Joey Feek has an intense amount of faith that God will heal her body of cancer, according to People, Nov. 29, 2015, even though she can no longer get out of bed. Her husband Rory journals about her daily progress and his emotions in his blog, “This Life I Live,” but it’s hard for him to tell everyone when Joey went from walking outdoors and dancing in his arms one day to being stuck in bed. The words he writes gives a glimpse of their pain, happiness, miracles, and love Rory and Joey experience through the days.
Rory Feek said a day doesn’t go by without Joey telling him and the family that she is going to beat cancer. However, her days are like a roller-coaster ride with huge ups and downs. Rory wrote, “Though now, she can no longer get out of bed – she is so sharp and clear and her pain, for the most part, is so under control by the medicine that talking to her – you would think she’s her normal self. Thinner. Much thinner. And with a hip new hairdo.”
Joey Feek was diagnosed with cancer in May 2014, three months after she gave birth to her daughter Indiana. Rory documented her progress through his blog and he has been incredibly honest with each post.
It is hard for Joey to look in the mirror and see how cancer altered her appearance, and she is not a vain person consumed with her looks either. She still feels like the same person she was before cancer, but her remembered image is no longer there. Rory wrote, “Like any woman, my wife is self-conscious about what cancer has done to her. Who she sees in the mirror these days looks like someone else… not the woman that she feels like she is inside. And it hurts her deeply.”
Joey and Rory discussed how much they should share with everyone on the blog because they want people to remember Joey, as she was, a beautiful, vibrant woman full of love, life, sparkle, and shine. They don’t want pictures of a cancer-stricken Joey to replace those images, nor does she want to be remembered as a woman who died of cancer. Joey wants to be remembered as a woman who sang beautiful songs, a devoted wife, and loving mother.
Rory ended his blog with, “A few days ago, on the last day Joey walked, I took her in my arms in the living room and once more put her hand in mine and we danced. She steadied with her cane and I softly moved her across the room singing George Strait’s “You Look So Good In Love” in her ear. In the middle of the song though, as I was being careful not to step on her toes – she stopped and looked up at me and said, “How about if I lead?”. And I followed her lead as we slowly two-stepped on her mama’s living room floor. Like dancing, she wants to do this right, or not do it at all… to share the good, the bad, and the beautiful.”
Our thoughts and prayers go out for Joey that she will beat cancer. No matter what happens, Joey Feek will have a wonderful testimony to encourage others going through a similar experience.