Thursday, March 6, 2008
Patrick Swayze and Randy Pausch Afflicted With Pancreatic Cancer But Share Optomistic View Of Life Lessons ~ by Legal Pub Update 9-15-09
"Dirty Dancing" star Patrick Swayze was apparently diagnosed in late January with pancreatic cancer. That is an aggressive cancer that may mean that he has less then a few months to live according to the National Enquirer. CNN has also confirmed the diagnosis but not necessarily the prognosis. Apparently, Patrick, 55, has been traveling to Stanford University's prestigious cancer center in Palo Alto for radical chemotherapy. Swayze apparently remains optimistic that the treatments will be successful. Swayze's doctor, George Fisher, states that Patrick has a very limited amount of the disease and appears to be responding well to treatments. Dr. Fisher adds that all reports stating a time frame for Patrick's life expectancy are erroneous.
According to The National Cancer Institute, there will be 37,680 new cases of pancreatic cancer in 2008 with 34,290 deaths in the U.S. According to their statistics, only five percent of patients live more than five years after being diagnosed. Swayze and his Doctor are optimistic as to his prognosis.
According to Perez Hilton, Swayze has " been at rehearsals for a new cheer leading movie at Century City studio frequently lately, and ... if he is gravely ill, he is hiding it very well."
Pancreatic cancer has also inspired an inspirational speech by Randy Pausch. The speech Pausch gave to Carnegie Mellon is a great guide on how to live life the right way and to stay optimistic. Randy encourages others to follow dreams, live life to the fullest, be honest, be humble, and most importantly have fun. I encourage all to follow the link to a better life.
Paush's advice on achieving one's childhood dreams can truly change any one's negative attitude into a positive disposition! Thanks Randy.
Update 5-28-09: Randy Pausch gave an inspirational speech at Carnegie Mellon's graduation ceremony on 5-19-08. It is worth listening too! LINK
Update 7-25-08: Randy Pausch passed away early this morning at his home in Virginia. His battle with pancreatic cancer has now come to an end. Randy was wise beyond his 47 years of age. He wanted to be remembered as a healthy energetic father. Let us honor that memory.
Update 7-29-08: Donations to help fight pancreatic cancer may be sent in Randy's memory to LINK
Update 9-15-09: Patrick Swayze lost his battle with pancreatic cancer last night. May he rest in peace.