Dream New Dreams: Reimagining My Life after Loss

Dream New Dreams: Reimagining My Life after Loss

by Jai Pausch
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Dream New Dreams: Reimagining My Life after Loss by Jai Pausch

A remarkably frank, deeply moving, and inspiring memoir by Jai Pausch, whose husband, Randy, wrote the bestseller The Last Lecture while battling pancreatic cancer.
"Jai is such a giver that she often forgets to take care of herself," Randy Pausch wrote about his wife. "Jai knows that she’ll have to give herself permission to make herself a priority."
     In Dream New Dreams, Jai Pausch shares her own story for the first time: her emotional journey from wife and mother to full-time caregiver, shuttling between her three young children and Randy’s bedside as he sought treatment far from home; and then to widow and single parent, fighting to preserve a sense of stability for her family, while coping with her own grief and the challenges of running a household without a partner.
 Jai paints a vivid, honest portrait of a vital, challenging relationship between two strong people who faced a grim prognosis and the self-sacrificing decisions it often required. As she faced life without the husband she called her “magic man,” Jai learned to make herself a priority to create a new life of hope and happiness—as she puts it, to “feel a spark of my own magic beginning to flicker.”
     Dream New Dreams is a powerful story of grief, healing, and newfound independence. With advice artfully woven into an intimate, beautifully written narrative, Jai’s story will inspire not only the legions of readers who made The Last Lecture a bestseller, but also those who are embarking on a journey of loss and renewal themselves.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781410449603
Publisher: Gale Cengage Learning
Publication date: 08/16/2012
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 357
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

JAI PAUSCH became an impassioned advocate promoting pancreatic cancer research following the death of her husband. Previously, Jai led the Carnegie Mellon School of Computer Science Web team as the director of electronic publications. She lives with her family in Virginia.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I anxiously awaited the arrival of Jai's book, as I wondered how the family was doing since Randy's passing. The book was good for an update; Jai seems to have lived a lifetime of travel and events in the past few years. It was also good to share what it is like to be a caregiver of someone with cancer for which there is no cure. I first learned of Randy Pausch when he was on Oprah with Dr Oz and on ABC news. I kept up with Randy's blog and was sad when he passed on July 25, 2008. He was so inspiring and I bought several of his books as gifts and told everyone I knew about him, the Last Lecture video and book. How ironic it was in 2010 when a family member of my own was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer. I can only thank Randy in heaven for it was him that made my family aware of PANCAN, which ultimately gave my family excellent information that saved our family member's life - they are still alive 2.5 years after diagnosis. As far as disappointment, I personally believe some things should have been left between Jai and Randy and not published. A dead man really can't defend himself, can he? All in all it was an interesting read. Not the quality or inspiration of The Last Lecture, but rarely is a book like that written.
Booklover13LF More than 1 year ago
Every bit as honest and compelling as The Last Lecture, Jai Pausch tells her love story and journey as a caregiver of her late husband Randy Pausch. Her courage and love for her family are inspiring.
Dana77 More than 1 year ago
I loved Randy Pausch's Last Lecture, so I was looking forward to reading this one as well. Written by his wife this is the story of his diagnosis and death from her perspective as wife, mother, and caregiver. Jai Pausch comes across as a likeable, intelligent woman who, even before meeting Randy, went through a divorce and some tough times. Certainly she is no slouch. Because of Randy though she has financial means that most of us in her situation would not. She does not have to work full-time, although she is very busy with speaking engagements and is on the board for a pancreatic cancer institution. At times I felt myself getting frustrated with her complaints about how stretched she was when in fact, she had more resources than I would ever have in the same situation. That said, this is an excellent read and plenty of good insight.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author tells her family's story very well. Although there are many sad aspects to Jai's journey, for caregivers or for people who have someone suffering from pancreatic cancer, there is much to identify with in terms of compassion and the human experience.If you read The Last Lecture, it's so interesting to read about the perspectives of the patient/husband in contrast to the caregiver/wife.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After seeing the you-tube video and reading the "The Last Lecture", as well as following Randy and Jai's journey, I had often wondered how the family was doing. Was so happy to see that Jai had written a book and pre-ordered it. It is a very well written and honest book about Jai's journey with Randy and her life since he has passed. Although parts of the book are obviously sad it is a great read and so nice to have caught up with how this family is doing.I am happy that Jai is Dreaming New Dreams!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very good book and touching• i I suggest that you either read The Last Lecture first or watch it on you two• A true story
LAWonder More than 1 year ago
This was a good reference for many who grieve or have lost loved ones through cancer. The 'flow' of the book is written slightly sporadic and dragged out. It is interesting in reading of Jai Pausch's experience. Many people will be sure to benefit from it. Book clubs can feel safe in reading and discussing this book. I won this book and am appreciative of the opportunity to read and review it. Otherwise, I am sure I would never have purchased it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderfully written, honest accounts of their last years together. I am hopeful that this will not be Jai's last book.
MDmom More than 1 year ago
I bought a copy for a friend who just lost her husband to prostate cancer and a copy for myself to make sure I was sharing the right kind of reading for her. Jai shares a heart and soul experience which is informative to anyone who is the caretaker of someone with any kind of illness, not just cancer. She helps the caretaker understand that "It's not just me who feels this way". Others can learn much from the book to help understand what a caretaker lives through; sort of a 'walk a mile in my shoes'.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really agreat book with lots of information. I also took care of my husband with bone marrow cancer. Luckily he's been in remission for 3 1/2 years.
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I would recommend this book to anyone who has been through something like this. It gives a real insight to what one person can go through when something such as this happens. It is not only hard for the person trying to survive the cancer. But it is also hard for their family.
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What an insightful book. The book sends a renewal message for dealing with and overcoming great loss. Jai Pausch is a very courageous woman. Thank you. I
Dori_in_Wyoming More than 1 year ago
Losing a sibling to cancer isn't the same as losing a spouse, but I found a lot in here I could relate to. It's a great primer on losing, preparing to lose, or helping some one else who's lost someone, whether it be to cancer, stroke, car accident, etc.
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Have yet to read it