Joey Feek from Joey+Rory is suffering from terminal stage IV cervical cancer; however, that hasn’t stopped the country music sensation from praising God for her latest improvement and her unexpected nomination for a Grammy Award. Joey Feek made the decision to stop all of her cancer treatments and instead enjoy the limited time she has left with her family at her home in Indiana. Her husband Rory Feek revealed last month that Joey was too weak to get out of her hospice bed, but things took an upward turn as it was revealed the doting mother was out of bed and playing with her daughter on the floor.
The Daily Mail reports that Joey Feek has recently received a “Christmas miracle” as she was able to get out of her hospice bed. Last month, Rory Feek told friends and fans that Joey was too weak to get out of her bed. Rory recalled vividly the last time his wife stood and how he danced with her in her mother’s living room.
“A few days ago, on the last day Joey walked, I took her in my arms in the living room and once more put her hand in mine and we danced. She steadied with her cane and I softly moved her across the room singing George Strait’s ‘You Look So Good In Love’ in her ear. In the middle of the song though, as I was being careful not to step on her toes – she stopped and looked up at me and said, ‘How about if I lead?’. And I followed her lead as we slowly two-stepped on her mama’s living room floor.”
However, things took a surprising turn this week as Joey Feek was able to get out of her hospice bed and enjoy some time with her daughter Indiana. Not only was Joey able to get out of bed, but she also appeared in good spirits in the photograph that showed her teaching some new signs to her daughter while sitting on the floor.
In the caption on the photo, Rory Feek notes that though the weather is nice outside, things are “brighter inside” as Joey enjoys some quality time with her young daughter.
“It’s 60 and sunny outside today and even brighter inside.. Joey’s out of bed teaching signs to Indy on the floor.”
Despite her temporary improvement, Joey’s prognosis is still grim. However, Joey says she is “at peace” with her decision and that she is in a good place with God. Though she may be “at peace” with her diagnosis and choice to remain in hospice care at home, that doesn’t mean she isn’t giving up completely on a miracle. The country star says she is still trying some holistic treatments in a bid to fulfill one last wish, to live long enough to see her daughter Indiana turn two in February.
Additionally, Rory Feek says that their recent Grammy Award nomination for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for their song “If I Needed You” brought them so much joy. Rory says they are just thanking God for the amazing honor. The Feeks say that the nomination was unexpected as the song received no radio airplay and hardly any press.
“As her excitement and tears flowed into mine. She said, ‘how can that be?’ The song received no radio airplay… no press… no critical acclaim… and the only music video we made for it was to celebrate the day our little Indiana was born. God is so good. Thank you, thank you, thank you.”
Through Joey’s cancer battle, the family is still enjoying the Christmas season the best way possible — together. In his personal blog, Rory Feek discusses his love for Christmas and notes that everyday is like Christmas in the Feek house right now thanks to the generosity of some kind people in the local community. Rory says the owner of the local Pizza King (a place the family has been ordering food from frequently) provided the family with a bag of wrapped presents for Indiana. There were 25 gifts in total, one for Indiana to open each day leading up to Christmas. Rory says that every morning Joey gets to watch as Indiana opens her gift.
“Every morning is ‘present time’ for Indy. She loves ripping open the paper and seeing what’s inside. And I think even more than that, she loves sitting on our laps while we read her new book to her.”
With an unknown amount of time left, Joey seems to be attempting to live each day to the fullest and praying that she will get her one final wish, one last birthday with her daughter Indiana.
“My wife is strong. Very very strong. So is her will to live. Especially with a little one who gets excited every morning to see her.”
[Image via Rory Feek This Life I Live]