Joey Feek has captivated the hearts of millions with her story of living and loving while battling cancer. Fans of the country music duo Joey and Rory have been checking in daily to see if there are any updates on the singer. Normally, Rory shares a Facebook or blog post about Joey that gives their fans a glimmer of hope that she could actually beat this monster. However, that is not what his post said today.
As the Inquisitr previously reported, Joey Feek was diagnosed with stage four cervical cancer in 2014, three months after giving birth to her daughter, Indiana (Indy). She later underwent a radical hysterectomy and rounds of chemotherapy and radiation. Although she seemed to be doing better, a mid-October scan revealed her worst fear — Joey’s cancer had not only returned, but it had spread to other parts of her body, including her colon. Because her cancer was spreading so aggressively and rapidly, there was little to nothing the doctors could do, leaving Joey with a decision that no one should ever have to make — to continue treatment, or say enough is enough. Joey decided to choose the latter option, and stopped treatment. She later returned to her home with Rory and Indiana to live out her final days, however many that may be, with her family in hospice care.
Since Joey’s diagnosis, Rory has been keeping their fans updated on her condition. He frequently shares photos of his wife and daughters on Facebook, and shares lengthy updates on his blog, This Life I Live. On Saturday, January 9, Rory shared the words that none of his fans wanted to hear — his wife is dying.
“And now, here I sit beside my dying wife.
I don’t say those words lightly. As a matter-of-fact, I haven’t said them at all. But my beautiful bride has said them to me in these couple of days. Her pain and discomfort has continued to increase daily and so has the morphine to help her be comfortable. The dosage she’s needed to keep the pain away has quadrupled in the last four days.
I’d like to tell you that she’s doing great and is going to beat this thing. But I can’t.
Yesterday with tears in her eyes and mine, Joey held my hand and told me that she has been having serious talks with Jesus. She said she told him that if He’s ready to take her … she’s ready to come home.”
In 2012, Joey and Rory recorded a song “When I’m Gone,” which talks about someone being okay after their loved one passes away. At the time, the couple had no idea the irony of the song, and that they would soon be experiencing the lyrics in real life. In the video, Joey sings into the camera with tear-filled eyes, as the writer of the song, Sandy Lawrence, plays the piano. Images of Rory trying to live life without Joey appear on the screen, and tears flow down his face, as well.
“Our ‘make-believe’ song and video seems to be coming true,” Rory wrote. “Some call it ‘life imitating art’. I don’t. I call it God.”
“He knew I would need her to tell me goodbye … not just once, but a thousand times. And I’d need to know that no matter how much time passes, that she loves me still. And He made it so that if I needed to be reminded of her beautiful life and heart and voice … she would only be a ‘click’ away.
It is a very special song, filled with hope and love. And in time, I believe it will have the power to help heal a million broken hearts …
Joey and Rory have their final album, titled Joey and Rory: Hymns That Are Important To Us, coming out on Valentine’s Day. They have asked that “When I’m Gone” be added to the album.
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