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.

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Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Biopsy today

The biopsy is today at 1:00. It is not as risky as the liver biopsy, and they said they always give the patient enough system anesthesia to make him comfortable. So I do not think it will be like the one in Dallas last summer. They are going into my lower abdominal area from behind and below. In other words, recalling Forrest Gump, I am going to get shot in the buttocks.

Dr. Hoff, who is usually very slow to speculate, said this nodule, as well as the nodule in the lung, is very likely cancerous. I will meet with him Monday to get the biopsy results. If it is positive for cancer, I will likely begin another regimen of chemotherapy. The hope would be for shrinkage and surgical removal - much like the plan for the other tumors. These are not really "new" spots, as if the cancer is spreading. They both show on the CT scans of June 2003, when I began all this. So I'm just going to view it like we haven't finished the job we began.

Enough speculation... Step one - get through this biopsy and then wait for results next Monday. Step two - another PET scan on thursday. One step at a time.


Chuck said...

Greg & Christine;
I'm praying for you.

John Tripp said...

Greg, we're praying for the best.
I lift up my eyes to the hills
From where does my help come?
My help comes from the LORD
Who made heaven and earth,
He will not let your foot be moved.
He who keeps you will not slumber,
Behold, He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.
The LORD is your keeper,
The LORD is the shade at your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day,
Nor the moon at night.
The LORD will keep you from all evil,
He will keep your life.
The LORD will keep your going out and your coming in,
From this time forth
And forevermore.
Psalm 121

Henry Chu said...

It is my intense prayer for you that the nodule will turn out to be a "cyst" and not cancer.
Many years ago, when my mother was fighting cancer, she was conscious of my health. So when she read my lung X-Ray, she exclaimed, Henry, you have got a huge lump in the lung! Lukily, my brother, who is a physician was there also. He explained to my mom. Don't worry, that lump is just Henry's heart.
May the peace we have in Him guard our hearts.

Debbie Peck said...

Greg, you and Christine are in our prayers, and know that the Lord is working powerfully through the witness of your faith and trust in His sovereignty.

Glen Ragan said...

Dear Greg,
We never did stop praying for your continued health, and we will keep you before the Lord each night.
How disappointing it must be to return to the treatments as before. But the fight isn't over yet. Hang in there.

Bruce & Bert Grantham said...

"From all my thoughts, even from my thoughts of Thee,
O Thou fair Silence, fall, and set me free."
C.S. Lewis

Willeyne said...

Note the email change. We are still praying!!