Elizabeth Edwards timeline

December 8, 2010 

JULY 3: Mary Elizabeth Anania is born in Jacksonville, Fla., to Elizabeth and Vincent Anania.

1977

MAY: Elizabeth graduates from UNC Law School.

JULY 30: Elizabeth marries John Edwards.

1978

Elizabeth begins working as an associate at Harwell Barr Martin & Sloan, a law firm in Nashville, Tenn.

1979

JULY 18: The couple's first child, Lucius Wade, is born.

1981

John and Elizabeth move their family back to Raleigh, where she begins working in the N.C. Attorney General's Office, and later as a bankruptcy lawyer at Merriman, Nicholls, and Crampton.

1982

MARCH 4: The couple's second child, Catharine Elizabeth ("Cate"), is born.

1996

APRIL 4: Wade Edwards is killed in an automobile accident on Interstate 40. Elizabeth retires from her legal practice and becomes administrator of the Wade Edwards Foundation.

1998

APRIL 24: At age 48, Elizabeth gives birth to Emma Claire.

NOV. 3: John Edwards is elected U.S. senator.

2000

MAY 19: Elizabeth gives birth to a son, John Atticus ("Jack").

2003

SEPT. 16: John announces his run for the presidency.

2004

MARCH 3: John withdraws from presidential race.

JULY 6: Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry announces that John Edwards will be his running mate.

NOV. 3: John and Elizabeth Edwards get confirmation that she has cancer.

2006

MAY: Edwards says he will not run for president if his wife's health worsens.

SUMMER: The family moves into a new 28,200-square-foot home outside Chapel Hill.

SEPTEMBER: Elizabeth releases a book, "Saving Graces: Finding Solace and Strength from Friends and Strangers"

DEC. 28: John announces he will run for president in 2008.

2007

MARCH 22: John and Elizabeth Edwards announce her cancer has returned and is incurable. They plan to continue with the campaign.

2008

JAN. 30: John Edwards suspends his campaign for president.

AUG. 8: John admits to an affair with campaign videographer Rielle Hunter.

2009

MAY: Elizabeth's second book, "Resilience: Reflections on the Burdens and Gifts of Facing Life's Adversities," is published.

MAY: Elizabeth is interviewed on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" about her husband's affair and her new book.

AUGUST: Elizabeth opens a furniture store in Chapel Hill

2010

JAN. 21: John Edwards admits publicly that he is the father of Rielle Hunter's baby. He and Elizabeth officially separate.

JUNE 29: Updated version of "Resilience" is released. The paperback version adds a chapter on the breakup. Interviews follow, including the "Today" show and "Larry King Live."

JUNE: Elizabeth announces plans to sell the Chapel Hill house.

SEPTEMBER: Elizabeth appears on "The Nate Berkus Show" during the show's premiere week.

Compiled by Brooke Cain

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