Rory Feek has finally come to grips with the reality of his wife’s condition. Joey Feek, who makes up half of the Grammy-nominated country duo Joey+Rory, was diagnosed with stage 4 cervical cancer nearly two years ago. As her condition worsens, Rory has been forced to accept that he will soon be without the love of his life — something he never considered prior to her diagnosis.
In a post on their family blog, the 50-year-old father of three looked back on their relationship and all the places that their love, as well as their love of music, has taken them. According to People magazine, he fondly recalled their early days, competing on shows like “Can You Duet?” which led him to the founding of their music group. The couple decided to call themselves Joey+Rory and while he knew the name might not make sense to others, he said it “made sense to us, and that’s all that mattered.” While the name had significance at the time, it has taken on a whole new meaning since Rory learned that his wife was terminally ill.
“In hindsight, I think I was right about the plus-sign in Joey+Rory, but not about the math. One-plus one does not equal two. It actually equals much, much more. And the plus-sign? I’ve come to realize through the years that it’s not what I thought it was either. It’s more too,” Rory wrote. “Without know it, what we were actually adding into the equation that day in 2008… was God. It was faith that we added – a willingness to trust Him and be okay with whatever He had in store. I think that’s where the power is. There’s nothing magical about Joey and I together. We bring our skills and talents into this union, but God brings the magic. He takes those gifts and adds in His timing and mixes it with all the years of joy and hardship and smiles and pain we’ve had… and He makes something bigger. Something better.”
Although Rory’s blog seems filled with sadness and grief, he and Joey are staying as positive as possible in the time they have left together. As was reported by Entertainment Tonight, Rory shared a photo of his wife playing with some adorable puppies while lying in her hospital bed at home on Wednesday. According to the post, which appears on their shared Facebook page, the dogs were actually there to visit the couple's young daughter, Indiana, who has been diagnosed with Down syndrome. Rory joked that Joey, 40, enjoyed the visit more than Indiana did.
Four legged friends aren't the only visitors Joey's had in what could be her final days. In another Facebook update from Wednesday, Rory revealed that his wife is now spending a good deal of her time with family and friends. Joey reportedly feels that it's important that she reminisce and share tidbits of information with those around her before her death. Rory has been taking notes on certain things he'll be responsible for, like planting their garden and putting aside money for tithing each month. Rory also shared a photo of Joey speaking with his sister, revealing to fans that they were looking back on a restaurant they'd started together nearly 10 years ago.
Another thing Joey hopes to see live on long after she's gone? Her and her husband's music. For this reason it was important to her to keep singing throughout cancer treatments and moments where she was extremely sick or in pain. On Jan. 21 Rory revealed that his wife had asked him to set up a microphone in the bedroom of their home, allowing her to lay down tracks for their final album "Hymns That Are Important to Us."