Not long after welcoming daughter Indiana into the world, country singer Joey Feek of the popular duo Joey + Rory was diagnosed with cervical cancer in June 2014. Despite undergoing invasive surgery and treatment, the cancer spread and was deemed terminal. Joey along with her husband and musical companion, Rory, made the hard decision to stop treatment entirely.
Early last month, Rory announced via his This Life I Live blog that Joey had entered hospice care. The talented songbird is currently receiving end-of-life hospice care in the comfort of her home in Alexandria, Indiana.
The 2010 Academy of Country Music’s “Top New Vocal Duo” award winners have been nothing but open with their fans as they cope with their tragic situation. Rory shared insight through his blog into why he and his wife were making their journey public, “This is our life. It’s what He has given us to live… Sharing what we’re going through with others is really all we have to give. If you share what you’re going through with me… maybe I’ll be able to draw something good from it if I am one day in your shoes.”
Joey’s wish is to experience Christmas and live to see her beautiful daughter’s second birthday in February. Right now, the ailing singer is trying to soak up as much quality time as possible with Rory, Indiana, and stepdaughters Heidi and Hopie.
Our thoughts are with the Feek family.
In December, Joey + Rory got the thrilling news that they had been nominated for a Grammy in the ‘Best Country Duo / Group Performance’ category for their rendition of “If I Needed You.” The talented husband and wife duo are up against the Brothers Osborne; Charles Kelley, Dierks Bentley and Eric Paslay; Little Big Town; and Blake Shelton and Ashley Monroe in the category.
Unable to attend the ceremony, Rory Feek revealed that daughters Heidi and Hopie, along with manager Aaron, traveled to Los Angeles to represent the musicians at the GRAMMYs. Sadly, the duo did not receive the honor— Little Big Town won for their performance of “Girl Crush.” Instead of being surrounded by glitz and glamour, Joey and Rory watched the awards program with their daughter Indiana and Joey’s close family members from the comfort of her room. We hope the couple enjoyed their night despite the results!