Joni Eareckson Tada gives radiation treatment update
Matthias Browning

Matthias Browning

Joni Eareckson Tada says has shared an update on her radiation treatment following her recent cancer announcement.

Eareckson Tada, the founder of Joni and Friends, issued a statement on her website, updating her supporters of how her treatment is going.

“When the radiation regimen began early last month on my chest wall, I asked my radiologist how I could encourage healing in my lungs. He gave me a simple prescription: breathe deeply, drink lots of water, and keep your cardiovascular rate up through exercise (pumping up your heart rate brings more oxygen to radiation-damaged tissues).

“Now, it’s impossible for me to do aerobics, hop on a treadmill, or take a 2 mile walk. But what I can do is have Ken affix my hands to an arm exercise-cycle with athletic wrap, and let me go at it – after about 5 minutes, my heart’s pumping hard. And that means a better chance for my damaged lungs to heal.

Yes, I’m ‘feeling the burn,’ and I’ve got 1 Corinthians 9:25 to inspire me, “All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for any eternal prize.”

“For me, the eternal prize is to honor Christ as best I can through this ordeal, following what John Piper said about his own cancer-battle: “Cancer doesn’t win if we die; it only wins if we fail to cherish Jesus Christ.”

“Amen to that! So thank you for cheering me on with your prayers. I’m about three-quarters of the way through radiation, asking God to zap any and all cancer cells within my chest wall.”

It is well known that Joni Eareckson Tada is a seasoned warrior when it comes to dealing with serious health issues. She has endured 51 years of quadriplegia, chronic pain, and a previous battle against stage 3 breast cancer 8 years ago. In 2010, she underwent a mastectomy and chemotherapy treatment; and in 2015, she was declared cancer free.


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