Nonfungible token (NFT) entrepreneur Wylie Aronow of Yuga Labs — the team behind Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC) and CryptoPunks — will be taking a leave of absence from the office to manage a host of heart failure symptoms.
In a Jan. 28 Twitter post to his 144,900 followers, Aronow said the tough decision to step away came on the back of a heart failure diagnosis after experiencing a myriad of symptoms over the last few months.
Some heavy news: a few days ago I was told by my doctor I have congestive heart failure. Symptoms started last year out of the blue and I put off seeking help (like an idiot) so I could keep working. But after testing, my doctor called and asked me to radically change my life.
— GordonGoner.eth (Wylie Aronow) (@GordonGoner) January 28, 2023
The NFT entrepreneur explained that while his “mild” symptoms still enable him to live a “mostly normal life,” his condition has rapidly accelerated to the point where he had no other option but to deprioritize his work.
The Yuga Labs co-founder didn’t put a date on when he would hope to make a full recovery and return to day-to-day duties.
However, Aranow confirmed that he will be sticking around as a board member and strategic advisor.
This isn’t the first medical diagnosis that has kept Aranow out of work either.
Aranow revealed that he dealt with a chronic illness in his twenties which held him back from progressing in his career. So when he finally recovered and co-founded Yuga Labs, there was no looking back:
“When I recovered and we started Yuga, I didn’t want to waste a second chance at life. I pushed myself way past my limits. I worked 12 hours a day, nearly every day. I should have taken the advice from everyone around me and sought balance.”
“My goals now are to get the best medical treatment I can and heal,” he added.
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