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, January 7, 2009

Three more months - still stable

Hi everybody. I know it has been a long time since I wrote. I haven't been much in the mood to write. I've been continuing chemo - the moderate level - in hopes it is enough to hold the three small tumors at bay.

Today I met with Dr. Eng at MD Anderson after getting CT scans of my torso. The preliminary look (a radiologist has not yet analyzed it) showed that everything looked the same. This means things are stable and I can continue on the same path. The two lymph nodes seems about the same size and the lung nodule may have even shrunk a bit.

I asked if the criteria for surgery might have changed now that I've been stable for a year. (11 months) She thought that was a reasonable question to ask and will talk to the surgeon about it.

With this level of cancer, stable is very good. I am relieved, relaxed, and thankful to the Lord for another three months.


Carl said...

Praise the Lord, brother! We will keep you in our prayers.

Sarah said...

Great news Greg. Thanks for letting us know.

Lynn Scroggin said...

Hallelujah! Praise the Lord for the awe inspiring care he takes of his people and you in particular. You are in my thoughts and prayers and many times an example of faith and strength that I share with others. Keep on being a beacon of faith for those of us who are in awe of you.
Lynn Scroggin
Tualatin Presbyterian Church
Tualatin, Oregon

Ruth Horne said...

We're thankful to the Lord with you!
John & Ruth

Dave Belichick said...

If you were a football team, you'd be the Cowboys.
Why? Like the Cowboys you have rabid fans, a popular quarterback (you), and a quirky cancer (T.O.) nobody knows what to do with but the team seems to win anyway.
Time to go out and win the big one.

Jim Williams said...

May the Lord's blessings continue to be poured out on you and your family. I pray that the Lord will continue to provide you with His peace.

BoB & Sandra said...

Happy New Year Greg!
So good to have you back on line. We have you in our prayers daily. Let us know of any need you and Christine have that we might fulfill.
God Bless,
BoB & Sandra

Kristi Iachetta said...

We are so glad to hear this news, Greg. Stable is good. blessings, Michael and Kristi

Kathy said...

Greg, I have a Niece whose Sister was just diagnosed with IBC (Inflamatory Breast Cancer she is 33 years old and they found a spot on her brain yesterday. I want to be a part of your blog and would like for you to know I'm praying for you and would like your prayers for; "Brooke" too. Thanks for sharing your story and being such an incredible survivor of this horrible diasease. Love ya!!
Kathy Jo

Todd said...

Thanks for the update Greg. A lot of us here at work have been thinking about you lately.

Sandy Nesbit said...

So good to hear from you again with good news! Our God is an awsome God and he has done such great things through your battle. In Him, we can't lose! Love to you and Christine.
In Christ,

Martha Gessick said...

Love and prayers to you Greg and Christine. I'm so thankful I have you as Christine friends who love our great God so much. May HE continue to be comfort daily and strength for your health battles. Please pray for Ben Kottwitz, a young man at Redeemer PCA; like you, he depends on the Lord's strength each day to fight and overcome this awful disease. Always be encouraged! Never lose hope! Please keep us updated as you help so many of us stay focused on the power of God working in our lives. Love from martha g & family

Sue Hui said...

Great news, Greg!!! We will continue to pray for you and Christine.

Fran said...

Thank God!!

Henry Chu said...

Keep up the good fight. Those are great news.
We are confident that Our God is doing something special in you and thru you. That in the years to come, when you look back at this period, you will be amazed at what He has done thru You and for You, and we all will be edified because of you. And the course for the cure of cancer re-written.
May the Lord grant you peace, joy, and power, to live out God's plan for you and for us, with strength, courage, power, virtues, faith, charity, and hope.

Shanoon said...

Glad to hear from you, Greg. Totally understand that you haven't been in the mood to blog or update. Love you all and praying for you all. Love, S

colleen blickensderfer said...

Beautiful news, Greg. Stable really is such a major success. I'm so happy to hear this update from you.

Leo Schuster said...

Thanks so much for the update, Greg. May the Lord grant you a year full of refreshment, health, laughter, and love in Christ.

Miriam Patterson said...

So glad to hear the good news. You and Christine are in our prayers often. Praying for God's hand of healing, strength, mercy and love on you both. Sorry to have just missed crossing paths with you on our visit to Houston.
Love in Christ,
Miriam & Andrew

winnie Krienke said...

Hi Greg, Praise the Lord, God is good, and God is great, I am still NED since last surgery, 08-13-07 right lung resection.
Thank you very much for updated

Judy Dominick said...

Very good news, Greg! Love to you and Christine.

Carl said...

We join you in thanking God in Jesus's Holy Name for the good news.

Dona said...

Greg I am your follower from Kentucky. Glad to hear you are stable. I think I am on the same protocol Xeloda and Avastin. It has kept things somewhat controlled for five months. I believe this is all about buying time and as I was diagnosed in 2005 I think I am doing well. I am seeing my liver surgeon this week as I have one tumor in my liver. My thoughts and prayers remain with you. I am always pushing for getting stuff out. Dona