Joey Feek and her husband Rory Feek are choosing to focus on the “plus’s” in their lives, despite Joey’s battle with terminal cancer.
If anyone has a right to be angry, it’s Joey Feek. She’s young, at only 40-years-old, she has a 23-month-old daughter, a loving husband, and a successful music career. She has everything she could ever want. However, there is one small detail that hinders the perfect picture — she’s dying.
As the Inquisitr previously reported, Joey Feek was diagnosed with stage four cervical cancer in May of 2014, three months after giving birth to her daughter Indiana (Indy for short). After hearing all of her options from her doctors, Joey underwent a radical hysterectomy and several rounds of chemotherapy. Although she seemed to be getting better, and was preparing to complete her last round of chemo, her doctors made a grim discovery — Joey’s cancer had not only returned, it was spreading aggressively to other parts of her body, including her colon.
Joey Feek receives a special visitor
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Joey’s doctors told her she could continue to undergo chemotherapy and radiation, but it would only buy her more time, not the cure she had so desperately been hoping and praying for. Joey was left to make the hardest decision of her life — to continue treatment, or say enough is enough. After discussing it with Rory and her family, Joey decided to return to her home and enter hospice care so she could spend the remainder of her days, however many that may be, surrounded by her friends and family.
Since Joey’s diagnosis, Rory has been keeping their fans updated on his blog This Life I Live. On Thursday, January 28, Rory shared a post titled “the power of a plus-sign,” in which he revealed that he and Joey and decided to focus on the “plus’s” in their life, rather than dwell on the negatives like Rory having to raise Indy on his own, or Rory and Indy having to return to Tennessee without Joey.
Joey spends time with her daughter Indiana (Indy)
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“I cannot even begin to imagine going home to Tennessee without Joey, or living my life and raising Indy without her… but chances are, that day is coming,” Rory wrote. “Joey and I both have questions. Lots of them. Hard questions that we don’t have any answers for. But still, we have faith – we choose to believe. I think that’s why they call it faith. If we knew all the answers, no faith would be required. And so Joey and I do our best each day to only see the plus’s in our life.”
According to Rory, the doctors didn’t expect Joey to live to see the holidays, but she did. She’s had more time than the family expected, and for that, they are beyond grateful.
“…like all the extra days and weeks that we’ve been given together (the doctors here didn’t expect Joey to make it to Thanksgiving, and here we are near the end of January), and all the beautiful conversations and time we’ve had with her family. And the amazing gift of life-slowing-down-to-a-crawl and only having and needing THIS moment in time. And of course, the incredible amount of love and support that the whole world has shown for us during this special time.”
Last month, Joey shared that she hopes to live until February. Not only will Indy be turning 2, Joey and Rory also received a Grammy nomination, and their final album Hymns That Are Important To Us will be released in Cracker Barrel stores nationwide.
[Photo via This Life I Live]