Rory Feek posted a heartbreaking update about his wife Joey’s battle with terminal cancer on Monday, writing that the country singer has said her goodbyes to family and friends and likely has just a few days left to live.
“Joey has done all she set out to do… even right to the very end, and by sheer will-power (and God’s grace), she was still here to to see our baby’s 2nd birthday,” Rory wrote. “Over the last number of weeks her pain had gotten worse and her health had continued to decline rapidly. 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.”
Rory said that Joey -- who entered hospice care in November -- recently said her goodbyes to her friends and family members, before sharing an emotional moment with the couple’s 2-year-old daughter Indiana.
“I set our little Indy on Joey’s lap and we all cried with my wife as she told her how much her mama loved her and, ‘you be a big girl for your papa … and that mama will be watching over you,’” he recalled. “And then she pulled Indiana up and she kissed her. One last kiss.”
The 50-year-old country star told fans in his latest update that Joey, 40, has been “asleep for days now and her body is shutting down quickly.”
“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 added.
The country couple received their first GRAMMY nomination this year, a bittersweet moment in the tragic timeline of their final months together. But, from Rory’s perspective, his wife has lived a truly blessed life.
“In the 40 short years that Joey has lived, my bride has accomplished many great things… she’s lived a very full life,” he wrote. “But even more than that, she has loved those around her greatly and been loved greatly in return. I can honestly say that Joey’s isn’t just a life well-lived, it’s a life well-loved.”
Rory has keep friends, family, and fans apprised of his wife’s status since her battle with cancer began last year, and said that, despite the heartbreaking details, he’s “thankful” that their story has reached so many.
“Thankful that because it’s being picked up and shared by dozens of news organizations and hundreds of thousands of individuals on Facebook and elsewhere, somehow my wife’s life and ultimately her death, might possibly help or encourage someone else somewhere,” he explained. “That this life she’s living might impact the life of someone that she and I will never meet, and never see, at least this side of heaven. That is a good thing. No, that is a great thing.”
“And thank you to all who have followed my wife’s beautiful journey. Who are still following,” he added. “Though our hearts are heavy we all need to do our best to remember that this is not the end. It’s only the beginning.”