Here’s What’s Been Going On

04.24.2007 | 12:14 pm

I’ve mentioned a few times recently that I’ve got a crisis going on that makes it difficult for me to try to be funny. I didn’t want to talk about it until it turned out that our suspicions were wrong and I could laugh it off, or it turned out that we were right and we had to start taking next steps.

Turns out we were right. In a nutshell: my wife’s breast cancer has metastasized. It’s in her bones, her spine, her lungs, her lymph nodes.

Obviously, right now I need to put the bulk of my energy into helping her as we get started on the huge — and endless — array of treatment she’s got in front of her. Chemo, radiation, surgery. Rinse and repeat, pretty much forever.

Eventually, we’ll get businesslike about the work of living with cancer, and I’ll go back to being the goofball I usually am. Meanwhile, I’m going to ask some friends to cover for me here, comedy-wise. I’ll still be here, but my sense of humor and I are a long way from each other right now.


  1. Comment by Jose | 04.24.2007 | 12:22 pm

    I’ll be praying for your family, Fatty. May god give you strength.

  2. Comment by Carl | 04.24.2007 | 12:24 pm

    I am sorry to hear such disheartening news. Cancer has affected us all and there is nothing funny about it. Your family will be in my prayers.

  3. Comment by Byrdbth | 04.24.2007 | 12:25 pm

    Your family will be in prayers..

  4. Comment by Mark W | 04.24.2007 | 12:27 pm

    Prayers are ordered and on the way. Take good care of your family.

  5. Comment by UltraRob | 04.24.2007 | 12:32 pm

    I’m really sorry to hear about your wife. Makes the stress I’m going through at work not seem so bad. You and your family will be in my prayers.

  6. Comment by Allan | 04.24.2007 | 12:37 pm

    Very sorry to hear the news. I’ll be thinking of you and your family.

  7. Comment by Chris | 04.24.2007 | 12:38 pm

    Damn Fatty, that sucks. My family’s thoughts are with your wife and your family. If there is ever anything bloggerland can do to help, just let us know.

  8. Comment by william | 04.24.2007 | 12:38 pm

    Sorry to hear about your wife, My thoughts are with you and the rest of the family. Take care and be strong.

  9. Comment by hobgoblin | 04.24.2007 | 12:40 pm

    Oh, Fatty, I’m so sorry. I know that thousands of cyclist/readers from all over will be with me in sending you all of our good thoughts.

  10. Comment by KeepYerBag | 04.24.2007 | 12:40 pm

    What heartbreaking news, FC. Your wife and your family will be in our prayers. May peace be with you all.

  11. Comment by Bob | 04.24.2007 | 12:41 pm

    That’s terrible news. My thoughts are with you and Susan.

  12. Comment by DeitySteve | 04.24.2007 | 12:43 pm

    My thoughts are with you, bud.

  13. Comment by Jay | 04.24.2007 | 12:46 pm

    I was hoping against hope that you were not speaking of one or more of the three Ds (divorce disease death) I hope everything turns out allright for you. My thoughts are with you and your family. Words can’t convey how I feel for you at this moment.

  14. Comment by John | 04.24.2007 | 12:47 pm

    Best wishes for the both of you. I just lost my dad to cancer a few days ago so I can appreciate some of the stress you must be under. Not that we know each other but my email is in the log, feel free to use it if you ever want to do so.

  15. Comment by monogodo | 04.24.2007 | 12:49 pm

    Sorry to hear about that.

    Don’t be so quick to dismiss humor, though. My late father-in-law kept his sense of humor up to the very end when he was fighting his losing battle with pancreatic cancer. His family kept their sense of humor, too.

    Good luck with everything, I look forward to reading about better news in the future.

  16. Comment by Wayner61 | 04.24.2007 | 1:09 pm

    Fatty, I don’t really know you. The only things I know are what you have written in this blog. It may be strange, but this news has hit me as hard as if you were my best friend. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  17. Comment by bashzilla | 04.24.2007 | 1:18 pm

    Very sorry to hear the lousy news… that’s a tough hill to climb… you still gotta climb it tho. Best luck.

  18. Comment by chtrich | 04.24.2007 | 1:23 pm

    So sorry to hear!! God bless your family as you struggle through!

  19. Comment by Derek | 04.24.2007 | 1:26 pm

    To think, I was just all down in the dumps because the offer my wife and I made on a condo was 1-upped and we lost the place. Looks like there are people in this world with far more important problems.

    My sympathy to you and your family. Long road ahead for sure – just keep cranking.

  20. Comment by Big Mike In Oz | 04.24.2007 | 1:32 pm

    That’s messed up. I can’t think of anything funny – or crass – to say, which means that this news has completely neutralised my super powers.

    Chicken soup and hugs will complement the medical interventions wonderfully. For her, not you. You’re still on a diet.

  21. Comment by Tg | 04.24.2007 | 1:46 pm

    Fatty and Mrs. Fatty, You are both in my prayers. I hope the treatments provide maximum healing with minimum side effects. Sending strength and positive thoughts your way. It’s funny, but I don’t even know you, I don’t live anywhere near Utah, but somehow I feel I should do something? Cook dinner? Drive the kids to baseball? Well, if I were there, I would do all that and more. You have lots of good karma coming your way for all the happiness you bring to your loyal readers.

  22. Comment by rogarr | 04.24.2007 | 1:48 pm

    Wow, that’s tough news. We just lost my mom a couple of months ago to bile duct cancer(Walter Peyton’s disease) so this really hits close to the heart. You and your family will be in my family’s prayers.

  23. Comment by Jill | 04.24.2007 | 1:53 pm

    I am so sorry. We’re all here thinking about you, and will continue to as your wife and family fight this battle.

  24. Comment by Not a cyclist | 04.24.2007 | 1:54 pm

    Oh, Fatty, my condolences and prayers are with you and your family.

  25. Comment by Mrs. Coach | 04.24.2007 | 2:02 pm

    FC- I’m so sorry, be sure to tell your wife we’re all thinking of her.

  26. Comment by MonsieurM | 04.24.2007 | 2:04 pm

    Terrible news. Like Tg, I’m not living anywhere even close to Utah and all I know from you is what I read here… and still, you don’t feel like a stranger to me, and I feel terrible learning those news. Best wishes, and don’t give up.

  27. Comment by Mrs. Coach | 04.24.2007 | 2:06 pm

    Botched- aren’t you supposed to be curing cancer or something? Get on that will you?

  28. Comment by swtkaroline | 04.24.2007 | 2:10 pm

    thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. your words have given me so many smiles, and your site so many great links to wonderfulness…I wish there was anything more I could do in return for you and your family during this difficult time.

  29. Comment by winner27 | 04.24.2007 | 2:11 pm

    Many thoughts and prayers are with you all Fatty. It will be tough but you’ll both come out even stronger than when you went in.

