This just seems so terribly sudden after the news that she was ending treatment after her doctors advised her that there was nothing more to be done. There was something very genuine, very tough, very bright about Elizabeth Edwards that I really admired. She simply met adversity with honesty and clarity, and never left off caring about other people.
I will end where this fairly good obit does, with her own words from her Facebook page:
"The days of our lives, for all of us, are numbered," Edwards wrote on her Facebook page Monday. "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's almost cliche to say someone "fought the good fight". So much so, that it's really moving when you know of someone that truly did. My thoughts are with her family and friends.