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Joey and Rory Plan New Music Release as Half of Country Duo Waits in Hospice

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Joey Feek with daughter Indiana. (Instagram)

By    |   Monday, 30 Nov 2015 11:55 AM

Joey and Rory Feek announced on Monday plans to release a new album on Valentine's Day despite the fact that Joey is in hospice care after choosing to end her cancer treatments last month.

The award-winning husband-and-wife country duo has been dealing with a looming loss following Joey’s decision to end her futile cancer treatments in late October and spend the rest of her days in hospice care with her family at her side, according to ETOnline. Joey, 40, was first diagnosed with stage 4 cervical cancer in May 2014, just two months after the birth of the couple’s daughter, Indiana.

Despite the couple’s personal tragedy, Joey and Rory, 49, have turned towards music in order to make the most of their last few weeks together. Their final album, which Rory called "Joey's album,"is "the one she’s always wanted to make — filled with the hymns she grew up with," Rory wrote in a blog post on his website.

"We recorded it in a studio in Nashville early in the summer — just after recovering from her first big surgery in Chicago," he continued. "And then she did her vocals where she could . . . in hotel rooms, our house, wherever and whenever she felt up to singing."

“In early October, we even did a TV taping of the songs in the concert hall at our farm in front of a live audience," he wrote. "Joey was weak and it was difficult for her, but she was determined. This record means so much to her. It is the songs that are the most important to her.”

In the same blog post published on Monday, Rory shared the story of how his wife found comfort and solace in this season’s first snowfall in the midst of mourning the inevitable fact that she would not be able to raise her daughter, who has Down syndrome, alongside her husband.

But when Joey caught sight of the snow, she once again found some hope.

“'I didn’t think I’d get to see snow again,'” Rory wrote that Joey said. “And she looked at me, then raised her eyes up at sky and said, 'If this is the last snow I ever see, thank you Jesus . . . thank you.’”

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