a positive attitude," said family friend Mudcat Saunders.

The day after she told supporters through Facebook there was nothing else to do to fight the cancer she had been battling for six years, her passing evoked strong reactions even from the president who said, "she was a tenacious advocate for fixing our health care system and fighting poverty, and our country has benefited from the voice she gave to the cause of building a society that lifts up all those left behind.”

She recently told NBC's Brian Williams of the fight she was prepared for when first diagnosed with cancer in 2004, "you need to give it its due and say "I'm going to fight with everything that I knew how to, because this is serious" said Elizabeth Edwards.

Elizabeth Edwards touched the hearts of many through her life story, and never shied shy away from talking about the tough parts of her life as well as the good - from her son Wade's death to her husband's infidelity to her reliance on resilience and faith.

Chris Clackum, NBC News.

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