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It was just over three months ago that I got diagnosed with diabetes and heard that my mum had cancer, news that topped off my most recent bout of depression and left me making the tough decision to leave Mozilla to try and get myself a rather better daily routine and ultimately to start feeling good about myself again. And as of today things seem to be taking a turn for the better.


  • I have lost around 16.6kg (36lbs/2.6 stones)
  • my blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol levels are now that of a normal, healthy 30 year old
  • fitbit says that I have walked over 500 miles
  • I have a fantastic sounding new job lined up
  • after 3 rounds of chemo my mum has an operation booked in up which the surgeons believe they can remove the bad stuff


From the outset I was told that this was a disease that could be managed and kept under control if I wanted to. This sounded like a challenge worth picking up and I’m super happy on how well things have so far gone as were the nurses who wanted to see what they could take from my experiences to suggest to other sufferers. It’s something I have to keep on top of as it’s a disease that I’ve now got for life but if things stay as they currently are then I’ll have ‘no problems’.

fitbit and myfitnesspal have been indispensable and given me numbers to analyse and crunch daily as I try to eat (and drink) healthy and attempt to catch up with whoever is beating me in the fitbit weekly steps count. On days when I fancy a beer I’ve been hitting the gym and after a couple of fairly atrocious sessions I’ve now got a bit of a routine going of 30 minutes rowing (with a current best of 6900m done in that time) followed by some core weights. I tried a bit of a swim but it was rather a fuck up but once I’m at my initial weight goal (6.4kg to go) I’ll give it another go and I’m hopeful it will be rather better, it certainly can’t be much worse!

It all sounds rather simple but walking more, not eating/drinking like a fool (at least not as much as I once did) and being more active have done rather amazing things.


Nothing fully signed yet but after speaking to a bunch of people at various different companies it feels like I’ve found something that ticks pretty much all my boxes for things that I was looking for and considering I’m a pretty picky bastard about things like that I think that’s rather impressive. I believe they’re also still hiring so should you fancy coming to work in the same place as me let me know and I’ll give you the details, and once everything has got the thumbs up I’ll give the details here of course.

I’ve not started work there yet and won’t be for a little bit yet, and I could have maybe waited a bit longer and looked into a few more options but this one felt a bit too good to turn down; it also gave me a bit more focus to deal with all the other things I’m dealing with.

Feeling positive

So after rather a low period the last week has felt rather great. Still things to finalise and I don’t want to jinx stuff too much as there are a few big weeks coming up but I’ve been thinking positive about everything and it’s really working, which is nice.

Thanks for all the positive words you’ve been sending me – they’ve been a big help. Let’s see what I can do in the next 3 months!

  • Mari Huertas

    Happy for you, brother! Keep moving. :)

  • Brad Wright

    I can tell you from experience that swimming never gets any easier.

  • Doug Belshaw

    That’s *great* news, Ross! :-D

  • Steve Ouma Oyugi

    I do not know who you are but I have read your blog posts, well at most the last three, where you describe an attempt to die! Congratulations mate, you’re a tough guy, I think you’ll be just jine

    • Steve Ouma Oyugi