Joni's Posts July 2017

50th Anniversary Reflections

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • July 30, 2017
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Joni's Cancer JourneyThe last 15 years in my wheelchair have not been easy. Around 2002, I began to experience a great deal of pain in my back and hips. Doctors told me that it was due to scoliosis. By that time, I had been sitting in a wheelchair for so long, my weakened spine was curving more. My bones were too porous for an operation...

Marky’s Story

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • July 28, 2017
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Marky's StoryI’m always inspired by people who courageously face insurmountable odds, but when it is a child, that really 'ups' the inspiration. It’s how I felt when I saw Marky’s video. This young boy has a condition called Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB), a rare connective tissue disorder that affects the skin. People normally have seven layers of skin, but Marky...

7 Caregiver Landmines and How You Can Avoid Them

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • July 26, 2017
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7 Caregiver LandminesMy husband Ken understands caregiving inside and out. So does our friend Peter Rosenberger who serves alongside Gracie, a double amputee who lives with excruciating pain. Caregiving can wear out any spouse, and it’s why Peter wrote an exclusive E-Version edition of 7 Caregiver Landmines and How You Can Avoid Them for Joni and Friends.

He states, “Fifty years ago this month (July 30, 2017), Joni experienced a diving accident that left her with quadriplegia. Her story, courage, insights...

50th Anniversary Week

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • July 24, 2017
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50th Anniversary

This week I'm getting out the party favors, hanging balloons, and throwing streamers – because this Sunday marks the 50th anniversary of God's faithfulness to me in my wheelchair (only would I ‘celebrate’ something like a diving accident)! But when I see how God has changed me in it, and encouraged others through it, my heart...

50th Anniversary Reflections

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • July 23, 2017
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Advisory CommitteeWhen I think back on this timeframe, I warmly recall my work with President George W. Bush and his administration. When research using stem cells from human embryos became a hot national topic, I worked with the Bush Administration in promoting ethical stem-cell research using adult tissues. Everyone in the media...

A Great Idea!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • July 20, 2017
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Morgan's Island

Isn’t it fun to see God’s creativity revealed through His people? Like Gordon Hartman’s ingenious idea to build an inclusive amusement park. He got the idea while observing his daughter Morgan who has special needs. Because of her disability, Morgan often could not participate in playground activities...

The Blueprint

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • July 18, 2017
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JoniIt was on a hot Saturday afternoon in July 1967—50 years ago this month—that I took the fateful dive that completely altered my life. Before the accident in which I broke my neck, I was college-bound to become a physical therapist. I wanted to work with people in wheelchairs – never did I dream that I would end up in one for the rest of my life! Lying in ICU, I was so fearful of the future. The whole idea of sitting down for the rest of my life without use of my hands or legs overwhelmed me. What was God doing? What was His plan? If only He would explain the blueprint of my future, then I’d be able to...

50th Anniversary Reflections

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • July 16, 2017
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Billy Graham CrusadesLooking back over the last 50 years, many highlights include Billy Graham Crusades. Back in the 70’s, Ruth Graham read the Joni book and told Billy that he should invite me to speak at a Crusade. So, in October 1976, I shared my testimony at Pontiac Stadium near Detroit. Fresh off the farm, my sisters and I were star-struck when...

Thank You!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • July 14, 2017
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Joni and ShaunaShauna and I have had the best time being inspired and blessed by your comments – over the last 24 hours, I've been checking in every so often to read more, and I'm so grateful to God that you enjoyed our Facebook Live time yesterday...

When Is It Right to Die?

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • July 14, 2017
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When is it Right to Die?With every state that legalizes doctor-assisted death, our culture becomes more inured to suicides assisted by physicians – but it’s happening in increasing measures. Even Christians are beginning to think so-called aid-in-dying is morally permissible! It’s why I have updated and revised my book When Is It Right to Die? It covers many of the tough end-of-life questions facing families in a world of rapidly advancing medical technologies. Like, what is the distinction between medical treatment that sustains life, and that which only prolongs the process...

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