Joey Feek's Husband Talks About the Pain -- and Light -- of Their Holiday Season

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Country singer Joey Feek's husband recently shared that this past holiday season brought his wife "deep pain." That's completely understandable, given her terminal cancer diagnosis ... but what's so moving and truly amazing is this couple's ability to find -- and hold on to -- the light in all the darkness.


Joey is at home now with her husband and their 2-year-old daughter, where she's receiving hospice care in the face of incurable stage IV cervical cancer. Rory Feek shared in a blog post Tuesday that the "holidays have been a roller coaster for my bride." He writes that there have been good days, bad days, "some wonderful moments, and some deep pain that the morphine just couldn’t seem to touch." 

Of course it couldn't ... how could it possibly?

"seeing the light" - a blog post and pics from one man's extraordinary, ordinary life.

Posted by Joey and Rory on Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Writes Rory:

They say that at Christmas time emotions run high, and you feel more than you do the rest of the year.  I think that’s probably true.  Though she managed a smile most of the time, Joey’s heart was heavy and she was feeling some things she hadn’t before…

A sadness.  A fear of the unknown.  And even some anger – not at God, just at her situation I suppose.  It’s not easy for her to be as excited about what the new year holds in store as it was last year.

But she says she’s seen the light, and she’s over that now…

While I can't begin to imagine what Joey is going through as she faces a new year knowing how limited her time here on earth is, I do understand what it's like to find the holidays a source of deep sadness. Rory hit the nail on the head when he wrote that emotions run high around Christmas -- all that lovely brightness can be a difficult, intense reminder of what is lost, or missing, or painful. And a heart that is full and open is a heart that is vulnerable and raw.

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But, Rory shares that his wife, thanks to some help from a dear friend, was able to re-find and focus on the light. His words are painfully beautiful and inspiring.


...loving watching them loving each other.

A photo posted by Joey+Rory (@roryandjoey) on

After all, what else can any of us do but try to hold on to love, to friendship, to gratitude? Even as we rage against the unfairness; even as we struggle to comprehend the unfathomable.


Image via roryandjoey/Instagram

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