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.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Mostly Stable

The scans showed that my three small tumors (two chest lymph nodes and one in the lung) have increased "slightly". For example, one went from 5mm to 6-7mm. This is not considered significant enough to switch to the heavy chemo. This means I can stay on the more tolerable chemo through the holidays. I wish it had shrunk, but I am also happy to be able to continue living in the manner I have been, with just the Xeloda/Avastin. Dr. Eng suggested I continue doing what I'm doing. Taking a break doesn't make much sense because I am tolerating this lighter stuff so well. And changing to anything else does not make sense either. In the dark world of stage IV, "slight" increases are considered good.

Christine has managed pretty well in her pain in Dallas while I went to Houston for the checkup, thanks to the couple of you who checked in and helped her out during the week.


Ruth said...

John and I have been waiting for this report and we're thankful. You and Christine continue to be in our prayers.

Josh G said...

Howdy Greg & Christine -
Thanks for the update. We will be praying for both of you. We love you!
Josh for the Geigers

Annette, (TCA RN) said...

Greg, this is good news. Good to hear that you are on Xeloda and not having any problems with carrying that "fanny pack" around. You are in my prayers always.

Kristi Iachetta said...

Well, that is good news . . . not stupendous news, but good. We are praying as always for you and Christine.

Carl said...

Thank You Lord for "mostly stable' report. We will continue to ask for the news you want to hear, Greg

Henry Chu said...

I learned the story of two frogs from the kids' Sunday School. I thought it might be uplifting. Here is how it goes:
A bunch of frogs went from their hiding place to the pond.
Two of them fell into a pit.
All came over to help.
Then they saw how deep the pit was: twice deeper than any frog can jump and more.
The two frogs tried their best to jump out, and it was apparent that their efforts were pointless.
So all the other frogs discourage them.
"Don't jump, don't waste your energy, you can never get out, the yelled, why die a painful and exhaustive death!!!!"
One of them eventually listend to the crowd and quit jumping. It soon died.
However, the second frog kept on jumping.
The louder they waved and yelled to him to quit, the harder he tried.
Then his toe caught a ledger protruding out from the wall and half way up the pit, from there he gave a second stump, and out he went.
All the frogs were amazed and gathered aound him. They asked: How come you did not quit as we told you to. But he just waved and thanked everyone, but did not answer.
Then they realized that he was deaf.
And he realized that he had to say something, so he said: Thank you for cheering for me all along.
This story meant a lot me....
In the grace and love of Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour, who thru the firie furnace, remove the dross in our lives.