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Internet rallies behind Rory Feek and his wife's heartbreaking battle with cancer

Internet rallies behind Rory Feek and his wife's heartbreaking battle with cancer
PHOTO COURTESY OF THIS LIFE I LIVE

You can just feel the heartbreak. A young mother, dying of cancer, kisses her two-year-old daughter goodbye.

Years ago, you might read about a celebrity's death and be sad about it. But, these days, you can experience the hopefulness, the sadness, and the grief as if you're right there.

That's been so with country singer Rory Feek's blog, "This Life I Live," in the two years he has been documenting his wife Joey's ongoing battle with cancer. In 2014, Joey was diagnosed with cervical cancer. In 2015, the Joey + Rory singer told her fans that the cancer had spread and she was ending treatments.

In his most recent post, "One Last Kiss," Rory tells a heartbreaking story: Joey's final days. Joey, he writes, recently said a final goodbye to her parents and siblings. "And then she asked me to bring our baby in."

Joey held Indiana, kissed her, and said: "You be a big girl for your papa. And mama will be watching over you." One last kiss.

Joey, who was a 2016 Grammy nominee with Rory for Best Country Duo/Group has been sleeping for days. She's rapidly declining, her husband writes.

"I don't think we've been in denial, just filled with hope and living in the moment. Because, though you know that your loved one is dying, somehow you find a way to find the good, even in the dying. You say to yourself, 'She's still here. We're still together. And it's still life. Sort of.'"

Their story has exploded online. Rory's "One Last Kiss" post, for instance, has been shared 164,000 times so far on Facebook. Plus, every major news outlet from Fox News to NBC, and outlets around the world, have been writing about Joey's final days, and Rory's blog posts about their lives.

"I want to apologize for any sensational headlines that this or any post has created," Rory writes. "That has not been my intention. These are just stories, small vignettes from our lives, just like the ones that you and everyone out there is living every day."

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