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.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Finally, round three

Again on Monday they deemed me too sick to take chemo. But today, we're on. It's been 28 days since the cancer last saw the chemo. It's in for a surprise this afternoon. Shock and awe, baby.

This is the last round to include Avastin. Then, in 14 days, I'll take another round with no Avastin. Avastin affects blood vessels and thus cannot be used near surgery. The earliest I can have surgery is 8 weeks from today.

I will go to MD Anderson after the next round to see if I can do the surgery. Then, if they decide to operate, we'll have to wait until the first week of March at the earliest for the actual procedure.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

I'm Goin to Costco

Over Christmas, I wrote this dedication to all those who are addicted to mass quanitity, particularly my sister-in-law Anne, who is a costcoholic.

Chemo delay

I reported Wednesday for my chemotherapy, but due to being sick, they would not give it to me. I caught a bug over the holidays. They just didn't want to risk it - as a person with respiratory infection (what I have), if I were to get this chemo, the pressure on the immune system could put me at risk for pnemonia. I wanted the chemo, thinking I was mostly over the bug. Good thing I did not, because the symptoms have increased the past couple days. They re-scheduled the next round for Monday.

So the plan now is to rest over the weekend and try to get rid of this sickness... so I can get sick again from the chemo on Monday.