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Joni Eareckson Tada diagnosed with cancer

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 11/19/18, 03:02 pm

Joni Eareckson Tada, a Christian author and advocate for people with disabilities, announced Monday she has been diagnosed with cancer for the second time. Tada battled stage 3 breast cancer eight years ago and recently underwent a biopsy on a small nodule that developed over the site of her previous mastectomy. “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,” she said.

Tada requested prayers for her surgery scheduled for next Monday to remove the cancer and for “this new health challenge [to] become a platform for showcasing His grace and the giving of the Gospel.” Tada, 69, became quadriplegic 51 years ago in a diving accident. Since then, she founded Joni and Friends, an international ministry to people with disabilities. Tada was WORLD’s Daniel of the Year in 2017.

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Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital’s managing editor. She is a graduate of World Journalism Institute, the Missouri School of Journalism, and the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Lynde resides with her family in Wichita, Kansas. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.

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  • OldMike
    Posted: Mon, 11/19/2018 04:04 pm

    “I relaxed and smiled, knowing that my sovereign God loves me dearly and holds me tightly in His hands,” she said.”

    Amen, Mrs. Tada, and I’m praying for you. 

  • Big Jim
    Posted: Mon, 11/19/2018 05:15 pm

    Now that, my friends, is the response of a mature Christian.

  • Midwest preacher
    Posted: Tue, 11/20/2018 04:37 am

    Joni is a very strong person and seems to be a great example.  For those of us not as experience has been that our loving God moves in very close to His struggling sheep when they face adversity so that even the weak wind up being stronger than they ever imagined.  If you, child of God, ever get terrible news tune in because He wants to comfort you.  God bless you, Joni.   

  • My Two Cents
    Posted: Tue, 11/20/2018 10:53 am

    Joni, the image of Christ in a frail body. Shine on, Joni! I'm praying for you.

  •  CaptTee's picture
    Posted: Tue, 11/20/2018 12:30 pm

    I had a pastor and friend who once said "I'm bullet proof, until I accomplish all that God has me here to do."

    When the Lord used cancer to take him home, he was ready.