The Struggle Has Ended

Greg Hewlett passed away on January 17th after nearly eight years of battling colon cancer. While we grieve his loss, we are comforted to know that he is with his Lord.

If you would like to leave your thoughts on Greg, please see this thread.

If you would like to make a charitable donation in Greg's honor, please see this thread.

Friday, September 26, 2003

Out again on parole


I'm being released today. They held me here for the last day or two due to problems eating due to nausea and cramping. These symptoms have cleared up dramatically in the past 24 hours since they took me off I.V. pain meds. I think these problems were side effects of the medications. Every solution seems to have an associated side effect - you can only really get better when you escape, which is what I'm doing today. We're headed back soon to Conroe to stay with the Rasmussens.

Pathology reported some good news and not so good news. The good news is that the primary tumor they took out was only 20% viable - it had been nearly obliterated by those few rounds of chemo. Viability has to do with what percentage of cancerous cells are alive and kicking. The bad news was that some of the lymph nodes surrounding the tumor were cancerous. But we had suspected that was the case as this type of tumor goes first to lymph nodes, then to the liver. For good measure, he took out all the surrounding nodes.

In my estimation, this week went very well. Another difficult step successfully taken. Thank you, Lord.


Fran said...

Looking good and ... more and more like Cypher!

Wes Hauser said...

Greg, it is great to see you up and about in a realative short time! Again blessings are poured upon you and Christine! I look forward to another visit! Take care and God bless!

John & Debbie Ciavola said...

What wonderful blessings, Greg!! We are so happy for you. Give Christine a big hug and kiss!!!!

Denise said...

We are so relieved that your surgery went well. You look great........keep up your good spirits and positive outlook. It counts for so much.
love from all...

Andrew Russell said...

dude, i'm glad to see the thumbs up. And you're all over that hospital gown fashion statement.