Special Message From Joni

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • June 23, 2010
  • Joni's Posts, In the Media

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 that my quadriplegia might encourage people struggling with cancer… now I have a chance to truly empathize and journey alongside, affirming that God's grace is always sufficient for whatever the disease or disability. 

I will be undergoing tests the rest of this week, after which, I will have surgery on the afternoon of Monday, June 28th. Please pray that the upcoming tests, surgery and subsequent treatment will be successful (thankfully, my quadriplegia has no bearing on either the surgery or the treatment; I'm like any other woman with breast cancer -- I simply want to focus my energies on getting better).

Of course, I believe that God can and does heal and I covet your prayers to that end. Most of all, please pray that God will pour out grace-upon-grace on Ken and me. We’ll be posting regular updates on “Joni’s Corner” here on our website – also posted here you will find an article called “Don’t Waste Your Cancer” by John Piper and David Powlison, both of whom are cancer survivors. I can’t begin to describe how encouraged I’ve been just reading their insights – I'm sure you’ll say the same after you read it. We join you in resting in the assurance of Psalm 62:5-6, “Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.”

Yours in His sovereign care,

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Joni Eareckson Tada

Click HERE to view the article "Don't Waste Your Cancer"


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I read about your breast cancer in article on it. I have been also had breast Cancer in 2012. I want to say how much your experience showed me I was not alone in this journey! It encouraged me & became a positive time to rejoice in what God had for me during this time. It's been 3 years & have been involved with race for the cure as my mother did for 12yrs of her life in Toledo,Ohio. She had cancer at age 70. Twenty yrs later I had cancer. Now I walk in memory of her & being a survivor! Thank you for sharing when I needed someone. You have been a blessing to many & I enjoy your programs on the radio & books you have written. It shows me how blessed I am to not be in a wheelchair! Yet how God blessed us with your life. Many thanks for your ministry & may God bless you much more! I look forward to see you running in Heaven!
  • Sept. 15, 2015
  • 10:35 a.m.
  • Jayne Horner
Is it possible to get a copy of "The Power of the Touch" featuring Naomi Fell and Gladys Wilson. I would like to show it at our church. THanks! Daphne Heis
  • Nov. 16, 2014
  • 5:43 a.m.
  • Daphne Heis
Your, radio broacast is an inspiration to whomever listens. Your gratefullness for life is more than breathtaking. May God lengthen your days to be a continous support of all your many listners. God Bless you and your husband.
  • Sept. 7, 2011
  • 2:21 p.m.
  • tracey
A Get Well Prayer This get well prayer is sent with love a special request to Father God above that His healing touch, soon be om the way. Bringing foryou well and brighter days. May from your loving heart once again, There flow with happiness a joyous song. May all the days aheadfor you, be kind. Blessing you with a healthy body,soul, and mind. Please know my dear special frind. That for you with love, always I am here. God Bless you abundantly, is my prayer. Always safety to be kept, in His Loving Care. In His Majestic Loving Tender Hand, Kimtraila Williams
  • June 21, 2011
  • 3:02 p.m.
  • Kimtraila Williams
Hello Joni, I was only diagnosed with IDC grade 3 (getting staging , treatment and how far it's travelled this Friday) about three weeks ago. Had lumpectomy and 3 nodes removed. Thank you for your website, especially 'how to use your cancer' pdf. Thank you. I have a little profoundly physically disabled Indian 'son' all those thousands of miles away who does not know yet - I was only on a visa trip to Ireland, when this was found and am due back to my little one at the beginning of July. ....ctd
  • June 8, 2011
  • 6:19 a.m.
  • Maureen
I have just finished reading your book "A Place of Healing" which my daughter felt upon her heart to buy for me. I have just faced early stage breast cancer myself and have recently had surgery and reconstruction. Your book has been such an encouragement to me during my recovery. I have had some quite difficult days & emotions since my surgery. God has used the words in your book to help me so much. At times I have been so focused on myself and your book reminded me continually to be "others" focused, something that I pray God helps me to do daily. I was fortunate that my breast cancer was caught very early, so I have not had to undergo chemo treatment, however my challenging week in hospital and present challenging recovery has given me a heart to reach out to other women facing the same surgery. May the Lord continue to bless and keep you in His care. I pray that all things continue to work for the good of His Kingdom as you serve Him. Thank you so much for your faithfulness and love for the Lord. Joni you truly are an inspiration and an amazing shining Light in the darkness. Your sister in Christ Helen XX
  • March 19, 2011
  • 4:56 a.m.
  • Helen Furness
Dear Joni, As always, I was blessed listening to your radio broadcast yesterday (2/2/11). I especially loved the poem you read about being a Christian - I agree, that is the true meaning of being a Christian. I would like to get a copy of the poem. Could you please e-mail it to me? Thanks, and God bless you abandently.
  • Feb. 3, 2011
  • 6:12 a.m.
  • Tsion Kidane
  • Sept. 30, 2010
  • 6:29 a.m.
  • Gloria
Dear Joni and Ken, I have spent time today on your website, reading your updates and praying for you. Like many other times, I have been blessed. Now I would like to bless you with my testimony of God's faithfulness. I am a cancer survivor (11 years!) and a lukemia survivor (31 years!) and I praise God for each day He gives me. His promises are new every morning. Today I am sharing Romans 12:12 with you: "Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer." My husband of 44 years gave me that verse when I was diagnosed with breast cancer and going through treatment. I am praying for you especially now as you are in treatment. I pray that the chemo will be effective. The chemo journey is tough - I still remember losing my hair and hanging around the toilet! Yet I was blessed with my precious family and friends, wonderful doctors and nurses, and fellow chemo patients, too. And thankfully, a good sense of humor helped, too! A friend shared with me this challenge: don't let chemo control you...and that helped me to keep a perspective that still allowed me to have a life, even while resting and healing. As I read my journal from that year, I realize that it was my most blessed year! I will pray daily for you during this time. Please know that God is already using your cancer to bless the lives of so many, including mine. I thank Him for you and Ken and I thank you for allowing us to be part of your journey as you share God's faithfulness with us.
  • Sept. 15, 2010
  • 7:39 a.m.
  • Susan Gallion
Joni - You are in my prayers and hope you have a speedy recovery. Maric & Darren
  • July 31, 2010
  • 12:07 a.m.
  • Marci & Darren
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