  30. Comment by kentucky joe | 04.24.2007 | 2:13 pm

    I really enjoy your blog. I feel like some of the commenters in that the only way I know you is through this blog. But that said, the readers all share a love of cycling and we all share the love of someone close to us so we all have that in common. I believe that all of your readers can safely say how sorry we are to read this news but how hopeful we are that your wife has the thoughts and prayers of this “blog community” you have created. That may not be worth a whole lot in the scheme of things but maybe on tough days to come that will help get you through a few minutes. Our best wishes on fighting this.

  31. Comment by Blake | 04.24.2007 | 2:23 pm

    So sorry to hear this. Best wishes to you and your family.

  32. Comment by mytzpyk | 04.24.2007 | 2:25 pm

    Fatty & Mrs Fatty:

    I hope for both of you.

  33. Comment by Karst | 04.24.2007 | 2:26 pm

    Best of wishes to your wife, you, and your family.

  34. Comment by Aeon | 04.24.2007 | 2:32 pm

    My prayers & thoughts are with your family.

  35. Comment by Erin | 04.24.2007 | 2:35 pm

    aww heck… if Mrs. Fatty can survive being married to Big Fatty, she can survive anything!

    go get ‘em, Team Fatty!

  36. Comment by Sprocketboy | 04.24.2007 | 2:42 pm

    I have been struck in the last two years or so by the number of my friends and acquaintances having to deal with cancer. When I was at the Moab Skinny Tire Festival, which raises funds for the Armstrong Foundation, one of the speakers asked how many in the room were cancer survivors or knew someone who had cancer and almost everyone put up their hand. I wear a yellow wristband to remind myself of those people. Fatty, it is a long and difficult road ahead but with your sense of humor, dedication and love I am sure that you will be a great comfort to your wife. Like everyone who enjoys this blog, a community that you have created, I wish your family all the best and happier days to come.

  37. Comment by David S | 04.24.2007 | 2:50 pm

    I’ve been a long time lurker here, this site is on my daily reading list. I’ve smiled with the funny bits, I’ve rejoiced as the jersey was announced to be in development, and now I’ve felt sadness at this news.
    I can tell from your writing that you’re a great person, and there is probably nothing your wife could ask for more now than a great person by her side. Those that I know who recovered from cancer all cite a positive person there who helped them out.
    Are you guys okay on a medical insurance front? If not, can I suggest you launch a reader donation fund of some kind. I’d happily contribute.
    If you guys are okay, I’m going to send yet another donation to the livestrong foundation.

  38. Comment by JohnnyB | 04.24.2007 | 3:35 pm

    Good luck & best wishes.

  39. Comment by UncleFred | 04.24.2007 | 3:43 pm

    Man, that sucks. My thoughts are with you and your family.

  40. Comment by KT | 04.24.2007 | 3:49 pm

    Man! There is certainly no justice in the world. This sucks in super-large quantities. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, and I’m still going to send all my good karma your way. I’m not using it, and you could use it.

    Also, if you tell me what color your wife’s hair is, I can knit up a chemo cloche (that’s a close fitting hat, in case you wanted to know) if she needs one. Tell me what size, color, and where to send it, and I’ll get on it toot-sweet.

  41. Comment by LMouse | 04.24.2007 | 4:40 pm

    Everytime I try to write something encouraging, I find myself speaking in samplers. You’d think I could think of something useful and meaningful to say since I have been through this, too. Maybe that’s why the usual platitudes feel so false and inadequate. Still, I want you to know that my prayers are with you and your family. You’ll find your way through it. You’ll be ok.

    One thing I would like to say: for all the grousing I’ve done about Utah on your blog comment page, you are living in the best place on earth for the love, support, kindness and all-out non-stop helpfulness you’re going to need. It’s good to know you’re there.

  42. Comment by JET(not a nickname) | 04.24.2007 | 4:41 pm

    Fatty, like some people have already said, we don’t know each other other than a few random comments here and there but when I read this news I felt awful. My thoughts are with you guys while you tackle, and defeat, this challenge.

  43. Comment by Dave Nice | 04.24.2007 | 4:43 pm

    Sucks big time! Tell her to fight hard and your Family is in my prayers!

    Tell Her there well be a rider riding all over that nasty cancer this year on the GDR!

  44. Comment by John Gilliland | 04.24.2007 | 4:45 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Hopefully you’ll receive in spades the good kharma you send to others.

  45. Comment by Flossy | 04.24.2007 | 4:48 pm

    So sorry to hear this news, my thoughts are with you and your family.

    My husband was diagnosed with prostrate cancer at the end of last year and had surgery in January. I would come home at night after being at the hospital and read your blog. It really helped keep some perspective (and doing those group rides for one). All the best, we’re both hoping things go well for your wife.

  46. Comment by bikemike | 04.24.2007 | 4:54 pm

    there is a whole new bunch of treatments and drugs and good doctors, hopefully you’ve got all of the above.

    my thoughts and prayers are with you both. you’re one of the good ones so, hang in there. i am of course assuming you’re one of the good ones. yes, of course you are!

    God bless you both and your family.

    we’ll leave the light on!

  47. Comment by the weak link | 04.24.2007 | 4:55 pm

    Don’t ask me why. For some reason I think you ‘guys’ are going to lick this one. Just a feeling we old docs get sometimes. I pray that I’m right.

  48. Comment by Yukirin Boy | 04.24.2007 | 4:58 pm

    Dear FC,
    Very sorry to hear the news.
    Best wishes to you, your wife and family.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  49. Comment by slip | 04.24.2007 | 5:13 pm

    that’s heartbreaking news. all my best wishes to all of you on team fc.

  50. Comment by Graham | 04.24.2007 | 5:15 pm

    Best wishes to your wife, you, and your family. It hurts to hear news like this from a friend. At least that’s how it feels when I read your blog everyday – like I’m hearing from an old friend. My wife sends her wishes too…her heart dropped like a rock when I told her what I just read here…she only knows you through me, since I read her passages of your posts every couple of nights when she hears me laughing to myself in front of the computer. Anyway, I say that to let you know that your writing and this blog has an impact that goes beyond just this reader, but deeper into my family. We’re all pulling for you guys!!!

  51. Comment by Jerry | 04.24.2007 | 5:25 pm


    As a reader and cyclist who has enjoyed your writing almost from the beginning I am so sorry to hear to this. I truly hope that you and your sense of humor are reunited sooner than even you can imagine. My prayers and best wishes are with you during this difficult time.

  52. Comment by wonderdyke | 04.24.2007 | 5:35 pm

    FC – I’m sorry to hear the news. I’ll be keeping you and yours in my thoughts and prayers.

