Joey Feek is looking to her music and her family for strength in her struggle with cancer, with the country singer reportedly taking on her terminal diagnosis by relying on the two things that have brought her the greatest joy.
Feek was diagnosed with cervical cancer in May 2014 and in October she was moved to hospice care. The 40-year-old country singer has been spending her remaining days with her husband, Rory, and her 21-month-old daughter, Indiana.
And, as People magazine notes, she is not far from her music. Throughout her battle, Joey Feek has turned to singing and making music with her husband to find strength and solace. Even as her cancer spread and her condition became more bleak, Joey still found time to sing, her husband wrote.
In fact Rory and Joey Feek were working on an album of hymns this summer, sharing video of a performance in their hotel room near a cancer treatment center in Atlanta.
“My wife Joey still has a song to sing. In fact, she has lots of songs that she wants to sing in the future,” Rory wrote in a blog entry. “It’s part of what gives her the strength to push on through all the nausea and pain that she’s been experiencing as she goes through cancer treatment.”
It has been a long battle for Feek, who was first diagnosed with cancer close to two years ago. In an interview with the Tennessean, Joey said she was “wasn’t mad at [God], I wasn’t upset” at her recent diagnosis, but was “greatly disappointed.”
Feek went on to say that she was determined to be the statistic that stands out, and even went through what she called “the most extreme surgery in the gynecological world” to fight the disease. But in the end it wasn’t enough, she said.
“I pray that one morning I just don’t wake up,” she added. “But I don’t fear anything because I’m so close to God and we’ve talked about it so many times. I know he’s close. And I know he loves me. I’m really at peace. I still believe there’s healing in prayer.”
— Us Weekly (@usweekly) November 15, 2015
Joey Feek still appears upbeat, even as her energy saps and her weight drops. In a photo taken inside her home on Thursday, Joey flashed a big smile to match her daughter and sister, who all wore matching checkered hats.
“The mail lady delivered big smiles to us today…. hand-sewn hats, made with love,” the caption read.
Joey appears to be leaning on family during her time in hospice. She has often shared videos of Indiana, including this week when she and her husband uploaded a video called “The birth of Indiana” that showed Joey throughout her pregnancy and just after Indiana was born.
“Our little Indiana is 21 months old today,” the description on the video read. “We’re going to sleep tonight remembering the morning we welcomed her into the world. We had no idea when we woke up that day what a gift God was about to give us.”
— Health News (@health_news11) November 12, 2015
And Joey remains hopeful that she can be around for more family moments.
“Her friends gathered around her on the couch and she told them of her hope that she might be able to still be here for Christmas, or for Indiana’s second birthday in February,” her husband wrote. “Joey’s hope never fades. No amount of pain or medicine can touch it. It runs too deep. It’s connected to her faith in God. And as she will tell you, God can do anything.”
Joey Feek is still keeping in touch with fans as well, with husband Rory regularly relaying messages, videos, and pictures from the family’s time together.
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