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.

Sunday, February 20, 2005

Prayer Requests on Sunday

Greg himself called this morning and we had a good talk. It was good to hear his voice and sense his determination and optimism.

On the popular ten-point scale, Greg rates his pain level at a 3-4. This is with the epidural still delivering pretty strong medication. Additionally, once again he has a tube in his nose and down his throat to ensure that nothing passes through his intestines until he has healed from the surgery. This was extremely uncomfortable a year ago, but thankfully he is tolerating both the pain and the discomfort well. Greg listed several things that have helped this time around:

- Knowing that the surgery went well was tremendously encouraging. There were numerous potential outcomes (even with the cancer removed) that would have made recovery and life afterward quite difficult. There is a strong sense of relief, happiness, and thankfulness to God.
- Greg went into this surgery with great strength and overall health, more than with the previous two operations. This has helped his post-op condition greatly.
- The ongoing prayer support and words of encouragement from friends and family mean more than words can express. This theme has been repeated over and over in my conversations with both Greg and Christine.

So, I urge you to continue to lift them up in prayer. Pray for:
- Rapid healing, removal of the tube as soon as appropriate, and especially that he would be able to start drinking and eating soon. The doctors estimate it will be about 3-4 days before that will be possible.
- That Greg's time in the hospital would be comfortable and that he would be well-attended. He is currently expecting to be there 5-7 days.
- For rest and relief of pain for Christine and a good convalescence in Houston.
- For complete elimination of cancer.

Thank you all for your continued support and prayers.


Sara Williams (Ellis' mom) said...

We are praying for your health and healing. I know from personal experience how frustrating that "beefsteak in a bottle" is such a poor substitute for even just jello! Grace and peace to you both in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Jim and Coco said...

When you can eat again take advantage of ALL the food groups...Cheeseburgers, french fries, donuts and coffee.
Glad to hear that you are doing well. Our prayers continue with you and Christine.

Henry Chu said...

Mark and Family,
Please let Greg know that we are thinking about him and have been remembering him in our prayers.
The tough times that Paul went through might qualify him as one who understands what Greg and the family have been through. Though under different circumstances, the common domain of suffering, might still serve as a bridge for friendship across time. If I may quote from his heart in 2nd Corinthians Ch1:
8.We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about the hardships we suffered in the province of Asia. (Hospital of Houston)
We were under great pressure, far beyond our abilibity to endure, so that we despaired even of life.
9. Indeed, our heart felt the sentence of death,
But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves, but on God, who raises the dead.
10.He has delivered us from such a deadly peril,
and He will deliver us.
On Him, we have set our hope, that He will continue to deliver us.......