Joey + Rory Feek have come to accept the fact that Joey Feek is dying. Joey has been diagnosed with Stage IV cervical cancer. When Joey's first round of chemotherapy and radiation treatments did not help, they have stopped all medical treatments. The Feeks have returned to their Tennessee farm and canceled all of their Farmhouse Concerts that were scheduled for November and December.
As a couple, the Feeks are remembering their promises to love each other "for better or for worse" and "in sickness and in health" - and they continue to set a shining example.
"For better or worse aren't just words you say anymore," Rory Feek says. "Because of all Joey is going through, it's given me the opportunity to live them every day, and follow through and mean the words I said to her at the altar."
"Her pain and discomfort has continued to increase daily and so has the morphine to help her be comfortable," Feek wrote in early January. "The dosage she's needed to keep the pain away has quadrupled in the last four days. I'd like to tell you that she's doing great and is going to beat this thing. But I can't."
Besides the love they have for each other, friends have been making visits giving hope to the Feeks. "We are surrounded by Joey's family here in Indiana, and life is a revolving door of sisters, parents and nieces and nephews - all pouring love and time into Joey and our little family," Feek explains. "Though the situation and conditions that brought us here are very difficult, it has been a really beautiful time for Joey and all of us. Not hardly an hour of the day goes by without someone telling someone else that they love them. It's hard to ask for more than that."
Joey+Rory's new Hymns That Are Important To Us is available for preorder exclusively at crackerbarrel.com. In addition to the duo's seventh studio album, the deluxe CD package includes never-before-seen photos of Joey+Rory and their family, a magnet, lyrics, excerpts and stories from Rory's blog, "This Life I Live," and a closer look into the couple's journey creating this album together. Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® will donate $1.00 of the retail sales price of each deluxe CD package sold while supplies last to the Loeys-Dietz Syndrome Foundation, a nonprofit supported by the musical duo.
"Joey and I feel blessed to partner with Cracker Barrel for the deluxe package of our new hymns album," said Rory Feek. "These songs of faith and hope mean so much to us, and to have them wrapped within intimate stories and photos from our lives is a dream come true. We are both big fans of the restaurant, and our family has held hands and said blessings over many meals there throughout the years."
Hymns That Are Important To Us features 13 tracks that "capture the words and melodies that were the soundtrack to Joey's childhood," said Rory. "It's the one Joey has always wanted to make - filled with the hymns she grew up with." The album provides an intimate glimpse into the husband and wife's life-changing year and includes "When I'm Gone," a song that has special meaning to the couple, who approached Cracker Barrel about the partnership. "We recorded the album in a studio in Nashville early in the summer - just after recovering from [Joey's] first big surgery in Chicago," Rory said. "And then she did her vocals where she could...in hotel rooms, our house, wherever and whenever she felt up to singing."