Click on the link below to watch a powerful lecture, created by Dr. Randy Pausch, on the topic of living your childhood dreams. Dr. Pausch created the lecture as a reflection on what would be most important to a person if they had to choose the last talk of their life. What would they most want to share with others?
Randy is a 47-year-old Professor of Computer Science, Human-Computer Interaction, and Design at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In September 2006, he was diagnosed with metastatic pancreatic cancer. He pursued a very aggressive cancer treatment that included major surgery and experimental chemotherapy; however in August of 2007 he was told that the cancer had metastasized to his liver and spleen. He then started palliative chemotherapy intended to extend his life as long as possible, which was then estimated to be three to six months. He remains vigorous and active six months later (February 2008.)
Although Randy’s cancer is not mesothelioma or asbestos-related, I thought his message could be inspiring and provide hope, as people diagnosed with mesothelioma are usually not expected to live for long, and most die within two years of their diagnosis.