Apologies for doing this the lazy way but I'm gonna copy and paste my tweet thread on this:
before I get into details, my job status has not changed.
when I made plans in February to have surgery this spring, it was as part of a plan to get fully healthy — my gall bladder was showing signs of problems and when we set it up it seemed we'd be getting out in front of things. my health turned fast starting not long after.
my surgeon didn't say this to me at this time, for which I'm thankful even though it was quite apparent, but by the time I was on the table, I had cachexia (wasting syndrome). my particularly weakened state heading in has extended the recovery process.
the offseason is usually when I slowly regain my strength after pushing myself through football and basketball season—regain my floor. usually by August I'm itching for the season to start. I don't have it right now. my weight has improved and I'm still 25 pounds underweight.
usually I work until I crash, but I haven't even been able to attempt to push through this, and I need to give myself time to truly put my health first and heal. so, with the steadfast support of Brian and the whole crew, I'm taking an indefinite leave of sorts.
the plan is to continue doing the podcasts, but writing is too much for me right now. I'm hoping that by football season I'll start easing my way back in, but the main goal is to be ready to cover basketball.
I'm optimistic this course of treatment is going to work, and taking the time away should hopefully expedite the process. I love doing this work and want few things more than to get back to it. I have big plans that I've wanted to get going and just couldn't.
but what I want most is to be healthy. I've had this for half my life. the cumulative effects have been extremely difficult.
as always, I can't say enough how lucky I am to have the support I receive. my family is behind me. the tiny independent website that employs me has given me more paid time off than most major companies would allow. I have a community that's been remarkable.
I'm either gonna beat this shit into submission or step away only after doing everything I could to make it happen. I'm placing a big bet on the former. I love y'all and I look forward to coming back better than ever before.