Joey Feek is still hanging on, despite the terminal cancer ravaging her body.
According to a previous report by the Inquisitr,Joey Feek was diagnosed with stage four cervical cancer in May, 2014, three months after giving birth to her daughter, Indiana (Indy for short). At the time, she underwent a radical hysterectomy and several rounds of chemotherapy and radiation. Joey seemed to be getting better, and she, her family, and her doctors had hoped that she would beat the disease. However, as Joey prepared to complete her final round of chemo in October, 2015, her doctors made a grim discovery. Despite the treatment, Joey’s cancer not only returned, but had spread to other parts of her body, including her colon.
The doctors told Joey she could continue to undergo chemotherapy and radiation, but it would only buy her time, not the cure she had so desperately been hoping and praying for. The treatment would not change her prognosis. This realization left Joey to make the hardest decision of her life — to continue treatment, or finally say enough is enough. It was an impossible decision that no one should be forced to make. However, after discussing it with Rory and her family, Joey decided to stop treatment and return to her home in hospice care so she could live out the remainder of her days, however many that may be, with those she loves the most.
Joey, Rory, and Indiana headed to Joey’s hometown of Alexandria, Indiana, to visit her family before making the trip home to their farmhouse in Tennessee. However, after the arrived in Indiana, Joey decided she wanted to stay, and that is where they have been living ever since. The cancer has taken its toll on Joey’s body, leaving her thin and so weak that she can’t get out of her hospice bed. However, she continues to spend time with her daughter, making memories that will last long after she is gone.
Since Joey can no longer walk or get out of bed, each morning, Rory brings Indy to her so they can spend a few minutes together before Joey falls back asleep. On Wednesday, February 3, Rory shared a heartwarming photo of the pair sitting together. He captioned the photo by saying: “Feeling broken-hearted and blessed all at the same time this morning… watching my beautiful bride pour a lifetime of love into a few minutes a day.”
Rory also keeps their fans updated on Joey’s condition on his blog, This Life I Live. He regularly shares photos of Joey and her family, along with his thoughts and reflections during this difficult time as he watches his wife slowly fade away. On Thursday, January 28, Rory shared a post titled “the power of a plus-sign.” In the post, he talked about why he and Joey decided to go with a plus sign for their stage name rather than simply using the word “and.” He also talked about how hard it will be when he has to go back to Tennessee to raise Indy without Joey.
“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.”
[Photo via This Life I Live]