How have you been influenced by reading the book or watching the lecture? What message would you like to share with others who’ve been touched by Randy and his story?
May 31st, 2008 at 10:39 pm
Randy, Your book was a gift to me and a gift it truly is. A very powerful piece is that you view your diagnosis as a gift. I have lost 5 very very close family members without warning. I have to say that I do not regret the moments that we shared or missed opportunites. I do however miss their thoughts and messages. This is something that you are sharing daily and will be treasured forever. I feel strongly that one should exercise living as if it were their last days. Can you imagine our world,truly a better place it would be. Thoughts and words not left unsaid. Appreciating the simple joys in life that really are the greatest joys. Having the oppotunity to give the Last Lecture on a daily basis and to feel strong and healthy doing it. No-one knows their last moment, their last day and yes we all have one. Thank you for the stong yet gentle reminder to so many who will read your book. My last diagnosis is that you will have and share great joy in all that you do...
May 31st, 2008 at 9:41 pm
What an amazing book. I just bought it today and I'm already done. I couldn't put it down. What an amazing man. What an amazing father. I'm going to live life to the fullest tomorrow! Thank you for sharing your story.
May 31st, 2008 at 9:00 pm
Dear Randy, Jai, and children, My heart goes out to you all! When my daughters were 3 1/2 and 2 yrs. old my husband was diagnosed with testicular cancer. It was an emotional roller coaster, mostly for me. My children were far to young to be told anything. Praise God, he recovered. I still pray for him daily; although, we divorced 7 years ago (after 24 yrs. of marriage). It is such a traumatic experience for everyone. Randy and Jai, you are handling this experience with such grace and love! I SOBBED through the book. It is so true.... Randy, you are taking so many of us with you. Randy, Jai, and the children will be in prayers all over the world. My life has been forever blessed by this intimate view into your lives. Love & blessings, Mickey
May 31st, 2008 at 8:29 pm
How does one say thank you for something so eloquently written and yet so down to earth. You have touched millions, but yes-you have touched your wife and children beyond your time here. We all have time, but we choose to do with it is critical. You have always choosen to believe, strive and achieve-no matter the task. I applaud you and the legacy you have left all of us fortunate people to have been touched by you. I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in April of 2007. I have endured my own struggles of chemo and the like.. I know I am a Tigger - and proud of it!!! Though my ordeal, everyday has been with a smile, everyday has been with the same love and care for my family and friends and I have never lost the vision of being there for others. I too believe that I have not been blessed to have cancer, but I have been blessed with time-time to see how much I am cared for and loved by my family, my friends, my piers in my industry and even by people I have met along this path. As I have told many, when you have a heart attack, you do not get the chance to truly know and appreciate this kind of love and you do not get to make sure that those you love know you love them. My time is still here for the long run, but I know when my time does come, I will leave with the peace that I am loved and I have loved and given back to family, friends and all the people I meet along the way. Thank you for your book, thank you for the lecture, thank you for always following your dreams. I laughed and cried through parts of the book and feel even more blessed to know you-and I feel I do. Every day I smile and people have asked my how I could smile and be happy with all I have had to deal with and my answer has been - "I choose to be happy, being sad will not change the facts just how I handle each day, and I much rather continue in life happy and proud of each day and know I contributed to my family and myself." And I always closed it with "Smile-you never know who might be watching, and you smile might just make them do the same. If you make one person smile a day, the whole world is a brighter place for all!" Thank you, Thank you and may God continue to Bless you, Jai and your children. You will always be a part of me, and if you read this I know I will be a part of you.
May 31st, 2008 at 8:28 pm
Randy, I became aware of you at a very low point in my life - and you have given me an incalcuable gift - an example to live by. My prayers are with you and your family. I pray for a miracle, an even greater miracle than you have already been. God bless you and keep you all the days of your life in this world and in the next.
May 31st, 2008 at 4:37 pm
I just got done reading your book Randy and it has helped me realize how to live life. I am only 19yrs old and all ready going through many surgeries on my spinal cord, liver and stomach.There of course have been times where I want to give up but I just think about you and it helps me get through the day. I will still continue my childhood dream to become one of the best girl veterinarian in the West Cost health problems or not! You and your family are always in my thoughts and prayers! Thank you for all your words of wisdom Randy! Your family is very lucky to have you! Enjoy everything around and don't let one minute go unnoticed! Love Jennifer Franklin
May 31st, 2008 at 4:14 pm
Dear Randy, I don't have your address so I couldn't write you a letter the old fashioned way, with pen and paper. So the next best vehicle to use to say thank-you is the electronic way. Simply, thank-you and lots of love.
May 31st, 2008 at 3:16 pm
I read Randy's book and I know he believes in hand written "thank yous" I had no idea where to send it,so I hope this will convey my thanks. Thank you for giving "The Last Lecture", for writing it, for the insight into others and sharing what you learned, for giving us all hope and the courage to follow our dreams and for sharing your family, friends and colleagues. May god bless you and yours. Sincerely, Donna Lawson
May 31st, 2008 at 3:11 pm
Randy: I saw your abbreviated "Last Lecture" on Oprah. It was impressive but it didn't have the impact on me that your book did...probably due to small vs. large content. Since I have read it, I ask myself almost daily, "Am I being Tigger or Eyore?" I want to be Tigger. I have always loved Tigger and now I know why, thanks to you! I lost my grandmother to pancreatic cancer in 1986. She was diagnosed and given a maximum of 6 months. She died 2 1/2 years later. She was released from Hospice and the nurse told her that she was the only patient she had to say goodbye to because she LIVED!!!! While I hope that you have much more time than 2 1/2 years, we considered her time with us a miracle. I hope you and your family have many more years together and get an even bigger miracle. Thank you so very much for sharing your last message to your children with the rest of the world.
May 31st, 2008 at 3:08 pm
I have watched and read the last lecture. Thanks for reminding me of the important things in life and sharing your wisdom. I read from the book once a day to keep the inspiration. May God Bless You and Your Family.
May 31st, 2008 at 1:48 pm
Ma dove sei Randy? Perchè non scrivi più sul tuo blog! Facci sapere come stai. Sei grande! Giovanna.
May 31st, 2008 at 1:33 pm
I came to discover you one day while watching Oprah; since then I've sharing your story with family and friends. I just finished reading your book, I was #63 on the list when I requested it from my library. Thank you for sharing your story with the world, even if it was written for your children, what a message you've sent to all of us. I'm getting ready to buy 10 copies of your book to give to my older nieces and nephews and from now on, your book will be "the book" I give as a graduation gift or birthday gift to a young person, along with the classic Dr.Seuss's "Oh the places you'll go". I lost my father 12 years ago and I still cry like it was yesterday, what helps me? the memories we shared together. Your children will always be proud of you! and they will always cherish your efforts to leave them memories of your time together. Memories do not make it easier but boy do they help. Lots of love, Pilar Lau
May 31st, 2008 at 11:24 am
I watched the lecture a few weeks ago and it was life changing. I have spread the word and hope others have also benefited from it. I have kept Randy and his family in my prayers ever since. He is a phenomenal man and has done so much good for CMU and now us, the average people who may be taking each day for granted. My grandparents both died of pancreatic cancer 30+ years ago and now it has reinforced in me the need for contributing more towards research for this disease. Perhaps Randy has stirred up things in congress enough to get more attention and funding for further researching the disease. I work for a research institution and I am so disappointed in our govt via the NIH who fund research for so many less important causes. Let us the people vote on what programs the govt should be using our taxpayer dollars for. I ordered the book today as I was searching for a source that I could get an autographed copy because Randy will live in my heart forever. God Bless he, Jai and their children.
May 31st, 2008 at 11:18 am
I read your book yesterday I could not put it down one second. In one word, Thank you. Randy you are simply amazing! What courage, what love, what dream! Jai, you too are an amazing woman! I wanted to honor you, and your very generous "yes" in allowing Randy to present his Last Lecture. His book and his Lecture has made this world, the lives of many in this age, and many to come, so much better, inspired and profoundly thankful. I was moved to laughter and tears, and as I read people's comments, many were too. We were all inspired by his candid, his tenacity, his fun and love for life and for his family. But all that I could think of was, what an amazing woman to be so generous in allowing her husband to share as he does. You allowed all this to happen, Jai. Thank you. Thank you both. Thank you for such generous giving to all of us. Sincerely, Camila Malta Houston, TX
May 31st, 2008 at 6:14 am
Randy, Jai and family ~ Just a few words to say you are unreal I just finished your book and loved every word of it. I lost my Mom 7 years ago to cancer and still miss her everyday but we had the greatest time together that I feel she is with me at all times to get me through the tough times in our life without them. I also want to say I wish I would have read your book sooner I had the hardest time letting go of her I never got the chance to say good-bye before she died I was always thinking that it wouldnt happen or maybe if I didnt admitt to it maybe it would not happen she died so fast that we did not really have time to be prepared for anything I think you are doing a wonderful thing to talk to your wife and to let your kids have a piece of you my Mom wrote me a letter and I read it all the time and some things make me cry and some make me laugh loved her so.. I will pray for you everyday and you take everyday and enjoy your wonderful family and we will pray those days turn into many years together stay strong! you have changed my life forever..........
May 31st, 2008 at 12:27 am
Randy, I read your book two times! I am impress by your optimism.I believe in miracles,for God nothing is impossible. I am praying for you to get well. " where there is a will, there is a way " Valeria
May 30th, 2008 at 10:26 pm
I just read the book. Loved it. I was turned on to it because I lost the use od my leg for a while, I will get them back, nothing to what you are dealing with but was a lot for me at the time. I can't tell you how much your words and positive outlook on life meant to me. It is great to know that there are people like you out there. I hope you are doing well, hope this is not to late but not to early either. Keep doing what you are doing and inspire the wold to do there best, we need more teachers like you, and not just on education but life. Thanks Andy Graham
May 30th, 2008 at 9:18 pm
Althogh i am only 16yrs old i have read your book. It made me relaize how influential you are. I'm sure that you have defently made a huge impact on many peoples life. I hope you live the rest of your life to the FULLEST, hey you never know there might be a miracle. Keeping you in my prayers!
May 30th, 2008 at 8:27 pm
I also have cancer, hormone cancer, in my lungs since 1995. Doctors gave me 10 to 15 years to live, I'm still here. There is no treatment for my cancer, its slow growing thank God. After reading Randy's book I pray for him every night and ask God to PLEASE GIVE RANDY A MIRACLE. His family needs him and so does the world. We have so few people that make a difference. Randy has done so much for his students, there are so many more that need him. My one wish is that I could visit with Randy and talk with him and tell him how much he has done to inspire me with a positive attitude. May God Bless him and hold him close and if there is a miracle that needs a person, may it be given to Randy.
May 30th, 2008 at 6:49 pm
kia ora koutou Randy, Jai and family, i haven't watched the lecture but just finished reading the book, thank you Jai for sharing your beautiful family with the world.. i am a mother of seven and am raising them on my own in Aotearoa aka New Zealand.. i want to mail a note for randy where do i send it to.randys story made me cry and laugh but best of he he inspired me to live my dreams and my life. i am a midwife and have decided to do my doctorate thank you thank you.. arohanui(maori for lots of love) joanne rama maori woman, mother,midwife and best of all nana to five.. and i am the same age as Jai... xxxx
May 30th, 2008 at 6:43 pm
Randy - I have just finished reading your book. I found it to be the most inspiring book I have read. I commend you on the way you have and are living your life. Your devotion to your wife, children and student in incrediable. I have just recently lost my partner of 24 years to cancer. She died on my birthday 3/19/08. I miss her terribly and I wish we had done just a few of the things that you have done for the memories. The one thing I miss is great deal is the sound of her voice. If I could just hear it one more time. My thughts and prayers are with you and your precion Jai, Dillon, Logan & Chloe. Pat Robles
May 30th, 2008 at 6:15 pm
I have not been able to remove any of your words from my mind since your first televised lecture. I listen intensely to your words when you were interviewed by Diane Sawyer. I told my oldest grandson all the "important and meaningful truths" that you spoke of. When I found out about your book it took 4 worthwhile trips to purchase it. You have succeeded. If my grandchildren can grasp just one precious goal from your book I thank you. Your Last Lecture will never grow old. Thank you, my thoughts are with you and your wonderful family.
May 30th, 2008 at 4:00 pm
Ciao Randy, anche io ho appena letto il tuo libro.....è ora di inseguire il mio sogno! ciao grazie Alessandro
May 30th, 2008 at 2:08 pm
Randy, I have just graduated from college and received your book as a graduation gift. I am not one for posting comments, but I have been so moved by your book that I can't resist. One moment you have me laughing, and the next I am in tears. Through your dying days you have offered the world a message that will never die. I have been inspired and completely moved by every line in this book. I want to send my love and prayers to you and your family. I don't know what it is like to lose a parent, but I think you have created something for your children, wife, and many others to admire and live up to each and every day. I wish the best of luck to you and your family in the days to come. Special thanks to you all.
May 30th, 2008 at 12:49 pm
Hello, I would like to start off with a big THANK YOU, to you and your family. I am a 29 yr old mother of one. I work as a Software Tester in QA for a large Tax and Accounting Software company. Not nearly as exciting as an imagineer, but, hey, what do I expect, I went to 1 ½ years of Community College for Psychology. I guess Life just doesn’t go like you thought it would at age17. I would like to tell you that my Son will have a better understanding about those childhood dreams that don’t have to be just dreams… they can be a reality. He will have a better understanding because I now have an understanding that life is something you thrive for not just something you do. I guess you can say – I was an Eeyore, now I’m a Tigger! And my son will benefit from it. Thank you very much for sharing your lecture through video and your book is amazing. I can’t say Thank you enough.
May 30th, 2008 at 12:04 pm
Randy, I too have pancreatic cancer which has metastized to my liver. I was diagnosed in Jan 2007. I've had my alloted share of chemo and last month had radiation spheres placed in my liver. I don't know yet if it has had any effect. I'm still working, because it's what I know to do. I'm going fishing with my daughter tomorrow morning because it's what I want to do. I may have a good long cry at some point on many days, but I keep the words "never, never, never give up" in my head. I've a friend with MS who told me that she prayed to be healed. She said that when she wasn't healed, she changed her prayer to "Lord, just let me do this right." Those are the other words I try to keep in my head every hour of every day.
May 30th, 2008 at 11:50 am
Hi Randy.. It's Randi... Hope this finds you free of pain and discomfort and regaining some strength. I know the prognosis of your illness so I am not in denial BUT.... I also believe in Miracles and feel that you are a top runner for the next one.. You continue to inspire people all over the world and have actually changed numerous people for the better.. Who does that? Not many and then there is God himself.. I will be away for the weekend but will be praying for you and your precious family during my wangering.. Take care.. I 'll write on sunday.. Love all of you.. Truly.. Randi
May 30th, 2008 at 8:19 am
Hi Randy & Jai I'm Kennie from Singapore. I first got to know about you from The Oprah show and I just could not stop crying. Cried because I was touched by you, your strength and wisdom. You put everything so wisely said in a nutshell and I got it. I totally got it. I asked my husband to watch right after I did. I showed the taping to my friends, there were no dry eyes. 2 mothers commented that they would enjoy their children and let them paint the walls. Just 2 days ago, I saw your book in Bangkok, Thailand and finished reading the book. I left it on my husband's night stand asking him to read. Wonder if he would, since I related almost the entire book when we had lunch today. I could not wait to share your nuggets of gold with him. Jai you are one precious lady who is life giving, that's what I learn from you. No amount of words I say could make you feel better. Randy, the least I could do is to pray for you and your family. You have indeed touched the core of our hearts and I know many lives have been transformed. Just this evening, something happened and I blamed myself for it. And as I reflected on your lecture, I said to myself that I have to go on and not live in defeat. I am grateful to you, Kennie Ong
May 30th, 2008 at 8:11 am
Dear Randy, Often-times life is short, but it can be wide, and your book and lecture are wonderful reminders that we need to be vigilant and constantly live for what is really important and not be bogged down by the mundane minutiae of day-to-day living. Thank you for sharing your dreams and being an inspiration. May God continue to bless you, Jai, Logan, Dylan, and Chloe. Fletcher Johnson, Bluffton, S.C.
May 30th, 2008 at 7:56 am
Randy/Jai and the Kids- Wow! What can I say. I got this book as a graduation present from my sister and mother and I just now completed reading the very last page at work! *grin* What can I say..I needed a slight break for myself. Your book sends an impressive message and as a treat to myself, I've written down all my favorite sayings from the book and shared them with my co-workers by posting my little post-it notes on my wall. Your truly and inspiration to us all and now I am going to share your words, once again with a friend. I just truly love your zest for life! I think I am a tigger too and next on my adgena is getting a reacquainted with my crayon box. God Speed to You, Your Family and Friends! Many Thanks.... Carolyn Davis
May 30th, 2008 at 7:32 am
Thank you so much for sharing a part of your inspirational life. You and your family are truly blessed in love. I would like to share a special memory of mine that happened about 20 years ago at Disney World. My husband and I had taken our 3 sons to Disney World for a family vacation. Money was tight but we always felt it important to have a family vacation of some sort. We decided on Disney World and stayed at The Contempory Hotel in the park. Each of our sons were allowed to purchase something from the gift shop. Our middle son Adam decided on a Donald Duck stuffed animal. The evening before we departed he carefully put Donald in a drawer to sleep for the long trip home. We thought we had retrieved all of our belongings but when we stopped a couple hours into our trip home we discovered Donald was not with us. We immediately called the hotel, they searched the room but could not locate Donald. The room had already been cleaned so they thought maybe housekeeping may have him. We made another phone call to the hotel when we arrived home but still no Donald. Adam was crushed. My husband and I decided to contact the gift shop and ordered a replacement. A few days later Donald arrived in the mail and Adam and I stood at the mailbox and cried tears of joy that Donald had found his way home. A few days later another Donald arrived in the mail. This one was from Disney World with a note stating how bad they felt that the original Donald could not be located and they knew how children became attached to stuffed animals. So with that in mind they felt compelled to send Adam another Donald. We never told Adam that we had ordered the first replacement. We just let him think that Disney World sent both of them. On August 15, 1999 Adam was involved in an accident that claimed his life two days later. He jumped on the hood of a car and the driver took off with Adam hanging on. Adam lost his grip, fell to the pavement and hit his head. He was pronounced brain dead on August 17, 1999. At the tender age of 17, we lost our middle son and our other sons, Dustin and Ian lost their brother. We sent one of the Donald Ducks with Adam and the other one is still on his bed. The reason I am sharing this with you is because by me reading your book and you sharing the salt and pepper story, it brought back one of my fondest memories of Disney World and the magic that makes them special. Adam was a very talented artist and his "dream" was to some day work for Walt Disney World in Florida. Thank you for the beautiful memory. Joe & Cheryl Widup
May 30th, 2008 at 7:22 am
Randy, I just read your book, cover to cover without a break. Thank you, thank you, for allowing us to share your story and even better, to "pay it forward" with those we love. I cannot wait to give this book to my daughter on her upcoming 19th birthday. I am only sad that she was not able to experience you as a professor at the University of Virginia where she now attends school. Even though I lost my husband and her father when she was only 4 years old, he remains very much an inspiration in both our lives so just imagine the impact of the legacy you leave behind for your family and for us all! God bless you and your family and know that so many of us hold you all in our thoughts and prayers.
May 29th, 2008 at 10:16 pm
Well, you made me cry again! I just watched the video of your college speech, "bravo", and when u walked off, kissed and picked up your bride...I lost it... You will be around for Fathers Day and Christmas and LOVE will keep you going, never give up and always pray for that blessed cure from Our Father and his Blessed Mother. I will pray for you and your wonderful family. Enjoyed your book, passed it on to my mom, brothers and sisters. I see my loving and adorable husband and my two beautiful girls, ages 4 & 5, with even MORE loving and grateful eyes, because of YOUR words. Thank you EILEEN
May 29th, 2008 at 8:24 pm
To Randy and Jai: I am writing from way up in Prince George, British Columbia. You are both such special people and I am certain that this is not the last time that you will hear it! I have only read 3 books in my 43 years and your book I just couldn't put down..It is purely a blessing to read.You have gotten your message across Randy ! How could anyone ever forget you after seeing or reading "The Last Lecture?" God Bless you and Your family! Sincerley, Crystal Niro
May 29th, 2008 at 8:03 pm
Found you through Time magazine in article Katie Couric wrote about your life and had to buy your book. I am a family nurse practitioner and deal with life and illnesses daily. Your book is such an inspiration and I am giving it as graduation presents to my daughter's friends. Also, please remember every day that you have touched so many lives and will continue to for so many years because of your kids and your accomplishments. I pray that I touch a tenth of people in my lifetime like you have. How wonderful to be a great legacy and leave the world realizing it! God bless Jai and kids and your mom and sister. He has blessed you already.
May 29th, 2008 at 7:51 pm
Dear Randy, First I would like to say what an inspiration you are to all. I must thank you for such a wonderful book that puts life and how to live it fully into perspective. In your book you had mentioned that you would like input from people who had lost a parent as a child. Well I am one of those. My dear father died in 1977 at the age of 47, I was 9,daddy's little girl. My older brothers ranged between the age of 22 down to 15. And 9 months before his passing he had became a grandfather for the first time. A role he cherished. He was sick but you wouldn't have known. He died from complications during heart bypass surgery. My mother did not take it well and was depressed for a long time. For years we could not mention my father without her breaking into tears. But many years later I did find somethings out. How much he had wanted a little girl. How he had my name picked out from the time my mother was expecting my eldest brother. He didn't have a chance to write a book or give a lecture but he, like you, tried to give us alot of memorise in a short period of time. I missed out on many daddy- daughter things. And to this day it breaks my heart he wasn't there in body for special moments in my life. But I knew without a doubt he was there in spirt for them all. I know the things your children will miss but thanks to the memories you make, the book you have written and lecture you had recorded they will know just how hard you worked to let them know you loved them and wanted to be here for them. God bless you for this gift you gave them and gave the world as well. 30 years later and somedays I still miss my father as I did when I was young. But I never doubt that he loved me and still does. My wish for you Randy is that you get a miracle. That you last not months beyond your expectancy but years. That you get to make more memories with your family. And that everyone learns from you lecture. Again may god bless you and I thank him that you and people like you were put on this earth. To show us how to appreciate life even if we only have a little of it left to live. Best wishes Rose Mary Wesley
Rose Mary Wesley
May 29th, 2008 at 7:22 pm
I lived in Romania until 1996. When I was a kid, back in the 70s, I did not have toys. I built my own and I was very proud of that. If I had another chance to live my childhood again, I want it to be exactly the same. It made me a stronger person and made me appreciate more the real things in life. Your parents have all my respect. I know that your legacy will continue to live within your children and many generations to come. All my respect for a life well lived.
Carmen Rad (Tammy)
May 29th, 2008 at 4:26 pm
Randy, I just read your book and have added you and your family to my "hero" list! Bless you for sharing your indomitable spirit and positive outlook with us. I lost my dad in a truck/train accident suddenly when I was 8 years old and you were "right on" with your thoughts on what to leave for your kids. I truly wish I had more pictures of us together and it would have been a miracle to have movies or recordings...1956 technology at our house wasn't very hip. I don't remember what his voice sounded like or recall anything he ever said to me. I know he loved me from what the rest of my family has said, but what a precious jewel you will leave with all your wonderful and thoughtful reminders for them of your love and the joy they brought you. My prayers are with you for the longest and least painful survival ever recorded in history! Keep your wonderful sense of humor and I hope to see your next Halloween costume! Maybe Harry Potter? He beat the Deathly Hallows and you should too!
May 29th, 2008 at 3:28 pm
Randy, Thank you for writing your extraordinary book. A friend of my wife at work gave us a copy since I also am with Pancreatic Cancer. Recently diagnosed on my birthday, December 10th, I was given the six month window. Went through twenty-seven treatments of radiation and also been using a homeopathic medicine. My cancer does not show up on the Pet-Scan now. Still proceeding with the Whipple to stave off any future returns. Wonder if you have used any alternative treatments. Would like to share information if interested. Best to you and Jai, Tony C.
May 29th, 2008 at 12:12 pm
God Bless you Randy, this may be your Last Lecture but it will be my young grandchildren's first lecture on how to enjoy their life no matter what! We pray for you and Jai and the children constantly, you will be just fine --God obviously Loves YOU very much.
May 29th, 2008 at 9:48 am
Randy-Your book is amazing. It has meant alot to me. I have actually re-read it several times and given it as gifts. Thanks for all of the reminders in it- that we know, but many times forget. You have not posted a health update in awhile-I hope with all my heart that you are enjoying the spring and family. Love to you all, God Bless
May 29th, 2008 at 8:59 am
I was touched by your lecture 1st and read your book after! Wonderful read! My friend who is a "P" survivor of 5 yrs. bought it for me and she loved it also! I'm also a cancer fighter and was diagnosed 3 yrs. ago. I'm going strong but not free of it. While I saw the lecture and after reading the book the urge I have in my heart for you is of course not to give up and I know your not but beyond that DON'T ALWAYS BELIEVE WHAT THE DR.'S SAY! They don't truely give or take life away. Our creator does. Soooo, believe you have more than 5 yrs. the heck with 45% rates. I think that is what has kept me alive after a stage 4 situation.(very long story) Oh and one last thing, dumb question but have you tried any alternative measures? I have been beat down with the the "Big 3"-chemo, Rad., & Surg. and am on a new hunt for other things that do work. Never stop pressing on! I appauld your courage and that of your family!!!!! Truely, Karen Pitale
May 29th, 2008 at 7:29 am
I am very familiar with pancreatic cancer I just lost my brother James on 11/12/07, he was only 47yrs old like you. I wish he had the courage like you. When he went in for the whipple operation on 2/12/07, they could not remove the tumor. I think thats when he realize he was dying,but never said that to me. I wish he would have cherish every moment he had left in those nine months before he die, instead he chose to close out the world. I have tons of respect for you and what you have written for your children. Your children will be proud of their father. Your wife Jai is a very strong person and I pray that god gives her strength every day. Thank you for your book it gave me a chance to see how you and your family is coping with this disease.
May 29th, 2008 at 6:05 am
Randy, YOur book really inspired me to pass on your message of living a good life. You see, my first husband died at age 32 back in 1977 and I went on to raise our two daughters to be very special women. YOu are doing all of the right things: videos, a book of your feelings, planning for the future, and lots of pictures. Back in 1977, we didn't have videos. So, my daughters didn't really know or remember their Dad. They were 4yrs and 22mo old and the only link to their Dad was photos, old movies without sound and my stories and memories. Your wife is blessed to have you and your creativity to create a legacy for your children to "really know their Dad". I am very familiar with Pancreatic Cancer having lost my Dad and 3rd husband to this dreadful disease. I commend you and have already planned on giving your book as a gift to many. G-d bless.
May 29th, 2008 at 2:14 am
Thanks for the wonderful book! And the summary of perhaps most valuable, yet simple, lessons in life! Wishing you, Jai and the kids all the strength! Shaif
May 29th, 2008 at 1:36 am
As my uncle was dying of pancreatic cancer, he was leaving instructions for his survivors. One of them was to tell my Aunt, "I hope I have made marraige so beautiful, that you wish to do it again." He did, and she did. Thank you for reminding us of the beauty in life.
May 28th, 2008 at 11:42 pm
I wrote you some time ago when I first started reading your book, as I wanted you to check out the Burzynski Clinic in Houston,TX. I pray every day you have the courage to check out the website: www.burzynskiclinic.com. The PBX is 713-335-5697. Dr Stanislaw Burzynski uses a genetic approach to treating cancer and is highly recommended by Dr. Julian Whitaker. This is the 30th anniversary for his clinic. Having lost both parents and my husband to cancer, I have done a lot of research on the subject, and I am convinced this is one of the best options. I am so impressed with your book, I have been telling everyone who will listen about it. I gave a copy to my grandson who just graduated from high school. I cannot think of a better inspiration for him. I also bought a couple of extra copies to loan out. I am so impressed with your attitude. I wish my husband had had the same, as I think it is what has kept you going this long. If you can find the time, Bernie Siegel's book, "Love,Medicine,& Miracles" tells stories about self-healing. Doctors often forget about the potential strength to heal that is within their patients. I will continue to pray for your miracle. Jeanne
May 28th, 2008 at 8:59 pm
Dear Randy, I savored your book chapter by chapter. It is the type of read that you could finish in one day if given the time, but I didn't want to. I actually saved the last chapter for a sunny day by myeself, no interruptions. Your children will be blessed with knowing how their father feels about them, not just wondering. Your wife knows how much she means to you. Unbelievably your family will be fortunate enough to "get it." I only wish that the people who should read your book do so. Thank you, thank you for sharing this time with all of us...Tigger
May 28th, 2008 at 7:44 pm
Dear Randy, I have just finished reading your book.. RRAVO! You have finished a masterpiece. I have tons of respect for you and what you have written for your children is priceless. I am a colon cancer survivor 0 one of the lucky ones. You are right, cancer does give you time to get your life in order. Thankfully, I'm cured. Your book gave me lots of insight into what everyone should really think of at some time in their life. Not to be morbid but to decide and sort out things that have to be delt with at some point in life. You, dear Randy, did an wxcellent job of just that. You will long be remembered for your honesty, wit and frankness. I have learned so much in your book that I would to have anyone,all over the world, to read this. You made everything so clear that your children will really know their dad. You have a great family and Bless all of you. My thoughts and prayers are with you Randy, now and forever because there is an afterlife for all of us. God bless. Noreen Platten, Corfu, N>Y>
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May 28th, 2008 at 7:34 pm
I've read, re-read, and "gift give" your book many times. I check your website often to read your updates. I have missed them lately. Please tell us all--when you can--how you are doing.
May 28th, 2008 at 7:28 pm
Dear Randy, I want you to know what a beautiful mark you are leaving in this life. What a legacy of knowledge, passion, compassion, wisdom, humor and love. Your children will be very proud of the man and father you are. I am overwhelmed with every word, every page, every chapter. It is an incredible masterpiece and you are the ultimate artist. I read it to my son Ethan who is almost three months old. In Ethans journal I have written about you, your journey, and how important it will be for him to read The Last Lecture in order to achieve his childhood dreams. I will pass my copy on to him so that when he is old enough to understand, you could inspire him as well. Your Last Lecture will be his road map. In your honor, I have painted the quadratic equation in Ethans bedroom as you did in yours when you were a child. This will be a constant reminder to him and to myself the life and legacy of Randy Pausch. God bless you and your beautiful family! I will pray for your courage and the strength of your family. Peace and Love Julia and Ethan
May 28th, 2008 at 4:59 pm
My wife of 29 years and I have just finished reading your amazing book. We laughed and cried together. We were very moved and inspired. You have so many great messages that we want to pass on to our kids. We are also Disney fans, and had a chance to try out the test Aladdin VR game that you worked on. It makes me feel like our lives have crossed before, and now you have touched us again. I'm sure you have moved many more people than you will ever know. We pray for you and your family. Randy, in your book you said "just ask", so I am asking. Would you please be able to do a short phone interview on my radio show in Buffalo, NY? Either way I will pass on your amazing story on hope and love. Larry Norton WGRF 716-888-9717
Larry and Barb Norton
May 28th, 2008 at 3:37 pm
HI I've finished your book a couple of days ago and thanks to your wise advice I got over a brick wall today. I was persistant and got the job I've hoped for. Thank you! The bible says" "A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one's birth" As an orthodox Jew, my religion celebrates the death of scholars. I believe that your name and influence will last for generations. with thanks, Tzipora Balelli-Guzi
May 28th, 2008 at 1:44 pm
Hello Randy :0) My father was killed when I was 3 days shy of turning 7 years old. It was sudden and very much unexpected, so there was no preparing for any of us, let alone him. He was 34 and in the prime of his life, as far as he was concerned,I'm sure. In the 31 yrs since his death, I have collected each and every bit of "proof" that my father actually existed,i.e. very few pictures, notes found that he had written to my mother, his drivers license, etc, ANYTHING that says he was here. As I was only 7, memories of him are very vague and very few, unfortunetly. In fact, it's hard to decipher if some of my memories are real or something I have dreamed as a child and held onto, in hopes of keeping him a part of me...To make this as short as possible, I truly feel what you have done for your children in the ways of documenting "actual" footage of yourself,in living action (very important),countless pictures of you with the kids and as a family with their mother. Recording your thoughts,feelings,beliefs,hopes,dreams,the whole nine yards,will be such a blessing for them and something they can forever cherish and pass along to their children, so they may also be introduced to their grandfather. My girls know of their grandfather only because there is this grave in the cemetary that belongs to him that we visit every now and again.Very sad to me.I cannot tell you how at peace I would be today if I had such treasures of my father to share with my own children. You are a remarkable human being and will no doubt be welcomed into heaven with open arms! Enjoy every moment!
May 28th, 2008 at 1:14 pm
I used the book and your UTube Last Lecture video as preparation for my sermon this past Sunday: "Do Not Worry" (see Matthew 6:24-34). It was obvious to me that my parishioners needed to hear your story, Randy. They have so much that they have lost sight of what is important; worry has replaced activity in their lives. Hearing about how you and your family continue to live your lives so fully and so honestly was a real wake up call for the folks here, I can tell you! Thank you, Randy and Jai, for having the courage to tell your story, to truly live your lives, not wasting any time at all. Thank you for being my inspiration and the inspiration of many. We may never meet, but your life will continue to inspire me, and many others, for years and generations to come. God bless you both. Thank you for fighting, thank you for courage, and thank you for the love.
May 28th, 2008 at 12:52 pm
Thank You - God Bless You
May 28th, 2008 at 11:52 am
Randy and Jai, Your messages inspire countless people and their families and beyond to their friends and acquaintances. I have a copy of your book as do my 2 daughters. Plus each has a CD...I saw to that (reinforcement!) We are also having a slumber party so we can watch the lecture together. Afterwards it's party time, time for our "It's the Dash That Counts" party. Thank you for sharing your gusto. Lois 1948 - _ _ _ _
May 28th, 2008 at 10:54 am
God bless you Randy
May 28th, 2008 at 10:42 am
HI Randy.. IT's me Randi.. Have a sick child home today so we will be going to the doctors soon to sit for a bit.. Didn't feel like doing much today and I just think of you and how I respond to what is going on in my life.. Thank you.. Thank you ..Thank you for being you and sharing yourself with all of us who are still trying to figure it out.. ALl my love to all of you.. Randi
May 28th, 2008 at 9:42 am
Randy, I can not thank you enough for sharing your story. I purchased the book yesterday and could not put it down. I am truly inspired by your courage and strength. I vow from this day forward to live my life; always remaining positive, chasing my dreams, and helping others achieve theirs. Your words and story have changed my life forever! You and your family will always be in my thoughts and prayers! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! and God Bless you!
May 28th, 2008 at 8:20 am
Randy, Jai and Family- What an inspirational book and lecture! More people should live life to the fullest and leave a legacy for their children and generations to come. You are a stellar example of how we should live our lives when " no one is looking". Kudos to your parents for having the forsight to keep you " on track" and allowing your creativity to shine through. I will value these lessons and continue to live my life to the fullest...always keeping my eye on the most important thing in my life...family! Godspeed to you and those in your life.
May 28th, 2008 at 6:49 am
I recently had the pleasure of watching Randy Pausch's interview on television and could not watch the last 5 minutes of the program. I am a tonsillar carcinoma survivor who also has PVD and facing the possibility of 3 more surgeries for this disease. I identified with Randy's pain and understood the emotions he confronted with the outcome of his last catscan. Yet his Faith in God, the love of family and friends and the inner strength we are given through our illness I had felt let's do this, get it over with and I am going to live my life just for today. I am also a grateful recovering alcohol which has taught me that life has its ups and down, sometimes seems to go sideways yet Faith in my Higher Power will see me through as he or she had know, before I did, the situation I would be facing and already had the solution. May God bless Randy, his family and friends as I have been blessed and I will continue to recommend The Last Lecture not only to someone who is going through this devastating disease but to those I love who will appreciate life today on life's terms.
May 28th, 2008 at 5:24 am
Hi Randy, THANK YOU. Becky
May 28th, 2008 at 3:00 am
Randy and family, Your book has become a treasure for me. I lost my 24 year old son to cancer last June...a very rare sarcoma. You were able to articulate what I know my son wanted to say. Thank you for that...it is something for his dad, me and his brother to cherish. Godspeed to you. (www.markdewalle.com)
May 28th, 2008 at 12:52 am
Randy, Thank you, thank you, thank you, for your wonderful insight, devotion and passion for what matters most in life. You have given a gift to the world with your perspective on loving, caring and helping others to better themselves. Your message which is carried through your book and the commencement speech you recently gave is one that I will hold close to my heart. I've been searching for something that I can truly get passionate about and you are inspiring me to fulfill my goals. You are exactly what this world needs. I thank God for you and I pray that He will continue to bless you and your family with courage and strength.
May 28th, 2008 at 12:41 am
Dear Randy, In living, you have touched the lives of your students, friends, family and loved ones. In dying, which has inspired the Last Lecture and its derivatives, you have touched the lives of millions, and will leave a legacy of a truly grand scale. I definitely don't mean or intend to diminish what having terminal cancer means or the tremendous loss those who love you will suffer -- my heart truly goes out to your family. Just really want to acknowledge and thank you for the difference you are making, by sharing your wisdom, humor, zest of life and eternally realistic optimism. Alice
May 28th, 2008 at 12:33 am
Dear Randy and Jay: I feel I know you through your amazing book. My son gave it to me for mother's day and I have not been able to put it down. You are a gift from God to humnity.As I was going to sleep tonight the Lord put in my heart to get up, check the web an see if I could send you a message. I have been praying for you and your family.I do not know if you know the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour. I could not go to sleep, it was as if a force stronger than I was pushing me to come and write this note to you. You still could be healed. everything is possible with God, but if you are not you want to make sure that you know where you are going to spend eternity. When you face God, and you will, why should He let you in heaven? Because of all of the wondeful things you did here on earth or because you acknowledged His Son Jesus as your Savior, that died on the cross for our sins and rose on the 3rd day that we someday could be with Him.NOTHING that we can do is good enough to enter the Kingdom of Heaven except to believe in Jesus as our Saviour. I am a mother of 6, one son has Downs Syndrome, another thinks he is gay and my husband, who had a brain tumor removed 14 years ago is loosing his memory. If it wasn't for my faith and the strength that I get from God, I do not think I could survive. Think about it, you are very closed to meet your Maker, He wants to recieve you with open arms. My prayers are with you and your beautiful family. I hope you are already a believer and this note just reaffirms your own believe.In Christian love, Margarita
May 27th, 2008 at 11:42 pm
I don't know what to say, it seems it has all been so artfully portrayed by those lucky enough to know your story before me. You are an inspiration for someone who thought inspirational people did not exist or could not penetrate self-constructed brick walls. I am my own brick wall and you helped me realize the ideas and attitudes that may hold me back as a professional and as a father. The self-realization you have shown me cannot be conveyed in text. I am so grateful I have learned it while my own son is only 4 years of age, as I now will have the knowledge to be a much better father. Godspeed Randy Pausch, your lessons will never be forgotten and will be passed on as often as possible. - Andy Johnson
May 27th, 2008 at 11:15 pm
I loved your book. I was able to relate to your situation because I was as old as Logan when I lost my dad to skin cancer. Your book allowed me to understand what may have been crossing my father's mind during those final months and your personality reminded me so much of him because he always appeared to be healthy because he was never pesimistic about his situation. Enjoy the time with your family...I can guarantee you that you have nothing to worry about in terms of how much your children will remember. I might not remember every little detail about my father but I do remember having some of the best times of my life with him. The great love you have for them and endless efforts to put a smile on their face will keep you in their #1 "Incredible" hero spot. As far as Jai goes, you will do a great job raising your children, my mother raised 3 children on her own after our loss and is now the mother of two professional women and hardworking man, and grandmother of 6. She got us through college and has always reminded us of how proud our father is up above.
May 27th, 2008 at 10:30 pm
Hey Randy, My son graduated from high school last week. We had watched you together, first he found you on youtube, then we saw you on TV, then I bought him your book. We ended up buying copies of your book for all the graduates we know. Thank you for inspiring me and my 18 year old : )
May 27th, 2008 at 10:00 pm
Dear Randy, Thank you for sharing your "last lecture" with us all. I finished your book in about 2 days and was impacted! You have been an encouragement to me as I am a fresh grad out of college looking for a teaching job! Your strength has been an example to me and everyone to never give up and follow your dreams! You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers!
May 27th, 2008 at 9:48 pm
Randy I pray for you that you may have as long as God will allow on this earth with Jai and your children. Jai I think you are the strongest person and I pray God gives you strenth daily. Your life and the way both of you live it and raise your children is amazing and rare. Thank you, for touching my life.
May 27th, 2008 at 9:21 pm
Dear Randy. I thank you for everything you thought me on this book. You inspired me on to keep going no matter how things are. Im going trough some hard moments right now and you book thought never to give up. Im deeply sorry for what has happend to you. All my life ive been living trough miracles and I belive that you can be cured. God gives and Got takes away. My dad is a pastor from christian church that has branches all over south america, and in three states in the U.S. Ill ask for him all members to pray for you. Have faith, God can cure you! I wish you the best. May the peace of God be with you and your family!
May 27th, 2008 at 9:20 pm
I just wanted to say thank you for each line of the book. It touch my heart and made me stop and analyze so many things, beginning with being thankful for all the things we take for granted. I hope you continue fighting with the same courage, and hope your family enjoys every single moment with you, after all happiness is the sum of those small moments. Your lecture has taken your words to so many places, from the Dominican Republic, wishing you more than anything: strength and time, nothing but time. Loren
May 27th, 2008 at 9:00 pm
Dear Randy, I am so grateful to you for your wonderful thoughts on life and how to truly "live". God has blessed the world by sharing one of his angels - you are a gift to us all. Thank you, Randy. I will be a better person for having read your book. Barbara P.
May 27th, 2008 at 8:26 pm
Dear Randy, I cried when I read your book. I cried a lot, and not all of my tears were for you and your family. Some of my tears were for the life I had failed to live up to this point. You see, I have always been an Eyore, and I had focused so much on the negative parts of my life that I failed to noticed how blessed I truly am. When I play with my daughter now I think about the memories I will be leaving with her when I die. I’ve vowed to live my life to the fullest because I want to impress upon her how important it is for her to do the same. I can’t thank you enough, so “I just have to pay it forward”. I'll be thinking of you, Jai, and your beautiful children.
May 27th, 2008 at 6:10 pm
Dear Randy, I have read your book and I must say that I was very inspired and realized that my finding out that I was adopted at age 33 was not the end of the world. You have reached many of your goals and I'm sad that your life will be cut short. I cryed reading your book. I walked the Pancreatic Cancer Walk A Thon in May in Chicago. I did it for my boyfriends mother and cousin who passed away from the disease. And I also thought of you on that day. My prayers do include you and Jai and your children. Any one who reads your book will know that your truley love Jai. I only wish to have that kind of love one day. Sincerely, Mildred Perez
May 27th, 2008 at 6:01 pm
Dear Randy I want to thank you so much for your contribution to the planet! Sharing your life experiences and what you've received from those experiences has changed my family, because it has changed me. Living your life in a way that will allow your dreams to come to you has changed my parenting, along with all the other "Pauschisms" of course. I appreciate the encouragement you've provided humanity; it will have an impact for generations to come.
May 27th, 2008 at 6:01 pm
Randy, I finished your book today. It is truly amazing. Your wife and children are lucky to have you in their lives. I wish you the best of luck with your treatments. I vow to let my children draw and paint on their bedroom walls whatever they wish.
May 27th, 2008 at 3:47 pm
Randy, I have been praying for you since I saw your amazing lecture on TV last year. You have inspired me to leave a fuller life and one where I take one day at a time and try to make the very most of it. Please know that your legacy will live on in me and those that I touch, forever. All my best.
May 27th, 2008 at 3:36 pm
Dear Randy, I saw your book for the first time in Costco two-weeks ago and had to buy it. I have read the book and want to say you are an inpsiration to everyone. I laughed out loud and cried. You and your beloved Jai and children are in my prayers.
May 27th, 2008 at 3:12 pm
Randy: My youngest daughter gave me your book as a mother's day gift. Once I started reading it, I could not put it down. It is an inspirational, beautifully written book that shows anyone who reads it how much you love your family. Thank you for sharing your life with us.
Mary Ann Vasquez
May 27th, 2008 at 1:52 pm
Randy, I saw you on Oprah and you touched my life in so many ways. I lost my mom to cancer when I was 17. My life was forever changed, I am so happy that you wrote this book for your young children. This will be so important for them as they grow older. I myself always wondered if I would lose touch of my memories of time with my mom..it's been 10 yrs this July and it seems like yesterday she was here, and as for the memories,they are as clear as glass. I admire you and your strenght...God Bless your amazing wife!! I could not put your book down, I bought it for my husband and as soon as we got in the car I started reading it..I could not put it down, I read it in one day and it will forever change my life. God Bless you and your strength! I will continue to pray for you and your wonderful family.
