Joni Eareckson Tada Gives Emotional Update While Recovering from Surgery to Remove Cancerous Tumor
Sarah Curlee Religious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
- 2018 Nov 28
CBN News shared an update in regards to the health of Joni Eareckson Tada. The advocate for people with disabilities recently received her second cancer diagnosis and requested that believers send prayers on her behalf.
On Monday, the 69-year-old underwent surgery to have a small cancerous nodule, which had developed at the area of the mastectomy she had in 2010, removed. Following the surgery, an update was posted on the Joni and Friends website blog.
The message states:
"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!"
On Tuesday, Tada took to the website blog to write, "God bless you for your heartfelt prayers for me as I underwent surgery Monday afternoon to remove a small cancerous tumor on my chest wall.”
She continued. “Since it was a clean removal, my oncological surgeon is very optimistic. All went well, it was a small incision, and I am home and resting, feeling very hopeful and content,” she said optimistically. "We now await the pathology report which, in turn, will determine the kind of treatment I'll be receiving, whether radiation, chemotherapy, or some other medication (and since this most likely is a reoccurring cancer, I will have to have treatment)."
"I was absolutely overwhelmed by everyone's prayers – and, oh, were they effective! Ken gave out lots of 'Joni's Story' gospel tracts, reminding everyone who attended us (from the admissions desk to the pre-op nurses) that they were being prayed for. Ken even gave some books to a few of the staff," Tada noted. "I also prayed with my anesthesiologist who seemed very fascinated with my general health, given my quadriplegia. Pray that God will use those gospel seeds to awaken in each medical professional, a true thirst for the Savior."
Tada concluded her hopeful message, writing, "Everything went so smoothly, so quickly, that I felt every path was paved on your prayers. And after leaving the hospital? A very late lunch at Brent's Deli :-). And thanks again for your intercessions… your incredible care and concern means more than you realize!"
CBN News notes that “Updates and prayer requests regarding Joni's health will be posted to the Joni and Friends blog and Facebook page. Well-wishers are invited to post assurances of their prayers to Joni and her husband, Ken.”
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