Rory Feek has been writing about his life and his wife, Joey, on his blog “This Life I Live”. In recent months, he and Joey have been sharing her personal battle with cancer.
Although his posts are heartbreaking, they are also filled with the joy and love that comes with a close-knit family. As her illness has progressed, the couple have discussed how much is too much to share. What do you keep private and what do you share? “How honest do we really want to be?” asks Rory in a post from his blog on November 29.
Rory recognizes that from his wife’s point of view, she is not her disease. “She wants to be remembered as a singer of songs. A devoted wife. A loving mother. Not a cancer patient.”
With that said, it’s difficult not to be moved by how much they are willing to share. One such moment happened recently. Rory shared what might be their last dance together on the last day Joey could walk on her own. He writes:
“A few days ago, on the last day Joey walked, I took her in my arms in the living room and once more put her hand in mine and we danced. She steadied with her cane and I softly moved her across the room singing George Strait’s ‘You Look So Good In Love’ in her ear. In the middle of the song though, as I was being careful not to step on her toes – she stopped and looked up at me and said, ‘How about if I lead?’ And I followed her lead as we slowly two-stepped on her mama’s living room floor. Like dancing, she wants to do this right, or not do it at all…to share the good, the bad, and the beautiful. And so we will.”
It’s a touching moment, and one that deserves to be honored and remembered.