Country singers Joey Feek and Rory Feek have shared her courageous story of fighting terminal cancer with the world, offering inspiration as they share their secret to finding love and laughter woven with sorrow. Now, as Joey nears the end, Rory revealed her emotional breakdown as Feek said farewell, perhaps for the last time, to her best friend, Julie, reported People.
Visiting Joey to cheer her friend with her terminal cervical cancer struggles, Julie was scheduled to leave Saturday evening. And Feek shared how his wife felt when it was time for her goodbye.
“Julie has been here for a week and was supposed to leave this evening and fly back home to Oregon where she and her husband Joe live,” Rory revealed in a blog. “But this morning as I sat beside my wife, and Julie started packing her things… Joey’s tears began to fall. She was inconsolable.”
When Feek asked Joey why she was crying, she revealed the reason for her heartbreak.
“I don’t think I will ever see her again,” Joey told her husband.
When Julie learned about her dying friend’s sorrow, she remained, and Feek revealed how Julie went from fan to friend, especially important now that Joey is so close to the end of her life.
“Julie has been at pretty much every home Farmhouse Concert that we’ve played and… has not only worked hard on behalf… she’s also loves us deeply,” Rory shared. “Like an angel from heaven, it was as if God sent Julie to us. To her.”
From cooking to cleaning to the stinky task of changing the baby’s diaper, Julie has played a key role in their lives that they needed, added Feek. And he pointed out what Julie has done for Joey and for their family.
“… not waiting for someone we love to die. But helping the woman we all love to live.”
In addition to Julie, the baby daughter that Joey and Feek adore has added light and laughter to their lives. Indiana is not yet 2-years-old, but Joey has set a goal of living to celebrate her little girl’s second birthday, reported Taste Of Country.
Joey has been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. Prior to entering hospice care, Feek had surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. But now physicians have revealed that they cannot do anything additional to help extend her life, and Rory revealed that her health has declined recently.
Feek has created a blog, “This Life I Live,” sharing the battle of Joey as well as their dreams and joys, with Indiana playing a role in the lighter moments of the Feek family.
“I don’t know where Indy gets her personality from. Joey says it’s from me. I’m not sure I believe her,” commented Rory. “But no matter … one thing is for sure, our little one has one of the most expressive little faces I’ve ever seen.”
Even when Joey is at her lowest points, Indy can make her mama laugh, revealed Feek. He recalled putting Indy on Joey’s lap.
“In a matter of minutes, Indy had her mama laughing out loud,” blogged Rory. “I think our baby is continuing to cheer her mama on in her fight — the best way she knows how … By making her smile.”
Joey has two reasons to live until February. While one is to celebrate the second birthday of Indy, the other is to see the Grammy Awards for a very special reason. Joey + Rory are nominated for Best Country Duo/Group Performance.
As to what the future holds for Rory without his beloved Joey? Feek told ET that he has no desire to continue singing without his wife. He revealed that the couple’s new album, Hymns That Are Important To Us, marks their last as a duo.
“This is the last record that Joey and I will ever get to make and the last songs we’ll ever get to sing together,” said Feek. “I have no desire to go on singing or performing without her.”
Hymns That Are Important To Us becomes available February 12 at Cracker Barrel.
[Image via This Life I Live Blog]