AUGUST 13, 2018

The Long Middle Part

The opening of Stevie Nicks "Edge of Seventeen" crackles over an obscured speaker in the surgery center pre-op area. I'm in a recliner with a hairnet on and booties over my shoes. I'm here for a nerve treatment to block pain in my tailbone. I've been here before for my neck and head and even if this treatment works, I'll probably be back again. I've been in chronic daily pain for over 18 months now. It's been a difficult and painful pause in my life & work. I've tried almost every treatment available but recovery is slower than I ever imagined. Getting better has been a full-time job which means I've dropped almost all my commitments along the way to better health.


I'm Jason Shellen, thanks for reading. You might know me from co-founding Brizzly, Boxer, Google Reader or from my work at Slack, Pinterest, AIM or Google where I lead product teams and some other fun stuff.

I hope to make something new soon. Drop me your email and I'll let you know when.