Joey Feek of the country music duo Joey and Rory has entered hospice care following her terminal cancer diagnosis.
As the Inquisitr previously reported, Joey Feek was diagnosed with cervical cancer in June 2014. She later underwent surgery and seemingly made a full recovery. However, earlier this year, doctors informed Joey that the cancer had returned, this time in her colon. Her second diagnosis was made after doctors found a nine centimeter tumor in Joey’s sigmoid colon. They said it was the same cells as before, and it was concerning because the cancer had spread to one of her other organs.
Following her colon cancer diagnosis, Joey started chemotherapy at the Cancer Treatment Center of America in Atlanta. She was supposed to start her latest round of chemotherapy in mid-October, but after undergoing a CT scan to see if the cancer had spread, the doctors quickly realized the medicine she was taking was no longer working and the cancer was still rapidly spreading. Joey’s doctors told her she could still take more medications and chemotherapy, but it would only buy her time, not the cure she desperately wanted.
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Joey’s husband, Rory Feek, has been documenting his wife’s battle with cancer on his blog titled, “The Life I Live.” In his most recent post, “An Answer to a Prayer,” written on Monday, Rory revealed that Joey had entered hospice treatment. He said her cancer was becoming more aggressive each day and was causing her unbearable pain. Therefore, they made the decision to bring her home to make her as comfortable as possible.
“At 4 a.m. on Friday morning we rushed Joey to the hospital in Muncie. Her pain had become too much to bare,” Feek wrote. “A few hours later the doctors told us that the pain was from the cancer tumors continuing to grow and become inflamed and we need to concentrate now on helping her be comfortable.”
“Not the answer we hoped for… but the answer He has given us.“
“After a series of different medications that didn’t seem to touch the pain – heavy doses of morphine brought Joey sweet relief,” Rory continued. “I spent the night in the hospital with her last night. Today we are planning to bring her home.”
Aside from Rory’s support, Joey has the love of her 20-month-old daughter, Indiana (Indy), to help keep her going. Rory said he has been bringing Indy to see her mother each day, and ever times she walked through the door, both of their faces light up.
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“Yesterday I sat her down in front of her mama and they smiled and played and loved each other the way that only mamas and their little ones can. Afterwards, when Indy got sleepy, Joey held her and sang ‘In The Garden’ and other hymns as she softly stroked her silky-blonde hair. Perfect love filled that hospital room as we all held our breath and wiped our eyes.”
Joey has been spending as much time as she possibly can with Indy, and has been recording her voice into story books for her in her spare time so she can hear her mother read to her even after she is gone.
“The books are gifts from fans and friends that seemed to know how important it is to connect today to tomorrow for our little girl,” Rory wrote. “Joey’s hope is that our little one will be able to sit on my lap in days to come and turn pages and hear her mama reading to her.”
On Monday, a hospice bed was delivered to the Feek’s home in Tennessee so she can live out the remainder of her days in her home, rather than in a cold hospital.
“Joey is at peace with where she is and where she’s going,” Feek wrote. “So am I.”
[Photo via AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File]