Joey Feek of the country music duo Joey and Rory is living out her final days at her home with her family. She is spending as much time as she can with her husband and 20-month-old daughter Indiana (“Indy” for short). However, there are two other very important people who have traveled to spend time with Joey… Rory’s two teenage daughters from his previous marriage Heidi and Hopie, who Joey has claimed as her own since she and Rory tied the knot in 2002. After Joey and Rory exchanged rings at the altar, Joey had Heidi and Hopie come up front, and she slid a ring on their fingers as well, symbolizing her commitment to them, and their commitment to her.
Earlier today, Rory took to Facebook to share a heartwarming photo of his wife and daughters. In the picture, Joey is seen sitting in her chair with Indy on her lap, wearing a brown crocheted toboggan. Heidi and Hopie lean in against their step-mother and they all four embrace in a hug.
Rory captioned the photo by saying, “our girls drove up here last night to spend more time with their mom and baby sister.”
As the Inquisitr previously reported, Joey Feek was diagnosed with cervical cancer last year. Several months after her diagnosis, she underwent a hysterectomy and started radiation and chemotherapy. She seemed to make a full recovery. However, the cancer later returned and spread to her colon. Joey 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 realized the medicine she was taking was no longer working, and the cancer was still spreading rapidly. Joey’s doctors told her she could still take more medications and undergo another round of che motherapy, but it would only buy her time. The cure she had hoped and prayed for was no longer a possibility.
Last week, Rory informed their fans that Joey had made the decision, with the help of her family, to stop treatment and enter hospice care. On Monday, a hospice bed was delivered to the Feek’s home so she can live out the remainder of her days in her home rather than in a hospital.
— People magazine (@people) November 13, 2015
“Joey is at peace with where she is and where she’s going,” Feek wrote on his blog titled, “This Life I Live.” He continued,”So am I.”
Despite Joey’s prognosis of having less than nine months to live, she insists she isn’t scared to die, and she says she is not angry at God.
“I wasn’t mad at him, I wasn’t upset,” Joey said about her reaction when she was told the cancer had not only returned, but spread to her colon.
“I was just greatly disappointed. I really thought we had it. I thought, ‘I’m going to be that exception. I’m going to be that statistic that stands out and says, ‘She fought it.’ We did the most extreme surgery we can do in the gynecologic world, and she did well.’ But for whatever reason, it wasn’t enough, and God had different plans. I was disappointed. I was exhausted.”
“More than anything, I felt like I failed at something. I thought I did everything,” she continued. “But God decided for me that my job of singing for people down here is my legacy, and he needs me singing up there. That’s how I look at it.”
[Photo by Richard Vogel/Associated Press]