Six years after being diagnosed with terminal cancer, Elizabeth Edwards appears to have taken a turn for the worse.
In a statement, her family said Monday that "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."
Edwards, 61, is the estranged wife of former U.S. Sen. and Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards.
A call to her home went unanswered Monday afternoon. People magazine reported that her daughter Cate, now a lawyer in Washington, as well as Elizabeth Edwards' brother and sister went to the family's Chapel Hill home.
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Edwards also has two younger children, Jack and Emma Claire.
One friend, who asked not to be identified because of the sensitivity of the situation, said John Edwards has been at his wife's side. "He's a rock," the friend said. "He's done everything he should do."
Elizabeth Edwards posted this message on Facebook.
"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. To you I simply say: you know.