Joey + Rory's Joey Feek is undergoing surgery related to her battle with Stage IV cervical cancer on Thursday morning (July 9), and a few days before the scheduled operation, she and husband Rory Feek opened up about how they're handling her recent diagnosis.

“It was kind of a big shock to us. We didn’t see this coming,” Joey Feek told the audience at a Farmhouse Concert on July 3 (quote via Rare Country). Still, she added, "We have a lot of hope up there. You draw off of that, but more than anything, you draw off of Christ. We know that He’s already paved the way for us, and He’s going to take care of me, no matter what.”

In addition to surgery, Joey Feek will be using radiation and chemotherapy to treat the 9-centimeter tumor found in her colon. According to updates on the husband-and-wife duo's Facebook page, her surgery is taking place in Chicago, and Rory Feek, their daughter Indiana and Joey Feek's mother are there with her.

“We are very, very hopeful, and we’re actually excited,” Rory Feek said at the Farmhouse Concert. “We’ve got some stuff inside of her body that doesn’t need to be there ..."

In June of 2014, the Feeks first revealed that Joey Feek had undergone surgery to remove the cancer; in mid-June of this year, they first shared that the cancer had returned. From the beginning, however, they have been vocal about their belief that God will see them through the ordeal.

"God has a plan, and His plan is our plan," Rory Feek wrote when first revealing the news of Joey Feek's cancer's return. "Each day that we’re given is a beautiful gift from Him to us. And while we will pray each day for a miracle, we’re gonna live each day as if it’s a miracle. And it is.

"Lord, as believers … we trust you completely and pray for your will to be done. Not ours," he continues. "But as flesh and bone, husband and wife… we pray for complete and total healing in Joey’s body, so we can grow old together, holding hands in rockers on our front porch watching the sun go down. So that our sweet little baby Indiana can not miss one precious moment with her mama."

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