Joni Shares Her Breast Cancer Journey

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Oct. 1, 2012
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According to the American Cancer Society, the chance of a woman having invasive breast cancer some time during her life is about 1 in 8, and in 2010, Joni Eareckson Tada became one of those statistics—she was diagnosed with Stage III Breast Cancer. After undergoing a mastectomy and chemotherapy, and through the healing hand of God and the help of friends and loved ones, Joni joyfully reports that her cancer is in remission. Joni’s desire is to encourage others through her trials and victories, and that’s why she has chosen to share her breast cancer journey with you through this Joni and Friends television episode trailer. Also, don’t forget to listen to Joni’s radio programs this week on breast cancer by visiting our radio page today.


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Hi, Almost a year ago, I was diagnosed with breast cancer stage 3. After surgery, 16 chemo and 33 sessions of radiation, I'm trying to recover and to repair my injured body. My soul is lifted up by prayers (my friends and my Church). The chain support of compassion and caring was amazing during this tenure. Ladies were driving me and staying with me during 5-6 hours of chemo or during the "military"radiation's schedule. And the cooked food without spice and salt was perfect for me, because LOVE is the main ingredient. I feel overwhelmed and humble by the GOD's LOVE, even this trial I'm getting through is difficult. The pastor, his family, and the other ministers and their families are very supportive. And I'm not the only case with cancer in church. There are other sisters into Christ facing the same silent enemy (breast, blood etc.). We carry each other the burden and we encourage each other. God Bless You!
  • Oct. 15, 2012
  • 10:45 a.m.
  • Andra
Incredible story of an incredible journey. Thank you for sharing yourself and your love for our Savior with us. I am encouraged and blessed. Thank you!
  • Oct. 8, 2012
  • 8:47 p.m.
  • Karen
Joni~words can not express how I feel about the courage that is so evident God has placed on you and Ken. Through all things over all the years, it is a picture of our HOLY GOD WHO IS FAITHFUL. How you have been able to do all that you do for the last 40 plus years is because of GOD. I saw you in Orlando about 10 years ago at Ligonier's Conference. I have lived in Seattle area almost 23 years, but when I lived earlier in Wichita and Albuquerque, I followed you. So it was worth a trip from Washington to Orlando to see YOU. You are HIS LIGHT to us all and words can not say how we thank you and Ken for the example of what faith truly is here on earth. I'll follow and blog and read your devotions daily forever. Diane Miller
  • Oct. 5, 2012
  • 5:37 p.m.
  • diane miller
Joni, Your recorded breast cancer journey touched me so deeply, and moved me to tears, and gave me hope in my own struggles. What stood out to me in particular and was so profound in the recording was your comment about the “splash-overs”. You said that "the splash-overs of heaven are when you find Jesus in the splash-over of hell -- those heavenly moments when we get pressed up against Him that close, that intimately, and that sweetly, that only happens in suffering". Thank you for the reminder that God will give us joy through our suffering as we learn who His Son is. You are such an encouragement to so many women, Joni, who have endured breast cancer themselves. This recording will be so important to so many women struggling with this disease. Even though I have not had cancer myself, I have several women in my life who have. Thank you Joni for sharing your journey, you are a woman of faith, and you encourage me in so many ways to keep going on, and to keep my faith in Him alone.
  • Oct. 4, 2012
  • 10 p.m.
  • Linda