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.

Thursday, October 28, 2004

Installation complete

Dr. Walkes successfully replaced my port this morning. There was a possibility that he would have to take out the existing one on the left side and place the new one on the right. While I may have enough scars to compete with a Deep Ellum sporter of tatoos, I am not exactly looking for more. Fortunately, he was able to clean out some internal scar tissue around the old port and put the new one in the same place. This keeps a clean shoulder pillow for Christine's head on my right side - something we were glad to keep.

I'm now playing the ol' familiar game of vicodan+drowsiness vs. pain+alertness. After recovery, we went back to MDACC for an appointment to learn details about the chemotherapy administration and side effects. I had popped a vicodan and was in drowsiness mode at the time, so I don't remember much of what was said. Christine took notes, so I'll ask her about it and get back with you on that later.


Carl said...

Greg, you're walking a thousand miles the only way it can be done: one step at a time. Thank you Lord for a successful first step.

Syd And Dan said...

May that shoulder of comfort always be there for Christine; and may you both always find comfort in the knowlegde of the love God has for you and you have for each other.
We are praying constantly!

Henry Chu said...

Thanks for the play by play update. Your courage continues to be an inspiration and encouragement to me.
What Paul says in II Corinthians is really true, that we have become an spectacle for angles and the world to watch. Though confounded at times, but not in despair, though knock down, but not dead. So that we can use the comfort we receive in Christ, to comfort those who are going through the same tribulations. Your life is a powerful living out those verses.
As all the works of our life have to go through fire (I Corinthians), and it will be revealed of what we are made up of, gold and silver, or wood and stubble. By the shear effectiveness of your testimony, we know what you are made up of.
May hymns of ages fill your soul; and the words of our Lord speak gently to you and Christin; as He accompanies you through every stage of the treatment.

Ann Strauss said...

I'm pulling for you and will continue to do so.

Madeleine said...

Amen! to all the above. Love to and prayers for you both.