Joey Feek and Rory Feek have created a love story that has reverberated as much as their Grammy-Award-nominated country music duo Joey + Rory. But it’s a love story woven with the threads of tragedy. Joey is suffering the final stages of terminal cancer, bravely and determinedly creating one last album with husband Rory and sharing her strength, wisdom, and courage with the world through the blog Feek has created, This Life I Live.
And now, although Joey is near the end, she continues to feel that music heals, with the Feeks’ final album, Hymns That Are Important to Us, providing her with the ability to carry on, reported Us Weekly.
“A lot has taken place in a year’s time, but through it all, these songs have given me such strength,” revealed Joey. “They’ve given me such hope, and they give me something to look forward to. I think that a lot of times, when we don’t know what to say … you don’t know what to pray … you don’t know how to even begin … I think that’s, for me, where these hymns have come into play so much.”
The Feeks learned that Joey had cervical cancer in 2014. After she underwent treatment, Joey decided to end chemotherapy last autumn when she discovered that the cancer had come back, spreading to the colon.
In This Life I Live, Rory has shared the story of his terminally ill wife’s courage and faith, as well as their love and music, in This Life I Live. Feek revealed that he and Joey are close to both friends and family in Alexandria, Indiana, her hometown, where they reside with Indiana, who is almost 2-years-old. Joey is currently in hospice care.
Set to be released February 12, the album includes sessions created amid treatments for cancer, recorded despite the post-surgery pain experienced by Joey, revealed Feek.
“We began recording it in a studio in Nashville early in the summer, just after recovering from [Joey’s] first big surgery in Chicago. She championed it … and even with all she’s gone through, there might have been a few things that changed, but that record was not gonna stop.”
Joey Feek Prepares Her Family To Say Farewell
At 40, Joey also is seeking to help her loved ones prepare to let her go, revealed 50-year-old Feek to People.
“As Joey has had to learn to come to terms with what is happening to her body and what the future holds, it’s been important to her to share some things that she wants me and our girls to remember after she’s gone,” explained Feek.
Concerned about how Rory and their tiny daughter Indy will carry out their days without her, Joey has been instructing Feek on everything from planting their garden in the spring to saving a specific percentage of their income each month as a tithe.
Feek also shared his pride in his two daughters from his previous marriage, 29-year-old Heidi and 27-year-old Hopie.
“Though Joey didn’t come into their lives until they were teenagers, my girls love her as their mother and she loves them as her own,” added Rory. “They also love their baby sister so much, and they hurt for her and all that Joey is going to miss as she grows up. They have made many trips here from home in Tennessee just to be close to us, spend time with Indy and love on Joey.”
Send Your Message To Joey & Rory Feek Via A Virtual Card
By using the hashtag “#CardForJoeyRory” on social media, those who want to share their messages can have them posted on the card. In addition, fans will be able to buy the final album at Cracker Barrel.
Joey Feek Recalls How She Fell In Love
The story of Joey and Rory is, in the end, a love story, and Joey told People how she instantly knew that Feek was the one for her when she saw and heard him singing in 2002.
“Rory was singing ‘In the Round’ at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville with three other songwriters,” recalled Joey. “I was just one of dozens of people in the audience that night. From the first song Rory sang, I fell head over heels for him. I didn’t even know him, but something inside me said, ‘You’re going to marry that man and spend the rest of your lives together.'”
But she never dreamed that the rest of their lives would be cut so short so cruelly by terminal cancer. Now Feek reveals what he’s learned from watching his wife struggle in her final stage.
“For better or worse aren’t just words you say anymore,” explained Feek. “Because of all Joey is going through, it’s given me the opportunity to live them every day, and follow through and mean the words I said to her at the altar.”
Final Album From Joey & Rory Feek
As for their final album as country duo Joey+Rory, Hymns That Are Important to Us will be released February 12, reported the Daily Mail.
The release date occurs three days prior to the announcement regarding if they won a Grammy. The Feeks have been nominated in the Best Country Duo/Group Performance category for “If I Needed You.”
Joey has expressed her dream of living to February, which is also when the Feeks’ daughter Indiana celebrates her second birthday.
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