Joey Feek is spending her final days loving her 20-month-old daughter and remaining determined to stay as strong and independent as possible, her husband updated fans on Thursday.
The 40-year-old country singer has moved into hospice care after being diagnosed with terminal cancer. But Joey has remained determined not to let it take away the freedom she has left, husband Rory updated on his blog, This Life I Live.
“A walker with wheels and a seat was delivered here yesterday,” Rory wrote. “When we pulled it out for her this morning, Joey just laughed and said, ‘I can’t use that… it’s for old people.’ Then she grabbed the handles and pushed herself out of the room.”
Rory added that Joey Feek has made it her mission to spend time out of her hospital bed with daughter, Indiana.
“When she reached little Indiana playing with toys on the living room rug, she said ‘come on Indy, mama will take you for a ride.’ So I helped Indy onto the seat, and Joey pushed her across the living room, through the kitchen, around the island and table, and back to her toys. Indy grinned ear-to-ear and so did we.”
But Joey Feek is enduring a lot of pain in her final days, Rory added. He wrote that she was up early and that he and Joey’s sister helped give her a morphine injection.
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Rory had previously written that his wife is determined to spend as much time with family as possible.
“She is spending important time with her mama and daddy and three sisters in the farmhouse she grew up in,” Rory wrote about a family trip on Halloween weekend. “Joey and her family have laughed together and shed many tears as they’ve walked down memory lane together – reminiscing about their school days, the Halloweens and Christmas’, and the journey that has brought them and all of us here.”
“They’ve swallowed hard and had some difficult conversations that they didn’t want to have. Conversations made even harder by the memory of losing their brother Justin to a car accident when he was only 17. But mostly, it’s been beautiful.”
Joey has also visited with her other daughters, Heidi and Hope, People magazine noted.
Millions of fans and followers have been touched by Joey Feek’s journey and the courage she has shown during her battle with cancer. Many have left comments both on Rory’s blog and across social media, offering encouragement for the family and offering prayers.
Country star Blake Shelton is among those praising Feek’s bravery in the face of such a grim prognosis.
“The courage that they as a family have displayed — it’s inspirational,” Shelton told ET Online. “It’s sad, but it’s special at the same time.”
It was just months after Indiana’s birth in 2014 that Joey Feek was diagnosed with cervical cancer. Within months, it spread to her colon, and in October Joey announced to fans that the cancer was terminal and that she would stop treatment. This month she entered hospice care.
Joey Feek herself has been “at peace” with her final days, her husband wrote.
“Joey is at peace with where she is and where she’s going,” Feek wrote Monday. “So am I.”
“Joey’s hope is that our little one will be able to sit on my lap in days to come and turn pages and hear her mama reading to her,” Rory added.
Judging by the updates, Joey Feek is doing just that.
[Image via Rory Feek/This Life I Live]