On 11 May 2008, I posted a story about an aunt of mine who was suffering from pancreatic cancer -> see story here. She succumbed to the complications and passed away on 17 May 2008, about a week after I posted that story.
Yesterday, I came across a blog post that gave information of a remarkable university professor who recently died of pancreatic cancer. I've never heard of Professor Randy Pausch before but a link to the Carnegie Mellon University website told the story of an inspiring individual who delivered his last lecture about `Achieving Childhood Dreams' after being told that he had only 3 to 6 months to live.
Pausch passed away last week on 25 July 2008 at the age of 47. He gave his last lecture on 18 September 2007. This lecture is available on Youtube -> here. The video is a fairly long watch at 1hr 16min but there are many useful things that I learned from the Professor's last speech.
For a man facing imminent death, he started his lecture in fairly upbeat mood. Pausch said, `If I don't seem depressed or morose as I should be... sorry to disappoint you,' to a good laugh from the audience. `And I assure you I'm not in denial. We cannot change the cards we are dealt... it's just how we play the hand.'
Towards the end of his speech, he mentioned something about karma. `If you lead your life the right way, the karma will take care of itself,' Pausch said. `The dreams will come to you.'
Thank you to the blog I Wanna Hold Your Hand for this piece of inspiring information.