May 27th, 2008 at 1:45 pm
Dear Professor Pausch, I watched your interview on ABC and purchased your book a few weeks ago. I finished reading it today. My heart goes out to you and your family. I am a single mother in the military. My son's father passed away when my son was 4 yrs old. It is truly a struggle. Make sure Jai doesn't respond in anger when your children are being "children" and she is stressed out. Your book has inspired me to enjoy my life and those in it much more and appreciate all the moments we are able to share. My you and your family be Blessed. Thank you for sharing your life.
May 27th, 2008 at 1:36 pm
I have started giving my 15 year old grandson small inspirational/devotional books that would give him a manageable library to take with him wherever life leads him in the years ahead. This book is a PERFECT addition to that collection. Thank you to you and Jeffery for keeping it short and to the point and didn't feel the need to have a "best selling tell all"
May 27th, 2008 at 1:24 pm
Randy, my wife Debbie gave me your book as an early anniversary present...I am a 57 year old 1st time University of Texas at Brownsville college freshman. I would have been proud to have you as a professor or as a friend. You and I believe in stepping up and setting new standards. I will take your example forward with me into my journey into further education. May God's grace and love comfort you as you make your transition. Remember for those that believe in Christ there is no final goodbye. Your brother in Christ Kevin Curtin
May 27th, 2008 at 12:57 pm
Hello Randy, I bought your book and you are truly an inspiration to everyone. I also got a copy for my mother. I am from pittsburgh and I have prayed for you and your family since "your last lecture" at CMU. Your wife and children are so beautiful and I pray God will keep you with them. If I could go into my bank of life and give you some time I would. I truly mean that. I pray that you keep beating the odds and your doctors come up with a new experimental treatment that creates a mircle for you. You will always be remembered and loved. Your children are going to so proud of you when they grow-up and see what a wonderful Father they have. God Bless You and Your Family.
May 27th, 2008 at 12:54 pm
Dear Randy, Thank you for sharing your life, your experiences, your family and what you are all going through with us. Your book is phenomenal! You have touched so many lives with your story. I am 31 years old and lost my father last year only 6 weeks before my daughter was born. She would have been his first grandchild. It was the most difficult time of my life but with my beautiful memories and stories, it helps me get by. What you are doing for your family, your children...is truly incredible and is such a gift. I am encouraging everyone to read your book! Thank you again for sharing your life, your gift. God Bless you, Jai and your beautiful children.
Angela - Bermuda
May 27th, 2008 at 10:55 am
You are a true gift. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Jai and your children. By sharing your story, you have inspired me to do better, reminded me of the gifts I've received and encouraged me to love more. I will be forever grateful. All the best! Love, HM
May 27th, 2008 at 10:37 am
I can't tell you how much your book, that I finished last night, meant to me. I work with terminally ill patients on a daily basis. Each one has at least one lesson to teach me, whether it's in courage, or faith or love. You taught me one in all three areas, and gave me ideas for my patients with children. My prayers are with out and your family.
May 27th, 2008 at 10:09 am
Hey Randy! Hope you are having a good day and lots of fun! Mike and I think of you often and are so greatly inspired. I finished reading your book and have told anyone who will listen about you and your message. You are so in our thoughts and prayers. We are really pulling for you here in Tennessee. Sending you hugs, kisses, positive thoughts and peace and happiness! We Love You! Mike and Catey Henning
May 27th, 2008 at 9:22 am
http://www.cnn.com/2008/HEALTH/05/26/regrowing.body.parts/index.html Please see the attached article. Deanna
May 27th, 2008 at 9:19 am
Hi Randy... Hope this finds you feeling stronger than the last time we heard from you.. I worked all weekkend helping friends with garage sales, spring cleaning and visiting relatives and spending times with friends.. You were my motivation the whole time because there were things I didn't want to do or people I dreaded visiting...So Thank you once again for the push in the right direction.. I now feel a sense of urgency to complete what I have only thought about to this point. You encourage me to put them into action.... Thank you... I continue to pray for you and your family daily.. God Bless.. Randi
May 27th, 2008 at 7:57 am
Randy, I am almost finished reading your book but before I do I wanted to tell you thank you. Thank you for sharing your life's story. Your lecture, your book and your speech at the commencement ceremony have been so inspiring to me. My dad had pancreatic cancer. He also had lung cancer. He is also battling heart disease, diabetes, vascualr disease, congestive heart failure and is an amputee. He is in the 4-5 year window right now of waiting to see if his cancers will come back or not. It is never the less a stressful time in my family's life as the unknown is very haunting. Everything I heard you say has really enabled me to have a new outlook on my dad's trials and tribulations. The one thing I wish more than ever is that I could give my dad an oppertunity to do some of the things he always wanted to do in his life before it's too late. For him to live his childhood dreams just as you did. Thank you for inspiring me and my family and sharing your story. You have no idea how much you have impacted my life and my outlook on things. As much as I will always be rooting for my dad to fight the good fight and win his battles against his health problems, I will be cheering for you too! I know all too well what you and your family must be going through and along with my dad, you all will be in my thoughts and prayers. Megan McNerney
May 27th, 2008 at 6:57 am
Dear Randy, I'm 53 year old nurse at a crossroad between wanting to work and be an inspiration to others in my profession or retiring and giving in to my battle with many orthopedic problems. I realized after listening to your Audio CD that we can pay it forward no matter where I am. Thanks.
May 27th, 2008 at 1:51 am
Dear Randy, It was purely by chance that today I stumbled across your "last lecture" shown on oprah. Your words of inspiration and optimism couldn't have come at a better time in my life and i will be fully embracing the power of your legacy. After watching your full lecture i'm inspired to share your message with everyone in my life...You're gift will live in on long after you have left this world and i hope that gives you comfort that in some small way you have changed the world...Peace and happiness to you and your family. Bec - Brisbane, Australia
May 26th, 2008 at 11:15 pm
Randy, I'm from Thailand and I'm truely think that you are an inspiration to us and your book touched my life.
May 26th, 2008 at 9:59 pm
Dear Randy, Thank-you. Colette Pikosz
May 26th, 2008 at 9:45 pm
Dear Randy and Jai: I was truly inspired by this book and the reasons you decided to put together this last lecture. You and your family are making such an impact to many. I was most impressed by the legacy you are leaving for your children. This is something no one could ever take away from you. I truly hope by some miracle you can still beat the odds. Your book was given to me as a gift from my co-worker Irene. She was truly inspired after she read it, and bought a copy for me to read too! I read the entire book this Memorial weekend 2008 while taking a weekend trip with one of my sons (Alex)and my close friends (Juan and Sandra). It did bring back many memories to when my husband Mike and I went through a few of your similar experiences. My husband passed away three months ago after putting a good fight to this terrible disease for almost 3 years. Although he tried to remaine positive I know one fear he had was if our sons (ages 16 and 22) would not remember some of the things he explained and showed them in his life. Unfortunately, none were put on tape. Any one going through this type of experience and thinking of putting their life lessons on tape and/or in writing should do it!!! This is the greatest gift you could leave to your family and friends. Again, Randy and Jai, thanks for the inspiration.
May 26th, 2008 at 9:01 pm
Randy, I watched your interview several weeks ago on TV and have kept it in my mind ever since. I only bought your book today and have almost finished it. I would recommend this to anyone that has any doubts about how to live every day. You have been an inspiration to me and I am a few years older. I love and eternal hope for you and your family.
May 26th, 2008 at 8:34 pm
Randy, you are an inspiration to all of us. I saw the video of the lecture and that was inspiring, but reading the book allowed me to pause and reflect after every word. You have given all of us a great legacy, but specially to your family, congratulations and all the best.
May 26th, 2008 at 8:10 pm
Randy, Is a inspiration for all!! Not on how to die, but how to live!! Thank you for sharing with all of us your life.
May 26th, 2008 at 8:07 pm
Randy, I picked up your book while in the airport, and I could not wait to read it. I had seen you on Oprah and was inspired by your story. I immediately asked my 22 year old son who recently graduated from college to read it as I see it as a road map to a wonderful life. Many things touched me, but I truly connected when you spoke of children growing up with one parent and the memories of the lost parent that meant most to them. My father was killed in Vietnam when I was 8--my memories include him as a hero, perfect father, husband, and someone who adored his 3 daughters. Your children will treasure the videos/photos of your time together. It is also wonderful to know that it is not too late to discover your passion. Thank you for inspiring all of us.
May 26th, 2008 at 7:50 pm
Dear Randy: I just finished your book. I have a possible contribution through book royalties that I am willing to give all of to your foundations. I sent an e-mail to your college that hopefully will be forwarded to you. I do not wish one penny from it if we can do this. I think you are a stellar man. I also love stuffed animals at age 52 -- they all talk and have personalities! I wrote a book about one of them! Your children WILL have a dad, every day of their lives; one of the most insightful, strong, beautiful, and inspiring men who ever walked the earth. I assure you they will carry you with them always. God bless you and your family. Much love to you.
May 26th, 2008 at 7:24 pm
Dear Randy, I am still praying for you and will not stop. Miracles do happen and I told God he better perform the biggest miracle ever for you. Your book was more than wonderful and so inspiring. Thank you for sharing your special thoughts for your children to so many millions of people around the world. You have certainly changed my outlook. God bless you, Jai and the children. Nancy Smith
May 26th, 2008 at 7:14 pm
I just purchased your book and I am reading very slowly because I do not want it to end. I was inspired when I watched your last lecture on Oprah and I want to take in every word of your book with great care and thought. You and your family are an inspiration to the world. I think of you often. Thank you for sharing your story.
May 26th, 2008 at 6:58 pm
thinking back over my childhood, which wasn't a happy one, while I was reading the book, I seemed more focused on the happy times, learning to let go of ones I could no longer control. God Bless you Randy, Jai, Dylan Logan and Chloe
May 26th, 2008 at 6:53 pm
Dear Randy--I just finished your book and was truely inspired by it. I admire how you focused on living. As a nurse I care for patients with terminal illnesses and hope to pass on some of your positive thoughts and positive attitude. I plan to pass this book to a co-worker whose brother recently passed away from pancreatic cancer. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Barb
May 26th, 2008 at 6:48 pm
Randy, I finished your book about 20 minutes ago. I actually would have finished it 2 hours ago, but my 5 year old wanted me to read to him. He reminds me so much of your younger reportings of yourself. When I asked him what he wanted to be when he grew up, he replied "Actually, I would like to be a frog". He will be an awesome frog! My father died of cancer only 5 days after his diagnosis when I was 19 and a sophomore in college. The greatest gift my mother gave me was permitting me one week at home and then ceremoniously dropping me off at campus with the words "there is no way in hell your father would permit you to take the semester off". Being from Pittsburgh, we are so proud to claim you as our "own". You have changed the literary world with your gift of words and I thank you for that. It is rare that a book has the power to change so many people's outlook on life. You, Jai and your beautiful children will forever be in my prayers. Thank you again for sharing your deeply personal thoughts. You have forever changed my life with your words.
May 26th, 2008 at 4:55 pm
Dear Randy, I just completed your book and words cannot express how this has touched my life. I am passing this on to my children to read. It is truly inspirational for everyone. It makes you truly appreciate what and who you have in your life and to love them more each day. You any your family are in my prayers. Nancy
May 26th, 2008 at 4:40 pm
Dear Randy: Thanks you for sharing your last lecture and your book with me. My husband bought it for me for Mother's Day. How appropriate! It has made me stop and think how I have at times stiffled my own kids dreams. Why just today,as my son and daughter asked if they could spray paint their skateboards....my first reaction was to think of the mess and say no! I then thought what would Randy do? So, I let them with only a little instruction to not paint the car or the dog! Thanks for helping me to be a better parent. May you and your family be surrounded by love and peace.
May 26th, 2008 at 4:17 pm
I have just finished reading one of the Best books ever! I makes me want to be a better person everyday! To pay it forward in everything I do. I am thankful for life each day. I expect the best from eveyone and every situation everyday and pray that for everyone! Your word inspired me to be the best I can be and always be thankful for each day on this earth. Thank you for who you are and sharing your words with everyone! God Bless you and your family! Linda
May 26th, 2008 at 3:14 pm
Truly amazing. Just finished reading your book and feel deeply touched. When I was 10 years old I suddenly lost my father due to a heart problem. For years I told myself he just went on an extended business trip - I would have loved (and still would love) to have a memory like you are leaving for your kids. All the best for you and your family. Regards from Germany, Murielle
May 26th, 2008 at 2:22 pm
i have read your book it makes me think about what my life is going to be like. i am only 14 and i am happy i have read your book it makes me think about what i would do in your position. cance runs in my family so i am sorry. i loved your book... you did a great job.....
May 26th, 2008 at 1:51 pm
Dear Randy I just finished reading your book and it is so moving and inspirational. I hope that when (if?) I am faced with my impending death that I will be able to be upbeat and positive and enjoy every single minute left on this earth! My mother died of cancer when I was 8 years old - I am the oldest of 5 children. I got up one morning and went to school, and when I came home, the babysitter told me that she had gone to live with Jesus. My heart broke that day. I never had the chance to tell her good-bye and that I loved her, and she didn't have the opportunity to tell us the same. We have a total of 3 photos of her, no videos, no letters, no momentos, no keepsakes - nothing but our memories. That is why I think that what you're doing is so great - your children are so fortunate that they will have so much to remember. Even though I am saddened by the fact that they won't have a father, they will always know how much you love them. My prayers are with you and your family. Dale Brown
May 26th, 2008 at 12:59 pm
I have just finished reading your book. I will read it again and again and this time I will use my highlighter to higlight so many of your special thoughts. It is true that you should live each day to it's fullest as one never knows when this too might be your last day. Each day is a gift and your book brought that reality back to me. Prayers go with you and to Jai and the children. They have truly been blest to have you for a husband and father as you have been blest to have them God speed!
May 26th, 2008 at 11:19 am
Hopefully you are able to check on your messages here Randy. I want you to know I started a library of literary favorites for my daughter who graduated from high school this weekend. Your book is on the top of the stack. It was on display on her gift table and inspired many conversations-- which wouldn't have taken place if not for you sharing your simple gift. We check your blog daily.. waiting for a word of encouragement, we pray for your comforted heart and loved spirit. You are the messenger... Thank you, Deborah
May 26th, 2008 at 11:08 am
Dear Randy, Thank you so much for sharing yourself. I have spent my Memorial Day weekend reading your book and viewing your video. I am a single mother with a fifteen year old son that I have been praying for a male role model for - I can now share your book and videos with him (as your wife will do with your children) and know that he can't possibly NOT be inspired, encouraged and challenged to live life to the fullest. What a phenomenal educator you are. I am envious of those that have had the privilege of knowing you in person. You did it for your children - but your legacy far exceeds the bounds of your family. Thank you.
May 26th, 2008 at 11:03 am
Randy, I recently read your book. My mother died in her sleep when I was eleven years old. She was only 51 - a young, beautiful, talented, and kind woman. You had written in your book that you were interested in knowing how children who lost parents at a young age coped. This is how I coped...I kept her alive. I am 34 years old now, married, and am the proud parent of a blind beagle. Every step of my life thus far has involved an ongoing dialogue with my mother, Pauline. Every move I make, albeit some moves not always wise, I tend to ask her if she would approve. Would she be proud? Just after she died I observed a yellow butterfly fluttering over her grave. From that moment on, every time I see one, I know she's here with me. Oftentimes in the lowest points in my life, the butterfly will hover around me until I perk up. During times of great celebration, guess what, the butterfly shows up. My father died in 2002. A WWII veteran an a navy man in every sense of the word, I am keeping him alive now, too. There is no other way. Instead of being bitter and lonely I feel grateful to have had them for the amount of time I did and secure knowing that my "time" with them hasn't ended, it has only changed. Energy, as you well know, doesn't die. It only transforms. I hope you find this comment useful and I want to send my heartfelt thanks to you for sharing so much. Your children will keep you alive. Through them, you will always live. Peace to you, Tracy Booher
May 26th, 2008 at 11:00 am
Randy, you are an inspiration. With every word in your book I could feel such an optimistic outlook. Your way of approaching your dilemma made me realize how much we take for granted and how truly the time we have on earth is so precious. I lived the cancer trail, witnessing how leukemia took my Mom's spirit from her some five months before she passed away. I only wish that she could have read your book or seen you video; perhaps she would have had the will to fight after experiencing one or the other. Thank you for sharing your words of wisdom and your fighting spirit. Both will make me see my days in a different light.
May 26th, 2008 at 8:42 am
Randy, Thank you so much for writing this book. I've read it out loud to my 13 year old daughter. She has autism and has very little speech. I was looking for a book to be able to talk about life with her because I am using her typing ability to further her communication. She is truly interested. I really am praying for you and your amazing family. Nancy
May 26th, 2008 at 8:30 am
Dear Randy, Thank you for writing such a beautiful memoir, for it is that. Four years ago my brother (younger & my only sibling) succumbed to Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma Type B Large Diffused Cells (it is incurable) which he had battled for 6 yrs. He lived his last year as you are living the time, & I hope it is longer than the doctors have told you, you have left. My brother, Dave, taught me to live in the Now, to cherish each experience, & to bravely play the hand we are dealt. Your book is such a treasure to me. It reenforces all I learned & now continue to learn from your lecture & your book. I plan to recommend/share both with everyone I can. Take care, be strong!!! Blessed be...
May 26th, 2008 at 8:09 am
Randy, on this Memorial Day weekend, 2008, I read your book and viewed all the video clips. What an ultimate example of "enabling the dreams of others." Your story has touched my life and I will pass on your book to everyone I can. Who knows how many dreams you will enable in others!! God bless - and thank you to Jai, Dylan, Logan, and Chloe for sharing your time with us.
May 26th, 2008 at 8:01 am
Dear Dr Pausch, I completed the reading of your inspirational book at 5:30 this morning. Thank you for sharing your life experience with so many, who will benefit from your wisdom and your approach to your diagnosis. Your words will make a positive impact in the lives of many; I know as a Professor you will find satisfaction in that fact. I work in the field of Oncology. I see "Miracles" every week, month, year. I know Hope very well. Strength, Faith, and Love are her best friends. You have the whole family walking along side you. May the Force be with you!! Kelley Peace
May 26th, 2008 at 6:11 am
Randy, I am president of a small company in Chicago. Your book is the basis of my newsletter to employees this month. I am also including reading your book and going to the website as part of the elective curriculum of our company continuing education program. We need to get beyond just living day to day and waiting for a paycheck. Life is a play without an encore. Just look at the other comments; you are a true educator, leaving this world with thousands of people that learned and were guided by your most inner principals. Through you, the world WILL be a better place.
May 26th, 2008 at 5:26 am
I just finished reading your book. I am without words...Bravo!
May 26th, 2008 at 4:02 am
It would be such a misfortune if the book cannot be shared by the people who do not speak English. I would like to help promote it in China by putting it into Chinese. Please tell me what I shall do first. Best wishes,
May 26th, 2008 at 2:34 am
Randy, I just finished reading your book, which I consider a treasure. Yes, you created the Last Lecture for your children (the ultimate Head Fake!), but the lecture and this book are an amazing gift to the world. Thank you so much. Margaret
May 26th, 2008 at 1:46 am
ho comprato il libro perchè l'idea di lasciare un ricordo di una persona speciale per rendenderlo indelebile nel tempo è il mio speciale progetto per una persona scomparsa che ha dato e continua a darmi tanto. E' vero che i ricordi della mente che segnano il cuore non si scordano mai..ma il tempo passa e l'idea che resti solo una lapide consumata dal sole, mi spacca il cuore e voglio dare di più al suo ricordo, vorrei farlo per me, per la mia famiglia e per chi non ha avuto la fortuna di conoscerla.
May 25th, 2008 at 11:09 pm
Hello Prof. Randy, I'm from Malaysia. Your book truly inspired me and taught me something, to cherish every moment of life and enjoy life to the fullest. Im thinking of becoming a Tigger soon. :) Thanks a zillion.
May 25th, 2008 at 10:32 pm
Randolph ;-) (kidding) Randy, I work in a small town Texas public library. As soon as we received your book, I greedily checked it out to myself. I’ve been waiting for this book and put it first on our "request to buy" list. I checked it out and read it in one day. Yes, a small book, but usually books with so much love and emotion in them usually take me awhile to get through them, because I am an emotional wreck while reading it. Your book, your story, is different. You give such great lessons to the world. To have such a “Tigger” attitude while going through something so terrible…well…it’s amazing. My love to you and your fabulous family – may you have the strength and health to live on prosperously for many years. Thank you for letting us take a part of this journey with you.
May 25th, 2008 at 8:52 pm
If its one thing we've learned, It's don't be an Eeyore. We plan on celebrating and cherishing each day and enjoy them one day at a time. Randy Thank You for the inspiration you have provided not only to us, but for everyone you have touched. Ron & Debbie Dielman
May 25th, 2008 at 8:26 pm
Randy, I have just finished reading your book, and cannot find the words to fully describe how you have impacted me. I am a college professor, and one of the courses I teach is "Loss, Grief, and Coping". Your book will now be mandatory reading for all students taking this course. I'll let you imagine the head fakes that will occur as your book is read by students and class discussions follow. :) I humbly offer my sincerest gratitude for sharing your multitude of talents with so many, Chris
May 25th, 2008 at 8:18 pm
Randy, What an incredible piece of wisdom you have left your family and the world! I just finished reading your book and I plan to pass it on to my 19 year old son, family, friends and coworkers. Somewhere along the line I lost sight of my childhood dreams. Perhaps it was because I did not win the parent lottery. I did not have the type of parents that encouraged dreams. However, I vowed to raise my son differently and I did encourage him to follow his dreams which he is doing. I am proud of that! Hopefully, I can refocus on my own dreams before I have regrets. God bless you and your family. Thank you very much for The Last Lecture. I plan on reading it over and over again! Dona
Dona Marie Papp
May 25th, 2008 at 8:01 pm
Randy- I was in SFO airport browing for a readable book and your volume popped out admidst a sea of forgettable fiction. Like you I'm a 47yo man with three children and a sister two years my senior. Your book spoke to me at more levels than I can say. Thank you for taking the time out of your life to compose this book. You have changed my outlook - I know more clearly how to take part in the lives of my children, my family, my friends and community. Thank you for serving as a Dutch uncle to me Stay strong and keep up your phenomenal work. I wish I could have met you, and you and your family will be present in my thoughts. --Eric
May 25th, 2008 at 7:41 pm
Thank you (such small words)... I hope that you find peace knowing that you have touched so many lives and it had nothing to do with computer science, which is your passion and career choice. Amazing how life works, it makes you really think about the plan for our lives and how it isn't always what we think it is. What a gift to be able to live a life so forfilled, some people live to be 90 and never have the clarity about living life as you have. I thank you for your amazing insight on how simple life can be lived and enjoyed. You are an amazing human being.. God Bless to you and your family!! Peace and Light,
May 25th, 2008 at 7:37 pm
Randy, As of about two minutes ago, I finished reading your book. I cried several times as I read your inspiring story and I cannot express how greatful I am that you shared your story. I am in high school, and I will admit that I fell victim to the classic teen angst way of thinking and the "my life sucks" approach to living. Your book has truly inspired me to change that way of thinking, and to appreciate every day that I have here. I hope that in 20 years I can check your blog and see that you have beaten this disease. I also want your children and Jai to know how lucky they are to have you in their lives, even though your time with them is not as long as you had hoped for. You are an extraordinary person, and I wanted to thank you for writing this book; it has changed my life forever. Thank you.
May 25th, 2008 at 5:58 pm
Hello Randy, I hope today has been a joyous day with your wife and kids! *smile* I have read your book and wanted to say "Thank You!" for making think about life and the moments we have. You have encourged me to apply for a job that I may not have applied for. You have made me see-to never, never give up on my dreams...I do have a Big dream! I want to run the Amazing Race and because of you I will apply over and over until they say "Someone call that lady!" I often think if the whole world could see your video or read your book and learn from it~what a wonderful world this would be. Prayers to you and your family, Lois
May 25th, 2008 at 4:18 pm
Thank you Randy for leaving us with such inspiration to carry on our daily lives. Whether it's cancer or another chronic or terminal illness, you have given us hope and a new way to look at life. Because of you, your wife and children will be just fine. You've given them so much in such a short period of time. They are so very lucky. I fully understand the Tigger/Eeyore theory, but I have to say I'm an Eeyore. Don't get me wrong. I love life and attack it (most of the time) with enthusiasm and energy. However, I'm a donkey lover at heart. Anyone who has truly been around and works with donkeys, knows they have a reputation for being stubborn. They really aren't....they're steadfast and smart. They think things out before they do them. They bond to one or two special friends and have a curiosity that is out of this world. So, no they don't bounce around and knock Rabbits over, but they sit in the background, calm, strong and full of love. So, yes for the most part you're a Tigger, but you're also an Eeyore. Keep fighting!!! Miracles do happen.
May 25th, 2008 at 2:18 pm
Hi Randy, I just finished your book and immediately looked at my husband as I closed the cover and said, "this is probably the best book I've ever read"! Thank you for writing it and even more thank you for the inceredible being you are on this planet. What you are doing for your children and Jai is amazing and so important. My father died when I was 11 and although the adults around me did the best they knew how, they really screwed it up. It took me many many years to work through the entire disaster they created. Also, my mother died of pancreatic cancer 2 years ago and I took care of her till she passed. That may well have been the greatest honor of my life. I was able to be a part of her end of life process and she passed with more JOY than she had lived. It was beautiful and a memory I will cherish forever. It led me to my new work which is that I volunteer for hospice. I have tried to put myself in Jai's place and cannot even imagine what it would be like to have a man as incredible as you are and then lose him. The answer of course is what a gift to have shared the time that you have shared. I learned a lot from you, Jai, the last lecture and your book! I am sending you and you family love, prayers and blessings! BTW...I am a tigger, what else could I be with a name like Joy.
May 25th, 2008 at 1:34 pm
Hello Randy I just finished reading your book, and I found the way you deal with the disease extraordinary, its content has consolidated in me the conviction that the time we have is the true wealth. You have been able to live life as and want to leave a great testament human, the world needs men like you! Ciao
May 25th, 2008 at 7:22 am
Randy, I just finished your book this morning and now I am enjoying the endless youtube videos of your journey. You are an incredible human being filled with more strength than words could ever describe.......Your kids will be very proud of you life, your legacy, your wisdom & your courage! Thank you for sharing your journey. You are a MAN beyond words & I wish you well. Much Respect, Leila Cavallaro-McKeon
May 25th, 2008 at 7:19 am
Thank you for writing your life. To explain the power it had on me personally … First a little background information. I teach a business class where my high school students raise money for Camp Sunshine in Casco, Maine, which is a camp for children with life threatening illnesses and their families. It’s a wonderful way for students to learn business concepts. However after reading your book, I realize that my class, nicknamed “BusSim”, is the ultimate head fake. I’m teaching kids life living skills. I teach over 100 students a year who leave me remembering how to give to others. I have ordered ten copies of your book to give to some students and lend out to others. Students remember that having fun in “Leavitt’s” class was really about living life and giving to others. Your book will supplement my teachings. Thank you for reaffirming that it’s ok that I don’t teach “academics” that teaching living is far more important. If they have a purpose to learn, they will be able to teach themselves—the greatest gift a teacher can give. There are two more pieces of information I’d like to share. I am a divorced mother of three. My husband of 27 years realized that he is homosexual. It may sound strange but it’s one of the best things to have happened to me. It brings life to the forefront and sends Eeyore for a walk! My third and most important reason for thanking you is for my brother-in-law who is struggling with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He recently received a bone marrow transplant from my ex-husband. He is frustrated to realize that there are no “support” groups for men who are fighting cancer. We chatted yesterday and realized that this is how he can make something positive happen here. He’s starting a blog for men fighting cancer. One of the copies of your book will have his name on it. Thanks for inspiring the dreamers in the many people you have touched with your actions.
May 24th, 2008 at 11:08 pm
Randy, thanks for opening my eyes for everything wonderful I have in my life. Since I watched your Last Lecture I use your phrases every day when I talk to my children. It has made parenting so much easier. I am a single mom to three young children and I have them full time. Their dad have chosen not to be involved with them and that is hard for me to understand. They are the best kids ever. I have been doing a lot of crying in the shower the last couple of years (the only place the children won't notice....), but since I heard your lecture I don't need it any longer. You are such an inspiration because you let it look so easy to live. And I must truly say life is easier since I can open up your book and watch your video whenever it feels tough. Thanks also for making it so easy to buy birthday gifts, Christmas gifts, graduation gifts, wedding gifts, baby shower gifts, get well gifts and please-stop-feeling-blue-because-you-have-a-wonderful-life gifts for many years to come. All my friends will get your book!
May 24th, 2008 at 8:27 pm
Randy, Several weeks ago, I saw snippets of your Last Lecture on YouTube. I've been checking your website every day since. Yesterday, I read your book. Today, I saw your Commencement speech. My heart thrilled to see you smiling. I literally cheered when you and Jai embraced. And then, to show the world your physical strength and your spiritual resolve, you hoisted her up into your arms. That's when I laughed and cried all at the same time. BRAVO!
Flo Martin AKA “Flomama”
May 24th, 2008 at 7:14 pm
Randy: I watch your story with a heavy heart. I have metestatic breast cancer and have been told I have, at best, three to five years to live. I am 53. I, too, am an optimist, but also a realist and it is very difficult to get my arms around this terrible news. So, I think I can relate just a tiny bit to what you're going through - just a bit. You see, I am less lucky than you in that I have never found my "Jai" nor have I had kids - but maybe that makes it easier for me since I am not leaving behind that love. You know my midnight thoughts about this fate so I will leave you with my thanks. Your life messages have helped me through in the past couple months: I am a Tigger rather than an Eeyore and I will try to be faithful to that. I am my Dad's daughter and I will try to live the rest of my life with his dignity and compassion. I will try not to let what will happen tomorrow, ruin today. And when I melt down, I will try to say, this isn't helpful. I am afraid of what is to come but with your spirit at my side, will try to bravely face it with as much dignity as you have demomstrated. I have saved well and have a lot of money to spend in my short time. I will try to have as much fun as possible and will try to convince my treasured friends to let me share it with them so we can all have fun together on my dime. It is my hope that they will let me do that. I send you my strength, my support, my sorrow for your situation, and my kindship. Laurie
May 24th, 2008 at 7:12 pm
Randy, I am a remote healer. It doesn't fit with your science, I know, but at this point let's go with your imagination. I can't explain what I do but it's quite amazing. Never limit what's possible. For you I'm going for total remission. Why not? It would be nice to keep you with us. I'm not public with who I am or what I do but decided this time to make contact. Whatever happens you are a gift.
May 24th, 2008 at 7:05 pm
Dear Randy, when I finished your book yesterday I couldn't talk for a while and couldn't stop crying. I had to watch the lecture video the same day and admired your energy and passion for all your believes! I am very glad that you have helped me again to believe that everybody has a good site; we just have to be patient ... I have almost forgotten all my childhood dreams and you have reminded me about all of them. Thank you for that and for the book. Bless you and your family! I wish we could stop the time for you!
May 24th, 2008 at 5:56 pm
As i wright this Im thinking WOW! what do i say to an incredible man that as touched so many peoples lives? Should i say anything at all? Well i will say something because i want to thank you. I am only fifth-teen years old and have lots to learn, but i believe that you Randy Pausch has taught me so much about life in your lecture and in your book. I believe i have learned from you more than i have in any class. The advice you gave in your lecture will stay with me for hopefully my entire life. No words can describe how grateful me and Im sure many other people are of your life lessons! You are truly an amazing person, with more people like you, the world would be a better place! Thanks for being one in a million. I was honored to be able to read your book! Best wishes to your whole family, Chloe, Logan, and Dylan are blessed to have such an incredible father and Jai hang in there im only a child i dont know much but i know it will be okay! "Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.”~ Ashley Smith ( this quote is my favorite, and it reminds me of you and what i think you stand for.) God Bless!
May 24th, 2008 at 5:41 pm
Dear Mr Pausch, I just finished your book that I bought through Amazon.com last night and today I saw it at Sam's Club. I ordered it on April 13,'08 and received it on May 3,'08. Today I also went to the five website mentioned in your book. I also saw the Diane Sawyer interview awhile back, which made me order the book. I haven't seen the Last Lecture online, because I don't want to download it to be able to save it. I would like to know where I could purchase a DVD of the lecture, because as ou know, sometimes hard drives crash and you lose the info stored there, and I would hate to lose it. So if you or anyone could tell where I could purchase a DVD of The Last Lecture as seen online, I would appreciate it. I also saw that I could get a signed copy of the book by donating $100.00 to one of the charities which I am going to do also. Then I will have my first signed book to put in my collection, that I think are great books. By the way I am glad to see by the note on www.thelastlecture.com web page that you are still beating the odds that the doctor had given you I believe back in Sept. '07 of only having 3-6 months left. Or maybe I read that wrong and he said 3-6 months of good health. Anyway I am glad to see that you are still around and fighting as best you can with the possitive spirit that you have. It makes me think that I don't have any problems in my life. Please let me know where I can purchase a DVD of The Last Lacture by e-mailing me at email@example.com. It stands for Buffalo Bob. My CB handle is Buffalo Bob because my name is the same and the guy on the Howdy Doody show which I used to watch as a child. I will be 64 in June this year in case you were wondering. I hope that you have many more days to share with your wife Jai and your children. Sincerely, Robert J. Smith
Robert J. Smith
May 24th, 2008 at 5:11 pm
Dear Randy, My husband and I were in Pittsburgh visiting family when you presented the last lecture. We came home to California and the word had spread to the west coast about your inspirational talk and fight. I was thrilled to see your book and I just today finished it. With tears in my eyes I went to Costco and bought 3 Audiobooks and 2 books for my son and nephews. THANK YOU for the words of wisdom you share at this very private moment in your life. I will pay it forward. As I write this I feel my heart beating.....the feeling I get when my emotions well up and I try to hold them back. Again, thank you for sharing your thoughts and teachings.
May 24th, 2008 at 3:30 pm
A truly inspirational Book that was given to me as a gift and I will be recommending it and sharing it with others in the same manner. I have not walked your walk but have a sick husband with Renal Disease and Daughter with generalised Myasthenia Gravis and it can certainly consume ones life but I too would love to have had your inner strength to stand and deliver a "Last Lecture". Your Family can only be strengthened by you and your caring wife. Our thoughts are sincerely with you - God Bless and Comfort you all.
May 24th, 2008 at 3:03 pm
Dear Professor Pausch, My husband bought this book for himself and I thought it would be an interesting read. I was right. Your book is one of the few books that has inspired me like I never imagined. my thoughts and prayers are with you,jai and the kids.i have five kids and I know every parent's wish. I believe you are a determined man with a clear vision. Be strong and keep hope alive.i am writing from Nigeria, and will like to purchase a copy of your video for my family. thank you and remain blessed.
May 24th, 2008 at 2:14 pm
ciao ho comprato il tuo libro in un momento molto triste della mia vita... ma subito ho cominciato a sorridere, ho letto l'inizio , la fine nel mezzo,ma credo che non smetterò mai di leggerlo , perchè io non ci vedo una fine ma una grande gioia ... a presto professore il corpo è solo un abito alla morte c'è un cambio di esso ma l'anima ritorna più elegante
May 24th, 2008 at 2:14 pm
The ultimate brick wall... Randy and Jai, You will always be lucky to have found each other, and to have had the deep & abiding love & zest for life that many, many people can never brag about. I read The Last Lecture twice, mailed it to my sister, and she has passed it on to her daughters. So many life lessons, such heartfelt advice for living a complete and happy life, always being grateful for the people along the journey who sustain us emotionally and make us more complete. I am totally humbled by your words, and I wish you peace and strength as you face the days & weeks ahead. In a very strange way, I consider you an honorary member of my family; I only wish I had gotten to know you personally before your "accidental celebrity!" Know that you have made an incredible difference in the lives of many thousands of your fans throughout the world. God speed, Randy.
Suzanne M. Gorman
May 24th, 2008 at 1:56 pm
I truly enjoyed his lecture. I was touched by his motivational words and advice. I just couldn't help but feel a bit unmotivated once he hit the end of his lecture. I noticed he mentioned karma. Such simple words could bring a multitude of ideas in a persons head. Is it truly karma that influences all we do? Is it because of karma that we should do what we do? He speaks of life on and how we should make the best of it. He explains of what he thinks is truly the essence of life. Well, as a man of such educational experience, I would assume you know that karma ties in with buddhism, and buddhism ties in with the ideas of reincarnation. Don't get me wrong, his lecture was very inspirational and motivational, but then comes the idea of life after death. I would absolutely hate to see a man like him, who has made a difference in other's life, pass away with one little detail in his life that he lacked to include in his lecture. Salvation. This little detail may not seem as little as it sounds. This little detail includes one large detail. Jesus. What is left after death? What happens when life is done with? Well, when you accept Jesus into your heart, there is truly no reason to question what happens after we die. Once you accept the gift that He has freely given to us, there is no death. He all the earth the gift of eternal life, but so many have failed to accept it. It came with no cost to us, but only the cost that Jesus Christ himself had to pay. It's there for the taking. All we have to do is say, I accept you into my heart. Think about it. You can live your life the right way on earth while your alive, but can you include that one detail that affects you after you have lived your life. I'm a sixteen year old girl who knows what will happen after she dies, but does a man of such years as Mr. Randy Pausch know as well. Thanks.
May 24th, 2008 at 1:19 pm
I had not heard about your book, but picked it up this morning. I opened the book, and could not put it down. Your spirit is an inspiration. As a son, a husband and a father, you have done your family proud. I have no doubt that your wife and children have been given the gift of peace, and I pray for the miracle that allows you to stay with them. You are all in my prayers. May God bless you.
May 24th, 2008 at 12:47 pm
Only a few times in my life have I ever been touched so deeply by a book, Dr. Pausch...thank you for writing it. I hope that people take your message to heart and truly puruse their dreams. I have no doubt that your children will turn out to be as wonderful and amazing as you. How could they not...they come from exceptional stock!!!!! God Bless you and your family. I agree with Nikie...this world is absolutely a better place beacuse your are a part of it.
May 24th, 2008 at 12:24 pm
Hello Randy, I recently finished your book and found it very inspiring. I have given it to my supervisor whose sister died last year of brain cancer. I am hoping that she will find some peace of mind in it as I did. I was teaching some hearing impaired students sign language. We were in the library one day and right near where we sat was the World Book Encyclopedias. I was drawn to them and had to look up the article that you wrote for them. Great article!! I enjoyed reading it. My best to you and your lovely family. Peace to you all, Ellen
May 24th, 2008 at 12:03 pm
So touching. That's the first thought that comes to mind. I'll be sharing your book with everyone.
May 24th, 2008 at 11:48 am
Dear Randy, The world is a better place for having you in it. I wish you and your family well. I work for a biotech company that is working on treatments for pancreatic cancer. Please continue to look at clinicaltrial.gov and please don't give up. I enjoyed your book and you have an incredible family. Regards, Nickie K.
May 24th, 2008 at 10:54 am
hi mr. pausch, i really enjoy your book and it really inspires me to do better in life.well, i'm only 18 and my teenage life is full of, well, teenage stupid stuff ...you opened my eyes that there is more to life than small, unimportant things.. may god bless you and help you in becoming more stronger than ever, thank you...
May 24th, 2008 at 9:38 am
Dear Randy, The true measure of a man is not the size of his muscles, or the length of his life, but the dimensions of his character, integrity, backbone and heart. You are an outstanding human being. You set the bar very high for all men. May the Hush of Heaven hold you in its heart... Dear Jai, How extraordinary you are!! So graceful in the face of such adversity. My favorite book to read on good days and bad, is Illuminata by Marianne Williamson. My prayers are with you and your beautiful children, Love Mary
May 24th, 2008 at 7:09 am
Hi Randy, I'm writing to let you know that I'm donating your wonderful book to my local library so that many more people can read your eloquent words of wisdom. I've also been thinking about Captain Kirk's refusal to accept the no-win senario. I see your cancer diagnosis as that no win senario. Captain Kirk's refusal to accept the no-win senario got him out of many certain fatal situations that most people wouldn't have dreamed of getting out of. Hang in there and be another Captain Kirk who defies the odds and beats the no-win senario. I'm also reminded of a quote by Gandhi who basically said that no matter how entriched the bad guys which is the cancer for you, appear to be, truth and love always win out. You can win this fight. Also remember that when the Jews were trapped with no way out and faced certain death was when Moses parted the red sea and they were able to escape and survive. There's always a way out and a way forward. Hang in there and fight like hell. I remember seeing Lance Armstrong interviewed where he told about his battle with cancer and how the cancer had spread to his lungs and his brain. Despite his ominous situation, he never gave up and he won his battle. I'm sure pulling for you to do like Lance Armstrong and beat this. I know you can do it.
May 23rd, 2008 at 10:29 pm
Randy, I have to say "ditto" to the comments that have been posted from other people. I have a 12 year old daughter and I will live life with her in a "Tigger" way. I have never read a book that has made me reflect so much upon myself. I will keep your book at my bed side, and I will refer to it as a "Life manual". My daughter bought it for me for Mother's Day, go figure? I will send you daily love and all the positive energy I can manage. Continue the good fight. A better mother because of you! Susannah
May 23rd, 2008 at 9:49 pm
I am writing from Memphis, Tennessee and was given your book by a person from my staff. I tend to give books a lot to the folks on my staff, in hopes of inspiring and igniting a spark. This book has meant so much to me, having seen my mother transition after battling pancreatic cancer. So, there were a number of things that reminded me of her and what I learned about following your passion, dreams and desires, from you both. It's something that I've tried to instill in people I care about and for. I feel fortunate to have been touched by you and by this wonderful book, and wish you the best on your journey and the wonderful roadmap you've so appropriately and lovingly plotted for your wife and kids. Continue to enjoy your journey!
May 23rd, 2008 at 9:24 pm
Mr. Pausch....thank you for writing this book and for sharing all of your wisdom. Through your journeys in dealing with pancreatic cancer, it has made me look at life and dying much differently. My hope for myself is that, before the "grim reaper" visits me,I too have the chance to make a difference and say goodbye the way you have. Your right, an advanced notice is much better than last minute. I wish only the best for you, your wife and children. There is no doubt in my mine that everyone will do just fine. I have learned at my age, when all is said and done things always turn out okay. God Bless you and thanks again. Toni Allen
May 23rd, 2008 at 1:31 pm
Dear Mr Pausch, I am writing to you from England, where I have just finished your absolutely amazing book. It is a truly inspiring book and has touched me in a way no other book ever has. You are a truly remarkable person your optimism, strength of character and love for your family is so rare these days. You reminded me of a fairy story I read when I was small where a brave knight fought for his survival from some wicked villain (in your case a very large elephant) but he fought for his family, love and because he truly enjoyed living. Just like you! I believe many people waste life and focus on the negative; you on the other hand have accepted your situation and rather than giving up you still fight to carry on and live life to the full. What a truly incredible thing this is. I honour you Mr Pausch, firstly for your courage and secondly for changing my view on how I want to carry on living my life and the many other people who will have had the same change of self when reading this book. My thoughts, prayers and wishes go to you and your family. I know that if I were facing the same situation I would not have the courage that you have shown. From now on though I will try to spend my life in a “Tigger” like way as much as possible and I want you to know its all thanks to you. GOOD LUCK Mr Pausch to you and your family.
May 23rd, 2008 at 11:39 am
Dear Randy, I would like to thank you for The Last Lecture and your talk at CMU. I have my own problems and wonder how my own children will mature into adulthood. You have touched something inside of me that I can't explain. I've read your book and listened to your lecture and watched you on uTube. You're so well spoken and ability to provide keen insight on living a fully alert life is the real secret. Your statement about waiting to 39 to marry your wife is spine chilling. You will be a hero to my children! I will play your lecture and Utube speech to my children throughout the rest of our lives. I want them to remember you, your love of your children and wife and the importance you place on the journey of a well lived life. Your book will always be kept in our home. I am a Chicago Bears fan and have never forgot the end of the movie Brian's Song - The last sentence in the movie says, as Brian is running, "we will not remember how he died, but how he lived, and boy did he live". We will not forget how you lived your life! Thank you for this blessing! JSM
May 22nd, 2008 at 10:04 pm
I just saw your commencement address on You Tube -- LOVED the ending!! That was quite a kiss as you carried Jai off the stage! It made me shed of tear -- so very touching.
May 22nd, 2008 at 9:40 pm
I just picked up your book yesterday and I could not put it down. Its a roller coaster of emotions that gives us such a reality check. I am 19 years old and I often wonder "What will people think of me when I'm gone?" But your book helps me to understand that the only opinions who truly matter are the opinions of those who truly know me. Your book has made me want to become a better, more sincere, more appreciative person. I wish you and your family all the best the world has to offer. And I would like to thank you, from the depths of my heart, I will never forget the lessons within your book.
