For the last six months, our readers have faithfully followed the story of Joey and Rory Feek. Some had followed the couple’s journey ever since their success on CMT’s Can You Duet? in 2008. But others were being introduced to the talented duo for the first time as a result of his wife’s Stage IV cancer diagnosis. Rory has candidly shared details of their cancer battle with fans on his blog, This Life I Live.
In a recent interview with TODAY.com, Rory opened up about his wife’s final days and what he wants people to take away from their story. Rory admits to TODAY.com that he has been surprised and humbled by the response he and Joey have received from complete strangers who are familiar with their story.
“…the most surprising thing has been the reaction of people that I meet at the grocery store or wherever I am. Strangers will walk up to me and say, ‘are you…’ and they can’t get words out,” Rory adds, “I will nod and before I can introduce myself, they will grab me and hug me and their tears will just start streaming down. It’s amazing and humbling how deeply people seem to feel what we feel, and care for us.”
Rory goes on to share the details of their current daily routine including their daughter Indiana’s breakfast that consists of oatmeal and music. Often a song will play on the radio that brings Rory to tears. “Indiana is learning sign language and sometimes she will notice and sign ‘tears.’ I will wipe my eyes and try to keep her from seeing my pain, but inside the tears will be pouring and my heart will break. But I don’t turn off the song — I just listen and think, and let the music do what it’s supposed to do … touch us.”
The couple has been nominated for their first Grammy Award for their rendition of “If I Needed You,” a song that the couple never anticipated receiving any attention. The Grammys will be held next month and Joey set a goal to live to see the result of their nomination. But, Rory admits that only God knows if that will happen.
“I’d love to be here holding Joey’s hand, watching the show on TV … and if they called our names as the winner, I want to be able to lean over, look into her eyes and say ‘congratulations honey’ and give her a long, slow kiss. But God only knows where we will be in a month.”
To read Rory Feek’s full interview with TODAY.com, click here.
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