As country singer Joey Feek’s health worsens in her battle with cancer, her husband Rory is keeping the public up-to-date on her condition. Over this past weekend, he said that she is “ready to die.”
The country and bluegrass duo (a.k.a. Joey + Rory) have been facing a hard battle after Joey, 40, was diagnosed with terminal cervical cancer in mid-2014, shortly after the birth of the couple’s daughter, Indiana, who was born with Down syndrome. Rory Feek wrote an emotional blog post updating fans on the health of his dying wife, revealing she is ready to “come home to Jesus.”
The country singer, 49, wrote the message on his website on Saturday, and opened up about his wife, who has been receiving hospice care in their hometown of Alexandria, Indiana after it was discovered that the cancer had spread to her colon.
Joey + Rory — In the Garden (Live)
“Here I sit beside my dying wife,” he wrote. “I don’t say those words lightly. As a matter-of-fact, I haven’t said them at all. But my beautiful bride has said them to me in these couple of days.”
He told readers that Joey’s pain has increased dramatically in the past few days, and she has told him that she is ready to die.
“Her pain and discomfort has continued to increase daily and so has the morphine to help her be comfortable,” he adds. “The dosage she’s needed to keep the pain away has quadrupled in the last four days.
Joey + Rory — Leave It There (Live)
“I’d like to tell you that she’s doing great and is going to beat this thing. But I can’t. Yesterday with tears in her eyes and mine, Joey held my hand and told me that she has been having serious talks with Jesus. She said she told him that if He’s ready to take her… she’s ready to come home.”
Rory also reflected on the couple’s 2012 song When I’m Gone, which is about a dying person saying goodbye to loved ones. “Some call it ‘life imitating art.’ I don’t. I call it God,” he adds.
“Am I angry at the irony of the song? No. How could I be? How many men who are losing the woman they love get a gift like that? None that I know of.”
In a November 2015 interview with The Tennessean, Joey Feek insists she’s not mad at any higher power about her affliction.
“I wasn’t mad at [God], I wasn’t upset,” she said. “I was just greatly disappointed. I really thought we had it. I thought, ‘I’m going to be that exception. I’m going to be that statistic that stands out and says, ‘She fought it.’ We did the most extreme surgery we can do in the gynecologic world, and she did well.’ But for whatever reason, it wasn’t enough, and God had different plans. I was disappointed. I was exhausted.”
“I pray that one morning I just don’t wake up,” she said. “But I don’t fear anything because I’m so close to God and we’ve talked about it so many times. I know he’s close. And I know he loves me. I’m really at peace. I still believe there’s healing in prayer.”
Joey + Rory — If I Needed You
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