R.I.P. Randy Pausch

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On July 25th, 2008 the world lost another great man. A wife lost a good husband. 3 kids lost a wonderful father.

Randy Pausch was one of the most inspiring people I’ve ever heard speak. Granted it was only through the internet and tv but nonetheless his words resonated so well that it’s been stuck with me ever since. I’m already a very positive person but I was still blown away by this man.

He gained fame from his “Last Lecture”. A presentation he gave in front of a jam packed audience over at Carnegie Melon University where he was a professor at.

The “Last Lecture” was a presentation on how to live life well. There’s a tradition for professors at CMU to give a hypothetical last lecture. In his case it wasn’t hypothetical. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and was give months to live. Instead of wallowing in self pity, he chose to live the rest of his life as best as he can. He wanted to leave a legacy for his kids. Something that when his kids look back on they can be proud of their dad.

Randy Pausch finally succumbed to cancer on July 25th ending the battle with cancer.

To Randy, I did not have the pleasure to meet you in person but know that your words will live in my heart forever. You’ve managed to inspire a lot of people all over the world, this person included. You have made the world a better place.

I hope you’re happy up there in heaven. I hope to meet you there someday. Although I hope that it isn’t soon.

Read the story of Randy’s legacy, watch the “Last Lecture” here and buy the book here.

Hello Again!

So I didn’t quite live up to my last post. Things have just been crazy lately.

Some updates…

On my infusions… They are going great. We’re getting to a point that we’re already comfortable with the routine that unlike before that the doctor stays with me the whole time, now he just makes sure it gets up to the highest rate and then he can go about his other duties.

That’s not to say we’re getting complacent. There’s still a nurse that oversees the whole infusion.

So far, so good. Let’s hope it stays that way.

On work… There might be some major changes. I’m actually at a crossroads. Well not quite there but almost. I’m thinking about what to do in the future. Where I’ll be happy and fulfilled at the same time find something that will help secure a future for me and hopefully a family as well. A guy can hope can’t he?

On personal life… Things are a bit boring lately. My life revolves around my treatment, work, PSOD and Singles For Christ. I’m not complaining that it’s boring. Sometimes boring is good. However I do need to do other things to add a bit of excitement to my life.

On a sad or rather disappointing note, one of my assistants/aides resigned. I always feel bad when that happens, especially now since I’ve gotten so used to him and that my life was actually going pretty well. I have a temporary aide now for about a month but I’m on the look out for a permanent one. Wish me luck on that.

I’ve also been having trouble with one of my BiPap machines. The new one at that. That really sucks. I’ve already sent it to HK. Poor dad, he had to fly all the way to HK to get it fixed. It didn’t turn out well. I guess it’s because it was a rush job so the service center didn’t really get to test it fully. I can’t send it back yet since no one is going to HK soon. Oh well. I’m trying to plan for future machines. I need to see if I can get some new ones.

There are other things that have been going on. I can’t recall all or I’m just too tired to post it now. Anyway hopefully I’ll be posting more.