Who but God could have thought of this as anything but tragedy? Instead, through God's strength Joni Eareckson Tada has inspired tens of thousands. Her practical love and ministry through Joni and Friends has pointed people around the globe toward the God who is sovereign and in whose image we all are created, whatever abilities and disabilities we have.
She has told her story more fully in Joni, which is available as book or DVD. And perhaps you heard her speak some time ago with Larry King about her life--how God brought her into a warm personal relationship with himself through friends who treated her "as a person, not a cripple." In that video interview, she also talks about what that relationship means in her life now, for example when she doesn't have the strength or personal resources to face another day.