Joni Eareckson Tada Hospitalized


AGOURA HILLS, CA (ANS) — Disability advocate Joni Eareckson Tada has been admitted into the hospital because of complications caused by her fight against breast cancer.

Website Christian Headlines previously reported that Tada was diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time in late November 2018.

Joni with one of her paintings

The 69-year-old author, speaker and artist has long dealt with health complications, having quadriplegia and chronic pain for 51 years.

According to CBN News, Tada’s organization Joni and Friends shared a health update on Facebook about their founder and CEO Wednesday afternoon.

The post shared that Tada had recently undergone radiation treatment for her cancer. Following the treatment, Tada’s health began to decline causing her to suffer with “significant pain issues, including most recently, difficulty with breathing.”

The post read, “As many of you know, Joni Eareckson Tada recently completed a series of radiation treatments for a recurrence of cancer. In the weeks following, Joni has been challenged with significant pain issues, including most recently, difficulty with breathing.”

Dan Wooding with Joni and her husband Ken

It continued, “With these concerns escalating, and Joni’s inability to get the sleep needed for recovery, she has been hospitalized for observation and medical oversight.”

The organization also asked Tada’s social media followers to pray for her, citing James 5:16.  The post said, “The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.”

The post concluded: “Knowing the truth of that promise of James 5:16, Joni and Ken would be most grateful for your prayers today. As they express confidence that God is in control, the support of prayerful concern would be deeply appreciated. So… please join us in praying without ceasing!”

Updates on Tada’s condition will be shared on the Joni and Friends blog.