Edwards met John Edwards when they were both law students and they married on July 30 1977. Edwards lived a private life until her husband's rise as senator and ultimately unsuccessful vice presidential and presidential campaigns. In May 2009 they publiElizabeth Edwardsd her second book Resilience: Reflections on the Burdens and Gifts of Facing Life's Adversities further discussing the return of her illness the deaths of her father and son the effect of these events on her marriage her husband's infidelity and the general state of health care in America.
She was his chief policy advisor during his presidential bid and was instrumental in pushing him towards more liberal stances on subjects such as universal health care. S. On December 6 2010 her family announced that her cancer had spread and her doctors had recommended that further treatment would be unproductive.