Joey and Rory Feek Thankful for Extra Days They've Had Together in Spite of Terminal Cancer

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Joey and Rory Feek are grateful for every day they've spent together. The country/bluegrass duo known as Joey + Rory didn't expect to have as many days as they've enjoyed, but in their eyes God has been good. Joey Feek wasn't expected to live until Thanksgiving, and now--at nearly the end of January--she is still alive.

Diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2014, Joey Feek has fought a hard battle, one she learned this fall she wasn't going to win. Doctors told her the chemo she'd undergone for the treatment of her cancer hadn't worked. She returned to her childhood home in Indiana, under hospice care, where she has been ever since.

Rory Feek has chronicled Joey's cancer battle in his blog, This Life I Live. His most recent post, "The Power of the Plus-Sign," provides fodder for some good, long contemplation.

“It was faith that we added,” Rory writes, addressing the couple’s strong relationship with God. “A willingness to trust Him and be okay with whatever He had in store.”

Their faith inspired Joey and Rory to “only see the plus’s in our life.”

“Like all the extra days and weeks that we’ve been given together (the doctors here didn’t expect Joey to make it to Thanksgiving, and here we are near the end of January), and all the beautiful conversations and time we’ve had with her family,” he adds.

The blog entry ends with a beautiful photo of Joey and Rory's 23-month-old daughter Indiana.

“The amazing power of the plus-sign. Joey+Rory = Indy," he captions it.

Joey and Rory Feek have likely brought more followers to Jesus Christ during her cancer battle than they will ever know. To see the physical toll the cancer has taken on Joey, and read the inspiring blog posts Rory has shared has no doubt instilled in many of their friends, family members, and fans the knowledge that faith brings with it a wealth of gifts.

Joey and Rory are abundantly grateful for their gifts, and they're counting them off--one day at a time.

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.