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.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2005

A new low CEA

I began chemo yesterday. Right now I am on the take-home pump, which slowly drips the stuff into me until tomorrow. I'm not feeling like writing much but wanted to share a piece of good news. I just found out my CEA blood level taken yesterday was 1.8 - the lowest it has ever been measured.

CEA is a marker which correlates to colon cancer activity. While it is relatively unreliable compared with blood markers for other cancers, it does generally go up if there is cancer growing and stays low when it is not. I had actually expected it to be up a little, because chemo can make it go up artificially and I took chemo with the radiation. So I was shocked and deeply relieved to find out it was so low.

My body wants to hurl lunch... but my heart sings thanksgiving to the Lord.


Lynn Scroggin said...

Forget the lunch. Sing the thanksgiving to the Lord as I am doing for you. God is good. Celebrate, celebrate.

Madeleine said...

Your endurance and perseverance are inspirational, Greg. Sorry you're still so uncomfortable, but the low CEA is wonderful news. Praying for you and Christine to have total healing and relief from all your illnesses.
Love and prayers, Madeleine

Roach said...

Beautiful! So glad to hear it my man. Ashley and I rejoice with you.

David Pagan said...

It was so great to be with you earlier this year and see the graph when it dropped down to the new low, that has now been surpassed! Praise God for all his many blessings.

Judy Wu said...

woo hoo!

Belle Petkas said...

Thanks for sharing the good news. God is busy this week. Had a similar Email from another friend who is battling cancer. We'll keep praying for more good news. Belle

Carl said...

Amen and Haliluja!

Martha g said...

Greg, thanks for sharing so our hearts can sing thanksgiving to the Lord along with you and Christine. PTL for our great GOD who cares so much for us and for his continued goodness to you. Please know I pray for you daily. Much love to you both as you press on in this battle/martha

James Williams said...

Continued Blessings and strength! May the Lord continue to Bless you and keep you and make His face to shine upon you and give you peace!