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.

Tuesday, March 1, 2005

Turning the corner

I think I turned the corner a day or so ago. I really feel some improvement in how I feel. The meds have caught up with the pain and nausea and I've found a good balance among them.

As best I can, I am enjoying passing the healing time away. Christine's parents are with us here in Houston and have been great companions to me and Christine during the surgery and my recovery.

Today, I cleared a milestone. They removed the fifty staples with which I have been zipped up. Thursday, I return for a final (hopefully) visit with the surgeon and to remove the drainage tube. Then we hope to return to Dallas Friday or so.

Today, we stopped by the Hazel's to pick up the piece of art Sarah painted for me. I am looking forward to enjoying this winter image reminding me of the warmth I received from everyone during this cold ordeal.

The going is still rough - I cannot sleep very well because of discomfort - but I am encouraged by the progress.


Martha Gessick said...

Greg, PTL you and Christine have her parents with you at the apartment until you can return back to us in Richardson. I am so pleased to hear your good news, especially for the good balance of meds. Please know I love you both and will continue to pray for each of you. See you soon, and in Jesus' great love and mercy, martha g.

Georgan Reitmeier said...

Greg, We are praising God for your progress, your reduction of pain, the return of functioning, and your praiseworthy attitude. You bring joy to those of us who love you.
Tom and Georgan Reitmeier

Bill Peck said...

I tell your story (well, my version of it) to any and all who face an uncertain future. I point them to your website for encouragement. We praise God for your progress and bright prospects.

Fran said...

it is so good to hear about your steady progress. as to the "rough going", terry and i will continue to pray while awaiting more good news for you and christine. love, fran

Roland Lindh said...

Here's the perfect remedy for your temporary discomfort. Get the following two books and if you can read them do so, or better yet, have Christine read them to you as she will enjoy them immensely also. They are "Right Turns" by Michael Medved and "The Greatest Game Ever Played" by Mark Frost. Neither one I was able to put down easily. They will keep your mind away from bodily pain - I guarantee it!

Henry Chu said...

Greg and family,
It is so good to hear that you have turn the corner from your own assessment. I wonder if your heart would resonates with Ps116, which goes
1. I love the Lord,
for He heard my voices.
He heard my cry for mercy.
2. Because He turned His ear to me
I will call on Him as long as I live.
3. The cords of death entangled me.
The anguish of the grave came upon me.
I was overcome by trouble and sorrow.
4. Then I called on the name of the Lord
"O Lord save me".
5. The Lord is gracious and righteous;
our God is full of compassion.
6. The Lord protects the simple-hearted;
When I was in great need, He saved me.
7. Be at rest once more, O my soul,
for the Lord has been good to you.
8. For you, O Lord, have delivered
my soul from death,
my eyes from tears,
my feet from stumbling.
9. That I may walk before the Lord in the land of the living.
10. I believed; therefore.
I said, " I am greatly afflicted."
11. And in my dismay, I said, "All men are liars."
12. How can I repay the Lord for all His goodness towards me?
13. I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord.
14. I will fulfill my vows to the Lord, in the presence of all his people.
15. Precious in the sight of the Lord, is the death of His saints.
16. Oh Lord, I am truly Your servant;
I am Your servant;
The son of Your maid servant;
You have freed me from my chains.
17. I will sacrifice a thank offering to you and call on the name of the Lord.
18. I will fulfill my vows to the Lord in the presence of all His people. 19. In the courts of the house of the Lord, in your midst, O Jerusalem.
Praise the Lord
and May He grant you total recovery from this time onward. Amen in Christ Name.

Willeyne Berger said...

As I said many times before, you are an inspiration for us all. God is certainly watching over you and Christine. Love to you and your family. Willeyne Berger