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.

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Monday, September 28, 2009

Denver trip, continued infection, Christine progress


I took an extra week off chemo, which I am allowed to do periodically, to visit my sister in Denver. That was back on the tenth of September. We had some good time together and it was great to see them. But soon after I arrived, I came down with a fever - something viral the doc thinks. Unfortunately, I spent most of my time in Denver in bed.

Quick story - I did manage to get out of bed to watch the famous Charles Burck play (very) little league soccer. To be fair to everyone, it was his turn to play defense and he dutifully stayed back and did everything he could to defend the goal. His team was down 2-0 at half. He raised his hand and halftime. "Yes, Charles." "Can I pleeeease play offense." The coach agreed. Charles scored three times in the second half as they won 3-2.

After returning to Dallas, I remained sick and I still have not completely escaped the fever - even through last night, when I still had a mild fever. During the worst stretch, I had significant fever almost every day for a stretch of about 10 days.

At first, my doctor put off chemo another week, saying that it would be too risky since chemo often drops white blood cells, which I need to get rid of the infection. But another week went by and this past week he decided to go ahead and give the chemo anyway. He didn't want to give the cancer any more break. Bottom line - I got the double hit of chemotherapy while already sick.

Bill_Ord.jpgSo I have been pretty miserable for some time now. If you've been wondering where I am or why I haven't returned emails or kept up with something - well, that's why. Today is the first day I actually feel a little better, and I'm really hoping and expecting to pull out of this hole eventually. I was able to get out of the house yesterday to enjoy attending my friend Bill's ordination as a pastor in the Presbyterian church.

Christine Update
Last week, Christine successfully completed a large set of tests at the Chiari Institute near NYC to test if the underlying cause for much of her continued pain and headache problems is something called Chiari Malformation. Today she goes back to meet with the doctor/surgeon to go over test results. Her parents are caring for her and they are all staying with her sister in NJ during the trip.


Alan Hunt said...

Thanks for the update. I miss you and my other friends at THC. I'm especially sorry to have missed Bill's ordination. I've only been to a very few ordinations, and they have always been uniquely memorable. The Lord bless you with swift, full recovery from your infection and the unpleasant effects of your chemo. -- AKH

Henry Chu said...

Dear Greg and Christine,
Our great God, who holds up the earth in the vast emptiness of space upholds you and upholds us.
What is inside You is greater than what is inside you...I mean the indwelling of Christ and the indwelling of His Holy Spirit is greater than the bugs that have gotten inside our body.
Weak as we are, we let His strength overshadaow us. May your peace, joy, courage, and energy in the thought of Him testify of His truth and greatness.
This year, the Book of Jeremiah has spoken much to me and edified me greatly. For a period, it darkens my soul, but now I see the sharp contrast of hope and confidence in the first glimpse of dawn. May our Lord shine forth as the morning star in our lives.

Kristi said...

I'm sorry to hear you're still sick.
We would love for you to come to dinner again when you feel better . . . and to bring a guitar or two again.
blessings, Kristi

Tom Reidland said...

Hi Greg - Thanks for the update. I look forward to getting together with you when you feel better! Let us know if we can do anything for you in the mean time.

Eric said...

Pray the Lord will renew your strength soon, brother. Good to see you at presbytery.

Sarah said...

Sorry to hear that you have been so sick. Glad to you got to see your sis though. Hang in there!

Glen Wild said...

I have always admired you! I hold you dear in my heart know that. I am taken back to the place in time when you were a Sr in High School, and having to spend so much time at MD Anderson. How you were determined that You would be the Valedictorian Not because of any self selfish thoughts. Your Determination to Finnish out as an Eagle Scout. your Speech that you gave directed towards Ross Parole was priceless. and most important of all is your Walk with God our Lord and Savior. Greg you inspire so many so much. Always in my thoughts and Prayers.
Glen PS we are trying to hook up a Web cam at the Reunion if you can not attend then we will be able to still be together.