The courageous singer, who makes up one-half of the country-bluegrass duo Joey + Rory with her husband, Rory, was recently admitted into hospice care
after ending treatment for colorectal cancer in late October.
In a new interview with The Tennessean
published on Saturday, Joey opened up about her battle with stage 4 cancer as she accepts and prepares for what seems to be her final stage of life.
When asked how she felt when she discovered her terminal cancer had returned despite multiple treatments, tests and surgeries, Joey -- who was first diagnosed with the disease in May 2014 -- admitted she was "greatly disappointed."
"I wasn't mad at [God], I wasn't upset," she explained. "I was just greatly disappointed. I really thought we had it. I thought, 'I'm going to be that exception. I'm going to be that statistic that stands out and says, 'She fought it.' We did the most extreme surgery we can do in the gynecologic world, and she did well.' But for whatever reason, it wasn't enough, and God had different plans. I was disappointed. I was exhausted."
Joey began to cry as she continued on, saying, "More than anything, I felt like I failed at something. I thought I did everything. But God decided for me that my job of singing for people down here is my legacy, and he needs me singing up there. That's how I look at it."
Joey made the decision to stop treatments and return to her home to surround herself with loved ones, like her beloved daughter, Indiana, who turns 2 in February, as she believes she doesn't have too much time left. In October, doctors originally told her she had approximately six to nine months to live. But as Rory noted in his latest blog post
, their most recent trip to the hospital was a disappointment, as they learned there was nothing else that could be done to help Joey's dire situation
"It's where God gives and he taketh away," she explained of returning to the house she grew up in. "I said, 'Rory, if it's OK with you, this is where I was born, it's where I was raised, and this is where I die.' He said, 'Whatever you want.' I said, 'That's what I want.'"
Joey also said that she is content and at peace as she lives out her final days.
"I pray that one morning I just don't wake up," she added. "But I don't fear anything because I'm so close to God and we've talked about it so many times. I know he's close. And I know he loves me. I'm really at peace. I still believe there's healing in prayer."
"This is goodbye," she said, ending the interview. "Or, I'll see you later."