Happy Mother’s Day, Jai Pausch.
By Felicity Chiu, May 10, 2015.
Many people wish their female friends “Happy Mother’s Day.” Me, too.
Furthermore, I would like to say, Happy Mother’s Day, to an author, Jai Pausch.
A few days ago, I just finished reading the book “Dream New Dreams: Reimagining My Life After Loss,” which was written by Jai Pausch, and published in 2012.
I understood how difficult it was while Jai had the huge pressure during the time Randy knew he got pancreatic cancer in 2006 and died in 2008. Jai needed to be a wife, a mother of three little kids, and a caregiver to her husband Randy at the same time. It consumed all her energy and run out of all her time.
I had had the chemotherapy after the doctor told me that I got leukemia, acute promyelocytic leukemia, in December of 1997. I totally understood the uncomfortable condition as I was a patient then. And I realized the difficulty while we had to take care of a little kid under two years old. My husband, a Taipei City Councilor at that time, helped me to reset our family lifestyle. We decided to get a specific caregiver in the hospital. We worried and discussed several times about how to take care of our little girl when I stayed in the hospital.
Jai is two years younger than I. She has not only to take care of her husband as a full-time caregiver, but also to take care of three little children under than 5 years old. She could hardly have any break in her life time under this circumstance. Even their relatives came to help her and stayed with her, the family lost their quality of life.
I am lucky enough to be saved by a good doctor, a new remedy in time, and full support from the family. The way to fight against cancer for Randy and Jai is much more difficult. Most of the time, Jai had to faced it alone. When I learned that she needed to take Randy out of town for treatment by herself and she also worried about her three little children at the meantime, even they discussed whether their little children attended the farewell ceremony or not, I shed tears. How brave Jai Pausch was.
Jai Pausch needed to write down her deep emotion about her loss in the past few years. And the book, “Dream New Dreams: Reimagining My Life After Loss,” which was published in 2012.
Happy Mother’s Day, Jai Pasusch.
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