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Dream New Dreams: Reimagining My Life After Loss [Kindle Edition]

Jai Pausch

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'A brave and beautiful book. Dream New Dreams grabbed my heart from the opening page and didn't let go until its uplifting end. Jai Pausch is a stirring example of the power of life to triumph over any challenge. Bravo.' -- Bruce Feiler, bestselling author of Walking the Bible and The Council of Dads 'A touching memoir of grief ... Far from being a mere add-on to her late husband's book, this work stands on its own as an eloquent testimony of a caregiver.' -- Kirkus (starred review)

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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.
 

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1097 KB
  • Print Length: 241 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B009XN6PA4
  • Publisher: Harmony (May 15 2012)
  • Sold by: Random House Canada, Incorp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006E5125M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #52,574 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Other Side of The Last Lecture May 16 2012
By Jeffrey D. Kenyon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I was among those who watched Randy Pausch's last lecture on YouTube and bought the book when it came out. It was the story of an inspirational man who loved the life he built for himself, learned things along the way, and died too soon.

Jai Pausch's book provides another angle on the story. Her tale of being a caregiver is heartbreaking, and inspiring in its own way: taking a role you never wanted and would have done anything to avoid, but doing it to the best of your ability, trying to repair your life afterwards, and making the most of the opportunity in tragedy.

I would strongly recommend this book to anyone who has fallen into the caregiver role for a loved one, especially a loved one living with, or dying of, cancer.

The promotional materials compare this book to Joan Didion's The Year of Magical Thinking. Trust me, Dream New Dreams is a far, far better book. I found it to be not better written, but more affecting, more emotionally resonant, and more likely to be helpful to those in similar straits.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Life is a precious gift." May 19 2012
By E. Bukowsky - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Randy and Jai Pausch were married in 2000 and had three children, Dylan, Logan, and Chloe. In 2006, Randy was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer "just shy of his forty-sixth birthday." He had surgery and aggressive follow-up treatment that left him gaunt and debilitated. In July 2008, Randy passed away. "Dream New Dreams" is Jai's poignant account of her relationship with Randy (whose book, "The Last Lecture," was a phenomenon), his two-year battle with the disease, and Jai's dedicated work on behalf of organizations such as the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

The author would like health professionals and society as a whole to be more "concerned about the people who struggle to carry the medical burden while also meeting everyday demands." She sees the need for a "network at every oncology clinic" to assist those who are trying to manage complicated cancer care at home. Jai and Randy were lucky to have concerned family and friends, a good income, and access to the excellent physicians. However, not everyone is so fortunate. There are too many relatives of cancer sufferers who feel isolated, bewildered, and overwhelmed with responsibility. Jai asks, "Who will care for the caregiver?"

Jai writes touchingly about her romance with a man who was "a serious [computer] scientist and an intellectual, but not a snob." Randy had a sense of fun and playfulness and swept Jai off her feet with his kindness and sincerity. After their wedding, the couple settled in Pittsburgh, where Randy was a popular professor and researcher at Carnegie Mellon. Jai was 34 and Randy forty when they started their family. Little did they know that they would have less than a decade together.

"Dream New Dreams" is eloquent, candid, and gracefully written. Jai makes clear that she and Randy were not saints who never exchanged a harsh word. There were bumps in the road and an occasional argument, but they understood one another and did what they could to nurture and protect their children during Randy's illness. This was no easy task. Randy had to travel to get treatment and he wanted his wife by his side. Jai lost sleep, had to take on arduous nursing duties, and became physically and emotionally exhausted. Fortunately, Jai and Randy developed a strong support system to assist them with the many challenges that they faced.

Jai Pausch leaves us with a hopeful message. Although she and her children will always remember Randy with love, they have begun the process of healing. In addition, they are following Randy's wonderful example of looking for the magic in life every day.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you for sharing your story Jai May 18 2012
By jydweston - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I read Randy's last lecture and watched his video on Youtube. He was an amazing man. I cannot imagine losing him.
Jai was kind to share her story - it really resonated with me after my son lost his father to cancer. There is "the person on the other side of the fence" and her best advice is that you may think you are doing a great job at juggling so many things or making so many important decisions on your own but you are doing the best you can and you have to give yourself a break. It was truly encouraging to hear how she and her family emerged from their grief to find their own magic. Thank you for sharing!
This book is a wonderful read - you won't be able to put it down!
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inpiring, wonderful, and beautiful book! May 22 2012
By B. Forrester - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I was a big fan of Randy Pausch's 'The Last Lecture' and was inspired by his moving words. As the years have passed I've often wondered how his wife, Jai, and their children and how they have been doing. I was extremely happy to hear through 'Dream New Dreams', not only are they doing well, but thriving! It's very inspiring knowing she wrote this fantastic book in on a very real and important subject which I just finished reading.

Although I have not personally been through what Jai has been though or cared for a cancer patient, I wanted to buy and read her story for several reasons. One, I want to support Jai Pausch with her mission, two, I want Jai to know people are still thinking about her and her children, and three, I feel it's important to learn about human experiences we may have not been though ourselves, but to gain more understand what others experienced and gain insight.

There are some sad moments in the book, but overall for me it was a very empowering uplifting book. The will and courage for Jai to keep moving forward and want to enjoy life after loss I hope inspires others who have been through similar circumstances. I suggest this book not only for cancer caregivers, but as a positive affirmation of the resilient human spirit! What a beautiful book, I felt happy when I finished it. Thank you Jai!
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Quite What I Expected June 24 2012
By MzMoore - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I read a review of Dream New Dreams a few months ago in USA Today. I lost my beloved husband to prostate cancer a year and a half ago. We had a beautiful marriage and the last two years were very hard. My role as primariy care giver was something that I would not wish on anyone. I thought that the book was going to talk more about the stress, strain and anguish of being the care giver of someone who is gravely ill. I did not think the book went into sufficient detail. I am happy for the author's recovery. I am seriously thinking about taking on the task of writng about care giving myself, using the journal I kept during the time.

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