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    Rapidly Dying 47-Year-Old Professor Gives Exuberant ‘Last Lecture’

    Commentator: "What wisdom would we impart to the world if we knew it was our last chance?"

    I don't know whether to laugh or cry after watching this video.

    This man is a great inspiration for me.


    http://www.breitbart.tv/?p=5788

    http://www.post-gazette.net/pg/07262/818671-298.stm

    CMU professor gives his last lesson on life

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    ....In mid-summer, after tests initially showed he was clear of cancer, he added two rounds of treatment with an experimental cancer vaccine at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.
    And then, just as he was finally feeling healthy again late last month, Dr. Pausch sent out this message to his diary readers:
    "A recent CT scan showed that there are 10 tumors in my liver, and my spleen is also peppered with small tumors. The doctors say that it is one of the most aggressive recurrences they have ever seen."
    He and Jai moved their family to Chesapeake, Va., so she would be near her relatives. They made initial plans for hospice care, and Dr. Pausch began palliative chemotherapy to give him some extra time.
    "I find that I am completely positive," he wrote. "The only times I cry are when I think about the kids -- and it's not so much the 'Gee, I'll miss seeing their first bicycle ride' type of stuff as it is a sense of unfulfilled duty -- that I will not be there to help raise them, and that I have left a very heavy burden for my wife."
    He is concentrating now on creating videos for his children. With his oldest son, 5-year-old Dylan, Dr. Pausch went on a recent trip to Disney World and to swim with dolphins, thinking Dylan may be the only child who will have strong direct memories of him.
    His wife and children, he said, "mean everything to me. They give a purpose to life and a depth of joy that no job [and I've had some of the most awesome jobs in the world] can begin to provide.
    "I hope my wife is able to remarry down the line. And I hope they will remember me as a man who loved them, and did everything he could for them."

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    This is Randy Paush's website:

    http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~pausch/

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    Inspirational.

    If you haven't read Chasing Daylight, it is a very good read, you would enjoy it.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2006/01/30/bo...rssnyt&emc=rss




    Happy Birthday Idaho

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    Thank you for posting that! It brought tears to my eyes!! Why do the good always die young?

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    Wow, what a guy. I wish there were more Dads like him in the world.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JBean View Post
    Inspirational.

    If you haven't read Chasing Daylight, it is a very good read, you would enjoy it.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2006/01/30/bo...rssnyt&emc=rss




    Happy Birthday Idaho
    Thanks JBean, for sharing that. I'll need to get the book- it sounds like my kind of thing.

    Thanks also for the birthday wishes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IdahoMom View Post
    Thanks JBean, for sharing that. I'll need to get the book- it sounds like my kind of thing.

    Thanks also for the birthday wishes.
    HIs wife had to finish it. It's really a good book and afast read.

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    crying my eyes out--
    Inspirational yes...but damn........

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    Wow!!!! I am just heart sick but, what an inspiration.

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    What a marvelous, inspirational person he is! But damn, why does this have to be happening to him and his little family?

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    Quote Originally Posted by j2mirish View Post
    crying my eyes out--
    Inspirational yes...but damn........
    Quote Originally Posted by sleuthin4fun
    Wow!!!! I am just heart sick but, what an inspiration.

    Quote Originally Posted by montana16
    What a marvelous, inspirational person he is! But damn, why does this have to be happening to him and his little family?


    I know, me too! Dang it! I showed it to my 16 year old son and he cried, too. Then he went and gave his Dad a hug.

    There are lessons to learn from Professor Pausch!


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    An amazing man. I hope he makes precious memories for as long as he can.

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    Thank you for posting this story. What an inspiration. Puts things into perspective!

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    Randy's web page has been updated:

    http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~pausch/news/index.html

    Recently, Oprah had Randy on her show. Here's a link to info on that episode:

    http://www2.oprah.com/health/oz/oz_2..._350_106.jhtml

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    He's still alive! More updates on Randy Pausch here:

    http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~pausch/news/index.html

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    Thanks for bumping this Idaho, I missed it the first time.

    "Experience is what you get when you don't get what you want".

    I love that! So true, and a good reason to not always get what you want. (now I'm hearing the Stones in my head, lol)

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