Elizabeth Edwards made honorable decisions, even in last days

Elizabeth Edwards lost her battle with cancer on Tuesday at the age of 61. She will be remembered as a an acclaimed author, lawyer, activist, and most importantly – a mother of four. Her later years tested her traits of patience, forgiveness, strength, and courage.

Born in 1949, Elizabeth stood by her husband John Edwards’ side during his tenure as Senator, and later, when he was the nominee for vice-president. Elizabeth Edwards advocated for universal health care and is said to have influenced her husband’s political views in this area.

The last decade of Elizabeth’s life was documented by the media; extramarital issues and cancer both plagued her, but she was resilient despite those struggles. When Elizabeth succumbed to breast cancer this week, she was with her family in her home. The decision to forego treatment and remain at home was a decision that was made after doctors indicated that further treatment would be of limited effect.  Read the CNN article for more details on her final hours.

The decision to remain at home instead of in a hospital facility is becoming an increasingly popular choice for terminally ill patients.

“Americans increasingly are treated to death, spending more time in hospitals in their final days, trying last-ditch treatments that often buy only weeks of time, and racking up bills that have made medical care a leading cause of bankruptcies.” Daily Caller

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