Joni Eareckson Tada Receives New Cancer Diagnosis

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Nov. 19, 2018
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Joni Eareckson Tada

*Joni’s Surgery Update - 11/26/18

Thank you for praying! This afternoon, Joni underwent surgery to remove the cancer from a small nodule that had developed at the site of her 2010 mastectomy. We are happy to report that Joni’s doctors are pleased with the outcome of the surgery and she is resting comfortably. Joni is incredibly grateful for your prayers and encouragement; she is lifting up prayers of thanksgiving for all of you who have prayed on her behalf.

As further information regarding Joni’s health is available, updates will be shared on the Joni and Friends blog and Facebook page. Thank you again for praying!

It is well known that Joni Eareckson Tada is a seasoned warrior when it comes to dealing with serious health issues. She has endured 51 years of quadriplegia, chronic pain, and a previous battle against stage 3 breast cancer 8 years ago. In 2010, she underwent a mastectomy and chemotherapy treatment; and in 2015, she was declared cancer free.

With her husband, Ken, at her side, Joni recently underwent tests on a small nodule which had developed over the site of her mastectomy. After biopsies, doctors discovered a small cancerous tumor within the nodule.

“When I received the unexpected news of cancer from my oncological surgeon, I relaxed and smiled, knowing that my sovereign God loves me dearly and holds me tightly in His hands. What good is it if we only trust the Lord when we understand His ways? That only guarantees a life filled with doubts.”

Joni will undergo outpatient surgery to remove the cancer on Monday, November 26. She shared, “I am inspired by the many valiant people with disabilities and their families whom we serve every day at Joni and Friends; they are people who constantly persevere through personal crises. They do not doubt God's glorious purposes for their lives, why should I?”

Joni and Friends President and COO, Doug Mazza, recognizes that Joni and Friends ministry is well acquainted with suffering. Every day we face the crushing needs of people with disabilities around the world. “It is no surprise that our Founder would be so positive in the face of what otherwise might be alarming news. We know that the best support we can provide Joni is prayer. All are encouraged to join Joni and Ken, along with the entire Joni and Friends team in asking God to use this next, new health challenge to advance His Kingdom among those who need His hope and grace.”

Join Us in Prayer for Joni…

  • Pray that God will be glorified through this situation. Pray that He will be trusted, extolled and exalted.
  • Pray that this new health challenge will become a platform for showcasing His grace and the giving of the Gospel.
  • Pray that Joni’s surgeon shows great skill in surgery. Afterall, we want him to ‘get it all!’

Updates and prayer requests regarding Joni's health will be hosted on our blog and Facebook page. Well-wishers are invited to post assurances of their prayers to Joni and her husband, Ken.

“Jesus is ecstasy beyond compare and if new hardships draw us closer to Him, I'm more than content with it.” —Joni Eareckson Tada

If you are searching for an eternal hope in the midst of your own troubles, grab a copy of Joni’s recently re-released book, Heaven: Your Real Home… From a Higher Perspective. She reminds us that “Every good thing God has given you will last for all of eternity – including the best part of every affliction.”

