Randy Pausch Updates

Last month I wrote a quick article about Randy Pausch because his “Last Lecture” and testimony before Congress touched me. I find his honesty about pancreatic cancer refreshing. The truth about this brutal disease is just that… brutal – and I hope that the attention he brings to the battle will enable progress on all cancer fronts.

Randy has a page where he updates his progress every few days. I really recommend that you go there and subscribe to the updates. Some truly inspiring and amazing things going on there.

Randy, it is exciting to hear that you are feeling well enough to continue treatment. I’m looking forward to hearing that you are able to ride the bike a little :)
Randy’s last two updates:
April 9, 2008: Getting Ready for Next Step

Well, I’m not quite back on the bike, but I’m healthy enough to travel and move forward with treatment. Tomorrow I’m spending the day at the University of Maryland being evaluted to see if I am a candidate for the Theraspheres treatment.

Basically, it’s a process where a large number of tiny (thinner than human hair) spheres are irradiated with Yittrium-90 and then squirted into the artery that feeds the liver. They preferentially go towards tumors (counter-intuitive, but true), and both block blood flow to the tumors and irradiate them.

April 8, 2008: Book Launch, Media Craziness
The book went on sale today. Lots of media outlets ran stories, which is very nice of them.Diane Sawyer is running a special tomorrow (Wednesday) night at 10pm on ABC. People who know what I’m really like will doubtless be throwing tomatoes at the screen ;-)

One Response to Randy Pausch Updates

  1. Cheryl Hill June 4, 2008 at 4:51 pm #

    The website I posted is my work website. I just wanted to tell you that I pray for you and your family to have the strength to make it through all this with your cancer.

    I have grown to care so much about all of you and I want you to know I am so very proud of the way you handle situations.

    I hope that will give me the strength to handle situations that come about in my life.

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