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At the Harkin Steak Fry in Indianola, Iowa, September 16, 2007.

7 December 2010 Last updated at 12:54 ET

Elizabeth Edwards ‘halts cancer treatment’

Elizabeth Edwards, the wife of disgraced former presidential candidate John Edwards, is gravely ill with cancer, family and friends have said.

Her doctors have said further treatment for breast cancer would be unproductive and she may have only months to live….

At Balloon Juice:

After all the pain, the worry, the roller coaster of possibility and disappointment, it comes to this. The acknowledgement of the inevitable is in some ways more painful than the inevitable itself, because it’s the death of hope. Before, plans could be made for months and maybe even years. Now, it’s days, perhaps a week, and the only hope is that the end will not be as awful as everyone knows it can be.

Update: Elizabeth Edwards dies of cancer at 61