  53. Comment by MrsC | 04.24.2007 | 6:00 pm

    FC – Like many others, I only know you from your weblog and I love your wonderful sense of humor. So many times you have brightened my day with some silliness that you thought up. A small token for you is found in 1 Peter 5:7. You, your wife, and family will be in my prayers.

  54. Comment by dawn | 04.24.2007 | 6:09 pm

    I was afraid this was what was occupying your mind – I even said to my hubby that the only way Fatty would be distracted would be if Mrs. Fatty had a relapse.
    I even tried to get good kharma going your way by letting everyone cut in front of me. My aunt was diagnosed with breast cancer just a week ago, with spots in several areas so I can empathisize slightly with you. Be strong but remember that if you have to vent, we will read on, even if you aren’t lampooning the bike world.
    Oh, and my challenge reward for you; well your wife has earned it for you. So email me with your address so I can send the check to you so you can go out somewhere nice with her.

  55. Comment by adp | 04.24.2007 | 6:13 pm

    We will pray hard for Team FC. Best wishes to you.

  56. Comment by joliver3 | 04.24.2007 | 6:15 pm

    You and your family have my best wishes for your fight against this disease.

  57. Comment by DOM | 04.24.2007 | 6:16 pm

    FC-I don’t know what the Karma exchange rate is for inspiring others to shed some unhealthy pounds, promoting a sense of community, and entertaining the heck out of us along the way, but you surely have banked tons. Of course, Mrs FC, you, and your kids our in our thoughts. Please remember to take care of yourself, too.

  58. Comment by seth | 04.24.2007 | 6:19 pm

    My thoughts are with your family. Be strong, fight hard!

  59. Comment by Neil Brennen | 04.24.2007 | 6:33 pm


    I’m praying for you, your wife, and your family. Be strong for your wife and children, but be strong for yourself as well. You and your family will be triumphant.

  60. Comment by spin echo | 04.24.2007 | 6:35 pm

    I am so sorry to hear the news — my best wishes and prayers for you and your family. I wish that I could do something to help.

  61. Comment by Born 4 Lycra | 04.24.2007 | 6:56 pm

    Oh crap! Mrs FC with Elden’s support you will get through this. There’s an awful lot of people in your corner and we are all wishing you the best. To Team FC just take it easy, stay strong and look after each other. You are winners and you will beat this. Feel the Love.

  62. Comment by StephyAnne | 04.24.2007 | 7:36 pm

    You know, I’ve read your blog for a long time, I don’t cycle anymore, no where to keep the bike, but your blog kept me connected. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. Sending the good karma and mojo to your wife, you and your kids.

  63. Comment by Lins - Australia | 04.24.2007 | 7:48 pm

    That’s really rotten.
    I’ve put my yellow wristband on. Even if it’s not technologically capable of sending vibes of the healing variety it means I’m thinking of you all.
    Wishing you all the best for the treatment.

  64. Comment by mrLee | 04.24.2007 | 7:54 pm

    My prayers are with you and your wife as I write, God’s blessings and comfort to you both. We’ll all still be here for you when you get back!

  65. Comment by NobbyNick | 04.24.2007 | 7:57 pm

    Hey Elden,

    Nothing much to say that the others haven’t said. I’ve been there with my wife through Hodgekins and it is nothing like breast cancer. Just want to wish you guys all the best. Nick V.

  66. Comment by Sonya | 04.24.2007 | 9:01 pm

    Holy Cats. I’m just a lurker, but your blog has made me smile on many occasions… please remember to enjoy what smiles you can in the weeks and months ahead. I hope for all the best for your family.

  67. Comment by Mom | 04.24.2007 | 10:17 pm

    What a wonderful group of friends you all are. I met some of you as I crewed for Fatty last year at the Leadville 100. (Funny to be known as Fatty’s mom). this year the plan was for me to watch the kids while his wife did the crewing. Wouldn’t surprise me if this still happens. You see, I believe in prayer and all the good things you are sending their way. Besides, it would be so fun for them to see you all sporting your FC shirts and flashing them a big VICTORY sign for the race they are in now.

  68. Comment by Lisa B | 04.24.2007 | 10:23 pm

    Crap! Mrs. Fatty, Fatty and Team Fatty, you’re in our hearts and in our thoughts. We’re all pulling for you – vibes, prayers, thoughts, whatever works for each of us – they’re sent your way with high hopes and best wishes.

  69. Comment by Saso | 04.24.2007 | 10:41 pm


    this is very sad news. I wish all the best to your wife and I sincerely hope she will be healthy again. As several guys here suggested, let us know if we can help by financial contribution. I would be glad to do so. I have had many happy moments reading your blog so I would like to repay in any way possible, despite living so far away from you. My thoughts are with your family.

  70. Comment by alee | 04.24.2007 | 10:51 pm

    Shocking news. My wife and I want to send you our best wishes for you and your family.

  71. Comment by Jouni | 04.24.2007 | 10:57 pm

    As many others have written (no doubt more eloquently), I am saddened by your news. However, as many have noted, there is community here. The light is on; there is fire in the hearth.

    There are strong arms around you and yours.

    All the best.


  72. Comment by Dave | 04.24.2007 | 11:16 pm

    Fatty, that’s some seriously tough news to deal with. But I’m sure you, your wife and all your family will deal with it as only Fatties can – with hard work, lots of support and more than a little bit of humour.

    Good luck with the long fight ahead.

  73. Comment by Weean | 04.24.2007 | 11:17 pm

    Our thoughts are with you, man.

    Sorry I can’t think of anything more witty/inspiring/meaningful to say.

  74. Comment by FatArsedWombat | 04.25.2007 | 12:40 am

    Wishing you and your wife peace and strength and masses of positive vibes, FC. Big Mike is right about the chicken soup and hugs. Am in the process of trying to find someone to ship some pink JagWire cables for my bikes out here to Oz – when they get here, I shall be proud to have some hot pink for breast cancer research cables on my bike – for Mrs Fatty and for all the other tough and totally cool women out there fighting on for their lives. Keep on the sunny side: a positive outlook can be an incredible weapon. HOLD FAST.

  75. Comment by kevin (australia) | 04.25.2007 | 12:58 am

    can’t believe what i have just read – my families thoughts are with you and your family – “live strong”

  76. Comment by John | 04.25.2007 | 1:02 am

    Elden, that’s dreadful news. Be strong.

  77. Comment by buckythedonkey | 04.25.2007 | 1:06 am

    Go for it Fatty. We’re with you.

  78. Comment by buckythedonkey | 04.25.2007 | 1:26 am

    If this is inappropriate, please accept my sincere apologies and ignore it:

  79. Comment by Little1 | 04.25.2007 | 1:41 am

    Dear Fatty.

    To you and your wife. You have touched the hearts of many more than you will ever know. You are both part of the biggest family in the world. No doubt we are all praying for you and there are guardian angels surrounding your wife.

    I will include you both in my morning ride thought space.

