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Rory Feek opened up about how his wife and musical partner, Joey, is nearing the end of her battle with with stage IV cervical cancer.
"I’d like to tell you that she’s doing great and is going to beat this thing," he wrote in the heartbreaking blog post Saturday. "But I can't."
Rory wrote that the 40-year-old singer, who has been receiving hospice care in Alexandria, Indiana, has had to increase her morphine dosage.
"Her pain and discomfort has continued to increase daily and so has the morphine to help her be comfortable," Rory wrote. "The dosage she’s needed to keep the pain away has quadrupled in the last four days."
But Rory wrote that while Joey's body weakens, her spirituality remains strong.
"Yesterday with tears in her eyes and mine, Joey held my hand and told me that she has been having serious talks with Jesus," Rory wrote. "She said she told him that if He’s ready to take her… she’s ready to come home."
The blog also recounted the story of a beautiful and now, devastatingly ironic song Joey and Rory recorded in 2012 called "When I'm Gone."
The touching ballad explores the hardship of losing a loved one and was written by Sandy Lawrence, a singer-songwriter discovered by Joey + Rory, while she was caring for her dying mother.
"We knew the recording was special and our hope was that the song’s message might help someone who is in the midst of losing someone they love or who has already lost someone and are trying to make sense of it all," Rory wrote.
In the music video for the song, Joey is singing to Rory to console him in his grief after her passing.
"The cameras rolled and both Joey and I let us ourselves imagine what it would be like if she had to leave this world and I was left behind without her," Rory wrote.
Now that the song is transforming into a tragic reality for the Feeks, the irony is not lost on Rory who said the couple's "‘make-believe’ song and video seems to be coming true."
It's a fateful twist that instead of dread, gives Rory continued hope of healing once Joey is gone.
"It is a very special song, filled with hope and love," wrote Rory. "And in time, I believe it will have the power to help heal a million broken hearts…Even mine."
The musician added that he and Joey's version of the song has been added to the pair's “Hymns That Are Important To Us," a new Joey + Rory album that is coming out in a couple weeks.