If you're like us, you've been closely following Joey Feek's emotional journey as she battles stage-four cervical cancer under hospice care after ineffective chemotherapy treatments.
In another beautifully penned update entitled Braver Than Me by her husband and bandmate Rory Feek, we learn Joey is, as of right now, unable to get out of bed but holds steadfast to hope.
Rory explains the couple's reason to share their story with the hope to inspire others:
"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."
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Joey has been embracing each moment with family, especially alongside the couple's 21-month-old daughter Indiana. Rory shares that despite the circumstances, his wife is "braver" than him:
"A hospice nurse comes once or twice a week and she helps to make sure that Joey's pain is under control – that her morphine drip is working properly – and to see if she and we, her caregivers, need anything. But God chooses the appointed time. Not us. Not hospice. My wife is strong. Very very strong. So is her will to live. Especially with a little one who gets excited every morning to see her. There isn't a day that goes by that she doesn't look me and her family in the eye and say 'I'm gonna beat this,' or 'I'm getting better, I believe that.' And she asks me if I believe it, and I do. I choose to."
Rory admits Joey's experience with hospice has been a "rollercoaster" with many highs and lows:
"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. But she is beautiful. So so so beautiful. When God begins to take the light from the outside… the light inside just shines all that much brighter. It's amazing. She's amazing."
On a final note, Rory adds a heartfelt story of dancing with his love on the last day she was able to walk:
"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. And so we will."
This is such a heartbreaking and inspiring story.
We continue to rally behind Joey and her family during this difficult time — praying for a miracle!!
[Image via Rory Feek/This Life I Live.]
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