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  • Steve Jobs Takes Second Medical Leave


    In a somewhat disturbing press release from Apple, Steve Jobs has announced that the company's Board of Directors approved his request for a medical leave of absence. He will keep his title of Chief Executive Officer, though Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook - who ran Apple during Jobs's last medical leave in 2009 - will again take the reins of the company.

    Jobs was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2004. This form of cancer is extremely deadly, and 95% of those diagnosed with this disease die within five years. Jobs initially refused normal medical treatment, instead relying on a special diet to cure him of the disease. Eventually, Jobs underwent a surgical procedure to remove the head of his pancreas, his duodenum, part of his stomach, the gall bladder and other organs. Though Jobs has generally refused to discuss his health issues publicly, the tumor was believed to have been removed through this procedure. However, his thin, gaunt appearance in subsequent years, as well as a six month leave of absence in 2009 during which he had a liver transplant, has led to persistent concerns about his health. Bloomberg inadvertently published a draft of a Steve Jobs obituary in 2008; Jobs later joked about the worries during an iPod event, quoting Mark Twain that "the reports of my death are greatly exaggerated."

    During an address to the graduating class of Stanford in 2005, Steve ruminated on the lessons he had learned from his illness. He told the graduates that "Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma... which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary."

    The Apple press release consisted only of Jobs's email to all Apple employees, which reads:

    Team,

    At my request, the board of directors has granted me a medical leave of absence so I can focus on my health. I will continue as CEO and be involved in major strategic decisions for the company.

    I have asked Tim Cook to be responsible for all of Apple's day to day operations. I have great confidence that Tim and the rest of the executive management team will do a terrific job executing the exciting plans we have in place for 2011.

    I love Apple so much and hope to be back as soon as I can. In the meantime, my family and I would deeply appreciate respect for our privacy.

    Steve
    Steve Jobs has had a unique impact on the world of technology: brilliant and visionary, though often dictatorial and arbitrary. It's probably safe to say that the iOS ecosystem - and thus this site - would not exist without his contributions. We send our best to Steve and his family, and our wishes for his speedy recovery.

    Source: AppleInsider, image via Bolaji O
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Steve Jobs Takes Second Medical Leave started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 97 Comments
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Dr Arthur View Post
      I'll be sad when Steve Jobs is gone. He's a unique, selfless leader who turned Apple into a giant innovator. I suspect this may be it for him, if the whole story is true. I hope when he's gone it won't be management by gutless committees and self-serving yes men.

      People under him comes up with the ideas in R&D, he approves them.
      He may have come up with one or two (antennagate also maybe?) but too many people giving him credit where credit may not be due.
      From what I read...
      He bought his organ transplant by buying a home in a state where there is short waiting list for the organ he needed, so he can get on that waiting list thus having better chance of getting that organ ASAP. Too bad for the people he took the spot from and all the subsequent people behind them. His health is deteriorating maybe this is karma? I don't wish harm to him, and hope he does get better. Not because I think he is a great man and want him to live, but because I do not want to see a donated organ wasted so he goes out and buy another one and have someone else screwed over.

      BTW before you guys ask, if I am in the same situation as Steve Jobs would I do the same thing? You betcha, but it would not make it right.
    1. coolguy742's Avatar
      coolguy742 -
      Quote Originally Posted by VaderForce View Post
      There are some pretty thoughtless comments here about Steve Jobs health issues. If you never been through it or know someone who has it's pretty devastating on yourself & family. Give the guy a break - as you can see he is human.
      Thank you, he is nothing more than human just like us.
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      Quote Originally Posted by unison999 View Post
      People under him comes up with the ideas in R&D, he approves them.
      He may have come up with one or two (antennagate also maybe?) but too many people giving him credit where credit may not be due.
      From what I read...
      He bought his organ transplant by buying a home in a state where there is short waiting list for the organ he needed, so he have better chance of getting that organ. Too bad for the people he took the spot from and all the subsequent people behind them. His health is deteriorating maybe this is karma? I don't wish harm to him, and hope he does get better. Not because I think he is a great man and want him to live, but because I do not want to see a donated organ wasted and him going out and buying another one and have someone else screwed over.
      No one knows how he got his organ.... and if he moved to a state that had a short waiting list to get one he did what was right for him and how do you know he didn't wait his turn in that state? You don't. However if you or I needed a important organ we would do what we had to do as well.
    1. domenicp's Avatar
      domenicp -
      Quote Originally Posted by one1 View Post
      You can take your **** elsewhere too homeboy.



