“My wife has been asleep for days now and her body is shutting down quickly,” he wrote Monday.
Joey Feek, 40, who was diagnosed with stage-four cervical cancer in 2014, has been declining and in hospice care since it was discovered that the cancer had spread to her colon.
“The hospice nurse came again this morning and said Joey will most-likely only be with us for a few more days … at the most.”
Before she fell asleep, Joey Feek pulled her 2-year-old daughter Indiana, who has Down syndrome, into her arms and said: “… you be a big girl for your papa … and … mama will be watching over you.”
She then kissed her and fell asleep.
Rory Feek, 49, says that his wife has no regrets.
“One of the last things Joey said before she drifted into the deep sleep she’s been in for a few days now is, ‘I have no regrets… I can honestly say, that I have done everything I wanted to do and lived the life I always wanted to live.'”
The Feeks met at a songwriting event in 2002, and the couple had their first date on Valentine’s Day that year. Two months later, they were engaged. Their path to stardom began in 2008, after they competed on CMT’s music competition show Can You Duet.
Joey + Rory were nominated for a Grammy earlier this year for Best Country Group/Duo performance (which they lost to Little Big Town), and Rory refused to leave Joey’s side. The couple watched the Grammys ceremony from the hospice. Rory Feek wrote about how proud he is of his wife’s accomplishments.
“Joey has done all she set out to do … even right to the very end, and by sheer will-power (and God’s grace), she was still here to to see our baby’s 2nd birthday,” he wrote in his latest post.
“Over the last number of weeks her pain had gotten worse and her health had continued to decline rapidly. And not long after Indy’s birthday my wife decided that ‘enough is enough.’ She was ready to stop fighting and she told me so. She said the flowers would soon be blooming back in Tennessee. It’s time to go home.”
In a November 2015 interview with The Tennessean, Joey 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.”
This is one of the last photos of Joey Feek to be posted to the couples’ Instagram page, from one week ago.
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