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Dear Joni, I am so thankful the surgery went well. I continue to pray for your recovery, comfort, and strength. May God continue to bless you and Ken. Love, Krystyna
  • Nov. 28, 2018
  • 7:41 p.m.
  • Krystyna Boyer
Dear Joni, this is Mr. Stacy Starke, the person who emailed you and your helper-friend about wanting to write my biography, and how your book inspired and motivated me and my first years and kept me to keep fighting the good fight. I started my life as a quadriplegic April 2, 1983. Thank you for helping me fight the good fight and not giving up. We reread your first book and it was very encouraging, convicting, and helpful in our Christian walk. My wife and I are praying for your healing. Until, we all meet together. Love, Stacy and Abi Starke
  • Nov. 28, 2018
  • 6:17 p.m.
  • Stacy Lee Starke
Praying for you Joni.
  • Nov. 28, 2018
  • 5:23 p.m.
  • John Seibert
Six years ago, just before Christmas, I had a biopsy on my neck. My wife and I went to get results. Before we went in I prayed. I said, God, this is bigger than me. You take this. I’m in a win win situation. Either you take me home, or you have more for me to do here. I’m not gonna worry. Yes, I had cancer. I needed radiation and chemo. I had to wear a mask for the 35 radiation treatments. Oh no, I’m clostrafobic. Doc said I have to. I said I’d try. I closed my eyes, and started praying. They put the mask on, anchored it to table and tied me down. Four minutes later they took off mask. While I was praying, a voice said be still. I am with you. I had to have a feeding tube put in my stomach because doc said my throat would swell shut from radiation. He said I’d lose my hair, and be pretty sick. I said ok. He said no, it’s pretty serious. I said God promised to be with me. He said whatever. I did it all. Every day in radiation I closed my eyes, prayed, sang praises, and sometimes slept. At the end of my treatment the doctors and staff came in. The head doc asked how i felt. Blessed, I said. God healed me. He said, what about us? I said thanks for being an instrument of God. Oh ya, I never got sick, never lost any hair, and never had to use feeding tube. I did use it for energy drink. It was so nast, I couldn’t drink it. With feeding tube you don’t taste it. God has used medicinally so much since then. He has showed things that I am here to do. I am praying for you. We can do nothing greater than pray for one another. God bless you. KUTP. I HAD WRISTBANDS made as I we by through treatment. They hadn’t name and KUTP on them. Keep Up The Prayer!
  • Nov. 28, 2018
  • 11:28 a.m.
  • Dennis Charleston
Dear Joni, I am praying for you, and will continue to pray for a speedy recovery Thank you for being the amazing woman of God that you are! Thank you for being such an incredible inspiration to so many people, I am constantly in awe, listening to you or reading about you . May God Bless you!
  • Nov. 28, 2018
  • 9:28 a.m.
  • Bonnie Smith
We rejoice with you Joni and Ken that all is in his loving hands. I have been praying all weekend and rejoice in the good news reported. Your example has meant so much to all of us seeing beyond the rainbow. Jesus we give you thanks and praise through it all. “I know that my Redeemer liveth” As a music therapist I wanted to let you know that our music making with all our clients this week is especially dedicated to you and your marvelous witness dearest sister. God Bless You
  • Nov. 28, 2018
  • 8:17 a.m.
  • Victoria Lowrie
Dear Lord, I lift Joni up to you right now. Please be with the surgeon and help him to get all of the cancer. I thank you for all you have done in her life. Shake is such an inspiration to many. You are truly a good Father who we can have faith in. Thank you for being with me and getting all of my cancer and getting me through my chemo too. InJesus name, Amen.
  • Nov. 28, 2018
  • 4:37 a.m.
  • Marcie Cottrell
I first "met" you when I was a new Christian, in 1983. We are the same age, my b-day is October 2nd. Your story grabbed me and has held on to me ever since- and I have followed you, your relationship with Jesus is such a beacon for me. My hope is that one day we can ride horses together in heaven, you and my best buddy, Nancy, and me. And probably a zillion other horse lovers who love you. Happy belated Birthday, and you got my prayers, please hang in there tough- for 'others", incl me!! See you then! love, Sally R
  • Nov. 28, 2018
  • 1:12 a.m.
  • Sally Rineer
I thank my God for Joni. For making her and that He is glorified in her life. Her stellar faith has been spread & seen across the world and many have accepted Jesus. May this be a speedy recovery.
  • Nov. 28, 2018
  • 1:06 a.m.
  • Sue Stephan
We are so happy for you and Ken, Joni! We are so glad the surgery went well, and you are resting comfortably. We will continue to keep you in our prayers. (We saw Sam and Emarie Britten in church this Sunday. Sam is the one who first let us know you needed our prayers. How Sam and Emarie love you and Ken!) With all our love-in-Christ, too, for both of you!
  • Nov. 27, 2018
  • 7:20 p.m.
  • Tim and Julie Crabtree
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