Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Dream New Dreams: Jai Pausch (2012)


Dream New Dreams:  Jai Pausch (2012)

Jai Pausch has written an exquisite new memoir on her life as a caregiver to her cancer stricken husband, Randy Pausch. Mr. Pausch was a professor at Carnegie Mellon University and the celebrated author of The Last Lecture.  In this book, Jai Pausch examines her happy marriage with Randy and the details regarding his famous battle with pancreatic cancer.  She writes eloquently about her struggles in caring for three children under the age of six while helping her husband deal with his last months of life.  For example, “This shuttling between Randy and our children had to be one of the most difficult and stressful times of my entire life (Pausch, 46).  In this story, Jai prevails and maintains a strong relationship with her husband, Randy, but is also brave enough to retain the help of a psychologist, Dr. Reiss.  During this painful time, she manages to provide a normal, healthy existence for her young children.  In the end, Randy Pausch lost his battle against pancreatic cancer, one of the most deadly forms of the disease.  In reading this memoir, readers will feel a connection with Jai in her grief while Randy battles his pancreatic cancer and after his death.

Dream New Dreams is a triumph and Jai Pausch is a hero. She tells a sobering and devastating tale but in the end, she prevails. Today, Jai is remarried to an caring man and her children are flourishing.  Please make sure to read this heartbreaking story of resilience and love.  Also, if you have not read The Last Lecture, it is a wonderful companion to this very essential read as we all have been affected by cancer sometime in our lives. Randy Pausch has taught readers to embrace life and Jai Pausch has informed us that it can continue after a devastating loss.

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