Message from Elizabeth Edwards

Via e-mail:

You may have heard that I have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Your strength is carrying my family through too in this latest struggle, and this is a fight we will win. We have (and I say we because John has been with me every minute) started chemotherapy with tremendous confidence, confidence in our doctors, in our ability to face obstacles, and in our friends far and near who we know give us their thoughts and prayers and support today and will continue to do so in the months ahead.

So many of you have tried to reach me recently with your support, and I know that the Senate office and the Wade Edwards Learning Lab have been flooded with calls and e-mails. No complaints there, but in order to take a little pressure off of them, I have resurrected my old e-mail address at el*******@on*****************.com, where you can reach me. I will e-mail periodic updates to you about my progress from there, if you would be interested in getting those. Treatment should last until about next June with follow-ups every three months or so.

I hope you understand how much your support has meant to us. This thank you is to our new and expanded family.

Elizabeth Edwards

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  1. amber says:

    my comment is that I know that you are going through a hard tim right now but i believe you will get through it as soon as it is over and done with!! GOOD LUCK!! AND GOD BLESS!!!!!

  2. Jennifer Smith says:

    Elizabeth,I too lost a son 4 years ago but to a drunk driver. He was 19 so I know what you have gone through.I also had cancer of the thyroid as a child.I am now 49 and am blessed to be closer to the Lord than ever,have a wonderful husband of 33 years,2 children and 3 grandchildren.You are in my thoughts and prayers daily.Love,Jenn

  3. Pat Turner, RN says:

    Mrs. Edwards,
    It broke my heart when I heard you have breast cancer. I had breast cancer in August 2003 and in August of this year, I was diagnosed with endometrial cancer. I know everyone’s body responds differently to medicines and treatments, but I feel compelled to let you know that most of my doctors feel it was the Tamoxofen that gave me the endometrial cancer. As unbelievable as it seems, I had taken the drug only 8 months when a biopsy discovered the endometrial cancer. Perhaps you are not a candidate for that particular drug, but if you are, please just be aware that the side effects are real. I am now post-menopausal, due to a complete hysterectomy this September, so I take the drug Femara. Only time will tell how well this drug is tolerated by my body, but reportedly, it works better than the Tamoxofen for shrinking tumors and preventing a recurrance. My prayers are with you. I’m not going to say your next few months will be easy, but with the help of your loved ones and your faith in God, you will get through it and be stronger for it.

  4. nettie j tewell says:

    elizabeth iam saying a prayer for you god will see you thru he always does hes a great god he said he would not put more on us than we could bear love you all god bless