Ron Jacobs

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A few months ago I wrote this post about my diagnosis with Adiposis Dolorosa (Dercum's Disease). After writing it I had a brief reprieve from the symptoms and for a while I was able to work part time.  Then in September I had surgery to remove some of the tumors.  For some unknown reason this caused the disease to progress rapidly.  I have now reached the point where I can no longer work at all.  Not only that, I cannot even live on my own and take care of myself.  I have had to move in with my mother so she can take care of me.  I miss my work terribly and I see email from many of you asking questions about this or that but I am unable to answer them.

As for the future, no one really knows what this disease will do to me in the long run.  The doctors have been very surprised to see this devastating impact so quickly.  Not only is this disease causing a great deal of pain, it is also attacking my brain making it very difficult to do even simple tasks.

Over the years I have seen farewell blog posts from many of my colleagues at Microsoft.  Most are moving on to bigger and better things.  I wish this was the case for me.  Unfortunately it is not.

  • Ron, thanks for EVERYTHING! I'm sure you've helped more than you'll ever know.

  • Man, I wish you all the best! Thanks for your posts!

  • Ron, I am saddened to hear your condition has not improved.  Please continue to keep us informed of your progress.  Hoping for the best and more WF posts from you in the future.

    James

  • I'm very sorry to hear your condition.  Wish you and your family the best.

  • Ron, I´m really sorry to hear that. I don´t even know you but I´ve been following your posts over the last years and I really enjoyed and learned quite a lot. I wish you all the best!

  • Sorry to hear that Ron.  Just take are of yourself and enjoy what ever you can.  I hope you get better.  Prayers go with you.  Also thanks for your past works you have touched many in this industry.  Take pride in that.

  • Ron , we usually met at conferences or when you visited Israel , you were always so optimistic and full of life and passion about what you were doing at that time, I wish you all the best , and will pray for your health.

  • Thanks I liked your post and the podcast.

  • I learned much from you - thank you,  and I wish you good health.

  • Thanks for all your help in getting me up to speed on AppFabric and Workflow.  Loved your enthusiasm and passion of Microsoft products!  Prayers go out to you and your family.

  • Thanks for your efforts to make sense out of the strange world of software

  • I hope everything turn out better for you than this suggest.

    Thanks for everything you did for me.

  • Praying for you buddy! I truly hope your pain will be manageable and rest assured we will all strive to carry on your amazing legacy in your (hopefully temporary) absence.

  • Hope things turn around for you, Ron.  All my best wishes.

  • Very sad to hear this. I loved your work Ron! All the best wishes'

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