Rory Feek, husband of Joey, has shared a post on his blog after Thanksgiving, giving us a painful update of his wife's condition. Joey Feek has been suffering from Stage IV cervical caner. Recently, they have given up treatment, leaving Joey's health in God's hands. In this new post entitled "Braver Than Me," Rory reveals that his wife Joey can "no longer get out of bed."
But the couple are strong willed. They are still planning to release their new album "Hymns that Are Important to Us" on Valentine's Day. Rory writes:"The one she's always wanted to make - filled with the hymns she grew up with. We recorded it in a studio in Nashville early in the summer - just after recovering from her first big surgery in Chicago. And then she did her vocals where she could... in hotel rooms, our house, wherever and whenever she felt up to singing. In early October, we even did a tv taping of the songs in the concert hall at our farm in front of a live audience. Joey was weak and it was difficult for her, but she was determined. This record means so much to her. It is the songs that are the most important to her.
"Yesterday, Heidi and I went into Bill Gaither's studio up here in Joey's hometown and added our harmony parts to add to Joey's vocals on all the songs. It's going to be special."
"She wants to be remembered as a singer of songs," Rory, 49, wrote on Sunday, Nov. 29. "A devoted wife. A loving mother. Not a cancer patient. My wife is braver than me. My wife is strong. Very very strong. So is her will to live. Especially with a little one who gets excited every morning to see her. Though now, she can no longer get out of bed. But she is beautiful. So so beautiful."
"The word 'hospice' makes us all think the worst," Rory continued. "The end. I've since heard that it's not uncommon for people to be on hospice for six months, or more. So that's where we are. There isn't a day that goes by that she doesn't look at me and her family in the eye and say 'I'm gonna beat this' or 'I'm getting better, I believe that.' And she asks me if I believe it, and I do. I choose to."
"For the most part, Joey's time on hospice has so far been a roller coaster," he wrote. "One moment her light is very dim and she sleeps all the time and is struggling with the simplest of things. And we believe that the time must be very near. And then, she'll awaken one day and we'll see that familiar spark in her eye."