By peoplestaff225
Updated January 07, 2007 11:15 AM
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Tammy Faye Messner is perhaps best known as Tammy Faye Bakker, the former wife of Jim Bakker, the television evangelist whofaced criminal charges (and was later convicted). Her personal battles that followed have been equally trying. In 2004, she was diagnosed with lung cancer, which is now in Stage 4.

Her son Jay (a minister in his own right) recently appeared on Larry King Live to talk about how the family is coping. He said that his sister Tammy Sue serves as her round-the-clock nurse, and even though it is extremely hard to see their mother in this condition, he said they are constantly inspired by her spirit.

"She’s a fighter. She is 68 pounds of pure steel, you know. I mean, it’s just like she is just amazing. And I think what keeps her going is her faith in God and her love for shopping. You know, we have to go to Target every other day… It nearly breaks my heart when I hug her. I can feel her bones. But she’s beautiful. My mom is so beautiful to me. And, you know, people have said so many mean things about my mother in the past… She is just a wonderful, beautiful woman. And she has encouraged me not to give up."

In a recent entry on her web site, Tammy also talked about her health – and how much she is grateful for her family.

"I’m doin’ ok. Still have some good days and some not so good… Thanksgiving was uneventful this year – everybody behaved themselves. Had a wonderful time with my kids and grandkids. It is such a blessing to have my family here to spend time with me."

We wish Tammy and her family the very best.

Source: CNN and TammyFaye.com

Thanks to CBB reader Traci.