May 22nd, 2008 at 9:30 pm
I came to visit my mother on Mother's Day and saw a copy of your book sitting on the table in our living room. I began to read it and haven't been able to put it down until today when I finally got the chance to finish it. Every second I have had, which is never enough with my busy schedule, I have spent reading your book. The life lessons are truly inspiring and will stay with me, hopefully even through rough times, for the rest of my life. I have read a few chapters to my fiance (he is not much of a reader) and he too believes your writing to be incredibly inciteful and, as he put it, "dead on." (Although he did say he won't pour a soda on his carseat...he will just remind himself what is truly important:)I am a college student, and a mother of a six year old little girl, who has recently experienced a set back in my career and found your advice to not only be comforting but also to be full of energy that has allowed me to reflect and focus on what steps to take next. A ladder has suddenly appeared in front of the brick wall. (Or at least sheets tied together or something to get me over.:)It can be easy to get caught up in day to day activities without truly cherishing the time spent. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I truly know that even twenty years from now the lessons you have taught will come to the forefront of my thoughts and steer me in the proper direction. Thank you for writing this book.
May 22nd, 2008 at 8:32 pm
Randy, you have made me think in so many ways. I feel like I know you. I check your blog daily because I then feel closer to you and your family. I have also had a father fight this fight and feel closer to him when reading about your day to day highs and lows. Please post often (more often). I think of you all daily. Thank you, thank you , thank you! Just don't go!!
May 22nd, 2008 at 6:02 pm
Randy Thank you for sharing your journey with all of us. Your lecture was incredible..and then when I came across your commencement speech...I was in awe. My mouth dropped open and I thought where has this wonderful person been hiding. What an incredible speaker you are. You've defined the pattern for my life. The courage and love you have shown has reminded all of us how precious life is and how important for us to make time for ourselves and family each day. I think about you and your family everyday. God Bless You...The light that shines the brightest burns the fastest.
May 22nd, 2008 at 3:21 pm
Your book is the BEST. I have recommended it to everyone that reads:-) I enjoyed every page. Please let your publisher know that it needs to be available in LARGE print too - my Mom would like to read.
May 22nd, 2008 at 2:57 pm
Dear Professor Pausch "Randy" What an inspiration your lecture and book has been! I saw the lecture on TV several months ago. I bought your book the other day @ Barnes & Noble and could not put it down. I am a breast cancer survivor of 19 years now! Diagnosed in July 1989; Stage II; however, two lymp nodes involved. I was married with a beautiful seven year old daughter! I told the doctor if he found cancer, to sew me up and let me die! Quite opposite of your story! The surgeon was so angry with my attitude of self-pity, he asked me to get dressed and meet him in his office. In his office I got the lashing of my life. "I am a surgeon who operates every day on people who desperately want to live. You have a husband and daughter. Don't you want to live for them?" "No, they'd be better off without me." I exclaimed in a self-pity. "Well, I will tell you right now you most likely have breast cancer and will have to have a mastectomy with radiation and chemotherapy. I suggest you figure out how badly you want to live and get on with your life! That was 20 years ago! What changed? My attitude! I attended a cancer support group started by Greg Anderson who was told he had three months to live in 1984. He wrote the book, Cancer Conquuers and five others. He started the Cancer Conquerors Foundation. THE PERSON WHO IS IN A WHEELCHAIR CAN GET THERE FASTER FACING IN DIRECTION OF WELLNESS THAN AN ATHLETE FACING DEFEAT! PEOPLE WHO ATTEND SUPPORT GROUPS LIVE TWICE AS LONG AS THOSE WHO DO NOT! Only 2% of population survive his type of cancer. Following are 8 components of survivors: Spiritual - forgiveness, love... Treatment - belief & trust in doctors and treatment, whatever you choose Beliefs/Attitudes Play - learn to play - many people who get cancer are Type A workacholics Relationships Diet/Nutrition Exercise Creative Thinking (don't think you have a problem here!) Main thought: Those who live longest: FIND A PASSION IN LIFE AND LIVE THE PASSION - it is not the YEARS IN YOUR LIFE BUT THE LIFE IN YOUR YEARS THAT MATTER. Since cancer, I have seen it as a gift. In fact, I wrote an article, Cancer Brought Me Life. I have written my autobiography, Beauty Instead of Ashes, and have spent my time volunteering in community, church, and writing, which has been my passion since a child. I encourage you to keep the positive attitude you have. Cancer does not mean death; it is a gift for a changed life; a better quality of life that has been handed you. May God bless you, and thank you for the gift of The Last Lecture. I have a feeling it might not be your last! Sincrely, Darlene J. Wegner a cancer survivor P.S. Our daughter is 25 now! She plans to move out again this summer and attend another college up north. She is a beautiful, young Christian woman. We are so proud of her. My husband, who has worked for L.A. County Office of Special Education for 21 years has just been diagnosed with an 8cm tumor on his spine. He has surgery this Tuesday, May 27, 2008. We are praying for it to be benign, however, the doctors are not promising anything. These tumors are usually benign, however, won't know until they go in. So we are walking another path 20 years later; another opportunity to let God have His way in our lives. I do not believe for a minute God gives us illness and disease; however, when we give it to Him, I believe, He is ultimately the Great Physician.
May 22nd, 2008 at 2:15 pm
As my Dad was dying of prostate cancer nine years ago, he commented that throughout one's life, people are always telling you how to LIVE your life. Nobody had ever given advice on how to die. After reading your book and listening to your lectures, today I could have told him that the best way to die, is with grace, dignity, and full of life like Randy Pausch. Thank you for the beauty of your life and your positive reflections. Gail
May 22nd, 2008 at 12:41 pm
Dear Randy, Jai and family, I just finished reading your book. Last night my 15 year old son shared with us that after completing our church's 3 year confirmation program he still isn't able to go through the faith confirmation process. Take it from me this is a big deal in the Lutheran church we belong to. I felt like a ton of bricks hit me. You see we have said through this whole process (that he struggled against mightily at times) that when he was finished it would be up to him to affirm his baptism and faith. We would not "make" him get confirmed, it is his life and faith. He has lived with Type 1 diabetes since age 6 and my father died 5 years ago of pancreatic cancer (he to went to John Hopkins from South Dakota for surgery and treatment arranged by my Baltimore based sister)and I know his faith has been tested many times in his 15 years. Yesterday I felt like a complete failure as a parent, if I can't impart the importance of faith in life what am I doing right? Oh and the irony of this is that I'm a Parent Educator!! I'm sharing this because today at 1:30 after laughing and crying my way through your whole book I feel a sense of peace. His path may not be on the same timeline as everyone else's and as a parent my job is to support him in his choice for now, not to feel guilty myself or to make him feel bad or guilty. After all he is doing what he truly can do now and even though he knows it makes me sad it isn't ultimately about me as a parent but about him and his faith. He is "painting his bedroom walls" so to speak. And I will lovingly let him do this and know that this is his path. Thank you for sharing your story with all of us. Beth
May 22nd, 2008 at 11:59 am
I don't mean to be insensitive, but could Randy Pausch use a pancreas transplant? Or, has the cancer spread to other parts of his body? I would donate to him, but most transplant centers right now are against altruistic living organ donation. Still, maybe we could fight that. Thanks very much for listening, and for anything you can do, Pat
May 22nd, 2008 at 11:46 am
Dear Professor Pausch, As a native Pittsburgher transplanted in Maryland, I had made a mental note to read your book - it was on my list of things to do. On a recent visit back "home", my mom was reading your book. She said how much she was enjoying the lessons from your book, so I decided to buy the book and read it NOW, and I'm so grateful that I did. My oldest son is graduating from high school and has applied to The Art Institute of Pittsburgh to study Visual Effects and Motion Graphics, with the hope of one day working on video games. As I was reading your book, I found myself highlighting phrases I found important as they do or could pertain to my son. I plan on writing a letter to him to accompany this book, explaining why I feel those statements do, will, or could possibly apply to his life from this point on. Thank you for writing this book to pass on not only your zest for life but also your life lessons. I think this will make a truly unique gift for my son, and it will give me an opportunity to explain to him why I think your ideas are so important. I truly believe everything happens for a reason, and I'm certain God put you on this earth to write this book; you've made this world a better place by helping shape numerous childhood dreams. I'm so grateful you had Jai's support behind your lecture at CMU; not only will you leave a living legacy for your children but you will also undoubtedly make a difference in many lives after people have read your book and/or watched your lecture. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
May 22nd, 2008 at 11:41 am
I just finished reading your, to say the least inspirational book. I could not put it down. This from a person who was afraid to pick it up to read, I thought it would be depressing. To my amazement, I felt just the opposite. The Last Lecture is a beautiful, thought provoking and compelling story. My sincere thanks to you for writing the book and for your family for allowing the book to be written. All the best to you and your loved ones...
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May 22nd, 2008 at 10:24 am
I just completed the book and have recommended it to every person I talk to. I wish that I could have read this for its wisdom a year ago when my father was undergoing therapy at MD Anderson Hospital in Houston. He passed away in October, 2007. I spent so much of my energy focusing on the fight instead of enjoying the time that we had left. It left me drained, resentful, and angry when his last breaths seased. After reading Randy's thoughts I have come to the realization that it's not the time we have left, but the things that we do with that time. My prayers are with you, Mr. Pausch. May you find comfort in the realization that you have done so much good with your time. You have been able to touch so many people. And one day, your children will realize what a giving, caring,wise, wonderful father they had, and hopefully, will lead by their parents' example. In the end, that's the wish that we all have. God bless you, Mr. Pausch!! And God bless your family. I believe that he already has.
May 22nd, 2008 at 9:28 am
I know you had a "head fake" in mind with your lecture & book but I want to thank you for reminding us all that we REALLY need to think about what we are doing with our lives.I disagree with you on one statement, you said you regret leaving your children without a father.Well,sadly they will not have the presence of a physical father but they will always have a presence of having a "Dad".I cried when I read the section on Chloe. I had a biological father but could never call him dad, when they watch your lecture & read the book, they will know how much they were loved by their dad & that will help them in life. A suggestion, give each child a huggable size teddy bear they can grow into wearing a t-shirt with a picture of you & that child on it, you can continue to make them feel safe at night.Will keep you & your family in my prayers, Sharon
May 22nd, 2008 at 8:55 am
I’m sure that this will come as one of millions of letters and e-mails that you have received. I know that mine will not be the first e-mail that you’ve had to read that expresses how your story has had an affect on some ones life. With all of the letters and e-mails you’ve gotten, I don’t see how one more can mean a whole lot. But, I’m going to give it a shot anyway. I have been married for just under 10 years. My wife and I have three amazing children that I would die for. As of just about a year and a half ago, my wife and I separated. The separation is not anything in my wildest dreams I wished for, or even wanted to have happened. It came as a total shock to my sensibilities. My wife and family as a whole were my entire world. I have spent a good portion of that first year completely devastated over the situation. Unable to eat, sleep or work, I fell into a deep depression. I started having panic attacks, and even lost my job. Looking back, now knowing it was a defense mechanism, hostility started to build between us (what a waist of time). About six months ago a friend had introduced me to “The Secret”. Through some of the lessons in the book and continued church going, I learned to be grateful for the gifts in my life and to have faith. It helped, but that only took me so far. I still had my moments of doubt and depression. And then there was you. I wasn’t just your story, but the way you look at life that really hit me. It opened my eyes to how much time I was wasting on anger and on worrying about things I couldn’t change. Over the past few months I have grown tremendously, as far as my self awareness as a person. Your teachings were the catalyst of this awareness. I can go on for page after page about how much you have changed me. With respect to you time, and my limited ability in the art of grammar, I won’t. My intent was to keep this short and to simply say thank you. As I carry your life lessons with me through life, I know those lessons will continue to shape me into a better person as well as a better father to my children. And that will shape who they will become as they grow. Your teachings, your message, your kindness, your love and spirit will live on long after you. Lastly, my wife and I, over the last few months have been working very hard together to salvage and rebuild our relationship as friends and co-parents to our children, for the good of our children. In spite of the separation, we are now getting along very, very well. In some ways we are communicating with each other better then we ever have. Most importantly, the kids are so much happier with this new found piece between us. As far as our relationship as husband and wife, only time will tell. I don’t know what the future holds in store, apparently none of us do. As a smart man once said “we can’t control the cards we are dealt, only how we play the hand”. The way I choose to play my hand is day by day, living in the moment and appreciating every second of it. Thanks again for saving me from going down a path I no longer wanted to go down, from being a person I no longer wanted to be, and for showing me that I had an alterative choice to make. The choice of shifting my thoughts and making better choices; choices that better serve me. This knowledge has saved the piece, harmony and balance within me, my family unit, and maybe even one day my marriage. So far, it's looking really good... Thank you. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God bless.
May 22nd, 2008 at 6:41 am
Ciao Mr.Randy.Ho appena letto il tuo libro che ho trovato molto bello e in alcuni passaggi l'ho sentito molto vicino a me...Ho perso il mio papà all'età di due anni, per questo non ho alcun ricordo o immagine di lui. Adesso che di anni ne ho 38 ho capito che anche se mi manca molto lui è comunque sempre con me, mi guarda, mi aiuta, mi è vicino...Sarà lo stesso per i tuoi figli...Loro sono più "fortunati" potranno leggere le tue bellissime parole. Ciao
May 22nd, 2008 at 5:49 am
My mom told me about "The Last Lecture" after watching an episode of Oprah. She said I should really read the book... So I was in Boston to run the marathon, and I stopped at a bookstore to pick up some reading material to keep me busy on race morning before heading to the starting line. I had read half the book, before it was time to get moving. I was bummed I had to put it down. But I am completely convinced that Randy's words changed my attitude towards that race. I was nervous and scared, it being my first "Boston." But then I realized, this was MY childhood dream. I had made it this far already, and damnit, I was going to give it my all. Randy was my inspiration that day! Lead me on to a personal best performance! I can't even begin to comprehend what Randy and his family are enduring, but my best to all of them. You are in my prayers! Thanks for "enabling the dreams" of so many others.
May 22nd, 2008 at 12:58 am
My name is Shareea Sanabria. I live in Suitland, MD. about five minutes from Washington, DC. I am grateful for your lecture. It has opened my eyes to a lot of things in life's journey. My student mentor sent it to me and I am sadened for you and your family. I lost my grandmother to skeletal cancer and it was the hardest thing I have ever had to deal with because she was my best friend and even after death she still is. I feel that life is too short to hold anger and grudges but it took me a long time to realize that. I donated a kidney to a friend of mine and she didn't have long to live in my opinion. We were not related in any kind of way but 2 years after befriending her, she went into total renal failure and I did not hesitate and I was a perfect match by faith and by the grace of God. She and I are doing very well right now as we speak. I enjoyed your speech and I take heed to everything you have said. One day at a time is the only way to live because you never know what obstacles may come your way. You and your family are in my prayers. Thank You, Shareea Sanabria
May 22nd, 2008 at 12:23 am
Randy, Your lecture inspired me and brought me to appreciate the moment. Your courage brings me to tears.
May 21st, 2008 at 11:13 pm
Professor Pausch I started to read your book this evenining and here it is 1:00 am and I had to force myself to put it down.I am a Hospice nurse in the state of Florida.Not actually a childhood dream but definitly a calling.I want to thank-you on behalf of my patients,my co-workers and myself for putting out there such an amazing gift.When I finish the book it will be passed on to another who will accept and cherish the message you have shared. Thank-you and know that you and your family will be in my prayers.God Bless! Liz
May 21st, 2008 at 10:51 pm
I am 25 years old and am a college professor at National American University in Sioux Falls, SD and teach Accounting and Business courses. Just wanted to let you know, Randy, what an inspiration you are. I hope you don't mind if I take some of your cliches and use them for classes I teach and also apply them to my everyday life. How right you are about how we are able to learn everyday! I read the book (my mother read it first) and found myself laughing and crying at the same time much of the whole way through. There are so many other things, I would like to say, but words are just not enough. My thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family. Family time is so precious, if only everyone had the mindset about life, passion, and relationships that you did. Thank you for teaching me, too. We love you and we'll continue praying. -Donna Randolph
May 21st, 2008 at 9:50 pm
I have been reading your book but have not been able to pick it up to finish it. I am 30 something, never married, with no children...the one thing I've always wanted to experience. The reason I have been unable to finish your book is that on Mother's Day I reached the chapter about the time you spent with your niece and nephew when they were young and your request of them to be there for your children when you are gone. Mother's Day is a difficult day for me each year even though I spend it with my own mother. But, I read that chapter on Mother's Day and couldn't help but think of myself. You see, when my aunt's and uncle began their families I was a teenager and was asked many times to be their babysitter. Then, I began picking them up for movies, lunches out and trips to the toy store on weekends. Now, they are are in their late teens and early twenties so we don't spend the time together as we used to. But, now I have two beautiful nieces and two handsome nephews that I have begun doing the same thing with. I only hope someday they look back on the time we spent together and decide it was as special a time for each of them as it has been for me. Thank you for your book...thank you to your family for sharing your story with us. Thank you for sharing the story of your time with your niece and nephew...it made me laugh and cry at the same time.
May 21st, 2008 at 9:15 pm
Thank you so much for sharing this gift with us. I was overwhelmed while reading it and have not stopped thinking about your message since I finished this afternoon. I've since made a mental list of the people I want to give a copy to. (I only hope I can afford that many copies). I ache at the thought of you leaving your family but know your legacy and the love you shared will sustain them in their hours of darkness. I'm not a religeous man but if I were, I would bless you and Jai and your beautiful children. I suppose in my own way, that is a blessing. I wish you strength and peace and again, thank you so very much.
May 21st, 2008 at 7:12 pm
Thank you Randy ! You taught me so much about the possibilites in and of life. In my time of what now seems trivial trial in my life, I know that those walls will make me stronger. I wish that I had done things differently when my husband was dying at the age of 56. It would have been so helpful to have recorded memories for my step-children, grandchildren and myself. I will use these ideas while I am still here to help those around me for remembering the memories. I will keep your book near to keep as a reminder: Live today, just for today, as tomorrow will take care of itself. My thoughts and prayers are with you and Jai. Thank you for sharing the Last Lecture with us.
May 21st, 2008 at 7:08 pm
Dear Randy, I've cheated death a number of times. People say it Is because I'm destined to do something great in my life, which has not yet happened. I do not have the wonderful endowments life has bestowed upon you, IE: a wife, 3 beautiful children, your wisdom and intellect, nor do I bear your curse. My childhood dream was to be rich, (how foolish was that?), my adulthood dream was the love of a good woman that I could admire and respect. Neither happend. (and I no longer care about the money). As for the adulthood brick wall, It wasnt that I did not want it, or try my damdest, It simply wasnt in the hand I was dealt. My life is in many ways very much the opposite of yours. My current wish is just as futile. It is that I wish I could trade places with you, so that your children would have their father, Jai, her husband, and that the World could continue to beinfit from your wisdom. If I could, I would answer your door when, The Reaper comes, and leave in your place. At a minimum Ill be a better man because of your lecture. THANK YOU.
Starburner (Joe Borasky)
May 21st, 2008 at 6:54 pm
Dear Randy, After finishing your book within 5 hours of absolute laugter and many tears, I am completely touched and inspired by every word I read. In July 2006, I lost my 44 year old brother to colon cancer. Like you, he lived every last moment to the fullest, leaving behind a wife and two beautiful little boys. I wish he had the chance to hear your lecture or read your book because I think he would have seen alot of himself in you. Although the last 22 months have been extremely painful (realizing he is not here to laugh with, play with, cry with, and just embrace), I am comforted by the peaceful and painless place he is now. Like my brother's sons, your legacy will live on in your three adorable children. Jai is a very lucky woman to have you in her heart forever. God bless you, your loved ones, and may you find comfort in knowing how many lives you truly touched. Jennifer Russell
May 21st, 2008 at 1:32 pm
I started my MA at CMU in the fall of '07, scared to pieces. I'm a mother of three, and I didn't know how I would fare trying to reach my goal and my dream. The evidence that I truly could do it was found in attending your lecture last fall, and solidified in sharing my commencement with you just days ago. Your impact on this world is great, Dr. Pausch, and you will leave the planet a far, far better place for having been a part of it. Your impact on my life, and my graduate experience at CMU, is uncountable, and I am a better woman for having had only the briefest encounter with you. Thank you for that. Thank you more than words could offer.
May 21st, 2008 at 12:12 pm
Hi Randy, I have been following your story closely via your website and notice that you are now concerned about the condition of your kidneys due to chemo damage. I lost my brother-in-law to pan can. I would like to offer you one of my kidneys if it would improve your odds and we are a good medical match. Leslie
May 21st, 2008 at 11:10 am
I was deeply moved after reading your book. I would say it is the best book I have ever read, and it really inspired me a lot. I really appreciate Randy's optimism, I'm sure I could never do that if I were in Randy's case. Randy, hope you can enjoy every bit of your life and have a wonderful time with your incredible family. I will always pray for you.
May 21st, 2008 at 10:45 am
Randy, Reading your story and watching you lecture has helped me get thru the struggle of my wife wanting a divorce. I had my daughter who teaches 6th graders in Tahoe read your story to the class and go on-line to view your lecture. It has had a big impact on these kids. Brick wall are there for a reason and if you do want it bad enough, never give up. I will carry this thought everyday of my life. Thank you for making us all think deeper about life! Greg Hope
May 21st, 2008 at 9:59 am
Hey Randy, Saw you on Good Morning America. YOu looked great and your words, once again, inspiring. I agree with what you said about the grim reaper. Also, about regrets.. We don't regret the dumbo things we have done, we end up regretting the things we didn't do. That is profound.. HOpe your feeling as well as you look.. YOu and your family are in my daily thoughts and prayers.. GOd Bless... Randi
May 21st, 2008 at 8:20 am
I loved your book. The story about the hot air balloon ride had me laughing so hard I was crying and my stomach hurt. I'm not sure if you meant it to be funny - but having been in situations like that with my husband - I couldn't stop laughing. That's what makes our relationship so much fun. Now every time I see a hot air balloon in the sky, I'll think of you and wish you well. Sort of like Le Petit Prince. Your lecture and book are great. My teenagers love the part about painting their rooms. What a wonderful gift to your wife and kids! You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
May 21st, 2008 at 7:29 am
Dear Professor Pausch, I've read the book, watched the lecture and now the commencement speach. I was given your book by my wife from whom I'm separated, it was one of the many gifts that she gave me during our time together but by far the most generous. You see, I've been mulling around in self-pity and remorse since our separation. Today I learned that "I cannot change the cards that are dealt, only the way I play the hand." Your words have changed the way I will live my life before my visit with the Reaper. I learned that I have a lot left to do and a whole lot of people to thank along the way. Today I put away my self-pity and remorse, they will not re-enter my life. Today, the sky looks brighter, the birds chirp louder and my love runs deeper. Today, I thank God for my remaining time and I tell my parents that I love them. Tomorrow will be better than today. Thank you for your inspiration and for sharing the time you have left with the countless people that really need it. Thank your lovely wife Jai and your beautiful children for sharing you with the world, thier gift is greater than yours.
May 21st, 2008 at 5:42 am
I am so greatful to have had the opportunity to read your book. You have inspired me to live life to the fullest and to appreciate my family and friends a lot more. My whole outlook on life has changed because of you, I learned to express my feelings more and to be thankful for all of my blessings. Professor Pausch you are in my prayers and God bless. fyi: You have a beautiful family:) Phoebbee Guerriero
May 21st, 2008 at 1:04 am
Dear Professor Randy Paush Im a French exchange student in United State for one year and I saw the last lecture and the lecture about time management... Thank you from the deepest part of my heart! Thank you thank you thank you for who you are, for your humour,your courage, everything! for your way of teaching of interacting with the people..Its great and truly inspiring..because during one hour or so we learn with never being bored..during the lecture we learn and think to your advices and your analysis for life comparing it with our own life..And after , like by magic, we can still remember it very well!:D and apply it!(the 4 rectangle=very important (little red star;) ) If you need a french translation for your day to day update page((http://download.srv.cs.cmu.edu/~pausch/ ))I would be more than glad to do it! With all my respect thank you again
May 21st, 2008 at 12:31 am
Dr. Pausch- It is late in the evening and I have just finished your book. I am now on a mission to wake up tomorrow morning and remind myself that everyday is a gift and to never take life for granted. I have been rejected from medical school twice, but I refuse to give up until I truly live my life in a way that allows my childhood dream to come true, even if it takes someone practically throwing me over that brick wall :) I imagine someday my office will be filled with hundreds of medical books and references, but yours will truly be my greatest and most empowering source of knowledge and guidance. Dr. Pausch, you are not only an inspiration to me, but my greatest hero. Lauren
May 20th, 2008 at 10:45 pm
i hope that randy reads all of these posts..they are a tribute to him and his family ...i have recently lost my father to Pancreatic Cancer and i wish that we were told earlier in his dianosis that we were going to lose him...i spent alot of time with my dad but after watching and listening to randy i wish that dad was able to watch and listen with me..thankyou randy for all that you are doing for Pancreatic Research...you are an amazing man and your family is very lucky to have you for whatever time that you have left in this life... :)
May 20th, 2008 at 10:29 pm
I was so compelled by your lecture I went out shortly after and bought your book. I have not been able to stop talking about how heroic and inspiring you are to family and friends. You are an amazing person. I am so grateful I was able to read your book and listen to your lecture. You are truly a hero. God bless you and your family.
May 20th, 2008 at 10:07 pm
I gave my students the assignment of viewing your lecture during their unit on cancer in my nursing class. They had to give me two things that they will change in their life as a result of viewing the video on TV, or seeing your lecture online. I was so moved by their comments and genuine honesty, that it has made me not only a better teacher, but a better nurse. You are an inspiration to all! My blessings.
Jean Halpern Prof of Nursing
May 20th, 2008 at 9:34 pm
Randy, I gave away your book today. It was only after I finished reading it, of course, and I'm fairly confident that the number of your books that are sold is almost infinitely less important to you than the number of people who actually read it. I added a dedication to the inside cover: "This book is a gift. It was a gift to me by the author, Randy Pausch, and now it is a gift to you. My only request in return is that when you finish reading it, you sign your first name, write the date, and give it someone else, who will also read it, sign and date, and give it again, and on and on." I read the book in my office this afternoon, and I knew as I was reading exactly who I wanted to give it to. Of course, that precise person just happened to walk into my office as I finished the last page. With tears in my eyes, I signed my name in the front, wrote the date, and handed the book to my friend, Luis. The messages in your book are meaningful to me in too many ways to count or describe. But at least I feel like I can offer some small piece of gratitude to you by being a link in a chain started by you last September. Thank you. With much love and appreciation beyond words, Jennifer
May 20th, 2008 at 9:11 pm
Dear Randy Pausch, I finished your book today. I am originally from Germany. At the moment I am an au pair and my hostmom lend me your book. It is amazing. I have laughed,I have cried and I have always thought about every word while reading. I would like to share your book with all my friends because I think it contains some essential secrets you need in life. You wrote that one should always be optimistic and I think the illness you are going through will take away a great person from this earth but yet, this wonderful book was created becuase of the illness and looking at the bright side I think things never happen without a reason. I think that this book will change the world through influencing many readers and even so your illness is destructive it created something great. I wish your family the best and I am sure you children will grow up to be remarkable individuals. All the best Nadine
May 20th, 2008 at 8:59 pm
Thank you to you, your wife and children for sharing your story with the entire world. It's an inspiration we can all appreciate.
May 20th, 2008 at 8:54 pm
Dr. and Mrs. Pausch, He said, "Not many people surprise me." Then she said, "That's funny, most people surprise the hell outta me." This is dialogue from the movie, Pretty Woman, when Richard Gere's character abruptly interrupts Julie Robert's character as she is flossing her teeth in his posh hotel penthouse bathroom. He thinks she is secretly doing drugs; she is not. He is pleasantly surprised... I remain amazingly surprised by the resilence of the human spirit...for your spirit. God bless you for the courage to live your dreams and for inspiring your students, your family, and the world to live theirs.
Angela Payne, Surprised in Mississippi
May 20th, 2008 at 8:16 pm
Randy, Reading The Last Lecture helped me shift my perspective of my life. I really needed to wake up to the important things in my life. We go through this life with ideas about how things should be and along the way sometimes we get lost. Thanks for helping and for being (Yeah Take it !!) an inspiration to students and strangers alike! Many blessings!
May 20th, 2008 at 6:47 pm
I thank you and your family for being who you are. What a gift to this world!
May 20th, 2008 at 6:10 pm
Hi Randy and the Pausch Family, I read your book - the whole thing - last night. I touched me very much. I don't even have the right words to say, but I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to get to know you through this book. You are truly an inspiration. Thank you. God Bless!
May 20th, 2008 at 5:44 pm
Dear Professor Pauch I read your book this past weekend. It is awesome. I was reading about the interactions that you have had with students and remembered that my son's professor, who also had cancer called my son to encourage him to finish his PhD in Ecometrics. My son was very touch by his call. He knew that his professor was also battling cancer but was unaware of the severity of it's progression. His professor died shortly there after. While I was reading your book, I thought of that wonderful man who cared enough about my son to offer him that powerful message. I looked up from your book and saw a beautiful double rainbow and was awe struck by the power of the comparison of his encouragement and your encouragement to all of us. Thank you--God bless you and your family. I look forward to meeting you and Christopher's professor in heaven.
May 20th, 2008 at 5:38 pm
Dr. Pausch: It is hard to put into words what your "Last Lecture" did for me. It reinforced my "glass is overflowing" view of life but made me ask tough questions about my dreams. I spend a lot of time working with kids at the Hyde Schools - schools that promote leadership based family education. Your video was shown to all of the students and parents during recent Family Weekends at the school and it reinforced my belief that you never know in this life who you have touched or changed. Your legacy, which you never imagined or chose, will live on in millions of people you have touched by just being who you are. Thank You.
May 20th, 2008 at 2:49 pm
Like countless other people on this planet, I often complain about my day-to-day life and the ups and downs I face. Thanks to you, Randy, I am now a recovering Eeyore. When I get down and depressed, I just repeatedly remind myself "I'm a Tigger, I'm a Tigger." God Bless you and your family Randy. You truly are my hero. Kerry
May 20th, 2008 at 2:48 pm
Salve Randy! Ho appena finito di leggere la tua staordinaria lezione di vita. Sono italiana e spero tu possa comprendere le mie parole. Come te anche io sono stata colpita da un cancro all'età di 29 anni, ma diversamente da te ho superato tutto. Ho capito il valore della vita quando rischiavo di perderla ed ora vivo guardando con gli occhi delle mie filgie che oggi hanno 12 e 8 anni. Con affetto Giovanna.
May 20th, 2008 at 2:15 pm
Dear Mr. Pausch, Thank you. Just thank you for you. You make a difference. Barrie, RN
May 20th, 2008 at 1:28 pm
Dear Randy: I feel it’s acceptable to call you Randy and not the more formal “Dr. Pausch” after reading your book. I feel like I almost know you. Let me back up a little and note that my uncle passed away of pancreatic cancer four years ago. This was after they told him he had three months to live and he turned it into THREE years. We were always amazed by his zest for life and to live it as long as he could. So, I know the pain your family is feeling. As I watched your interviews on the local news station in Pittsburgh I was so touched by your never-give-up spirit. Of course I did see your lecture on Oprah and watched your interview with Diane Sawyer as well. Us Pittsburghers must stick together. So, we’re all pulling for you! I recently graduated with my master’s degree and one of my friends sent me your book as a gift. Another friend told me that it was a depressing gift to receive, but I insisted no. I wanted to read your book and be uplifted. I read it this past weekend during a bus trip I was taking to New York. I finished it quite quickly. I’m a fast reader – but it also is the type of book that pulls you in and makes you want to learn more and more about the writer. As tourists we stopped in St. Patrick’s Cathedral to light a candle. Mine was lit for you and especially your family. We sat inside to have a silent moment and I couldn’t stop crying. My friend thought maybe I was crying for me, my grandfather that recently passed, or something else. I didn’t confide to her until much later in the evening that I was praying that God allow you to remain with your family for as long as possible. Even now as I’m typing up this message I’m getting teary-eyed here at work (which is a fellow university in Pittsburgh! I won’t name which one!) You and your family are permanently added to my prayer list. And, you’ve taught me an important lesson about living! Thank you for the extremely good read – I will keep it with me always. Nicole Peffer
May 20th, 2008 at 12:38 pm
Randy-what an inspiration you are! I work and live in Raleigh North Carolina. I'm fortunate that I have 2 jobs, my real job and then a FUN job. I'm a clown and often visit the hospitals (children) and nursing homes. I make a difference to these people, just like you are making a difference to the World. I salute you on your journey and just know your family will always with you in their heart. I wrote a book about my Clown Ventures as I wanted my grandchildren to know what kind of person I was, I truly understand your thought process. Thank you Jai for letting him/agreeing with him to do the lecture!
May 20th, 2008 at 12:20 pm
Dear Randy, My daughter gave me a set of your "Last Lecture" CD's for Mother's Day. While she has heard me speak of you since first hearing about you on TV, she did not know about the personal struggles I was going through this week. After listening intently to your words I am finding the things I was so torn apart by are just not that important. I am learning from you to deal gracefully with the hand I am dealt. Also, I am moving out of my self pity to find a way to turn my sadness into something positive for someone else. You and Jai are such an inspiration and gift to your children and the world. I will do my best to pass your words of wisdom and the ripple effect they are having on the world, to my grandchildren and all others whose lives I cross. May God bless you. Namaste, Ginny Cavnah
May 20th, 2008 at 9:38 am
Dear Randy and Jai, Everytime I hear people complaining or I start to feel sorry for myself - I think of you guys. Keep on fighting!
May 20th, 2008 at 9:07 am
I want you to know that your story touched me in a differant way, that being my brother lost his wife to cancer when she was 33 and left behind 2 young kids 2 and 4. The kids are very resilant they have been taught through family and friends what a great mom they had. I know your children will have the same love and support as my niece and nephew have. We have a website documenting the journey of my sister in law.It is wwww.makeithappenforlara.com I will pray for your family. Love, Kristen
May 20th, 2008 at 8:14 am
Randy, You are an insperation to many of us that are experiencing the joys and sorrows that one has with a life with cancer. I have learned one thing and that is to Trust God for he knows what you can and can not handle "If he brings you to it he will bring you through it". Keep up the hope for as I have learned I can not find an experation date stamped on me anywhere. I will keep you and your family in my prayers......Good Bless, God be with you..... Dale
May 20th, 2008 at 8:03 am
After reading "The Last Lecture", I realize that we never know when our time is up and I plan on playing my cards right. This book inspires me to document as much as I can about my life and times with my son so that in the future, he has proof of how much I love him, whether I'm there still or not. I wish you and your family all the best in the future and will keep you in my prayers. God speed!
May 20th, 2008 at 6:22 am
I want to thank you for sharing your story during a very difficult time! You and your family are in my prayers everyday! I want you to know that I carry your book and thoughts with me everyday as I embrace the challenges of autism.
May 20th, 2008 at 4:55 am
My business partner Ken Rossi and I recently taught a class based on "The Last Lecture". by Randy Pausch. I wanted to share some of this class with you because I care about you, your success, your family and your happiness. The link for the video is www.thelastlecture.comand our aha's are in an attachment at the bottom of this e-mail. Randy Pausch is a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University. He was recently asked to deliver a last lecture as if it would be the last time he would have to impart wisdom on his students. Turns out, it would really be his last lecture as he was diagnosed with 10 tumors in his liver that could not be removed and was given between 3 and six months to live. Most of his 76 minute talk had to do with subjects (tech stuff ) that lost me at times. However, listen for the lessons they're there and powerful. Listen for the life lessons he's leaving for his three children ages five, three and one who will for the most part have very little memory of him. I couldn't help but think back to Steven Covey in his book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective people referring to one of the habits "Begin With The End In Mind". Randy Paush is a real life example of this. Or Zig Ziglar teaching "The secret to life is if you will help enough other people get what they want, you will have everything you want". Mr Paush lived his life to help others and in return has been truly blessed with a wonderful life. I only hope that I can be a fraction of an inspiration to others as he has been to me. Thank you Randy Pausch. Make Today A Great Day, John Dietz Realtor The Dietz Rossi Group Keller Williams Realty 727-216-8321 Direct 727-772-8820 Fax 727-686-0404 Cell
May 20th, 2008 at 3:54 am
Randy and Jai, I wanted to say thank you. Both of you are an inspiration for so many people. You have been blessed with strength, courage, understanding, love and hope. You've also given this to everyone that has listened to your lecture and read your book. God Bless you and your family. Take care of yourself and your children. Gina
May 20th, 2008 at 1:45 am
Non conosco una parola di inglese, ma voglio farle sapere che ho letto il suo libro e l'ho trovato coinvolgente. Ho pianto, ho sorriso ma ho soprattutto riflettuto. Grazie per averlo scritto. Buona fortuna. Michela Matta c.so Brescia, 54 10152 Torino - Italia
Michela Matta da Torino (Italia)
May 19th, 2008 at 10:22 pm
Dear Professpr Pausch: It was wonderful to see you alive and looking well on TV this morning addressing the graduating students at Carnegie Mellon Univerity. I loved your exit from the stage! I finished your book last week which I read in two evenings after a long, hard day at work; I just could not put it down although I was very tired. It is very moving and challenging. I hope you and your family will continue to treasure every moment of your remaining time on this planet. Roswitha
May 19th, 2008 at 9:15 pm
Dear Randy and Jai, Randy, I received your book for Mother's Day from my son who is a recovering IV drug user and has been clean and sober for three years. Needless to say, our family has been through some tough times which has included cancer also. Your book, lecture and interview with Diane Sawyer have truly blessed me and inspired me. My son is now a chemical dependency counselor and shows your lecture as a part of his group counseling. Please know that you are impacting the lives of so many people who may have otherwise chosen to give up. Thank you Jai for you message of accepting what is and therefore experiencing a kind of peace. I will always remember that. And finally, Randy, for all the times I was and wanted to be angry at someone or something, thank you for reminding me that anger never solves anything. Jill Kassa
May 19th, 2008 at 8:17 pm
Dear Dr. Pausch, Recently, we watched your video lecture in our English class. In your video, you talked about the importance of overcoming obstacles and of enabling the dreams of others, and I realize the truth in these statements. These two points are very important to me. In our small town, a little girl is in need of a kidney transplant. Her family always knew that she would need a transplant, but until recently, doctors thought that she would not need one for quite some time. She is only twelve and has not really had a chance to live her life. Both of the parents hoped to donate but neither passed testing. They were heartbroken. My father put his name down on a list for people who could possibly donate. He could not see a little girl suffer so much when he could help. He feels that he is rather fortunate, seeming as he has O+ blood. He wants to give her hope. I was having a rough time, seeing my father give up his kidney like this. I couldn't believe it. What if he needed it later in life? But after seeing your video, I understand my father’s decision. I respect his decision. He is just enabling the dreams of others, as you have done through your work. Sincerely, JB
May 19th, 2008 at 8:04 pm
Dear Randy and Jai:As I listen to the fireworks that are going off in Toronto to celebrate the holiday I cannot help thinking of you and your family. I was on duty in Critical Care and CVIC this Sunday and as I watched the families I thought of you and your stuggle. Your book has brought me so much inspiration to deal with my patients and my own children. I wish that the cancer would leave your body but alas I know that this fight will be extremely difficult for you. My thoughts, prayers and wishes go out to you and you family and please know that with your Last Lecture you have touched more souls than you will ever know. God bless you and keep you. Cara
May 19th, 2008 at 7:56 pm
Dear Randy and Jai, I just wish to humbly thank you both. I find no need to even attempt to express in words to make me look like I can understand what you both must be going through. I can only tell you that you are both my heroes as I face my own living with cancer. You make life a four letter word meaning miracle, like hero. We are all in God. I will see you soon, but not yet...not yet.
May 19th, 2008 at 6:40 pm
Jai, In all this turmoil, you are a pillar of strength and elegance. I hope you understand that as inspiring as Randy is, so are you. You're doing a great job! Every day I wake up and rush to see how you're both doing, and I hope that you're both getting through the day. Today is unlike any other in that respect...
May 19th, 2008 at 6:22 pm
Dear Randy and Family, I wanted to let you know how profoundly touched I was by your story. You are special people and I admire the dignity, grace and courage that you bring to life. Your stories and experiences will stay with me. Best wishes to all of you. Marisa
May 19th, 2008 at 5:58 pm
Just in case Randy hasn't heard of a product I recently was made aware of by a friend of mine whose sister is dying from cancer, I wanted to write to tell him about this product. It's called Ave Mar and was developed in Hungary. My friend's sister just started to take the product so it's much too early to tell if it is having any effect. At any rate, the internet has information on this product and how to order it. Who knows, it could be the answer to your cancer. Best wishes. Ray Goss
May 19th, 2008 at 5:53 pm
Dear Randy, Being a reading and language arts teacher I have always taught my students to do two things: 1. when you read someone else's work truly read what the author has written, and why he/she has taken the time to do so; 2. when you write I want you to make your audience cry, laugh out loud, and/or truly think. I carefully read each and every word in your book while I laughed out loud, cried, and contemplated many thoughts. I appreciate how you took the time to share your story; it is allowing me to now pass along an experience to my students where I actually "listened" to my own advice. You have a gift! I wish you and your family many more wonderful memories. Many of us send you well wishes each and every day!!! You really are an inspiration...thank you! Respectfully, Kerry
May 19th, 2008 at 5:45 pm
Dear Randy Your book is brilliant and i know you have touched many lives.You are not only leaving many memories for your children but lasting lessons in life for all those who read your book.
May 19th, 2008 at 5:36 pm
I have in the power of Tigger I was very sick about six year ago and 5 opt. in three years and the only thing that help me get through with pain was the grin of Tigger. After every hosp. visit there was Tigger at the end of my bed thanks to my husband.i now have 6" Tigger tattoo on my back. To keep me smiling. I have pass on Tigggers to other sick family and friends and it has help get through illness. My Prayers our with u and your family.
May 19th, 2008 at 4:52 pm
Dear Randy,Jai,Dylan,Logan & Chloe, God bless you, and thank you. I read your book The Last Lecture and without a doubt it was the best book I have ever read. My prayers will be with you and your family now and forever. I live in Weeki Wachee, FL and you and your family will always be welcomed here. I,m a lady from Chicago retired in 2003 and a big Chicago Bears fan, thats my email,,,,,ger for geri and bear for the Chicago Bears.. The Lord be with you. Geri
May 19th, 2008 at 3:42 pm
Dear Randy, It is sadly ironic that someone so bright and special has to be dying to be such a powerful influence to thousands, perhaps millions of strangers (me included). Those were fifty-some bike rides that I... enjoyed, cried about, put me in contemplative mode, produced all kinds of emotions in me, learned from, will remember. I feel lucky that the timing is "right" for me to read such a story because my kids are now 1 and 3 years old, and I could learn about the importance of "painting on the walls" --;-). Thank you so very much. I wish I could meet you in person. It would be an honor and a joy. You have a beautiful family and you are a wonderful father, your kids are so lucky!
May 19th, 2008 at 2:35 pm
I was at MD Anderson too. I was there from July to November last year. Before cancer I worked a lot. I spent my days off running errands and sleeping. I just returned to the job I love but in the last week on my days off I took my son to the beach and to the zoo. Today I had a water balloon fight with my co-workers. This week I spent my down-time playing like a child. I am greatful to be alive but if it weren't for Randy, I probably wouldn't be determined to create these fun memories for myself, my friends and my family. Thank you for putting it in perspective.
May 19th, 2008 at 2:03 pm
Randy - I've always treasured books and handle each one with reverence and special care, but found myself constantly turning the edges of the pages of my FIRST EDITION copy of your book, wanting to be sure and capture those special messages that touched my heart. Thank you for your message, and your courage and your example. What a tremendous legacy to leave your children! Garth Brooks sings a song that speaks of 'the two dates in time that are carved on your stone' - but that what represents your life is not those two numbers, but how you lived 'the dash' in between. I'm honored to have witnessed a small portion of how you chose to live your life and will do my best to give my Tigger free rein, in honor of the lessons you've taught me. Thank you and God bless. Kate Futrell
May 19th, 2008 at 1:52 pm
Randy, after seeing you on TV and then reading your book, I feel so blessed. You are creating such a legacy for your family, to cherish forever! I am now 62. When I was 31, my young husband was killed in an auto crash, leaving behind a grieving wife and three small children, the youngest less than two years old. Over the years, Amy has asked so many questions about her dad. Her older brother and sister have tried to fill in the blanks. The photos we have from those days have become treasures. But, if each of us would realize that each day is a gift...and the moments you are capturing on film for your kids and Jai, the words of wisdom you are leaving for them....so they will really know what an awesome, humorous, creative dad they had....these are truly treasures. They are also reminders for each of us....we are all just passing through this life. Without an xray, giving us an expiration date, we sometimes think life will go on forever. Your message is universal! Thank you for your book. I've given copies to each of my kids...and cherish each moment! And, I'm glad you gave the lecture for your kids (and let the rest of us listen in)!! Well done!! By the way, my Amy, now 33, still has the trees and flowers and pond painted on her childhood room....she did that when she was in high school, too!
May 19th, 2008 at 1:25 pm
This book was a book of hope for humanity. I'm so glad that you didn't print just 3 copies. Instead you shared with the world how to deal with the hand your dealt and do it gracefully. Thank you for the beautiful inspiration. Your family will be in my prayers.
May 19th, 2008 at 1:02 pm
I'm a senior in high school and my teacher had gotten the book as a gift. since I had nothing to do he let me read it. and for almost a week straight all I did in that class was read. it was a wonderful book. it made me laugh and cry. I absolutely loved it.