  80. Comment by Uncadan8 | 04.25.2007 | 3:26 am

    I’ll be praying for you, your wife, and family as you fight this battle. I am strongly moved by what you are going through. I’ve been wearing the LiveStrong bracelet for a while now and will be riding in the Philadelphia LiveStrong Challenge. This news give me one more reason to train hard and raise funds to beat cancer. I’ll be keeping you all in mind.

  81. Comment by TimK | 04.25.2007 | 3:36 am

    You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  82. Comment by Ian | 04.25.2007 | 3:37 am

    Please give your wife my family’s sincerest wishes for getting well. My mother has battled breast cancer and I can well appreciate what she is going through. And for you, while we have only met over these pages, if there is anything which can be done from here in SouthWest Florida, please do not hesitate to ask.

    aka Grampianman

  83. Comment by Yet Another Lurker | 04.25.2007 | 3:38 am

    Just adding my good thoughts and support to Team FC. May Mrs Fatty’s cancer go into regression soon.

  84. Comment by mel | 04.25.2007 | 4:06 am

    I read your blog religiously, you have brought many a smile to my face and I just wanted you to know that someone all the way in GA will be praying for your family.

  85. Comment by TonyR | 04.25.2007 | 4:10 am

    Dear Fatty
    From one of the many out here who you will have never met but who consider you a dear friend. Thank you for all the smiles and positive vibes you have sent our way, I hope you feel them coming back at you now.

  86. Comment by Sam | 04.25.2007 | 4:15 am

    Good luck to the both of you..!!

  87. Comment by Lowrydr | 04.25.2007 | 4:16 am

    Massive GOOD Karma for Mrs. Fatty and her crew. It’s now your responsability to crew for her as she whips this nasty bugger. You can do it.

  88. Comment by Indygirl | 04.25.2007 | 4:16 am

    Coming out of lurkdom to say your family and you are in my thoughts.

  89. Comment by turnonthejets | 04.25.2007 | 4:39 am

    Kick it’s ass Fatty and Mrs. Fatty! Dig your heels in and push. Don’t ever let it off the hook. You guys can do it. Positive energy coming from here!

  90. Comment by Two Trips | 04.25.2007 | 4:42 am

    Huge, Red Sea parting prayers from Carbondale, CO. Don’t worry about us out here in bloggerland – if we enjoy your humor we are obviously capable of entertaining ourselves!

    (did that come out wrong?)

  91. Comment by Den | 04.25.2007 | 4:55 am

    Your wife, you and your family are in my prayers. We all feel nothing but love for you Fatty, hang in there!

  92. Comment by Boz | 04.25.2007 | 5:15 am

    After all that, I don’t have much to add other than hope. My mother kicked breast cancers ass a couple of years back, my step daughter did the same to brain cancer. Put your foot on it’s neck and crush it out. Don’t be kind to cancer.

  93. Comment by Steve | 04.25.2007 | 5:16 am

    Stay strong for her and your family.

  94. Comment by 3rs | 04.25.2007 | 5:20 am

    My prayers are with you and your family.

  95. Comment by Charise | 04.25.2007 | 5:28 am

    Delurking… I’m so sorry to hear that you’re going through this. I hope I’m speaking for all of us, but pease let us know if there is anything at all we can do for you and your family.

  96. Comment by vertigo | 04.25.2007 | 5:30 am


    I am so sorry to hear of Mrs. Fatty’s illness. I pray that you and your family will find comfort in this humble prayer taken from Numbers 6.

    “The Lord bless you
    and keep you;

    the Lord make his face shine upon you
    and be gracious to you;

    the Lord turn his face toward you
    and give you peace.”


  97. Comment by wndnh2o | 04.25.2007 | 5:32 am

    added to the list… hang in there we’re all in this together.

  98. Comment by GenghisKhan | 04.25.2007 | 5:39 am

    Please add my prayers/karma/thoughts to the cause…

  99. Comment by Errorista | 04.25.2007 | 5:44 am

    Well brother –

    I love you guys and it looks like the whole world is in on that with me. I suppose the bright spot here is that you and your family have an almost unlimited amount of support – from the family, friends, and loyal readers around you. It’s not in your nature to call on it, but do. Its good to take care of yourself so you can also take care of her and the kiddos.

    Anything – call me and just say the word.

    Odi Jo

  100. Comment by clydesdale | 04.25.2007 | 5:52 am

    Wow, I just spent the past 15 minutes reading every message here. What a great bunch and I think it is a reflection on how you show yourself Fatty and how you make others feel with your regular postings. My family all send our good wishes, strength and good Kharma to you and yours.

    In times of trouble maybe print off this massive list of support and read some of them to your family. It is sure to give a lift when needed. If not just ask. There are a whole bunch here who would be more than willing to lend a hand anyway you need it.

    Stay strong Team Fatty you have a ton of support behind you. (well, I’m sure with this group it’s much more than a ton :) )

  101. Comment by Eric | 04.25.2007 | 6:27 am

    I know the words alone can’t help, but if good thoughts and prayers can, you your family have all the help I can give you. And so you know how something as apparently silly as a humorous blog can create a community, even among us lurkers, I admit to checking back more frequently than usual to find out what was causing you so much stress. I am sorry it turned out the way it did, but hope the support of the Fat Cyclist Bloglodytes is of some help.

  102. Comment by Eric D | 04.25.2007 | 6:36 am


    Really sorry to hear the bad news. We’ll be thinking about you and wishing you and your entire family the best.

  103. Comment by msk | 04.25.2007 | 6:37 am

    not really sure what to say other than you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers

    let us know if there is anything (absolutely anything) we can do for you and yours

    take care


  104. Comment by Chris | 04.25.2007 | 6:41 am

    As always, I looked at the Fat Cyclist site at that point in the work day when I could have been doing something useful or–well, or reading the Fat Cyclist for inspiration–and now I’m thinking to hell with work. I’ll go for the hardest ride I can manage tonight and then add a bit and hope that I can absorb even a tiny amount of Susan’s and your pain. If it would help.

    Be strong and stay strong.


  105. Comment by Tom in the UK | 04.25.2007 | 7:02 am

    I know you will both get through this.
    Positive thoughts, love, karma, etc etc from the UK!

  106. Comment by www | 04.25.2007 | 7:08 am

    I’ve been reading your site for a while now and i’m wishing and sending you all of that positive energy and good karma that you have given out right back . . . tripled.

    btw, I don’t not even own a bike and I’m a fan. You reach more people than you know.

  107. Comment by MAJ Mike | 04.25.2007 | 7:27 am

    I’m giving you guys a virtual version of the look in the eye I would give a young soldier heading off to a fight, saying “Go get some.” All the karma I can muster is enroute. Don’t worry about us…we’ll be around when you come through the other side.

