Joey Feek of the country music duo Joey and Rory has been an inspiration to many. Last year, the 40-year-old mother was diagnosed with cervical cancer three months after giving birth to her now-20-month-old daughter, Indiana (“Indy” for short).
As the Inquisitr previously reported, Joey later underwent a radical hysterectomy and rounds of radiation and chemotherapy. At the time, everyone thought she had beaten the “monster” we call cancer. However, in mid-October, as Joey was preparing to take on another round of chemo, the doctors confirmed her worst fears. Not only had her cancer returned, it had spread to other parts of her body, including her colon. She could continue to do more rounds of radiation and chemo, but it would only buy her time, not the cure she desperately wanted.
Earlier this month, Joey’s duet partner and husband, Rory, revealed to their fans on his blog, This Life I Live, that Joey had decided to end all treatment and return home to spend her final days with her family in the care of hospice.
“Sometimes there just aren’t enough surgeries – or doctors – or chemotherapies – or prayers. And you have to wipe the tears from your cheeks and say the words that you were hoping to never have to say… Enough,” Rory wrote at the time.
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Joey’s fans have followed her story over the past year and have witnessed her determination to make memories with her family, despite the fact that her days on Earth are numbered. One little girl named Sophie has been so touched by her story that she decided to write a prayer, in the form of a letter, for the country music singer.
The letter, which Rory posted on Facebook, reads as follows.
“I hope there will be a miracle so that I can listen to Joey and Rory some more and that the baby is doing good and I really hope Joey is doing very very very good Amen.”
Sophie’s spelling wasn’t perfect, her handwriting wasn’t perfect, but her message was. It’s the same message Joey and Rory have been trying to portray to their fans — never give up on faith.
“Dear Sophie, thank you for your beautiful prayer,” Rory wrote on Facebook. “Joey is feeling good today, and even though our little Indiana can’t talk, I think the noise that she made today before her nap was to tell you that she says hello. We love you and your family.”
Despite her prognosis, with the doctors saying she has six to nine months or less to live, Joey says she is at peace with “His” decision and insists she is not angry with God.
“I wasn’t mad at him, I wasn’t upset,” Joey said during an interview with the Tennessean, recalling when she found out her cancer had returned. “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,” she continued. “I thought I did everything. 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.”
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