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A Heart-to-Heart with GigaOM Readers

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Happy New Year. As you may have noticed, my byline hasn’t been up on the site for a few days. That’s because the holidays weren’t exactly my most jolly.

I had a heart attack on Dec. 28. I was able to walk into the hospital for treatment that night and have been recovering here ever since. With the support of my family and my team, I am on the road to a full recovery. I am going to be OK.

Katie and Liz and the rest of the team will be posting updates on my progress on the site. I’ll be back and writing again as soon as possible.

Now living a healthier life isn’t just one of my New Year’s resolutions, it’s doctor’s orders. Friends and family have purged my apartment of smokes, scotch and all my favorite fatty foods — I am even going to be drinking decaf. I won’t be refashioning my avatar’s stogie with a celery stick, but I will be taking better care of my health.

I hope you do, too.

Best wishes,

An important note from Managing Editor Carolyn Pritchard: If anyone wants to send get-well messages to Om, please do so in the comments section of this post – we will make sure he sees each and every one of them. If you have story ideas or tips you want to pass on for the site, please send them via email to info at gigaom dot com. Please check the site for the most up-to-date info. on his progress. Thanks to everyone for their support and understanding.

1,108 Responses to “A Heart-to-Heart with GigaOM Readers”

  1. It seems a bit late to add to this topic but, I only know of Om through my listening to the Cranky geeks podcasts with John dvorak.
    I have been listening to the achived shows after just discovering them and I have found Om to be hilariously funny!
    so the more recent story about bloging being a halth risk, where John mentions Om having a heart attack on his show…scared me. I didn’t know anything of this!
    I just wanted to let you know that I am so happy to discover that you are now OK.
    May you have many years of bringing people your excellent sense of perception on the world..which I have discovered I love reading your blog too now. you have a great sense of humour and see things in a way that is well, just interesting and down to earth.
    I wish you good health Om!

  2. Hey Om:

    Not sure if you remember me from San Francisco.

    Sorry to hear that you haven’t been well. I’m confident you’ll take the steps necessary to get back on your feet in no time. I may have some news to share with you in a couple of months, but will not excite you now since it’s premature.


  3. Vic Podcaster

    Get well soon Om.

    I guess it is time to say goodbye to cigars etc.

    My calling came in 2004 and since then I have lost approx. 50 pounds, and now weight a healthy 160.


    PS: It is OK to a slim avatar. :)

  4. Wishing you a speedy recovery. I appreciate your experience as I had cardiac arrest 4 years ago. While riding my bicycle, I collapsed at the top of a hill. Breathing stopped, heart stopped, I was unconscious. Lucky for me a nurse happened by and called 911 and gave me CPR. In this case that is the only reason I am still here. I was in a coma for 17 hours, then underwent quadruple-bypass surgery, and took several weeks to get any strength back. I completely forgot everything that happened two full weeks prior to the incident (opposite of Bourne?), and do not remember the bike ride. This may be too much information, but it is just to show that recovery is possible. Best wishes, Steve (P.S. Enjoy your show GigaOM, as well as Cranky Geeks appearances.

  5. I am so glad to hear that you are well now. When I was in NY for a shot while few months back, almost the time you had launched the Giga OM show I never missed any episode on iTunes and I recall one viewer had once funnily remarked that you should shed few kilos. I hope you take that comment seriously now. Best wishes for a speedy recovery!


  6. Om — I know I’m late to the party with ‘get well wishes’, but I wanted to give you a chance to dig out! Really, I’m so happy that everything worked out well for you, and I wish you good fortune with your healthier lifestyle — definitely won’t be easy, but you’ve got so many friends & well-wishers… they won’t let you slip! :-)


  7. Hi Om,

    I’m a huge fan and appreciate all you’ve done to deliver breaking news to keep me up to speed on the happenings in the Valley and beyond.

    Best wishes on a speedy recovery. I expect that your doctors have already put you on an exercise program and nutrition guidelines, but if you need any non-stress exercise or nutrition tips let me know!


  8. Dear Om,

    Shiva from Chennai, India. You are THE influential writer who has inspired me to start connecting. I have been following your writings everywhere since a year. I pray that you recover first to 100%. Writing should be later when its ok, I am sure when you do return to writing, there will be a different and enjoyable touch to your writing which you will observe then.