Joey Feek is nearing the end of her battle with terminal cancer, and her husband Rory is preparing for the day that he has to go home and care for their daughter alone.
In a new post on his blog This Life I Live, Rory reflected on his life with Joey and how they ended up where they are now. He recalled their life in 2008 when he was just a songwriter and Joey was just an aspiring singer. They weren’t well known, and Joey spent most of her time being a waitress at Marcy Jo’s Mealhouse, the small-town diner she and Rory’s sister Marcy opened down the road from their house. It wasn’t until one of the couple’s friends suggested they try out for CMT’s singing competition Can You Duet that they really got their big break.
“When we found out we had made it through the first round of auditions, they asked us what our stage name was going to be. I told Joey that I think we should tell them ‘Joey+Rory’, because that’s what it actually was… You + Me = whatever this is going to be,” Rory wrote in the post titled “the power of the plus sign.”
“[Joey] She agreed,” Feek continued. “And though it might have been a bit confusing to others, the plus-sign made sense to us, and that’s all that mattered. And so our career singing together started off with a bang…”
Now, eight years later, Rory is sitting at their home in Joey’s hometown of Alexandria, Indiana, remembering that time of their life together. Rory wrote, “Now all these years later, as I sit here with my laptop at the dining room table and my beautiful wife sleeping peacefully in the next room… I find myself looking back at that moment.”
“Without know it, what we were actually adding into the equation that day in 2008… was God,” Rory explained. “It was faith that we added – a willingness to trust Him and be okay with whatever He had in store. I think that’s where the power is. There’s nothing magical about Joey and I together. We bring our skills and talents into this union, but God brings the magic. He takes those gifts and adds in His timing and mixes it with all the years of joy and hardship and smiles and pain we’ve had… and He makes something bigger.”
Although Rory knows it was God who brought them together, and God who made their career possible, he can’t help questioning why he would take Joey away from him.
As the Inquisitr previously reported, Joey Feek was diagnosed with stage four cervical cancer in May 2014, three months after giving birth to her daughter Indiana. She later underwent a radical hysterectomy and rounds of chemotherapy and radiation in hopes of beating the disease. Unfortunately, a mid-October 2015 scan revealed that her cancer had not only returned, but had also spread to other parts of her body, including her colon. There was nothing left for the doctors to do. Although Joey still had the option of undergoing more chemo and radiation, she was told it would only buy her more time, not the cure she had so desperately been hoping and praying for. Therefore, Joey made the heartbreaking decision to stop treatment and enter hospice care where she could live out the remainder of her days surrounded by her family and friends.
Since the doctors revealed Joey’s cancer had returned, it has continued to spread rapidly and aggressively. Joey is in so much pain that her morphine dose had to be quadrupled over the past few weeks, and she’s too weak to walk or get out of her hospice bed. Despite this, Joey and Rory never give up on their faith.
“I cannot even begin to imagine going home to Tennessee without Joey, or living my life and raising Indy without her… but chances are, that day is coming,” Rory admitted. “Joey and I both have questions. Lots of them. Hard questions that we don’t have any answers for. But still, we have faith – we choose to believe. I think that’s why they call it faith. If we knew all the answers, no faith would be required.”
[Photo by Richard Vogel/ Associated Press]