Joni Eareckson Tada Receives New Cancer Diagnosis

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Nov. 19, 2018
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Joni Eareckson Tada

*Joni’s Surgery Update - 11/26/18

Thank you for praying! This afternoon, Joni underwent surgery to remove the cancer from a small nodule that had developed at the site of her 2010 mastectomy. We are happy to report that Joni’s doctors are pleased with the outcome of the surgery and she is resting comfortably. Joni is incredibly grateful for your prayers and encouragement; she is lifting up prayers of thanksgiving for all of you who have prayed on her behalf.

As further information regarding Joni’s health is available, updates will be shared on the Joni and Friends blog and Facebook page. Thank you again for praying!

It is well known that Joni Eareckson Tada is a seasoned warrior when it comes to dealing with serious health issues. She has endured 51 years of quadriplegia, chronic pain, and a previous battle against stage 3 breast cancer 8 years ago. In 2010, she underwent a mastectomy and chemotherapy treatment; and in 2015, she was declared cancer free.

With her husband, Ken, at her side, Joni recently underwent tests on a small nodule which had developed over the site of her mastectomy. After biopsies, doctors discovered a small cancerous tumor within the nodule.

“When I received the unexpected news of cancer from my oncological surgeon, I relaxed and smiled, knowing that my sovereign God loves me dearly and holds me tightly in His hands. What good is it if we only trust the Lord when we understand His ways? That only guarantees a life filled with doubts.”

Joni will undergo outpatient surgery to remove the cancer on Monday, November 26. She shared, “I am inspired by the many valiant people with disabilities and their families whom we serve every day at Joni and Friends; they are people who constantly persevere through personal crises. They do not doubt God's glorious purposes for their lives, why should I?”

Joni and Friends President and COO, Doug Mazza, recognizes that Joni and Friends ministry is well acquainted with suffering. Every day we face the crushing needs of people with disabilities around the world. “It is no surprise that our Founder would be so positive in the face of what otherwise might be alarming news. We know that the best support we can provide Joni is prayer. All are encouraged to join Joni and Ken, along with the entire Joni and Friends team in asking God to use this next, new health challenge to advance His Kingdom among those who need His hope and grace.”

Join Us in Prayer for Joni…

  • Pray that God will be glorified through this situation. Pray that He will be trusted, extolled and exalted.
  • Pray that this new health challenge will become a platform for showcasing His grace and the giving of the Gospel.
  • Pray that Joni’s surgeon shows great skill in surgery. Afterall, we want him to ‘get it all!’

Updates and prayer requests regarding Joni's health will be hosted on our blog and Facebook page. Well-wishers are invited to post assurances of their prayers to Joni and her husband, Ken.

“Jesus is ecstasy beyond compare and if new hardships draw us closer to Him, I'm more than content with it.” —Joni Eareckson Tada

If you are searching for an eternal hope in the midst of your own troubles, grab a copy of Joni’s recently re-released book, Heaven: Your Real Home… From a Higher Perspective. She reminds us that “Every good thing God has given you will last for all of eternity – including the best part of every affliction.”

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Praying and believing for you, Joni! How I praise the Lord for you! Love, Irene
  • Nov. 29, 2018
  • 5:48 p.m.
  • Irene Hodges
Joni I will pray for you every day.
  • Nov. 29, 2018
  • 5:05 p.m.
  • Shirley A. Wilson
I am so glad that your surgery went well Joni, and yes, I have been praying. Now will be praying for rest for your body and your mind and healing that allows you to participate (as you wish) in all that this wonderful season has to offer. Today I will give one of your books to a young student nurse who has be working with me for the last five weeks. She is training to be a medic in the Australian Navy and had a placement with us. I was telling her of you and your book as we made a bed (RN’s do everything here) and she stopped and wrote down all the details. My husband and I received two of your books when we attended the World Medical Missions Conference at The Cove in October and I have been wondering who to give one to. God is so good in revealing answers to questions.
  • Nov. 29, 2018
  • 11:44 a.m.
  • Lyndsey Ohman
Joni: Prayers still going up for a speedy recovery. Also for Ken Rest in Jesus Nancy Canaday
  • Nov. 29, 2018
  • 11:38 a.m.
  • Nancy Canaday
Will continue to keep her and family in prayer.
  • Nov. 29, 2018
  • 10:57 a.m.
  • Mark Volden
Joni, I am asking The FATHER, In The LORD JESUS'S Name, to Heal Your body from any cancer cells and make them disappear completely. I am 71 and disabled from a brain tumor diagnosed in December, 1992. "Terminal, inoperable, malignant." As my wife Kay and I gave me to HIS Will HE Made the tumor disappear in 1996. HE has not yet Healed the disability caused by the physical presence of that tumor - there has been no cancer cells since 1996. I rejoice with you as I am hopeful with you - always according to HIS Wonderful and Omnipotent Omniscient Omnipresent Will.
  • Nov. 29, 2018
  • 8:56 a.m.
  • David L Blair
Dear Joni, I am praying for you, and will continue to pray for a speedy recovery Thank you for being the amazing woman of God that you are! May you be blessed and healed. Praying for you and Ken. Thank you for all you do for His Kingdom!! May this be a speedy recovery .. I am praying
  • Nov. 29, 2018
  • 1:50 a.m.
  • Maxena Wilson
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  • Nov. 29, 2018
  • 12:57 a.m.
  • Kiersten
"Consider it all joy when you encounter various trials" . . and you've certainly been a fine example to the rest of us. I admired you when we first met at Grace thirty-some years ago, and you've persevered under even more trials since. I'm honored to call you friend and a sister in Christ. Soli Deo Gloria!
  • Nov. 28, 2018
  • 10:20 p.m.
  • Vicki Griffin
Joni and Ken may God continue to guide you as you go through this latest day surgery has successfully removed this cancer nodule I pray that with the strength and love for your full recovery god bless janice from Ayr in Scotland
  • Nov. 28, 2018
  • 9:29 p.m.
  • Janice findlay
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