Cancer Updates

Health Update: Quite a Journey

April 10, 2019

It’s been quite a journey since March 27th when I was at National Religious Broadcasters Convention in Anaheim. I was hardly settled in when, at 3:30 AM on Tuesday, Ken rushed me to the ER. I could barely draw a breath and had chest pain. The preliminary diagnosis was at first gloomy, but over time…

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Health Update: Marvelous Release!

April 9, 2019

I just signed my discharge papers and I am… Free! Praising God for healing of my lungs. Fresh air never felt so good! God bless you for praying me to this marvelous release after 14 days in the hospital! Onward and upward 🙂 Joni’s Health Updates It has been Joni’s prayer that this new cancer…

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Health Update: Thank You for Praying

April 8, 2019

Thank you for praying for my discharge today, but as the Lord has it, it won’t be until tomorrow, Tuesday. The hospital wants to make certain that all the proper medical equipment arrives home before I do. And for that, I am grateful to God! My song today? “Holy Spirit, you are welcome here, come…

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Health Update: Patient Goals

April 4, 2019

God bless you for all your many intercessions, especially during the last 10 days I’ve been hospitalized. I’m still battling pneumonia, but we are closer to an overall diagnosis. My chest pain and breathing problems seem to be due to my long-term quadriplegia. I am unable to breathe efficiently (exchanging CO2 for O2), and with…

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Health Update: Thank You for Praying!

April 1, 2019

Hi, Friends… This is Ken Tada from Joni‘s hospital room. Both Joni and I and the team at Joni and Friends have been overwhelmed by your incredible response through prayer and Scriptural encouragement. Joni is still in the hospital undergoing tests to determine the cause of her pain and difficulty breathing (the good news is,…

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Cancer Update: Prayerful Petition

March 27, 2019

Update: Joni and Ken thank everyone for their love and prayers. Joni is getting much needed rest and wonderful care at the hospital. “The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.”  -James 5:16  As many of you know, Joni Eareckson Tada recently completed a series of radiation treatments for a…

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Cancer Update: Skin Recovery

February 18, 2019

They say that radiation is only supposed to give you a bad sunburn. But last week, after my chest wall was bombarded from 28 sessions of radiation, my poor skin just gave up – my radiologist gave me time off to rest the red, raw area. I was to resume treatment on Monday morning, but again, he…

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Cancer Update: Endurance and Perseverance

February 14, 2019

You never know with cancer… This past Tuesday morning, right after Ken and our technician-friends, Jason and Steve, lifted me on the radiation table to be zapped, my radiologist stepped in and took a look at my chest wall. One glance at the red, weepy skin, and he canceled the session. What’s more, he canceled…

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Cancer Update: Renewal and Resurrection

February 8, 2019

Ever since the Woolsey fire back in November (the same month I discovered my cancer), I’ve been driving west on the 101 freeway to various medical appointments, most recently my daily radiation sessions. Lately, I’ve been awestruck by the bright, spring-green grass growing like a lush carpet over the blackened hills. The sight is a…

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Cancer Update: Feeling the Burn

February 4, 2019
Joni exercises her arms

When the radiation regimen began early last month on my chest wall, I asked my radiologist how I could encourage healing in my lungs. He gave me a simple prescription: breathe deeply, drink lots of water, and keep your cardiovascular rate up through exercise (pumping up your heart rate brings more oxygen to radiation-damaged tissues).…

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