Joey Feek is searching for strength in her cancer battle, and the terminally ill country singer recently found it in the form of the year’s first snowfall.
The singer has been in hospice care for several weeks as cervical cancer sapped her energy and drained her emotions. Feek had one emotional moment this week when thinking about her young daughter, Indiana, growing up without a mother.
Joey’s husband, Rory Feek, recounted the moment on his blog and explained how Joey ended up finding peace thanks to nature.
Rory wrote about how a neighbor wrote to Joey, saying how her daughter couldn’t wait to go to camp with the nearly 2-year-old Indiana.
“Then suddenly her hands started shaking and she closed her eyes and started sobbing,” Rory wrote.
Rory said the note brought out some raw emotions for Joey, who responded, “‘I want to raise our baby… ‘I want to be the one to teach her.'”
Rory wrote how Joey became inconsolable, but then something happened that gave her new resolve.
“And then, just like that — over my shoulder, through the window she saw it… Snow,” he wrote.
“Huge white flakes were falling from above. And a small smile came across her face. Then a bigger one,” Rory wrote.
Joey then said, “‘I didn’t think I’d get to see snow again… if this is the last snow I ever see, thank you Jesus… thank you.’ “
Joey Feek was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2014, just a few months after Indiana was born. The cancer spread to her colon, and in the fall, she announced that doctors told her the cancer was now terminal.
Feek has been determined to maintain as much independence as possible, even as the cancer has spread and taken away some of her mobility.
“A walker with wheels and a seat was delivered here yesterday,” Rory wrote last month. “When we pulled it out for her this morning, Joey just laughed and said, ‘I can’t use that… it’s for old people.’ Then she grabbed the handles and pushed herself out of the room.”
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Joey is also pushing herself to spend as much time as possible with Indiana. Last month, Rory wrote how Joey pushed herself to play with her daughter despite growing health complications.
“When she reached little Indiana playing with toys on the living room rug, she said ‘come on Indy, mama will take you for a ride.’ So I helped Indy onto the seat, and Joey pushed her across the living room, through the kitchen, around the island and table, and back to her toys. Indy grinned ear-to-ear and so did we.”
Joey Feek has made time for her entire family, including a visit with her mother and father and three sisters over Halloween weekend. Joey and her family traveled to the farmhouse where Joey grew up and spent time with her family, reminiscing about holidays and the memories they made together.
Joey’s fight has also become a rallying point for her fans, with millions following her husband’s updates and others leaving messages of support both on the blog and through social media.
Even country star Blake Shelton spoke about their fight.
“The courage that they as a family have displayed — it’s inspirational,” Shelton told ET Online. “It’s sad, but it’s special at the same time.”
But despite her cancer and the prognosis of just a few weeks left, Joey Feek said she is “at peace” with where she is going and determined to spend every moment she can with her daughter.
[Image via Instagram/Joey Feek]