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Opening the conversation on palliative care

Posted at 6:36 PM, Mar 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-04 10:41:04-05
Your social media feeds are flooded with a picture, taken earlier this week, when country singer Joey Feek said goodbye to her two-year-old daughter, Indiana.
 
Joey's husband, Rory Feek, posted the picture on his blog with the caption "one last kiss." Together the husband and wife team made up the Grammy-nominated country duo "Joey + Rory."
 
Shortly after their daughter was born the couple learned Joey had cervical cancer. The disease spread to her colon and in November the Feeks opted to end Joey's treatment for Stage 4 cancer. 
 
In Rory's latest blog, he says his wife is now in a deep sleep and isn't expected to wake up. She wanted to live long enough to celebrate her daughter's second birthday, and they did that two weeks ago. Rory's writes that both he and Joey are at peace with where she's going. 
 
The blog Rory is sharing with the world is giving us an inside look at what's known as palliative care. Dr. Christopher Kearney is a palliative medicine specialist with MedStar Health. He joined ABC2's In Focus to discuss end of life care.
 
See video above for full interview.