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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Monday, October 5, 2009

Fever gone

After nearly a month of infection with fever, I think I'm out of the woods. Four days straight now of no fever. Part of my mind was questioning whether I would ever feel well again. It was a dark hole and I'm so glad to be crawling out of it. Next round of chemo is Wednesday.

Christine finished her initial meetings and tests at the Chiari Institute and the medical team there believes surgery on her neck will significant help her pain and various nervous-system symptoms. They diagnosed her as indeed having Chiari malformation - it has to do with the bone and nerve structure where the brain channels into the spinal column (more info on Chiari malformation). It sounds like a major surgery ordeal with hospital stay and months of rehab. She will stay for now with her parents in Delaware and is working out the logistics including when is the right time to do it.

Here's a fun pic that my mom unearthed cleaning out some old stuff. I'd say it is around 1975 - Uncle Ron's tractor in the Ozarks, a stone's throw from Table Rock Lake. I'm with my sisters (in his lap), cousins and aunts.

Tractor Gang.jpg click to enlarge


David Lieb said...

Glad to hear it, Greg.

Colleen Blickensderfer said...

Great news for moving forward. Great pic of the past. So good to see.

todd said...

Thanks for the update and the good news. We will continue praying for you and Christine.

kristi said...

we're glad to hear you're feeling better, Greg, and will keep praying for your and Christine's recovery. blessings, Michael and Kristi

Dane said...

Sorry about the ???
never sure what to put in that url place
i was always the camera man or the driver
miss you
can't wait to hear from you
i got some good stories,,,most are true.

Dane said...

Sorry about the ???
never sure what to put in that url place
i was always the camera man or the driver
miss you
can't wait to hear from you
i got some good stories,,,most are true.

Josh Geiger said...

Dear Greg -
Praise God your fever has broken. We'll be praying for you as you begin chemo and for Christine as she makes decisions about the surgery.
With you in His grace,

Henry Chu said...

I am so glad to hear that your fever is gone, and what's amazing is that your body can fight off the infection while being under chemo treatment. It tells me that your white blood cells are strong and resiliant, can fight off infections while the body is being borged down with chemo. What a great news.
We are all sheep on his pasture . Let our good shepherd shepherd us. and May the grace and blessings of our great God be with you and be with Christin. Shower you and us all with grace of healing, and peace of heart.
For now, though you and Christin need to be at different locations for treatment, may your heart and her heart grow fonder with each passing day..... for distance cannot wear down true bond of love.
Be joyful and hopeful in Christ

Beth said...

Greg & Christine,
We are so glad & thankful that you & Christine have a little light at the end of the tunnel that will hopefully become a bigger light and her pain will be relieved for good. We continue to pray for both of you.
Our love in Christ,
Byron & Beth

David and Charlene said...

We are very happy for Christine receiving care- please tell her I send her my love and prayers. (Charlene)

David and Charlene said...

We thank God for you Greg- praying for you.
2 Cor. 2:14 But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him.