Her first-born son Wade died in a car accident at the age of 16. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004, right when her husband was running as the Democratic nominee for Vice-President. Later she had to endure the humiliation of her husband's very public affair, in which he fathered a child. This led to her officially separating from him after almost 33 years of marriage. And her cancer returned and eventually took her life.
She really seemed like a person that deserved better, but like she said in one of her last statements: "The days of our lives, for all of us, are numbered...."
Elizabeth Edwards leaves behind her three other children: Cate, 28, Emma Claire, 12, and Jack, 10. She will be laid to rest Saturday in Raleigh, North Carolina next to her son Wade. Rest in peace Elizabeth.