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For the first time in weeks, country singer Joey Feek got out of her hospital bed to play with her baby daughter.
“I guess the power-of-the-will is much stronger than the power of fear," her husband, Rory Feek, wrote in a blog post. "Honestly, I think Joey just got tired of listening to life going on in the rooms outside of her bedroom and tired of wondering what it would be like to be part of it.”
The terminally ill singer, who has Stage IV cervical cancer, surprised visiting friends and family when she walked into the living room.
“We almost couldn’t believe our eyes,” Rory wrote. “We were all so proud of her, but I think Joey was even more proud of herself.”
The video shows a frail but enthusiastic Joey walking into the room with help from her sister before taking a seat on the sofa. But much of the video shows her on the floor playing with the couple’s daughter, Indiana, who turns 2 in February.
“A few minutes later, my wife had slid from the couch to the floor and was able to be something for Indiana that she hadn’t been able [to] be in weeks and weeks. She was a mama again,” he said in his post, which he titled, "A gift." “Playing with and teaching sign language to her little girl, like she’d been dreaming of being able to do.”
Joey, 40, was diagnosed in 2014 with cancer, which returned earlier this year despite an initial aggressive treatment plan. In October, after learning the disease had continued to spread, she decided to stop treatment and entered into hospice care in her Indiana hometown.
On Friday, Rory posted a picture from the scene of Joey playing with Indiana on his Facebook page. He updated his blog Sunday with details about how the scene played out.
Rory has been recounting his wife’s journey on his blog, This Life I Live, which has also provided insight into what hospice treatment has been like. He said that while Joey may now look different physically than she used to, "the same joy in her spirit and the same beautiful smile is still there, shining through.”
Rory said that before his wife went to sleep Sunday, she told him life has been coming into perspective for her.
“She said when you're lying in a bed day after day and you can do nothing and you don't know if you're gonna be here next Christmas, or next month or even next week… you suddenly become hyper-aware that today… that this moment… is all you have. And that today is enough. It truly is a gift.”
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