Joey + Rory Have Renewed Hope in Cancer Battle After ‘Incredible’ Few Days
Though Joey +Rory have been going through an incredibly difficult and painful time, there have still been good times and hope for Joey Feek as she continues to fight cancer.
Joey has been battling Stage 4 cancer, for which she recently underwent surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. Doctors have told Joey and her husband and duo partner, Rory Feek, there is nothing more they can do for her, and the couple recently made the decision to end her treatments. She is currently in hospice care, but in a new post to his blog, This Life I Live, Rory reveals that there is still plenty of fight left in his wife.
"The word ‘hospice’ makes us all think the worst. The end. Or at least, the end is very close," he writes, but adds that when his own mother passed away, she lived three or four months in hospice care.
"My wife is strong. Very very strong. So is her will to live," Rory states. "Especially with a little one who gets excited every morning to see her."
He says that Joey is still telling her family that she intends to prevail in her cancer battle, and he chooses to believe that she still can. And while it's admittedly been painful to share Joey's struggles with the world so publicly, the couple recently discussed it and decided it was worth it if her story could help others.
"For the most part, Joey’s time on hospice so far has been a roller coaster. One moment her light is very dim and she sleeps all the time and is struggling with the simplest of things. And we (along with the doctors and hospice) believe that the time must be very near," Rory says.
"And then, she’ll awaken one day and start talking and we’ll see that familiar spark in her eye. And she will be so crystal-clear with her thoughts, we will gather in the next room and say, “maybe, just maybe…?”
He writes that the last few days have been "incredible," and the family have renewed hope that God is healing Joey's body despite all of the odds against her.
"Though now, she can no longer get out of bed — she is so sharp and clear and her pain, for the most part, is so under control by the medicine that talking to her — you would think she’s her normal self. Thinner. Much thinner. And with a hip new hairdo.
But she is beautiful. So so so beautiful," Rory marvels.
"When God begins to take the light from the outside… the light inside just shines all that much brighter," he says. "It’s amazing. She’s amazing."
Fans are not the only ones who've been following Joey's brave journey. RFD-TV ran a marathon of The Joey + Rory Show on Thanksgiving Day, which featured special tributes from fans and country music stars including Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire, Marty Stuart, Connie Smith and more.
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