  108. Comment by I. M. Bitter (formerly known as Lissee) | 04.25.2007 | 7:38 am

    Oh, I’m so sorry to hear the news Fatty! I’ll keep your wife and family in my thoughts, wish you the best! (My little sister passed away from cancer two years ago.)


  109. Comment by dkirkavitch | 04.25.2007 | 7:41 am

    Hey Fatty,
    Positive vibes from the dry side of Washington state. Tough news for a strong family. Just wanted to add my support to the community you created. Do what you need to, we’ll always be here for you.


  110. Comment by VA Biker | 04.25.2007 | 7:44 am

    Elden and Mrs. FC,

    I’m responding with no epiphany or even original idea. I simply want to state that my thoughts and prayers are with you both and your kids. I truly hope you can put this down.

    Positive thoughts are tough, but really can make a difference. Here’s sending you the best I can muster (no “sub-prime” positive thoughts allowed to pass through).

  111. Comment by TT London | 04.25.2007 | 7:51 am

    So sorry to hear the news…like many many others you have given me so many laughs on down days and I thank you so much for that.
    You and Mrs Fatty will have many more laughs together…you are owed them!!
    My thoughts and heartfelt best wishes are with team FC.

  112. Comment by Marilyn | 04.25.2007 | 7:58 am

    Found the link on minuscar.. this is hard news to read this news made me stop and think long and hard about things…i hope the best for you, though i don’t know you or your wife. she is fortunate to have you…keep her smiling if you can, sounds like you’re capable of that, I hope you can trust God. “Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart” Psalm 27:14

  113. Comment by MTB W | 04.25.2007 | 8:04 am

    I have never even met you yet, like many here, feel like I know you. I am very sorry that Mrs. FC and your whole family has to deal with this. It makes me sad yet mad that such good people have to be burdened with it. I wish all of you my very best and will be sending my prayers and thoughts your way until you lick this thing! As said above, you will be Mrs. FC’s crew on this ride and we all have confidence in you to help her across the finish line. All of us out here will be pulling for you! (ok, that’s enough cycling analogies from me for today)

    It does not seem in your character to ask for help but please do – I would gladly help out in any way, whether its financial contributions, driving out to Utah to lend a helping hand, etc. You’ve got my email. Think of it this way, you’ll just be giving me an excuse for a road trip to Utah.


  114. Comment by Paul | 04.25.2007 | 8:19 am

    So sorry for you. You lightened up my life with your ireverent humour. Best wishes to you both.


  115. Comment by Caren | 04.25.2007 | 8:26 am

    You have been in my thoughts since I read that something was going on, and I will admit that knowing that your wife is a Breast Cancer Survivor, I was concerned that what was going on was related to this. I am saddened to hear that my concerns proved true. My thoughts will be joined with all the other thoughts, prayers, karma, etc. that are being sent your way to help you, your wife, your kids, your family and friends through this ordeal. Breast Cancer research has brought the prognosis of surviving this terrible disease a LONG way and it is my hope that you will use every ounce of it during this fight.

    I have unfortunately been indirectly affected by this disease – I am always overwhelmed by the strength of those directly affected and feel so helpless. Please know that while some of us are mere readers of a blog that we would also like to provide support in any way possible. Please let us know what we can do to help!

    I want to close with something that always hits a cord with me when I read it…I hope that you too will find some strength in it!

    The Manifesto of the Lance Armstrong Foundation

    We believe in life.
    Your life.
    We believe in living every minute of it with every ounce of your being.
    And that you must not let cancer take control of it.
    We believe in energy: channeled and fierce.
    We believe in focus: getting smart and living strong.
    Unity is strength. Knowledge is power. Attitude is everything.
    This is the Lance Armstrong Foundation.

    We kick in the moment you’re diagnosed.
    We help you accept the tears. Acknowledge the rage.
    We believe in your right to live without pain.
    We believe in information. Not pity.
    And in straight, open talk about cancer.
    With husbands, wives and partners. With kids, friends and neighbors. And the people you live with, work with, cry and laugh with.
    This is no time to pull punches.
    You’re in the fight of your life.

    We’re about the hard stuff.
    Like finding the nerve to ask for a second opinion.
    And a third, or a fourth, if that’s what it takes.
    We’re about getting smart about clinical trials.
    And if it comes to it, being in control of how your life ends.
    It’s your life. You will have it your way.

    We’re about the practical stuff.
    Planning for surviving. Banking your sperm. Preserving your fertility. Organizing your finances. Dealing with hospitals, specialists, insurance companies and employers.
    It’s knowing your rights.
    It’s your life.
    Take no prisoners.

    We’re about the fight.
    We’re your champion on Capitol Hill. Your advocate with the healthcare system. Your sponsor in the research labs.
    And we know the fight never ends.
    Cancer may leave your body, but it never leaves your life.
    This is the Lance Armstrong Foundation.
    Founded and inspired by one of the toughest cancer survivors on the planet.

    Sending all my positive thoughts and karma toward Utah!
    Caren Gioannini

  116. Comment by rz | 04.25.2007 | 8:41 am

    FC -

    Thoughts and prayers from NYC are being projected to Utah at this very moment.

    I will send ravioli from Borghatti’s in the Bronx for comfort food

  117. Comment by John H | 04.25.2007 | 8:52 am

    I’ll be praying for you, your wife and your whole family.

    God Bless,


  118. Comment by Kerri | 04.25.2007 | 8:53 am

    I’m so sorry to hear about your wife’s cancer. My thoughts are with you at this tough time for your family.

  119. Comment by Ben | 04.25.2007 | 8:55 am

    Best wishes to your family, such sad news.

  120. Comment by Meaghan | 04.25.2007 | 9:00 am

    Hey fatty you don’t know me but I’ve been reading your blog for a long time and hearing this news has made me so upset. Don’t worry about the blog anymore, don’t feel like you have to keep it up and running, because that is really the last thing you need to worry about. Although writing might help you relieve some stress. Don’t keep things to yourself- you want to talk about it we can talk about it. We are all here for you and your family and I wish you all the best.

    Will be thinking about you,

  121. Comment by Laura | 04.25.2007 | 9:26 am

    I’ve been lurking ever since a friend forwarded your Open Letter to Triathletes to a group of triatheletes known as Ironteam. They are part of Team in Training, and this team alone will raise about $500,000 – every year – for cancer research. My connection? I’m a lymphoma and breast cancer survivor, runner, mountain and road biker (not really a swimmer, though!)

    Sunday I felt a compulsion to start wearing my red Leukemia and Lymphoma Society wristband. Now I know why. The word “Relentless” is engraved upon it.

    Go Long, Stay Strong. Call when you need help. Your extended family’s waiting to help.

