Evangelical Christian, disability advocate Joni Eareckson Tada talks about cancer diagnosis, suffering

From www.religionnews.com

Relgion News Service offers this Q&A with Joni Eareckson Tada:

Disability advocate Joni Eareckson Tada, long known as an evangelical icon and a wheelchair-bound quadriplegic who paints with a brush between her teeth, has faced a range of challenges since a diving accident left her paralyzed in 1967.

Now she’s facing another: breast cancer.

Tada, who turns 61 on Oct. 15, is undergoing chemotherapy and recently completed a new book, “A Place of Healing: Wrestling with the Mysteries of Suffering, Pain, and God’s Sovereignty.” Some answers have been edited for length and clarity.

Q: You have gone through a number of medical challenges—quadriplegia, chronic pain, and now breast cancer. What are some basic lessons you have learned about suffering?

A: It’s good not to simply resign yourself to it. It’s also good not to submit or yield to it with its overtones of `Oh, poor me. I give up. I give in” and not even coping or adjusting.

Read the full Q&A: http://www.religionnews.com/index.php?/tenminutes/10_minutes_with_joni_eareckson_tada1/

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