Well after nearly 14 years, 20 countries, dozens of Tech-Ed's, PDC's, and numerous other events my career at Microsoft is coming to an end. I've made remarkable progress thanks to the generosity of many friends and supporters around the world who helped me with my experimental treatment. This is the treatment that has saved my life
The CVAC Pod has given me a measure of health and freedom from pain that I never thought I would experience.
Unfortunately, it is not enough to allow me to return to work. Given my condition with Dercum's Disease, I simply cannot work full time any longer. Microsoft has been nothing short of wonderful to me over these 14 years and especially in the last 2 years as I became more and more sick. It is a great company filled with great people... caring people who do their very best every day to make the world a better place and I am better for having been a part of it.
My new role is President and CEO of the Dercums Foundation. In this role I am going to do everything I can to make sure that every last person on the face of the earth who suffers from this terrible disease can get access to the treatment that has helped me so much. Today the CVAC pod is not an approved medical device so insurance will not pay for treatments and it is not available outside of the US. I'm going to work as hard as I can to change this situation because for those suffering from Dercum's disease the pain is devastating. You probably won't see me at Tech-Ed or Build any more but I'm around on Facebook and you can always find me at the Dercums Foundation.
Thanks for your kindness to me across the years.
Your contributions to Tech community is invaluable.
All our prayers brings you back to normal life, contributing your best in near future.
You will let us as orphans...
It was a great pleasure to follow your posts/videos/conf... it was so good!
With you in her team, Dercums Foundation have great chances.
Health and familly are first. Its bittersweet to not going to see You in a tech context in the near future but what is really great is knowing that You will be helping others again just as You where doing it up to 2 years ago. Best of wishes.
If you want to contact me in the future, just send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am very happy to hear you're doing better and things are improving. We will miss you at Microsoft. All the best and I look forward to more good news from you :-) Keep the positive attitude!