May 19th, 2008 at 12:54 pm
I saw you on the Oprah Winfrey show and just finished your book. Awesome - I read it in one day. Thanks for all the great thoughts and good ideas. I especially liked the widsom gleaned from your parents. Thanks for sharing your life with us and may God bless you and keep you safe!
May 19th, 2008 at 12:53 pm
What an amazing book. It's been quite a while since a read a book that impacted me the way this one did. My father died when I was 7 years old. I have wished over the years that I had known more about him. The kids will be so glad to have the legacy you have left. How much it will help little Chloe bond with you even in your absence. They will feel your presence. Love never dies. I know I would like Randy if we met. I so agree with his outlook on life, about honesty, integrity and helping others. I'm not religious but if there is a Heaven he has a spot reserved. Thank you for taking such a big chance and for leaving this behind for your kids and for all the rest of us that benefited from this act of love. : ) Kate
May 19th, 2008 at 12:29 pm
Randy, your wife and children must be so proud of you. I do not know you but I am proud of you...you truly inspire many. I pray God watches over you and your lovely family... My husband has been sick since he was 21 and even before that but never knew what it was, not cancer, but a nervous disorder that has left him with every day a struggle. I have been with him since he was about 21 and everyday he goes through is a struggle. He has other medical problems also. But, I have learned so much from him, he is my hero. I do not want to go into all the years of problems but I do want to tell you by sharing your story you have given othe people light, light of this world and the next. You have left your children a legacy...they can always hold in their hearts throught their lives... and your dear wife will have you with her always...in her heart..and all the rest of your family and friends and colleges. I for one would like to thank you for sharing and I am praying for you, and your family that GOD embraces you and all you do. God Bless you Randy. Its not the length of life of this earth, it is the quality, and you have that and so does your family.
May 19th, 2008 at 12:25 pm
Dear Randy, thank you for inspiring me. And thanks for telling me so much about life. Sorry, I don't really know what to say. I come from Germany and watched your "last lecture" in the internet and was touched by it. I think it's so unjust that you haven't much time on earth, with your wife and your kids and I'm sorry for this. I think we need more such persons like you, people who know what life really means. I would give you a bit of my time, but I know I can't. I admire you and your power, because I would have been drowned in self-pity. So, I just can say: Enjoy every minute that you have while you still can, because it's a gift. And have fun, so curious and paradoxical it may sound now. Good luck to you and your family.
May 19th, 2008 at 12:24 pm
What an amazing life you have been blessed with! Its not how long we get to live that is important, it is how we live our lives! You have lived a thousand years! What an example you have been to the world! Your children will live the rest of their lives being very proud of who their father is! They will always feel the love you have for them! Thank you for writing your story! It will give your children a piece of you but I think it will also change how other peolpe live the rest of their lives! You set a high standard that I think people have forgotten. God bless you and your family!
May 19th, 2008 at 12:03 pm
Just finished the book. It makes me really appreciate good health and the opportunity to enjoy life. My heart aches as Randy (or Randolph) talks about his kids growing up without a father. He has touched so many people with this book and the lecture. I wish I could have taken a class from him myself! Randy and his family are in my prayers.
May 19th, 2008 at 11:59 am
I picked up your book on a trip to the University of Oklahoma while we were enrolling our daughter for her freshman year in college. It is truly an inspiring and thought-provoking book. I have since ordered the video and am looking forward to watching it. While discussing the book with my family I discovered that my 7th grade son had watched the video in his social studies class. I am very proud of our school system for showing this video to our kids. Your outlook on life and your want for your kids to live their own dreams has helped me to understand that while we will always live through our children we must let them go and be grateful that we have been allowed to be a part of their lives. Good Luck and may God Bless you and your entire family.
May 19th, 2008 at 11:37 am
Hi Randy, Thank you for sharing your life view with the book. I saw your book in a bookshop in Singapore. First the title caught me: The Last Lecture! (I am also a lecturer, i am sure a time will come for me to deliver my last lecture too! And yes, my natural habitat is also on a college campus!) I started flipping the book and read the phrase: We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand! I cannot agree more! Randy, I dont care that we have never met, and that we are total stranger; I wish you godspeed! And, if there is a chance for you to show up in Singapore, please drop me a line, i wish to meet you!
Teo Tat Lee
May 19th, 2008 at 11:28 am
Inspirational, to say the least! I had seen you on Oprah and GMA, my daughter heard me talking about you and got me the book for Mother's Day. I read it in just a couple of days and although I had checked out this site, did not leave a message. Today, however I saw you on GMA from your speach yesterday at CMU, WOW you continue to leave me in awe! Thank you Randy and Jai you are truly a remarkable pair.
May 19th, 2008 at 10:06 am
Usually, a book will last a week at most for me to read. However, I took forever to read your book. Partly, I wanted to savor the pearls of wisdom the Randy imparted with such flair. But, it was almost as though he were building a relationship with the reader and I didn't want it to end. Thank you, Randy, for putting on paper the story, literally, of a lifetime. I will never forget it.
May 19th, 2008 at 9:59 am
I am writing from the middle of Michigan. Being just thirteen years old and reading this book, I have truly learned the keys to overcoming obstacles and making the best out of your childhood dreams. I am therefore inspired by Randy Pausch.
May 19th, 2008 at 9:32 am
I had seen "The Last Lecture" on iTunes, in a bookstore as I was walking down the street on vacation and then again in the news. I thought this must something great, I've got to pick up... After reading the first few pages, I new I was hooked and all plans for the day would be pushed aside. Randy, thank you for your optimism, your advise and willingness to share your story with the world. This is a book I will be sharing with friends and family for years to come.
May 19th, 2008 at 8:34 am
I have never read a whole book in my life and am 42 years old. I saw you on Good Morning America and was so touched that I had to get the book. I read it in 2 days. I could not put it down. You are awesome. What an inspiration. I laughed, I cried and I learned so much. Thank You so much for writing that book.I wish you, Jai and your children all the best. God Bless You and Your Family. Shelli Cunningham
May 19th, 2008 at 7:54 am
Thank you for inspiring me and bringing back hope to each and everyone who will read your book. I'm now spreading your wisdom. Take care always! Regards to your wonderful wife and kids. :)
May 19th, 2008 at 5:40 am
I am writing from Singapore. I happened to be in the bookshop last week when I stumbled upon the book "The Last Lecture". I was attracted by the title as I am also an educator myself. I was truly inspired by what Randy has written and wished that he had been my teacher. There were so many things he shared that struck a chord with me. I think he has truly lived a fulfulling life and left behind a legacy for his family, all educators and all who believed in their childhood dreams and living their lives to the fullest. Thank yor for sharing with us your insights and I am sure his three lovely kids will grow up knowing what a wonderful dad they have.
May 19th, 2008 at 2:19 am
Dear Randy and Family, You are all in my prayers. I would like to think deep down everyone is like you, I suppose that's the Tigger in me. When my girlfriend passed away within 12 months of breast cancer leaving a loving husband and 2 beautiful girls I also became more aware than ever of the wonder of everyday things, something which I have always been blessed with I think. Anyway,the more of us that can get it out there,the better we will all be. You did a great job of that. I hope I can too in my life, however long it may be!X.
May 18th, 2008 at 11:46 pm
I am grateful for every day that you are alive, Randy. Even though I do not know you or your family and will never know you or them, I am deeply and truly grateful for every day that you get to share with each other. Thank you, Randy and Jai, for your honesty, your sense of humor, and your clarity. My heart goes out to you and your children.
May 18th, 2008 at 11:11 pm
On 5/6/08 I had something called an acustic neroma removed. Its a benign brain tumor but it is the 2nd go around for me - not fun by any means. I heard about you and your book and decided why not try something new and pick up a book. You are one of the most inspirational, practical, non-selfish people and you dont complain which is just amazing. You are in this for your family and your book has changed my life for me to live life to the fullest for my 7 year old son because there is no telling what life may bring and we just need to enjoy each other at every chance we get. I thank you and I so wish i could meet you and your wife is a Godsend to you tell her thank you as well.
May 18th, 2008 at 10:50 pm
Dear Randy, My parents passed away years ago when they were far too young. My father at 37 years young and my mother at 44. While growing up we missed our parents very much, but we were also enriched by the lessons they left us. They left us with a treasure chest full of lessons. Lesssons of compassion, hope, hard work and sacrifice, and unconditional love. I recognize now as an adult that although we lost our parents, our lives continue to be blessed because of lessons and values they embodied. Sincerely, Will Cabrera
May 18th, 2008 at 10:07 pm
Randy, I just finished your book and was so in awe of you. I feel like I know you and your family. I didn't want the book to end. I only have a high school diploma and I am talking to a college professor so please excuse my typing errors. I have talked to God so much about you since I saw you with Diane Sawyer then ordered your book off the internet.....I have one son who has 2 boys that are 16 and 14 and I had colon cancer 10 years ago and I told God I just wanted to see those boys grow up and have me a great-grand-daughter. Since then I have tried to look at my life all 65 years of it and it doesn't seem like I have done to much with it. I wanted to be brave enough to ask God to take me and leave you. What do you do with feeling's like that? I still have my Mother she is 92 and my husband is 73 so I still have some taking care of to do. Life some times seem's so backard to me. I would have loved to have gotten to meet you. You have a special gift and you can see it in your face in the pictures of you in the book and you can feel it on the pages of your book when you read it. There is an old saying here in Texas that goes "It ani't over till the fat lady sings"......I'm just hopeing she never sings.....RossAnn
May 18th, 2008 at 9:17 pm
Would like to know if Randy has heard about the guy on Sanibel Island, FL that invented something that kills cancer cells in the liver and pancreas.Heard on the news while in FL that they were using it at a hospital in Ft. Myers.
May 18th, 2008 at 9:07 pm
Dear Randy, I have seen your interview multiple times and also read the book. I felt compelled to write a comment here.I thought I was going through a difficult time in my life until your lecture put it all in perspective for me. Your words, thoughts and quotes are truly moving. They are now words I live by and I wanted to tell you that your lecture has truly changed my life in so many ways. I only wish there were more people like you in the world, it would be such a peaceful place. I will continue to keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers and wish the best for you and your family from the bottom of my heart.
May 18th, 2008 at 6:32 pm
To the Pausch family, Please consider this my crayon hand-written thank you for providing courage and inspiration in what is the fight of your lives (if I had your address you would have the real thing -- smile). I read your book in 3 hours, in between smiling and tears, and hope that you and your family are loving and laughing as much as a tigger can through this time. I feel truly blessed to learn life lessons from someone so amazing. Thank you for turning me into a tigger for my family as well. DebP (in a pretty yellow crayon)
May 18th, 2008 at 6:22 pm
Randy,Once I started reading your book I could not lay it down way past my 10:30 bed time....and I did not even read the last chapter first..I love your sense of humor and special way of making a point and what is important. You certainly have been an inspiration to squeeze every drop of life out of our time on earth...I thank you for sharing your courage,your wit and to keep dreaming and have fun.
May 18th, 2008 at 6:03 pm
Randy, I wanted you to know that my Great-Nephew is on review for his Eagle Scout. I was asked to give him a recommendation letter. After your lecture and book I had to pass it forward. You summed up what it is to be a Eagle Scout. With much praise for a life well lived - Thank you. You are all in my prayers. Pat Burke
May 18th, 2008 at 5:08 pm
Randy, I read your book cover to cover and it really made me think. I have been blessed with a healthy life and four wonderful children all under the age of six and somedays I really let the little things get to me, But No More! If you read these messages this story might make you laugh. When Little League Baseball started accepting girls my father happened to be our coach that year in 1979 and three girls signed up to play. When draft day was over and he came home I ran to the door to find out who took the girls and he said I Did. When I asked which one? He responded by saying I took all of them. I did not understand at the time, but years later he told me that it would have been unfair to seperate the girls and they would thrive as a group. Lessons learned, by the way we lost only two games that year and one girl lead the league in Home Runs! Sincerely, Kevin Riordan
May 18th, 2008 at 4:50 pm
My son gave me Randy's book for Mothers Day last week, it has to be one of the most uplifting books that I have read. I thoroughly enjoyed it and loved the messages that it conveys. Even though Randy's story is very sad, I never felt sad reading the book, well only in the last couple of chapters! Everyone has trials in their lives, however most seem so minor given what Randy has and is facing. I have had medical challenges in the past and come out on the right side, I wholly subscribe to Randy's philosophies. Sometimes it is hard to be positive but I truly believe that the more positive you can be, the better off you will be. I thank Randy so much for writing this book, I have already recommended it to heaps of people this week, I hope they all read it. What is wonderful about Randy's book and this website is that he can reach people all over the world, I live in New Zealand. Although I will never get to meet Randy - and for this I am sorry, I feel as though I know him so well. I wish Randy and his family all the very best over the coming weeks and months, my thoughts and prayers are with you all.
May 18th, 2008 at 4:19 pm
Hi, Randy! The last project of my freshman year of high school is to read a biography or autobiography and the writing assignment is pending, but I was originally thinking about who I would write about. I decided to change my biography, from a very negative biography that really had no point, to The Last Lecture. I can't tell you how glad I am that I changed the book! I feel really good after reading a few chapters and I've been using the insights and advice you use in my life. I just really want to thank you for providing me with a source of inspiration that makes me so glad to be alive.
May 18th, 2008 at 3:43 pm
Randy....I bought your book because I saw you on Charlie Gibson's Person of the Week. I was curious as to the entire content of your lecture. (Nota bene: I did not say LAST lecture) I read & reread & re-reread the book before mailing it to my sister because the same things impact & inspire us. I so admire you for the depth and breadth with which you have lived your life, always reaching, always learning, always taking away an important life lesson. To this I promise that I will let my children paint on their walls and question my reasoning. I pray that you are holding onto Jai and your beautiful children with all the lust for life your body can muster. God bless the Pausch family, including your wonderful mother. You are all in my thoughts, and when my sister reads "The Last Lecture," I know you will be in her thoughts too. God speed, professor.
Suzanne M. Gorman
May 18th, 2008 at 3:33 pm
Hi Randy, I'm a girl Italian named Sara. I would everything want to in advance excuse me with you if you will find some errors, but I don't perfectly know the English. I have read your book and I feel me very near and to your splendid family. I am orphan of father, it is dead of SLA, a terrible illness, when I was 12 years old. I have a sister twin named Laura and for my father we were all of his life. Its illness has been a long ordeal for us and for our mother that has assisted him with great devotion (as surely she is being your dear wife Jai). As daughter I hear the duty to write to tell you of the important things that I hope they will be you of comfort. The splendid words that you have devoted to your children in your last lesson will be important for them, when they will be able to read it and to understand it. They will be of great comfort for them, they will help them to understand better the great love that tries for them and they will guard her in their hearts as the greatest of the treasures. For experience I can tell you that when there won't be more, you will be always however present in their lives, they will feel nearby you and they will love more you every day. You will miss a lot certainly him and I cannot hide you that their life won't be easy without you, they will feel him as if something fundamental but the love it missed him that try for they will always perceive it to them, also from up there. They will also overcome the difficulties thanks to the love of their mother and you will drive them and you will protect as always up there them from. They will know that there will be always and they will perceive your presence close to them and you will be for them an example to follow. You are living the illness in really brave way and you are inspiration for all the people that are suffering as you. All over the world a lot of people have read your book and they are interested to your history and as me they have been touched and struck by your words. Thanks for the marvelous message that you have left to all of us, you will live forever in our hearts. Now I greet you, I leave you to your family that is more main point. Embrace you and your splendid family and I wish your children the whole good that life can give them. There am near Sara
May 18th, 2008 at 3:06 pm
An incredibly moving book and lecture. Thanks for your courage and your candor in producing such beautiful works. -Dan
May 18th, 2008 at 3:04 pm
Carissimo Randy, sono italiana e non conosco l'inglese, spero quindi tu possa leggere questo mio commento. Ho letto il tuo libro e ho seguito le meravigliose immagini della tua ultima lezione. So cosa significa lottare e sorridere di fronte a un male come il tuo. Ma io sono stata più fortunata perchè il mio cancro è stato preso in tempo. La vita è bellissima e tu ne sei l'esempio. Con affetto un saluto a te a tua moglie e ai tuoi adorabili bambini.Giovanna.
May 18th, 2008 at 2:00 pm
Amazing, Amazing book!!! I just finished reading it after starting it a couple of hours ago, and just could not put it down! I have see some of Randy's interviews and just had to read the book. I plan on purchasing copies for my two daughters, as it is full of life lessons, that I believe anyone could use in their life. Thank you for the story.
May 18th, 2008 at 12:34 pm
Listening to Randy, and looking at photos of Jai, Logan, Dylan, & Chloe has returned the memories of my mother's battle with pancreatic cancer.She passed away from in Jan. of 2000. Now, I wish that Randy could team up with Patrick Swazye to buy more time for both of them and make advances in the research of pancreatic cancer. My prayers are that what time is left is quality time for Randy and his family.
May 18th, 2008 at 11:42 am
Randy, if I waited until I could come up with something inspirational to say, I might not have the opportunity to say thank you. So, I am stopping in this moment to say thank you to you and your beautiful family. I have seen your lecture and read your book. I am sharing it with as many people as I can. My beautiful daughter has read it and has already shared it with others. My wonderful son is reading it now. There are so many things I could say, but for now thank you.....from one Tigger to another.
May 18th, 2008 at 11:14 am
Randy, I finished reading your book about a week ago and on the day I finished I found out my friend's sister lost her battle with colon cancer on 5/10/08. As I was reading your blog I noticed you had a great day on the 13th which was ironically the day she was buried.... Your book was amazing, I am going to get a copy for my friend and give my copy to my aunt who is battling ovarian cancer. We can all learn something from your book... life is too short not to realize your dreams. I am a single mom and I have vowed to make this life a good one for me and my boys... Thank you for opening my eyes and for helping me to realizing life is too short to be down on myself and the unexpected can always happen, just make the most of it... when life hands you lemons... make lemonade.
May 18th, 2008 at 10:18 am
May 18, 2008 12:15 p.m. - To Randy and his wonderful family. I have seen your lecture and read your book. I am humbled by your courage. I am a cancer survivor (at this point) and I watched my dad die of Prostate Cancer. I know how you are against letting your children know of your struggle with cancer and of your pre-mature death. Having gone through this, I would suggest that you ask each child what's their favorite animal, or flower, or smell or something that makes them feel happy and to tell them that IF you aren't with them one day and they see or feel or smell that favorite thing, that it is YOU thinking about them and sending your love and that your spirit is with them and always will be. God Bless you and your entire family. Sandy
May 18th, 2008 at 9:00 am
I, too, did not want the book to end. I teach World Literature to seniors and used your story briefly in my classes this last quarter. Your story will live on in my literary/creative cannon in the future. Your insight and strength are enviable. Most of all, your sense of self and sense of humor are one in a million. You, Jai, and the children will continue to be in my prayers. C
May 18th, 2008 at 8:43 am
Randy, You have said countless times that the lecture was for your kids. Well, I guess there are a lot of us who are "your kids" as my life has been profoundly touched by your humor, your wisdom and your sense of what is "real" when you have so often dealt in a virtual reality. I have given the book to my mother, who has Parkinson's, my daughter who just graduated from University, to my friend who is also and inspiration and helps other significantly. I bring "your story" up in any conversation I can, as it needs to be told again and again. Thank you for reminding us to live while we are alive! Thank you for reminding us that we are promised nothing, especially not "tomorrow." I loved the post by the person from India, I think. It was beautiful. Your life has reached the entire world. Your book will be a desk reference for me for the rest of my own life. God bless and keep you, Jai and the kids. NORTH CAROLINA LOVES YOU!
May 18th, 2008 at 5:28 am
Thank you for sharing your stories, your time and your family. I just finished your book and watched the last lecture - My eyes are filled with tears as I think of my father Leandro Surace, former CFO of L.L. Bean who passed away 7 years ago from pancreatic cancer. He was a man who let no brick wall stand in his way. Thank you - I've been inspired.
May 18th, 2008 at 1:26 am
It has been 2 years since my seemingly cousin died. She and I were like sisters and today after reading your book it has put her death in prespective for me. I came home and the first thing I did was to grab one of my grandson's crayons and smell and felt such a relief and such joy form somthing so happy. the part where you quote your parents that you are only as your word. What a powerful statement that has been used by my husband when he talks to our 16 yr old grandson and this young man is destined for great things in his lie. My prayers are with you and your family
May 18th, 2008 at 12:40 am
Dear Randy, Although The Last Lecture was meant for your children, it has become an important tool for me. I had big dreams as a child. Growing up and facing all the disappointments in life, I turned into a cynical adult. You showed me that dreams do come true, if I just kept on believing...I pray that you and your family find peace in these troubling times. Lyzza
May 17th, 2008 at 11:55 pm
Dear Randy first of all i want to let you know that watching your last lecture and reading your book really touched me my dad who is 48 years old is batteling pancreatic cancer he was diagnosed last july we have tried wverything under the moon to cure and nothing i guess i can in a way saay i know how your family feels and you i love my dad very much and im going to miss him like crazy he watched and read your book also and was moved to see there was someone else out there with the death sentence he calls and to still be so full of life and keep there sence of humor through such a hard time thanking for doing what you have done i wish you and your family the best and keep staying strong the way you have been La Rae
May 17th, 2008 at 10:26 pm
I cannot express how moved I have been about your story. I read your book and have given copies to my children. When I get down, I think of my choices--Tigger or Eyore. Tigger is winning. Thank you for such moving philosophies and making me think. Even at my age, I can learn to appreciate and cherish life. My heart goes out to you, Randy and Jai and your children. You are in my prayers.
May 17th, 2008 at 9:27 pm
Randy and Family, I have a long story to tell, but I will make it as short as possible. Last April I had an allergic reation to a new birth control prescribed to me. I too became Jaundice, felt terrible and tired. I was itchy all of the time. Finally my primary care sends me to get an ultra sound. The ultra sound reveled nothing but gallstones. Digestve sends me to obtain a CT scan. Again revels nothing. (I do Hematology/Oncology billing for a living, so you know my mind was focused on do I have liver cancer?) I go to the liver doctor, does a liver bx and informs me that my liver is having a bad reaction to the new birth control. Stop taking immediately and take nothing with estrogen until my labs to return to normal. Upon waiting for my labs to return to normal, my husband and I had to decide more children or did we want anymore. It was aggreed to go forward with a tubal ligation. I have the surgery scheduled after my labs returned to normal and the hospital had to cancel the first surgery date due to staff issues. Surgery is rescheduled, blood test done revel I am not pregnant. I move forward and have the liagation performed. A few weeks after the surgery I start having all of the classic symptoms that I was pregnant. Impossible right? Surely the blood work would have found it. I let this sit for awhile and decide to take a test. This test comes up positive. I go to the ob the ultra sound revels the begining stages of pregnancy. I was rescheduled for a f/u ultra sound at eight weeks and I lost the baby. I took the next week off after the d&c. During this sad and lonely week I am sitting at home and I decide to turn on Oprah. There Randy is, doing push ups and I continue to watch his lecture. I rewinded the tv several times and watched this amazing lecture. I was inspired and touched. You can imagine how excited I was to get the book. I was in Denver CO when this book came out. They were sold out, so I ordered online (which I never do b/c this meant so much to me.) I struggle everyday like a piece of my heart was taken and never to be given back to me. When I am sad I watch this lecture or I think of your situation and how truly unselfish Randy is. Currently in my professional life I do Hematology Oncology billing. If there is anything I can do to help your family I am there. I would love to start a charity for chemo drugs/ and appeals to help patients. I work for a huge University . I find the bigger the provider/office is the less compassion and care is there. Any suggestions where to start? Please contact me. Randy has truly found a needed calling. Randy giving this lecture has made this world a better place. Thank you Randy. Thank you Jai for allowing Randy to be a way on your birthday to give this lecture. Continue on Randy you are truly on of the strongest people I've ever known. I wish you and your family well. Sincerely, Amy Douglas
May 17th, 2008 at 8:26 pm
Thank you Lord for giving us Randy and Jai.You have blessed them abundantly and now they are sharing your blessings with so many. We will keep your family in our prayers and will be ever grateful for all you have shared. May this be my little thank you note to that great Tigger! With love from another Dr. who heals in other ways.
May 17th, 2008 at 7:40 pm
Dear Randy, I just finished reading your story. You are an inspiration to many people.I wish you the best with the time you have. I pray for you and your family. god bless you. Tammy Turk
May 17th, 2008 at 6:18 pm
Your book reminds me that I need to enjoy life and not be so stressed out about what is next on my list of things to do. I have to slow down and enjoy the moment. I will share this book with my family and friends. I will take your lessons and make them apart of my own life. You and your family will be in my prayers. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with the world.
May 17th, 2008 at 4:19 pm
Randy...your book is an absolute treasure! It had me laughing, crying and re-evaluating myself and how I handle life numerous times! Your childern have been given such a gift in you! Jai, if I could reach out and hug you and bring over lasange every evening and babysit the kids I would, I have never met you but I like you and wish you all the strength and love in being the wonderfully independent and resilient women you are, and may you find comfort. Randy, best of luck in your upcoming fight may your legacy,laughter and lessons live on for all of us especially your amazing, beautiful little ones...Dylan, Logan and Princess Chloe. Thank you!
May 17th, 2008 at 1:33 pm
I have just finished reading your book this morning. My 23yr old daughter gave the book to me for Mother's Day. Oh what a gift! The hardest time for me are the months of April and May. We lost our 16yr old son to a tragic car accident on 5/30/04. He was our middle child, definitley a "tigger", loved life to the fullest, brought joy to all who knew him. I could go on but just to let you know, his birthday is April 1st, mine May 2nd, Mother's Day usually the Sunday after my B-day, and his death May 30th. Those days are just too close together and I find myself sometimes sucked in and drained by the emotions and depression. But what a gift your book and your life has given me today. You have definitely found your true purpose in life. By so openly passing on your "Last Lecture" to the world, your love of life, family, friends and work will resonate forever. If only we could all grasp and hold on to the small things and realize what is really important. Your family will feel your love in their hearts forever. Achieving your childhood dreams, loving and living life, and understanding your purpose here on earth is exemplified in your book. You have touched many lives. God bless you. In Christ there are no goodbyes. Diane
May 17th, 2008 at 1:16 pm
Dear Randy: I loved your book. I know a man in Japan who was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer almost 6 years agao. He has had the help of Professor Doctor Wolfgang Koestler, The President of the Austrian/German Society of Oncology. He uses traditional medicine as well as complementary methods. I am sure he would be willing to help you. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family and I look forward to reading your next book about how miracles do happen to great people!
May 17th, 2008 at 12:46 pm
Thank you for sharing your story with the world...you have made a huge difference to millions and you could have chosen to keep it for your loved ones only. This selfless act at such a difficult time is so appreciated and needed in our world today. Without a Test there can be no Testimony....God Bless you and your beautiful family.
The Madden family
May 17th, 2008 at 12:21 pm
If I may suggest, we would love to keep you here Randy, on this earth..for your family...please consider contacting Don Tolman...he works with people who to Dr's have sent home to pass. Much Love, Elta in Lively Las Vegas www.dontolman.com www.dontolmaninternational.com
May 17th, 2008 at 10:01 am
To Randy, his family, and all involved in grabbing the world's attention to the best side of life: I've seen the video and read the book. As selfish as it sounds, I did not want the book to end. Inspriational seems like a small word to describe someone who seems larger than life. I am sad that I will never know you, or probably anyone like you. You all have made such an impact on my perspective of what life is and should be. I will dream big, live as large as I can, and always try to inspire others. My prayers are with you all....luv, Sher
May 17th, 2008 at 9:08 am
Dear Randy, I have seen you interviewed several times on TV. You were so inspiring that my 20 year old son and I watched The Last Lecture on line. Awesome! It really has inspired some conversations at our house. My son bought me your book for Mother's Day. I cannot express the inspiration that I feel in words. I will encourage everyone I meet to read your book as well as watch "The Last Lecture". I hope and pray that I will be able to make every minute, every hour and every day count with the ones that I love. May God bless you and your family. You will be in my prayers.
May 17th, 2008 at 8:10 am
Dear Randy There is a indian saying"You live your whole life preparing for death".The head fake is while you prepare for death,you are living life to the fullest.I am from Singapore,and you have become my favourite topic of conversation with friends and family.Your lecture has transcended all bounderies of race,culture,religion and focused solely on basic human goodness.Thank you so much for the wakeup call,otherwise most of us will still be sleeping and by the time we know it,we are dead. Love You Ganamoorthi
May 17th, 2008 at 7:32 am
Dear Randy, As 1 of 5 siblings who lost their father to a tragic car accident when he was only 33 years old and the youngest of us was only 2....thank you for your Last Lecture. My father was a wonderful man in every sense and it's through pictures, memories, stories, home videos, and the sheer respect from everyone whose lives he touched that his memory, even after 17 years, is still a driving force. Your children and Jai will find such strength in your guidance and love, that you will always be their first thought when they wake up in the morning and their last thought before they fall asleep at night. Thank you for making me believe that even after 17 years that my father was such a force in allowing me to become the person, and more importantly the mother that I am today.
May 17th, 2008 at 6:19 am
Dear Randy, I just finished your book and watched the video on youtube. My husband has just undergone cancer treatment for stage 3 colon cancer. We are the parents of two teen-agers and are living abroad in India. I had purchased your book coming home from the hospital after my husband had had a 5 hour operation in NYC to remove the tumor. I couldn't bring myself to read it at the time, but I realize now, I could have. What a truly amazing, inspirational book. You and your wife are true role models of how to handle death and dying with dignity. I am so glad you had the time (and as you say in your book didn't have a massive heart attack) and were so thoughtful and courageous to leave these works of wisdom ON LIVING not only for your children, but the millions of people that have been touched. My mother-in-law died of pancreatic cancer after a six week battle two years ago. She was an amazing woman with such courage and strength. I would like to think that had she the time, she would have left parting words such as these. Although, she was definitely a "Tigger" and her life speaks for itself and will remain forever in our hearts. Thank you so much and May God Bless you and your family always.
May 17th, 2008 at 3:48 am
I have just finished reading your book while spending the week watching my 78 year old mother go through rehabilitation after having 4 vertabre fused together. The book has allowed me to maintain a prospective about life and how to be fulfilled. I plan to share the book with my 15 year old daughter. She is trying to find her path right now and the book my help her from putting limits on herself. Randy, I offer my prayers for your family and you. God has used you as a messenger to many of us to slow down and remember the important things in life are not things, but relationships with people. Thank you for that message.
May 17th, 2008 at 3:01 am
My family and I watched your lecture and read your book. You truly are an amazing and inspirational person. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.
May 16th, 2008 at 11:24 pm
Dear Randy, You are my new hero! Once in a great while there comes along a person who has the gift of being able to "say it" not as a lecture but as a story. This "gift" gets our attention and reaches our hearts. So I'm mentally giving your book some new titles...LAST and LECTURE don't seem appropriate except in the very appropriate Carnegie Mellon way! My husband, a retired Presbyterian minister had this to say when he read your book, "If I were still serving a church, this is a book I would want to give to people when they came in for counseling." Thank you for sharing your life with those of us who are not at Carnegie Mellon. I'm so glad you were. What a blessing you are to all whose lives you have touched.
May 16th, 2008 at 10:23 pm
Dear Randy, I writing from Malaysia.I watched a short segment of you on Oprah but did not pay much attention. There was a write up in the local paper of that particular show and I realisied that I had missed a great opportunity of listening to your inspiring ideas.However, I believe that I have made up for it by reading your heartwarming and truly inspirational book. I wish you, Jai and the kids all the best. Do keep your spirits up. God bless.
May 16th, 2008 at 9:40 pm
Dear Randy, I just finished your book, and through the rush of so many emotions I felt compelled to share my heart with you. I am a chiropractic grad student and have had the opportunity to study and work along side some of the most amazing chiropractors and medical docs dedicating there lives to finding ways - outside of just diet, exercise and supplements -to naturally heal patients who where told that there was no hope for recovery and to go home. I have witnessed healing therapies professionally and personally that really do work! The biggest problem is that so few know about the successes of these docs. And, yes, there is science to prove some of the amazing instruments and therapies they are using! This is why I am writing.....because it is so unheard of, I felt that I just had to at least send the info your way, even though I might run the risk of looking one of those "quacks"....HA! If you are, at least, curious check out a man by the name of John Brimhall and his son Brett Brimhall out of Arizona. They are chiropractors who have a wellness clinic that is out of this world!! I believe the institute is called The Brimhall Institute, and they are no strangers to terminal illnesses. Their story and these two men are simply amazing, and maybe.....just maybe they can help. I don't usually just jump on the internet and offer this information. I usually am more careful because I know it can come across as "pushy" to many folks, but the more I read your book I just kept thinking that maybe this could help you. Even if a full recovery is not possible, maybe it would give you and your family more time. When I finished the book, my heart reminded me that this is my passion and I believe in it so I at least needed pass on the information. If I do sound like a pushy quack, I apologize. But I love what I do and I love people so I guess it's worth the risk. Especially after the risks you and your wife took to complete a lecture and a book that has and will continue to bring healing, strength and renewal to everyone who picks it up! Your story is beautiful, the advice is wonderful, and you have reminded me that we are all connected.....we are all one. Best wishes to you and your family and if this is a route you and your wife would like to explore, please do not hesitate to email me. (firstname.lastname@example.org) I am here for you both to offer any information that might help you toward that direction. Best wishes and Thank you, thank you, thank you, Melissa Vernon
May 16th, 2008 at 7:51 pm
Randy, sitting here trying to think of something special you haven't already heard. Saw your lecture like many, thru email on line- I was moved, mentioned it to my 15 yr old daughter; she gave me your book for Mother's Day (didn’t even know she was listening)! When my 19yr came home from college, (today) we watched the FULL lecture online, she loved you, I think mostly b/c you mention Disney so much, that too is her dream, (she wants be a cook there); This is what I want you to know; I have this "thing" we do, (myself and my 2 daughters) post "notes" on the fridge or pantry cabinet, to "inspire," or “motivate” us to be better people; you have know idea how many of YOUR lines we are going to post. I’ve always said, “Life is short, it goes fast and this is not a dress rehearsal, so enjoy it.” Although, I think, sometimes, “Life” just gets in the way. My girls and I have some tough hands dealt; you have re-energized me to thrust forward. Thank you for reminding me of the “fun factor.” Don’t worry about Jai and the kids, you have done a far better job than most in the world allowing them to feel love and remembering you. THANK YOU. (I’m not one to post notes, so no making fun!... Ok, you can go for it). Best! PS: my girls are TIGGERS!!
May 16th, 2008 at 7:33 pm
I saw Randy on the Oprah show when Dr. Oz brought him on, and I knew he had to be special if Dr. Oz brought him as a guest. I was moved. Here was a man who was teaching everyone to live every day to its fullest and he was continuing to do it with cancer. Our family has lost five members in the past year, and I yearned for his energy. I waited for his book, and my co-workers have been passing it around since i received it! I am buying the DVD for everyone I know! They have already read the book! What a legacy he has already left to millions. His children will be blessed by the people Randy touched. Thanks Randy for sharing your message, energy, and the lecture.
May 16th, 2008 at 5:22 pm
Dear Randy: I just finished your book and have inked in,starred,underlined, and written in the margins for our Son,(born in 1962) Kip, and his Boys. I fell in love with you, Jai, and the Children! It's been a pleasure knowing you and I feel like a proud Mother all over again! God speed. Love, Jill
May 16th, 2008 at 5:17 pm
I am just 14 years old but reading this book definitely changed my life. I am happy that I had the opportunity to learn from the book early as a kid because it will help me until I am very old. It was so inspirational and as soon as I saw the chapter about painting on your walls, I asked my mom if I could. She's not too crazy on the idea but I am working on it. Randy, you are an amazing man and your wife Jai is so strong. I wish you all well.
May 16th, 2008 at 2:05 pm
Randy, I am a palliative care nurse I wish you well. My thoughts are with you as I read your book I feel close to you although I am in Melbourne Australia. I send positive energy to you. God Bless and keep you. Flo Jennings.
May 16th, 2008 at 12:46 pm
I first saw randy on Good morning America, and was so inspired by this man,s speech. I bought the book on Monday. Yesterday I was on the New York Subway, and the person sitting next to me was reading Randy's book, so i pulled mine out and we both hi-five each others book.(I know its corny, but felt so proud reading this book. I am trying to convince my fourteen year old daughter to read this book. I will succeed :) God bless you and your family Randy. I hope at least one of your sons grow up to be like their dad.
May 16th, 2008 at 11:28 am
Dear Randy, Thank you for the gift you have given your family and all the rest of us, too. I pray that you will know how much you have done with your truths and openness. I pray for grace for you and your family in the bad times and that you really know that you won't ever be alone. You are all in my prayers. God bless each of you. I choose to be a Tigger like you.
May 16th, 2008 at 9:28 am
Thank you very much for writing your book, The Last Lecture. It broke my heart and made me happy at the same time, it’s funny…it made me feel alive again. I was disappointed to read the end…I wanted the book to go on and on and on… May all of God’s promises be with you and your family always.
May 16th, 2008 at 9:01 am
Cudo's for your wife! She has the strength of Godzilla. To not only maintain, but to stand at your side and smile. You are truly a blessed man. Your continuing saga is inspirational and as a college instructor I am planning to order and show your CD. Nursing is my genre and my students can learn much from your 'Last Lecture' If only those of us who take our good health for granted could have the attitude that you do. May God bless, sustain, and uphold both you and your family in days ahead. You are all on my prayer list!
May 16th, 2008 at 8:41 am
I saw your video through an email that I received and about a month later I saw that a book had been published;I bought a copy that night and another for a friend as a college graduation gift. Your story is very inspirational & it made me take a long look at my life. I will now spend more "fun time" with my two boys instead of being concerned with what needs to be done around the house. I should already know this since my father died in 1979 of a massive heart attack at the age of 40 when I was 9 years old. I can let you know that your kids will remember you through all you have done to prepare for your final journey. Your wife sounds wonderful & she will help your children keep your spirit and energy going in their home. I cherish all pictures and handwritten papers I have of my father. To this day I carry his Army Identification Card in my purse that was issued to him 04/02/63. It is a little ragged but I feel he is with me. I know, as your children will, that he is in my heart but when ever I need to I can still see his face. Thank you & your family for taken the time to teach others what is important!!!!!
May 16th, 2008 at 8:10 am
Dear Randy, Just finished reading your book....and felt the need to tell you something I have learned. Being a adult child who has watched both parents die. They are with me everywhere I go,always. My last words to my mom were don't be afraid, it's just another adventure,you get to know what everyone wants to know,what's next? And of course let me know your okay,give me a sign. I guess it sounds hokey,but it worked,and gave me great comfort. In my case it was the smell of hyacinthus when there were none,anywhere. I could not find them for her funeral because they were out of season. She let me know she got them and she was alright. That's my story, my gift to you. Love another forever optimist,the best gift my parents gave to me...Marcella
May 16th, 2008 at 3:57 am
My daughter gave me your book for Mother's Day - I had watched your Last Lecture on TV and knew it would be hard for me to read as my mother died of pancreatic cancer some years ago just before her 80th birthday. But the book was such an inspiration to read I could hardly put it down. I plan to read parts of it to my grandchildren (ages 6 and 8) and more of it as they get older. I was quite moved to learn Randy is only 2 years older than my son would be, had he not died in an accident when he was just 18, 24 years ago. I believe he would've been quite good in the field of design as one of his hobbies was drawing, tho he never lived to know the computer age. I am going to recommend this book to all my family and friends as it really is about achieving dreams and loving your children, as you have. I loved the pictures of your kids. Thank you for sharing your life. Norma
May 15th, 2008 at 10:24 pm
Hi Randy! You're book is purely inspirational on so many levels. It's helped me do some self-reflection over the past few weeks on my life and who I am. It inspired me to give a heartfelt speech to my students on our last class of the semester. I especially like your concept of the brick wall. Thank you for being so honest and sincere in your book!
May 15th, 2008 at 9:45 pm
Like so many others, I just finished reading your book. My 13 year old daughter gave it to me for Mother's Day. On the inside cover, she had written "May 11, 2008. Love Janeen, who hopes to be a mother as great as you." High praise, (and from someone who's opinion I value greatly). After reading the book, I realize no matter how great you are at something, there's always room for improvement. Thank You. Your kids are fortunate.
May 15th, 2008 at 8:26 pm
I have been watching your posts from your Carnegie Mellon home page site. Glad to see your two recent posts. I hate that your tumor marker is increasing, albeit slowly. I'm happy that you are up and about and you and Jai look happy in the car. I know you are enjoying the time. Blessings, jeannie
May 15th, 2008 at 7:43 pm
I was given your book for my 50th birthday after finding out my mother was diagnosed for the 3rd time with cancer. I was upset with myself that I didn't have a highlighter available while I read your inspirational story. I loved your memories of Disney World, but mostly your story about pouring the soda in your new car to make your niece and nephew feel comfortable. I am always telling my girls not to worry about "THINGS" Thank you for the beautiful enlightenment. I know my mom's days are numbered, very few at that, but she's been happy and given back always. While struggle thru my own personal issues and taking care of my mom, I'm going to take comfort in re-reading your book and passing it on when I have my favorite parts highlighted. My thoughts are with your and your family always! Love & Peace to all of you!
May 15th, 2008 at 7:29 pm
WOW..So simple, but so powerful...After finishing the book, I will do 2 things..Onc, I will buy 30 books and give them to family and friends.. 2, I will go on a long drive with my husband and read the book to him.. Thank you Randy..This book is truly a gift..
May 15th, 2008 at 6:49 pm
Dear Randy, Longtime reader, first time writer. Thank you for sharing excerpts of your life in print. Quite enjoyable and smile provoking! It is truly amazing what is gained through perseverance - one 'brick' at a time! Please know that you and your family are in the thoughts and prayers of many! God Bless~ (p.s. made alice.org one of our favorites!)
May 15th, 2008 at 6:37 pm
My book club selected "The Last Lecture" as our June "book of the month." I loved it! I laughed, cried, and contemplated everything in it. Truly an inspiration. I copied your "Tips for Working Successfully in a Group" and posted it on my wall at work (with full attribution, of course). I am an auditor for the DoD Inspector General and we work in teams on all our projects. Your tips will be very useful for training new auditors on teamwork. I sincerely hope and pray for a miracle for you and your family. Your book is a powerful message to your children and I am sure they will treasure it all their lives. Your courage, determination, and spirit in light of all your obstacles is overwhelming and humbling. Thank you for such a powerful message in such an entertaining medium. May God bless you and your family.
May 15th, 2008 at 5:21 pm
I cant wait to read this book!!! i ordered it and it should be here soon! My uncle dies of the diesese and im interested about it!!! Randy offered so much hope when my incle was going through everything! i would like to thank you for him.
May 15th, 2008 at 4:49 pm
Randy, I am not sure if you will read my comment or not, But I just wanted to say thankyou. I told your story to my dad when I saw it on youtube, in return he was in Chicago last week and purchased your book. I just picked it up today and havn't put it down. I finished it a little while ago and what a life changing experience it was to read. Randy, my prayers are with you and your family and I will be checking up on your blog. To anyone reading, Randy truly shows the meaning of LIFE, L-live I-it F-for E-everyone. Thank you.
May 15th, 2008 at 2:46 pm
Thank you. Thank you so much! While your lecture and book was intended as a legacy to your children, it's now become a life-changing, eye-opening experience for millions, including myself. I've watched your TV interview which prompted me to read your book which I just finished today. Through tear filled eyes I can honestly say, I will never look at life the same way again. God bless you and your family, Randy. My prayers are with you.
May 15th, 2008 at 1:40 pm
What a truley inspirational and heartfelt book! Your words and spirit are forever "bottled" and captured for others to witness. Your wife and children will be blessed with your legacy throughout their lives. Thanks for sharing and may God Bless you!
May 15th, 2008 at 12:56 pm
Hey randy i just got done reading your book and i just wannted to say that wow i am so gald that i read your book like i was so down about everything and when i read your book it gave me what i needed to move on and well better myself to where i am at today i love reading the whole book its just so powerful thanks again and it was great to hear about you
May 15th, 2008 at 11:39 am
If Randy's three words are "tell the truth" my two words to him are "thank you". I read this book in 3 hours and have already passed it on to my mom who will pass it on to my daughter. We are all lucky that you and your wife were unselfish enough to share yourselves with us. Again thank you and remember you are not alone.
May 15th, 2008 at 10:50 am
Today, I finished Prof. Randy Pausch's book, The Last Lecture. His lecture captured the attention of millions. By sharing his own life experiences our mind set has, undoubtedly, opened up to the possibilities that young dreams can become adult realities. I am reminded that we all have an inner child within ourselves and not to live every moment so seriously. Don't sweat the small stuff! I am completely and utterly inspired to review and reconstruct my life's agenda and I am prepared to make some changes, always for the better! I want to be a Tigger!! Thank-you from the bottom of my heart!
