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.