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October is National Physical Therapy Month!

By Joni and Friends | October 22, 2019
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When I was a teenager, there wasn’t any national campaign around to raise awareness for physical therapy. And yet, when I packed my bags for college, I wanted to become a physical therapist. Helping injured people regain health and mobility sounded like an enriching and rewarding career, the kind I’d enjoy. I never got that…

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He Prepared Me For Planting

By Joni and Friends | October 21, 2019
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“What I didn’t initially realize was just how much my emotional well-being hinged on being productive and helping others.” Working with a significant disability can present many obstacles, which is why when my husband and I relocated to California a few years ago, I was elated to take a break from my career in social…

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Discovering a New Community Through Disability

By Joni and Friends | October 17, 2019
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Nicole Pollastrini is back to the podcast! Last episode, Nicole shared how her daughter’s unexpected diagnosis of Down syndrome impacted her family. Today she’s talking about the community she found through her daughter’s special needs. The diagnosis of disability for Sage opened Nicole’s world to new people facing similar challenges. This community of other parents raising…

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Happy Birthday to Me!

By Joni Eareckson-Tada | October 15, 2019
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Seventy years ago today, I was born to John and Lindy Eareckson who, incidentally, were anticipating a boy (after having three girls). They were so sure of this, they already had named me Johnny after my daddy. They happily changed the spelling to Joni when I arrived on October 15, 1949! Decades later when I…

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My Baby Has Down Syndrome

By Joni and Friends | October 10, 2019
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In honor of Down Syndrome Awareness Month, Crystal is talking with Nicole Pollastrini, a wonderful mama to three kids. When Nicole and her husband first decided to grow their family, they never considered that their daughter Sage might be born with a disability. Listen as Nicole walks through the thoughts and emotions that she experienced…

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My Birthday’s Coming!

By Joni Eareckson-Tada | October 9, 2019
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This past weekend I told a friend how excited I am about turning 70, and she gave me an odd look. “Joni,” she said. “It’s not like 70 is the new 40; I mean, 70 is getting up there!” But like I told her, that’s exactly what fuels my excitement. And you know it’s really…

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Why I Chose Life

By Shauna Amick | October 8, 2019
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” Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward.” Psalm 127:3 When we travel to developing countries, it’s not uncommon to find entire communities believing the lie that disability is either a punishment or a curse. As Americans, we feel shocked when we hear that babies born with…

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Mother and Son Shine for Jesus Through Service

By Joni Eareckson-Tada | October 7, 2019
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“God has given each of you a gift from His great variety of spiritual gifts.” 1 PETER 4:10 Every morning when I wheel up the ramp at our Joni and Friends International Disability Center (IDC), I bypass my office and head for the volunteer area. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday are when Irma and Christian (her…

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On The Brink Of Despair

By Joni and Friends | October 5, 2019
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Four-year-old Katya from El Salvador was born blind and with cerebral palsy. She, like other children in developing nations, was subjected to shame and rejection because she was born disabled. In her culture, many believe that a baby born with a disability is cursed. Feeling helpless and on the brink of despair, Katya’s parents, Wilfred…

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Investing in the Next Generation!

By Joni and Friends | October 4, 2019
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“It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” COLOSSIANS 3:24 When we first started the Cause 4 Life Internship Program our goal was to equip students to become leaders in disability ministry. Today our interns are changing lives as they live out the Gospel through their service! We had the privilege of sitting down with…

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