Dream New Dreams
Reimagining My Life After Loss
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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.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I was in awe of the strength of the Pausch family after reading "The Last Lecture" so I somehow knew that I would love this book...and I did! I recommend this book to anyone trying to get over a painful time because Jai will inspire you to literally "dream new dreams." I know I am.
I lost my husband, also named Randy six years ago. I never imagined grief could consume me the way it did. Some people say that love is the most powerful emotion. Those people have not experienced grief at this level.
I remarried four years ago to a wonderful man who lost his wife almost six years ago as well. Life can be challenging & complicated but I believe that my happiness is worth something as well. I will never forget my husband or the amazing life & memories that we shared, but I know our two sons together deserve to see their mom happy & moving forward as well.
Jai, I am in awe of your spirit & determination and your drive to continue to dream new dreams. The scar will always be there for us, but it doesn't have to be our only identity.
Best of luck in your new journey & anyone who is lucky enough to read this book & grow from it.