Oliver | CaringBridge

Oliver’s Story
Welcome to our CaringBridge website. You can share this easy address to get to this page:  http://oliver.habichts.net/. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement left here. And please refrain from sending Oliver email, texting, or calling him at this time.  Amelia is committed to taking things a day at a time and may be delayed or non-responsive to any message she receives. Her more frequent updates are available at http://twitter.com/habichthealth

Summary: Oliver has pancreatic cancer. As of 9/17/2018, Oliver has few, if any, symptoms.

The story begins when Oliver had not felt well for more than a week, with fatigue and increasingly yellow skin and eyes, along with other symptoms but no pains.
On Monday, August  27th, arranged to see his doctor during work hours. Tests conducted and imaging were ordered for the next day. He then biked back up the hill to finish out the workday.
Tuesday (8/28) was picture day: An abdominal ultrasound detected a mass pressing closed the common bile duct, followed by a CT scan later that day to better characterize the 3 cm (1.1 inch) mass in the head of the pancreas. Such growths are 95% cancerous.
Wednesday (8/29) was fix-the-blocked-bile-duct day (ERCP), in which a plastic stent enabled the bile to again flow, with an overnight stay at the hospital in case of blood clots and for general post-op monitoring.
On Thursday (8/30), Oliver was discharged in the morning in time to go home and then attend a working lunch. And he felt well enough to work for a few hours before going home.
Friday morning (8/31) was spent preparing for a long holiday weekend departure that afternoon to the Adirondacks with family and friends. We returned Monday late afternoon, after much fun and joy. 
By Wednesday (9/5), we received results from various clinical tests, and it was confirmed the mass was indeed cancer. We know the road ahead will be uncertain and rough, so thank you for visiting and keeping up with the rest of Oliver's story through this site. Significant updates will be listed within this site's Journal entries.

Newest Update

Journal entry by Oliver Habicht

I relish the Well Wishes, Comments, and Tributes you have posted here so please don't hesitate to write here again when so moved. I and others have benefited from information some have shared here, too, so keep them coming. And I hope others have enjoyed as much as I have Laura Free's DAILY(!) "Small Good Things"!

As the chemo wore me down this past week, I found myself spending a lot of time resting and napping, and my mind was often foggy. Limited energies were spent on managing my meds to address variations in my condition. I anticipate increased challenges after each treatment so indeed this past week may be as good as it gets for a while. I focus on one day at a time, and was grateful to regularly rest up enough to "power up" to capture moments of normalcy, such as:

A few meals at home with Amelia's 8 cycling friends last week, who get together annually since biking across the country in 1991; Saturday's short bike ride to the airport to watch a 100-year-old WW I airplane (originally built on South Hill!)  take off and land, and then eating ice cream with my dad; attending Sunday's Unitarian Universalist service and socializing afterward, topped with Apple Festival's Piggery pulled-pork sandwich; almost daily 1.5 mile walks around the neighborhood; grocery shopping; attending Cady's Senior Night after her last home swim meet last night.
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