(Worthy News) - Joni Eareckson Tada’s ministry said prayer support would be “deeply appreciated” yesterday after the inspirational Christian sufferer was hospitalized due to complications from her second cancer diagnosis.
Having passed through a similar ordeal in 2010 that resulted in a mastectomy, Tada recovered and was declared healthy by doctors in 2015, remaining cancer-free until the disease returned in November of last year.
“What good is it if we only trust the Lord when we understand His ways?” she asked upon receiving the bad news, which has led to chronic pain, sleeplessness, and difficulties in her breathing, according to Joni and Friends.
Tada became famous after a diving accident at 17 paralyzed her from the shoulders down, a seemingly senseless cruelty that led her to question the ways of God more deeply than most and propelled her into a speaking career.
After a series of unsuccessful forays into the world of faith-healing embittered her about the possibility of full recovery, Tada finally cultivated a confident faith in the eternal decrees of God that underpin suffering.
“God only shares His joy on His terms,” she once wrote.