Joey Feek Cancer Update – On Sunday, many of us celebrated Valentine’s Day with the people we love most in the world, and so, too, did Joey Feek, except the terminally ill singer knew that this would be her final Valentine’s Day.
The Feeks spent some time together, and Rory shared two photos on the couple’s Instagram page. One shows the duo sharing a kiss, with what looks like a gigantic platter of sushi on the table in front of them. A beautiful bouquet of flowers is on the tray in front of her, and she’s wearing a corsage.
Joey, diagnosed with stage-four cervical cancer in 2014, had her first date with her husband on Valentine’s Day in 2002. Two months later, they were engaged.
In a blog post a few days ago, Rory wrote: “I want to take her back to where our lives first began together, and relive this beautiful journey that God has taken us on. From that first song she heard me sing at the Bluebird cafe, to the last one we sang together as we stood on stage and took our final bow. To the songs that she will leave behind here on earth and the ones she will soon sing for eternity to our sweet Lord in that heavenly choir up yonder.”
Despite being nominated for a Grammy Award (Joey + Rory were nominated for Best Country Group/Duo performance, but lost to Little Big Town), Rory refused to leave Joey’s side. The couple watched the show from the hospice.
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.”