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How to Live Life - 10 Life Lessons from Terminal Cancer Sufferers (Life Lessons Series) [Kindle Edition]

John Roberts
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Book Description


The inspiration for this book came from a normal surfing session, one cold winters evening, through the delights of YouTube.

Part way through the session I ran across a video of Randy Pausch, the American professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon University in Pennysylvania. Randy was diagnosed with cancer of the pancreas in September 2006, and in August 2007 he learned that the disease would take his life in "3 to 6 months".

In September of the same year he delivered, to a packed auditorium of over 400 people, a lecture he entitled ""The Last Lecture: Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams". A video of the lecture appeared on Youtube shortly afterwards. At the last count the video had received 14,389,224 hits.

Randy died the following year, on the 25th July 2008.

In his last lecture Randy talks openly and candidly about his life, his work, living with other humans and the important lessons of life learned along the way.

This started a thought process in me about being in the same position as Randy, knowing that one day this position comes to us all. We don't get to choose the timing or the method but one day, somewhere in the future, we will all reach this common meeting point.

So, given the inevitability of our demise, what lessons would we choose to pass on to our fellow beings about the things that matter and living our lives?

Could this knowledge, heeded, actually improve our lives?

This book is my answer. I have amassed the collective wisdom of ten people, aged 17 to 62, who expressed their views on life or acted in a certain way despite knowing that they were terminally ill from cancer. This fact gives their views and actions extra impetus and importance. Knowing that you will die in the very near future gives a vulnerability and honesty that cannot be matched by those of us who are still unaware of the likely date of our death.

In memory of Randy Pausch, this book starts with a lesson expounded from the Last Lecture.


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  • File Size: 347 KB
  • Print Length: 22 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Liberation Books Ltd; 1 edition (February 3, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0075NKSU2
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1.0 out of 5 stars Deceptive and Disappointing February 7, 2012
By MizG
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
How to Live Life - 10 Life Lessons from Terminal Cancer Sufferers by John Roberts depicts an angel on the cover, suggesting that this book may contain spiritual comfort and meaning gleaned from those nearing the end of life. Far from it, so far from it that I have to say the cover is deliberately misleading. The author did include a brief description of a lady who was instrumental in improving cervical cancer screening standards in England's health care system and a very brief nod to a teenage cancer patient who maintained a positive attitude, however there was no discussion of thier faith or philosophy. This book gives greatest emphasis to those who eschewed traditional Judeo-Christian values, including a man the author cheers for denigrating Mother Theresa and a pop star who he lauded as "ahead of her time" that he admires for her open bi-sexuality.

Thankfully, I picked up this e-book when it was free, as it is not worth a penny to me. I would not recommend it to anyone who is seeking inspiration or spiritual comfort, and certainly not for anyone who is interested in angels, as not one angel reference was included in the entire book.
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