Rory Feek has been by his wife’s side everyday since she was diagnosed with end stage cervical cancer in 2014. Now, as Joey Feek nears the final days of her life, Rory is opening up about his wife, their music, and their 22-month-old daughter Indiana (Indy). During an exclusive interview with Today, Rory talks about their journey and how their faith has helped them along, through the good times and the bad.
Joey Feek was diagnosed with stage four cervical cancer in 2014, three months after giving birth to her daughter, according to a previous report by The Inquisitr. At the advice of her doctors, she later underwent a radical hysterectomy and rounds of chemotherapy and radiation. Joey seemed to be doing better and was preparing to take her final round of chemo in October, but a scan revealed that her cancer had not only returned, but had spread to other parts of her body, including her colon. Because there was nothing left for her doctors to do, Joey decided to stop treatment and returned to her home to live out her final days with her family in hospice care.
Since Joey’s diagnosis, Rory has been documenting her battle on his blog This Life I Live. He shares frequent updates on Joey’s condition and heartwarming memories of their family, both old and new. Although Rory has been very open about their journey, he admitted that he never planned on sharing it.
“Honestly, there has never been a plan to share our journey through cancer with the public,” Feek told the news website. “I started my blog more than two years ago, wanting to capture and share the personal stories and important moments in our lives that I don’t want to forget … and that’s what I’m still doing. Telling our story. As it unfolds.”
Joey’s story has captivated the hearts of millions, who have shown an outpouring support for the country music duo. Their fans have held candlelight vigils, shared their stories, and have sent cards and well wishes to Joey through this trying time.
“I’m aware that there have been some wonderful comments and even press about the posts I write, but I think the most surprising thing has been the reaction of people that I meet at the grocery store or wherever I am,” Feek continued. “Strangers will walk up to me and say, ‘are you…’ and they can’t get words out. I will nod and before I can introduce myself, they will grab me and hug me and their tears will just start streaming down. It’s amazing and humbling how deeply people seem to feel what we feel, and care for us.”
Lately, Rory has posted a lot of photos of Joey spending precious moments with Indiana. Each morning, Rory gets up with Indy and then goes to check on Joey. When Joey wakes up, he brings Indy to her in her hospice bed.
“I love all the pictures of Joey and Indy together,” he said. “Yesterday Indy was wearing a little “Indiana” cheerleading dress as she sat on Joey’s lap and they talked and laughed and loved each other. Every moment that Joey gets with our baby, and that Indiana gets with her mama is my most favorite moment.”
Joey Feek’s days are numbered. The cancer is continuing to spread aggressively, she’s very thin and weak, and her pain is so unbearable that her morphine had to be quadrupled over the past week. However, Joey and Rory have remained strong in their faith and in their love for one another through it all.
“Our greatest hope is that we live each day on this earth like it could be our last day to be together,” Rory said. “Not just because it actually could be our last day … but because life is so short for all of us. None of us ever knows how much time we have or what lays in store. I’ve said it before about Joey and me, but it’s true … we don’t have forever — but we have today, and that’s enough.”
[Photo by Chris Pizzello/Associated Press]