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.

  • Hey. Hope things turn around for you. Best wishes.

  • Hello Ron, I'm following you for quite some years and it's very sad to hear this.

    I really enjoyed reading your professional posts and you really inspired a lot of people around the world.

    Best wishes and try to think positive!


  • I just followed you on blogs and webcast... I always felt you are highly energetic... I hope you get better soon...

  • Very sad. Hope you get well soon. Take care.

  • Ron - your posts have been among my favorite and I am incredibly sorry to hear that you are suffering from this disease.  Best wishes and you have thousands of people who have never met you wishing for your complete recovery.

  • I am very sorry to hear that! I always enjoyed seeing you present with so much passion and always smiling! Get well!

  • I'm very sorry to hear this, Ron.  You are in my paryers, I'm very sorry to hear this, Ron.  You are in my prayers, and I will miss your posts, for I have followed you since 2011, and I've really liked what you have to offer this community.  You will get better soon, for The Lord God is with you!  

  • Siento mucho leer esto. Le deseo lo mejor y espero que mejore pronto.

  • Very sorry to hear about your condition. Hope you get well soon.

  • Ron, your articles and all another stuff are very helpful.

    You're professional and your ideas and posts will be in my bookmarks for a long time.

    I wish you all the best!

  • Hello from Colombia

    I've just asked you a question , I didn´t know that you are sick.....I really wish you health and success and I'm totally convinced that you'll manage your situation and you'll be better.

  • it is a pity to hear this.

    Good luck and best wishes

  • Hi Ron,

    I was looking for some of your old content which I still refer to from time to time and I came across this entry. I saw you present at TechEd a few years back and enjoyed the ARCasts. Sounds like there's a long road ahead, but I hope you pull through and get better.

    Good luck, and all the best


  • I wish you the best.

    Thanks for everything. You seen to be not only a good professional but also a great person.

    Keep in mind that we can always be in a better condition if we try to keep a good mental state


  • Hi Ron,

    I feel very sad to hear that.

    Looking forward to seeing a wonderful and healthy you.

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