Joni Eareckson Tada, the well-known Christian author, artist and advocate for people with disabilities has been diagnosed with cancer for the second time. According to WORLD, “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 is scheduled to undergo surgery on Monday, November 26, 2018. She has asked prayer 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. In recent years, Tada has also become an outspoken advocate against physician-assisted suicide.