Rory Feek of Joey + Rory is thanking fans for their continued prayers after receiving very difficult news about his wife's cancer.

The singer-songwriter broke the news last week that Joey's disease had returned, one year after she had undergone surgery for cervical cancer. In a new blog post, he reveals the hard road she is currently facing.

Stage 4 cervical cancer.

The doctors say there is a 9 cm tumor in Joey’s sigmoid colon.  Even though the cancer is now in the colon, they said it’s the same cells as before (she was diagnosed with cervical cancer last year and had surgery last June to remove the tumor), and that the original cancer has now spread to a new organ and the tumor and cells are rapidly growing, so that is the big concern.

Despite the news, he says Joey is still working in her garden, with their baby on a blanket nearby. She is hopeful to be able to finish the work in the fall, harvesting and canning the results. But first the couple will visit a cancer center in Chicago, where they hope an evaluation will lead to a treatment plan.

If you know Joey, you can imagine that she doesn’t just want to go through chemo and radiation (and surgery again if needed) to aggressively treat the cancer, she wants a place where that will integrate natural diet and supplements to help counteract the chemo and radiation effects and build her immunities back up to help fight the cancer cells… a place that will embrace her faith as a part of the healing process.. and that isn’t afraid to take some unusual approaches if needed to try to heal her body. And above that, she wants a place where she feels like she has real hope. So do I.

Above all, Feek is thankful for the support the couple have received, especially through the faith they share with so many of their friends and family.

I can’t begin to tell you how much love and support we’ve received in the last 5 days through emails, calls, texts, flowers, cards, gifts and above all prayers. Prayers and more prayers. Prayers for the cancer to go away… prayers for strength for Joey through this… prayers for me and Heidi and Hopie… and oh, the prayers for our little Indiana.
We’ve been shown lots of love before from friends and family, from fans and strangers. But this… this is a whole other level of love. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you.

Taste of Country sends out our prayers and well wishes to the couple and their friends and family in this difficult time.

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