Ellen Dibler

  • Oct. 8, 2013
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When it comes to handling the daily challenges of a disability, I draw inspiration from older women ...

Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada. When it comes to handling the daily challenges of a disability, I draw inspiration from older women who are blazing the trail – like my friend, Ellen, who has spina bifida and is 72 years old. She is, in fact, the oldest surviving person with spina bifida! In years past, she was very active in shaping the policy of the National Spina Bifida Association, but now, she and her husband Larry invest their energies as prayer warriors for our Joni and Friends outreach in Texas. With her exuberance for life, her wisdom, and her gentle spirit, all I can say is, "I want to be like Ellen when I grow up :-)!" ‘Cause, Titus chapter 2 is right: “The older women can teach the younger.” That’s something you can do for young people with disabilities at any one of our Family Retreats. Be a mentor; be an example. Just contact joniandfriends.org for the details about Family Retreats.

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