Joey and Rory Feek had a Christmas wish this year, and it wasn’t for something material or a trip abroad. Their wish was to spend Christmas together, with the family. Imagine their pleasure and thankfulness when their wish came true and Joey joined everyone on Christmas to open gifts and play with her daughter. According to Us Weekly, Dec. 29, 2015, Rory wrote about the blessings they received when Joey was able to get out of bed and spend the day with her family.
Joey had a wonderful, amazing Christmas with the people she loves when many thought she would not make it through to see another Christmas. Joey has a battle with cancer and it leaves her with some good days and other days that are so bad that she cannot get out of bed.
Last year, Joey discovered she had cancer and when the doctors told her they could do no more, she stopped taking cancer treatments in October. She didn’t give up, believing that was the end. Instead, she continued to believe God for a miracle and she treats each day like it’s a precious gift from God. In November, she entered Hospice and her husband, Rory thought this Christmas would be the hardest holidays to get through because she may not make it. However, things turned out differently and Joey joined the family for Christmas Eve and Christmas day.
Rory started a blog, “This Life I Live” to note the progress of Joey’s journey and while some posts have been difficult for him to write, he continues to keep her fans informed. Rory’s blog began with the story about a Gruffalo, which is their daughter’s favorite book and movie. Rory compared the Gruffalo story to what they are going through at this time in their lives.
Rory wrote, “In the story, a mouse goes for a stroll through the deep dark wood to find a nut, and he comes upon some difficult obstacles that stand in his way. In order to keep going, the mouse ‘makes up’ something called a Gruffalo. The mouse knows it’s not true. But everyone else believes his story. The best part of the book is that in the end, the very thing that he imagined in his head, turns out to be real. And the mouse found a way to be brave through something that should have been very scary.”
Rory said they envisioned that this Christmas would be great and even “magical” and that is close to what happened. On Christmas Eve, Joey felt good enough to join the family as they opened their traditional Christmas Eve gift of a new pair of pajamas. On Christmas day, Joey joined her family in opening gifts and spending time with her daughter Indiana.
Rory continued with the story, “We didn’t really believe it – down deep inside we knew we knew better – but still we told ourselves and each other that it was going to be great. And we trudged on through the deep dark wood. And when we got to the other side, it turned out that our Gruffalo was real too. Christmas had come and Joey was not only here with us, but she was doing well and we all had an amazing day together.”
Joey was not expected to live through Christmas 2015, but she did and her family and friends continue to pray and believe for a miracle that her cancer will go into remission, or go away. May Joey continue to do well and may the Feek family receive their miracle for her health to be restored.