Country singer Rory Feek shared an update on his terminally ill wife, who is now in hospice, in a new blog post on Saturday, saying that Joey was “inconsolable” over saying goodbye to her best friend, Julie Zamboldi.
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“I put my arms around her and asked what was wrong,” Rory wrote of the encounter. “As her lips quivered and she tried to catch her breath, the tears streamed down her cheeks and Joey said, ‘I don’t think I will ever see her again.’”
Joey and Zamboldi, who shaved her own head in support of her best friend, have been fast friends ever since they met when the couple, who performed as the duo Joey + Rory, at their first Big & Buckle Festival eight years ago.
“Like an angel from heaven, it was as if God sent Julie to us. To her,” Rory continued. “But none of us exactly knew why, until the cancer showed up again this summer.”
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Joey, who has a 23-month-old daughter with Rory, was diagnosed with stage IV cervical cancer in 2014. After fighting the disease for a time, Joey decided to stop chemotherapy treatments in October after the cancer returned and spread to her colon.
“Months later and as Joey’s condition has continued to improve, then worsen, again and again … Julie has made three trips to Washington and is back here with us again,” Joey added. “She’s been here all week, helping Joey’s sister Jody take care of my wife and me and everyone else. She cooks, she cleans, changes the baby’s diaper, and does any and everything else that she can find to do that needs to be done while we’re living here out of suitcases … not waiting for someone we love to die. But helping the woman we all love to live.”
— Taste of Country (@TasteOfCountry) January 17, 2016