What’s Up With Ron

Nearly every day I get email from someone asking for help.  I wish I had time to answer every question.  I used to answer more of them but recently I was diagnosed with Adiposis Dolorosa.

Adiposis dolorosa, or Dercum disease, is a rare condition that is characterized by multiple, painful fatty lipomas (benign, fatty tumors) that occur most often in middle aged, post-menopausal, obese women. Although it is 20 times more common in women, 16 percent of the reported cases are males and it can also occur in people who are not obese. The lipomas can cause severe pain, which is often debilitating. This condition is chronic and tends to be progressive. The exact cause of adiposis dolorosa is unknown.[1]

National Institute of Health - Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center (GARD)

I’m still working as much as I can but this is the reason why I went dark for a few months.  Keep sending your questions, but please understand if I can’t respond as quickly as I would like to.

Comments (13)

  1. Josh Reuben says:

    Very sorry to hear about your suffering. I want to thank you for all the knowledge you have imparted to all of us WF devs. Wishing you many more years of good health!

  2. Will says:

    Sorry to hear.  Good luck with (any and) all treatment.  

  3. Pop.Catalin says:

    Very sorry to hear about this.I would like to thank you for all your work and dedication, you are and always will be an source of inspiration to me. I wish you a speedy recovery and good health!

  4. Mike says:

    Ron, I'm really sorry to hear about this.  You will be in my thoughts and prayers.  Take good care of yourself and know that the mass of knowledge that you have imparted to date will continue to live on, thank you.

  5. Mark says:

    Best of luck with your treatments!

  6. Rajesh says:

    I wish you a speedy recovery and awesome health !!!

  7. Hunter says:

    Wishing you a speedy recovery and Best of Luck.

  8. Adam Churvis says:

    Please get a second opinion on the diagnosis, Ron.

  9. Ron Jacobs says:

    @Adam – I did get a second (and third) diagnosis.  In fact, I saw the top specialist on Adiposis Dolorosa at UC San Diego medical center who confirmed the diagnosis.  Unfortunately that is the way it is.  

  10. Martin Kelly says:

    Ron I wish you all the best and I look forward to enjoying your work for many, many years to come!

  11. Ric Paras says:

    Hi Ron, you helped me out with a question of mine a couple of months ago. I'm really thankful for that and all the other stuff that you imparted to the Dev community. I wish you a speedy recovery. Good Luck!

  12. Antonello Tesoro says:

    Ron, I'm very sorry to hear about your health conditions. I wish you a fast recovery.

  13. Jowen Mei says:

    Ron, I wish you the very best, and hope you'll recover soon

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