Rory Feek Says Joey Couldn't Bear the Idea That He'd Become a Single Dad Again

Joey and Rory Feek

It's still hard to believe that Joey Feek left this earth just six months ago, after battling stage-four cervical cancer until the very end. Joey and Rory Feek's story is a testament to the love and relentless spirit so many have to live for their families. Now, Rory Feek says life as a single dad gets hard, but is a reality he's prepared to embrace.

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Some people may not know Rory was previously married before making sweet music with his late wife Joey, with whom he had a daughter, Indiana, who is now 2 and a half. Rory was a single dad the first time around, and Joey was apparently heartbroken at the idea that her departure would leave him in the same situation.

 

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As Rory tells People:

[Joey] just couldn't bear the idea that she was going to leave me a single parent again because I'd already been through it. She told me right on the porch out there. She said, 'It's not fair. You're not supposed to have to do this again.' I said, 'But on the other hand, I'm perfect. I already know how.'

While I'm not on a first-name basis with Rory, it's quite evident that Dad is looking to his past as a single father as a source of strength, so he can continue on without his sweet Joey. (It's also wonderful to hear Rory's older daughters are helping him out with Indiana.)

As tragic as this story is, there's an undeniable resilience the Feek family has that is so empowering and hopeful. To even fathom the agony felt is beyond gut-wrenching and beyond all comprehension.

My heart breaks for Rory and his girls, along with other families who have lost or will lose a loved one to cancer and work to try to pick up the pieces ...

It's been five years since my dad has been cancer-free (he had an aggressive stage-four kidney cancer that was caught early), and I honestly can't imagine my life without him -- even as an adult. I can't wrap my head around children and spouses who've lost loved ones to sickness and disease and somehow find the strength to continue on.

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There's no way I can even process having to kiss my husband goodbye -- or even finding the might to battle cancer myself, knowing I wouldn't wake up one day to send my boys (who are now ages 2 and 1) off to their first day of school, participate in a high school sport (they obviously haven't signed up yet, but I imagine they will), graduate from college, get married, start their own families ...

To think about Joey, and any other parent battling cancer, having to fight back tears from thinking about the events they likely won't be present for, so they can live in the now, is inconceivable to me.

Hopefully Rory and Indiana's days are filled with love and beautiful memories of Joey. Even though she is no longer here on this earth, her spirit will carry on with her family that will last a lifetime.

As Rory told the magazine, "God just keeps showing up and magically making what are our worst fears beautiful."

 

 

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