Joey Feek of the country music duo Joey and Rory is nearing the end of her battle with cancer. Her pain is getting worse, forcing her morphine dosage to be quadrupled, and she’s weak and is typically too tired to get out of her hospice bed. However, that doesn’t keep her from spending time with her family.
On Tuesday, January 26, Rory Feek, Joey’s husband and duet partner, shared a photo of his wife reminiscing with her family on Facebook. In the photo, Joey can be seen sitting on her bed with Indy in her lap as she talks to Rory’s sister Marcy about how they opened their restaurant together nine years ago. Rory captioned the photo by saying, “..my sister Marcy reminiscing w Joey (and Indy) about how they started the restaurant together nine years ago. What a beautiful blessing Marcy Jo’s has been to our family and so many others.”
According to a January 2014 post on Rory’s blog This Life I Live, the idea for Joey and Marcy’s restaurant Marcy Jo’s was born in 2006 while they were sitting at the kitchen table at Joey and Rory’s home in Tennessee.
“To think, this little cafe started as a by-chance conversation at our kitchen table in 2006,” Rory shared at the time. “Marcy, Joey and I were having coffee and started talking about the old rundown general store just down the road that was empty. I think it was Marcy who said, ‘Jo, we should put a restaurant in there.'”
“And just like that, the idea was born,” Rory continued. “A couple months later, some hard work, and a few trips to Goodwill stores and yard sales (that’s where we first bought most of our tables, chairs, appliances, etc…) the store was ready to open. In January of 2007, the open sign was turned on. Marcy did the cooking, Joey did the waitressing, and they both shared the baking duties. Little did we know how much that little cafe would change Marcy’s life, our lives and the lives of many many other people. It’s no wonder that their slogan is ‘Changing Lives…One Bite At A Time.”‘
Sadly, it has been a while since Joey has been able to work at the restaurant. As the Inquisitr previously reported, Joey was diagnosed with stage four cervical cancer in May 2014, three months after giving birth to her daughter Indiana (Indy). At the advice of her doctors, she later underwent a radical hysterectomy and several rounds of chemotherapy and radiation. However, the treatment didn’t work, and an October 2015 scan revealed that her cancer had not only returned, but had also spread to other parts of her body, including her colon. Because there was little to nothing left for the doctors to do, Joey made the heartbreaking decision to stop treatment and enter hospice care where she could live out the remainder of her life surrounded by her family and friends.
Now, Joey knows the end is near, and recently told her husband that she had been talking to God, and if he was ready for her to come home, she was ready to go.
“[Joey] Her pain and discomfort has continued to increase daily and so has the morphine to help her be comfortable. The dosage she’s needed to keep the pain away has quadrupled in the last four days,” Rory wrote in a post titled “when I’m gone” earlier this month. “I’d like to tell you that she’s doing great and is going to beat this thing. But I can’t. Yesterday with tears in her eyes and mine, Joey held my hand and told me that she has been having serious talks with Jesus. She said she told him that if He’s ready to take her… she’s ready to come home.”
[Photo via Facebook/ Joey and Rory]