Bonnie's Visit

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Dec. 11, 2013
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Joni and Bonnie with Jesus' birthday cakeI always like to introduce you to my friends who deal with quadriplegia – and I want you to meet my long-time friend, Bonnie, who is a polio-surviving quadriplegic. Back in the 1950s, Bonnie contracted polio as a child and eventually became ventilator dependent and a wheelchair-user. For the last 61 years, she has kept her winsome smile, despite the many challenges (not the least of which is her current battle with breast cancer). Bonnie and her attendant, Hada, recently came for a Christmas lunch here at the IDC, and they brought a "Happy Birthday Jesus!" cake for dessert :-). When I spend time with Bonnie, I always think of Hebrews 13:7, "Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith." Yep, that's the way I feel about this remarkable woman – should you wish to encourage her on in her battle with cancer, drop Bonnie a line on my blog!


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Thank you for living out your faith in God and making it real. God bless you and strengthen you in your walk and I pray God's healing power on you. X
  • Dec. 23, 2013
  • 3:52 p.m.
  • Kimberly Loomes
Bonnie, I will pray for you, and you have such a beautiful smile. I hope that you will overcome the cancer and also one day walk again. You and Joni are such an inspiration. Take care and God Bless You. Nicole
  • Dec. 16, 2013
  • 10:49 a.m.
  • Nicole Allen
Hi Bonnie All the very best to you as you battle breast cancer. I pray that you will overcome it, as Joni did. Thank you for your lovely smile. You are an inspiration!
  • Dec. 12, 2013
  • 4:41 p.m.
  • Sandra
I want to send a note to Bonnie to say "God Bless you" and thank you for sharing your life with us. You inspire us to love God more and spend more time being thankful for His sustaining love that love that is Everlasting and underneath are the Everlasting Arms... Also a "God Bless you: to Hada for her loving service to you, Bonnie. Praying you have a blessed and joyful Christmas.
  • Dec. 12, 2013
  • 8:32 a.m.
  • Lane Estep
Happy Christmas, Bonnie, Hada & Joni! I am praying for each of you, and especially you with your fight against cancer, Bonnie! Thank you so much for letting us look in on your day with a smile! <3
  • Dec. 11, 2013
  • 2:13 p.m.
  • Deborah
Dear Bonnie, Your looking good! I too want to imitate your faith! You are so encouraging to me. Please know, I'll be praying for you as a fellow quad and cancer survivor, I understand your plight. Take care!
  • Dec. 11, 2013
  • 1:16 p.m.
  • Vicky Olivas
You once wrote that your friend Bonnie was your rolemodel, Joni, and that we all should seek Christian role models. Is this the one? I always remembered that and asked myself who would become my rolemodels. I am exited to finally 'meet' your friend Bonnie and I would like to say: I am honoured to make your acquaintance; I have heard good things about you.
  • Dec. 11, 2013
  • 11:41 a.m.
  • Willemijn
Julie and Bonnie you both are truly an inspiration to everyone, especially me on how a real christian lives. I prayed for you both.
  • Dec. 11, 2013
  • 11:04 a.m.
  • Jennifer Tipton
Hey Bonnie, I will be praying for you. Kathy
  • Dec. 11, 2013
  • 9:44 a.m.
  • kathy
dear Bonnie keep on smiling and keep your eyes on Jesus he will always care for you
  • Dec. 11, 2013
  • 9:23 a.m.
  • rita edelenbos