Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Dream New Dreams - Jai Pausch

Dream New Dreams - Jai Pausch (2012)

I think I discovered this book on Goodreads, my latest addiction.  Jai  Pausch is the widow of Randy Pausch the author of the last lecture - who died at a young age of Pancreatic Cancer, leaving her to raise their three young children, and to help him with nursing care and support.

Feeling abandoned as a caregiver, she set out to write the type of book that she was unable to find when confronted with the terminal diagnosis.  Having to juggle complicated medical care, travel and a young family stretched her to the point of breaking.  Then with her husband gaining a celebrity status at the end of his life, a new level of intensity and complications were added, and you to have to admire this strong woman.

She has used her experience to help others in similar situations and to educate various groups by speaking out about what she went through.  But, besides all of the medical parts of the story, is a touching love story, tested in the toughest of times.  4/5

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