Pink Lemonade

05.4.2007 | 8:38 pm

Lately, A lot of people have been asking me how I’m doing. The honest answer is, I’ve never been worse. My wife doesn’t react well to narcotics (which we found out after getting the 100-capsule bottle of Lortab), so she has to choose between being nauseated and hardly being able to move — her hip, ribs, and shoulder hurt like hell.

I understand that in another week she’ll be even more drained and sore, thanks to the radiation. After which we get to start the chemo.

Question to others who have had a loved one go through chemo: do you find yourself wishing you could try chemo just once, so you could understand what they’re going through?

I find myself buying all kinds of presents for the kids, stuff way out of the range of what I should be spending, because I’m hoping to distract them. But my eleven-year-old (the one who notices everything that ever happens)comes up to our bedroom, crying, late at night, telling us he can’t go through this again.

Stuff shouldn’t suck this much.

The bright spot in all this, though, is the massive outpouring of kindness that’s come our way. People who I’ve always thought of as great friends have turned out to be extraordinary friends. Hundreds of you have commented in my blog. Dozens of you have privately emailed me, offering us emotional and material support (I’m sorry I have not yet replied to a lot of you; for what it’s worth, I’m also leaving a lot of work email unanswered).

The Twin Six guys have contacted me, too. They had an idea. “What if we did a pink version of the Fat Cyclist jersey,” they asked, “to show support for your wife and raise some money to fight breast cancer?” They went on to explain that they wouldn’t make a dime with this — all profit would go to whatever cause(s) I see fit.

Here’s what the jersey would look like:

I asked Susan what she thought. She was touched and a little embarassed. So here’s what I’m thinking. $5 from each jersey would go to Susan to buy jewelry supplies, which Susan says she will use to make cool stuff to give to Fat Cyclist readers. The balance will go to the best breast cancer research foundation I can find (I’ll get BotchedExperiment to help me figure that out).

Truth be known, though, my head isn’t on exactly straight right now. I have no idea whether this is a great idea or not. So I’m going to put it up for a vote. Let me know if this is something you’d like to do.


PS: Weather providing, tomorrow I plan to do a solo road century: up and over Suncrest as many times as necessary to go 100 miles. Extremely demanding, completely mindless. Sounds good to me.


  1. Comment by dug | 05.4.2007 | 9:08 pm

    i want one for me and one for kim. seriously. pink is the new black.

    what time are you doing your silly little ride?

  2. Comment by L | 05.4.2007 | 9:12 pm

    Hey Fattie,

    You’ve got enought to worry about at the moment, so I thought that you might not need to worry too much about the chemo yet, it’s not always that bad. My Mum’s got metastatic cancer (I hate cancer) in her bones, for which she’s had a chemo drug called Caelyx, and I wanted to let you that chemo doesn’t have to be as bad as “It’s Not About the Bike” makes it out to be. I know that there are thousands of flavours of chemo, and your oncologist will give you the best advice, but my Mum didn’t get any more nausea than I do after mild bonk.

    I’ll leave the prayers to the more qualified, all I can offer you and your wife is an athiest’s best wishes and support. And I’d like to thank you for often inspiring me to go out for a pedal, such a great way to clear one’s head.


  3. Comment by Den | 05.4.2007 | 9:44 pm

    I’d definately get one for my girlfriend…she’d look darned cute in it.

    Prayers and happy thoughts sent your way…enjoy your ride!

  4. Comment by Ricky | 05.4.2007 | 10:47 pm

    Yes please. We want two.

    Michelle’s mother has been battling pancreatic cancer for five years. She has the same reaction that Susan does to chemo and the numerous prescribed painkiller medications. Just when she was about to reach her breaking point, she discovered Azemet. This anti-nausea medicine works very well for her and she does not suffer any side effects from it. Retail is $4,300/28 tablets [let’s start moving those jerseys!].We’ve learned through her experience that everyone reacts differently to the treatments and medicine. It’s sort of, well, hit and miss. It seems that the doctors keep trying new things until they find the right combo. As always, our thoughts and prayers are with Susan, the kids, and you. Stay strong

  5. Comment by Lins - Australia | 05.4.2007 | 11:34 pm

    Pink jersey? Absolutely. Especially considering that I have a pink 29er. I voted for a women’s size but will order whatever you put out there. If it’s men’s sizing it would be a small or maybe a medium for the body length depending on the sizing (I’m the tall lean sort).

