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Video 1: David Reveals His Diagnosis

David tells friends his diagnosis and his commitment to teach about it.  

Video #2: David Gets A Haircut

Viewers observe David getting his head shaved in preparation for his hair loss from chemo.

Video #3: Cancer, Chemo and Medications

David describes his cancer medication regimen and unveils his “puke buckets” in honor of his sports rivals.

Video #4: Chemotherapy: The 21 Days

With chemotherapy every three weeks, David shares his observation on the symptom cycle that results from treatments.

Video #5: I Am Not Alone: Social Support and Cancer

David talks about the value of social support and some of the many ways his friends and family have been supportive.

Video #6: Caregiver Perspective

Debbie shares the caregiver perspective on the 21 days in between chemo treatments.

Video #7: Finding Hope After Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy is complete and David describes how to find hope in living with cancer when you are no longer fighting it.

Video #8: Time Has New Meaning

David discusses how time has changed, given his prognosis.

Video #9: Reflection on Lessons Learned from Chemotherapy

David and Debbie summarize important lessons learned while he was getting chemo.

Video #10: Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

David and Debbie review the many decisions that face cancer patients and their families with the hope that others will take the time to have difficult conversations before they become necessary. 

Video #11: Cancer Journey Coping Strategies

David offers strategies to help cope with the stress of the cancer journey.

Video #12: Cancer: My Exit Strategy

The Oliver’s discuss what “dying well” means for David as he outlines his guidelines for decision-making and his goals for end of life care.

Video #13: Cancer: Love and Grief

David gives advice to those who will grieve him.

Video #14: Mans Best Friend Talks about Cancer

Chewy, the Oliver’s dog, talks about cancer from his perspective as he describes his job in taking care of David and Debbie

Video #15: Following diagnosis, questions to ask your doctor before treatment

Five questions to ask your physician after receiving a cancer diagnosis are provided.

Video #16: Cancer: A Time to Love

David discusses how cancer has affected his love for Debbie.

Video #17: Cancer and Palliative Care: A Patient’s Perspective

David and Debbie share the value of palliative care.

Video #18: Lingering Side Effects of Chemotherapy

David shares the after-effects of chemotherapy and his experience with neuropathy.

Video #19: Cancer: Our Exit Strategy: Depriving Death Of Its Strangeness

An audio presentation of Debbie and David’s talk to the Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

Video #20: Cancer Back: Thoughts of a Dying Man

Painfully honest, David shares his intimate thoughts following the news one month after the cancer returns.

Video #21: Making Memories: Moving Down the Bucket List

David discusses his decision not to pursue treatment and to focus on making memories with his family. He reviews the many bucket list items he has accomplished.

Video #22: Cancer: Caregivers Prerequisites

Debbie shares her thoughts and experiences as she has cared for David. Presence, preparation, patience, and persistence can go along way toward helping someone take care of their friends or family.

Video #23: Exit Strategies

A videotaped presentation given to the MU Medical School and community

Video #24: Affirmation of Life and Death: A 12-Step Program

David talks through his 12-step program as applied to his cancer journey. They have helped him maintain a positive attitude in the midst of his terminal illness. 

Video #25: Palliative Radiation and Quality of Life

David discusses his decision to have radiation and the radiation experience to address several symptoms.

Video #26: Mountain Retreat

David shares his favorite place in the world, Rocky Mountain National Park. He shares his thoughts about decisions along the way and his vision for his final resting place.

Video #27 Hospice: Its Time

David recounts his journey to Hospice and describes his experience realizing his body is shutting down as his mind goes on living until his final moments.

Video #28: Cancer: Two Patients Not One

In David’s final video appearance weeks before his death, he shares his thoughts on caregivers. He asks health care providers to remember caregivers are patients too.

 David Oliver Memorial Service Part 1 of 4

In part one of Davids service the family presents a memorial video with his favorite songs and photos. David then makes a surprise visit and introduces the Master of Ceremony for his service. Dr Keith Knapp welcomes everyone and Dr. Steve Zweig discusses David as his friend.

David Oliver Memorial Service Part 2 of 4

In part two we have David as Teacher, Father, Leader, and Jogger as well as a duet by Michelle Oliver (daughter in law) and Megan Oliver (granddaughter).

David Oliver Memorial Service Part 3 of 4

Tribute is paid to David as Mentor, Explorer,Colleague,Uncle, Rebounder (Friend of Bill W), Brother, Life Long Pal, and Boss/Leader

David Oliver Memorial Service Part 4 of 4

This Finale celebrates David as Grandfather, Husband, and Mizzou Fan ending the amazing tribute

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