Joey Feek got her Christmas miracle and she’s fighting to see her daughter’s second birthday in February. But, according to a heart-breaking blog post by her husband, Rory, she doesn’t have long.
“…here I sit beside my dying wife.
I don’t say those words lightly. As a matter-of-fact, I haven’t said them at all. But my beautiful bride has said them to me in these couple of days. Her pain and discomfort has continued to increase daily and so has the morphine to help her be comfortable. The dosage she’s needed to keep the pain away has quadrupled in the last four days.
I’d like to tell you that she’s doing great and is going to beat this thing. But I can’t.
Yesterday with tears in her eyes and mine, Joey held my hand and told me that she has been having serious talks with Jesus. She said she told him that if He’s ready to take her… she’s ready to come home.”
In 2012, Joey+Rory were recording songs for a new album and chose to include “When I’m Gone”, a song written by their friend Sandy Lawrence. When it came time to make a video for the song, the plan was for Joey and Rory to sing the song together with Sandy playing piano in the background.
“We lit candles and transformed our barn into a beautiful studio set. But an hour or two before shooting started, Gabe and Aaron and BA came to me and said we have an idea… they said, ‘what if you’re the one who has lost someone and Joey’s singing to you?’
I didn’t like it.
I told them so. It hit too close to home.
But as they continued to talk and I listened… I realized that ‘yes, of course. We have to make it that way. It’s the story in the song.'"
Rory isn’t angry about the irony of the song and video as his wife dies from Stage IV cervical cancer. In fact, he sees it as a gift…a gift that is going to help him heal after she’s gone. The couple has requested to have “When I’m Gone” added to their new “Hymns That Are Important To Us” album that is going to be released on Valentine’s Day. While the song isn’t a hymn, it’s a song filled with hope that they would like to share.
“…in time, I believe it will have the power to help heal a million broken hearts…Even mine.”
Read Rory Feek’s full blog post by clicking here. And, listen to Joey sing “When I’m Gone” in the video below.
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