May 15th, 2008 at 10:48 am
DEAR RANDY, I'VE JUST FINISHED READING YOUR BOOK 'THE LAST LECTURE', GIVEN TO ME BY MY SON FOR MOTHER'S DAY..SO MUCH OF IT IS INSPIRATIONAL, MOTIVATIONAL AND ENCOURAGING PROVEN BY THE OUTCOME OF YOUR LIFE. I WILL BE GIVING A COPY TO MY FOUR GRANDCHILDREN. RANDY, MY PRAYER FOR YOU IS THAT YOU HAVE 'LIFE-EVER-LASTING INSURANCE AND THAT YOU HAVE PUT YOUR FAITH AND TRUST IN THE ONLY ONE THAT ASSURES US OF A HOME IN HEAVEN - i.e. JESUS CHRIST. I PRAY HIS BLESSINGS ON YOU AND YOUR PRECIOUS FAMILY AND PEACE THAT ONLY HE CAN GIVE YOU & JAI IN THE DAYS AHEAD. Joan Calhoun
May 15th, 2008 at 10:44 am
To the Beloved Pausch Family, Thank you for sharing your incredible story with the world! Your children will be blessed everyday they read this book or watch this lecture! I am currently battling a fatal disease @ 30 years of age and have been able to see the positive and accept the negative from your encouragement and attitude on life! You have truly inspired me to enjoy every minute and live the life I have now to the fullest! Again, thank you greatly for the encouragement and hope you have brought to my life!!! You and your family are truly amazing! My best to you and yours.
May 15th, 2008 at 10:15 am
I know it's been said over and over again - however; this book is TRULY inspirational, in every sense of the word. Randy - The brave attitude, putting the concern of his family first - and the wonderful GIFT of his legacy for his children, in the last lecture. Many men should follow in his footsteps of how a father should be, truly selfless in his love...and focusing on the big picture & importance of the childhood dreams. Jai - a strong woman, that again - should set an example for all of us .... what a partnership she has with Randy. Two truly very,very impressive people ...what we all only HOPE to be like...and they do it. Your children are very, very blessed & I wanted to personally THANK YOU ...for letting the rest of us share in your experience......
May 15th, 2008 at 9:15 am
Hi, I am writing from Singapore. This book has been a real treat. I finished it in 2 days and wanted more.. Randy's attitude is inspiring for all. And I feel that he has lived life already. You are a living example for us always.
May 15th, 2008 at 7:52 am
Randy: Yesterday I started a Protocol that they hope will shrink the three tiny spots in my liver. It is in it's final stage before FDA approval. I had pancreatic cancer 8 years ago. It was all encapsulated, so I did not need any treatment. The tiny spots showed up two years ago. I pray that this not only helps me, but all of the you and me's out there. God bless you and your family. Elizabeth
May 15th, 2008 at 5:35 am
Randy, After I have seen "The Last Lecture" on youtube.com last year I know bought your book, firstly to help your family, and secondly I think you are the perfect guide for everyone. Because my Mum has breast cancer I know how everybody in your family is thinking about the situation. Here in Germany the culure about death and handling such situations is difficult and the patient thinks more about the future he or she is not able to live and how damn the situation is in this life. If your children will come sometime to Germany, it would be a great honour for me to teach them european culture and show them Frankfurt-City... All the best to your family and I will have you in mind the next weeks, hopefully months! Best regards Johannes Falk near Frankfurt - Germany
May 15th, 2008 at 1:26 am
Randy, Your book has been an amazing inspiration to my family and myself. My Grandmother, who happens to be the woman I most idolize in the world, was admitted to the hospitol last week. We as a family thought that her shortness of breath and increasing inability to walk long distances was due to her history of smoking and emphsema setting in. She was diagnosed that day with lung cancer. She spent 11 days in the hospitol and has decided not to battle her cancer at this time. My other Grandmother has been battling cancer for years and has just found out that the tumours have returned. As a grandchild its a hard place to be, knowing that both your grandmothers are going through the fight of their lives. Your book shows incredible courage and inspiration to all that read it. I really do want to make everyday with each of my grandmothers the best that I can. That is probally the most important lesson anyone can take away, you never know when you will be taken away from this earth, mine as well make the best of it while we can. I admire your stregnth and wisdom as well as how hard you are tring to pass yourself onto your childeren. I wish you and your family all the best. Many prayers~ Kasey Argenbright
May 15th, 2008 at 12:00 am
Randy, Jai, Dylan, Logan and Chloe-Thank you for sharing your story with all of us. I just finished the book. I plan to re-read it often and give it as gifts to several people. The truths in those couple hundred pages are treasures as far as I am concerned. It was a pleasure to meet all of you. There is nothing I can say to make the hand you have been dealt different but I applaud the way you have chosen to play. May each of you be blessed by embracing every day and every dream. With much humble gratitude. Terri Ezaki, Sacramento, CA
May 14th, 2008 at 11:54 pm
Dear Randy, Thank you for sharing your wisdom with me (and the whole world!) You have given a gift that will last forever. I pray every day for you and your family. God bless you and yours, Randy. Amy Schmidt Chicago, IL
May 14th, 2008 at 11:10 pm
Randy: I just read your book and watched the lecture again. Your such positive attitude on things makes lasting impression on people. It is people like you who makes this world a better place to live for us and for our children. Thanks a lot for sharing a part of your life with the world. Good luck and good wishes to your family and kids. Shree Vikas
May 14th, 2008 at 9:48 pm
1st I hate to read. When I read even good books I still skip through so I can get to the point. So needless to say I really had to wonder whether I wanted to pay $20 for a skimpy thin book that I read such great reviews on. But I did. All I can say is thank you as this isn't something for just your family but mine as well. Thank you, your wife, and kids for allowing us into your lives. I've learned a lot.
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May 14th, 2008 at 8:27 pm
Randy, I loved your book! I bought one copy and intend to buy more as I've already lent my copy and I doubt I'll ever see it again. Such profound work you and Jeff write. Words to live by! The Chinese webpages are interesting and I shall go to them and read them as my husband and I are moving to Shanghai in the next 2 months. Good luck and better health to you! Godspeed! I think and pray for you and your family often. May God bless and keep you and yours in the palm of His hand. Sincerely, Ann Semes Lynch
May 14th, 2008 at 8:03 pm
1. I've listened to the audio book. You're right! Zaslow did a phenomenal job on the book. It did a great job extending the lectures. 2. My father is struggling with colon cancer which has spread to his lungs. I have a cursory understanding of your children's perspective. However, I've had a good 33 years of life with my dad and looking forward to the years ahead. It is encouraging & energizing to see the time you have left and the focus you've had in spending every moment making a difference in the world for your children. 3. Thanks for letting us eavesdrop on the conversation with your wife & children. Jai and your kids are very fortunate to know you. You're equally fortunate to know the value of time with your wife & kids.
May 14th, 2008 at 7:35 pm
After reading your book this week I feel inspired, grateful, and focused. You will leave a legacy far more greater than you can imagine. You and your family are in my hearts and prayers.
May 14th, 2008 at 7:12 pm
Randy, this book has moved me emotionally and physically. I have a different take on life now after finishing your book. It is as if you have shown a light on the world and you have helped people develop into who they really are and should be. I cannot begin to express how much this book has touched my heart and soul. I am quoting the book daily to friends, family, and strangers. I cannot suggest reading your book enough to EVERYONE! Watching the lecture and reading the book really have helped me better establish my life, so with that I say thank you. God Bless you and your family!
May 14th, 2008 at 6:59 pm
I just finished reading your book and then I watched your video. You are such an inspiration. I lost my husband 14 years ago and the day the doctors told him that he was terminal, he looked at me and said, "Delsi, don't cry, you start to die the day you are born. The doctors told me that he handled his sickness with more dignity, and they were proud to have known him. Again, my prayers are with you and your family. You are so special, and I wished every young person could read your book and watch your video. Pauletta
May 14th, 2008 at 6:08 pm
Randy, I just finished reading your book and thank you for such an inspirational, positive piece. As a nurse, I see so many different sides of human nature and the impact a disease process has on the person and their family. You have chosen a truly amazing approach to dealing with your diagnosis and I believe you have helped more people than you will ever realize. As I go about my job, I will continue to keep your words, and your book's message alive. Thanks so much, Kristi
May 14th, 2008 at 6:01 pm
I just finished your book. It is a wonderful gift you are sharing with others. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. So many people think being Rich is how much money you have, you are RICH in all the important things in life that have nothing to do with Material things but your family is Rich in love and life!!! Best of wishes to you and your family. Thanks for sharing such a personal and private time in your life. God Bless you and your family!!!
May 14th, 2008 at 5:58 pm
this book was perhaps the greatest legacy any person could hope to leave. It is all the things you know, but need to hear someone else say for verification. simply beautiful and brilliant
Heather L. Stromberg
May 14th, 2008 at 5:50 pm
Your courage is inspirational, Randy, and I'm thankful you have shared your thoughts and convictions with so many. I wish you could meet Chris Norman, a man your approximate age, living in Richmond, Va., dying of ALS, who has written a small book of what he has learned on his journey of life, titled "The Grateful Road, What I Have Learned". I think you would have much in common. Thank you. Blair Chapuisat Koehl
May 14th, 2008 at 4:57 pm
Randy - Thank you for taking the time and care to create your Last Lecture and the book describing it. Although I've just finished reading it, I know portions of it will stay with me always. I can't help feeling that you'll be leaving behind a world that is a better place for your having been in it. Again, thank you, and God bless you and yours.
May 14th, 2008 at 4:02 pm
Having lost my partner and my son's father to suicide, I am so very moved by Randy's wisdom, courage and understanding of the important legacy he is leaving for his children. Through his courageous lecture and book, they will grow up to truly know what a great man their father is. My son didn't get that chance with his dad and it is something that angers and saddens me daily. All I can say, is thank you from all of us as parents who need to make sure our children know how loved they were and are.
May 14th, 2008 at 3:12 pm
Randy, I wanted to thank you for what you have given me thru the reading of your book. You are SUPERMAN!!! And to you wife, Jai, my thanks also for sharing her strenght & courage to the world but mainly in what that gave to you! my thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I am now a full flege Tigger!!! Sarita Minor
May 14th, 2008 at 3:07 pm
Dear Dr Pausch....I lost my Dad to this awful, nasty disease. He spent the last week of his life "holding court" as it were with all of us. I never knew when I was growing up if my Dad was proud of me. I wanted to make him proud, I NEEDED to make him proud! I found out that last week, he really WAS proud of me. He did love me, and said he wished he could have told us more often. My brother mentioned at his funeral...he did. He alway told us, "be careful" when we left. It was his way of letting us know he loved us. I miss my Dad, I am 47 years old, he left us when I was 44. He left us 11 months after my husband died in a very tragic motor vehicle accident. He asked me...Jul, what do you want me to tell Robert when I get there? I said, just tell him I love him and miss him and give him a hug. He said will do. Your family will have much love and support, your life, amazing. I hope that you have more good days. Thanks for being a Tigger!
May 14th, 2008 at 2:41 pm
Dear Randy, Your children will treasure your profound gift lovingly written for them. They will lean to evaluate the truly important things in life, become the best the can be, and WILL KNOW THEIR DAD. What their Dad stood for and believed in and how important they are to him. I never met you and truly feel I met you reading your wonderful and all inspiring book. Thank you for shining a bright light on our wonderful City of Pittsburgh. You achieved so many of your childhood dreams and the Steelers had to be impressed with how you fielded those passes our MVP, Hines Ward, tossed your way as you achieved your "NFL" dream too! And with the best NFL team, our Steelers no less! Your high school football Coach Graham had to finally be impressed with your football skill too. Signing off in black and gold crayons and as Fred Rogers says, Thank you for being Y-O-U. Kindest regards to your mother, you and Jai, and your sweet children. God bless you all and you are ever in my prayers. Julie
May 14th, 2008 at 1:08 pm
I JUST FINISHED READING THE BOOK AND OF COURSE I CRIED. RANDY YOU ARE SUCH AN INSPIRATION TO MANY AND MY HATS OFF TO YOU. YOU ARE A MAN WHO DEEPLY LOVES HIS FAMILY AND IS LEAVING BEHIND MANY THINGS THINGS FOR THEM TO REMEMBER YOU BY. I PRAY FOR YOU TO ENJOY EVERYDAY YOU HAVE. YOU ARE TRULY A MAN WHO WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN. GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.
May 14th, 2008 at 12:52 pm
dear randy . i live in india and just put down the book . the last few pages have been a revelation of sorts . i am going thru a seperation in my marriage and was barred from having kids. so at this point of time in life i am all alone . i am otherwise hale and hearty. even though my heart goes out for your kids and wife not only because they will losse thier father but also because they will have to live with out a person who loved them the most and was so caring and so brave as to deliver the last lecture . but i also want to tell you that even though you have a short span now but you are incredibly lucky to have felt the emotion of love in its purest form and have experienced a wonderfull time with your wife and kids .. this will be eternal happines and bliss because none of you will remember the unhappy moments because you have such happy and memorable memories and isnt that what we all want when we grow old and if we can experience that while still young then that's a great sucess story . i wish i can find the fulfillment that you have been able to build for your self . you are gods truly blessed one . take care of your self .
May 14th, 2008 at 11:30 am
Your imprint on others will continue long after you are gone. Your inspiration, love, humor, and hope touches all of us. I just finished your book - after I wiped away the tears (of sadness, joy, love, and hope) I had to write to you. God bless you and your family. Please know that they will never be alone. I hope they take comfort in the wonderful time they had with you. We always want more. Penny
May 14th, 2008 at 10:55 am
Hi Randy: I saw you on Opera the other day and was glad to see that you are still the incredible man you have always been. I now the lack of energy is depressing at times, however, you are still doing incredibly well. You are always in my thoughts. Your children and beautiful wife are in my prayers. Cara
May 14th, 2008 at 10:29 am
May 14th, 2008 at 9:38 am
Randy, So awesome to hear from you.. Have been praying for your strength.. You are truly a remarkable human being.. I am very happy that Jai was able to take some time for herself. What a great idea for her.. I hope she truly rested. God bless the whole tribe.. YOu are part of my daily routine now.. Don't stop believing.... We won't... Randi
May 14th, 2008 at 9:26 am
Dr. Pausch - I finished your book in just a few short hours. You don't talk much about your faith in God, but here is what I read: you have embraced the Christian message that I tend to forget, we have free will. You have made important, wonderful choices in your life. I enjoyed reading about someone that lives their faith and "gets" free will. That is truly inspiring. Christ be with you and your family. /kjd
May 14th, 2008 at 8:31 am
Randy, On November 27, 1995 I lost my husband of seven years to esophogeal cancer. I was 30 years old and had a 4 yr old daughter. The most difficult thing to overcome was knowing that I would never share all of the accomplishments that my daughter was going to achieve and he would never be there to see them. My mom told me that if I really believed, he sees everything that she does. Tell your wife that she may hear "In time you will get over it." I am here to tell her that you never get over it, you just learn to deal with it. I am now happily married for 6 years and have another daughter that is 4 yrs old. My husband is wonderful for that he understands that at times I need to go to the cemetary to think and grieve. Also, he has made sure that my oldest daughter, who is now 17, does not forget her dad. I had alot of videos of her dad and at times she does sit down to watch them. She remembers only the times that he was sick, but I have plenty of pictures for her to remember the good times that we shared as a family. I read your book and was deeply moved by it. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Enjoy your time with them. Sincerely, Regina Pieron
May 14th, 2008 at 6:32 am
Dear Prof. Pausch, I am writing to you from Germany after having seen a news report on German television about "the Last Lecture" and the furor it has been causing. That short broadcast immediately prompted me to find out more about you and your lecture. I have watched just a short part of the lecture and want to tell you I was surprised and joyful to hear the words and attitude toward life which you express in the lecture. Most people in our society have come to believe that a life in plenty, in good health and good fortune is something like an inalienable right. And as soon as that "brick wall" appears, they cannot refrain from complaining about all those things they cannot get. And forget to see what they already have. We all love our lives and you have shown us how important it is to live out our lives in a meaningful manner, by recognizing what is important in life, and to take advantage of the time we have. I have lived abroad for over 25 years and been able to help, I hope, many other people achieve their (childhood)dreams in my role as a wife, mother of 3 sons, an English teacher and translator. I was also diagnosed with rectal cancer in January 2007 and underwent 3 operations, chemotherapy, radiation in 2007 and a novel radio immune therapy in 2008. Right now it seems that these measures have been successful and I will live on. Through your words: "We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand." you express exactly what I have come to realize during my ordeal. That is what matters: not how long you live, but how you live. You have become an inspiration to many people around the world. I hope that more and more people will take on your attitudes and learn to appreciate the life that has been given to them. I feel with you and your family and I hope you will continue to "enable us to pursue our dreams" for a very long time to come. Best regards Angela Krehan
May 14th, 2008 at 6:19 am
Dear Randy and Jai, I don't believe I can adequately express my admiration for you. Your dignity,strength and grace in facing your illness is unmatched. I have lost both of my parents to cancer and have had cancer myself, but have survived to become a grandmother to two beautiful little redheads, 3 and 1. I am sure that you have received offers of support and assistance from many strangers. I would like to make the same offer, I love children so and I believe I am an excellent 'memaw, but I know that in this 'day and age' it is not safe and sensible to accept such offers. I wish that I were a member of your family so that I might offer my support to you. I understand that you want to spend as much time with the children as possible to imprint your memory for them but I hope the two of you are able to enjoy some time together without the children as well. You are an amazing couple. I have purchased several copies of your book as gifts for people that I love. I am afraid that this is the only real support that I can give you. I do take comfort that this is helping you to make your newest goal of securing the hopes and dreams of your beautiful children. My love and respect go out to you. Susie
May 14th, 2008 at 3:21 am
Dear Randy Thanks for the book, it turned up in the UK just in time for me, a routemap for those who are lost in the frightening world of the unknown. I recognize a lot of the things you mention in your book, having just been diagnosed with a 1cm brain tumour, as yet we do not know if it is a 'good' one or a 'bad' one. I am very scared, but to find that I was using your 'hand of cards' analogy before I read your book was amazing. I was already doing a lot of the things you mention in our book, so I must be doing something right. Thankyou for sharing your journey, it's helping me find my way on mine. I wish none of us were on it, but we are. Now stop reading this and go and enjoy your wonderful family. Cheers Biz
May 13th, 2008 at 11:56 pm
Randy, Thank you for sharing yourself and your story with the world. You have inspired me to be a better mother, grandmother, daughter, sister and friend. I am so touched by your love and concern for your wife and family. My God Bless you all. You are in my prayers.
May 13th, 2008 at 8:51 pm
Randy and Family, thank you so much for sharing your story with all of us through your book. My mother died when I was 7 years old from breast cancer. There were 5 of us, all girls, ages 18 months through 8 years old. As an adult, I look back and wonder how my dad made it through this terrible time. He was truly and angel, and I will always feel blessed to have had him. Jai will make it through like he did...one day at a time.Your children will be so grateful to have the memories and pictures that you are sharing with them. I think one of the hardest things for me was that I never knew the "little things" about my mother. What was her favorite color, what was her reaction to her fifth daughter, "what were her childhood dreams".......questions that seemed to painful to ask my dad at the time and were irrelevant to a young girl like me, then. You are sharing your heart with your children...and that is what the will need. I pray for your family and for you. God Bless you for helping all of us think about the joys we take for granted.
May 13th, 2008 at 7:53 pm
My father died last year and wrote a last letter to me. I am sure your wife and children will always cherish your words like I do my father's. Like my favorite Christmas movie, you've had a wonderful life. And because of YOU, your family, friends, and anyone who hears your words or reads your book will also.
May 13th, 2008 at 7:40 pm
Professor, I would like to mail you and your family a thank you note. How can I do that? I do not like the way your numbers are looking lately, and I am concerned that your time on this earth will soon end. I'd also like to send you a Happy Father's Day card, right away. The legacy that you have created for your children has turned into a masterpeice, worthy of a Nobel Peace Prize! I'm honored to share a place on earth, by your side, while we are both still alive! Now, that's cool! I will never stop thinking about your family, because I love them. Crazy, but true.
May 13th, 2008 at 7:02 pm
Randy and Jai I am so inspired by the lecture and the book. I have really taken some of the lessons you give from your life to heart. I am a single mother with 2 grown sons (23 and 19) one is a US Marine and the other wants to be a tatto artist (night and day huh?). I have always cherished just simply spending time with them, sometimes we talk and laugh for hours and it means the world to me. That being said, what I take from your book is that I can do anything and it has inspired me really take life one day at a time and just enjoy the simple things even more, to stop worrying about what I cannot control and give the things that I can grow from all of my attention and most importantly to enjoy every single moment with my sons...Randy I wish you and your family only good days ahead and as for Jai and the kids I will long have you in my prayers ...peaceout K.
May 13th, 2008 at 7:00 pm
Randy and Jai; Thank you both for giving all of us a look at what life should be about. We all have been given an opportunity to affect others by who we are. Both of you are changing and will continue to change many, many others by "telling the truth". On a personal note, my 2nd 56 years will be much better then my first 56 thanks to the both of you and your children. May God Bless you and thank you from my family to yours...George D. Buchanan
George D Buchanan
May 13th, 2008 at 6:56 pm
Such a wonderful Mothers Day picture. I hope and pray to see another smiling picture for Fathers Day! I am a Carnigie Tech grad and have been following your story from the beginning. Please keep fighting, we are all pulling for you!
May 13th, 2008 at 6:34 pm
I travel a great deal and as I drive I listened to the CD. I cannot begin to relate to your situation. I have had breast cancer, but am now well. My heart goes out to you and your wonderfult wife and family. I have read the book "90 Minutes in Heaven" and do believe that you will join the angels there someday. But for now, I pray that God will give you strength to endure this. Your gift of the lecture and tapes to your children will help them, I'm sure, and I believe that your spirit and your wife's love will see them through this ordeal. May God Bless and Keep you always. GO WITH GOD.
May 13th, 2008 at 4:00 pm
Your lecture and book have affected my life !!!!! You have demonstrated and modeled the kind of person I will aspire to be the rest of my life. You are a phenominal man. I am so appreciative of hearing your lecture and and the opportunity of reading your book. I was on the waiting list a our local library. I had to wait to read it ....because of the demand!!!! I looked up the Virtual Reality piece you wrote for the World Book. I wasn't going to let that get by me!!!! You did an excellent job with that. My regret ....I never got to meet you and be your friend. Maybe on the other side. :>) When God created you Randy...he destroyed the mold!!!! Be sooooooooo very proud of yourself....individuals like you are far and few. Your one of the very best :>) I will pray for you and your family. Maybe each time I pray.... another day will be givin to all of you. I am so thankful ....that God created you. We will never forget YOU and all you have given to the world :>) Sincerely and respectfully, sherry
Sherry L. Defibaugh
May 13th, 2008 at 3:36 pm
Randy and Jay: One night in April 1953 I went to bed just like on any other school night. I was 8 years old. I got up in the morning to find our living room full of my 4 older siblings and their spouses. My Mom went on to tell me my 50 year old father would not be coming back. He had a heartattack and died during the night. He left my Mom to support and parent 4 minor children. For the next 2 years she faithfully took us to Forrest Lawn in Glendale, California. We put a dozen carnations on his grave each time. In 1955 she moved us to Northern California. Talking about him was just not something we did. She felt it was easier just not to talk about such a loss. By the time I got up nerve to ask her questions she had forgot where they met, when they got married, etc. How I wish it had not been a forbidden thing to ask questions or to just talk. I was so glad to hear you have made many videos and taken lots of pictures for your children. If you hadn't I would have written and encouraged you to do. I took my Mom to Forrest Lawn in August 1994, our last car trip. As we sat by the curb, she made no effort to get out like she always had in years past during my annual visits to California. She hung her head and just said "I never liked it here." So we left. She lived 3 days short of her 90th birthday, April 21, 1995.I was so glad I could hold her and comfort her during her last hours and tell her what a wonderful mother and dad she had been. Remind her I loved her. She knew I loved her and I knew she loved me because we never end a phone conversation or visit without telling each other. "I love you." She always said, "I love you more than you will ever know." This is what makes life worth it. I can only assume my father loved me. Thank you for sharing. Janice
May 13th, 2008 at 3:09 pm
I hope today you are able to see your kids play, hug your wife, and enjoy the spring. No matter what brick wall may be infront of you today, it is nice to know that you will always have them with you. Thank you for your story, I live my life similar to you. I am an educator, a mother, a wife, a daughter, and a friend. Just a pleasure to have met you, and thank you for sharing your family with the world. The more people you met in the journy of life, the more you know about life:) Hope this finds you having a good day! Chrissy:)
May 13th, 2008 at 3:06 pm
Dear Randy, no books have ever made such an impact to so many people's life and inspired so many souls around the world, your book and your lecture made a history! What a wonderful life we will all have if everybody is pursuing their childhood dreams! Thank you and best wishes to you and your family!
May 13th, 2008 at 12:49 pm
I was given your book by a friend. I put it down several times because of feeling sad and then would pick it up to continue reading until I finished. I still feel sad wondering about your spiritual life and and where you believe you will spend eternal life. You deal with things in black and white and that is the case with our eternal life, be it heaven or hell. You briefly mentioned your faith but no indication that you have made a decision to spend eternal life in heaven. The Bible clearly states that we must accept Jesus Christ as our personal Savior, Ephesians 2:8 & 9, in order to spend eternity in heaven. That is the greatest gift that you can give yourself and your wife and children and then some day you will be reunited in heaven for eternity. That is exciting for me!! Eternity is forever and our life on earth is short compared to eternity. The book and videos are wonderful memories for your family for the short term but how much greater gift to yourself and family would be to accept Christ as your Savior and use that faith to strengthen you and then sustain your family in later years. We get through the tough times by believing God and the peace only He can give. Thanks for opening your life to others and myself and allowing us to comment. We pray for you and that our comments will encourage you.
May 13th, 2008 at 11:49 am
I just finished your book. As a Father of a 23 year old girl and 14 year old boy I shutter at the possibility that I will be gone from their lives one day. But to leave your children at such a young age I can't begin to understand what is going on in your mind. Your wife as you stated in your book deserves so much credit to weather such a difficult and heart wrenching life experience. You have touched millions of lives with your last lecture and now the book,and done so in a positive way. Thank you and GOD Bless you and your family. Gratefully, Perry Bruno
May 13th, 2008 at 11:27 am
I was just turned onto The Last Lecture last night and was up until 2 am, reading as much as I could about you and your amazing contributions. I've ordered a copy of the book for my Dad for Father's Day. I can't think of a better way to honor his role in my life and to give him back some of the wisdom and advice he's given me over the years. Hopefully, I honor you as a father, as well. You're leaving an amazing legacy to your children.
May 13th, 2008 at 10:34 am
Randy I do not know how to put into words the ispiration you have given me. I watched your "Last Lecture" and as soon as the book was out I bought 4 copies. One for each of my daughters and one for an inspiring high school gradute in my neighborhood. I have recommended this book to a former employer of mine that promotes books for managerial skills to motivate associates. I sincerely wish you and your family the greatest adventures in the time that is remaining! It never hurts to ask....any chance of getting a signed copy for myself? Best of luck and my thoughts and prayers are with you. Valerie Hatten 10209 N. Wyandotte KC, Mo. 64155
May 13th, 2008 at 10:30 am
Hi Randy.. Hope this finds you feeling stronger.. Hope Jai had a nice mother's day. I am praying for you and your family daily and think of all of you often.. Thank you for coming in our lives and opening our eyes to what we should be doing and how we should treat one another and to live life to the fullest of our potential.. Randi
May 13th, 2008 at 9:11 am
Dear Randy, I watched the Diane Sawyer special about you and your amazing spirit. You have truly touched me and you have touched more people in ways you may not know. Your attitude toward life is so appreciative and uplifting, reminding me to appreciate what I have and how important one's perception of a situation is. I bought your book and I loved all the chapter subtitles. I say a prayer for you and your family at night. Thank you for your courage to share your life with us all. I hope you continue to "build nets" for your children and hope you won't need them as I hope you win the war against cancer.
May 13th, 2008 at 9:08 am
Dear Randy, I'm writing from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I've just finished reading your book and I am inspired by the outlook on LIFE you have shared with us!! Thanks very much and I hope for the best for you, Jai, Dylan, Logan and Chloe.. From: -Fun-loving Tigger in the making...
May 13th, 2008 at 8:58 am
Dear Randy and Jai, You both are such an inspiration. I have been so blessed to have watched several programs about you and am reading your book now. I wish it could go on forever. I know your children will cherish it. My Mom died from pancreatic cancer and my husband has gone through chemo for Hodgkins so to listen to your words touch me deeply. Thank you so much for sharing your life and wisdom with us. I am praying for you and your family.
May 13th, 2008 at 8:04 am
Hey Randy, Professor, all round Incredible guy! Keep on keeping on DESPITE..... You write about "bringing to the table ..." I send you LOVE coz that is the greatest strength - the only meaning worth dwelling on... Without love ... there is nothing. LOVE comes in all forms and can be found in anything if only we choose..... I know that all who have learned of you cannot help themselves but love with every thought that your words, your example brings to their cognitive mind and heart, even if they're not fully aware of it. Thankyou for waking so many out of foggy sleep... Keep on keeping on! LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE WITHOUT LOVE THERE REALLY IS NOTHING OF WORTH I PRAY FOR A MIRACLE OF MIRACLES FOR YOU -
May 13th, 2008 at 7:55 am
Randy, You are truly amazing. Your courage and strength is beyond belief. I am having my own health issues, however, since reading your book, I have a much better outlook. I keep reminding myself that, "We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand." That statement means more to me than you could possibly imagine. Thank you for being such an inspiration to those of us who are dealing with an illness. God bless you and your family. Tina
May 12th, 2008 at 10:36 pm
You are an amazing man and have inspired so many people. Your family will be strong because of you. God bless you. Thank you for making me laugh and cry with your wonderful life. I hope to share this with my grown children in the hopes that your strength will inspire them.
May 12th, 2008 at 10:21 pm
Dear Randy, My heart goes out to you and your family; I lost my dad 7 years ago to asbestos cancer. I too am writing a book titled, Life, A Transformation, A Father & A Son. I am grateful that my dad lived for 67 years. Your lecture is truly inspiring in that you chose to take a difficult situation and I believe your faith sustains you. It will be especially difficult when you have to tell your children but they will have your lecture and your book and many letters to inspire them. I have used my writing as you have used this lecture to deal with my grief over the loss of my dad. I know that eventually I will see him again. I hope that your faith gives you and your wife the same hope regarding your children. Thanks for sharing your lessons for living. It also will help me share mine from my dad as I continue my labor of love in my dad's honor. I wish you a great rest of your life. Thank you for your gift. Sincerely, Bill Reeves, Writer Academic Vice-Principal San Quentin Prison
May 12th, 2008 at 8:45 pm
I just bought your book and I had a hard time putting it down before getting to the end of it. It's truly inspirational. Anyone who reads it should come away with the fact that none of us ever know what is in store for us and that we should definitely live life to the fullest. As a mother, I think what you are leaving to your kids is terrific. They will look at all that you are doing for them and know that they had a really good dad. Enjoy your kids and your wife and know how important you have been in all of their lives.
May 12th, 2008 at 8:42 pm
Randy and Family, WOW, I can't begin to explain the impact of this book and how you explained it all. I am from Pittsburgh and watched all the stories about you from the start and I read the book on Mothers Day flying into Pittsburgh from my youngest son's college graduation at ASU. I thought about you Jai and the children as we drove home and continue now. I did not want the book to end. I already told my children that you and I think alike, especially about the thank you notes, being a tigger, the brick walls, and always telling the truth. I am proud to say that I guided them on these important life lessons and when they read your book -they will understand it all. I hope and pray that you can beat this and in my heart of hearts if anyone can you can. Renee DeMichiei Farrow (Tigger) Now I finally know who I am because of you.
Renee DeMichiei Farrow
May 12th, 2008 at 8:27 pm
Randy, I just want you to know that I pray for you and your family daily. I absolutely love your book, I can not seem to put this book down. You and your book has been such an inspiration to me. I have some health problems, not as serious as yours, that I am trying to deal. I am learning that I can only play the cards that was dealt me, one problem that I have caused myself (COPD) and a few others that I have no control over (a genetic mutation which causes me to throw blood clots, and Crohn's Disease). You are teaching me how to be a better parent, friend and co-worker, and for that I will be eternally grateful. Just know that many people are praying for you. You said on Oprah that you want to live until fathers day, I however am praying you make it until the end of football season. You have to stay here to cheer on the greatest team in the world. I think of you when I wear my Steeler jerseys (I live in Cleveland). Please hang in there and Go Steelers! Kim
May 12th, 2008 at 8:16 pm
Dear Randy, Jai, Dylan, Logan & Chloe: I just received the best Mother's Day gift yesterday (May 11,2008) in all of the Mother's Day gifts I have received in all of the years (40plus years) of being a mother. I received a copy of your book and I just finished reading your book. I feel a wonderful closeness to your entire family. What a wonderful legacy you have left for your wife and children. I have been a cancer survivor of 2 different cancers. Five years ago, I was diagnosed with colon cancer. It was discovered thru a colonoscopy. I had 18 inches of my colon removed plus I had a hysterectomy at the same time. I was not diagnosed with female cancer, but I had started having some problems, so my doctor decided to have my gynecologist do a hysterectomy at the same time. Because the cancer was diagnosed by a colonoscopy, all the doctor had to do was remove 18 inches of the colon. It had not gotten into the layers around the colon and had not spread to any other areas. I did not have to have any followup treatment. Then,in March, 2007, I was diagnosed with breast cancer in my right breast. It was discovered during a rountine mammogram. I opted to have both breasts removed and reconstructive surgery done at the same time. Once again, God was with me. I became a breast cancer survivor on May 9, 2007. The cancer did not get into my lymph nodes nor did it spread anywhere else. Once again, I did not have to have any followup treatment. I am on the cancer pill - Armidex - for 5 years. I am 65 years old and I am so thankful and blessed that my life has been spared thru two cancers. My mother had female cancer in the late 1940's, and she lived until 1985. As you can imagine, the treatment for cancer at that time was very limited. She always said that there were 3 things that helped her survive thru her cancer. She listened to the doctor, had a positive attitude and had a strong faith in God. I had no idea how important those words would become to me once she was gone. You see, I was blessed to have wonderful parents like you had. I also have a wonderful husband who has been a great source of strength to me and has been an outstanding stepfather and step grandfather to my 3 daughters, and to my 3 grandsons and 1 granddaughter. I continue to thank God for the blessings he has given me. I pray that God will give you and your family the strength you will need through the rest of your time. May God bless you and take care of you and your family.
May 12th, 2008 at 7:43 pm
Dr. Pausch, I just finished reading your book and I have so much to thank you for. One thing that I would like to say is that I lost my dad to cancer when I was 21 years old, and like Chloe, I am the youngest and the only girl. Some of my greatest memories are the stories I hear from my mom about my dad crying so much at the nursery window when I was born that he would fog the windows and the nurses would tell my mom 'Mrs. Cronin your husband is here again." Although Chloe is what you think is too young for her to remember you, it is the simple father/daughter stories that are going to keep your memory alive. It wasn't the family vacations that we went on that I cherish, its the countless memories I have of my dad. You are a truly amazing man and I commend you for your bravery. I would lend my book to others but I have highlighted and made notes throughout the book so I would suggest purchasing the book to others. Cori
May 12th, 2008 at 7:38 pm
Prof. Pausch, You are a brilliant wonder who has graced this planet...who so selflessly published very personal stories and memories... and to this I say Thank You! As a daughter, I understand the bond that I shared with my father - and it is so very true - "Daddy's Little Girl." I lost my father to colon cancer five days after I turned 16, so yes I was extremely blessed to have him all the years I did and I so cherish my memories. And of this, I offer that my Daddy gave me a gold locket our last Christmas together with a blue stone on it (which was his favorite color). I cherish it and it has been 13 years since his passing and I still hold onto it dearly as well as speak to him often, hearing his words of wisdom being whispered in my ears. (I share this as maybe you can give your daughter something she can hold and cherish forever in memory of her Daddy, as you will Always be a part of her!) Your beautiful wife will be able to share the most extraordinary stories with your children, and your children will give your wife that sense that you will always be around, as together you created angels who now bless the Earth. May all of the days ahead be filled with peace, love, laughter... and the best and most wonderful memories made! Thank you for sharing your beautiful and personal story. You and your family are all in my thoughts and prayers. And again, thank you for being a voice, being so selfless, and being who you are... a walking Angel and an Inspiration!
May 12th, 2008 at 7:19 pm
Hi Randy: I am going to purchase serval copies of your wonder book for my patience in ER. I can only wish to tell you what a difference it will make in their lives. I can never thank you enough for you inspiration and love of life that will lift their souls. I know that the heavens are watching over you and your wonderful family. You my friend, have done more for humanity than you can ever hope for. I pray for you, your wife and your children every single night. You have angels with you. Please stay safe and know that you are loved. Cara
May 12th, 2008 at 5:36 pm
Randy, I can't thank you enough for your inspirational words in your book! I bought it yesterday (a mother's day present to myself) and finished it last night. I laughed, I cried and I reflected on my own life. I believe we're all on this earth for a reason and many people never really know their purpose, but you found yours! Your cancer is completely unfortunate for you, your family, your students & colleagues, but also for the entire world. We have all been lucky enough to "meet" you through your lecture and writings. Your purpose on this earth was to teach all of us about LIVING, not DYING. I cannot thank you enough for that! I am so sad that your wife, whom you obviously love very much, and your kids will have to stay on this earth without you, but you have given them the best gift you possibly could for them to remember you by. My thoughts are with you and your family and I am glad to have gotten the chance to know a tiny bit of you. Best wishes to your family during the difficult times that lie ahead. Thanks again! You are truly an amazing man! Deb
May 12th, 2008 at 3:46 pm
Prof. Pausch, It seems so formal of a title to use on someone I feel I know so well. Someone sent me a link to your lecture a few weeks ago and I can't seem to stop watching it; the time was perfect, for me anyway. I was recently diagnosed with a chronic, incurable disease and though it doesn't have the immediacy of death like your cancer does your lecture has helped me to accept, "my cards" and continue living. I hope that Hyperion continues this site in perpetuity so when your kids are older they can see the impact their amazing father had on this world, both while he was here and after he was gone. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Jai and the kids.
May 12th, 2008 at 3:14 pm
Dear Dr. Pausch, Thank you very much for sharing your wisdom with us. Your lecture and your book is so wise, so humorous and so readable. Learning from you made me so happy--and so sad. I've been inspired and changed. I'm glad that I read your book when I'm 35, so that I still have enough time to change my way of thinking, to be a better parent, a better spouse, and a better employee. I have so much respect for you and your family. Many many thanks, and my best wishes to you, to Jai, Dylan, Logan and Chloe.
May 12th, 2008 at 1:40 pm
I saw you on the Oprah show last week. I wanted to thank you for the inspiration you gave me that day. It has been a hard year for our family as my dad was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last May. He is currently seeking help from the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Texas. We are planning on having a benefit for him in August to help cover the costs of his medical expenses. Would it be possible to request a signed copy of your book to use at our silent auction? I greatly appreciate your time and consideration. You can see additional details about the benefit and my dads condition letters at the benefit website: www.tonytocco.net Best Regards, Toni N Tocco
May 12th, 2008 at 1:11 pm
Dear Randy, Thank you for sharing your last lecture and your legacy with us all. This is truly inspiring. You are a true inspiration yourself to those who have pancreatic cancer too. You see, I know this, because I lost both of my parents to this terrible disease. I lost my father in 1995, and my mother in 2001, except when this horrible disease reared it's ugly head they battled it for only 31 days. I only wish they could have seen you, and they way you keep your positive outlook. My mother would have appreciated that. I know I do. After reading your book, and watching your video, you have made me look at things alot differently, so thank you. Everyone has a purpose here on earth. I believe you now know what yours is. Thank you again for sharing and helping others. God Bless you and your family.
May 12th, 2008 at 12:42 pm
Dear Randy and Jai i like the stuff that u sayed, and that book that u wrote. it is the book you wrote. the stuff you sayed in your book randy. it helped my friend from not going suicide. i told his on the computer about the stuff you sayed to people. it realy helped him reading your book and i think it could help other people too.
Jowey / Sara
May 12th, 2008 at 12:11 pm
Dear Dr. Pausch, I am so glad that the hot air balloon landed safely, and that its operator told the truth about the champagne! Who knew then that you were destined to become the greatest pancreatic cancer penguin of all time! Your family’s nightmare has been transformed into a sad, but wonderful dream. Now, “I don’t believe in the no-win situation.” I wish I could hand write this letter in colorful Crayola crayons, and then deliver it to you in hand, with a big smile, for it is really just a giant thank you note. At the end of your lecture, Jai said “Please don’t die.” I feel exactly the same way- like the loss will be too tremendous, but fortunately, it will never really completely materialize. Your thoughts and ideas, inspired by a combination of love, tolerance, tragedy, and logic will soar across the world, over brick walls, and through the infinite barriers of time. They’ll fall asleep with us at night, and then rise to a brighter day. Thank you for sharing your unforgettable story P.S. - Peace, love, and hope to you, your family, friends, and students. I am truly sorry that your children will grow up without you.
May 12th, 2008 at 11:31 am
Randy: You quote a woman in your book: "When a parent dies at such an early age, some children think that other normal life cycle events may not happen for them either". My mother died from liver cancer when I was 6. She lived a full life of volunteering, home building and parenting. She shaped my career: I spent two years in the Peace Corps and have built a number of residential developments. Yet as a 40 year old, I've never married and have never really known why: Thanks for the Head Fake!
May 12th, 2008 at 11:28 am
I can say that this has really influenced me. I know I may be only 17 but this lecture has taught me that I should live my life to the fullest no matter what. I think that many people are influenced by the words that Randy speaks. I wish nothing but the best for Randy and his family. He has truly made a difference in my life....
May 12th, 2008 at 10:41 am
I'm a 37 year old wife and mother of four year old twins, a boy and girl named Cameron and Shelby. I feel fortunate to have heard about your lecture and situation, and received your book via Amazon.com last week, just in time to take with me on a family camping trip. Ever since I was struck by a strange, yet-to-be-determined virus that injured my heart a few weeks ago, getting the most out of life and creating happy memories amidst a busy life has been my priority. As many have said, your approach to dealing with this horrible situation is inspiring, and reading your story puts everything into proper perspective. When you become a parent and part of your own family, everything changes. And so when you distilled the essence of what was hurting you about dying -- not being there for your family; and your childrens' memories probably being vague about you, it really hit home. The longer you live, the more chance you have to create those memories, which is really all we have when all else is lost. Thank you for reinforcing that for me; also, the idea of recording specific, concrete things you love about your family is a huge gift you are giving, as is the life you continue to lead. God bless you and keep you and help you continuing living as long as you can. I can't thank you enough or properly express my admiration for your courage, and my heartfelt feelings of compassion for your family. I wish the Paushc's every happiness to be found in this time on earth and beyond.
May 12th, 2008 at 10:34 am
Dear Dr.Pausch, My daughter Dana, called me from school after she had watched the Last Lecture in one of her college classes. It not only touched her, but me as well. I was thrilled to hear about the book..and to my surprise, Dana gave me the book for Mother's Day! I finished it today, and I am happy to say...I taught my girls the importance of "Thank you" notes, handwritten. Now, I hope they will get it when they hear it from you when they read the book or listen to your Time Management lecture. I told them, if someone took the time to give you a gift, or did something for you, or you learned something from someone that meant something to you..send them a note, make the time, it will be appreciated. What has impressed me the most..is how I have let myself become too overwhelmed by life and procrasinated some things that need to be addressed, and I need to live my life more fully and as if I don't have much left. The world would definately be a better place if we all did. Your book and DVD will now be a regular gift for graduations. I cannot think of a better way to pass on the information to the younger generation. God has definately used you to inspire many! God Bless you and your family and may you have many good days to be with your family.
May 12th, 2008 at 9:44 am
Dear Randy and Jai! I was in the bookstore on Saturday looking at your book and a nice lady came up and we started talking about what a wonderful gift you are leaving the world. When my Mother passed in 2000, I was devastated and felt like I was no longer anyone's daughter. But a very kind and wise man told me that it's just my mother's body that's gone but that her spirit would always be with me - that she was all around me! He told me that sometimes when I think about a conversation that we'd had, it's my mother talking to me. Once he told me that - - - I was able to move forward in my grief. It's almost eight years later, but I am still grateful for those words and the comfort that bought. I am just 1/2 way through the book but I wanted you to know that because of you and your encouragement, I will strive to live a better life and be a better human being! May God bless you and your family Randy - and please know that they will always be alright because of all of the good Karma you've left for them. Sincerely yours, Connie Payton
May 12th, 2008 at 9:10 am
After reading the book, I feel like I know you. You have left a legacy for your children. I beleive your mission is accomplished! Sincerely, Amy Ingram
May 12th, 2008 at 8:28 am
Dear Randy, My husband and I just gave a copy of your book to our daughter for her college graduation this weekend. She had overcome many brick walls and "realized" one of her childhood dream of becoming a Doctor of Physical Therapy. We hope that she finds great insight in your story from one Doctor to another. I keep in touch through your updates and I pray every day for your recovery. You are truly a very special person. Tracy Roberts
May 12th, 2008 at 7:27 am
DearRandy, I have just finished your very inspiring book; it is truly amazing--what an inspiration you are. I will pray for a miracle for you. God works in surprising ways. Sincerely Ev Hoffman P.S. My husband graduated from CM in 1957.
