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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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Joni Eareckson Tada on 40 Years of Ministry, Cancer, and Creative Ways the Church Can Include All People

January 28, 2019
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Cancer Update: A Scarred Veteran

January 22, 2019

Friends, I just want to thank you for all your prayers – honestly, Ken Tada and I can feel the updraft of the Holy Spirit sustaining us every step of the way in this cancer journey. I’ve been undergoing radiation treatments – something I did not do with my previous cancer because of my fragile lungs. But technology…

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Cancer Update: Clear and Strong

January 17, 2019

Today marks my 12th radiation session with 23 more to go — and so far, my lungs still feel clear and strong. It’s what I’ve been praying and hoping for all along: minimal scarring to my fragile lungs (because I so love to sing, speak, and record the daily “Joni and Friends” radio programs). Every day…

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Cancer Update: Sustained

January 10, 2019

Well, it’s about that time again for a cancer update, and the first thing I must say is, “Wow.” Never have I felt so sustained; Ken and I feel so uplifted, like we are hydroplaning on your prayers, hovering way above the gut-wrenching hardships of this cancer.

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Finding Joy Amidst Cancer

December 29, 2018

“How joyful are those who fear the Lord and delight in obeying his commands… Such people will not be overcome by evil… They do not fear bad news; they confidently trust the Lord to care for them.They are confident and fearless and can face their foes triumphantly.” (Psalm 112:1, 6-8) Ken and I recently saw…

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Cancer Update: Good News is Worth Repeating

December 14, 2018

Well friends, good news is always worth repeating! After my doctor’s visit yesterday, I just had to share an update with you, my dear friends and prayer warriors. You have prayed me through some tough times and for that, I thank you! I need it, I appreciate it, and I know I am benefiting from…

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Joni Eareckson Tada Receives New Cancer Diagnosis

November 19, 2018

Internationally-beloved advocate for people with disabilities, Joni Eareckson Tada, has received a cancer diagnosis for the second time. Tada, 69, is Founder and CEO of Joni and Friends in Agoura Hills, Calif., also an award-winning artist, speaker, and author of more than 50 books. A seasoned warrior when it comes to dealing with serious health…

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An Unexpected Report

November 19, 2018

Many of you remember hearing about my battle against stage III breast cancer back in 2010. At that time, I underwent a mastectomy and chemotherapy. Throughout the five years that followed, there was no additional signs of cancer, and Ken and I were overjoyed when my doctors declared me cancer free in 2015. But last…

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