Over the last few months, I have been going through the process of being diagnosed with cancer. The English mod team, SE community moderators, and mods from other sites have been very supportive and understanding during this period, and now that I'm taking a leave of absence for treatment, I felt it was time to share the news with the EL&U community.
First, I want to reassure you that the moderation team has the workload covered. The diagnosis process started before the moderator election this year, and while it wasn't the driving factor for the election, we took into consideration that I might be absent for an extended period or step down when we were deciding how many moderators would likely be needed.
Second, I want to reassure you that I will be OK. It is serious (adenocarcinoma of the lung) and requires surgery to remove part of my right lung, but the prognosis is very positive. Once the tumor is removed, no further intervention is necessary. I will be "cured". Surgery is not fun, but this cancer is not going to kill me.
I'll be on leave until probably mid-January 2017, which means that sadly, I will miss the Hat Dash this year. If you want to get in touch with me in the meantime, you can comment or post an answer here. It will pop into the inbox on my phone, so I will see it, although it will be difficult for me to respond to it. Or you can ask any moderator to pass information to me.
Kind regards to you all and I will see you next year.