Joey Feek is still holding onto hope, despite her grim circumstances.
The country music singer of the duo Joey and Rory has been battling an aggressive form of colon cancer since last year, and in mid-October, she found out the cancer had spread to her colon. Her prognosis doesn’t look good, with her doctors giving her six to nine months or less to live. However, she has remained strong in her faith, and insists she still believes in the power of prayer.
As the Inquisitr previously reported, Joey’s husband and duet partner Rory Feek has been sharing Joey’s journey as she battles the terrible disease on his blog titled “This Life I Live.” On Saturday, Rory wrote a post about their bus driver Russell, who has been with the duo since they won the 2008 CMT contest Can You Duet, bringing a group of Joey’s neighbors and friends to their home to say their final goodbyes. While the group was there, Joey, who recently entered hospice care, told them she hoped she would still be alive through Christmas and her daughter Indiana’s (“Indy” for short) second birthday in February.
“Her friends gathered around her on the couch and she told them of her hope that she might be able to still be here for Christmas, or for Indiana’s second birthday in February,” Rory wrote in a post titled “A Bus Full of Joy.”
“Joey’s hope never fades. No amount of pain or medicine can touch it.
“It runs too deep. It’s connected to her faith in God. And as she will tell you, God can do anything.
“Then we all held hands and said a prayer, and put our hands together with Joey’s.
“In that moment, I knew, that if there was a way – if Russell’s bus could have been big enough – there would be thousands upon thousands of people on the bus trip up to see her… their hands around hers for the picture. All lifting her up, loving her.”
Speaking of little Indy’s birthday, Rory took to Facebook earlier to share the news that Indiana is now 21 months old.
“…Our little Indiana is 21 months old today. We’re going to sleep tonight remembering the morning we welcomed her into the world. We had no idea when we woke up that day what a gift God was about to give us… Rory captioned the post that included a heartwarming video of Indy’s birth.
Fans were incredibly moved by the video, with many of them commenting that it was so touching that it made them cry.
“With tears going down my face, all I can think about is everything y’all have been through and what an amazing beautiful gift that God has given you at the same time. Continuing to pray for Joey and you all. Indiana is a beautiful gift from God,” Facebook user Tammy Roberson Deese wrote.
“That was the most wonderful thing I have seen In a long time my eyes were teary my nose running from crying my heart loving your happiness your beautiful baby being born Joey.. Rory.. Indiana.. God Bless you all as you have shown what love is heart emoticon Prayers Hugs and Love Forever heart emoticon heart emoticon,” fan Cyndi Sherrill added.
Indiana Boone Feek was born on February 17, 2014. She weighed in at eight pounds two ounces, and was 20 inches long. Throughout her pregnancy, Joey read book after book, preparing herself for the birth of her baby (the duo opted to wait to find out the sex until the birth). Joey and Rory decided to have their first child together (Rory has two teenage daughters, Heidi and Hopie, from a previous marriage) at home with the help of a midwife.
In a previous blog post titled “Our Special Gift from Above,” Rory explained Joey’s flawless birth, and talked about what it was like to find out their baby girl was born with Down Syndrome.
“Although that news came at first as a surprise to us, Joey and I wouldn’t have changed a thing,” Rory wrote at the time. “During the pregnancy, we never did an ultrasound, or saw a doctor, nor would it have made any difference if we had. We trusted that God would give us the baby He wanted us to have… and He has. Out of all the parents in the world, He has chosen us to care for and raise this special gift.”
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