Joey Feek is doing a little reminiscing. The Grammy nominee was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cervical cancer in 2014, and while her prognosis is looking grim, Feek, 40, is doing her best to look on the bright side by remembering all the good things in her life.
In an exclusive interview with People magazine, Feek focused on her marriage to Rory Feek. The pair have been married for more than a decade, and Rory, 49, has been by Joey's side through the best and worst times of her life. Joey told the publication she fell in love with him during a performance at a small café in Nashville, Tennessee, in 2002. He was one of only a few acts taking that stage that night and from the first note he sang, Joey was hooked. She told People she knew instantly that he was the one she'd spend the rest of her life with. Sadly, she was unaware of just how short a time that would be.
"I didn't even know him, but something inside me said, 'You're going to marry that man and spend the rest of your lives together,'" she said.
"I'm 10 years older than Joey and I always knew that when I get old or if something were to happen to me, Joey would be there beside me no matter what," Rory said. "No matter how hard it was, no matter how I looked or what we faced, she would be there. But I never dreamed that the roles might be reversed and life might require those things from me. For better or worse aren't just words you say anymore. Because of all Joey is going through, it's given me the opportunity to live them every day, and follow through and mean the words I said to her at the altar."
Since she was diagnosed more than two years ago, Joey's condition has worsened. On Jan. 9, it was reported that the musician was in a state of constant suffering. Rory penned an emotional post on the family's blog in which he shared with fans that he was looking on as his wife slowly died. He revealed that that post was the first time he'd acknowledge that Joey was "dying," and he was forced to come to terms with that fact as Joey had said it multiple times. Rory said Joey's "pain and discomfort has continued to increase." She was said to be on a constant painkiller regimen to keep herself "comfortable."
An earlier update, posted on the blog in December 2015, revealed that Joey had been bedridden due to her worsening condition. Rory wrote that his wife had gotten out of bed and walked out of the bedroom. He went on to say that while the feat may sound simple to most, it was quite the challenge for her. Their daughter Indiana was able to be there for moral support, playing with her mother for the first time in quite a while. Rory shared that Joey spent some time "playing with and teaching sign language" to the toddler.