Now this is a good love. Terminally ill Joey Feek, who's nearing the end of her battle with cancer, shared what was likely her final dance with her husband, Rory Feek, this past weekend, the country crooner wrote on his blog, This Life I Live.
Rory has detailed his wife's battle with stage IV cervical cancer since 2014, and inspired millions with his thoughtful updates. On Sunday, Nov. 29, he revealed that he and Joey, 40, swayed together one final time.
"A few days ago, on the last day Joey walked, I took her in my arms in the living room and once more put her hand in mine and we danced," the dad of three girls, 49, wrote. "She steadied with her cane and I softly moved her across the room singing George Strait’s 'You Look So Good In Love' in her ear. In the middle of the song though, as I was being careful not to step on her toes – she stopped and looked up at me and said, 'How about if I lead?' And I followed her lead as we slowly two-stepped on her mama’s living room floor."
Accompanying his post was a sweet snap of the two in their home. In the photo, Joey clutches her husband as he rests his head against hers and cradles her waist. "Like dancing, she wants to do this right, or not do it at all…" Rory told readers. "To share the good, the bad, and the beautiful. And so we will."
Rory's latest blog post was titled "Braver Than Me"; in it, the singer shared why he and his wife were opting to be so open about their journey. "This is our life. It’s what He has given us to live. And share," the Christian pair had decided. "Sharing what we’re going through with others is really all we have to give. 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."
Joey stopped chemotherapy in October and entered hospice care. "The word ‘hospice’ makes us all think the worst. The end. Or at least, the end is very close," Rory wrote on Sunday. "I think, like me, most people probably think when they hear that word that it means that the family must be gathered around their loved one… watching them say their final words and breathing their last breath. And I’m sure in some cases, it probably happens that way."
The timeline, however, is out of their hands. "I’ve since heard that it’s not uncommon for people to be on hospice for 6 months, or longer," he wrote. "And so that’s where we are. A hospice nurse comes once or twice a week and she helps to make sure that Joey’s pain is under control – that her morphine drip is working properly — and to see if she and we, her caregivers, need anything. But God chooses the appointed time. Not us. Not hospice. My wife is strong. Very very strong. So is her will to live. Especially with a little one who gets excited every morning to see her."
Rory and Joey share an infant daughter, Indiana, 22 months, and Joey is stepmom to Rory's two teenage daughters.
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