Joey Feek, a country star battling terminal cancer under hospice care, is proving that the power of the mind can result in miracles. With her husband, Rory Feek, chronicling the life of Joey, the latest update provided a joyful surprise to those who care for her as she rose from her hospice bed to take a short walk, revealed People.
Only 40, Joey has become the subject of the blog “This Life I Live,” penned by Feek. Rory described how he felt when he saw his wife walking.
“That’s not as simple as it sounds when you’ve been in a hospital bed for weeks and were prepared to possibly never walk again,” noted Feek. “But I guess the power of the will is much stronger than the power of fear.”
Joey chose hospice care following struggling with cervical cancer. They reside in Alexandria, Indiana, and Feek recently surprised family members and friends visiting their home when she walked from her bedroom to join them in the living room.
“We were all so proud of her, but I think Joey was even more proud of herself,” wrote Rory.
Part of the special moments have included the simplest pleasures, such as the country star spending time with their 22-month-old daughter, Indiana. Moving from the couch to the floor, Joey succeeded in bonding with the little girl in a way that she had not had the strength to do for weeks.
“She was a mama again. Playing with and teaching sign language to her little girl, like she’d been dreaming of being able to do,” described Rory of the happy sight.
Feek also shared how his wife has achieved a new perspective on life as she rested in her hospice bed and revealed that she does not know how much time she has left to spend with loved ones.
“She said that when you’re lying in a bed day after day and you can do nothing and you don’t know if you’re gonna be here next Christmas, or next month or even next week… you suddenly become hyper aware that today… that this moment – is all you have. And that today is enough. It truly is a gift.”
The country stars, who form duo Joey and Rory, created a music video for “The Gift,” which is a song from their Christmas album in 2011.
“And I found myself looking at the ‘Joey’ in the video we made back then, and the ‘Joey’ in the video today,” Feek revealed. “She might look different to you. But not to me. Yes, she’s a few years older and the chemo and radiation have taken their toll on her physical body. But the same joy in her spirit and the same beautiful smile is still there, shining through. Cancer can’t take that away from her.”
Cancer also can’t take away their joy when Joey and Feek learned that they had been nominated for a Grammy, reported ABC News.
The nomination came in the category of best country duo/group performance for their version of “If I Needed You,” and tears flowed in their excitement, shared Rory.
“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,” asserted Feek, 49.
Rory also expressed his appreciation that hospice has helped Joey manage her pain, and that her spirit has stayed so uplifted.
“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,” added Feek.
[Image via This Life I Live]