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.

Friday, March 23, 2007

Surgery Time

Greg was scheduled to report this morning for surgery prep at 5:30am, so if you would like to pray for him, he estimates that he will be in surgery from about 7:00 - 9:30.

Prayer requests:

- that the epidural (for pain relief) would work. He will have this put in at around 7:00am. We didn't discover until his last surgery that failure of the epidural was a possibility, when Greg experienced the worst pain of his life.

- that the surgeon would successfully find and remove all 4 nodules (and any others on the right sight.)

- that Greg would lose a mimimum of his lung capacity

- that there would be no complications (blood loss, infection, etc.)

- that Greg would get decent sleep in the hospital

- that he would have good follow-up care from the nurses and physicians

- that Greg would sense the Lord's presence and feel strengthened for his recovery in the hospital. Last time Greg was blessed with a renewed attitude of enthusiasm towards his recovery. We know that this is rare, especially given the weariness that Greg and I have often felt toward his almost four years of treatment.

- that God would refresh Jim, Judy, me and others to be his support system. For the first time, I was not able to accompany Greg to Houston for his surgery due to a great amount of pain. Please pray that the new medications I have just begun will make a difference. Jim and Judy are with Greg for the weekend, however, Judy is recovering from bronchitis. We are so thankful for the support and help of family and friends. A dear friend from our church and fellow cancer survivor, John Rawley, will replace Greg's parents in Houston on Monday and stay with him for the remainder of his time in Houston. (Last time, Greg was released from the hospital after 3 days - Mon. - although Greg could be there as long as 7 days, and will need to stay in Houston an additional two days.)

- All during this time it is important for Greg to do his breathing exercises and walk about 4x a day to prevent pneumonia, even though he will be dealing with pain and fatigue. And of course this is all the more difficult with one leg! Pray that Greg and his caretakers would be diligent in pursuing full recovery, and also for good pain control and limited fatigue. Chronic pain is one of the possible risks.

- Finally, pray that this would all lead to Greg's body being healed of cancer.

We are so thankful for the strength we get from your continued prayers and concern!


Carl said...

In Jesus's Holy Name we pray for all that is requested above

Jenny said...

I have been following your story for a while. Your love for each other and for God has been a blessing to me. I'm with you in prayer on this day. Hold fast to the faith that God is doing greater things than we can desire or pray for.
Blessings to all who love you, Jenny