May 12th, 2008 at 2:05 am
Dear Randy and Jai, Thank you for sharing your story. I am located in Germany and have friends all over the world - everywhere people are reading and watching and being changed. Not only have you created a link for your children, you are inspiring people all over the world. Thank you. Nicole
May 12th, 2008 at 1:31 am
Dr. Pausch, I received your book as a college graduation present. You have inspired me by sharing your life's lessons. Thank you for sharing your lovely family with the rest of us. Hard work, kindness, and humility is the key to success. As I step into the "real world" I will always remember you advice about teamwork and hand written thank you notes. I will be participating in Teach For America in Mississippi Delta. I will be teaching high school biology. My goal is to empower young adults to enter higher education and make the most out of the privileged lives they have in this country. You are an ultimate example of an American Dream. Thank you for your strength and wisdom. Umair Iqbal
May 11th, 2008 at 11:42 pm
Dr. Pausch, I just finished your book today. You and your family are incredibly inspiring, I hope the rest of your life has been the best that it possibly could be. When your gone a little piece of me will go with you too. p.s. Happy Mother's Day, Jai.
May 11th, 2008 at 10:24 pm
Dear Professor Pausch, Thank you so much for lighting up my world and my dream. Sincerely yours, Pat
May 11th, 2008 at 9:00 pm
Dear Randy and Jai - I just fininsed your book five minutes ago. I'm having an angioplasty tomorrow and after reading your book, I have no complaints. God bless you Randy and Jai, your family is such an inspiration. Patti
May 11th, 2008 at 8:47 pm
Mr. Pausch, Thank you for sharing your life with the world. You have not only left a legacy for your children, but you are an inspiration to everyone you come in touch with. Thank you for sharing your advice and your dreams with us. I hope that I can be half the parent you are. I am blessed to have had my life touched by you. Your family is in my prayers and thoughts daily.
May 11th, 2008 at 8:38 pm
To the Pausch family, It is Mother's Day and I have just purchased and finished reading your book. This is something that I wanted to do ever since hearing of your story. I can tell you that I could identify with many ideas and thoughts on the pages. You brought back a lot of simple pleasures and memories of my childhood. Today, I am missing my mother greatly. She was one of the dynamic duo I greatfully call my parents. She unfortunately lived the last ten years of her life with Alzheimer's. Over most of those years she did not remember her eight children, grandchildren or husband(our father). She did not even know herself. But somehow, God gave me the gift of being the only one with her when she was called to her new life. I wanted to share this, because it was such a powerful and enlightening moment. Seconds before she took her last earthly breath, she pointed up in the room from her bed and said with a smile "There's Dick", the name of her long deceased brother. I was shocked to witness that my mother who could no longer communicate had at the last moment become whole, and was with her brother to lead her to her new life. It was assurance for me that we are being prepared for a new life. And I now know that we are never left by those who pass through to this new consciousness. They are forever with us and waiting to guide us through this life and the next. I know your family will know through your life's work that you will always be with them, because in reality you would never have left. JUST IMAGINE!!! Sue
May 11th, 2008 at 6:26 pm
Professor Pausch- I dont know if you have had this experience before, but I did not want to finish your book. I had to take a break every chapter to digest it all. I really didn't want to finish your book because I felt like I would miss you. I have just finished the book and I miss you already. Your book made me feel like a very lucky lady, I got to spend some time with you. You were writing about how important it was that kids who have lost a parent know how much they were loved. You have accomplished that and given them the honor of saying they are a part of such greatness and a result of true love. I know that giving you my pancreas wouldnt help, so I give you a virtual hug. You have changed my life and that of my kiids and my family. They are staying up late, dont have to eat their veggies, encouraged to make a mess and going to paint their rooms. Thank you Professor Pausch for a life well lived.
May 11th, 2008 at 6:10 pm
Hi Randy: I don't know where to begin but I feel I have acquired a guardian Angel. First, I want to tell Jai, I feel your pain and agony to the deepest when you whispered in Randy's ear "Please don't die." I have experienced almost losing my son on his 17 birthday as he was hit by a car and was not supposed to survive and has become a TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury). I know the level that you and Randy are experiencing as it is unexplainable to humans that are not experiencing such trauma. Randy, the you have shaken the world with your wit, charm and charisma and strength. You have not only touched or will touch your children forever as they grow but to millions and billions or people with big hearts. You are a role model to the world and boy are your beautiful children lucky!!!! They are in good hands through your love and their lovely mother and family. I pray for you everyday and truly wish a miracle can happen to reverse your medical condition and keep you on this earth as I prayed to give my son another chance and guess what he, God, listened! You have the love of the world and I know that is a big comfort to you and your family. Your Book is the best I have yet read and will always keep it by my bedside to guide me for the rest of my life. God Bless you Randy!!!!!!!!!!!! Much love, Ani
May 11th, 2008 at 5:29 pm
Randy I just finished your book and I wanted you to know how much I received from your thoughts; even a 64 year old can learn some new things. I am sharing the book with my son who is smart,computer savy and a fun guy but who has not found a direction for his life. I think your book may open his mind. I am also going to purchase 10 copies to share with colleagues at a city where I do some consulting. We are working on ways of improving our customer service and interdepartmental collaboration and again I think your book will help to open our minds to new ideas. God bless you and your wonderful family. Thank you for being YOU and sharing yourself with the world. Don Powell Santa Ana, Calif
May 11th, 2008 at 4:22 pm
Thanks for writing your wonderful thoughts on life. It will change me with dealing with my daughter in a more positive way-Many thinks!!!! Carlin
May 11th, 2008 at 3:55 pm
Randy and family, Hi, my name is Katelyn and I am 13 years old.I just finished reading your book and it was really amazing to me that even though you are all suffering so much that you can keep such a positive outlook on your life. You really inspired me to never let any "brick walls" get in my way. After I finished reading (and crying) I felt so changed by what I had read. You really gave me back my positive attitude. I think it was a wise decision to present your last lecture because without it, I know many wouldn't have gained such a new outlook on their lives. Thank you so much for your help. I wish you the best and I thank you with all of my heart. Keep holding on, Randy. And don't take a single second for granted. Yours Truly, Katelyn
May 11th, 2008 at 3:28 pm
Thank you so much for sharing your life story. What an inspiration! I am sharing your story with as many as I can and taking to heart the ideas you shared. I have a 27yr old son diagnosed as a diabetic at age 6. I think he still thinks he is invincible, however, we are constantly reminded of the consequences of not taking care of our bodies,while attempting to live a normal life. My 57 yr old husband just had triple bypass and aortic valve replacement. We are thankful for finding the problems before he suffered a heart attack. He has made some drastic changes in his lifestyle to say the least. I have worked in a cancer clinic for the past 27 years and probably have seen or been a part of almost every emotion or situation that you have shared. Even though I work on the financial side, I talk and share with patients everyday. I love your passion for living life and also for finding a cure. I want to thank you again for sharing, I have grandchildren as well as our two children to impart life lessons to and pray there is time to accomplish the task at hand. Will keep you and your family in our prayers. Shirley Spier Burleson.TX
May 11th, 2008 at 3:07 pm
Wow! What a great Mother's Day present I got today...your book. I can't seem to put it down. I have watched your lecture online, and seen all the TV interviews. I am amazed by you. It is a true gift~what you have taught the world. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your brave family. God Bless you!! Ashley Marble~Raleigh, NC 36 year old mother of a 6 year old &, 6 year cancer survivor
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May 11th, 2008 at 1:00 pm
After reading your book and watching your lecture, though I do not know you, I know that your children are trully loved. If a stranger knows this your children will know it throughout their lives. I am persuing a childhood dream. I am applying to graduate school. Actually, the application process is done I'm just waiting to hear and have been told I will recieve a phone call by the end of next week. Your book has reminded me that it is okay if I don't get in. If that is the case, its just another brick wall I need to get around. Therefore I thank you.
May 11th, 2008 at 12:51 pm
Hi, Randy, I am reading your book and haven't yet read finished it or read thru this website. I plan to give your book to my 2 stepsons on Mother's Day, today. I am wondering if you have changed what you eat as a way to treat your cancer?Maybe something like the Hallelujah Diet. An alkaline diet? Others have claimed to have success with this. Many blessings to you and your family.
May 11th, 2008 at 12:23 pm
Randy I just finished reading your book, it was just beautiful. I pray that a miracle will happen and you do survive this ordeal. How you are handling everything, the cancer, your wife and the kids is a gift from God.I know that you have touched so many people and hopefully have changed their lives for the better. I especially like the line about we are all dealt a deck of cards, but its important how we play the hand. I am praying for you. Thank you again for all you have done. Eileen
May 11th, 2008 at 10:33 am
Thank You Randy! You are truly a living legend!!!
May 11th, 2008 at 10:16 am
Randy, Hi im 12 years old and i read your book and it really is an amazing life you have lived, and it seems you have lived it to the fullest. Your book touched me because my grandparents both have died from cancer two years apart. Even though it wasn't pancretic cancer they both sorta suffered and I know that it will be hard for your children and your wife and whole family and even me to know that you wont be here to see what Disney Imagineers will create in the future! When i was reading your book I even brought it to school and I would read and read because i just couldn't seem to put it down!I would read during recess and lunch recess and even if we had free time after a test. My friends would say whose this guy and I never heard of him and all I said was "he is only the greatest guy ever!" (besides my Mom and Dad) Oh and tell Jai Happy Mothers Day. I would not be able to speak in front of crowds and spill my life story In a book like you.You are such an inspiration. Your messege can be understood by people my age and even the oldest person in the world! However old that is. I loved your tips about the phone and the telemarketers because they call my house when my parents aren't home and they just keep calling. So i picked up the phone and while i was speaking...I hung up! They didn't call agian. I would faint if i met you or even talked to you over the phone(if I could even get my words out). Well as i wandered off from thr beggining of my comment i just think you are the best and your family is lucky that they have someone like you. You shold just go out on top of, I don't know, the statue of liberty and then scream and say IM ON TOP OF THE WORLD. And after that go home and tell everyone in your family you love them,but do it quick because your throat will hurt for the next couple of days. And to end my forever going story, Thanks. For writing that book and making me realize whats inportant in life. You rock Love, Nicole C.
May 11th, 2008 at 9:47 am
There are no words to express how truly amazing Randy and Jai are. I know Randy didn't do all this for the attention but for his children. To put all of your experiences and emotions out there for everyone to see is inspiring. It gives hope and strength to all the people who are dealing with similar things. God bless you and your family.
May 11th, 2008 at 2:47 am
Prof. Pausch - Just wanted to drop a line and let you know how great I thought your book was. It has allowed me to reevaluate my life's direction and I've also begun to appreciate and enjoy every moment that I have with my family, friends, and people close to me. All the best.
May 11th, 2008 at 2:46 am
Once I started reading The Last Lecture, I could not stop reading it. I have never read anything before that has opened my eyes to what truly matters in life. I am so thankful to Randy for opening up his life lessons for all to see. He is a true role model for us all. Thank you Randy!!! I am thinking of you and your family every day. I wish you the best!!
May 11th, 2008 at 1:38 am
Hi Randy, I feel so lucky to get to know (through your website and your book) a person like you. I pray with all my heart for strength and miraculous recovery. Happy Mother's Day Jai. Warmly, Voula
May 10th, 2008 at 8:55 pm
I have a neuro-muscular disorder that paralyzed me for a year. When I finally responded to treatments, I was in a wheelchair for two years which the doctor said would be permanent. Determined to prove him wrong, I ended up walking again. I got through the paralysis because I concentrated on being six years old again even though I was 44. Nobody understood why I had to be six again but I think Randy understands. Thank you, Randy. Ronnie
May 10th, 2008 at 8:16 pm
Dear Mr. Pausch, I started reading your book and finished it within 24 hours. Your humor and courage at this point in your life makes me feel astonished and very selfish. Thank you for giving me a telescope in which I can view life in a whole different way. At 16, I can take your advice and carry it through my entire life. Being a negative person most of the time has not always given me the best benefits. I chuckled and cried and thoroughly enjoyed your book. God bless you, your wife, and your kids. You will forever be in my prayers and on mind. -Meg G.
May 10th, 2008 at 8:15 pm
Hi Randy Thank you for sharing your brilliant and realistic ideology on the virtues of life with the rest of us. I wish you the best…thank you again
May 10th, 2008 at 7:42 pm
I just finished reading your book after stretching it out over the past month since it came out. I read most lines numerous times and held onto the book,not wanting it to end. Obviously symbolic of not wanting a life to end; a life that has made such a tremendous impact on people, on the world. You've taught us how to live with meaning and joy. There's no better gift than that. You're leaving this world knowing you've fulfilled your purpose, despite the relatively short time you've had. How fortunate you are to have accomplished that and to have left such an indelible mark on so many people. Once we all have to die, it's a great way to go - having and knowing first hand the effect you've had on others. And as you say in the book, you are "lucky" that once you must die now, that you have this opportunity to plan and create closure. A gift of life within a death sentence. I just pray your last weeks are painless and that you pass on to the next world in peace of body. Your mind and soul seem to be at peace with the reality of the way you've lived your life and the fact that your death is imminent. You have the honor of seeing the difference and impact your life has made. You've become a teacher and mentor to all. Thank you.
May 10th, 2008 at 6:27 pm
F ive years ago, my mum, who was my best friend was diagnosed with breast cancer. A year later I found out that my dad was having an affair with his secretary, he left and moved in with her. Then mum was re-diagnosed with a more serious type of cancer. It had spread... But mum was always a fighter, she had so many friends and the most positive outlook on life, "everything happens for a reason" type thing. Then dad announced he was getting engaged and mum gradually got worse, then he took a job in dubai and moved away, which made mum kind of ok for a while. Then out of nowhere she took a turn for the worst, and I spent days and nights beside her in hospital, watching her "deteriorate" and basically, watching her die. It was the most horrible experience of my life, I couldn't bear to watch her die, she was my best friend, and she never saw it coming, and she was on so many pain killers that she didn't know what was going on. Everyone around her was crying and I tried my best toe strong for her incase she could hear me, and also for my younger sister, who I'm now taking care of. She passed away peacefully with myself and my sister holding her hand on 18th April 2008, and I still can't get those images of her on her deathbed out of my head, I cant sleep and I'm constantly depressed. I feel like I now have to take on the role of the mother with my younger sister as my dad isn't moving home. Any advice would be really really appreciated :(
May 10th, 2008 at 6:14 pm
Randy, I was truly inspired by your last lecture and now I own the book. My husband has been going through alot of medical stuff and your book has helped me get through. Hang in there and know that I will now find my tiggerness too! Many thanks.
May 10th, 2008 at 3:24 pm
Dear Randy, thank you so much for writing your book at this difficult time in your life. I know you wrote it for your family, but wanted you to know the millions of other peoples' lives you have profoundly touched as a result of you sharing your life with people like myself that never had the privilege of knowing you personally. My prayers are with you. I saw you on Opray this week and know that you have been through some difficult time this year. My prayers are with you and your family.
May 10th, 2008 at 2:36 pm
I just finished reading "The Last Lecture" and can't help but think that I truly wish I had been a student in your class or at the very least read this book many years ago, when I was so impressionable. My children are grown up and I now have small grandchildren. I will make sure that they watch "Your Last Lecture" and also read your book. The wisdom you are passing along is remarkable. I also am leaving letters to each of my children and grandchildren. I started them a few years ago and I just keep adding pages on all the time telling them how much I enjoyed the things they have done and how proud I am of them. This is quite like what you are doing for your children and believe me, they will cherish everything you leave for them. I wish a miracle for you and if that does not happen, I pray that you will keep doing the things you are doing right up to the end. Children should not fear death and you are certainly showing them that you do not fear death, although you could certainly do without it! Randy, I just want you to know that I truly admire your and Jai's strength and the fact that you have shared this strength with the world. God bless you. Linda Hall
May 10th, 2008 at 1:18 pm
I have depression. I hide it from all but my closest family and a handful of friends. It is a truly cruel illness. Your life is there to be lived but you can't live it. You have given not only your children but countless people a wonderful gift by sharing your experiences. Thank you.
May 10th, 2008 at 12:13 pm
I woke up yesterday at 5AM (not my normal time) because of a sneezing attack and began to read the book. I did have to go to that work that morning at 8:30AM. I had originally watched a snippet of the the last lecture in a training class in Florida two months ago. So when I found the book, I was thrilled. Needless to say I was late to work (who cares) and I am glad I woke up when I did. It was as if God was saying, "you have a very important message waiting for you." Since I have read this book, I have had an epithany. I have decided that all things I thought were important: making money, being everything for everybody all the time, trying to please people at the sake of my own emotional wellbeing has gone out the window. I have learned to no longer silence who I am, at the sake of not being "loved" or "liked" for some superficial reason. I now understand at the age of 40 that this is just hogwash and what a waste of time this all has been. I suffer from Lupus and have been banging my head against the wall for 15 years and counting. Now I am seriously considering writing my own book which I have been wanting to do for a very long time, possibly starting my own business and taking risks that I certainly would have not considered before. I have decided to not to spend time worrying about what people may think of me, and hiding me. The actual me. Randy, your book has become a catalyst for me personally and I want to sincerely thank you for putting life into perspective not only for me, but for all of us who have seen the lecture or read the book. You are an inspiration and thank you again.
May 10th, 2008 at 12:11 pm
Dear Randy and Jai, I can not express my gratitude for your willingness to share your story and wisdom with the rest of the world. The legacy you wanted to leave your children is literally changing the world one person at a time. It is impossible to read the book or watch the lecture without becoming a better person by example. Thank you so much and I pray that the rest of your journey on earth will be as pain free as possible. God bless you and all your loved ones. Cheryl Schroeder
May 10th, 2008 at 9:36 am
Hi Randy, I just finished reading your book and though it's hard to type through my tears I want to thank you for reminding me of what's really important! And I want to find my Tiggerness that I had as a kid. Also, I couldn't help but think how damn lucky all your students are! Jeri
May 10th, 2008 at 9:19 am
Randy, I check for your updates daily and pray each day for your recovery. I know this can be done as I live in Austin, TX and watched Lance Armstrong beat this thing and you can too. Stay "Strong" and we will all keep praying for you. I wish Jai a wonderful Mothers Day. Linda Austin, TX
May 10th, 2008 at 8:41 am
Thanks for the update and I am praying for your strength to return cery soon so you are able to complete the treatment needed. I think of you and your family daily and even in my sleep . I believe a miracle would be appropriate at this time.. No one deserves it more.. I wish Jai a wonderful mother's day and will pray for that along with the daily prayers for you and your family.. GOD BLESS.. Randi
May 10th, 2008 at 8:15 am
It has been awhile since an update has been posted on your daily update page. We know that you are not feeling well but are very concerned about you. Would it be possible to have a friend or relative update your page for you? We wish you the best and pray you are feeling up to writing soon.
May 10th, 2008 at 7:09 am
I can't find the right words to express my feelings. This book is awesome and I'm passing it along to friends and co-workers.If there were more people like Randy,this world would be a better place. PEACE
May 10th, 2008 at 6:31 am
Randy: You have made a difference in so many lives, you have touched so many people. You have given so many so much! May you and your family be granted good health, happiness, love, peace, strength and success. Keep fighting!!! Sharon
May 10th, 2008 at 4:31 am
I saw your book 2 weeks ago at the Sydney Airport when my dad was going back home after a short trip to Australia to visit me that currently study here.I looked at the title and seemed interesting,I looked up in the net few days after to see what the book is about and I found the video.I wasn't planning to watch it untul the end but I couldn't stop.Every single word was like a gift,something precious that we all simply forget about life.I bought the book today,and strated reading it.It brings tears and smiles on my face,every single page is just incredibly touching.All the wisdom you sharing is priceless.And today is absolutely one of worst day of my life as I lost a friendship which changed my life during past couple of months.Im reading your book and I see you and your family what you're what you are going through and think to myself,I have to wait.As you said just keep waiting even If it takes years,just keep waiting.Randy I never had a chance to see you,to be a student being taught by you at the university but I learned the greatest life lessons by listening to you and your beautiful childhood story.So I guess I count as one of your student.You are in my prayer everyday.Thanx for sharing your amazing journey with us.
May 9th, 2008 at 11:59 pm
I saw your book in the bookstore last Friday night. I honestly did not want to read it fearing it would cause the tears to flow again. My husband passed away on April 17th and it was a lonely evening. Perhaps there was something about the cover that made me want to open and read it...I don't know. Right then and there, I sat down in the bookstore and read it cover to cover and felt comforted and strengthened by your words. Words that I wish my husband could have read - I can see him smiling now. Thank you for sharing the gift of your words. My deepest prayers to you and your family.
May 9th, 2008 at 9:49 pm
I'm writing from Newcastle Australia and wanted to say how wonderful your story is, on so many levels, and how wonderful you are! I've had breast cancer twice so wholly agree with your outlook on life. I sometimes wonder if God (or whoever you believe in) gives people cancer so they can become an inspiration to all they touch (not that getting cancer is a good thing of course) but when you have cancer it makes you realise the importance of everybody and everything in your life and life itself and it makes you want to share that with everyone you can. You have shared that in such a special way. I will be passing on your book to everyone I can and I am sending love and strength to you and your family for the months and years ahead. Linda xxxx
May 9th, 2008 at 8:17 pm
I've watched your lecture over and over and read your book. Randy...I have 2 little words for you - YOU ROCK!
May 9th, 2008 at 7:11 pm
Randy, You are one of God's messengers, one of His finest creations. When God calls you home, He will say "Well done Randy". How lucky I am to have seen and heard you. I have been blessed.
May 9th, 2008 at 6:56 pm
Thank you for allowing us into your private and personal battle with this deadly disease. Your legacy will continue on with your family and all the everyday peoples lives you have touched including mine I live in regional Australia and I intend to post a copy of your book to all my family and friends to ensure your story and wisdom is shared with them. I want them to have the chance to be as inspired and motivated by your story as I was. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your beauitul family.Thank you Jo
May 9th, 2008 at 6:42 pm
After just finishing The Last Lecture, I would just like to say thank you! No matter how you are dealing with your own life and death or that of another person close to you, it is very important to know you are not alone. This book brings home, heart, joy,and a sense of peace with one's life. Just, thank you! May God find it in his heart to give you more days with your wife and children than you have been given in the world of man.
Gael Gallant Owens
May 9th, 2008 at 6:09 pm
Dear Randy, I am an English major at Otterbein College and have just finished reading your book. Given that I spend most of my time reading and writing, it is a rare thing indeed to make me speechless, which is exactly what happened when I finished your book. I cannot begin to describe what an impact your book has made on me. Seneca, in his essay "On the Shortness of Life," writes that "life is long if you know how to use it." While your years may be cut short by your disease, you have lived a full life. You have been a student, friend, father, professor, husband, Imagineer, and role model. I wish the best for both you and yours. Just know that you have made a tremendous impact on countless others, myself included. Never give up, never lose hope, and never forget that you are still alive. Take care, you'll be in my thoughts.
May 9th, 2008 at 5:29 pm
Hello to you Randy. I was just given your book by a close friend. I was enthralled to say the very least. After reading it today, I feel compelled to tell you that as of right now I have acted more like an Eeyore than a Tigger. I have decided to change that and I will keep your words with me...thanks for imparting some of your wisdom on me and many others.
May 9th, 2008 at 4:45 pm
I lost my husband 2 years ago yesterday. Our son was 8 at the time. Our love has grown immensely since his passing...and we attribute this to the LOVE that his father, my husband showers us with everyday. The love never goes..it only strengthens. My husband's illness was brief...you are blessed to have the time to do what you are doing. Please hold on to this: your presence will always be felt by your children and wife. MY son and I are well..connected by LOVE
May 9th, 2008 at 4:28 pm
I am writing to say thank you. Your book is an inspiration to live in the moment and not sweat the small things. I am just about finished reading the book, but it will forever be a reference and reminder of how precious life can be and how important it is to enjoy life. My thoughts are with you and your family. Thank you for sharing your wisdom on lifes important lessons, it has made a difference in my life and hopefully others who will read your book.
May 9th, 2008 at 4:16 pm
on a really bad day, i came across the interview with Diane Sawyer and the next day, I got your book at the library. Now I know that no matter how bad life seems, there are people out there worse off than I am and my goal is to be a Tigger every day. I vow to love my three kids, husband and family like there is no tomorrow. I will pray for you daily and know that your message is helping lots of people out there just like me. God bless.
May 9th, 2008 at 3:36 pm
Thank you for sharing so much of yourself. I just finished reading the book, after watching the Last Lecture video a couple weeks ago. You really put life into perspective. My husband was 44 years old when he died in a car accident 8 years ago. I know he would have liked to have left the messages for our 3 children, as you are with yours. I've also watched your TimeManagement video, and found it very enlightening. I work for a college, so have forwarded the link to our Dean in hopes that it can be incorporated into our orientation program for all new students. Thank you again. You and your family are in my prayers every day.
May 9th, 2008 at 2:53 pm
Randy, Watched The Last Lecture on UTube. Read the articles in WSJ. I was on my way to SLC,UT and purchsed your book in the airport. The book is a keeper.So many valuable lessons packed into one pint size book. When I heard Dith Prawn was dying I said to my husband let's go pay him a visit in the hopital--I want to meet a hero. We forgot to go the the hospital. We missed meeting a hero in NJ. I will be in Va in early June meeting with my organization Operation Smile in Norfolk. How about we all stop in and see you or you stop in and see us. I am requesting that the staff read your book. You are in my thoughts and prayers. There are such things as miracles that science cannot justify...
May 9th, 2008 at 2:25 pm
Just like all the rest, I have finished reading your inspirational book. Thanks for bringing to my attention many happenings in my own life I have forgotten to remember! I personally know Jim Graham from PSU and go to football games with him. I hope you and he have connected through your book. If not I have his address and e-mail - he's retired and living with his wife Sue in Florida. Email me back if interested in contacting him.
May 9th, 2008 at 2:22 pm
I'm a girl who's writing from italy, from a city near Venice.. Sorry for my english, but i really wanted to write something in order to thank you.. I'm finishing now to read your book.. I really don't know how to explain what these lines, this story transmitted to me. I'm only 22 years old, but if i'll become a mother in the future, your book will be in my library as a teaching for my children. I'll never forget your words.. THANK YOU. Sincerely.
May 9th, 2008 at 2:01 pm
Randy, I thought you would appreciate this - I pre-ordered your book for my father who is currently battling pancreatic cancer. He received it, finished it and promptly lent it to his Oncologist :) Awareness of a disease is always helpful, you have put the face of a son, husband, father, brother and friend on something that was faceless. Thank you. Best of luck in all that lies ahead.
May 9th, 2008 at 1:53 pm
Just finished reading the book (watched the video too, WOW) Wouldn't it be wonderful if Randy, past students and others would build a virtual world for Jai and the children. Whenever they wanted, they could put on the "helmet" and visit with Dad, have a conversation, watch a movie with him or just hang out watching God's glory in the night sky.
May 9th, 2008 at 11:57 am
Hi,Randy.My name is A.J. Pearce. I am 37 year old, single dad of a seven yr. old. My mother, 56 yrs old was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreas on Jan 31, 2008.Her illness mirrors yours in so many ways. The wipple, etc.. Have you been offered genetic testing for the gene? It may help your children for the future.My Grandfather was dealt the same hand in 1991. I know what is happening with your family and my deepest sympathy goes to you guys.I have your book and I am incorporating your advice into my everyday life. I am still like eee ore, but growing into a tigger more everyday. A.J. Pearce Conneaut, OH
May 9th, 2008 at 11:42 am
I was so inspired by your story. You are going through so much, and yet you have a smile and sense of humor! You hold out faith/hope, and still face the day to day pain. My mother went through a battle w/ myeloma cancer, and we thought we lost her. She is in remission today. She had a bone marrow transfusion December 2007, and she is recovering nicely now. I will keep you, your children and all family members in my prayers!! Keep doing what you do. We entertain angels here on earth, and don't even know it. I think YOU are one of the angels:) GOD BLESS YOU! Tamiko
May 9th, 2008 at 10:23 am
I can never thank you enough you made me see things that my eyes were close to. You opened my heart to something that is deep inside each of us and I so want to thank you so very much for the root of my heart and Soul Thanks you and I keep you and your family in my prayers.
May 9th, 2008 at 10:13 am
Thank you. This is my thank you note. Chrissy
May 9th, 2008 at 9:53 am
I was deeply move by your story,and i want you to know that "Because we are rooted in Christ, we are stronger than Life's stroms." god bless you and your Family and Thank you for this wonderful lecture that i promise i will share with my family/ freinds.
May 9th, 2008 at 8:36 am
I would like to say Thank You for the wonderful advice, the shared memories, the laughs and tears that all came from your book. I found this to truly be an inspiration to read, so much so that I purchased my mother, my grandmother, my best friend, my daughter, and my sister-in-law all a copy of your book for Mother's Day. Jai really is a lucky woman, but I'm sure she doesn't need me to tell her this. I pray she will find comfort in her memories of you (Randy) once the time has past. Remember, the Lord is always with you, and wraps his arms around you whenever you need...
May 9th, 2008 at 8:07 am
Hi Randy, PLEASE type in Dr. Lou Niles on You Tube then watch the first video that comes up...Dr Lou Niles on Mona Vie. "To your health!" ps...thanks for the advice to your daughter, mine is growing up without a dad 'present'. CN
May 9th, 2008 at 8:01 am
Randy and Jai, you have profoundly touched my soul. I check in with your webpage daily and am praying for another beautiful day for you and for me. I am a returning college student at age 31, a mother of an amazing 8 year old daughter, and have suffered since I was 15 with bipolar illness. I have worked hard so that my illness not take over my attitude and life. You both remind me how important it is to choose life while you've got it! I am thinking of you all, praying for you (honestly!), and hold you in my heart. Thanks for being you and for sharing your TRUTH with the world! With Love and Peace to your precious family-
May 9th, 2008 at 7:08 am
Thank you. Thank you so much for "The Last Lecture." After seeing your interview on Good Morning America, I quoted you every chance I had. And, when your book was published, I had to special order it because the local book store cannot keep it in stock. Your words touched my heart. Actually, they grabbed my heart and pulled me to a better place. I read your book in one evening and I'm giving it to my co-workers, so they can learn as much as I have from you. You are an amazing man and we are all lucky you shared your life with us. Sincerely, Becky Rockwood
May 9th, 2008 at 6:05 am
Hi Randy, First I want to say that you are an amazing person and your words continue to inspire me every moment of my day. I admire your strength, courage, passion and love for your life and your family. By watching your lecture and reading your book you have given me the tools to live life with a new optimism. My love goes out to you and your family, you all are doing so well and i wish you all the best!
Jes Stephens, Australia
May 9th, 2008 at 4:34 am
Dear Randy, Your story has really touched me in so many ways. I struggle daily not with cancer but raising a profoundly retarded son. When I read your story in PARADE I went to the web and listened to the entire lecture and came away with renewed strengh to carry on with what I am doing in my own life. We're all here on earth and we sometimes do not know our purpose. You know your purpose and I know mine. We carry on for as long as the time we are given. We're playing the cards we are delt and hope to leave a positive, cheerful mark behind for our children and loved ones. I follow your blog daily and pray for you, your wife, Jai and those three beautiful children. Keep laughing and each day you have with them will continue to be precious. Judi Ferrara Wallingford, PA
May 8th, 2008 at 11:13 pm
Randy and Jai, Thank You for sharing!! Your life together, your lecture and book means so many things to so many people. I can't begin to put into words what I feel...Thank You !!What a gift for all. I have a brain tumor and getting angry does Not change anything...a smile is always best. God Bless you all Debra
May 8th, 2008 at 10:08 pm
Amazing. Randy and Jai, you have touched the lives of so many in such a short time. There are so many "Randi-isms" I will quote for a lifetime. Jai made a statement that brought me to my knees. " I don't have to like it, but I do have to accept it." I have said that for over 25 years about my mom dying at the age of 35 in a car accident. Thank you both for the legacy you are making through your unbearable situation. Your videos will be a wonderful source for your children to see what an amazing man Randy is and how much the two of you love your children. How many of us wish we had that. You two are phenominal!
May 8th, 2008 at 9:57 pm
Randy, Jai, Logan, Dylan, and Chloe, I just finished reading and watching the last lecture. I just wanted to let you know that your story is not just overwhelming sad, but inspirational. Thanks for the great book! I found it quite nice to find someone with a "perfect balance of optimism and realism ."Hang in there and enjoy your family for every last minute!
May 8th, 2008 at 9:54 pm
please let us know when RANDY PASSESGOOD BLESS YOU LL
May 8th, 2008 at 8:52 pm
I watched your clip on Oprah yesterday and read your update about the spread of your cancer. You look well Randy; I cannot think about how difficult this is for you and Jai. Any thinking person understands that the "Randy phenomenon" wasn't something he initiated with the intention of becoming rich and famous. I know he'd gladly exchange ALL of this for more time with his family and a return to life of relative anonymity. True, there are untold others who face death with courage and dignity and leave this Earth with young families who desperately want and need them. Randy speaks simple and basic truths that are often forgotten in today's world of a lack of manners and an extreme focus on 'self'. I'm glad he's struck a chord with millions and am sorry that his dying status has given his message the importance of the basic life lessons and good conduct that we should all be practicing every day. Randy and Jai, I hope you are still able to engage with each other and the kids and the spread of your cancer goes slowly and painlessly. I think of you both and the kids every day. I hope you are still having fun! Thank you for making it "okay" to say something like that to a person who is dying. Much love to you both.
May 8th, 2008 at 8:32 pm
I love your positive outlook on life, you are an inspiration to the world. My father passed away last year after a 2 year battle with colon cancer, he shared the same outlook as you. It could be pouring the snow or a thunderstorm and he'd say, "It's a beautiful day." People would always look out the window and had a questioned look on their face and he'd say, "God let me live one more day, so it's beautiful." I agree with you not telling your kids yet. My daughter was 5 when dad died and the last 6 months of his life, she wouldn't go near him because she thought she could catch it, no matter how much we explained cancer to her. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
May 8th, 2008 at 7:21 pm
Hi Randy: The gift that you have given to your Beautiful Kids and All of the rest of us in your book is Unbelievable- With No Doubt, you will Always be your childrens "Super Hero" When I first saw you on Oprah, I didn't think I could finish watching- I thought it would to Hard. You see, three years ago a very good friend of mine died from pancreatic cancer. I helped him from beginning to end and I know first hand how Bad this cancer can be. Sadly, my friend could only fight his battle for two and a half months. All through the show that day, I keep saying to myself this guy is So Amazing! Where is he getting all this strength from? You really blew my mind-You and Jai have taught so many people what it really means to stick it out in the Good & Bad times- You have shown us all what it really means to go to Every Extreme there is for our Kids- and Life Lessons that we will Never Forget- Your words will always stay with me- Thank-You for being such a Amazing "Super Hero" Saying Lots of Prayers for you and your family! Lots of Love,Lisa~
May 8th, 2008 at 7:13 pm
Dr.Pausch, I am a fellow Pittsburgher and went to school in the Shadow of CMU (Pitt). I have a 13 month old son and your book has set me on a path to be a better father and husband. Thank yo for sharing with the rest of us your children will know what a great father they have always. Energy never stops it just changes, and your great energy and Tiggerness is like a nuclear power plant of goodwill that creates even more positive energy. Thank you Professor for teaching me. -David Brauer
May 8th, 2008 at 6:37 pm
Randy & Jai, My daughter & I just finished you book and we want to thank you for sharing with us and how inspiring you are to us. I wish I would of had this book 48 years ago when my Dad died of cancer. As a young person it would of help me deal with his death. You are leaving something wonder for your children that they will always have and remember what a wonderful father and person you are.I know from experience that you will always be in their hearts. Your children have won the "Parent Lottery"! Thanks again for sharing, making a difference and inspiring us all. Sherrie
May 8th, 2008 at 5:59 pm
Randy: I was extremely sorry to read about the spread of your cancer. I was on duty in Er today and met two young men. One has lymphomia and the other colon cancer. They have a young family, like you do.I told them they have their angels with them at all times. The angels will help them when they need help. I believe this to be true. You have your angel with you as well. Never be afraid as your angel will help you,when you need help. This by the by comes from a person who is not a church goer. I just have been around those in distress for so long that I understand that there is more to life than this. My thoughts and prayers do go out to you and your family. I wish you all the best...and your angel will guide you. Cheers and love from\ Cara
May 8th, 2008 at 3:56 pm
Dear Randy and family, Letting you all know that you are in my daily prayers. Your outlook and courage are amazing!!! You are truly a inspiration to all.. God Bless you all
May 8th, 2008 at 3:39 pm
I saw the Barbara Walter's interview and was so touched by your attitude and your faith. I bought three copies of your book today--one for me, one for my sister and one for my sister-in-law. I know they will enjoy the book as much as I will. I pray that you remain strong in your faith and continue to pray for you and your beautiful family. P.S. I agree, they could not find anyone beautiful enough to play her.
May 8th, 2008 at 3:10 pm
Mr. Pausch, I went through what I thought to be a life changing event last May. The love of my life broke my heart and my self-esteem was terribly shattered. I suffered for months after the events and hit a breaking point where I wanted to commit suicide. The many hours of couseling, opinions from family, friends and attempts to restore my family were not getting through to me, but one day my boss sent me the most amazing lecture. On April, 20th, 2008 my life was changed. Your lecture has inspired me to continue to fight and value what I love. My family.
May 8th, 2008 at 2:27 pm
I WATCHED20/20 I READ YOUR BOOK, AND I ALSO WATCHED YOUR VIDEO. I AM SO SORRY FOR WHAT GOING ON IN RANDY,S LIFE . BUT I LOST MY CLOSEST FRIEND TO CANCER WHO LEFT 3 CHILDERN BEHIND I DONT WANT TO BE NEGETIVE .BUT I WANT TO BE REALASTIC IF EVRY CANCER PATION WRITE A BOOK OR TELL YOU STORYS I AM SURE WE ALL CRY.IT,S EVERY ONE,S DREAM TO SEE THEIR CHILDREN GROWING UP AND TEACH THEM ALL THE THINGS THEY KNOW . RANDY,S LIFE IS AMONG MILLIONS OTHERS,WHO THEY ARE GOING THRUE THE SAME THING . BUT ALL THE POWE TO HIM GETTING RICH AND FAMOUSE OVER NIGHT.
May 8th, 2008 at 12:07 pm
From a fellow Dream Achiever and Tigger. I was given a link to your Last Lecture by my therapist, and once I discovered there would be a book, I knew I had to have it. When it arrived, I read it that evening. I have since downloaded your Time Management Lecture and sent it to many friends. Thanks to you and Jai for the gracious way in which you have shared your story with the world. Blessings on you and your family.
May 8th, 2008 at 10:52 am
I have just finished reading The Last Lecture and am in awe at how strong and brave you are. Your family is beautiful and your words speak volumes about how much love you all share. I recently read a book to a grade 5 class called Badger's Parting Gifts by Susan Varley and thought it might be approriate to pass the name along to you. It is a book where the main character dies. The message in it is about how although you may leave this Earth your spirit lives on in the memories others have of you. I have read it many times and still can't get it through it without shedding a tear or two. I wish I had this book to read when I was younger and my grandmother passed away. Maybe your children would also like to read it in the future. I will be thinking of you and praying. Thanks for sharing your story. Much love you and your family.
May 8th, 2008 at 9:56 am
Dear Prof. Pausch, I read your up-dates faithfully and my prayers are with you constantly. You are on this earth to help millions of people. When something goes wrong in my life these days, I become so aware of how small it is compared to what you face daiy. I am learning more from you than I have from anyone else.Thank you very much. Dr.Deepak Chopra said a beautiful thing: " I honor in you the divine that I honor within myself and I know that we are one." I wish you much strenght to battle once more, I am with you, Rita
May 8th, 2008 at 8:16 am
I, too, like many others on this page watched the Diane Sawyer piece and talked about it at work the next day with others and was motivated to get the book. I just finished reading it and am so touched by the many life lessons. It is the time of year when my mailbox is filled with many graduation invitations. Of course, high schoolers love to get money, and there will be some enclosed along with a copy of your book this year. I know that they will long forget how much money they received for graduation, but I intend to highlight some of the key quotes in your book and inscribe it to say for them to refer back to it and read it again at least every five years because I know as these children began to mature they will see just how important "living" their lives will become to them. I applaud your parents for encouraging your spirit to dream, all the while keeping your values in check. I will continue to pray for you, Jai and your precious children everyday. Remember, just as you are now on this earth, you will only be a heartbeat away. Stay strong.
May 8th, 2008 at 6:28 am
Saturday I listened to "The Last Lecture" ... all 4+ hours ... and I have to tell you, from the moment I began listening, I could not stop listening. I have never listened to a complete audiobook in one sitting. But this book and Randy's decision to share his life and family with us, is so amazing and inspiring that I would encourage everyone to read or listen to "The Last Lecturer". Right now I wish that I could walk up to Randy and just give him a big hug and say thank you.
May 8th, 2008 at 3:13 am
I saw your interview with Diane Sawyer and was touched by your candor. I bought four copies of your book, one for myself and one for each of my siblings. We come from a family of 'Tiggers' and I wanted to make sure my brothers and sister know how much I love and appreciate them. Your book is going to be the topic of my next Toastmaster's speech. May God bless you and your family.
May 7th, 2008 at 11:51 pm
I just purchased the book and couldn't put it down. I had to watch the video and did so with my family. We have all been touched - what time we have wasted on pitiful stupid things. How important our dreams are, it's not silliness like so many of us have been taught. God bless you Randy and your family, our prayers are with you.
May 7th, 2008 at 11:10 pm
I bought the book soon after I watched the special with Diane Sawyer. I wanted to read the book because you said that you wrote it for your children. My mother passed away about a year and half ago. She had stomach cancer and it was too late by the time we found out about it. After countless lengthy surgeries and procedures that left her without a stomach, 6 inches of her esophagus, one missing rib (she called herself a female Adam after she found out what happened--still had a great sense of humor even after 4 grueling hours of surgery), which left her with many scars and became increasing more difficult to eat and drink. She fought hard for a year and 10 months, but cancer had won over her at the end. I wanted to read the book, because I thought perhaps there may be some messages that she didn't have a chance to pass on to me before she passed on. As I read through it, I realized that she has taught me all that you wanted to pass onto your children through the book already. She did so through her actions more than through her words. I sought for words to hold onto, to treasure in my heart, but after reading your "Last Lecture" I realized she has imparted so much wisdom through her actions than words. Through your words, I remembered all that was once forgotten through grief and lamentations. It was a good reminder that Mom left me with enough wisdom and guidance. Thank you for the reminders, Randy. I have my copy of "The Last Lecture" plastered with post-its for future reference. I hope to pass on your words of wisdom to my students as well as my own children someday.
May 7th, 2008 at 10:03 pm
I just finished reading The Last Lecture... I'm almost at a loss for words. The knowledge you share within the book is something that I will keep with me for a long time. I appreciate you sharing your life and dreams with other people because it has helped me to realize the importance of not only having dreams, but making them a reality in your life. God bless you and your family.
May 7th, 2008 at 9:40 pm
Randy, thank you so much for sharing yourself with all of us. You've opened so many eyes to what it means to be alive and BE ALIVE. I don't know if you have any doubts, but you have to know your kids are going to be so proud of you and the things you have so unselfishly done for them. You remind of one of my favorite exchanges - from the movie Secondhand Lions. A young boy meets the nephew of some extraordinary guys and says, "Wow, so they really lived?" and the nephew responded - changing that meaning - "Yes, they REALLY lived!" Enjoy your family, Randy. Wishing you many positive surprises! Maybe next year you can turn out a sequel!
May 7th, 2008 at 8:28 pm
Randy, I just started your book today after seeing you on the Oprah show. I am in awe at how a man with a terminal disease can be so upbeat and funny and also the wisdom of how to live a good moral, and productive life. I am saving this book to have each and everyone of my grandchildren read when the time is right.God bless you and your lovely family always..Thanks for your wonderful book!
May 7th, 2008 at 8:26 pm
Randy, Thank you for the gift of your book. As a mother of two young children, a hospice pet therapy volunteer and an academic advisor at a large university, your words have touched me on a number of levels. You have an amazing spirit which is bound to shine on through your children.
May 7th, 2008 at 7:56 pm
I was recently in Southern Calfornia on business and was given your book by mother in law to read on my way home. I read this book on my plane ride home and irronically the lady next to me was reafing your book as well. We were in tears. You truly are an inspiration. I am so touched by your story. God bless you and your family.