      HE has the best nutritionist and doctors money can buy and he has not ben able to put a pound back o since the transplant. He had weight on him last time to keep him alive. This time he does not. You can see from his legs they are paper thin. Steve simply doesn't have a strong enough system to pull through this time.


      http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/.a/6...1ab85dd970b-pi
      Hate to, but have to agree... Its not as simple as just eat lots when you've had stomach surgery... you can't push it and eat too much... sure hope we're wrong though
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      Quote Originally Posted by thetoothfairy View Post
      No one knows how he got his organ.... and if he moved to a state that had a short waiting list to get one he did what was right for him and how do you know he didn't wait his turn in that state? You don't. However if you or I needed a important organ we would do what we had to do as well.
      Naa he did not move into that home, you can get on a waiting list simply owning a home in that state then have his lawyers and doctors take care of the rest. And yes I would do same exact thing if I was him, like I added above before this post, but it still would not make it right.
    1. McMichael96's Avatar
      McMichael96 -
      Oh... He won't be back ever?... I kinda wanted to meet him.
    1. blueblaze4444's Avatar
      blueblaze4444 -
      If I die today, my will is to have my organs removed in case Steve needs another transplant (for whatever reason) And my money is going to cancer research
    1. McMichael96's Avatar
      McMichael96 -
      Quote Originally Posted by konrads View Post
      I hope he gets well. I also hope he meditates on his endless greed and pain he causes each user that legally purchased an iPhone/iPad and suffers when trying to use it freely or tries to spend many hours breaking out of the artificial limitations imposed.

      Greed is a sin. God sees us all.
      That was not cool at all...
    1. Co1d Night's Avatar
      Co1d Night -
      Quote Originally Posted by Bluprint View Post
      don't try and "wish" someone well, atheist will bash you for believing in miracles too.
      You're a tool. Get lost.
    1. McMichael96's Avatar
      McMichael96 -
      Quote Originally Posted by blueblaze4444 View Post
      If I die today, my will is to have my organs removed in case Steve needs another transplant (for whatever reason) And my money is going to cancer research
      If I die today, I am going to donate all my blood/organs (in my will) because my blood type is a very rare blood type only 10/10000 people have it.
    1. obtrunco's Avatar
      obtrunco -
      He's back at the hospital because he's stressed out from trying to beat jailbreaking lol!!!
    1. bisayakid07's Avatar
      bisayakid07 -
      You will be fine, Steve.
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      Quote Originally Posted by unison999 View Post
      Naa he did not move into that home, you can get on a waiting list simply owning a home in that state then have his lawyers and doctors take care of the rest. And yes I would do same exact thing if I was him, like I added above before this post, but it still would not make it right.
      Don't matter if you think its wrong or right no law was broken when he got his organ. If anyone of us needed one we would do what we would have to do to get one if possible.
    1. dale1v's Avatar
      dale1v -
      Quote Originally Posted by McMichael96 View Post
      If I die today, I am going to donate all my blood/organs (in my will) because my blood type is a very rare blood type only 10/10000 people have it.
      isn't AB- the rarest blood type? And that's 0.6% or something...not 0.1%
    1. cranie's Avatar
      cranie -
      Quote Originally Posted by Dr Arthur View Post
      I'll be sad when Steve Jobs is gone. He's a unique, selfless leader who turned Apple into a giant innovator. I suspect this may be it for him, if the whole story is true. I hope when he's gone it won't be management by gutless committees and self-serving yes men.
      I can only hope it's NOT the end. We've seen what a Steve Jobs-less Apple becomes. Although this time he may have done enough for it to coast a while. But the real innovations and vision are his
    1. quidam_brujah's Avatar
      quidam_brujah -
      Quote Originally Posted by McMichael96 View Post
      He is bootest, he don't beleave in God... Which he should though... Cause bodes is nothing more then a man who died. A false god.

      Yes it is a ugly thing though.
      I have no idea what you are talking about.
    1. Mrteacup's Avatar
      Mrteacup -
      Please keep religion to yourselves. This is a tech forum your religious views need to stay at a personal level. Thank you
    1. Co1d Night's Avatar
      Co1d Night -
      He needs a vacation
    1. Evilsaint's Avatar
      Evilsaint -
      Ouch.I hope he gets better the mans done alot he should just rest for a bit before coming back Or just act as a consultant and do the presentations.
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      Get well Steve. Hope your good to go for the iPad unveil, won't be same unless your their