Randy Pausch and too many others

When I read yesterday that Randy Pausch kicked, it felt like he had kicked me in the chest. Left side, just below the nipple. Pancreatic cancer haunts me. August 20th will mark me old man’s b-day and Oct 16 will mark 1 year since dad made the Q-sign (his pet name for death – head with tongue hangin’ out).
Not a big fan of any of the cancers per se, but pancreatic smells worst to my personal experiences. Within the past 2 days, our family lost 2 more friends to that cancer – both diagnosed late last year.

Randy Pausch took his accidental fame and became a sort of posterboy for pancreatic cancer. His Last Lecture has been viewed over 4 million times and should be viewed 4 million more at least. However, I’d like to see his testimony to the Labor, Health, and Human Services Subcommittee hit numbers like that so more know what makes pancreatic cancer smell bad to lots and lots of folks. His testimony is so much my dad’s story it’s maddening. How many other people have said that, I wonder? I wonder if we can have less people come to say that. Last Lecture makes a point of not discussing his cancer. His testimony, naturally, make a point of specifically addressing it. Both should be watched. Last Lecture concerns bringing childhood dreams to fruition. His testimony is about bringing my and many other’s present dream to fruition… a long-deserved breakthrough in pancreatic cancer treatment.

3 Responses to “Randy Pausch and too many others”

  1. Matthew Landau Says:

    Thank you, David. I am also sad about Prof. Pausch, and his testimony brings about some cathartic tears. If you get a chance, Walter Payton’s autobiography, Never Die Easy, is a touching account of primary sclerosing cholangitis, which by the grace of God, I do not have.

    Life is truly amazing and in a sense, I think the knowledge of mortality is also a gift because it can bring one’s life into focus when God grants us such a vision.

    Much love,

  2. Travis Says:

    Just stoping by to say hi

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