Joey Feek is in the final days of her battle with cancer, but her heartbroken husband is making sure the country singer’s memory lives on.
Rory Feek, who has chronicled his wife’s long battle with cervical cancer through his blog and social media posts, uploaded a video tribute that showed Joey in her healthier times.
Rory Feek shared news this week that his wife is ready to end her battle with cancer. She said goodbyes to family members, including an emotional final kiss with the couple’s 2-year-old daughter, Indiana, and has now fallen into a deep sleep.
“And not long after Indy’s birthday my wife decided that ‘enough is enough’. She was ready to stop fighting and she told me so. She said the flowers would soon be blooming back in Tennessee. It’s time to go home,” he wrote.
Rory wrote that Joey Feek will likely be dead very soon.
“The hospice nurse came again this morning and said Joey will most-likely only be with us for a few more days… at the most,” he wrote.
But Rory has also spent the final time they had paying tribute to his wife. He shared with fans that he was going through old pictures over the weekend and put the images together with a previously unreleased song.
WBIR shared Rory’s work.
“The song, titled ‘In The Time That You Gave Me,’ has an even deeper meaning now. Rory took the song and made a slideshow with some of Joey’s photos with it.
“‘I could barely listen or watch at first. But then, as I listened and watched more… I smiled more and I cried less,’ he wrote.”
It has been a bittersweet time for both Rory and Joey Feek in the last month. Although Joey’s health is fading rapidly — she had already lost her ability to walk on her own shortly after entering hospice care in October — she continued to fight on and was able to celebrate several important milestones in the past few weeks.
The couple saw the release of their final album, Hymns That Are Important to Us. Sales have been stronger than any of them expected, and after its first week, the album reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts for country and Christian contemporary music.
To top that off, the couple was also nominated for a Grammy Award for their song “If I Needed You.” They ultimately lost, but Rory wrote that just being nominated was an honor enough for them. Rory said that his wife surprised him with a plane ticket so he could attend the award show, but he instead decided to watch by her side at their Indiana home.
Back at home, Joey Feek was given the highest award from the state of Indiana, the Sagamore of the Wabash.
“The Sagamore of the Wabash is the highest distinction in Indiana, and it’s an honor to present it to Joey and Rory,” said State Rep. Bruce Borders in a statement about the award, which was accepted by Joey’s father.
“Important Hoosier values, such as loving others, serving one’s country, following one’s dreams, and showcasing grace and joy during difficult times — have all been exhibited by Joey and Rory. I would like everyone to keep her and her family in your thoughts and prayers.”
Due to Joey’s failing health, her father had to accept the award on her behalf.
Although the month was filled with many happy moments, including Joey getting to celebrate her daughter Indiana’s second birthday, Rory said the end for Joey Feek is likely coming very soon. He said early this week that she has a matter of days left at most.
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