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 am currently undergoing chemo #11 (of 12) today, Monday, February 18th. I am pleased to report slightly more rapid recoveries these last two treatments, which we can only hope represent a new standard going into the homestretch. While still ill for about a week after chemo I am recovering a bit earlier and (just barely able) to get to the YMCA for week two on an every-other-day routine, building up my workout time and intensity each time. This past Saturday morning I did 20 minutes of treadmill running, then 20 minutes on a rowing machine, before I did my now-regular hour on the elliptical, this time using its "Climbing Mountains" profile while finishing up an Indiana Jones movie on the iPad mini using wireless headphones. It's great when all the tech works, and the body, too!
My family and I enjoyed a lovely visit this past Saturday and Sunday by our good friend Jen and her two middle-school children, coming all the way from California. And she delivered on the sunshine, just as we requested, along with a variety of different citrus fruit from her garden- yum! Too bad she returns home today, hopefully not taking all the sunshine away. :-)
In addition to exercising and out-of-town guests visiting, other grateful diversions have included back-to-back hosting of dinners by Amelia (fueled by her "kitchen therapy" endeavors) bringing good friends all around. These are scheduled all bunched up together so as to fall on my better days during the second week of recovery. This is also the time period when I work on managing things like appointments, reading-up, family updates, and soon... taxes! And I do very much enjoy Scott and Arthur joining me for my periodic "movie nights", and this past treatment cycle we actually managed to wrangle Amelia and Cady to join us once! My mood always improves with visits from my regular, almost-family drop-ins (you know who you are!). The love, care, and camaraderie I feel every time I am at Ithaca's Unitarian Universalist church (FUSIT) for our monthly Wednesday community pot-luck dinners ("All Church Night") or for the Sunday services I am well enough to attend have been heartwarming, to say the least. During the less frantic weekends, which would not have been this past one, my father and I retreat for a quiet coffee-shop conversation and a delicious treat. Especially meaningful considering my dad has been by my side every step of this journey- so fortunate he lives just minutes away!
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