May 7th, 2008 at 7:46 pm
wow that is what i can say i was watching Oprah and i seen you on tv and i was so touch so i went on the comupter and started to read everything and look at the pictures and listen to you talk about your book you are one amazzing guy that god made god is so good in bad times and good times i am going to go out and get your book can,t wait for it that is what i want for mothers day say happy mothers day to your amazzing wife to and i leave you with this from my heart never give up read PHILIPPIAN4:13 God bless him and his family sending blessing to your home
May 7th, 2008 at 7:22 pm
Randy and Jai, I am a 26 year old college student from NJ, and recently heard about your book from one of my professor's who read the excerpt on "hand written thank you notes." I went out and bought the book the same day and wasn't able to put it down. My father passed away from lung cancer when I was 17 and my brother was 15. Your story really reminded me of all of the love my father had for us and my mother. Randy-you really inspired people to be better and never to let go of their dreams, that you really can do it. Jai-I know you will be okay...keep your faith strong and find strength in your children...you remind me so much of my mother! Thank you for your book, it has been a wonderful gift in my life, as well as many others. I wish the both of you and your children lots of love.
May 7th, 2008 at 6:14 pm
God Bless You Randy! You are such a wonderful person.
May 7th, 2008 at 5:50 pm
Just wanted to let you know you and your family are in my heart and prayers.
May 7th, 2008 at 5:47 pm
I was very touched by your book and have really been impacted by the way you are handling yourself. You are an inspiration to everyone. I pray for you and your precious family. I have four year old twins and have been planning to take them to Disney World. I will think of you on my trip. Thank you for what you have done. Your kids are so blessed to have such a fantastic father. God Bless All of you!
May 7th, 2008 at 5:22 pm
I found your book both riveting and entertaining. In fact, for a reverse Mother's Day, I am giving each of my four grown children a copy. My heart and prayers are with you and Jai and your family.
May 7th, 2008 at 5:02 pm
You are an amazing human being. "We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand" That is so true - only wish I would have had the opportunity to be one of your student - you have given them the best tools to go forward and do the best they can - your chapter on "The Lost Art of Thank-You Notes" excellent advise one that my mother taught me at a young age and it has served we well throughout my life. You are leaving so much to your children and wife - they will be OK. I have purchased your book and have read it four times - and I am still learning a great deal from it - You are in my thought and prayers and I will pray also for your family. I am buying your book for both my daughters and grand-daughters - you are a very special. God Bless Irene
May 7th, 2008 at 4:07 pm
Jai and Randy- I saw bits of your lecture when it was being passed around the internet. I was beyond thrilled when I heard there was a book out. What an amazing book. It is by far the best book that I have read. I normally would never think of emailing the author but this book touched me so deeply that I had to email. I am definitely going to purchase it for my friends and family. I already told my husband that this is a must read book! I was so touched by your passion for life. You provided me with such insights and words of wisdom. There are so many days that I get caught up "what needs" to be done and not take the time to just enjoy time with my kids. You definitely made me stop and think about my life and what kind of memories I want to create for my girls. You have also given me a "blueprint" for handling a terminal disease (if and when it happens). Again, thank-you for opening up your life and inspiring me. I continue to keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. I wish you many more memory filled days. Love and peace to you and your family.
May 7th, 2008 at 3:54 pm
My Japanese teacher showed me this today and i just wanted to say that it was very inspirational. I will look for the book sometime but yeah, I wish you and your family all the best.
May 7th, 2008 at 3:23 pm
I've read through many of the posts before attempting to write this. Most have already said all that I feel. I first saw the Diane Sawyer interview, and bought the book that weekend. Although I love to read, I rarely have time, except when I'm traveling for consulting work as I've done in the past. However, it has been difficult for me to put your book down, I want to race through it. But there are so many nuggets of wisdom and things that I can or need to think about in my own life, that I want to take it slow and ruminate on them. In particular, I remember the quote from your lecture, "I'm dying and I'm having fun". My troubles compared to yours are miniscule, and I ask for God's forgiveness for the pity party I've been throwing for myself for way too long. I will keep you and your family in my prayers, and check back to your website for updates on your health. God bless, and thank you for being willing to share such a personal and private story.
May 7th, 2008 at 3:13 pm
I am in the process of reading your book. I have truely been inspired by your words of wisdom. I lost my husband to colon cancer 4.5 yrs ago and much of your courage reminds of him. I think your book is such a powerful message to all. I have also used the to start up conversations with my 14 yr daughter who is currently in highschool and starting to plan for college. I have always been a believer of the "the elevator in the ranch house" despite some flack from my family who think I "spoil" my daughter. Thank you for the suppor. I have also used the talk in chapter 7 to help my daughter deal with a very tough swim coach. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts. God Bless you and your family as you continue on your journey. Sincerely Julianne Longlade LaSalle, Ontario Canada
May 7th, 2008 at 2:59 pm
Dear Jai and Randy, Thank you so much for sharing your life with us...you are the most unselfish people that I know. You can not know how many people that you have touched and helped. You both are an inspiration! Thank you both. With love and prayers.
May 7th, 2008 at 2:57 pm
Your story has touched many people,keep the faith.I pray for you and your family
May 7th, 2008 at 2:48 pm
Randy, I just bought your book today and I have watched the Last Lecture. I can not find a word big enough to describe my feelings and thoughts about this. I can not thank you enough for caring so much to publish this and share it with the rest of us. You have given me so much more than inspiration as well as others who have seen this amazing story. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I truly wish there was something I could do to help in any way. You are loved Randy. My heart runneth over for you and your family. Catey Henning
May 7th, 2008 at 2:30 pm
After seeing the 20/20 show I ran out the next day and 3 stores later (sold out in 2) bought 2 books. One for me and one to give as a present. This book should come as a 6 pack because you will want to share it with everyone you know. Wisdom and insperation beyond words....you can feel Randys passion to see the best in all of us! This really should be a hand written Thank You Randy!!! Read the book and youll know why:)
May 7th, 2008 at 2:25 pm
I loved the book! It struck a special cord with me as we are nearly the same age and I was diagnosed with cancer last fall. It is a rare one and mean but because we caught it early I have a better shot at it then most. I am almost done with treatment and looking for any way I can to get used to the "new normal." Your book was a big help. Thank You!
May 7th, 2008 at 1:47 pm
Randy, You have not only written a "how to live your life" book for us. There is yet another head-fake. You've given us a parenting guide as well. From a parent of a three-year old who is fighting a life-threatening Cancer, thank you. Thank you for reminding me what is most important in this life. Thank you also for making me realize that I am still, and will always be a Tigger (and so will she.) God bless you and your beautiful family. Warmly, Amy, Rick, Arden & Grayson Bucher
May 7th, 2008 at 1:43 pm
Dear Mr. Pausch! Sorry for my broken english. I am 35 years old and live in austria/europe. I bought your book and it was the best book i read. You give me and i am sure also thousands others, a lot of energy for my life. I will also pray for you and your familiy. my thoughts are with you. I wish all the best for you and your familiy.
May 7th, 2008 at 1:31 pm
Well, I'm Brazilian and not know write in English very well, sorry ... I'm lost in my thinking when I think in your "problem" because it's a way without a return and, you make me think better, I'm in this way too. I can live more, but, one day I will die. I'm dieing every days, and not have a day marked to die make me think in many things that I did like to do. You should have already thought about all this, and... however difficult that is, you will make the next step and your last lecture show me when I'm small compared to a person like you and as I could have learned from his teachings. We all come to this world to do good things and develop spiritually. You suceeded! Think in all person that you have helped that have become better professionals and better people after listening to his teachings. God is really proud of you. Good luck in your treatment. A strong embrace of an unknown that wonder.
May 7th, 2008 at 1:14 pm
Hi Randy, I saw the segment Diane Sawyer did about you and just finished reading your book. Wow…all I can say is you are amazing and I wanted to thank you and Jai for sharing your story and insight on how to REALLY LIVE. I hope I can help in your peace by saying that I truly believe that your boys will want to grow up to be like their father and your daughter will want to marry someone like her father. You have made an impact on strangers, so I can’t even imagine the impact you have made on your family and I'm sure they are going to grow up remembering how amazing their father was. My father left when I was young and has never met my children. You ARE giving it your ALL with the time you have with your kids and family. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers and wish I could do something for you, because you have given so much. Take Care, Wendy
May 7th, 2008 at 12:34 pm
Dear Randy and Jai, I just received your book in the mail today- I had purchased it as a Confirmation gift for my 13 yr. old son. I read the whole thing this afternoon, and now am going to order several more copies as graduation gifts. In a society when so many authors espouse the "It's all about me, me ME" theory on how we should live our lives, you have shown how living a positive life can bring joy to others also. God has a reason for everything that happens in our lives. We may not be all that crazy about His choices at the time, but eventually, in His time, it will all make sense. You are living such a wonderful condensed version of life with all of it's ups and downs hitting you at a much faster speed than for most of us. Your children are perhaps much more fortunate than they will ever know. The gift of wisdom that you have left for them will forge their lives in the years ahead. So many children never hear their parents speak to them in the way you have spoken in your last lecture and in your book. What a wonderful legacy from a wonderful dad. Randy and Jai, you are in my thoughts and prayers as you continue to live your lives together in your ever changing world.
May 7th, 2008 at 12:10 pm
Thank you for being such an inspiration. Since learning about Alice through your book and lecture I have started to incorporate it in my high school computer classes. Your legacy will live on! You, Jai, and your kids are in my prayers.
May 7th, 2008 at 12:02 pm
Dear Randy, I just wanted to tell you that you are an amazing inspiration. God bless you and your amazing family. HY Manama, Bahrain
May 7th, 2008 at 11:54 am
Randy - I finished reading your book this morning. I bought it the day after watching your interview with Diane Sawyer, but was unable to begin reading it right away. I thought it would be a real tear-jerker. I have a family member, also 47 yrs old recently diagnosed with terminal folicular lymphoma - so I wasn't sure I could handle the book. Boy was I wrong. Your style of writing and up-beat attitute made it a true pleasure. I have kept you, your wife and your children in my thoughts and prayers since the interview and will continue to do so. I know it would be useless to wish you were not going to leave your family, but I do. So instead - I wish you the most time - quality time - with them that is possible. Keep making those memories.
May 7th, 2008 at 11:28 am
Randy: I am so inspired by your strength and commitment, not only to your family, but also to the millions of people you have touched through your book and your television appearances. I have read your book and you remind me of my own husband with the way you are caring for your family while going through such a tough battle. Your family is beautiful and Jai must be a truly amazing woman. There is so much I want to say. I love the cliches in your book and plan on re-reading it to highlight the parts of the book that pertain to my life and marriage. You know how to live life to the fullest and are a true inspiration on how others should live theirs. May Jai and your children find comfort in all the special ways you have left for them to remember you. You will not go alone for there are millions you have touched. A little bit of all our hearts will go with you. Wishing you and your family nothing but the best. Patty, Wallingford, PA
May 7th, 2008 at 10:33 am
I just wanted to wish Jai a beautiful Mother's Day! Many hugs and kisses to her. I wish you all a blessed day on Sunday. xxoo Donna
May 7th, 2008 at 10:09 am
Dear Randy, I both read your book and watched your lecture. Just to let you know here, at the Dominican Republic, people are talking so much about the lecture its amazing. My dad died when I was 12, at the age of 42...heart attack...no time to say goodbye...i sometimes sit and wonder 20 years later after his death what would i have said to him, or him to me?...I would haved love the opportunity to say GOODBYE. I think what you did was brave, great and Im happy you got your chance to say: thank you, love you to all of the people you care about... I truly know for sure, this is going to help them through life. As for your wife Jai, i can tell she´ll do a great job, just like my mom did...multitasking being MOM/DAD for three kids...but what i do know for sure is that your good example will make her job a lot easier...i sometimes cry when people talk to me about my dad, but most of the time i simply laugh, cause him, like you, thought that FUN was a fundamental and everybody remembers him for that...you will never be forgotten! Best Regards, Paula Valverde
May 7th, 2008 at 9:05 am
I have not read your book (yet), but saw your lecture. A friend told me the story about you painting your room. Recently, we painted my 11-year-old daughter's room chartreuse with royal blue "splatts" of paint, much like a Jackson Pollock painting. I was sort of regretting this decision, until I heard your story. Obviously, I care about her expressing her individualiy, but the adult voice or reason had given me doubts. Thank you for lessening those doubts!
May 7th, 2008 at 9:04 am
Randy, I saw you on Diane Sawyer and went right out and got the book. I am still reading it...taking time to actually soak in all the wisdom you are sharing with us. I read your post for today. I will pray for you and your family. I am also a cancer survivor (colon) and a single mom of four..so I have a little insight into what you are going through. Keep the faith, keep on fighting. I wondered if you are a Christian? Just know that there are millions of people out here praying for you and a miracle.
May 7th, 2008 at 8:44 am
Randy..I had a dream last night that we were neighbors.. We actually lived next door to each other.. My daughter was babysitting for your kids. A group of us went to dinner and to see a comedian . We were all laughing and enjoying ourselves. Jai was radiant. YOu were very funny with a hint of sarcasim.. YOu led the group.. I wake up everyday and check to see if God has decided to leave you with us for a while instead of taking you to be with him. I am sooo grateful you have shared your wisdom with us. I totally get it..I pray for you and your family and that has become part of my daily routine and will be for a long time to come.. I hope this finds you getting stronger, my neighbor.. I will check up on you tomorrow. Randi
May 7th, 2008 at 8:43 am
Hy Randy i'm sorry for my english but i'm an italian girl. i'm just finished to read your book and i want to say to you THANKS!!!! You are a great man and tou have a great wife.. It's wonderful! I'm just cryng for your story and i'm understand that life is one and we live her in the best way that we can. God bless you and your family. Special kisses for Dylan, Logan and Chloe.
May 7th, 2008 at 6:40 am
I literaly just put your book down i am so touched. im 25 and have a two year old i cant fathom what is said between u and Jai in bed at nite, because i can only imagine what would be said in my own bed. u have my respect love mike knight ps sorry if i dont know how to write im a bricklayer
May 7th, 2008 at 5:22 am
Hi Randy, just saw yesterday that you will be a featured segment on the Oprah show today, Wednesday May 7. I can't wait to see how you are doing. Hope things are going well. I am still praying for you each morning at my personal altar at home. Your family photo of you and Jai and the children are there and I lift you all each morning praying for a complete recovery. I have your special with Diane Sawyer and have seen your lecture and read your incredible book. You definitely were put here on earth for a special purpose. God is using you in a beautiful and glorious way. After watching Oprah's live webcast event on the book A New Earth with the author Eckhart Tolle they say that only in the stillness (in the present moment where you focus only on the interior) is where God is) and I pray that you can find times during the day to go to that quiet place inside to be with your "higher power" that is in all of us for renewal to help you move through your difficult journey right now. Remember the quote "this too shall pass" and all will be well with you soon. Don't give up Randy, we are all praying very hard for you- the power of prayer by millions of us is a very strong bond to help each other, for we are all connected to each other as one body. All my love to you, Jai and the children. Linda Wasilauski
May 7th, 2008 at 2:58 am
Hi Randy, I am writing from Singapore where I just got hold of your book. It was one of those books that I bought on whim at the bookstore (because I had a hefty discount code!) I'm so glad I bought it because it really moved me. I lost my father when I was 8. It was an accident that none of us expected. I'm 22 now and there are moments when I miss him terribly and wish I had the chance to really know him. Those visceral moments you mention come in very handy, because I link his love, work ethic & values to these snippets of memories I have. I will keep you, Jai and your adorable children in my prayers and send good vibes your way. I love your optimism, it's infectious, don't lose that shining hope and I really hope you get a miracle. Blessings, Des.
May 7th, 2008 at 1:42 am
Randy, After watching your Lecture,and the talk with Diane, then reading your book I know you will live on for ever. I know this because I will carry you and your story in my heart every day of my life. You have thought me to look for that elephant the make a plan! May God Bless you and your family, I will keep all of you in my Prayers. Janet
May 7th, 2008 at 12:18 am
Dear Prof. Pausch, I received your book as a gift because the giver knew how much I would relate to the story. I am Chloe 22 years down the road. And I can tell you this. We will always be Daddy’s girls no matter how dim the memories. My father died when I was three years old and my sisters were only five and seven. An incredibly strong mother raised us and we talked about our father almost every single day. That’s what kept him alive to us. Your book made me smile even as it made me cry. There are two things I treasure most in the world the teddy bear my father gave to me when I was born (which has followed me from my childhood home, to my college dorm and next year to grad school) and the video tapes made of him and me. You did a wonderful thing for your children. I wish you and your family all the best.
May 6th, 2008 at 9:11 pm
Randy, Thank you for being so open as to "lay it all on the line" before the line is drawn for you and no recourse is available. May you continue to leave indelible marks on people's hearts for many days to come. I am not a cancer survivor, but a woman who was born with cerebral palsy. When Jai or you feel that there is quickstand all around you and you are slowly sinking, reach out for the branch that will renew your strength and someone-a Tigger- will be there to pull your through! May you continue to see adversity as an advantage. Best wishes,
Deborah A. Wagner
May 6th, 2008 at 8:54 pm
Randy, I just finished reading your book and I felt compelled to write you. I immediately connected with your story, not only because I am also a former cast member, but because about three years ago my mother was diagnosed with Stage 4 brain cancer. Even in the darkest times she never gave up hope that she would some how find a way to live. I cried through most of the Dateline special because I know that the only reason that she has survived is because of the never give up attitude that you both share. I hope the best for you and your family and I will keep all of you in my prayers. -Courtney P.S. As a former Merchantainment cast member at WDW in Orlando, FL I wanted to let you know that yes, we would still replace that broken salt and pepper shaker. :)
May 6th, 2008 at 8:40 pm
Randy and Jai, I could totally relate to your book - eighteen years ago , we had a four year old son dying of leukemia and "HOW DO YOU SHRINK A LIFETIME INTO FOUR SHORT YEARS?" Many of your thoughts, were our thoughts. Thanks for touching so many people... My heart and prayers are with your family daily. Also, I have also bought four of your books and passed them on to others. Pay if forward. Take care
May 6th, 2008 at 8:21 pm
Dear Friend Randy, I feel I can call you a friend even though we have never met. I feel this because of the way you opened up to millions of people and me through the Last Lecture you wrote for your children. Thank you so much for sharing your values, integrity, honesty and I could go on with the adjectives but I won't. As you can see by my email address I am a teacher. I teach K-12th grade Art and High Ability Learners at a small school in rural Nebraska. I have been asked to teach a LifeTime Skills Class for next year and I can't think of a more appropriate book for students to read than The Last Lecture. You will inspire many for generations to come. Thank You. My prayers are with you, Jai, Dylan, Logan, and Chloe. Take care Adrienne
May 6th, 2008 at 7:59 pm
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May 6th, 2008 at 7:57 pm
Such a terrific book! Funny, moving, sad but, yet, mostly very upbeat, just like the "Last Lecture" Randy gave at Carnegie Mellon. Thanks to Randy and Jeffrey (and Jai!) for writing a personal and memorable work.
May 6th, 2008 at 7:00 pm
Thank You Randy. For openeing my mind again.
May 6th, 2008 at 6:41 pm
I just finished your book. With tears in my eyes and a Tigger in my heart I wish you God Speed Randy.
May 6th, 2008 at 6:35 pm
Private note to Randy. You probably tried many alternative therapies. Please consider trying one more if you have not already--BETA GLUCAN. It helps many challenges. http://www.betaglucan.org/ This is what I am trying myself. http://store.aboutbetaglucan.com/product.php?productid=16143&cat=249&page=1 I am not associated with the company. Please look into it. You don't need to change your current routine if you try beta glucan. Best wishes and hugs, S
May 6th, 2008 at 4:29 pm
This is the message that is laid on my heart as I watched your video. John 3:16 (New International Version) "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." God Bless you Randy.
May 6th, 2008 at 3:21 pm
Oh and one more thing!!! I recently remembered a quote I lived by, that I actually made up myself. I haven't used it in a long time but you inspired me to use it again. "Just because there is a dagger in my side, never means I'll give up the fight." That quote, well I think,fits your story well.
May 6th, 2008 at 3:09 pm
Dear Mr.Randy, I am a 15 year old writng to you from Utah. Today in my character class we talked about you and watched some clips from your interview on Dateline, and let me just say this..You are one hell of a man. I don't get insipred easily, but with just the short clips I saw, I was inspired big time. Suddenly, I felt like I could do anything. I'm sure I could have motivated myself, but you gave me that extra push I needed. Its almost hard to explain in words how you touched me. I think the only way to express it would be if I could just give you a great big hug and a balloon that says "Thank You!!!" in big bold letters. I want to buy your book and read it now. I may be young, but I have big plans for myself that I want to accomplish. Best of all, you made me realize something that I had forgotten over time. I lived by my own expectations, did what I knew was right, failed with my head held high, and regreted nothing. Now I can live by that again, thanks to you and your lecture.(And all this time I thought lectures just put me to sleep.) Thank you thank you thank you!!! So much!!!!
May 6th, 2008 at 1:41 pm
I have taken two weeks off from work to recouperate from the recent, sudden death of my mother. I picked up your book with high expectations of it helping me to find some peace and of it enabling me to get back into the game. Thank you so much for the inspiration and positive outlook you've given. I admire you and your family for all that you've shared. I will be passing your words along to my father. Your a true inspiration to so many. Thank you, again and be well.
May 6th, 2008 at 12:35 pm
May 6th, 2008 at 11:49 am
Thank you Randy for putting into words one of the struggles we all run into in our lives at some time. The brick wall. Many "hit" the wall and stop. Many try to "climb" the brick wall but fall and give up. My interpretation is that we need to remove brick by brick and also scrape off the mortar sometimes...until the wall is scalable. I am a cancer survivor of two cancers. The best advice I can give anyone is to keep trying...even if on a moment by moment basis...or a brick by brick removing of the barrier to getting where we want to be. Since I first saw you on Oprah, I have been using "brick wall"...to symbolize the barriers we run into. Everyone knows what a brick wall is and how tough it can be to dismantle. I know first hand, and I applaud you for continuing along your journey so positively. You are a true role model. I send you and your family love and "all green lights" in your journey. Another visual to appreciate! Jere Carpentier Hodgkins 1997 Lymphoma 2003 CHF from chemo 2004 Brick dismantler by day and night and smiling at every green light!!
May 6th, 2008 at 11:49 am
Prof. Pausch, I heard about your book and story as I was getting ready for work one morning. My plan was to buy it after work that day. Ironically,I called my boyfriend that afternoon & he happened to be reading it. I immediately told him I wanted to borrow it. He recieved it as a gift from his mother. Who later told me that he actually wrote her a "thank you" note, handwritten. He thanked her for the book and told her that it brought him to tears while reading. I too teared up several times. One of the most profound chapters in the book is "Romancing the Brick Wall". It reminds me so much of my relationship with him. I love and relate to your tenacity and persistence for Jai. I went through exactly the same thing. I'm just not married. It felt good to know that someone else had been int he same boat.I actually told him one day, "your my brickwall," he knew exactly what I meant. The advice for your daughter, "not listening to what they say, but what they do, is something that in my opinion is very true. Your story and book made me realize alot and I thank you. Your in my prayers.
May 6th, 2008 at 11:46 am
Randy, I just finished your book, absolutely wonderful! Thank you so very much for sharing. I have already used the following: Luck happens when .... with my 13 year old who plays traveling baseball & football. I am a 2 year breast cancer survivor and your words about family toughed me the most. As a mother of three boys, I kept thinking what would I leave them, if this does come back and beat me. I know one of the items will be your book. Really good words to live by. You have touched so many, but I feel you have touched me personally! God bless you and your family as you continue on your journey! The Last Lecture community has you wrapped in our thoughts and prayers! Lynette - Champlin, MN
May 6th, 2008 at 11:35 am
Randy, I got your book from the library and read it in 2 hours. I hope to share your wisdom with my husband and 2 teenage sons as well. As a nurse, I am amazed at your positive attitude in the face of such a formidible illness. Your blog entries of treatment options and lab results will be helpful to many facing similar circumstances. You are amazingly upbeat but also amazingly realistic. You are an inspiration to many. I'll pray that you are able to continue to create wonderful memories with your family in the weeks and months ahead. Susan Crum
May 6th, 2008 at 11:13 am
Keep up the fight Randy! You are an inspiration to many. Your children will forever remember the lessons you are teaching them and many others through your actions, words, determination.
May 6th, 2008 at 8:50 am
Dear Randy, I am a 40 year old man, writing you from Chile. After learning from your experience, I feel deeply inspired by your example and strength. All the best for you and your family.
May 6th, 2008 at 8:45 am
Randy, I am praying for you and I look at your page every single day. I hope you are very proud of yourself for all you've done. You've given so many people a fresh look on life. And you're right, it's not fair that Dylan, Logan, and Chloe will lose their dad, but how LUCKY are they that they're dad is Randy Pausch!!!!!!!!! God Bless you! Don't worry about what's to come, your dad will take care of you! Olivia
May 6th, 2008 at 6:38 am
What an amazing person you are. Your wife and children are adorable. I read your book and laughed and cried with you. My prayers and thoughts will be with you Randy. GOD BLESS YOU.
May 5th, 2008 at 10:57 pm
I have stared at this text box, trying to think of words that fit what I am thinking. The only one that even remotely makes sense is "Wow". I only hope that I can take some of the lessons that were taught here and apply them to my life. This book will be required reading for my children when they get a little older. I only wish that hiis children would get to experience more of thier father. I am a better human being because I read this book and watched that lecture, and I thank you, Dr. Pausch, for having the courage to leave behind your wisdom for the rest of us.
May 5th, 2008 at 10:02 pm
Randy you are an amazing human being I have ever known. The message that you are spreading and carring is very powerful and emotionally strong. I lost my friend, she died from the brain tumor. She had two children 2 and 4 years old and she was 26 years old. I have read your book with tears in my eyes because your book has touched my heart. I pray for you and your family. You have incredible family and support. I think about you, also have told about you to my teachers in Bucks County Community College and at my work St. Mary Medical Center in Pennsylvania. I wish you the best and you will be always in my and our hearts. Thank you for being strong enough to share your knowledges and life story. I appreciate for everhting you have done for humans. God bless you and your amazing family!!! Respect and love from the bottom of my heart and soul, from Russia too. Mira
May 5th, 2008 at 9:25 pm
Prof. Pausch, I appreciate chapter 47. Nearly 1.5 years ago my family got to experience hazing first hand. I let those responsible know how badly this had impacted us, but they gave the classic appology of forms 1 and 2. I told them this was not really much of a sorry. Then they said I was being judgemental, unforgiving, and out of line. After reading your book, I agree one hundred percent that sorry is not enough. Words without action is a lot like faith without works. Steps 2 and 3 to an appology are crucial. BTW, my family is doing great now, but that brick wall was hard to scale. Thank you for your words and good luck with your wall.
May 5th, 2008 at 6:11 pm
Prof., I first heard about your last lecture through an article in a magazine that my boyfriend gave me. About a week later your name and lecture came up again while my daughter was walking in a "Relay for Life" at West Chester University in Pennsylvania. Then this past weekend my boyfriend presented me with your book. While I know I could sit and read your book from beginning to end, I'm not. And the reason for this is because it brings up so many emotions for me. You see I lost my dad to this horrible disease seven years ago. If that wasn't horrible enough my boyfriend lost is mom to it just three years ago. So all of this hits home pretty hard for us. I did just watch your appearance before congress and want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for appearing. Not many people with this disease have a voice as you said because this disease is so rapid when it takes hold. It angers me that the money isn't provided for more intense research in to this horrible monster. I truly think you are a very couragous person and wish you and your family the very, very best.
May 5th, 2008 at 5:32 pm
Randy, you are amazingly inspiring. I do hope you are recovering from the cancer; even you may have the best doctors in the world as you say you shouldn't limit your hope to what science says. I do believe in karma (I practice Nichiren Daishonin Buddhism and read Deepak Chopra) and I know closely how some people overcame cancer through: - The determination to win no matter how. - Stron purposes to keep on living. - Meditation (reciting mantras as NAM MYOJO RENGE KYO). - Setting up new goals for the future and visualising ourselves accomplishing them (even our concious mind can not understand how the cure works, we have to "pass the message" and let go to the our powerful subconciousnes and its "secret deals" with our bodies). I do believe determination, mediatiation and visualization can be with many people be more effective than drugs. You have much more to do in this life time! the world needs from the inspiration of people as you so much! All the best Marisol
May 5th, 2008 at 5:28 pm
I picked you book up at the airport yesterday and literally read the entire book in one day. You are proof that God is real and you are one amazing person he has created. Thank you for sharing your story and may you continue to be a mentor to your children and others in life or death for many more years. God bless and keep you and your family in his arms.
May 5th, 2008 at 3:32 pm
Randy, First, I'm not the least bit surprised you're still alive, because your book is about living, not dying. I have an interview scheduled with Jeff Zaslow on Wednesday - May 7, though I have to tell you I would love to be chatting with you too. I'll keep you, Jai and your family in my prayers. You've given much, but have so much more to give. Thank you always for turning on lights of hope and dreams for many. God's Blessings always. Maggie
May 5th, 2008 at 3:23 pm
I have been a single parent for the last 11 years. Over a year ago my dad was diagnosed with lung cancer. Last week as I sat in the waiting room of an ICU ward at MDA I began reading your book. My brother had read it and given it to my mom, who read it and gave it to me. I am so glad your book made its way into my hands. You see, as I have been trying desperately to be helpful with my dad I have been feeling that I was neglecting my 16 year old son. This is not a new feeling and one that I believe is shared by many single parents in the “sandwich” generation. All the years I wondered if I was giving my son the right guidance, all the doubts of my abilities as a parent were mounting especially under the added stress of my dad's illness. And while sitting there reading your book I was thinking....finally, someone has taken my favorite line from a song and turned it into reality. Dan Fogelberg’s song, Leader of the Band, has a line that goes “he had a gentle way of sculpting souls that took me years to understand”. I believe that your book achieves this. You have figured out a way to sculpt the souls of your children through the years. And by doing so, have given so many of us guidance on how to do the same for our children. Thank you. My son is currently reading your book and it is my hope that he gains guidance from it that I have tried to impress on him in the past but not with the same eloquence as you have delivered it. My hope for you is that you and your family find everlasting joy. Sincerely, Mia
May 5th, 2008 at 2:54 pm
For those of us not blessed by being born as an eternal optimist, you are an inspiration. All of us will face our final days, and we can only hope to do so with the dignity, courage, and grace that you have shown. You have touched me and countless others on a level deeper than you can know. You have left an important and lasting legacy. Know that you are in the thoughts, hearts, and prayers of many.
May 5th, 2008 at 2:36 pm
Randy, I, too, have had several diagnoses of cancer: 3 brain tumors at separate times (two low grade and last was argued over, all of a rare type), and lately it has reared its ugly head in another area, cervical cancer. Having made it through the 3 brain tumors, I keep the attitude that I will get through this also. I listened to your book while waiting on Joel Osteen's 2nd audio book to arrive. I laughed, I cried, I felt so connected to what you are going through. I get by with a positive attitude, taking small steps: my first was wanting to see my sons graduate school, now I want to see them get married, and then I'll move on to wanting to know my grandchildren. My first brain tumor was in 1992. I stand ready to go to Duke University at any point of recurrence. They are the leading research facility for my tumor. I will pray for you and your family as well. I'm sure you have also looked into all the nutritional options available to cure cancer. You will overcome this. You will see your family grow and blossom. God Bless You in all you go through.
May 5th, 2008 at 1:35 pm
Randy, I saw your interview with Diane Sawyer and then immediately went to buy your book and read it immediately! (I laughed and I cried!!!) I have marked various pages in it and I have sent to a friend who is having all of her co-workers read it because it basically teaches us how to live our life! You are an amazing person as is your wife and children and they are all lucky because of each one of you. I loved what your wife whispered in your ear, please don't die! That's how I would feel about my husband too! I thank you for writing this book and most importantly how you have shared how you have lived your life and how you want your children to know you and remember you...They will...and Jai will make sure that happens as well! God be with you and you are in my prayers every single day!!!! I pray for peace for you and your family. Lois Stein, Bonita Springs, FL
May 5th, 2008 at 1:12 pm
Dearest Professor, Please live and live for people who need you. You can heal yourself. Please Please watch 'The Secret' and the chioce is always ours.
May 5th, 2008 at 1:06 pm
Randy- I am one of the woman in America that did not have the encouragement to excel in math and science. I had a wonderful childhood; I was also always smiling except it was my brothers who were encouraged by my parents in every aspect. Not for any reason other than, it’s a “man’s” world out there. I am finding now that I am turning 40 this September, I would like more in my life for me, my husband, and step-daughter. I would like to have the next “half” of my life to be about allowing myself to quote you- “Inspiration and permission to dream” and to be able to “enable the dreams of others”. I want to thank Jeffrey Zaslow, who brought your story into my life through this article in the Sat/Sun May 3-4th 2008 Wall Street Journal. I have heard your name on the news, but did not understand until I read this article then went to the computer to watch “The Last Lecture”. You have stimulated me in a way that I have never felt before. I am looking forward to reading your book and follow my dreams.. The best to you and your family, in enjoying your time together.
May 5th, 2008 at 12:52 pm
Dear Randy You have been such an inspiration to me. I read your book from cover to cover and think about life very differently right now. I relate everything from current events in the news to everyday living to your lecture. You have given me such a wonderful gift of optomism and a refreshing way to celebrate life every day. I am sharing your story with my husband and our three daughters who are in college. I hope that they will learn to assess themselves and listen to and learn from the feedback of others. Thank you for your inspiration and for sharing so much of yourself with me. God bless you, Jai, Dylan, Logan and Chloe.
May 5th, 2008 at 12:38 pm
You seem to be attaining the ultimate awareness of self. Next stop: Nirvana. You are a teacher. 5/5/08 Boy's Day in Hawaii
May 5th, 2008 at 12:05 pm
Randy, I think about you often. I have tried to live this way all my life but sometimes life has gotten in my. I now know that it can't get in my way. Thank you for reminding me of that. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
May 5th, 2008 at 11:14 am
Randy and Family, After reading your inspirational novel and watching clips of your last lecture, I was truly inspired. I found myself glued to every page in amazement of how wise and GREAT you truly are. Every chapter provided me with lessons on how to make every day count. I am currently going into my last year of university and would only wish that every professor was as devoted and intelligent as yourself. I could only imagine the devastation of your condition and the strain that it 'could' put on a marriage and family. You have inspired me to be the best person I can possibly be. Although you may have a few months to live, you will surely live on in the lives and hearts of many. Your children, one day, when they are old enough, will realize (which I am sure they already have an idea) how magnificent their parents are. Randy and Jai, I want you both to know, yes, I am a stranger, miles and miles away, but both of you, your family, and your children will forever be in my prayers. I pray for your strength, courage, love and perserverance during the path that is set before you. Your love and strength has inspired me, and I only hope that one day I will find a love as strong and honest as yours. Thank you... You are both pillars of what humankind should be. I now find myself...not ready to hit the 'submit comment' button. I feel like the words I have wrote are nothing compared to the immense changes and revelations you have provided me with. My prayers and well wishes are with you all...and Jai, from reading about you and watching some clips of the last lecture....Randy is right....you will be just fine. As I always say 'when life throws you lemons, make some lemonade' and that is truly what the Pausch Family has been doing! Cheers, Daniela
May 5th, 2008 at 10:52 am
I read your book, wonderful, and I have sent copies to my children who now have their own children. In your book you were worried how your wife Jai could explain your death. Let me tell you how I explained this to my then 5yr old and 7yr old sons. Their Great Uncle Emilio passed away while we were living in Spain, they were very close to him. When the boys asked were he went I took then to the open window and told them to look up at the stars and he would be the one that was twinkling the most. Any time they need to speak to him just talk to the twinkling star. That seemed to be the answer for them and they would say their prayers at night then go to the window to speak to their great uncle. I hope this suggestion helps. May God bless you and yours. Gloria Vargas
Gloria J. Vargas
May 5th, 2008 at 9:44 am
Randy... I am worried because we have not had an update. It's been about a weeek. I hope it's because you are somewhere wonderful.. enjoying your family and there are no phones and computers to take your attention away from them. I just feel like I know all of you and am concerned . We all have your back here in Michigan.. I am attending church today and will pray for you and your family.. I pray from home too. I just like the feeling of going to church and feeling more connected... Thanx for sharing all that you have with us.. Still haven't gotten my tigger tattoo yet but am getting closer to doing it. Will send ya a pix when it is finished.. Have a peaceful day.. Will check in and see how you are tomorrow... Randi
May 5th, 2008 at 8:58 am
Randy, I'm italian 36 old I have lost my father at 6 and my mother at 20, I wish they had left a last lecture for my sister and me as you are doing for your childs, but any way they are perfecly still in my mind. Thank you for the book that I just finished reading, I am now looking the video, wishing the best for your family. Emanuele
Emanuele Corti Grazzi
May 5th, 2008 at 8:51 am
Dear Randy, I am just throwing this idea out there... just perhaps you can turn your body alkaline. This may in turn give you time. A darn good nutritionist can see if your body is acidic. Hey, you never know!
May 5th, 2008 at 8:11 am
I loved your book Professor Pausch. While reading your book, I laughed and cried. I am taking classes for a goal in nursing. I have highlighted a lot of passages in your book that I will apply to my life. I imagine that you will be teaching students, parents, and people all over the world for many years. I never sat in one of your classes, but after reading your book I felt like I was sitting in the front row of one of your classes. Thank you, and God Bless.
May 5th, 2008 at 7:43 am
I bought your book before leaving for holidays without knowing your history. Returnig home I was afraid to visit your website...but :-D YES! You are ALIVE! And now, that we've just met you can't go. Wait 30 or 40 years: Ok? Forza ragazzo! Adri
May 5th, 2008 at 7:00 am
Randy - You are an inspiration to all....I am a volunteer for American Cancer Society's Relay For Life in my small town. We showed your lecture at our last meeting after I saw your interview with Diane Sawyer. Usually these meetings are slightly boring and not very productive; however, your video sparked conversation that reminded each of us why we are part of Relay. I just finished your book, I read it in a matter of hours. The part that truly touched me the most was talking about your daughter. I am a major daddy's girl that even in adulthood sees my dad as a very special person in my life that would do anything for me. It saddens me that your daughter won't have her dad around to physically fight for her, but I think you are doing the next best thing. Every girl needs to know her dad will love her unconditionally and your daughter will know this....take comfort in knowing she will feel your love. I will pray for you and your family. Thank you for sharing your story and in turn making the world a little better.
May 4th, 2008 at 10:41 pm
You are inspiring for me during a difficult time. My wife of 31 years died of bile duct cancer on July 28, 2007 at our home. She was diagnosed on July 8, 2007. We had no children. Your lectures and interviews are helping me find a new "normal" as I embrace the precious gift of life again. I look forward to reading your book. Thank you. Albert Kelley, Sarasota, Florida
May 4th, 2008 at 10:37 pm
Mr. Pausch, to say your book has changed my life would be an understatement. When I was 21 I was diagnosed with having a rare tumor on my pancreas. It was the size of an apple at the time. Because this type of tumor was so rare the doctors were not sure what to do with me. I had had a biopsy and it showed no malignancy, at the same time they were not sure if it would grow and become malignant. I went and had two opinions and I was told that I only had two options, either to go ahead and have a whipple procedure done, which at the time was very risky. This was in 1994 and the death rate was high for patients who had the whipple procedure. My other option was to monitor the tumor and have scans done every three months. I was told that if I chose not to have the whipple I would not be able to have children. At 21 I chose to have the whipple. I am now 35 and very lucky that my doctor "accidentally" came across this tumor. I now have two kid's. This was obviously a life changing experience for me. Until reading your book, for the last 14 years I lived in constant fear that something similar would happen again to me. Especially after having children, the anxiety got worse. After reading your book I learned how to appreciate every moment and live every day. I am now allowing the experience I went through help me accomplish my dreams and help my children learn the skills to be able to fulfill their dreams. there was so much I learned from your book. You are truly an amazing person. You have touched so many lives. Your children are so lucky to have you as their father. Your wife Jai has also inspired me. My thoughts and prayers are with you all!
May 4th, 2008 at 8:46 pm
Hi Randy, I'm delighted to have found your web-site today and have watched all the video on line...I am touched by your story, but also pained. I wish I could speak with you...Let me tell you why. In 1992 I was diagnosed with cervical cancer and the oncolgist wanted to operate immediately. I refused. You can imagine the pressure and upset I caused amoungest my physcians as well as my family. I set out making my every waking moment a quest to beat the cancer...meaning to rid my body of the disease...I'll spare you the details, but within a year I was cancer free...I believe you can do that also. In fact, I believe you are already doing it...I hope you take this e-mail seriously and I would recommend you purchase some books by a physican named Bernie Segal...He was a great inspiration to me while I was fighting the battle... Randy, you mind can rule your body...even in your case...I'm not going to tell you to read tea leaves or drink some magic potion...but the most important thing you MUST do...is to believe in your heart (inspite of what any physican will tell you-they told me also) that your mind will take over your body and heal these cells...I honestly believe you are 75-85% all ready there...PLEASE...don't give up nor think these excellent doctors are right...they are right to a point, but they can not predict what your mind is capable of doing... Reach within your soul and find reasons you can't die, won't die, are not ready to die and then believe... I would love to correspond with you...if you so wish.... May you see the truth in where I shine the light.... Cheyanna
May 4th, 2008 at 8:27 pm
Randy- Thank you! You need to know that you will carry on not only in the lives of those you love, but in millions of others who you have inspired. It's too easy to wonder what if instead of asking why not. I am better for having known you, if only through your lecture and book, appreciate our time together and hope we meet again, even if not in this life.
May 4th, 2008 at 8:12 pm
Dear Randy and Jai, I finished the book today. I check your Carnegie Mellon site daily as I am thinking of you and the family all the time and I'm anxious to know how you are doing. I realize that the status of your health is a private family matter, though and I'm vacillating between realizing that and still wanting to see your "box score" and really hoping you are up and around, enjoying time with Jai and the kids. I've commented here earlier already expressing my feelings about the Last Lecture. My husband and I have both watched the lecture in its entirety (twice for me) and we have each read your book. My husband has watched your time management lecture and that is next on my list. We are planning to have our son watch the lecture and read the book as I think you offer wonderfully simple and essential life lessons and we share your views, though sometimes without your innate and boundless sense of optimism and courage. Those, we are working on! Jai, thank you for sharing your husband's precious time with the world and Randy, I'm so glad you needed to roar...and in doing so you pushed a boulder down a mountain and it's still gaining momentum. Your simple but very real message on life has impacted millions. Dylan, Logan and Chloe WILL absolutely be so very proud that THE Randy Pausch is their Dad. You've inspired me, Randy and Jai. Gratefully, Jeannie
May 4th, 2008 at 7:58 pm
I saw your interview with Diane Sawyer, and just finished reading your book. It made me cry. Mainly because I'm saddened that such an inspirational person will not be able to continue teaching and inspiring others. But then I just realized that through your work, that you will do just that. I am grateful that you let us be a part of your life. I admire your strength,zest for life, passion for your work, and eternal optimizm! You have made me want to strive to be a better person. Bless you and your family and know that you have touched the hearts of many forever. Susan Saldana
May 4th, 2008 at 6:56 pm
Ok, I'm not sure how I first heard of Randy and his "Last Lecture", but I'm certain that it was early one morning while I was getting ready for work with the TV on in the background. Typically the morning news programs serve mainly as background noise that I don't pay much attention to. This time was different. I remeber being really moved by the news story of Randy. Even though I was aware of the fact there was a book detailing Randy's life after learning that he has Pancreatic Cancer, and leading up to the lecture, I didn't actually buy the book until today. I had a subconcious desire to read the book (one of those ...I really want to get that book, moments). I didn't act on it until a few hours ago. I am so glad that I did. I must say that as a Veteran, there are very few things in life that can bring me to tears, but this book had me crying like a baby. There were more than a few moments when I had to put the book down, to wipe the tears away while relating to the situations that Randy had just described. I think it took me 3 hours to read the book. Once I started reading, I had to sit there and finish. Randy, may God bless you and your family. My heart goes out to all of you. Dennis McDevitt
May 4th, 2008 at 6:38 pm
Dear Mr Pausch, I live in Brasil and saw an article about you at the TV Show "Fantastico" that goes on every sunday night.I had breast cancer last year. Thanks God it did not spread around and I am with very good doctors. But the doubt is there in every little headacke. I am taking it with good humor and I try to be the most positive I can as the doctors told me I am cured due we found it at the very begining. I am praying for you and for your family: May the road rise to meet you, May the wind be always at your back, May the sun shine warm upon your face, May the rains fall soft upon your fields, And, until we meet again, May God hold you in the hollow of His hand. Carmen
May 4th, 2008 at 6:10 pm
Randy, You are truly an inspiration to the entire human race. Your insight, positive attitude, and directness is what we all need to be practicing within our lives. Your book is one that I will never forget and will read and refer to numerous times. I have three children as well two boys and a girl like yourself, and you helped me realize the importance of noticing their every moment, have it be sad or happy. Time is precious and I will spend as much as possible to be an active part of their lives and help them build their dreams. I am also an elementary school principal and I am planning on using your book to help them live their lives to the fullest, but also help their students fulfil their dreams. Randy, thank you for letting me get to know you and truly making an impact in my life. I hope to continue your impact with others! God bless you and your family! Jared
May 4th, 2008 at 5:06 pm
I saw the show with Diane S and went to work and talked about it. When telling your story my eyes filled with tears. I just finished reading your book in about 2 hours I could'nt put it down.May God bless you and your family.And enjoy every minute you have with them. Thanks for being so positive I've learned alot from you. Many thanks and GOD BLESS.
