Joey Feek and her husband, Rory Feek, seem to have the perfect, fairytale marriage. However, there is one major detail that must be mentioned: the couple recently found out that Joey’s days are numbered as she is dying from her long battle with cancer.
As the Inquisitr previously reported, Joey Feek was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2014, three months after she welcomed her daughter Indiana (“Indy” for short) into the world. The country music singer later underwent a radical hysterectomy and rounds of chemotherapy and radiation. It seemed to Joey and her doctors that she had beaten the disease, however in mid-October, her doctors discovered that her cancer had not only returned, but had spread to her colon. Because there was nothing left for the doctors to do, Joey made the decision, with the help of her husband and duet partner, Rory, to stop treatment and return home in the care of hospice to live out her final days with her family.
Since Joey was diagnosed last year, Rory has been documenting her battle on his blog titled, This Life I Live. In his blog, Rory recalls precious memories of the couple and their daughters and shares updates with their devoted fans. Most recently, Rory shared a blog post called “manna from heaven,” in which he shares the heart-wrenching moment when Joey realized that she wouldn’t be here to help him raise Indy.
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“I wasn’t sure what had happened – what the pain was that she was feeling – so I tried to put my arms around her and asked, ‘what’s wrong’, and then through her tears, she said the words…” Rory wrote. “…the ones I knew she felt, but she had never said before…the words that are the hardest, most-difficult part of all that she, and we, are going through: ‘I want to raise our baby,’ she cried, and her tears fell harder… ‘I want to be the one to teach her.'”
Joey and Rory met in 2002, instantly fell in love, and tied the knot only two months later. In a 2010 flashback interview with Country Standard Time, Joey recalled their whirlwind romance.
“Not to make you sick or nothing, but Rory and I are best friends,” she told the website. “We got into this relationship and got married right away. It was just one of those things where we knew that we were supposed to be together and every minute of our lives have been a blessing. Sure, there’s the first year or two of marriage that you’re adapting, and Rory had two teenage daughters so it was a transition, but we were so happy five years into our marriage, and then this happened.”
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Joey was referring to the CMA singing competition, Can You Duet, which Joey and Rory won in 2008, kick-starting their careers and thrusting them into the spotlight.
“It is a journey, and it’s exciting, but it’s difficult,” Joey admitted. “It takes you far from home, and you have to be on when it’s hard to be, but because we’re so close, it’s not a challenge. We never feel like, ‘I need my own time, go do your thing, and I’ll do mine.’ Rory is very computer techy, and I’m more about gardening and roping and being outdoors, but we share so many common things, that when we’re home, that’s our sanity and our time to reflect. Our perfect date night is making a campfire and cooking steaks over the fire and having a glass of wine and decompressing. But we don’t want to be separate for one minute. After eight years of marriage, I think that says something.”
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