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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I am praying!
  • Nov. 19, 2018
  • 10:39 a.m.
  • Shirley Spencer
Reading your news with surprise yet with confidence in knowing what is unknown to us is not a surprise to our All-knowing God. May you Joni and Ken be strebgthebed by the wall of prayer He is placing around you, which we are privileged to be a small part of. No matter how feeble or faint our prayers, they have the power to move God’s heart and for this I am grateful and encouraged.
  • Nov. 19, 2018
  • 10:36 a.m.
  • Tracy
Praying in agreement with you and I will keep you and Ken in my prayers! God bless you!
  • Nov. 19, 2018
  • 10:34 a.m.
  • Kathleen G Roeth
Thank you for your inspiration, Joni.
  • Nov. 19, 2018
  • 10:34 a.m.
  • Cynthia Rizzo
Joni, You have everything you need to go through this victoriously. God has prepared you for this. God is your refuge and strength. He is your Rock and salvation. Be encouraged this and everyday. Love you. Sincerely, Pam Waters
  • Nov. 19, 2018
  • 10:27 a.m.
  • Pam Waters
Amazing God and an amazing daughter of God..Joni
  • Nov. 19, 2018
  • 10:23 a.m.
  • Georgia
Prayers for Joni! Thank you for all the wonderful things you do for families. We have had the pleasure of going to two of the family retreats. Everyone goes above and beyond our expectations.
  • Nov. 19, 2018
  • 10:14 a.m.
  • Delavan Whitenight
Joni & Ken, you are both remarkable, God is using you through every new trial that comes your way! Know that you’re in our prayers for strength, wisdom, direction & healing. Love you❤️🙏🏻
  • Nov. 19, 2018
  • 10:11 a.m.
  • Paul & LINDA Ecker
Joni, I have been following you since I was a child. My Father introduced me to you. I pray that all goes well with your surgery on Nov. 26th. That God lays healing hands on the surgeons as he guides him during the surgery. You and your husband are in my thoughts and prayers.
  • Nov. 19, 2018
  • 10:03 a.m.
  • Melissa Barry
You are on my calendar for prayer, Joni. We love and appreciate you and your faithful service so dearly. You have been such an encouragement to us in our time of need. May the Lord carry you gently through the weeks ahead.
  • Nov. 19, 2018
  • 9:51 a.m.
  • Meadow Merrill
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