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Elizabeth Edwards on deathbed; ends cancer treatment

Citing sources close to the family, the tabloids are reporting that Edwards is gravely ill with cancer and she has only a few days to a few weeks to live

Elizabeth Edwards, the estranged wife of former presidential candidate John Edwards, is seriously ill as her cancer has taken a sharp turn for the worse and she may have just weeks to live, according to the Associated Press and other tabloid reports.

Elizabeth, 61, has long been suffering from breast cancer, and the tumor is already spread to her legs, spine and skull, and now to her liver. She was diagnosed with the tumor in 2004.

Edwards' cancer fight turns for the worse
Citing sources close to the family, the tabloids are reporting that Edwards is gravely ill with cancer and has only a few days to a few weeks left to live.

She is resting at her home in Chapel Hill, North Carolina with friends and her family, including her wayward husband, John Edwards and their three children.

Her sister, brother, nieces, nephews, former campaign advisers and other friends were also gathered there.

Elizabeth, 61, has long been suffering from breast cancer, and the tumor is already spread to her legs, spine and skull, and now to her liver. She was diagnosed with the tumor in 2004.

Further treatment useless
It’s also being reported that doctors have recommended her not to undergo any more anti-cancer treatments.

"Elizabeth has been advised by her doctors that further treatment of her cancer would be unproductive. She is resting at home with family and friends," the Edwards family says in a statement to PEOPLE.

In deathbed condition
Doctors would not determine how long how long Edwards will survive, especially without knowing details of her case.

"For them to say that she is not strong enough to benefit from further treatment, that says to me that her disease is far advanced and she is facing the end of her life," USA Today quoted Ira Byock, director of palliative medicine at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, who has no personal knowledge of Edwards' case, as saying.

Hal Burstein, of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, however, estimates that someone in this condition rarely lives past six to 12 months.

Elizabeth’s goodbye-like message
Edwards, who had been a popular figure among Democratic activists while campaigning with her husband in two presidential bids, took to her Facebook page to tell followers about her deathbed condition, and express the love and gratitude she feels to those who've supported and inspired her.

Her Facebook message reads: “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. These graces have carried me through difficult times and they have brought more joy to the good times than I ever could have imagined.

“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. 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.”

Dissolution of Edwards marriage
Elizabeth ended her three-decade old marriage to John Edwards about a year ago after he admitted to an extramarital affair and fathering a child with a blonde campaign videographer.

Edwards was the Democratic nominee for vice president in 2008 and ran for the presidential nomination in 2004.

The Edwards have four children- Wade, who died in a car crash in 1996; Cate, a lawyer in Washington, Emma Claire, 12, and Jack, 10, who live in Chapel Hill with their mother.