May 4th, 2008 at 2:51 pm
Randy, I just finished reading your wonderful story, but I must disagree with you on one of your last comments. You said that your life will be lost to pancreatic cancer. I would like to say that your life will never be lost, but rather embraced by the millions of lives you have touched. More importantly, the legacy you are leaving your sweet wife and children will live on and on and on. You are simply getting ready for another adventure. I would like for you to think of it as the ultimate Disney ride, for the place you are going contains no negatives. In fact, it exemplifies what you have successfully communicated to many students and friends throughout your life. Grab hold of Heaven's gates knowing that this is only the beginning. Thank you for your story. In His Name, Carol Garrison
May 4th, 2008 at 2:50 pm
I had seen the Oprah show about your lecture. I also saw the specail with Diane Sawyer. It took a few weeks for me to get a copy of your book in my small town but like others I read it in jsut a few hours. From the very first I admired what a teacher you are. I pray the cancer is just God's way of letting the whole world see what a great teacher you are. I pray you will get a miracle that will allow you to raise your 3 precious children. Please do not read this as a teacher as I know the grammer is not the best. If not a total cure I pray you make it past your wife's next birthday and this time please plan to spend the day with her. May God Bless you and give you strenght and comfort.
May 4th, 2008 at 2:48 pm
Randy your message is powerful. Thank you for letting into your life. Others with end stage cancer are living their lives similarly. This weekend Victoria Chidester competed in the US Masters Swim meet. She has Stage IV colon cancer. Defying all odds, Victoria still continues to competitively swim and undergo the rigors of chemotherapy. She is 51 years young, mother of four, and continues her high-tech career with Xilinx in Longmont, Colorado. It is a reminder to all of us that no matter what happens to us in life we always have a choice to live a strong, positive life. ~ Blessings http://jessicabond.blogspot.com/2008/05/competing-with-stage-iv-colon-cancer-in.html
May 4th, 2008 at 2:44 pm
Caro Mr. Pausch, sono un ingegnere italiano e vivo a Bari nel Sud Italia. La tua storia mi ha molto commosso per cui ti scrivo per incominciare un rapporto via e mail. Ti scrivo in italiano perchè il mio inglese è scolastico. Cerco di capire il tuo stato d'animo e ti incoraggio a proseguire la tua battaglia di vita. Abbi fiducia nella Provvidenza di Dio e spera di poter vincere il tuo male. Se il tuo messaggio è arrivato fino a me ,così lontano in Italia,sono sicuro che le tue richieste sono arrivate anche a Dio Che le esaudirà. Mettiti nelle Sue mani e anche io pregherò per te e la tua bella famiglia. Ti scriverò ancora e spero di ricevere un tuo scritto via e mail. Ti saluto, un abbraccio forte. Piero da Bari
May 4th, 2008 at 2:40 pm
My wife Cindy was diagnosed with Sporatic Islet Cell Carcinonoma head of the Pancreas, March 1999, had the "whipple surgery" same month at MD Anderson, was cancer free until 2005 when it metastasis to L-1, now stage IV, had Kyphoplasty to strengthen it, also stereotactic radiation as palliative treatment to relieve pain, we are now at MD Anderson and has a 1.5 cm in liver. We shall see liver specialist this coming. My wife has run into several patients the last 9 years and has given hope to at least 50 patients over the years. We watched Randy's testimony when he gave his "Last lecture" my wife and I loved it, and it was tear jerker, God bless you Randy and your family, My wife also needs your preayers and walks with the Holy Spirit daily, Andrew Scott
May 4th, 2008 at 2:06 pm
Hello Mr.Pausch. My english teacher read your book to us, YOU! honestly inspired me to be a better teen, I'm not saying I'm bad, but I could be doing better, and I'm truly trying, I'm glad that all your childhood dreams got granted, And your a an amazing guy to have accepted all this, I don't know what I would do if i had cancer well I'm only 15 so yes that would be bad =( but I send you my warmest wishes, and Take every day as if it were a gift, K-Packwood =)
May 4th, 2008 at 1:27 pm
Randy, I was finally able to find your book and read it in 4 hours. Your story can and will bring some much to others and I for one am so grateful for you. Very inspiring !!! You are in my thoughts and prayers as well as your family. My prayer for you is that you beat this cancer and live forever.
May 4th, 2008 at 1:08 pm
I was inspired from the Diane Sawyer special, ordered the book and it was on backorder through Amazon. I just got your book yesterday and as soon as my mail lady dropped it off, I opened it and finished reading it in a matter of hours. As a working mother of a 6 and 9 year old, my 9 year old daughter told me that she never saw me read before. : ) I must tell you that 4 years ago during our first visit as a family, my son broke his porcelin Mickey immediately after we walked out of the gift store in Disney World. A cast member saw it happen and walked us back in to the gift store and replaced it with a new one, free of charge. Well, it hooked us and 7 visits later with two more in the next 3 months, we have spent a lot of magical moments there so yes, they still do replace broken items, even if it is your fault. My 9 year old wanted to read some of the chapters which I shared with her and I am hoping that when she gets older will have the opportunity to read your inspiring book. You have a beautiful family and I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to watch your lecture and read your book, it will change my life forever.
May 4th, 2008 at 8:25 am
Cindy Cannizzaro, You can get a copy of his lecture at http://www.cmu.edu/randyslecture/ Hope this helps. Have a Great day
May 4th, 2008 at 7:46 am
I am continuing to send prayers for you and your family. You are such an inspiration. Yes your mother now must introduce you as a doctor who has certainly helped and inspired, in such a short time, more people than most doctors do in a life time!! Was wondering if there is/will be a foundation for pancreatic cancer research set up in your name to which donations can be made. Perhaps CMU could do this. So many people I've talked to would like to contribute what they can in your name, since you are the one who has brought this to our attention in such a positive way. Perhaps thru CMU alumni assoc. a way could be found to start a fund? We want to do this in your name since you mean so much to us.
May 4th, 2008 at 7:41 am
Randy, la sua è una lezione di vita che nessuno potrà mai nè dimenticare nè dimenticarLA. Mi ha dato, trasmetto e insegnato tanto..
May 4th, 2008 at 6:48 am
Dear Randy,I am reading The Last Lecture. Your story reminds me of our son-in-law, Michael, from Pittsburgh and now living in Virginia with 3 small children. He was diagnosed with tongue cancer w/lymphnode cancer in March, 2008 and removal of portion of tongue with reconstruction of tongue from transplanted arm nerve,artery and tissue, also 21 lymphnodes removed from neck.He is now starting radiation and then chemo/radiation.He received your book from a friend to read after his first surgery. You are such an inspiration to everyone and I want to thank you for your book. Michael also has a positive attitude and determination to live life to its fullest and to appreciate and enjoy his family to the fullest. I just had to share our similar story to yours. You are an in spiration to us. Thank you. Jean
May 4th, 2008 at 6:33 am
Randy, I first saw your story watching the Diane Sawyer special. I then bought the book, read it, and am now buying it for those who mean so much to me that I want them to be as influenced as I by your attitude, philosophy and courage. You have impacted the world in such a positive way(not an easy thing to do these days)that I just wanted to say thank you for allowing all of us into your life at this time when it would have been so easy to do just the opposite. Your example and the wisdom of your father will live on and change lives, attitudes and perhaps cultures. Thank you.
May 4th, 2008 at 2:28 am
Randy, I sent a message yesterday and forgot to ask how I can get a DVD copy of your lecture. It would mean so much to me to be able to show it to my husband. He has been ill, and will never be able to do allhe used to. Thank you in advance. Cindy
May 4th, 2008 at 12:07 am
After reading the book and being utterly moved by your amazing wisdom and optimism I cannot help but think how your mother will need to revise her introduction of you--This is my son Randolph a doctor who has helped thousands of people!!!! Your family's story is touching lives from coast to coast all around the globe. Your message is powerful and has changed the way I live my life and interaction with others. I hold out hope for a miracle, Randy, good things should happen to fantastic people. I am not sure you will read this but please know that your words and actions have not only left a legacy in your professional and family life but also in a simple lady here in Texas who has been extremely insipred. Thank you for sharing these intimate words.
May 3rd, 2008 at 10:53 pm
Hello Dr. Pausch, the first time I heard your lecture was on the oprah show and I was hooked so I ended up with my parents watching your entire lecture and I must say you are a great inspiration to a lot of people as someone who lives with a form of autism called asperger's, your words of encouragement about not giving up no matter what resounded again with me I also bought your book and read the whole thing in 2 days because I just could not stop reading it God bless you and your family and most of all take care Maegan
May 3rd, 2008 at 10:00 pm
Hi Randy, I just finished reading your book and enjoyed every minute of it. I must first tell you that I am not much of a reader and I finished your book in less than 24 hours. You see I just lost my husband of 20 years to pancreatic cancer on 04/25/08. He was only 41. We were high school sweethearts. We have 3 beautiful daughters, twins that are 22 and an 18 year old, who will graduate on May 31st. John was diagnosed with stage IV Pancreatic cancer on March 21, 2007. He had a mass in the tail of his pancreas and a small mass in his liver. He participated in a research study at Johns Hopkins, but chemotherapy proved to be to hard on him. He was responding well to treatment while on the study drug. His tumors were shrinking and his CA 19-9 went from 3200 to 176. We were very optimistic. I'm sure you can imagine how upset we were that he could no longer participate in the study, but John never lost faith. He thought he was being given a test and he just needed to prove to God how much he wanted to live. His chemo treatments were reduced to every other week and he seemed to tolerate this well. By Christmas of 07' he was feeling pretty awful. He developed ascites which made him extremely uncomfortable and he underwent many paracentesis to drain the fluid so, he would be comfortable for a few days. On March 20, 2008 he had a seizure and thats when we found out it had spread to his brain. He was admitted in the hospital for observation and started on steroids and antiseizure medication. During this past year we never wanted to know his prognosis. The attending in the hospital felt it was important to tell John he had 2 months to live. John stated that he did not appreciate his brutal honesty. John never gave up his fight to live. I was overwhelmed by his strength and will to live. He was a great story teller and had a huge thirst for knowledge. There weren't many things that he wasn't interested in. I thought you should know that he shared your love for Captain Kirk and William Shatner. He owned both of his music CDs. He was exactly 3 yrs old when Armstrong walked on the moon. I could go on and on, but I will end here. You and your family will be in my prayers, never give up the fight. Sincerely, Tammy
May 3rd, 2008 at 9:33 pm
Dear Randy, I read the WSJ article first, the book second, and I finally watched the full video tonight. I guess that falls in line with your thinking as I clearly didn't follow the normal order of things! Thank you for sharing so much of yourself. I can't really say anything that hasn't already been said except to congratulate you on the absolutely wonderful gift that you have given to your children and the rest of us too. Should I ever face this situation, especially with my children now in their critical teenage years, I can only hope that I am fractionally as good at passing along life's lessons and saying goodbye. God bless you and your family.
May 3rd, 2008 at 8:37 pm
Hello Randy Today I received a link of your video, it came in an email my sister sent to me, your lecture is very inspirational, I think you are giving hope in your talks, as you said, death is part of the life, and living the life is what we must do. I'm writing from a small town called Loreto in Baja California Sur, Mexico. I just want to say Thank you for your testimony of life. I would have liked to meet you a few years earlier, but never is too late, please, consider me as your friend. Respectfully Jose Dominguez
May 3rd, 2008 at 5:09 pm
Per caso ho scoperto il tuo libro...ed ora eccomi a navigare sul tuo sito...Questa sera inizierò a leggerlo, anche se guardando il tuo video e le tue foto già mi sembra di conoscerti...Mi piacerebbe poter scambiare con te delle email...Io mi occupo di psicologia oncologica... vivere a così stretto contatto con il dolore non è mai facile.. e tu riesci a dare a tutti messaggi di speranza... i tuoi figli saranno per sempre orgogliosi del loro papà....GRAZIE... ti scriverò presto il mio commento al libro...SEI UNA PERSONA MERAVIGLIOSA... A presto Marilena Banfi
May 3rd, 2008 at 4:36 pm
Hi Randy: You have so greatly impacted me life! You wandered in on a "Yahoo" link and I have now been swept away and captivated by your words of joy, wisdom and a positive outlook on every moment of life. You are the first person I have met who values the Tigger/Eyore relationship and applies to to lifetstyle. Tigger is definitively my hero as now are you! When I think of the "Energized Tigger" YOU will be right next to him bouncing as you do in spirit if not in body. You have touched my life and left an indelible foot print of a large Tigger bounce. This world is so much better a place for your presence. We should all face our "brick walls" with the ladders you build. God bless you, fellow Tigger! I KNOW you will never stop bouncing! Your words haunt and remain with me always. Dr. Donna Swagers
Dr. Donna Swagers
May 3rd, 2008 at 1:54 pm
Dear Randy, I have used my last magic wish to pray for return of your health. I have used the last two for two of my friends who faced formidable tasks, but both succeeded. I trust that my praying worked to some extent. I have kept the last one unused until I know what happened to you. I am proud of the decision I made. Whatever we did for you, you and your wonderful family deserve. I instinctly believe that now is NOT your time.
May 3rd, 2008 at 1:31 pm
Hi Randy, I am really touched. You have showed courage and strength that will inspire us and generations ahead. If you have sometime, you can watch Indian Bollywood Hindi old classic Movie " Anand (1970)"..with English subtitle. I could see a real story of Anand within you. ! You are simply great. God bless you. Regards sandeep
May 3rd, 2008 at 1:29 pm
Dear Randy and Jeffrey I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed the book and the Lecture's,(yes I watched both The Last Lecture and Time Mangement) So much my husband and I went out and bought 10 more to give out as gifts or to anyone who it might help out with their dreams. Thanks so much for you both have done in this book.It helped me out a great deal. Thanks again. The Levasseur Family
May 3rd, 2008 at 12:27 pm
After being mesmerized by your lecture, I taped a segment on tv (I believe it was Prime Time) and had my family watch. We have been so profoundly touched by you. I know you are doing this for your children but my children received a gift from you as well. I bought your book (several times) and tell everyone that you are my hero. I don't say that very often. I just read a May 1st comment from Ann Boyle asking about a video. I think there are a lot of people, including me that would love to have a DVD of your lecture. Is that available anywhere?
May 3rd, 2008 at 12:18 pm
Randy, I have just finished reading your book a friend gave it to me to read. The messages you have in your book are truly amazing, everyone one can definitely learn from reading it. I plan to have my girls read it. I am asking God to hold you and your family in the palm of his hand and that he will give you comfort and strength. Wishing you all the best and praying for God's blessings upon you and your family. Thank you so much for your honesty, talent, and never ending love. You have truly left your footprints on many hearts. Janet S
May 3rd, 2008 at 11:25 am
Reading WSJ article and watching the video have flooded me with tides of joy and inspriation. Yes, and a few tears. Your joy of life has reminded me of the importance of living life to the fullest and value of leaving a legacy. My father taught me that leaving a legacy requires three things: (1) Have a family (2) Write a book (3) Plant a tree. All you need to do, it seems, is to plant that tree.
May 3rd, 2008 at 10:59 am
Dear Randy, When I was 14, over 20 years ago, I was a member of a youth organization. Events happened there that scarred me for many years. I left the group and rarely looked back. Now, I have the opportunity to participate in a special gathering of the alumni...and I chose to go and try to reclaim the experience for me. When I went to a preliminary meeting a terrible misunderstanding occured and the old feelings and self-doubts came flooding back. My first reaction was to "get away" and this time "for good." I was pouting, trying to decide what to do when I picked up your book. There, like a celestial 2x4 to the head: "Never make a decision until you have to." I was trying to force a decision while emotional, tired and hungry. The light of day brought all the facts out and the 5 restless hours through the night gave me the time to sort through my concerns. I waited to make my decision about staying or leaving...and it was the best thing I could have done. I ended up staying and have found that I am having the time of my life! Thank you for that small sentence that made all the difference. You never know what action or word might change someone's life.
May 3rd, 2008 at 10:36 am
I viewed your lecture on-line, and rushed out to buy your book. You are truly an inspiration. Clearly your story and message has touched a multitude of lives, including my own. Your wife and children are very blessed to have you in their lives. Thank you for sharing a bit of yourself with the world.
May 3rd, 2008 at 9:43 am
I love your book it was great love chelsea
May 3rd, 2008 at 9:26 am
Dear Randy: I have just finished reading your book, and I have already met you through watching portions of your video on the Oprah show. Thank you for validating my philosophies and beliefs that I am now enacting in my life. It is good to kn ow that I am headed in the right direction. Without going into great detail, I have had a journey that took me a long time to take, learning about myself, and how the decisions that I make, greatly affect the person I will be. I am still in the learning stages, and I hope to continue to be until Adonai takes me home. The best part of your lecture is that it gives me courage to continue to be myself, mistakes and all. It also gives me permission to live life to the fullest on my terms; or at least as much as Adonai will allow me too on my terms. For that I am that I am extremely grateful. You will always be around, even when you're not, and that is comforting in a way. If you have ever seen the movie "Ghost", you will understand my meaning. To Jai and the kids, I believe as Randy, that you will make it, because even though Randy may not be there in the physical sense, he will always be there in the abstract sense. I like keeping in touch with folks. When you are ready, please feel free to drop a line. God bless you Randy. And thank you for giving me an extra boost in learning to live life the way it should be: HONESTLY, and with great feeling.
Andrea L. Main
May 3rd, 2008 at 6:28 am
I had never heard of you until today, when I went the WSJ page (which I do maybe once a year) looking for a particular article. On the main page, there was a link to Jeffrey Zaslow's story on your final farewell. I never read such stories, because the cynic in me always says somebody is trying to manipulate a sad story to sell a newspaper. But today I clicked, and I read the whole story, which led me to your page and your videos, which I saw in full. I must say that I have heard a fair amount of inspirational stories, but none of them have ever shaken me out of my skepticism and endless dreariness about what I cannot control. But today was different. Your video allowed me to gain some understanding into things which were always beyond my grasp. My father died of cancer many years ago, but his passing left an indelible mark on me. Until today, I could never really understand how his optimism could go all the way to the end of his life, let alone how it could overrun those days when his mood was not so high. That, together with the fact that men in his family have a very low life expectancy resulting from cancer in all cases, have weighed very heavily on my shoulders for many years. As a result, I went from a very clear-headed, decisive and focused young man to nearly the opposite as an adult. This condition only worsened since my child was born a couple of years ago. It has made all my decisions, such as quitting a high-paying job that I hated, difficult. Big decisions like that have been an ordeal, not only because I always wonder endlessly about whether they are right or not, but also because I have obsessed too much about whether I am using my time adequately in case the family “heritage” continues. As you can probably guess, my time use has been the opposite of adequate. As I write this, I am trying to get through the final leg of school, at a time when my malaise has kept me from being effective and efficient in my studies, with the corollary effect that I also have failed to spend enough quality time with my family. Your video reminded me of my father, who once told me, after giving a gift that I noted was beyond his means, that money comes and goes and changes hands many times. A stern man, that time he looked very gentle and a little forlorn; he told me that we always know how much money we have, need or want. But our time is always finite and we never know how much we have. I apologize for the long disquisition, which I will stop here. I wish you and your family the best in your journey. I do not have the honor of personally knowing you, but accept my gratitude for your message. I will not say it has changed me --time will tell-- but I certainly can say that right now there is no heavy weight on my shoulders. S.P.
May 3rd, 2008 at 4:29 am
Randy, You have inspired me so. I am an RN, specialing in Labor, Delivery, Well Newborn, Special Care Nursery, and Hospice. I have shared your story, and am awating delivery of your book. All my prayers are with you and your family. Love,
Cindy Cannizzaro RN
May 2nd, 2008 at 9:31 pm
Since reading your book, I have determined to write my memoirs for my children. Coincidentally I received an impressive from a former neighbor in praise of my deceased husband. Your book said all the things I have tried to say. If your wife and children are anything like my twelve children and I are, they will never forget their most exceptional father. Thand you for sharing your most personal and spiritual thoughts with me and the rest of the world. Sincerely yours, Marilyn Gallagher
May 2nd, 2008 at 8:43 pm
Randy, you have too many notes and prayers to go through. You're not likely to see this thank you. Your book, rather, how you have dealt with your crisis inspires me to make something of my life. Your story came into my life at a time I most needed. Many thanks. May God bless you and your family. Kindest regards.
May 2nd, 2008 at 8:02 pm
WHOOO HOOOO!!!! *WAVES* Randy, hope this gets your attention. I heard your story on Radio 4 in the UK, just a short snippet. It bugged my thoughts all day till I got home and delved into the internet. I watched your 'Last Lecture' and I have read numerous websites, and ordered your book. NEVER have I been inspired so much by one man and I will take this as one of those pivotal moments in my life. Seriously We can all learn a lot from you, hats off to your passion and love of life, you are one of the chosen and I look forward to shaking your hand, becuase if there is a heaven I will. God bless you on your journey.
May 2nd, 2008 at 6:08 pm
Brick wall. What I really wanted to do was write you a real, old-fashioned letter. So, I took your advice and thought I would just ask: How can I send a real life piece of snail mail your way? :)
May 2nd, 2008 at 12:51 pm
Randy, I'm sending special prayers to you and your family every day. Everyone is thinking of you and praying. I would give up anything in a heart beat if it would bring back your health and life. You are an incredible husband, father and teacher. God bless you. Nancy
May 2nd, 2008 at 10:59 am
Randy - (you seem much too familiar to call Mr. Pausch) I just finished reading your book. Your life is truly blessed & that you recognize those blessings at this time in your life is such an inspiration. I plan on asking my soon to be 18 year old son to read your book - he is in such a hurry for life. I hope your thoughts will inspire him to savor the present while making dreams for the future. My father died suddenly at a seemingly very healthy 79 years old. He was precious to us - no matter how much time you have had with someone you are never ready to let them go. I am thankful that he and my mother shared many wonderful years together & that I was so blessed to have such a wonderful father in my life. Your family is also blessed and will always remember you for the love you have shown to them. You could leave no greater legacy than that!
May 2nd, 2008 at 9:57 am
Thank you for sharing your wisdom. I realized when I turned 30 this year that I had lived a great life so far and accomplished all of the dreams I had set out as a child...becoming an astronaut(going to space camp), working at MoMA, living in NYC(getting a masters and working toward a PhD), changing the world(through international volunteering, etc), and seen U2 in concert(Madison Sq. gardens). I realized that I had lived a very great life, accomplished all of these things I had ever dreamed of, and now, the rest is just gravy. Thanks for reminding me about what is important in life. Your experience has really helped me see how to 'live'. Its not about taking the job that gives you the highest $$ amount, but the one that lets you live on a boat while doing it! My heart is with you and your family.
May 2nd, 2008 at 8:25 am
HI Randy.. My friend was on her way to mass and i text her to remind her to keep you and your family in her prayers.. HOpe the sun is shining over your home.. If no where else.. your home should have it.. I can't go for long during the day without you and your family crossing my mind. Sometimes I get weepy and sometimes I smile. HOpe your getting your energy back.. I am sure the kids are very energetic and hard to keep up with anyway without having an illness that can slow you down.. YOur fight and inner and outer strength along with your faith will pull you through.. Have a day of wonderful Randy.. Randi
May 2nd, 2008 at 7:07 am
hi Mr. pausch my name is calin and i am 12 i read your book and saw you on you tube you are awsome i liked it so much i am doing my speach on you
May 2nd, 2008 at 6:20 am
Thank-you!! I bought your book at 2.00pm today it is now 9.45pm and I have just finished reading it. As a survivor of cancer I am in awe of the gift you have left not only your children, but us as well- the chance to learn a little about a truly remarkable man Maree Phillipps Adelaide Australia
May 2nd, 2008 at 6:16 am
Dear Randy, After watching The Last Lecture in my senior English class, it truly inspired me. I have never been so influenced by what one person has said. Your opinions and outlook on life are so genuine and rare. I understand what you and your family are going through, my father died 6 months ago from cancer. I want you to know that in time your family will grow stronger. You will live on through your kids even though they are still young. They will realize how incredibly lucky they are to have a dad like you. Stay strong.
May 2nd, 2008 at 5:27 am
Randy, I just finished your amazing book. Your words have touched my heart. Being a woman approaching my mid-fifties, you have given me insight on the changes I want to make in my own life. Especially those "brick walls" you have given me a new outlook how to approach those brick walls. Hopefully, when my time on earth is done my family and friends will say I lived a Tigger life. May God be with you and your family today and always. Your children will always know how lucky they were to have you as their Dad.
May 2nd, 2008 at 1:43 am
I have just read your book here in Italy (Italian translation), what a true inspiration you are! Despite this seemlessly no-win situation you have done something that other people will never do in the longest life-time... Thank you for showing us the power of dreams.
May 2nd, 2008 at 12:57 am
Its not at all easy to share pain in a humorous way. He has been an inspiration to the entire community of Carnegie Mellon University. I am honored to be a part of this community and have a Professor like him who not gives words of wisdom but also shows it how to do it. Thanks a lot. Its indeed a pleasure to listen "Last Lecture" again and again. Ayush Raman Graduate Student, Carnegie Mellon.
May 1st, 2008 at 10:03 pm
Dear Randy Pausch, Your book has truly inspired me. I couldn't keep my eyes off of it for a moment (i had to read the book hiding it under my desk during class a couple of times). I want to thank you for inspiring and influencing my life with your book/lecture, and for touching the heart of an ignorant high school junior such as me.I only hope the best for you, Jai, and your wonderful three children. Though, it might not mean too much, you will always be one of the great,influential figures in my life (yes, greater than Newton,Twain, and George Clooney ::]). Your ability to stay optimistic and go on with your life, even when threatened with a terminal disease, is truly a trait that i admire. After reading your book i have made another goal on my 'goal-list' to change my outlook on life and go on a path more like yours. And again, thank you for inspiring me and handing me the tools in leading a better,fulfilling life. I know that only good and wonderful things will happen to your family.
May 1st, 2008 at 8:10 pm
While having just recently viewed the 70 min video, I realize that I am late "to the table". I must say, Professor Pausch's last lecture so moved me, that for the past month I have been telling everyone (and anyone who will listen) that they need to witness the video. Never have I said.... yeah this IS COMPLETELY what "IT" is all about... if only we, as a human race, could aspire to live at least half the love of life as Randy has, for all that life has to offer.... WOW, what a life that would be... There is no doubt in my mind that whatever the future brings, Randy's Spirit will live on in many, many, many people from all around the world! God's Speed to all people...
May 1st, 2008 at 7:55 pm
Just finished the book. Anyone who reads it will look at life in a different light. It was hard to put down. I also ordered the DVD.My mother-in-law died of kidney cancer 4 years ago and the children and grandchildren are still coping with her death. I will buy copies of the book for family members. God Bless you and your family through this difficult time for you all. D Wolfe
May 1st, 2008 at 7:19 pm
Dear Randy, I am a senior at Huron High School. We were recently given the opportunity to watch your last lecture and a 20/20 special about your lifestyle outside of work. Let me just say that it was extremely refreshing to see someone that has such a beautiful outlook on life. I am certain that you have heard this millions of times, but you truly are an inspiration to me. You made me realize that I put far too little meaning on time. How is it that you have a terminal illness and take nothing for granted, while I am perfectly fine and take just about everything for granted? It makes me feel like a very selfish person. Your energetic spirit and overall personality is obviously the type that can have a lasting impact on the lives of many people, even if they only met you for a short second. Although you may not be there while your children grow up, I know that they will never stop hearing of all your wonderful accomplishments in life. You and the messages you have sent to the world are a blessing that I am sure many people will continue to or start to live by. You have touched so many lives, even if it was utterly unintentional, and that in itself is a serious accomplishment. Thank you for being the cardinal turning point in my life. I wish you and your family all the best of luck in life and may God bless you! Sincerely, Jill
May 1st, 2008 at 6:13 pm
Adulthood Dream! Head fake- your head says your going to die but your heart can say something else.
May 1st, 2008 at 2:56 pm
I am a cancer surviver twice now and so is my sister. Her husband is fighting colon cancer right now. He was given 1 year to live without chemo and 2 with. This Nov it will be 5 years. We have all learned never to give up. I live each day as if it is the first day. I just finished reading you book and I want to send it to my sister. You give all who have read your book, a glimce into the life of a true hero. Thank you for share this with me. Linda Graumann
May 1st, 2008 at 2:28 pm
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Pausch, Simply put; Thank you for sharing your beautiful souls with the world! "walk by faith, not by sight" May God's Peace and Light continue to be with you and your family. Jennifer M
May 1st, 2008 at 2:05 pm
Randy, I deeply admire you. I lost my uncle last one year ago this past January to pancreatic cancer. I cried my eyes out when I saw you on Oprah. This is one of the most terminal and painful forms of cancer as you know and yet you and my uncle found a way to see life diffrently inspite of the outcome. He survived maybe six months after the diagnosis but he taught my entire family how to live and how to trust God regardless of what was going on. As he began to slip away, he let us know that he was ready to go and left with so much dignity and so much grace that I have learned to accept that death is a part of life and we should live the days we are here to our fulliest as you so well stated in your lecture. I wish you well on your journey here.
May 1st, 2008 at 1:35 pm
Thank you so much for letting "us" in. I have been following your story but your book made a closer connection for me. I loved it and can't wait for everyone I know to read it. You were meant to impact alot of people during your lifetime, but most importantly your children. Your stories and pictures of your childhood reminded me so much of my brother and I! I am a year younger than you and we too had the World Book Encyclopedias and laughed, learned and dreamed during those seemingly simpler times. I just love your way with words and am inspired when people say or do the right thing. I have 20 adenomas in my liver that are behaving themselves for now, so I know that live may have challenges at some point. I hope to have your courage and spirit. I am honored to write to you and wish you and your family Peace.
May 1st, 2008 at 1:30 pm
Hi Randy. I just finished reading your book on a flight back from Oakland. I told my wife that it's probably not good to finish reading this in a confined space with a group of strangers. I made it seem like the overhead air was causing my eyes to water. Your approach to life, love of Jai and your children is inspirational. My mom died of pancreatic cancer about 20 years ago when she was 65. Your book has touched me in many ways. I was with her on her last day. She squezzed my hand, smiled and told me it was o.k. My wife and kids are the only ones that I know this. I have a 34 year old son with two children and my daughter and her husband have two boys and a new baby girl. I've always struggled to find them appropriate gifts for Fathers Day. I now what to give them. I am so grateful that I was had the love and support to follow my dream to become and architect and that my son has followed his dream to become a teacher. He's been at the fifth grade level for over ten years and still loves it. My son in law followed his dream after his B.A. in business and pursued a nursing degree, which is his true calling in life. I have such a greater appreciation for life and what is important over the last six year, when my high school sweetheart of 38 years was diagnosed with breast cancer. Thankfully, she has been clear of any problems since then. We all have a greater appreciation of life because of it. Life is so precious and every day we spend with the ones we love is a blessing. You and Jai are a true inspiration. Your life is being paid forward in many ways throughout the world by thousands that you have never met. We are all thankful that we have had the opportunity to meet you. We will all keep you in our prayers as you face new challenges and we are hopeful that every day will bring joy and peace. Sincerely, Jim M. Irvine, Ca. p.s. This is the first time I have been compelled to write to someone's blog. You can probably tell by my lack of abbreviations and word shortcuts. Jim
May 1st, 2008 at 12:01 pm
Hi Randy: I was reading our local paper this morning and Toronto researchers will be studying pancreatic cancer. We have top medical personal and scientists who will be trying to discover a cure for this dreaded cancer. I pray that they will succeed. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Cara
May 1st, 2008 at 11:56 am
Dear Randy, I’ve never thought of my life as limited. I am guilty of taking advantage and never fully appreciating the little things in my life. Watching your last lecture has really opened my eyes to the reality that I don’t have forever. You’ve taught me that I need to live life to the fullest, follow my dreams and have no regrets. I want to thank you for what you have taught me and I wish the best for you and your family. Allison Schaefer
May 1st, 2008 at 11:49 am
I just finished reading the book, The Last Lecture. Randy, you are so upbeat, your attitude is wonderful, I loved reading the book and learning from you and even identifying with you sometimes. Why am I crying? Maybe it is because you have so much to live for, so much to contribute, I will lose some of me, with you. I am told I have a positive attitude as I live with Muscular Dystrophy, with it's daily muscle atrophying and accompanying weakness. I saw your interview with Diane Sawyer, but I still will be watching the actual last lecture. God be with you! You are an inspiration! Sincerely, Jeri
May 1st, 2008 at 11:36 am
i have been practicing medicine for 46 years and have used some alterative methods. one of which has been graviola. a major pharmaceutical company kept it quiet for six years trying to alter the make up so they could patent it. they couldn't. it cames from the rainforest and has helped many cancers in my experience. randall lakosky
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May 1st, 2008 at 11:15 am
Dear Randy; Re: Your Adult Dream. I heard your lecture and what a shame it would be if the only hope human beings had to beat death was the scientific method. As strange as it may seem, hope doesn't get things done. Faith does it, the God kind of faith. God believes that those things that are not as though they are. Not seeing is believing but believing is seeing. He said light be and it was. According to Jesus' admonition in Mark 11:22... "have the faith of God (the God kind of faith)...if you doubt not in your heart, but believe that those things you say will be done, you will have what you say". Can the scientific method be applied to faith? The God kind of faith creates things by the spoken word (changes things). Could you speak to pancreatic cancer and it obey you? If the Word is in your mouth and in your heart? Instead of you dying the cancer dies. Isaiah 55:11 says "so shall my word be as it proceeds out of my mouth, it shall not return to me void but shall accomplish that which I please and shall prosper where to I send it." These are foolish questions to be sure, obvious. Would it please you to beat death in front of the whole world. Would it please you to spend a normal life span with your family? Would it please you to contribute more to your career and the people you know you can help? Use your remaing strength to see what God has already done for those that love Him (believe Him, His Word). For faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. Sincerely Yours in Jesus; Tom PS, if you read this please let Randy do it to. TAP
May 1st, 2008 at 10:59 am
Dear Randy, "Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path" (psalm 119:105). After watching your Last Lecture, I was truly inspired and very impressed. Although many people find it nearly impossible to not sweat the small stuff in life, you have shown us that it can be done. I am so grateful to have been touched by your actions and words. You have gone out and made a difference in your world as well as the world of others. You left an impression on everything and everyone you touch. "Whenever you look ahead, be optimistic." You have shown everyone the brighter side of life. You have taught me how there is good even in the worse situations. Many times I took my life and the people in it for granted. I worried about the small details in life, but I have now realized that all those worries only took away parts of my life. It is hard for many people to adjust their lives and become so optimistic, but you have showed us how important your attitude is. You have truly inspired me Dr. Pausch, and I am so grateful that you have impacted my life in such a positive way. You have showed us all that we cannot choose the situations that life brings to us, but we can choose the attitude we will use to face them. You are truly a hero and inspiration to many people. Thank you for your support and motivation. Jamie Bartlett, Huron Ohio
May 1st, 2008 at 10:02 am
I am a current college student who is a cancer survivor and would love to give a presentation on "The Last Lecture." I think it is very inspirational. Where can I get a transcript of the reprise version, from the presentation given on Opraha? Thanks.
May 1st, 2008 at 10:00 am
HI Randy.. I am still working on my time management skills. I am a work in progress. I deep down have wanted to write a book and possibly have idea for a second book that would be a great sitcom and think about it all the time. I have been afraid to move forward .. until you.. I have read many books. listened to lectures about self help and being sucessful but didn't really get it.. I get it because of you and your sharing of your thoughts and fears. Thank you for sharing yourself with us . YOu have influenced many people in a positive way.. YOu are a miracle.. God Bless you and your family.. many prayers.. Randi Ocallaghan
May 1st, 2008 at 9:46 am
Dear Randy and Jai, I have really enjoyed reading your book. I have been inspired by your book. I love the part about whining and that it is a waste of time and energy! and it doesn't make us any happier. TRUE! My mom passed away about 3.5 years ago. She wrote a letter to my Dad, and my siblings stating that she was able to tell people how they affected her life when she was here with us and that if it wasn't for this cancer, she would not have met so many nice people on her journey to try and get better. She was an optomist all the time! Her glass was always half full!Besides being my Mom she was my friend and I miss her terribly but I know she is watching over my family. All I can say is that you just take one day and a time and do they best you can everyday that you are here. Thank you again for sharing your story. I wish you and your family well. You are in my prayers. Jai, remember to take one day at a time. Fondly, Patty Ullrich
May 1st, 2008 at 9:29 am
Thank goodness I found this site as I've been wanting to write to you, Randy & Jai. Of course, I saw The Last Lecture and also have the book. You are a wonderful couple and family and I think of you both every day. I'm not the most optimistic person in the world. I tend to worry a lot about things that I can certainly change. You've helped reframe a lot of this for me. I too wish for a miracle for you; that your life will be extended and you won't have to live with That hanging over your head. Confronting the reality of your situation head-on, as you do, though, I am wishing and praying for the very best of times as you live whatever time you have left. I feel like I know you and Jai! Thank you for sharing your lives and your heartbreak with the world - you can see the ENORMOUS good that just being YOU has done. I'm so incredibly grateful to be "part" of this, albeit in cyberspace. I know I will be thinking of the Pausch family for the rest of my life. I love you all.
May 1st, 2008 at 9:26 am
Dear Mr. Pausch, I’m writing you this letter in pure admiration. I’m not quite sure what to say, because I’m sure that you’ve heard it all, but I wanted to let you know that you’ve inspired me so much. Recently in my English class we stared watching your lecture at Carnegie Melon University. We watched it over the span of three days, and every day your brave spirit and childlike wonder left me in awe. I’ve always been a believer in questioning everything and not accepting anyone’s truth as your own. You’ve been so adventurous throughout your life, and accomplished so much. I can’t even begin to explain how envious I am of your tiger-like courage and strength. Since I’ve seen the lecture, I’ve rushed out to Borders and purchased your book “The Last Lecture.” I finished it the first night. Your story is so appealing. Every day I think about your story and wonder how you manage. I hope that while you’re reading this, you and your family are still in good spirits. You’re giving so many people faith in their lives, and every life you touch will be forever grateful. Thank you so much for the lovely gift you’ve given me and the world. Sincerely, Cody Hensley
May 1st, 2008 at 9:24 am
Dear Mr. Pausch, My classmates and I have been watching the video of “The Last Lecture” in my senior English class and we felt compelled to get a hold of you. You are truly inspiring. I only wish to have half of your determination and charisma when I get older. I know that if I were facing the same situation I would not have the courage that you have shown. I would like to thank you for such an amazing speech. I know that in years to come your children and wife will come to appreciate the message you left behind. I really admire your attitude toward life and hope that I can take with me in my journey through life. I can’t wait to go out into the world and achieve all of the goals that I’ve set for myself and I know now that if you do have a dream it will come true. I want to live my life to the fullest and you’ve taught me that I can do anything I put my mind to. My childhood dream was to become a horse trainer. I’ve had horses since I was nine and maybe I’ll still be able to train horses. I also wanted to be a librarian; I was a weird kid. Even though I’m not that into virtual realty stuff I think you really mad a difference to your students and everyone else involved. I thought that the Alice project was so cool that you are trying to get more females involved in science and computers. You truly made a difference in this world and I hope that you see that. I know that I don’t know you but I’m extremely proud of you and all of your accomplishments. Thank you again for your incredible speech.
May 1st, 2008 at 9:05 am
Dear Randy Pausch, I found your speech very inspiring just as many others have too. Your ability to make the best out of a very difficult situation extremely up-lifting. Too often we are all guilty of taking life for granted and not honestly taking time to appreciate how fortunate we truly are. I don’t know if you are familiar with the basketball coach from NC State, Jimmy Valvano. Coach Valvano coached college basketball for 19 years and in 1983 he won the NCAA National Championship. Later on he was diagnosed with metastetic bone cancer in June of 1992. Shortly after he died at the 1993 ESPY awards he gave an extraordinary speech much like “ The Last Lecture”. Jimmy Valvano discussed his illness and how it could effect his spirit or mind. ESPN plays his speech every year around the time of the ESPY’s. One memorable quote that has stuck with from his speech is “ to live everyday to the fullest. I feel that the advice given by coach Valvano and your “Last Lecture” are ways to get more out of life. Sincerely, Dave Finney
May 1st, 2008 at 8:54 am
I loved your lecture so much Mr. Pausch. You inspired me to be the best person I could ever be ever. I don't know how you find the courage to go about your day as wonderfully as you do, but you somehow find the courage to do it. I love your view on life, because I believe I am a "Tigger" as well! I also believe that there is no point in walking around being an "Eeyore." I try to be a nice figure in my friends’ lives. I always try to have a smile on my face and a nice comment ready for everyone. I try to bring a positive outlook to a lot of people that aren’t doing so well. When I see a person walking down the street with a frown, I try to turn it upside down! I also enjoy your satirical humor. I also believe I carry such a sense of humor as well, so I can relate to you. I also love your head fakes. They bring a much needed twist to your lectures. Before hearing your lecture I never gave Carnegie Mellon a thought as my school of choice, but now I am going to try to enter their graduate program in four years. Thank you very much, Mr. Pausch.
May 1st, 2008 at 8:49 am
Dear Mr. Pausch, As a senior at Huron High School, I have had a great opportunity to watch your “Last Lecture.” I thought that this was a great experience and really enjoyed what you had to say. Recently, my grandmother has been struggling with different diseases and your speech has helped me realize that no matter what happens, everything will be okay. You have taught me to live life to the fullest. I am also at a rough time of my life, with college coming up next year and I have been fighting with my parents. These are the brick walls that I need to overcome. They are obstacles that I know I can get over and will make me a stronger person. Once again, I would like to say thank you for everything you have taught me. Sincerely, Carlee Lehrer
May 1st, 2008 at 7:39 am
I have seen you on TV several times, my husband listens to you on radio, and NOW, just days ago on Monday, my friend (57) was daignosed with Pancreatic Cancer ....it is confined to the head of the pancreas. I'm reasearching myself silly for her...and sent her this site. I'm sure it will bless her, inform her and encourage her with your never ending optimistic spirit and will to live. May God hold you very close to himself and bless your family. Your time and effort into this website and your tv appearance have helped others with what is a very devastating illness. My own husband is a two time cancer survivor of colon cancer at age 39 and melanoma (another deadly killer cancer) at age 50. We know all the feelings, emotions, chemo, yada yada......not a fun journey, but one called to travel by millions. WE MUST FIND A CURE ! Blessings and Health, Nan
May 1st, 2008 at 7:05 am
I ORDERED (2) OF THE DVD'S SEVERAL WEEKS AGO. HAS ANYONE HAD TROUBLE OR A DELAY IN RECEIVING THERES? I MISPLACED MY ORDER AND THIS SITE DOES NOT GIVE AN OPTION "TO CONTACT". THANKS
May 1st, 2008 at 6:19 am
Dear Randy, I am a senior this year at Huron High School in Huron, OH by Lake Erie. I just watched your “Last Lecture” this past week in school and it really caught my attention. I thought it was very inspiring that you could be so happy and positive and still do all of these great things knowing that you don’t have much longer to live. When I first heard you say that you were dying I was shocked. I didn’t understand how anyone could be so positive about life when they knew they were not going to be around much longer, but as your speech went on, and I heard you talk about your lessons and philosophies about life and started to see the kind of person you are, I started to understand why. I learned a lot from your talk about how to live my life and I took the things you said and am now applying them to my own life. Your lecture really helped me with my whole outlook on life and just my general attitude toward everything. I realize that this is probably a small thing to you but I just wanted to thank you and show my appreciation for your inspiring speech and what you have been able to accomplish. Sincerely, Greg Jeffrey
May 1st, 2008 at 6:11 am
I just wanted to thank you for helping me change my outlook on life. I tend to take many things for granted, especially my family. Seeing the way you cherish every moment and every person close to you made me realize how much I was overlooking certain things. It’s easy to get caught up in petty drama and become swayed by negativity, but your unwavering optimism and hunger for life totally changed my perspective. Not to mention the fact that you’re hilarious and I found your lecture insanely entertaining. You don’t take anything, including yourself, too seriously, and I hope to become more that way. I found your lecture very easy to relate to because you discussed something everyone probably remembers: his or her childhood dreams. I even share the same love of winning stuffed animals, though my coordination typically doesn’t allow me. Most importantly, I would just like you to know how inspiring I found your lecture. It takes a truly amazing person to make such an impact on so many people. I wish all of the best to you and your family.
May 1st, 2008 at 3:45 am
I was truly inspired by Randy's book. I wish I could have read it 30 years ago. My thoughts and prayers go to Randy and his family. I have 5 grandchildren who I will tell about this book and suggest that they read it when they get old enough. Hang in there Randy and enjoy every minute that you ahve left with your beautiful family.
May 1st, 2008 at 12:41 am
I am writing from Geraldton in Western Australia. I am trying to purchase a copy of your video for our school library. Are there outlets for this in Australia? Please advise. Many thanks.