Rory Feek/This Life I Live
Rory Feek has been candid about his wife’s cancer battle, and until now, he has shared few pictures of Joey in hospice care as he has tried to be very careful to honor her.
In a heartbreaking new blog post, Rory admits that he is fiercely protective of his wife and only wants her to be seen in a good light. He also shared that Joey is self-conscious about what cancer has done to her appearance.
“Like any woman, my wife is self-conscious about what cancer has done to her. Who she sees in the mirror these days looks like someone else… not the woman that she feels like she is inside. And it hurts her deeply.”
Just this week, Joey and Rory had a conversation about how much is too much to share. After many tears, the duo decided that their story was given to them to share.
“Sharing what we’re going through with others is really all we have to give,” Rory wrote. “If you share what you’re going through with me… maybe I’ll be able to draw something good from it if I am one day in your shoes.”
Hospice is currently coming once or twice a week to check on Joey and see if her family needs anything. Rory admits that Joey’s time in hospice has been a roller coaster.
“One moment her light is very dim and she sleeps all the time and is struggling with the simplest of things. And we (along with the doctors and hospice) believe that the time must be very near…” Rory shared.”
“And then, she’ll awaken one day and start talking and we’ll see that familiar spark in her eye. And she will be so crystal-clear with her thoughts, we will gather in the next room and say, ‘maybe, just maybe…?’”
On the last day that Joey was able to get out of bed, Rory took her in his arms and they danced in the living room as he sang George Strait’s ‘You Look So Good In Love’ in her ear. Rory compared their decision to share Joey’s story to dancing.
“Like dancing, she wants to do this right, or not do it at all… to share the good, the bad, and the beautiful. And so we will.”
Read Rory’s full blog post here.