Joey Feek, one half of country Christian duo Joey and Rory, has been diagnosed with Stage IV Cervical cancer. She is scheduled to begin her next step of treatment in mod-August. Before the treatment starts, she's spending some quality time with her husband Rory and their daughter Indiana.
On Rory's blog, he writes: "It's been over three weeks since my last blog post and update on my bride. Not because anything is wrong - honestly, it's just because we've just been enjoying being together at home, and every day of every week since Joey got out of the hospital has had some ups and downs. But as of about a week ago, things have started leveling out and it's now easier to see where we are, and where we're headed from here."
While a recent post-operation checkup revealed that Joey Feek is "doing wonderful," her husband says that she had "a very rough start."
"For almost two weeks after her surgery, Joey could barely eat anything. Between the medicine she was on and the nausea it caused, she had very little strength, and her weight was dropping daily," Rory Feek reveals. "After finally bottoming out at a frail 108 pounds, her appetite and her energy level finally started coming back. And though she still has a long road ahead of her, she's gained a few pounds back, feeling so much better, and it shows."
But in the spirit of Paul in the book of Philippians, Rory never lets each day passes without giving thanks to God despite his wife's sickness. He writes:
"Here are a couple recent blessings...
- Friends, neighbors and family have kept up the garden for Joey while we we've been away. They came in the evenings by the ones, twos, threes and even by the dozens - to till, weed, water, pick and some have even canned and froze vegetables from her garden.
- Countless homemade meals have been brought to us from friends and neighbors. Joey might have been losing weight for awhile... but I was gaining it!
- Letters, boxes, flowers and more continue to arrive in the mail. Last week our friend Julie and some other folks spent days and days helping Joey and us go through all that has come in. Some of the cards and letters made us smile, and some moved us to tears. But they all touched us deeply, just knowing that so many people took time from their busy lives to write and encourage Joey on this journey."