updated 12/07/2010 AT 8:50 AM ET
•originally published 12/06/2010 AT 3:55 PM ET
Elizabeth Edwards’s cancer fight has taken a turn for the worse, with the disease spreading to her liver and doctors recommending against additional treatment.
“Elizabeth has been advised by her doctors that further treatment of her cancer would be unproductive. She is resting at home with family and friends,” the Edwards family says in a statement to PEOPLE.
On Monday, Edwards, 61, posted a Facebook message to her friends.
“I have been sustained throughout my life by three saving graces – my family, my friends, and a faith in the power of resilience and hope,” she writes. “These graces have carried me through difficult times and they have brought more joy to the good times than I ever could have imagined. The days of our lives, for all of us, are numbered. We know that.”