  122. Comment by Moishe Lettvin | 04.25.2007 | 9:53 am

    I’m so sorry to hear about your wife, and I hope she gets better quickly. I still have the bracelet she made for me way back when; I’m sorry that I haven’t met her yet and hope to at Leadville some year when this is behind you both.

  123. Comment by Al Maviva | 04.25.2007 | 10:12 am

    Elden, you give a lot of laughs, a few groans and many moments of pleasant diversion to this little community. Please, take some of our support in return. Know that some of us (okay, me) are angry that you and your Susan have to undergo this trial; some of us are praying; others are sending best wishes; and all of us feel sadness that our fearless leader has to help his Protected Rider up a steep mountain, and the General Classification is in doubt. Michael Rasmussen had some good advice about terribly difficult climbs: if you just look down at the front wheel instead of the top of the hill, the climb doesn’t seem all that bad.

    Failing that, you can always fall back on the wisdom of Bobke: “It’s better to be a fire hydrant in New York, than the French National Champion.” Surely, no matter how tough things get, at least you aren’t the French National Champion.

  124. Comment by Badder | 04.25.2007 | 10:19 am

    I’m sorry to here about your wife. Family and good health are our two most precious gifts. Good luck with treatments and my thoughts go out to you.

  125. Comment by TheEdge | 04.25.2007 | 10:20 am

    I suppose everything has already been said but I felt compeled to post. Like others, I do not know you or your wife but I feel like I could or would want to. As such, I am suprised about the emotions I feel. Before even writing a note, I said a prayer for your entire family. I am married, have twins, and cycle. If that is all we ever have in common…it still puts you high on my list of cool guys. I am angry about this. I am sad. And of course I am hopeful. No one can blame you if you took a long hiatus from this silly yet highly entertaining blog. Take care of you and yours and know that you have touched the lives of others and thusly we are behind you!


  126. Comment by Not So Skinny Cathy | 04.25.2007 | 10:28 am

    More positive energy being beamed your way from NC. Mrs. FC sounds like an extraordinary woman – she can beat this.

    Strength to both of you.

  127. Comment by FliesOnly | 04.25.2007 | 10:33 am

    My thoughts are with you and your family. Cancer seems to touch us all now days, some much too closely. Good luck with the treatments and I hope we all hear from you soon with better news.

  128. Comment by Sophia | 04.25.2007 | 10:33 am

    It makes me so sad that the guy who has only brought laughs and entertainment to me for the past year has to go through something like this. Best wishes for your wife, you, and your family. I will be thinking of you and sending every ounce of good karma I can muster towards your family.

  129. Comment by Pete | 04.25.2007 | 10:50 am

    I have read your blog for the past three years to get comical inspiration for riding. This news is truly sobering. You and your wife are in our thoughts and prayers. Just know that it is beatable! God speed to you and your family.

  130. Comment by Eufemiano Fuentes | 04.25.2007 | 11:10 am

    *Sigh*…….. sometimes I wish I had gone to a regular medical school and not an evil medical school.

    Good luck with everything Mr & Mrs. FC.

  131. Comment by M. Dion | 04.25.2007 | 11:29 am

    Know undoubtedly that positive thoughts and healing energy are constantly being directed to your wife and family; with the intention that all involved hold an unwavering knowing that a full recovery is inevitable.

  132. Comment by Tim B | 04.25.2007 | 12:22 pm

    My thoughts are with you and your family.

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  134. Comment by simon the stumpy | 04.25.2007 | 1:11 pm


    jut stumbled on your site.

    heart goes out to you. chin up – look after her.

    remain positive

  135. Comment by chris | 04.25.2007 | 1:25 pm

    i don’t have much to say, except that i am so sorry. i’m going to call my wife right now. boldly love as no one has loved before.

  136. Comment by susie b | 04.25.2007 | 1:28 pm

    I don’t know why your wife has to battle this dreaded disease & I don’t know why you are being tested in this way. I don’t really know you & there are days I don’t think I know ‘nuthin’. But I do know that I have been reading your blog for the last 7 months & laughing myself silly at your posts & the comments of your ‘regulars’. When I would feel down, I knew I could read Fatty & the gang & feel better. I so wish there was something, anything I could do to return the favor. I will spread the news to some other friends who have listened to me go on & on about the funniest/best writer on the internet & all of us will pray & send good thoughts your way.

  137. Comment by Mike | 04.25.2007 | 1:51 pm

    I can’t express how I feel mate. All the best to you all (especially your wife). Please accept a cyber hug all the way from Australia. xoxo

  138. Comment by Greg | 04.25.2007 | 1:53 pm

    Mr and Mrs Fatty,

    We are sorry to hear your news. Good luck with the fight ahead.

  139. Comment by Ironmama | 04.25.2007 | 2:05 pm

    Good luck, Fatty and Mrs. FC. I’ll be praying for you.

  140. Comment by rexinsea | 04.25.2007 | 2:35 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about your wife. My mother suffered a recurrence of breast cancer five years ago and she is still with us and healthy. I truly hope your wife will have the same outcome.

    Like many others here I feel I know you through your writing. Even though I’ve never met you, I’ve felt strangely compelled to worry about you and your family these last several days. This is a testament to your great observational writing about our sport. Take the time you need to focus where you need to.

    Keep up the faith. Riding will be good for the soul so try not to give it up completely. You may actually need the hour or two break so you can be really present when you are needed at home. I know exercise helps my focus in hard times – it’s the one thing I can do to feel like I accomplished ‘something.’ Then I can focus on the problem.

    I will be praying for you, your wife and your family. All the best.

  141. Comment by rokrider | 04.25.2007 | 2:41 pm

    I really have nothing more to say that hasn’t already been said. Just add my best wishes and prayers for your wife and family to this long list. I know all of you will fight the good fight. And against such strong competitors I have no doubt that this thing doesn’t stand a chance against Team Fatty.

  142. Comment by Charles | 04.25.2007 | 2:52 pm

    I’ve been a lurker for a while. Had to post to say I’m sorry and hope for the best. I’m sure your friends will be great stand-ins, but I hope things go well enough to get the Funny Fatty back soon.

  143. Comment by KatieA | 04.25.2007 | 3:50 pm

    I’m sending any and all the good karma I have ever amassed in your and your wife’s direction. As said before by many, we don’t really “know” you and your family and friends, but we feel we do through all the stories we get on the site. I know the others will do a fantastic job in your absence, and we’ll always be here when you return.

    If you need anything Australian to make your lovely wife (or yourself) feel better – Vegemite perhaps – let me know and there’ll be some in the post asap for you.

  144. Comment by born4felt | 04.25.2007 | 4:26 pm


    A few months ago I was reading one of your posts to my wife and she suggested that I send you a note telling you how much your blog meant to me. I didn’t, so I ‘m telling you now. For the last year or so your writing made me laugh almost every day and I guess that’s the best gift you can give anyone. All of which is to say that you and Mrs. Fatty put a lot of good in the world and I have to believe that that much good has a way of coming back to you. Prayers and support from out in California.

