Joey Feek of the country music duo Joey and Rory has had a tough year to say the least. Not only was she diagnosed with cancer three months after giving birth to her daughter Indiana in 2014, she also recently found out that her cancer had not only returned, but spread to other parts of her body as well. She’s so tired and weak that she has become confined to her bed and remains on constant medication to make the pain associated with her cancer tolerable. If anyone deserves some good news, it’s Joey.
On Monday, Joey’s duet partner and husband Rory Feek shared an update on their Facebook page, revealing that their version of the song “If I Needed You” had been nominated for a Grammy Award. The duo recorded the song to celebrate the day their daughter was born, and used it as the background song in Indiana’s birth video. The song received no airtime, according to Rory, which made it even more shocking to the couple that it would receive a nomination.
In the same Facebook post, Rory described Joey’s reaction when he told her the news, revealing that she cried tears of joy. Read his entire post below:
“…woke my bride up this morning with a baby in my arms and the news that our version of “If I Needed You” was nominated for a Grammy.
“As her excitement and tears flowed into mine. She said, ‘how can that be?’
“….the song received no radio airplay… no press… no critical acclaim… and the only music video we made for it was to celebrate the day our little Indiana was born.
“God is so good.
“Thank you, thank you, thank you.”
As the Inquisitr previously reported, Joey Feek was diagnosed with stage four cervical cancer last year. She later underwent a radical hysterectomy and rounds of chemotherapy and radiation. Although she seemed to be doing better, a PET scan in mid-October revealed that her cancer had returned and had also spread to her colon. Yes, Joey could continue to undergo chemo and radiation, but it would only buy her time, not the cure she had so desperately hoped and prayed for. Therefore, with the help of her husband and family, Joey made the most difficult decision of her life — to stop treatment. In an October post on his blog This Life I Live, Rory shared their heartbreaking decision.
“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.
Since then, Rory has been keeping their fans updated on Joey’s condition. In his most recent post titled “it’s Christmas time,” Rory revealed that they had moved into a larger house, and Joey was doing surprisingly well.
“Joey’s still feeling pretty good. Really good actually,” he wrote. “We’ve been able to keep her pain under control for the most part and her spirit is just as positive as ever. Even more so here lately.”
“We moved Joey and us to a bigger house here this past Sunday,” Rory continued. “Indy and I had been living out of a suitcase and needed a little more room and this place has a big picture window in the bedroom so Joey can look out and see white geese and black swans swimming in the pond and deer walking down the path. It’s amazing …another blessing from someone in the community who just wants to help.”
[Photo by Richard Vogel/Associated Press]