Joey Feek, one part of the country duo Joey + Rory, heroically battled cervical cancer before resigning herself to hospice care to spend her final few months with friends and family. Joey’s husband Rory Feek says that Joey has had a very special guest this past week, her best friend Julie. However, when the time came for Julie to return back home, Joey couldn’t bare to see her go and began to cry as she noted, “I don’t think I will ever see her again.”
Rory Feek has been keeping fans updated on the condition of his wife Joey via his blog This Life I Live. In a recent post, Rory details the troubles that Joey is facing as she comes to the realization that her time her on earth is almost over. Joey recently was visited by her best friend Julie who came to their Indiana home for a week-long visit. Rory notes that when Julie comes to visit she fully immerses herself into their daily lives, helping with babysitting, cooking, cleaning, and doing anything that the family needs to help Joey remain as comfortable as possible.
“She’s been here all week, helping Joey’s sister Jody take care of my wife and me and everyone else. She cooks, she cleans, changes the baby’s diaper, and does any and everything else that she can find to do that needs to be done while we’re living here out of suitcases.”
Rory notes that Julie has been a constant figure in Joey’s life over the past seven to eight years when Joe and Julie Zamboldi came to the first “Bib & Buckle Festival” held by the country duo. After that intimate concert, Julie traveled across the country showing up at the pair’s concerts, traveling thousands of miles from her Washington home each time to listen to the pair play. Over time, Rory says that they began to get to know Joe and Julie calling them their “biggest fans.” The couples hit it off and Joey + Rory began inviting the couple to private events and got to know them so well that they even allowed them to stay at their home in Tennessee when they were traveling.
Interestingly, Rory says that Julie was drawn to the country duo because she lost two friends to cancer and said that the couple’s music was healing to her.
“It turns out that Julie had lost two of her best girlfriends to cancer and it had hurt and scarred her, and somehow our music was a part of her healing. Through the years my wife and Julie became very close.”
However, little did Joey or Rory Feek know when they befriended Julie those years ago, but Joey would become part of Julie’s friendship cancer story. When Joey underwent chemotherapy for her cervical cancer, Julie was by her side, shaving her own hair to match Joey’s new look.
“When Joey’s sisters and Daddy cut their hair off to support her… it was Julie who handed me the clippers and sat in the chair and asked me to “make her hair fall off” first.”
Therefore, it is no surprise that Joey is having a hard time saying a final goodbye to the woman she calls her best friend. With Joey realizing her condition is worsening, she couldn’t bare to see Julie leave after her week-long stay with the Feeks. Instead, Rory says when Julie began to pack her bags to head to the airport, Joey burst into tears. Rory says that when he asked his wife what was wrong, she noted that ” I don’t think I will ever see her again.”
Fortunately for Joey, Julie feels the same way and Rory says that instead of getting on the plane to head back home, Julie is staying by Joey’s side until she is ready for her to leave.
“And so at the Indianapolis airport this evening, a plane will take off and Saint Jules (as Joey’s daddy calls her) won’t be on it. Instead, she will be be with her best friend.”
[Image via This Life I Live]