Joey Feek Spends Time With Family, Friends

Over the weekend, a bus full of people made its way from Tennessee to Indiana to spend time with Joey and Rory Feek.

Written by Lauren Laffer
Joey Feek Spends Time With Family, Friends

Joey Feek is making the most of the time she has left.

Over the weekend, a bus full of Joey’s close friends made its way from Tennessee to Indiana to spend time her. The group included longtime Joey + Rory bus driver/friend Russell Brisby, neighbors Gabe and Mandy McCauley, and friends Miss Joan, Jack and Sandy Lawrence, Thomas Travioli and others. The group drove through the night to spend time with cancer-stricken singer/songwriter, who recently stopped seeking treatment for her aggressive Stage IV Cervical Cancer.

“They all stayed for many hours, and Joey’s mama cooked and had pies and dinner for everyone,” Rory said in his Saturday morning blog post on This Life I Live. “We all laughed and we cried, and one-by-one I led our friends through a door into the back bedroom to see her and sit with her and talk.  Some came out smiling and full of joy and some came out hurting and having a hard-time catching their breath.”

“Before everyone left to head back out to the bus… we helped Joey out into the living room – she wanted to tell everyone one more goodbye,” he continued. “Her friends gathered around her on the couch and she told them of her hope that she might be able to still be here for Christmas, or for Indiana’s 2nd birthday in February.”

The family has been spending time at Joey’s family home in Indiana. She originally wanted to go back to their Nashville-area farm after staying there for awhile, but has decided to spend her final days there. “I said, Rory, if it’s OK with you, this is where I was born, it’s where I was raised, and this is where I die,” Joey told The TennesseanHe said, ‘Whatever you want.’ I said, ‘That’s what I want.’ According to the publication, the doctors gave Joey six to nine months to live, but now think she will not have as long as they originally anticipated.

For the most part, Joey feels at peace with what’s to come. “I wasn’t mad at him, I wasn’t upset,” Joey said, referring to God about when she found out her cancer had returned. “I was just greatly disappointed. I really thought we had it. I thought, ‘I’m going to be that exception. I’m going to be that statistic that stands out and says, ‘She fought it.’ We did the most extreme surgery we can do in the gynecologic world, and she did well.’ But for whatever reason, it wasn’t enough, and God had different plans. I was disappointed. I was exhausted.”

For now, Joey remains in hospice care and will continue to spend time with her family in Indiana.