Joey Feek and her family just finished celebrating the holidays, and now they are settling back into their normal, everyday routine. In a new blog post from Rory, he described the emotional roller coaster his “bride” experienced during the holiday celebrations and how she overcame the anger and sadness that, at times, overwhelmed her.
Joey has remained optimistic since she was diagnosed with cancer in 2014. Even after the doctors told her that her cancer had returned in October, and had spread to her colon, Joey kept a smile on her face and displayed unwavering faith. However, there are times, according to Rory, that it is all simply too much to take in.
“The holidays have been a roller-coaster for my bride,” Rory wrote in a January 5 post on his blog This Life I Live. “She’s had some good days, some bad days – some wonderful moments, and some deep pain that the morphine just couldn’t seem to touch. How could it… it wasn’t that kind of pain.”
“They say that at Christmas time emotions run high, and you feel more than you do the rest of the year. I think that’s probably true,” Rory continued. “Though she managed a smile most of the time, Joey’s heart was heavy and she was feeling some things she hadn’t before…”
“A sadness. A fear of the unknown. And even some anger – not at God, just at her situation I suppose. It’s not easy for her to be as excited about what the new year holds in store as it was last year.”
Although Joey had her emotional days, Rory said she “saw the light” and is over it now, and is back to her normal strong self. Throughout the rest of his post, Rory talked about their dear friends Bill Gaither and his wife Gloria. Rory described the couple as “legendary songwriters and artists in the gospel music world,” and a huge part of their lives.
“Bill comes to see Joey just about every day, when he’s not on the road,” Rory wrote.
“We’ll get a knock on the door in the morning or early afternoon, and next thing you know Bill will be parked in a chair beside Joey’s bed, telling her jokes and stories about days long-past and he’ll have Joey and all of us laughing and smiling ’til our faces hurt. I think he just wants to brighten Joey’s day and create as much joy for her as he can. We all do.”
[Photo via This Life I LIve]
“For each project, Bill has personally sat down and interviewed us on-camera and asked us questions about the music we’ve made and about our lives,” Rory explained. “But what he’s actually doing in those moments is wrapping his arms around us, and doing all he can to shine a light on us for the world to see.”
[Photo by Chris Pizzello/Associated Press]