Joey Feek, of the married country duo Joey & Rory, has entered hospice care after a battle with cervical cancer.
Her husband Rory announced the heartbreaking news on his This Life I Live blog.
"At 4 a.m. on Friday morning we rushed Joey to the hospital in Muncie. Her pain had become too much to bare," he wrote. "A few hours later the doctors told us that the pain was from the cancer tumors continuing to grow and become inflamed and we need to concentrate now on helping her be comfortable."
Rory continued, "Not the answer we hoped for… but the answer He has given us."
He said bringing their 20-month-old daughter by to see her at the hospital has helped lift Joey's spirits. "The last couple of mornings, I’ve brought Indiana up here to spend time with her mama. Both of their eyes light up the moment they see each other. It’s been beautiful."
He then described a touching moment at the hospital, writing, "Yesterday I sat her down in front of her mama and they smiled and played and loved each other the way that only mamas and their little ones can. Afterwards, when Indy got sleepy, Joey held her and sang 'In The Garden' and other hymns as she softly stroked her silky-blonde hair. Perfect love filled that hospital room as we all held our breath and wiped our eyes."
The plan now is to bring Joey home. "Hospice is arranged and a hospital bed will be delivered later this morning," Rory wrote. "We'll have a play area on the carpet nearby — close enough for her to watch Indy play, and for Indy to turn and make sure her mama can see her."
He added, "Joey is at peace with where she is and where she's going. So am I. An answer to prayer."
To read the full blog post, visit This Life I Live.