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Posted at 12:20 PM ET, 12/ 7/2010

Prayers for Elizabeth Edwards [updated]

By Jonathan Capehart

Our day started a little sadder with news that Elizabeth Edwards stopped her cancer treatments and is now surrounded by family. There's a lot to be said about the estranged wife of ne'erdowell playboy baby daddy John Edwards. But no one captures Elizabeth Edwards's final days better than Margaret Carlson in the Daily Beast.

She did what was best for her and her family, now gathered around her. In what may be her final words, she says she's been sustained through difficult times "by three saving graces -- my family, my friends, and a faith in the power of resilience and hope."

May her final days be peaceful.

Update, 4:40 p.m.: The outpouring of interest in Elizabeth Edwards has been moving. If you're looking to find out more, this CBS Early Show interview with People Magazine's Betsy Gleick and Dr. Jennifer Ashton will give you a more intimate look at what's happening. Knowing that Edwards has written letters to her children will give you a private view on what's becoming a public good-bye.

Update, 4:50 p.m.: WRAL reports that Elizabeth Edwards died at home in Chapel Hill, N.C. today surrounded by family and friends. May she rest in peace.

By Jonathan Capehart  | December 7, 2010; 12:20 PM ET
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Your first and last sentence said it all.

Posted by: shutoz | December 7, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

"May her final days be peaceful"

Posted by: lndlouis | December 7, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Three saving graces with which one John Edwards is not familiar. May her final days be peaceful indeed.

Posted by: ikeaboy | December 7, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

How could Elizabeth Edwards stay with that coiffed-headed scumbag and support his phony-smiling facade. This guy was an ambulance-chaser, who made millions of the suffering of others and through his phony lawsuits helped make medical costs go up for everyone.
What on earth did she see in this scumbag, except maybe a way to live a life of riches!

Posted by: vince33x | December 7, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, Jonathan, for putting into words what so many of us are feeling today as we hear this news.

Posted by: elizgill | December 7, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

DC is such a shallow, materialistic place. Elizabeth Edwards is speaking from a place beyond that. She and her husband had a long and happy marriage for many years. He strayed in the same way that many powerful men do; but he got caught. I hope the Edwards family is able to feel reconciliation during these last few days of Elizabeth's life. Generally, the dying are able to think beyond life's pettiness.

Posted by: woof3 | December 7, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

My suggestion is for her to consider Tong Ren as a healing technique for cancer. It can be done at a distance. One promising study shows that cancer cells are round. When treated with Tong Ren, the cancer cells become wavy with dendrites, as is the normal shape. The cells then recognize that they are genetically defective and kill themselves in order to protect the body. Tong Ren also removes blockages in the body which allow the proper signals to reach the cancer cells, who then revert back to a normal cell. Group tapping is best with 20 to 30 people because it amplifies the healing energy. Tom Tam, the developer of Tong Ren, is located at the Oriental Culture Institute in Boston/Quincy, Massachusetts.

Posted by: JohnStClair | December 7, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

I will always give generously to the breast cancer drive as a tribute to Elizabeth Edwards.

Posted by: vataf | December 7, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

May GOD forever bless he soul. May HE also damn John for eternity.

Posted by: MRGB | December 7, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Rest in peace, Elizabeth. Condolences to her children, family and friends.

Posted by: shejoy | December 7, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

RIP, Mrs. Edwards. Condolences to all of her family and friends.

Posted by: B2O2 | December 7, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

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