From the Ministry Team:
You have been asking, praying and expressing concern about Your Daily Cup of Inspiration writer Dianna Hobbs. Our ministry team has been silent for a while, but it is time that you know and understand what's going on with Dianna.
We know how much you love her and appreciate the ministry God has entrusted to her. She has prayed for people around the world and now we need you to pray for her.
Dianna has hit a rough patch in her health.
After receiving a grim Glaucoma diagnosis in 2016, with ophthalmologists saying she would be blind within five years, she is facing a new challenge.
The award-winning Christian media specialist has been diagnosed with two conditions specialists say are incurable: an autoimmune disease called Rheumatoid Arthritis and a chronic rheumatic condition known as Fibromyalgia.
Unlike the most common form of arthritis that comes from wear and tear on the body, as well as age, Rheumatoid Arthritis causes white blood cells to mistake healthy cells for foreign invaders like bacteria and viruses. Essentially, the body attacks itself, leading to destructive results.
Dianna, who turned 40 in November, also tested positive for a high level of "The Rheumatoid Factor," a bad protein in her blood, making the Christian media specialist's disease more aggressive.
While the disease impacts everyone differently, in Dianna's case, her weakened condition has been compounded by inflammation, intense bouts of cardiac trouble, respiratory issues, bowel complications, and dangerously high blood pressure spikes.
Specialists are currently working to resolve these issues.
On top of the Rheumatoid Arthritis, Dianna's Fibromyalgia causes widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues. The combination of the individually painful diseases has taken an even greater toll on her body.
Dianna said in a statement sent through her longtime publicist Amy Bertinelli, "We thank God for the dedicated team of doctors and nurses, and their expertise, and treatments. Yet, we ultimately trust in God's sovereignty and we believe the report of the Lord. And His report says 'By His stripes, I am healed.'"
Mr Kenya Hobbs, Dianna's husband, who has spent multiple days and nights at his wife's bedside, both at home and in the hospital, said, "It has been hard seeing Dianna go through something so tough."
He has acted as Dianna's primary caregiver during this ongoing series of medical emergencies, causing flare-ups of difficult-to-manage symptoms.
Kenya, a community organizer and ordained minister, who wed Dianna in 1998, is the father of the couple's four children. Though Kenya admits the situation has been difficult, there is something that has helped a lot: The genuine love and concern coming from family, friends, colleagues and the global faith community of ministry supporters.
You all have been amazing.
"The prayers, visits, calls, texts, thoughtful emails, cards and gifts have meant the world to our family. Thank you so much. And please keep the prayers coming our way," Kenya said.
Months ago, doctors suspected cancer was the cause of Dianna's pain, leaving her severely bruised all over her body, unable to walk and barely able to eat.
However, after extensive testing and procedures, back-to-back Emergency Room visits, hospitalizations and specialist consultations, the real answers finally emerged.
"Her medical team did find a tumor," explained Kenya. "But by the grace of God, surgeons removed it and came back with a pathology report saying no cancer. It took a long time for specialists to uncover the actual issue and we are thankful to really know what's going on."
Dianna is facing an uphill battle. Nevertheless, though weak and afflicted in body, she remains strong in faith and full of hope.
"We don't know when God is going to complete the work of healing in my body, but the same faith I share with others on my good days, I cling to on my worst days, even sometimes with tears streaming down my face and the inability to get up out of bed," Dianna said.
Since last September the well-loved inspirational writer, teacher and encourager of women has been absent from social media, where she typically posts multiple daily inspirations to encourage the individuals she so loves serving.
Also, our administrative staff has canceled all engagements, as her top-rated podcast and this blog remains dormant.
"Dianna isn't yet strong or well enough to resume her hectic schedule and ministry obligations," said her publicist Amy. "But I can tell you that she believes the message of hope in Jesus Christ she shares around the world and is anticipating that her own test will become a testimony in due time."
If you would like to send cards and gifts, feel free to send them to our mailing address:
Empowering Everyday Women Ministries
c/o Ari Moore
2316 Delaware Ave. #134
Buffalo, NY 14216
To sow into Dianna's ministry online, use this link.
To send an email message to Dianna, contact her publicist at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will make sure Dianna receives it.
We cannot say enough how much we appreciate your outpouring of support. Keep on praying. We know that as James 5:16 says, "The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much."
Help spread the word and rally others to pray.
*Here is the official link to the update about Dianna's health: http://bit.ly/2lpNPMI
Please post and share the news, and encourage others to pray. We know there is power in agreement and intercession*
Also, please post prayers and scriptures on Dianna's Facebook page. We want to fill the atmosphere with prayers of faith and the word of God. Click here to post a prayer or scripture.
Feel free to do the same in the comments below.
Thank you and may God richly bless you!
Dianna's Ministry Team