Joey Feek’s Family, Best Friend Show Support By Shaving Their Heads
A few of Joey Feek's family members and her best friend have done something visible to show their support of the country singer: They've shaved their heads.
In a new blog post, Joey Feek's husband and Joey + Rory duo partner Rory Feek reveals that, on Tuesday (Nov. 3), his wife asked him to cut off what was left of her hair, which had been thinning due to the effects of chemotherapy and radiation.
"Our older daughters were still here, so they sat at the foot of Joey’s chair in the middle of the living room and held her hands as I took the clippers that she usually cuts my hair with and followed through with her wishes," Rory Feek writes. "I wasn’t sure if it was a good idea or not. I kept telling her that maybe her body is resistant to the chemo drugs ... and maybe her hair wouldn’t all fall out. I was hoping she could continue to look in the mirror and see herself, and not have to see a cancer patient staring back at her.
"But she was insistent. Joey is nothing if not courageous," he continues. "When it was done, and what was left of her pretty brown hair laid in clumps on the hard-wood floor ... we all told her that she was beautiful. But I don’t think she believed us. She looked different than the rest of us in the room, and she knew it. She was strong of course, and forced a slight smile on her face, but it was a heartbreaking smile that had some fear beneath it."
Perhaps picking up on her trepidation, Joey Feek's best friend Julie decided to shave her head on Wednesday (Nov. 4). On Thursday (Nov. 5), the same day as the prayer vigil for Joey Feek, the singer's three sisters, Jessie, Julie and Jody; her father, Jack; and her 8-year-old niece, Alyssa, all shaved their heads as well.
"And all of a sudden, Joey didn’t look different than the people around her anymore. And a big beautiful smile came across her face, and everyone else’s, too," Rory Feek notes. "Cancer can’t [do] that. Only love can."
Rory Feek's new post includes more incredibly sweet photos of all six of of his wife's loved ones showing off their new 'dos. Her sisters and best friend were the ones to organize Thursday night's prayer vigil -- a moment Rory Feek says "was a special moment together."
"There were tears in many eyes, including Joey’s and mine," he writes. "It was a special moment together. Especially knowing that countless thousands of people from all over the globe were doing the same thing for her at the exact same time."
On Oct. 23, Rory Feek informed fans, via his blog, that his wife’s first round of chemotherapy and radiation treatments for Stage IV cervical cancer did not help; rather, two quarter-sized tumors have already appeared in the same area that the doctors had been treating, and several more tumors have appeared in her abdomen. In light of that sad news, the Feeks stopped all medical treatments, returned to their Tennessee farm and have been spending time visiting with Joey Feek’s family and loved ones in Indiana. They have also canceled all of their Farmhouse Concerts that were scheduled for November and December.
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