Joey's husband and musical partner, Rory Feek, shared an update on his cancer-stricken wife's health on Thursday, where he opened up about the positive emotional effect the couple's 22-month-old daughter is having on his ailing wife.
"I sat Indy on Joey's bed so she could spend a few minutes with her mama. Joey had had some tough days and the decline of her condition was weighing heavy on her and all of our minds," Rory, 49, wrote. "But in a matter of minutes, Indy had her mama laughing out loud."
Rory also shared a few photos of his 40-year-old wife playing with their little girl, who was born with Down syndrome. In the pics, Indiana is wearing a new outfit her dad bought for her, as "she has grown out of most of her clothes" and the weather is "getting colder" since Joey entered hospice care at the family's home in Alexandria, Indiana.
"Like she did that day in August at the hospital in Atlanta when Joey was starting chemo, I think our baby is continuing to cheer her mama on in her fight – the best way she knows how... By making her smile," Feek concluded the touching post.
A post shared by Rory Feek (@roryfeek) on Jan 5, 2016 at 2:23pm PST
Joey was first diagnosed with stage 4 cancer in May 2014, but despite multiple treatments, her cancer returned. In late October 2015, Joey chose to end treatment and entered hospice care in early November, where she has been spending her final months with her family and friends.
For more on Joey's battle with cancer, watch the video below.