Joey Feek will “most-likely only be with us for a few more days,” the heartbroken husband of the terminally ill country singer told fans this week.
Feek has been in hospice care for more than five months as she nears the end of her battle with cervical cancer, and husband Rory Feek has kept fans up to date with all of her struggles, illnesses, and even the happy moments the family has shared together.
But on Monday, he offered the most dire update yet, writing on his blog that Rory’s body is “shutting down quickly” and that she has been asleep for several days. Rory said his wife’s health declined sharply after their daughter’s second birthday last month.
“Over the last number of weeks her pain had gotten worse and her health had continued to decline rapidly,” Rory wrote on his blog, This Life I Live. “And not long after Indy’s birthday [earlier this month] my wife decided that ‘enough is enough.’ She was ready to stop fighting and she told me so. She said the flowers would soon be blooming back in Tennessee. It’s time to go home.”
The declining health came after what was a milestone-filled month for Joey Feek. She and Rory saw the release of their final album, Hymns That Are Important To Us. The album reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts for country and Christian contemporary music.
The couple was also nominated for a Grammy Award for their song “If I Needed You.” Rory wrote that Joey had surprised him with a plane ticket to attend the award show, but he couldn’t leave her side.
“I can’t leave her,” Rory wrote on his blog. “I won’t. I have done many foolish things and made lots of mistakes in my life, but this isn’t going to be one of them.”
Joey Feek also received the Sagamore of the Wabash award, the highest honor given by the state of Indiana.
“The Sagamore of the Wabash is the highest distinction in Indiana, and it’s an honor to present it to Joey and Rory,” said State Rep. Bruce Borders in a statement about the award, which was accepted by Joey’s father.
“Important Hoosier values, such as loving others, serving one’s country, following one’s dreams, and showcasing grace and joy during difficult times — have all been exhibited by Joey and Rory. I would like everyone to keep her and her family in your thoughts and prayers.”
In his most recent update informing fans that Joey Feek was dying, Rory noted that she shared a heart-wrenching final moment with their daughter.
“I set our little Indy on Joey’s lap and we all cried with my wife as she told her how much her mama loved her and, ‘…you be a big girl for your papa… and that mama will be watching over you,'” he wrote. “And then she pulled Indiana up and she kissed her. One last kiss.”
But despite the heartache, Joey Feek fell into an unconscious state with a sense of peace, Rory mentioned.
He added, “One of the last things Joey said before she drifted into the deep sleep she’s been in for a few days now is, ‘I have no regrets… I can honestly say, that I have done everything I wanted to do and lived the life I always wanted to live.'”
Rory has noted that a major part of his life will end when his wife Joey Feek dies. He has said repeatedly that he has no desire to continue with his music career after his wife and singing partner passes away.
[Image via Rory Feek/This Life I Live]