Editor Tom Abate Taking A Medical Leave

He will be out for several weeks recuperating from bypass surgery.


Dear San Leandro Patch Readers:

I'll be on the sidelines for a while.

I was recently diagnosed with serious heart disease and am scheduled to undergo bypass surgery on Wednesday. I am taking off Monday and Tuesday to prepare. I will recuperate for several weeks before returning to the Patch.

In my absence my colleagues will fill in, starting with Associate Regional Editor David Mills (david.mills@patch.com). Other details we'll have to work out over time as this has come up rather suddenly.

This no trivial matter but the truth is I'm lucky. I spotted some of the telltale signs and quickly got the tests that disclosed the severity of the disease before having a heart attack. I have excellent insurance through Patch and, as a result, will be operated on by a first class surgical team.

I plan to blog about my experiences and what I've learned about heart disease once the operation is over.

Meanwhile, please help my colleagues continue the coverage that you've come to expect.

As has been infamously said: "I'll be back."

Tom Abate

David Topete July 23, 2012 at 06:28 PM
All the best to you in your recovery, Tom.
Pauline Cutter July 23, 2012 at 07:20 PM
We will certainly miss you. Good luck and take care.
David July 23, 2012 at 07:47 PM
Hope it wasn't anything Marga said :). More seriously, don't be afraid to speak up, ask questions of your doctors/nurses, and have them tell you what's going on so you understand it. If it doesn't seem right, keep asking.
Dan Dillman July 23, 2012 at 09:37 PM
Sending positive thoughts, Love and Prayers to you Brother TOM and to your family! You are healthy, wealthy and Healed!!! In Jesus Name!!!
Dan Dillman July 23, 2012 at 09:41 PM
I hope you weren't drinking the water at the City Council Meetings, I here there is something in the Water! If your up to it share with us what your symptoms were that made you go get checked.
Tom Abate (Editor) July 23, 2012 at 09:56 PM
Thanks for your thoughts and prayers. I will have more to write about all of this once I'm out the other side of the operation but I don't want to tempt the fates.
Michael Allen July 23, 2012 at 10:03 PM
Good luck, Sir, here's to a speedy recovery!
Angela Marrujo July 23, 2012 at 10:48 PM
Good luck to you Tom. At the very least, you were able to recognize some of the symptoms early. I wish you a speedy, full recovery, and know you'll be back in no time.
Cindy Simons July 23, 2012 at 10:55 PM
Tom, wishing you a great outcome and speedy recovery from your surgery!
Kate July 23, 2012 at 11:13 PM
I laughed out loud with that one. Thanks, David. Get well, Tom. We need you to return quickly as our moderator for discussions that can turn nasty.
S Young July 24, 2012 at 12:21 AM
Tom, I just went through the heart attack episode with Irish, complete with midnight "stents" and a long recovery. It's good you're on top of this one. Good luck and God speed. I also appreciate your writing about it as well.
Ken Briggs July 24, 2012 at 12:24 AM
Tom , just get well and do not rush to come back, take care of your health .
Angele Sweet July 24, 2012 at 12:25 AM
Glad you caught it in time.... I think we'll all miss you for the next weeks but we can spare you for just a bit! Good luck and take care!
Thomas Clarke July 24, 2012 at 12:42 AM
Tom, wishing you well and bon fortuna going forward. This will certainly allow a new perspective on what is interesting and what is truly important. May Providence make all your journeys blessed one.
Fran July 24, 2012 at 12:57 AM
Best wishes for a speedy recovery Tom. Will be looking forward to your return...
Barry Kane July 24, 2012 at 01:16 AM
I am thinking of you Tom and want to wish you a speedy recovery! We will miss you on the Patch, but will look forward to your return in great health. So glad you noticed the signs early enough.
Tim Holmes July 24, 2012 at 01:50 AM
Get well, and come back soon Tom.
Gayle July 24, 2012 at 04:29 AM
I'm so glad you caught this early Tom and, as much as the Patch needs you, take plenty of time to heal, recover and return to good health. The BGE has a tomato tasting the end of August and we hope you'll be well enough by then to join us. All the best to you!
Lisa July 24, 2012 at 04:34 AM
Tom, wishing you all the best and a speedy recovery!
Charles Kane July 24, 2012 at 04:42 AM
I wish you swift and successful recovery and look forward to your return to Patch.
Craig Williams July 24, 2012 at 05:20 AM
Hope it goes well for you Tom, the community is with you.
Stephen Cassidy July 24, 2012 at 03:09 PM
Tom, You're in our thoughts and prayers. We hope the operation is successful and your recovery speedy. Thank you for helping inform San Leandrans of important issues, news stories and civic events. Amy and Stephen
Ursula Reed July 24, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Thank you Tom for sharing your personal information with us. I wish you strength of spirit and a quick recovery. You will be missed during this time, but we'll look forward to your return. Ursula
Esperanza Díaz-Alvarez July 24, 2012 at 09:06 PM
Tom, My thoughts and prayers are with you for a successful surgery and a speedy recovery! Thank you for bringing into light your experiences and the effects of heart disease.
jeni engler July 26, 2012 at 01:40 AM
Best wishes and prayers for a speedy and full recovery. Thank you for all you do for our community, Tom.
Donna Davis July 26, 2012 at 04:04 AM
Sending blessings for a speedy recovery. You are a wonderful person!
Lisa August 16, 2012 at 03:09 AM
What did all these links have to do with Tom?
Kathy Noyes August 17, 2012 at 02:54 PM
I just read about your surgery. I hope it went well and you are having a really good recovery. I enjoy reading the SL Patch, and I look forward to your return. Best wishes for a speedy and full recovery.
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