    John Greenman (aka born4felt)

  145. Comment by barry1021 | 04.25.2007 | 5:17 pm

    Some good comes of everything. I believe that. Look at all the damn lurkers that have decloaked fr’instance. You have all been exposed, and now you have a civic responsibility to continue to expose yourself in the name of helping Mr. & Mrs. FC. OK I probably could have said that in a bit different way that wouldn’t have given me visuals of some of the regulars here which caused me to throw up in my mouth a little, but anyway, strength in numbers!! NO, FC doesn’t have to keep the blog going, but dammit, if he wants to, then let’s KEEP IT GOING!!!


  146. Comment by David | 04.25.2007 | 5:45 pm

    For what it’s worth….

    You and the poor wife have internet friends all over the place.

    My best thoughts/prayers/karma are with you both.


  147. Comment by Tom Stormcrowe | 04.25.2007 | 5:51 pm


    My prayers for your wife….and you! Hang tough and don’t be afraid to look for some support for yourself. I know the road you are walking, my wife is a cancer survivor and it was a tough haul, for both of us. It’s almost as tough for the spouse as the person with the cancer. Remember to take care of you so you can be as supportive of your wife and you will need to be. I’ll be thinking of you


  148. Comment by IndoorRolyPoly | 04.25.2007 | 6:16 pm

    Fight strong knowing that you’re getting love from around the world! (including the still cold state of Minnesota)
    Every hope filled thought I have is with you and Susan, Prayers/karma what ever, IT YOURS!


  149. Comment by Ian | 04.25.2007 | 7:14 pm

    There are a lot of people out here pulling for you. You have given a lot of us a chuckle and let us into your life just a little. I wish all the best in the biggest climb of all.


  150. Comment by Brie | 04.25.2007 | 8:03 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with you, your wife and the littlies. Sorry to hear the news.

  151. Comment by Caloi-Rider | 04.25.2007 | 8:45 pm

    I’m so sorry. I wish I could offer something more than my sympathy and support. I don’t know if I believe in karma, but I definitely believe in grace, mercy and virtue. I hope you and your family are blessed with all of the above.

  152. Comment by buckythedonkey | 04.25.2007 | 11:39 pm

    At the risk of sounding like I know where you are at right now (I don’t), I’m going to share a thought that has been niggling at me since reading yesterday’s post.

    > Meanwhile, I’m going to ask some friends to cover for me here, comedy-wise.

    Mate, I read your blog because I like to hear about you and what you’ve been getting up to. I love the way you string words together. I love the way you turn things that happen into bona fide stories. I like the sound of where you live. I love reading about bike-related-tomfoolery, outings with mates, daft projects, unplanned excursions and horrendous accidents (true and manufactured). I love to read about you.

    What I am trying to say is that we read this blog because we like you. You are, as far as anybody I’ve never met can be, a friend. Over a morning coffee you often provide my first smile of the day (which ought tell you something about commuting in London). How could I not want to hear you?

    Here’s the bit where I run the risk of sounding like I know where you are at right now: I don’t think that you owe us any comedy. Which is my way of saying that, if you feel like writing some un-funny stuff, or if you feel like sharing any of what’s coming up, you’ll still add to the mornings, afternoons or evenings of the army of unknown friends you have never met. Maybe more then ever.

    So, if put off blogging because you plain don’t want to, that’s OK.

    However, if you’re not blogging because you haven’t got anything funny to write I, for one, would love you to reconsider. We all might learn something.

    There, I’ve poked my nose into your business so I’d better stop. Love to you Elden.


  153. Comment by Jouni | 04.25.2007 | 11:47 pm

    Second time through all the replies, and I’m in tears.

    Second post and I can barely type. Dude, be strong. Help your family be strong. Take care of you so that when needed, you’ll be as strong as all of us know that you are. We are with you. I’ve asked a fellow blog-master type to read and comment and bring the love here.


  154. Comment by James | 04.26.2007 | 12:35 am

    You can see you have touched many people with your writings, and now I hope you can both take strength from all the heartfelt posted comments. Gambatte.

  155. Comment by highwaymunky | 04.26.2007 | 4:03 am

    I’m sorry dude, You and your family will be in my prayers and i hope she gets well soon and the journey from here to there is as easy as it can possibly be. Like everyone has said you are a good person and i think that everyone will still be here as you devote your self fully to your lady when she needs you. I wish you all the best and i love reading you blog.
    God bless you all


  156. Comment by Brian | 04.26.2007 | 4:16 am

    Sorry to hear about your wife. My family and I will keep you in our prayers. We pray for a full recovery so you can grow old together.

  157. Comment by Sk8rAl | 04.26.2007 | 4:38 am

    Positive thoughts are coming your way from Wisconsin. Stay strong.

  158. Comment by Amy | 04.26.2007 | 5:08 am

    My family and I are keeping you, your wife and your family in our thoughts. Keep up your strength and your humor, and that with your love will see you through.

  159. Comment by Kathy | 04.26.2007 | 5:15 am

    This will be your most epic ride yet, but don’t climb that steep hill alone. It’s time for family and friends to take the lead and become your domestiques. Accept their help. You need it and they need to give it. Please post updates so we can continue to offer our support, if only in the written form, since most of us are geographically scattered. We don’t need humor, but we do want to share our love. It’s all around you and your family. I hope you can feel it when you need it most.

  160. Comment by cheapie | 04.26.2007 | 5:27 am

    oh man. my wife and i will be praying for you and your wife for sure!

  161. Comment by GenghisKhan | 04.26.2007 | 5:34 am

    Bucky, Kathy and others are right–don’t write if you don’t want to, but if you want to unload/rant/cry here with us, do it. Too many here have been down the same road and can help carry the load, over insights or just offer a heartfelt, “that sucks–I’m sorry.” Writing (and “riding”–weird how they sound the same, especially with a Utah accent…) can both be cathartic, so do what works. Maybe have your wife guest post? Your kids? We’ll be happy to listen.

  162. Comment by Mocougfan | 04.26.2007 | 5:44 am

    I’m with so many of the other posters. This is a very difficult time. I’ve been struck by how many friends you have made. I was devastated by the news, and yet we haven’t met. I told my wife and she asked how I knew you. Hard to explain other than you have lifted so many of us. We enjoy the humor, but I feel like others that I would also like to hear your grief and pain, and help if I could. I have and will pray for your family.


  163. Comment by Lglegl | 04.26.2007 | 6:41 am

    Not. Fair. At all.

    I wish I could add something humorous, thoughtful, insightful, but all I have is to say that my thoughts and positive energy are with you and your family. Sadly, cancer is the one thing that seems to touch us all at one time or another.

    All my best,

    -Life is what happens when you are busy making other plans.

