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.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

So just how unfair is it?

Most folks, upon being diagnosed with stage IV cancer, start thinking about how unfair it is - thoughts about how much life they are missing out on. OK, so what happens when an enginerd gets stage IV cancer? He does not approach things normally. Instead, he breaks out Excel, googles to find insurance actuary data for the US, and comes up with something like this...


Click image to enlarge. With Internet Explorer 7, it may be more readable by then hitting ctrl-shift-+ or ctrl-shift--.

Another enginerd fact ->
79% of visitors to Greg's Place use Internet Explorer, 14% use Firefox, and 3% are those cool folks who use Apple Safari.


Robin said...

I'm shocked at that last statistic! Har-har.

Kevin McCoy said...

I read somewhere that only about half of the people who have ever lived have already died (the other half are alive right now), so empirically you might have to change your last graph to 50%!

Mark said...

I was disappointed with Safari on my Mac. I switched to Firefox and I am much happier.
Now, Safari on iPhone ... THAT is cool.

Jenny in Idaho said...

As a country girl from Idaho, I confess to engi-ignorance. I have never looked at an insurance actuary...and I do not excel at Excel.
I will even admit that we have dial-up. Ugh.
I had a point when I started this, but have misplaced it. I wanted to say something wise and wonderful, smart and tender...
I guess I'll just say I'm sorry about the stage IV. I'm sorry.
God's blessings to you.

Doug said...

As a left-brained, analytical engineer, I like the approach, although it seemed you could have reduced the number of graphs. As a Christian, I'm ready anytime. As a child of my living parents, I probably have another 25 years. I hope you can double that.
I've been trying to get in touch with your dad for a while with no luck.

Ryan said...

Picking up on Kevin McCoy's comment, we should also note that the final enemy to be "consumatively conquered" is Death (which has already been definitively conquered). Thus, we might want to change that last graph to run flat at the 50% line until an undisclosed point in time, at which point it drops to 0. This alternative requires a change to the x-axis from displaying age to displaying time, running from n to j, where n = now and j = judgment. How's that for nerdy?

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Sue Jacobs said...

My twin sister Sally (& Pete) sent me the link to your web site. My husband & I have been blessed by your song & your life. God's love & grace shines thru you despite your hardships. God bless you & your family. Sue Jacobs