Writer Cindy Watts has been reporting on the country duo since they first appeared on the CMT singing competition Can You Duet? in 2008. A few days ago, the Feeks invited Watts to their Indiana home where Joey has been put into hospice care. Watts was given the rare opportunity to ask Joey about her difficult journey with cervical cancer and how she is dealing with what is likely to be her final days.
Initially, Feek says she had a very difficult time accepting her terminal diagnosis. “More than anything, I felt like I failed at something,” Joey revealed. “I thought I did everything, but God decided for me that my job of singing for people down here is my legacy, and he needs me singing up there. That’s how I look at it.”
Over the past few days, the Feeks have been making final arrangements for Joey as they try and make her as comfortable as possible. “I said, Rory, if it’s OK with you, this is where I was born, it’s where I was raised, and this is where I die,” she says of her hometown in Indiana. “He said, ‘Whatever you want.’ I said, ‘That’s what I want.’”
Feek seems to be mostly at peace with her fate, and credits her faith with helping her get through this incredibly difficult time. “I pray that one morning I just don’t wake up,” she says. “But I don’t fear anything because I’m so close to God and we’ve talked about it so many times. I know he’s close. And I know he loves me. I’m really at peace. I still believe there’s healing in prayer.”