Update on Randy Pausch, Known for His Lecture of a Lifetime

pausch.jpgLast September, a gentleman and professor from Carnegie Mellon (Carnegie Tech) made headlines when he announced he had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, then stood before a lecture hall of students and gave his “lecture of a lifetime.” It’s about achieving one’s childhood dreams.

I watched it again this morning. As I said when I wrote about Dr. Pausch’s lecture last September, it is simply brilliant and brilliantly simple.

And it still melts me down.

But this post is not about Dr. Paush’s lecture; instead it’s an update on his health and life. I discovered this morning that he keeps a blog that provides that update. He is still in treatment, and so far is finding some success with a cocktail of drugs containing Gemcitabine+Tarceva+Avastin.

He’s been doing everything from spending time with his family, to advocating and lobbying Congress for more funding for research in pancreatic cancer. And yes, he’s still collecting stuffed animals and achieving his goals.

So in case you were wondering, or in case you’d forgotten, Dr. Randy Pausch is alive, as well or better than might have been expected, and is definitely making a difference.

As Dr. Pausch stated in his lecture, “We cannot change the cards we are dealt; we can only control the way we play the hand.”

Find updates to this post:

June 10, 2008:  Randy Pausch:  A Commencement Address of a Lifetime

july 25, 2008:   A July Update on Randy Pausch

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  1. Ricky Parker July 12, 2008

    Dear Randy,
    I lost my husband to this disease in March of 2007,he was 59 and didn’t smoke or drink and was very athletic.He too fought with chemo, and what our medical plan allowed.
    We did everything he wanted from the day he was diagnosed,the children and I have no regrets.We miss him everyday.
    Thank you for all your efforts with this disease,they are so needed.
    You are a special person.
    Please make sure you have great pain control people around you.
    God Bless

  2. Olive Castro July 13, 2008

    Dear Randy,
    I’m so thankful to come across this website. I was diagnosed with lung cancer last year. Have never smoked. Had an aborted surgery due to findings of tiny nodules on the pleura. Recent CT Scan showed I’m in remission but still taking drugs every other day. My onco is a wonderful doctor. I thank God for giving me good doctors & wonderful drug. I admire your wisdom and your positive attitude. You’re an inspiration to people like me. You’re in my prayers.
    God Bless,
    Olive (63 yr old grandma of 3 adorable boys)

  3. Katie Noall HD July 13, 2008

    Dear Randy,
    I have tried various ways of trying to contact you but have only come accross this one. I am unsure if you are aware/knowledgeable about homeopathic medicine and how it can be a wonderful adjunct to the treatment that you are receiving. I shall keep this short but if you are interested in pursuing this there are various avenues that I may be able to assist you with. Good luck and you are my biggest inspiration.

    Sincerely yours,
    Katie Noall HD

  4. Chonta July 21, 2008

    Does anyone know how Randy is doing? I check his update page every couple of days but there have been no updates in almost a month.

  5. Claudia July 25, 2008

    This update was just posted on Randy’s website. It saddens me greatly, for him, for Jai and their children, and for the rest of us, who could some more of his encouraging ‘lessons.’

    “July 24th, 2008: The cancer is progressing

    A biopsy last week revealed that the cancer has progresed further than we had thought from recent PETscans. Since last week, Randy has also taken a step down and is much sicker than he had been. He’s now enrolled in hospice. He’s no longer able to post here so I’m a friend posting on his behalf because we know what many folks are watching this space for updates.”