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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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Radiation complete, hoping for better breathing

I chose to go forward with the radiation, and have now completed it. I went to Houston for a little over five weeks to undergo the daily treatments at MD Anderson. The doctors remained optimistic that this radiation could kill most, or even all, of the cancer in the center of my chest, where they radiated. The esophogeal pain was not too bad and is already gone. The fatigue and wear on my lungs, however, is another story.

Between the two lung surgeries in 2007 and the maximized radiation to my lung area, my breathing is in pretty bad shape. I expect it to improve, but it has been slow going. It is painful to breath deeply, or to regain my breath after just walking a bit. I'm going to see a pulmonologist at Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas tomorrow to check out why I'm still having such a hard time. I have to admit I cannot help wondering if I will ever be able to breathe freely and not constantly fear physical activity lest I cannot find air.

Air is a very good thing. I need more.

3 comments:

David said...

Greg, thank you for the update. We continue to pray for you and Christine!

BoB said...

Greg,

Appreciate the updates. We are here when you have a need. You are in our thoughts constantly.

God Bless,
BoB & Sandra

michael said...

Greg,

Pleased to engage you in non-athletic pursuits such as chess.

Swiss Family Murray's