by Terresa Monroe-Hamilton | December 7, 2015 9:38 am
Country music star Joey Feek is preparing to say a final goodbye to the ones she loves. She has terminal cancer, but right now she’s feeling pretty good her husband says. She’s now bedridden, but feels well enough to play with their little girl and look forward to Christmas one more time. Joey has a strong spirit and is determined to spend every minute with her husband and little one as long as she can. This will be her last Christmas if she lives through the holiday and the family is praying for that blessing. The Feeks live in Tennessee, but they moved back to Joey’s family home to spend her final days on this earth with those she loves. Because of the generosity of a kind individual, the Feeks are actually now in a bigger house where they can be more comfortable through all of this ordeal. Joey can look out of a picture window at the beautiful countryside and maybe she’ll get to see it snow one last time. I can’t imagine what this family must be going through – it just tears your heart apart. It is literally heartbreaking.
From the Daily Mail:
Country singer Joey Feek is ‘still feeling pretty good,’ her husband Rory Feek said this weekend.
The 40-year-old, who has terminal cancer, can no longer get out of bed but on Friday she was able to spend time with her 21-month-old daughter Indiana on her lap.
‘We’ve been able to keep her pain under control for the most part and her spirit is just as positive as ever,’ the musician wrote on his blog ThislifeIlive.com.
‘It’s starting to feel like Christmas. And not just any Christmas – a very special Christmas – one that we’ll never forget,’ he added.
The couple, who have a farmhouse in Tennessee, moved back to Joey’s family home where she could spend her last weeks and days surrounded by her family.
Thanks to the generosity of ‘someone in the community who just wants to help,’ they have now been given the use of a larger house where there’s more room for Rory and Indiana, and where Joey has a bedroom with a large picture window opening onto the surrounding countryside.
‘Joey can look out and see white geese and black swans swimming in the pond and deer walking down the path. It’s amazing,’ her husband said.
Employees at local pizza parlor Pizza King have also donated 25 wrapped gifts for Indiana, who was born with Down syndrome – one to be opened each day up until Christmas.
‘So every morning is “present time” for Indy. She loves ripping open the paper and seeing what’s inside,’ Rory shared on his blog.
The 49-year-old musician said the Christmas season is the time of year he loves the most and recalled how he and his wife had made a Farmhouse Christmas album several years ago together, filled with special songs.
‘My wife knows I love Christmas. I always have,’ he said. ‘There’s a magic that’s in the air that isn’t there any other time of the year.’
And the couple are praying for some of that magic now, that Joey will make it to Christmas and beyond that to February and her little girl’s second birthday – something she wants to celebrate more than anything.
It was just a few months after giving birth to Indiana that Joey was diagnosed with cervical cancer.
She had a radical hysterectomy in May 2014 followed by more surgery in July that year.
But the cancer returned and this summer the couple, who wed in 2002, announced that Joey was stopping treatment and entering hospice after doctors said there was nothing more they could do.
Joey can see a pond through her window and see geese, ducks and swans around it. She can watch the deer out there too. That is what I would want if it were me. People are giving presents to their daughter Indiana, as well as the Feeks. Under their tree will be crowded this year. Their daughter has Down syndrome – this poor family has been through the wringer, but doesn’t complain. They just count their blessings as Christians. Since the employees of a pizza parlor gave 25 presents to Indiana, she can open one each morning until Christmas. She loves that and her mom can watch her. If Joey can just hold on to February, she’ll get one more birthday with Indiana before she is called home. I can’t write about this family without getting choked up. Joey has made her peace with God over this and so has her family. Now, it is the long goodbye that they wish would never end. My prayers are with them this Christmas and I know that this will forever live in their hearts and memories.
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