Joni Eareckson Tada hospitalized during cancer treatment

By Danielle Jarvis

Internationally renowned for advocating people with disabilities, Joni Eareckson Tada has received a cancer diagnosis for the second time.

Eareckson Tada, the founder of Joni and Friends issued a statement on her website, advising her supporters of the news at the time.

Editor’s note: Joni has been released from Hospital April 10. Read the story here.

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.

Joni and Friends recently updated supporters, stating, “As many of you know, Joni Eareckson Tada recently completed a series of radiation treatments for a recurrence of cancer. In the weeks following, Joni has been challenged with significant pain issues, including most recently, difficulty with breathing.

“With these concerns escalating, and Joni’s inability to get the sleep needed for recovery, she has been hospitalized for observation and medical oversight.

“Knowing the truth of that promise of James 5:16, Joni and (husband) Ken would be most grateful for your  prayers today. As they express confidence that God is in control, the support of prayerful concern would be deeply appreciated.

 ”So… please join us in praying without ceasing!”

They published the scripture she is standing firm on. James 5:16 states that “The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.”

At the time of her cancer diagnosis, Joni and Friends President and COO, Doug Mazza said that their ministry was well acquainted with suffering. “Every day we face the crushing needs of people with disabilities around the world,” he said. “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.”