Last night, while thousands of people around the world were praying for Joey Feek, the singer and her family were experiencing yet another stage of this battle we call cancer.
Surrounded by her family and friends at her childhood home in Indiana, Joey was sitting in her parent’s living room as her husband took clippers to her head and honored her wish to shave off what was left of her beautiful auburn hair.
According to a new blog post by Rory, the effects of two months of chemotherapy were taking it’s toll.
“Day by day, the effects of all the chemo Joey had received the last couple months was causing her hair to get thinner and thinner, so on Tuesday she asked me if I would do the honors.
Our older daughters were still here, so they sat at the foot of Joey’s chair in the middle of the living room and held her hands as I took the clippers that she usually cuts my hair with, and followed through with her wishes.”
The post continues with a touching moment that only someone who has seen a loved one fight cancer can truly appreciate.
“She looked different than the rest of us in the room and she knew it. She was strong of course, and forced a slight smile on her face, but it was a heart-breaking smile that had some fear beneath it.
Then the next day something strange happened… her best-friend Julie’s hair fell off.
And then last night, the same thing happened to all three of Joey’s sisters.
And then a few minutes later, her daddy Jack’s hair fell off…
Even her little eight-year-old niece Alyssa’s hair fell off.
And all of a sudden, Joey didn’t look different than the people around her anymore. And a big beautiful smile came across her face and everyone else’s too.”
Rory concludes with a beautiful reality.
“Cancer can’t do that.
Only love can.
Your heart hurts so much for someone that you love…
Your hair falls off.”
Read Rory Feek’s full blog post “love makes your hair fall off” here.