After revealing earlier this week (June 14) that Joey Feek's cervical cancer had returned, Joey + Rory have offered another update -- and, unfortunately, the cancer has spread.

According to a new post by Rory Feek on the duo’s blog, This Life I Live, Joey Feek has been diagnosed with Stage IV cervical cancer.

"The doctors say there is a 9-centimeter tumor in Joey’s sigmoid colon," Rory Feek explains. "Even though the cancer is now in the colon, they said it’s the same cells as before ... 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."

The Feeks first revealed in June of 2014 that Joey Feek had undergone surgery to remove the original cancer. In his note from earlier this week, Feek wrote that his wife hadn’t been feeling well recently, and after a doctor’s visit, they were told that her cancer had returned. She had a port put in for chemotherapy and radiation on Thursday (June 11), and she will begin treatments in the coming weeks.

"There are many things that are very important to my wife, and those things never change, they never waver. Not through good times or bad times, not through tears or joy. She knows what the good stuff in life is, and she reaches for it and pushes away the things that don’t matter. She’s always been this way," Rory Feek writes. "I wish I was more like her… and that it came easy to me. I have to work at it. It’s just part of her… like breathing air or loving [the Feeks' daughter] Indy."

Rory Feek continues by explaining that the couple will be heading to Chicago next week to check out a cancer treatment center in the city.

"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," Rory Feek says. "And above that, she wants a place where she feels like she has real hope. So do I."

The post ends with Rory Feek thanking everyone from family and friends to fans and strangers for the "love and support we’ve received in the last five days through emails, calls, texts, flowers, cards, gifts and, above all, prayers."

"We’ve been shown lots of love before from friends and family, from fans and strangers," he writes. "But this … this is a whole other level of love. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you."

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