DHK - Oliver Baublis, 23, glioblastoma, Jamaica Plain, with Sandra Ruland, RN, neuro-oncology unit, Dana-Farber 8-15-17

Oliver was skiing in Italy with his best friend to celebrate the New Year. His friend suffered a head trauma while they were snowboarding. As a safety precaution, his friend’s parents asked Oliver to watch his friend when he slept to make sure he didn’t have a seizure. Ironically, Oliver was the one who had the seizure that night. He went to a hospital in Italy but they had no MRI services, so he had to go to second hospital and got an MRI. The MRI detected a brain tumor. Oliver had an appointment waiting for him at Dana-Farber when he flew home. A tumor was removed via surgery. Oliver then began an aggressive treatment plan. A second tumor developed and was removed in June 2016. Oliver then began a clinical trial involving radiation and immunotherapy for one year. Oliver is a senior at Northeastern, majoring in mechanical engineering and minoring in business. On Mondays, Oliver has blood work at Dana-Farber, returns to class, comes back to Dana-Farber for his doctor's appointment, again returns to class, and comes back one final time for his infusion. He is deeply committed to earning his degree and looks forward to getting his first job! He still loves to ski, golf, and be a "normal college dude!" Oliver has an older sister and loving parents who have supported him, and he believes this experience has brought them even closer together.

Sandra is an 8-year veteran nurse at Dana-Farber and works in the neuro-oncology unit. She likes working on this challenging floor because when a new patient comes into the practice, she is the nurse that stays with that patient for the duration of their treatment. This allows her to get to know the patients on a personal level and thereby deliver enhanced, personal and compassionate care. Sandra's husband is currently receiving treatment at Dana-Farber, so she knows what patients and families experience: how it feels to sit in the waiting room and face seemingly insurmountable challenges. Sandra has formed a bond with Oliver, in part because she is awed by his ability to golf, go to the Cape, go to college, and apply to internships (all from his treatment chair!) while remaining positive and being determined to beat cancer. Sandra says that if he can stay positive and focused on his dreams, then she has to do the same! This is the attitude she brings to each patient, with a strong sense of advocacy and an equally high level of empathy.

 

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