Joni Eareckson Tada Gives Health Update, Says She is Still Battling Pneumonia That is Likely Due to Her Quadriplegia But Hopes to be Discharged from Hospital by Monday

Joni Eareckson Tada, an evangelical author, speaker and advocate for people with disabilities who was hospitalized last month, gave supporters an update on her health.

Tada wrote on Thursday that she was battling pneumonia and that her recent health problems are likely connected to her quadriplegia.

“I’m still battling pneumonia, but we are closer to an overall diagnosis. My chest pain and breathing problems seem to be due to my long-term quadriplegia,” she wrote.

Last month, Tada was hospitalized after experiencing severe pain and difficulty breathing, which happened not long after she underwent radiation treatments for cancer.

Tada clarified that her doctors do not believe that her current health issues are due to her recently completed radiation treatments, adding that it has “been building over time.”

“I am unable to breathe efficiently (exchanging CO2 for O2), and with that, exacerbated by sleep apnea, it’s no wonder I’ve been saying for the last six months or so, ‘Oh my goodness, I just can’t get a good breath!’”

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski