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Thursday, July 8th Update from Joni

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • July 8, 2010
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Although today, July 8, marks the date my sister Kathy had originally arranged to fly back to Maryland, she's graciously offered to stay another two weeks -- hooray! The last 10 days have been such a blessing as Kathy has helped with my medical needs, assisted with meals and house chores, and given Ken much-needed breaks (he says she's been a God-send). We've enjoyed many cozy moments...

Wednesday, July 7th Update from Joni

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • July 7, 2010
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I enjoyed a heartwarming visit from my quadriplegic friend, Vicky Olivas, who underwent surgery for cancer several years ago. Just seeing her sitting in her wheelchair with her bright smile and happy spirit was such an encouragement – my friend is a true example that although “outwardly we may be wasting away, inwardly we are being renewed day-by-day.”

Tuesday, July 6th Update from Joni

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • July 6, 2010
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The precious hours I was strong enough to sit up over the holiday weekend were almost all spent in our backyard, enjoying the breezes and blue sky. Ice packs, helping me drink lots of water, and keeping my arm elevated were Kathy’s responsibility, while Ken helped set up the portable keyboard that our friends, the Sanders, brought along for their Sunday visit (Al, Margaret, Peg and Jim head up Ambassador Agency, producers of the "Joni and Friends" radio program for nearly 30 years). After a scrumptious picnic lunch, it was an afternoon of singing hymns and celebrating the grace and sovereignty of God. Want to sing along? Click on this video and join us on “Glorious Things of Thee are Spoken!”

Friday, July 2nd Update from Joni

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • July 2, 2010
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Today was my first real day of feeling like myself – four days after pretty serious surgery :-). And just to prove it, I posted a quick video of me and my sister. Ken and I are so grateful for Kathy’s help this week...

Thursday, July 1st Update from Joni

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • July 1, 2010
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With her hospital stay behind her, Joni is taking the next several weeks to rest and recuperate from surgery. Today Joni and Ken met with a home health nurse to go over the details of tending to her surgical site. Her sister Kathy has flown in from Maryland to help with home nursing needs. “It’s great having my sister here,” Joni said. “My mother survived breast cancer and Kathy was her primary care giver after Mom’s mastectomy. I’m in good hands with her here.” An appointment with her medical oncologist has been scheduled for next week...

Wednesday, June 30th Update from Joni

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • June 30, 2010
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More than 36 hours have passed since Joni’s surgery and she continues to make great improvement. Today Joni is preparing to leave the hospital and plans to be at home in her own bed by this evening. “I’ve been so blessed reading the many cards and emails and the blog posts on Joni’s Corner. Ken and I are absorbing as much information as we can...

A Special Note to Friends and Family

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • June 29, 2010
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A special note to Friends and Family:

Joni is resting in the recovery room with Ken after a successful procedure - Praise God! The initial doctor's reports indicate that it appears that some lymph nodes were affected by the cancer and Joni will need chemotherapy to follow up this surgery. So let's give praise to our loving God for bringing Joni and Ken through this and asking him to give them yet more grace and peace for the next steps.

Click HERE to read a full news release on Joni's surgery.

Special Message From Joni

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • June 23, 2010
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A Special Message From Joni, June 23rd:

Joni and Ken together, reflecting

You have always been so faithful to pray for Ken and me – especially for my health. But today I bring before you a new concern. I have breast cancer.  Ken and I have been assured by our doctors that there are many new treatments for breast cancer, and we are very hopeful for a successful surgery and a full recovery.

You have heard me often say that our afflictions come from the hand of our all-wise and sovereign God, and although cancer is something new, I am content to receive from God whatever He deems fit for me – even if it is from His left hand (better from His left hand, than no hand at all, right?!). Yes, it’s alarming, but rest assured that Ken and I are utterly convinced that God is going to use this to stretch our faith, brighten our hope, and strengthen our witness to others…

Especially at Joni and Friends. We’ve always prized the ministry God has given Joni and Friends to people facing a variety of disabilities; everything from autism to Alzheimer’s, from spina bifida to spinal cord injury. For years I have hoped ...

People Who Inspire Joni: My Friendship with Vicky

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • June 11, 2010
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Whenever I'm having a tough day in my wheelchair and need to be reminded of an eternal perspective, I give my friend Vicky Olivas a call. In 1976, Vicky suffered a high-level spinal cord injury when she was shot during an attempted rape. Her Christlike attitude and love of prayer is a constant inspiration to me. When life's difficulties seem overwhelming, Vicky will often say, “One day the Lord will make it all plain to us. In the meantime, we trust Him. And we pray just like I pray for that man who attacked me.” You can read her story in my new book "Life in the Balance" (Regal Books) which is scheduled to be released in the fall of 2010.

Joni and Vicky giving a head hug.

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