February 8, 2016 1:35 pm
Updated: February 8, 2016 3:03 pm

Joey Feek keeping daughters close, growing plants in her final days, says husband Rory

WATCH: She may be battling stage 4 cervical cancer, but country singer Joey Feek is finding new life in a vegetable garden.


Country singer Joey Feek has held on to life for a long time in hospice care, despite the fact that she’s currently battling stage 4 cervical cancer.

Some may attribute it to her unwavering faith in God, some might say it’s her love of her children; others may suggest her husband Rory‘s stalwart support is key. In any event, Joey Feek is a survivor, and she’s not going out without a fight.

The Feeks’ latest act of defiance in the face of cancer is their garden initiative. The country and bluegrass music duo (a.k.a. Joey + Rory) is growing plants in their garden — which is known as Joey’s Garden — so that after Joey dies, she’ll still be “feeding her family.”

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Rory maintains a blog, This Life I Live, to keep fans and well-wishers up to date on Joey’s illness. In his latest post, Rory, 49, talks about how the garden is giving Joey, 40, new life.

“I just want her to be able to be in the garden — this year and twenty more after it. And I will keep the garden going. Joey’s garden,” Rory wrote last Thursday. “So thin and gaunt, and more frail than ever, my wife is sowing her seeds — putting down roots in the soil of our lives and hearts. Getting us ready for something that we can’t see right now for the tears in our eyes… something she might not even get to see at all.”

“[Caring for your family] doesn’t stop just because you have cancer or are stuck in a bed for months-on-end,” Rory continued. “Life goes on. And what was important, is still important to her. I love that about my wife. That, and a million other things.”

Joey Feek

Joey has been receiving hospice care in the couple’s hometown of Alexandria, Ind. after it was discovered that her cancer had spread to her colon.

She’s keeping herself upbeat with the help of her daughter Indiana, who was born shortly before Joey’s cancer diagnosis in 2014. Indiana was born with Down syndrome, and is a constant source of happiness for her ailing mother. Rory posted several photos of little Indiana to the couple’s Instagram page, trying to cheer her mother up with funny faces.

Indy making her mama smile today.

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Rory says the children are always “close to her heart,”and Joey wears a necklace to remind her of that. Stepdaughters Hopie and Heidi are Rory’s children from a previous marriage, but Joey has been a permanent fixture in their lives.

…keeping our girls close to her heart.

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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.”

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“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.”

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