Congratulations to NCS lower school parent and author, Jai Pausch! Her new book, Dream New Dreams:Reimagining My Life after Loss, has caught the attention of PEOPLE magazine. The following article appeared in the book review section of the May 21, 2012 issue.
FINDING LOVE AFTER LOSS
Randy Pausch’s widow writes about their painful journey—and her new life.
After Randy was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2006, “we would hold each other,” writes Jai, “and cry.” She worried about being a single mom to Dylan, then 4, Logan 2, and Chloe, 3 months. Randy had a crazy idea: Might she give up Chloe for adoption? Jai refused.
TELLING THE KIDS
Logan and Chloe were too young to understand. Dylan accepted the explanation that cancer was like a weed—and it could grow back.
A DEVESTATING END
After Randy died in ’08, Jai felt like “a bomb disintegrated everything,” she says.
Slowly she began to heal, and last fall she wed Rich Essenmacher, 49, a retired Naval officer she met online. “To have love in my life again,” she says, “is a gift you just don’t take for granted.”
- Kristen Mascia for PEOPLE magazine