After five long weeks of chemo and radiation, Joey Feek of Joey + Rory is finally free from radiation treatments. Though she still has chemo treatmnts in the months to come, the Feeks are celebrating.
In 2015, Joey was diagnosed with stage IV colorectal cancer. Joey + Rory are a husband and wife duo who are currently recording their much anticipated album of Christian hymns. Joey is the duo's lead vocalist, while Rory sings background vocals and plays guitar.
The duo was the third-place finalist on CMT's competition Can You Duet in 2008. That same year, Joey + Rory signed to Sugar Hill/Vanguard Records, releasing their debut album The Life of a Song in late October. This album's lead-off single, "Cheater, Cheater", was a Top 40 hit on the Billboard country charts. Although none of their other singles have made top 40 on that chart, the duo has released six studio albums in total.
On the couple's blog, Rory writes: "They have a ceremony at CTCA where when someone finishes their last treatment... they get to ring the bell, and they make a celebration of that part of your journey being completed.
It's a day my bride has been looking forward to since we got here in mid-August. Though we will continue to come back here for more, even stronger, chemo treatments that Joey will get in the coming months... all of her radiation treatments are completed and that's what Joey got to celebrate today.
The smile, the tears, and especially the joy on her face said it all."Beneath the bell at CTCA there's a plaque on the wall with a beautiful story from an unknown author that I'd never heard before...
There were two horses in a field. From a distance, each horse looks like any other horse. But if you get a closer look you will notice something quite interesting... One of the horses is blind. His owner has chosen not to have him put down, but has made him a safe and comfortable barn to live in. This alone is pretty amazing. But if you stand nearby and listen, you will hear the sound of a bell. It is coming from a smaller horse in the field. Attached to the horse's halter is a small, copper-colored bell. It lets the blind friend know where the other horse is, so he can follow. As you stand and watch these two friends you'll see that the horse with the bell is always checking on the blind horse, and that the blind horse will listen for the bell and then slowly walk to where the other horse is, trusting he will not be led astray. When the horse with the bell returns to the shelter of the barn each evening, he will stop occasionally to look back, making sure that the blind friend isn't too far behind to hear the bell.
Like the owners of these two horses, God does not throw us away just because we are not perfect. Or because we have problems or challenges. He watches over us and even brings others into our lives to help us when we are in need. Sometimes we are the blind horse, being guided by the little ringing bell of those who God places in our lives.
And at other times we are the guide horse, helping others to find their way. Good friends are like that. You may not always see them, but you know they are always there.
Please listen for my bell, and I will listen for yours".