This past Friday, I made my first public appearance since my health problems, at the Crunchies.
I spent nearly two hours at the event (with doctor’s blessings) and it was well worth it. Sure I was tired by the end of it, but it was great to feel the good karma from all the people who were in attendance. Your blessings and prayers have worked their magic. While it is unlikely that I am going to be back working at full steam for near foreseeable future, it is time to start thinking about some lite-work, such as replying to emails, and perhaps an occasional blog post.
On another note, I am grateful that the Crunchies team decided to donate a portion of ticket sales to American Heart Association. If you would like to support the AHA, you can do so by contributing here. You can also support by contributing to the UCSF, the hospital whose doctors worked tirelessly to get me back on my feet.
More importantly, I hope you don’t make the mistakes I made — unhealthy eating habits, lack of exercise and vices such as smoking. With few lifestyle changes, heart related problems can be prevented. Do yourself a favor — go to the doctor and get yourself checked.
Photo by Duncan Riley via Flickr.
51 thoughts on “The Crunchies … & Personal Update”
Rock on Om!
Welcome back to the saddle 🙂
Keep it up, Om.
Take care of your health, we’ll be waiting to read more from you after you get better.
Cheers from Argentina!!
It was good seeing you up on stage.
Good to hear you’re doing well, Om. Thanks for sharing your encouragement to have others live more healthy lives. I lost my dad — who shared the vices you mention — very suddenly a few years ago. We all need to take better care of ourselves!
Glad to see you back on your feet !
Can’t wait to see you blogging more regulary again.
Take care Om.
Great to you see you back.
What’s important is that you look tons healthier already! Seriously.
Keep up the good work, whatever it is that you’re doing.
Omie – welcome back!! DT, RR and I are glad to see this post 🙂 And next time you are sitting here next to me, I’m glad I won’t have to buzz you up after a smoke!
It’s good to have you back, but please take it easy.
Great to see you live and kicking
Glad to see you are doing better Om. 🙂
Glad to hear you are on the mend. Judging by the picture, you are looking great, and it’s terrific to see you back!
Great to hear from you. I am already missing your blog posts. Although the others do their very best most GigaOM texts used to be yours.
Looks like you will have to drink more Red wine if you need a new vice that has cardiologists blessings .
Good to see ya back mate .
Take it slow – life is a marathon, not a sprint. 2008 is your year to fix your health – your blog will do just fine. It will help you learn to delegate and manage just that much better!
Om, thanks for sharing some news and advice with us all. We miss you. Get better and take real good care of yourself.
Good to have you back!
Very happy to see you back at it Om. The family sends its best wishes.
Great post – great advice!
Get back in the saddle soon!
It was great to catch up again Om. Look after yourself!
Welcome Back Om
Glad to See you back
Don Jones said it best – life is a marathon, not a sprint.
Good to have you back.
Great to see you back at it. Looking forward to your return to GigaOm TV.
dude you already look like you’ve lost some wieght and healthier. 🙂
Hope your mother is continuing to keep a watch on you through Twitter. 😉 Take good care.
All the best Om. Good to see you back. Glad you still have that sense of humour 🙂
Glad to see you’re bouncing back!
Welcome back! Changing lifestyle is a huge first step!
Very happy to read good news.
Take care of your health, and keep going Om!
hey, welcome back to Gigaom and wish you good recovery to whatever full-steam mode you want to have.
So happy to see you back and looking great! Thanks for sharing your new perspective and advice — words to live by!
Thanks guys. I think the big realization as Don Jones so nicely put it – “life is a marathon, not a sprint.”
It is going to be the guiding principal going forward. I am working on putting together a more coherent and manageable and healthier life-schedule in place for the future, taking the time to smell the roses.
Om wishes Om the best of health in 2008!
Glad to hear you’re continuing to feel better, Om!
I’m very happy to see you back again. You need to be completly recovery in order to visit my country in late march: URUGUAY!!
We are very excited waiting for your visit and we want to share ideas with you
See you soon,
Not that it should be the goal here (your health goes first) – but your findings would make great content for FoundRead. This is like a wake up call for us all.
Om – glad you’re getting healthy and well. Take care of yourself.
Welcome back Om – glad to see you up and going!
Happy to see you bouncing back, Om!
Welcome back Om. Great to have you back. No offense to the rest of your team – they’ve done a great job in your absence, but it hasn’t been the same without you.
Take it easy. We certainly hope you continue to make progress with your health.
Just think, many people live a long time after their first heart attack, if they make lifestyle changes as you have mentioned that you are doing.
Best Wishes for your Health!
Good to see you back Om. Btw what happened to u as i’m out of the loop. I hope its not too personal to ask. It sounds u are referring to heart related issue. You have to be careful mate.
Watch the portion size in saturated fat laden Indian food. Its the number one cause for heart problems. Sure Indian food is the tastiest among ethnic food but it is a silent killer.
The number of by-pass surgeries performed by Indian doctors in India is staggering. Heart disease is a epidemic in India.
Eat well, rest well, exercise. Delegate and learn to say NO to non-essentials. Life will be peaceful and balanced.
Make this the top priority in 2008.
What words of advice or warning would you have listened to BEFORE your heart attack? If you were to choose words of advice or warning that you’d have heeded yourself, re “unhealthy eating habits, lack of exercise and vices such as smoking” what would they have been?
If there are such words, maybe we can put them out there so it doesn’t take a big wake up call to shock someone into action along these lines…
You look fantastic in this picture. Like a young man with a new lease on life.
Om Bhur bhuvah svah
Tat savitur varenyam
Bhargo Devasya dheemahi
Dheeyo yonah prachodayaat
Glad to see you back on your feet. All the best.