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Video Update from Joni

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  • Aug. 9, 2010
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Cancer Update from Joni

People Who Inspire Joni: Jan Janura

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  • Aug. 3, 2010
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Ken’s buoyant love for Christ and his even-headed way of dealing with my cancer can be directly attributed to several of his buddies who keep him constantly in prayer. But his best buddy through this challenging time has been Jan Janura. Years ago, Jan and Ken were Young Life leaders and roommates – Jan was one of Ken’s groomsmen in our wedding in 1982. Best of all, Ken and Jan enjoy fly fishing together plus keeping each other spiritually accountable through prayer and the study of God's Word as well as good Christian books. Thank you, Jan, for holding Ken close through this difficult time – for that, you are a big inspiration to me (and my husband).

Ken Tada and his good friend Jan Janura fly fishing together

Tuesday, August 3rd Update from Joni

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  • Aug. 3, 2010
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Yesterday, we enjoyed a lengthy session with the integrative oncologist at UCLA -- Ken and I now better understand how what I eat (and when) will have an impact on how well I do in chemotherapy. Willow bark... whey... ginger... magnesium... vitamin D3... and the importance of protein in my diet (just to mention a few things), will be key factors in my daily routine; and all of it will lessen those icky side effects.

Monday, August 2nd Update from Joni

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  • Aug. 2, 2010
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Today Ken and I are driving down to UCLA to spend the day with an integrative oncologist -- a fancy name for a cancer-doctor who specializes in nutrition and homeopathic remedies. We are very excited about taking copious notes and learning as much as we can about diet and/or herbal regimens which will bouy up my strength as I begin treatment this week.

Saturday, July 31st Update from Joni:

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  • July 31, 2010
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Did you know that national spinal-cord injury statistics indicate that most spinal injuries occur on the last Saturday of July? Hey, that's today! And it's why whenever children tour our Joni and Friends International Disability Center, I remind them never to dive in shallow water (and always swim with a buddy).

Friday, July 30th Update from Joni:

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  • July 30, 2010
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Today is a pretty special one for me -- it was 43 years ago today that I took that dive into shallow water which broke my neck. Some may find it strange to commemorate a tragic event, but I look at it differently. Over the years, God has used my wheelchair to spawn an incredible ministry to people with disabilities and their families around the world.

Thursday, July 29th Update from Joni

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  • July 29, 2010
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Ken and I were all set to head down to UCLA yesterday to meet with the 'integrative oncologist' and learn all about nutritional and homeopathic supports for cancer recovery, BUT...

Wednesday, July 28th Update from Joni

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  • July 28, 2010
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In her recent get-well card to me, my friend Sandy from Texas wrote three stanzas of the hymn "All the Way My Savior Leads Me" -- my favorite goes, "All the way my Savior leads me, cheers each winding path I tread; gives me grace for every trial, feeds me with his heavenly bread. When my weary steps may falter, and my soul a-thrist may be; gushing from the Rock before me, Lo! A spring of joy I see!"

Amanda Ebersole

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  • July 27, 2010
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Amanda Ebersole and Joni at a Maranatha Family RetreatAs you may know, I have struggled with pain as a result of living more than four decades in my wheelchair as a quadriplegic. But whenever my spirits start to deflate, I think of young Amanda Ebersole who has cerebral palsy (and who recently underwent back surgery to correct her scoliosis). Amanda’s twin sister is Jessica – they are the daughters of Jon Ebersole, our Director of U.S. Field Services at Joni and Friends. I'm grateful for the example of Amanda and Jessica – they may be teenagers, but their love for Jesus and their commitment to showcase His grace in their lives is topnotch!

Tuesday, July 27th Update from Joni

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  • July 27, 2010
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John Bunyan once wrote, “Conversion is not the smooth, easy-going process some men seem to think. It is wounding work, this breaking of the hearts; but without wounding there is no saving... Where there is grafting there is a cutting, the [thin, young branch] must be let in with a wound; to stick it onto the outside or tie it on with a string would be of no use. Heart must be set to heart and back to back, or there will be no sap from root to branch, and this I say, must be done by a wound.”

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