Dennis Wolf Undergoing Treatment for Devic's Disease
December 30, 2009
Dennis Wolf, former CFO of MySQL, is in the hospital undergoing treatment for neuromyelitis optica (NMO) also known as Devic's Disease. This is a spinal cord inflammation with similarities to Multiple Sclerosis. Dennis is a very special guy to get such a rare disease. He's also a tough son-of-a-gun, so I have no doubt that he will put this behind him with a full recovery just as he did 18 years ago. But it will take some time, attention and help from many people.
He has started Plasmapheresis treatment tonight whereby they pump out his plasma, remove the anti-bodies and pump in fresh-frozen plasma. This can take several sessions before there are results, but the doctors are confident that this is what's needed.
Overall, Dennis is in good spirits and is dealing well with the discomfort. Dennis is quite happy if folks get the word out on his condition via twitter, email, blogs etc.
Please keep Dennis and his family in your thoughts and prayers.
- Wikipedia: Devic's Disease, Plasmapheresis
- Other Resources: Myelitis.org, Mayo Clinic, Google Group - Devic's Support
Dennis, please know that many people are pulling for you to make a speedy and complete recovery! All the best for a happy, peaceful and HEALTHY 2010.
Posted by: Ken Jacobs | December 30, 2009 at 11:00 PM
Dennis, you are in our thoughts and we hope for a speedy recovery for you!
Marten & family
Posted by: Marten Mickos | December 30, 2009 at 11:25 PM
Dennis: We Dolphins owe so much to you. Some of my fondest memories of MySQL are of you, your brilliance, your passion, your compassion, your vision for the company, and your strength. It’s that strength that will help you through this and help bring a speedy recovery.
Today, the way I can thank you for all you’ve done is to let you know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Posted by: Jeff Wiss | December 31, 2009 at 12:12 AM
Dennis - Shocked to hear, thinking of you, hang in there!
Posted by: Gaurav Dhillon | December 31, 2009 at 12:14 AM
Dennis: Our thoughts are with you and your family. You always demonstrate such strength and courage when confronted with a challenge. I'm sure you will do so again and prevail again.
Posted by: Clint Smith | December 31, 2009 at 12:21 AM
I was sorry to hear your news tonight. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Get better soon.
All the best,
Posted by: John Rutherford | December 31, 2009 at 02:13 AM
Dennis, our thoughts are with you and your family. Recover well!!
Olivier & Family
Posted by: Olivier Beutels | December 31, 2009 at 02:51 AM
Dennis, my thoughts and prayers are with you. Have a speedy recovery.
All the best.
Posted by: George Boutros | December 31, 2009 at 03:05 AM
I wish you and yours strength and endurance. I hope the treatment goes well, and the recovery will be swift.
Posted by: Roland Bouman | December 31, 2009 at 03:49 AM
We're all hoping for a speedy reenactment of that first full recovery. I think many of us never knew about the first time until now, but we do know that you're amazing for many reasons, so I look forward to learning that you've prevailed again soon.
Posted by: Eric Herman | December 31, 2009 at 03:51 AM
My thoughts are with you and your family, with hopes for a fast recovery.
Posted by: Anders Karlsson | December 31, 2009 at 04:24 AM
Keep fighting! There are many who enjoy your presence on planet Earth!
I wish for your quick recovery. May your enduring struggle ripple our existence into even greater clarity, wisdom and rebirth.
Posted by: Kristofer Pettersson | December 31, 2009 at 04:46 AM
Dennis, I wish you a prosperous year getting well real soon! You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Posted by: Gitta Lofberg | December 31, 2009 at 04:55 AM
Dennis, I'm confident that you'll do a repeat performance and quickly get well again. Just like all your friends out there I'm thinking of you and your family.
All the best,
Posted by: Boel Larsen | December 31, 2009 at 05:37 AM
Dennis, as I know you from many invigorating discussions, you are a fantatstic role model when it comes to mentally and physically coping with diseases. Your attitude and stamina has helped you and others before; it will do so this time, too.
Posted by: Kaj Arnö | December 31, 2009 at 05:47 AM