Joey + Rory, an American country and bluegrass duo, are composed of husband-and-wife team Rory Feek and Joey Feek. Making music since 2008, the Feeks have released six studio albums as well as a holiday album and have won two country music awards: Top New Vocal Duo of the Year and Vocal Duo. They have been nominated for eight more awards.
Joey was diagnosed with Stage IV cervical cancer in 2014, and last month, she halted all treatments, and is now in hospice care. Husband Rory has been documenting the journey on his blog, “This Life I Live,” and made the announcement on Monday, letting fans know that the cancer is very aggressive and causing Joey immense pain.
“At 4 a.m. on Friday morning we rushed Joey to the hospital in Muncie. Her pain had become too much to bare,” wrote Rory. “A few hours later the doctors told us that the pain was from the cancer tumors continuing to grow and become inflamed and we need to concentrate now on helping her be comfortable. Not the answer we hoped for… but the answer He has given us.”
“After a series of different medications that didn’t seem to touch the pain – heavy doses of morphine brought Joey sweet relief,” wrote Rory. “I spent the night in the hospital with her last night. Today we are planning to bring her home.”
The couple has two daughters together, including 20-month-old Indiana.
“The last couple of mornings, I’ve brought Indiana up here to spend time with her mama,” Rory wrote. “Both of their eyes light up the moment they see each other. It’s been beautiful.”
“Yesterday I sat her down in front of her mama and they smiled and played and loved each other the way that only mamas and their little ones can. Afterwards, when Indy got sleepy, Joey held her and sang ‘In The Garden’ and other hymns as she softly stroked her silky-blonde hair. Perfect love filled that hospital room as we all held our breath and wiped our eyes.”
Joey has also been recording her voice in storybooks so that Indiana can have her mom read to her even after she’s gone.
“The books are gifts from fans and friends that seemed to know how important it is to connect today to tomorrow for our little girl. Joey’s hope is that our little one will be able to sit on my lap in days to come and turn pages and hear her mama reading to her,” he wrote.
A hospice bed is set to be delivered to the family’s home on Monday, ensuring that Joey can spend the remainder of her time where she’s most comfortable.
“We’ll have a play area on the carpet nearby – close enough for her to watch Indy play, and for Indy to turn and make sure her mama can see her,” says Rory. “Joey is at peace with where she is and where she’s going. So am I.”