Country Duo Joey + Rory Ask for Prayers and a Miracle After Joey Stops Cancer Treatment
Feek says his wife's cancer is aggressive, spreading and not responding to chemo and radiation
Country and bluegrass duo Joey + Rory are now looking for a miracle.
Husband Rory Lee Feek, in a heartbreaking post Friday on his blog, wrote that he and his wife Joey Martin Feek have made a tough decision to end medical treatment after a CT scan revealed that Joey’s cancer is aggressively spreading despite radiation and grueling rounds of chemotherapy.
“Sometimes there just aren’t enough surgeries – or doctors – or chemotherapies – or prayers. And you have to wipe the tears from your cheeks and say the words that you were hoping to never have to say … ” Rory wrote. “Enough.”
Joey, 40, first underwent surgery for cervical cancer in 2014, four months after she gave birth at home to the couple’s first child together, India Boon Feek, who has Down Syndrome.
But their hope that treatment was working was upended when the couple announced in June that Joey’s cancer had returned and had spread to her sigmoid colon.
As Joey prepared for a new round of chemotherapy this week, a new CT scan showed more tumors were growing in her abdomen. The couple decided then to suspend care and also cancel upcoming concert dates.
“So we did what you do when the medicine isn’t working, and the doctors are at a loss … and when the ‘statistics’ say you can do more chemo, but it will only buy you a little time …” Rory wrote.
“We came home. Not to die. But to live. To put our hands in each others and sit out on the back porch and watch the sun set as our sweet little baby girl plays on a blanket in front of us. To bask in the glory of the beautiful life He’s blessed us with, and try not to question why we can’t have more of it together. And why He is allowing this to happen.”
The couple, who wed since 2002 and are devoted Christians, have been leaning on their faith and each other as Joey endured tough treatments. But Rory acknowledged that the latest news had left them both scared. They are asking their fans and friends to pray for a miracle.
“I’m not going to tell you that I’m okay with this because ‘God has a bigger plan.’ Or that ‘we’ll understand His bigger purpose somewhere down the line.’ That logic doesn’t really work for me right now,” he wrote candidly.
“I’m not angry at God. I’m not angry with anyone. I’m just disappointed … It’s hard for me to feel slighted, when I know that the career that Joey and I have had – this amazing last 7 years or so – has only been, because God reached out His powerful hand and chose us. He lifted us up from our little farm. and let us see and do things beyond our wildest dreams. And you can’t be in awe of an amazing road that God leads you down, and then be any less in awe of a corner that He has you turn.”
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