Specialising in the human experience of Living with prostate cancer – warts and all

Another Inspirational Story Of A Cancer Patient And The Role Of His Wife As Carer

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Jai and Randy Pausche

Jai and Randy Pausche

I have been moved to bring this story to my readers by my purchase of a book written by the wife of a cancer patient. The book is called “Dream New Dreams” and written by Jai Pausch.

This book describes the cancer journey of the author and her family from the carers point of view. The book immediately grabbed my attention and imagination, as I have a deep interest in the carers role when a loved one faces a cancer diagnosis. Until I found this book, I had not come across a more significant and informative tale of the emotional and physical trauma that a carer suffers in this sad situation.

Reading Jai’s book then led me to search for further information about her husband Randy and what I found was a remarkable story about this man. So here I present two inspirational people representing two sides of the same coin. I have included links at the end of this article that tell their stories much better than I could hope to do in full. However the following is a summary of their story.

Randy Pausch was an American professor of computer Science and human computer interaction and design at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburg Pennsylvania

Randy was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in September 2006 and was treated with surgery and chemotherapy. The cancer returned in August 2007 and he was given a terminal diagnosis of 3 to 6 months to live. Randy died from his cancer on July 25th 2008.

While still in outwardly looking good health In September 2007, Randy presented a lecture at the university entitled “The Last Lecture : Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams.” This lecture went viral on You Tube with an estimated 6 million viewers around the world. The lecture centres on the positive acceptance of Randy and his wife and a life well lived. It also offers hope and inspiration for those in the audience on the important things in life. I would urge all of you who have stayed with me on this story up to now take advantage and explore the links below.

The Carers Story

The Carers Story

Randy's Legacy

Randy’s Legacy

Jai and Randy

Jai and Randy



Randy and his wife Jai have truly left great legacies, to not only those suffering a terminal illness, but to the general population by showing us a way to cope with tragedy and still live a full life. Thank you both for your examples.

Lee aka Popeye


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  1. Hi!

    I just got done checking out your blog I had a quick question relating to cancer awareness. I was hoping you could email me back when you get the chance. Thanks! – emilywalsh688@gmail(dot)com.



    20 September 2013 at 1:54 am

    • Emily: Just returning my reply to your email regarding some question you may have on cancer awareness. You can email me at the following address

      Regards Lee


      24 September 2013 at 11:18 pm

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