Joey Feek is spending her final days surrounded by her friends and family. Although Joey knows she doesn’t have much time left here on Earth, she remains strong in her faith, and insists that God is always with them.
During a recent interview with People Magazine, Rory Feek, Joey’s husband and duet partner of 13 years, opened up about his wife’s unwavering faith, admitting that she is as strong in it as ever.
“Even now, in her hospital bed – thin and hurting – her eyes light up whenever she talks about her faith,” Rory told the magazine. “Some people would be discouraged in Joey’s position and question their faith in God, but not her. She is just as passionate and strong in her beliefs as ever. She would be the first to tell you, He is with us.”
As the Inquisitr previously reported, Joey Feek was diagnosed with stage four cervical cancer in May, 2014, three months after giving birth to her daughter, Indiana (Indy). Following her diagnosis, she underwent a radical hysterectomy and rounds of chemotherapy and radiation in hopes of beating the disease. In October, 2015, as Joey was preparing to complete her last round of chemotherapy, her doctors made a heartbreaking discovery. Not only had Joey’s cancer returned, it had spread to other parts of her body, including her colon, leaving the doctors with little to nothing to do. The option for chemo and radiation remained for Joey, but it would only buy her time, not the cure she so desperately had hoped and prayed for.
After hearing the news that her cancer was continue to aggressively and rapidly spread, Joey made the toughest decision of her life — to stop treatment. Rather than spend her days in a cold hospital, she decided to return to her home where she could live out what time she had left with her family in hospice care.
Since his wife was diagnosed with end stage cancer, Rory has been documenting her battle on his blog, This Life I Live. He shares frequent posts, updating their fans on Joey’s condition, along with photos of Joey and their daughter making memories that will last long after Joey is gone. Rory also shares updates on their Facebook page, and most recently shared an adorable letter from one of their youngest fans. Read the letter below (written as it reads in the photo).
“Dear Joey Feek,
My name is Thea. I love your songs I love the song everything is important to me. I pray for you and your family. I love you little girl Indiana. She is so cute! I hope you are enjoying the Christmas season. I am. I hope you feel better. My hopes are up for you.
Along with the sweet message was a picture Thea had drawn for Joey. The picture shows a Christmas tree and three people, labeled “me, you, Indiana.”
Joey and Rory’s final album, Hymns That Are Important To Us, debuts in Cracker Barrel stores around the country on February 12. The album is not only the last they will ever release, it is also the most important to them. Joey was so determined to get the album finished that she worked on recording the songs even as she was undergoing her cancer treatments.
“She would sing into a microphone that we had set up in our room,” Rory recalled. “It wasn’t easy, but it was important to her. Those are moments I’ll never forget.”
“Both Joey and I only hope that these songs and these words can touch people and bring some joy and light to them in their times of need, the way that they have to us,” he continued. “Selfishly, I hope the whole world gets to discover what an amazing singer and woman my beautiful wife is, and that her music outlives not only the both of us, but also our children’s children’s children.”
[Photo by Richard Vogel/Associated Press]