  164. Comment by dido | 04.26.2007 | 6:44 am

    We’ll be right behind you, holding you & your family up in our prayers.
    … With God, all things are possible …

  165. Comment by Brewinman | 04.26.2007 | 6:46 am

    I just struggled through all of these posts and now I have a tear in my eye. I cry not because of what you and yours are going through, but because I am touched by all of the support being sent your way by people who have never met you. I too am one of those people. I have been reading your blog since the beginning and something you once wrote resonated in me in a way that few things do. You wrote that “Continuing to turn the pedals seems like the only answer there is.” Fatty-you and the missus just keep turning those pedals and know that Team FC is behind you all the way up this hill (even if we do kinda lumber along…)


  166. Comment by Caren | 04.26.2007 | 8:06 am

    Elden I hope you don’t mind that this isn’t to you…

    Team FC – you all ROCK!!! I have read through these posts 3 times and not once have I been able to accomplish this without tears and goosebumps!

    I love the Fatty quote that Brewinman provided and also his cycling allegory of Team FC supporting Fatty (and family) during this hill climb!


  167. Comment by JB | 04.26.2007 | 8:16 am

    Oh Boy…..
    Fatty, I have been a lurker for so long and taken so much from your blog in the way of laughs and happy thoughts that you have provided for me with your writing. I will be thinking of you and your family when I am out for my daily exercise. People like you motivate and affect so many of us out here in a positive way! Be strong and I second everybody else that we will support you in some way that you would ask for.

  168. Comment by gewilli | 04.26.2007 | 8:56 am

    Fatty… so many 160+ have left comments of support, care, concern… what more can i add but further echo the support and words typed above…

    take some time… take all the time… we’ll all be here when ya come back – in a year, two, how ever long it takes… we’ll be here for ya!

  169. Comment by Wife PhC | 04.26.2007 | 10:55 am

    I am wearing one of those lovely bike bracelets your wife made for me. I am amazed, but not surprised, by the outpouring of care in these responses. I will continue to send positive thoughts from Washington. Take care and hug those kids tight!!

  170. Comment by spbarnes | 04.26.2007 | 11:31 am

    Two days ago I was going to post a reply, but there were already so many, it seemed like one more couldn’t make much difference.

    What could I say that has not already been said?

    What could I add? Not qualified to give sound medical advice.

    I have been touched by cancer – one of the hands in the room – but
    if I learned anything from it, it is that each case is different. Nobody
    can know what you feel, or truly share your experience.

    But we that read this blog, and sometimes comment, do share a common
    understanding of some fundamental truths that may be useful right now
    and in the near future:

    1. Pain, suffering, difficulty, trials and tribulations all pass with time.
    The analogy of climbing a tough hill fits. There is always a summit, a
    point where you have beaten the thing and can coast for a while.
    Know that the summit will appear, and that you will ride over it.

    2. Suffering shared is suffering diluted. Sharing it takes the wind out of
    its sails. The more the merrier. Try it.

    3. Lots of folks are pulling for you and Mrs. FC. That matters.

    4. Sadness is weaker than anger. Make that anger kicks *$$.
    Gather your strength, martial your anger, and kick cancer’s *$$.


  171. Comment by oj | 04.26.2007 | 3:50 pm

    Damn Damn Damn Damn Damn

  172. Comment by cooperdog | 04.26.2007 | 6:09 pm

    Elden, dang, logged on to get a quick laugh and I end up crying. You touch so many people. You and your wife are in our prayers up in Bellevue, Wa. God bless you and your family and keep your faith strong. More people then you think are rooting for you in the biggest race of your lives. This one I hope you will soon win.
    With much love and dirt in your treads

  173. Comment by ependyma | 04.26.2007 | 8:42 pm

    Thought I’d log on for a quick laugh. Instead I’m struck with sadness. Peace and prayers I send. Cry on our shoulder, we’ll be here for you.


  174. Comment by eliel | 04.27.2007 | 12:26 am

    FC, I have been reading your blog daily for years and, along many miles on the bike, it has brought me so many smiles and so many laughs. Morning group rides and FC-blog-reading sessions have brought so many joys to me. Although I am half a world away from you, this being my first comment, and knowing you only through this blog (save for a few email exchanges we had), I consider you a friend.

    I am so sorry to hear the news. Together with the peloton, I pray for Mrs. Fatty, to you, and to your family. May God give you the strength to climb this mountain. We love you.

  175. Comment by mark | 04.27.2007 | 8:03 am

    Best wishes for you and your wife. Take good care.

  176. Comment by Nick | 04.27.2007 | 8:47 am

    Man. Your family will be in our prayers.

  177. Comment by Clydesteve | 04.27.2007 | 10:56 am


    You and your family are in my prayers. My brother was diagnosed with head & neck cancer in 2003. It is truely a blow. He had a prognosis of

  178. Comment by Dave | 04.27.2007 | 3:37 pm

    Daily reader, first time poster. I was really really sorry to hear the news. Just wanted to say thanks for the hours of entertainment, and to offer my thoughts and sincerest best wishes.

  179. Comment by Ian Hopper | 04.28.2007 | 7:53 pm

    Gosh fatty.. now I know what I haven’t heard from you about the Ergon’s. I had a sneaking suspicion that it was one of the 3 D’s (like Jay said). Guess I was right… damn man, that sucks. Know that I’m sending the finest in cosmic positivity at you, your wife and your family. Several in my own family and a couple of my friends are in the same boat; I know how crushing that kind of news can be.

    You and the wifee keep your chins up: everyday is a gift but we often don’t realize it until we’re confronted with this kind of news. You both are in my thoughts.

  180. Comment by Jake Lansche | 04.29.2007 | 5:27 am

    Eldon – I’ll keep you and your wife in my prayers. Best of luck with the treatments. Thanks for sharing with us. Your friend,

  181. Comment by Lyne | 04.29.2007 | 10:41 pm

    I am just another faceless web entity that has enjoyed your blog but this sobering news does remind me of the importance of family & friends (in person or over the web). Your family are in my prayers and sending you all the positive vibes I can muster.

  182. Comment by regina | 04.30.2007 | 5:18 am

    hey eldon, I have not been reading regularly, health stuff of my own, thinking of you and sending prayers your way. I am back reading regular now, hoping for good news, and endlessly patient for the return of your good humor.

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  185. Comment by Robert Gillelan | 06.30.2007 | 6:05 am

    Nothing I can say can ease your pain. I’ve been supporting my family through the Breast cancer process and it’s just too much sometimes. GLad to hear you’re taking time to care for your family.

    Take care of yourself too. Best wishes and healing prayers

  186. Comment by Jaye W. | 05.4.2008 | 7:18 am

    My thoughts and prayers will be with you and your wife today. Be strong and know that the Leadville riders are all with you.

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