    Looking forward to seeing Susan’s jewellery creations. All the best for her. And the children. And you.

  6. Comment by buckythedonkey | 05.5.2007 | 12:19 am

    I’ll go for one of those. Women’s size would be better. It’s not that I’m afraid to wear pink, it’s just that in *that* shade of pink I’ll take on the hue of an uncooked sausage.

    Either way, count me in.

    I’m guessing that the pattern has to be exactly the same as the orange shirt. If I’m wrong then a plug for Breast Cancer Awareness or whatever charity you decide to support would be cool as would an alternative secret message in the middle pocket…

    Hats off to the guys at Twin Six too. Good work fellas!

  7. Comment by buckythedonkey | 05.5.2007 | 12:32 am

    So sorry to read your entry today mate. We’re feeling for you all right now. It is a bastard, this cancer.

    My sister in law has an inoperable tumour in her head and went through a lot of drug therapy. One drug she was on made her swell up like a balloon – her face looked like she was wearing one of Eddy Murphy’s fat suits, except she wasn’t playing laughs. She lives in a small village and some of the locals couldn’t bear to look her in the eye. Those were shitty times.

    Her name is Anna and she was given a couple of months to live in 1997. She’s going strong ten years later.

  8. Comment by Big Mike In Oz | 05.5.2007 | 1:48 am

    I’m umming and ahhing on the pink. I’ve got hot pink laces in the shoes I ride with my track bike because I’m a very flamboyant trackie (I suspect flamboyant trackie may be an oxymoron – similar to dirty MTBer but with bigger thighs).

    As for the chemo, it’s like the narcotics. Some people handle it well, some not so much. 11 years ago my father had 9 months of chemo for lung cancer that had metasticised onto his liver. Every 3 weeks he had a 3 day course of treatment. He slept through most of those 3 days and about 18 hours a day for another day or 2 afterwards then he went back to working 12 hour shifts 6 days a week as a taxi driver so he basically worked 2 weeks out of 3 and nobody he worked with knew he was sick until his weight dropped 40 pounds and his hair started disappearing.

    But my father was a tough old nut too, he fell 15 feet from a ladder then walked over 3 miles to a payphone with a compound fracture of both the tibia and fibula just above the ankle. When mum picked him up and brought him home he didn’t want to go to the hospital, he just wanted a beer and a couple of aspirin. The orthopaedic surgeon disagreed and he ended up with 7 pins in his left ankle.

  9. Comment by Rusty | 05.5.2007 | 4:40 am

    I would buy one, probably wouldn’t wear it. I think you would sell more if it were more guy friendly. How about just a pink logo or say pink racing stripes. Just a thought but yes, I would purchase one, four or five with a different design.

    Very Cool of Twin Six …

    Stay Strong,


  10. Comment by barry1021 | 05.5.2007 | 4:47 am

    i’ll take 2


  11. Comment by Tg | 05.5.2007 | 5:31 am

    Hi FC, I’ll take 2, One of the biggest and one medium. However, if you got women’s sizing, I’d take a large instead of the mens medium.
    To all of my fellow bloggers here on Team Fatcyclist–how about we all take this shirt back to our local riding clubs and talk up some support for Elden and Susan. Can you imagine PINK FAT CYCLIST jerseys showing up all around the world!!!! Those cancer cells don’t stand a chance against an army like that! What do you say!?! Time for Team Fat Cyclis to moblize in the fight against cancer!
    Love and prayers are still coming your way. Susan, keep turning the pedals over!

  12. Comment by velokitty | 05.5.2007 | 7:03 am

    My mom had breast cancer (which she beat) and liver cancer (which she didn’t), so I’m all about the pink jerseys. I might even buy several. I’m a chick, but I’m pretty busty, so most female jerseys don’t fit… Twin 6 doesn’t have their women’s sizing up yet, but I’d probably need to take a men’s large or x-lg to accommodate the girls.

    I also wanted to tell y’all to hang in there. Its hard to say anything… my experience was not what I hope for you and your wife. It was a long time ago, and cancer treatments weren’t as effective, and hers was really far gone. My mom passed when I was 8 and my sister was 4. It was a really rough time. I still wish I had a video or something of her so I could see her move, hear her speak… see her doing things that made her her. Ah shit… 21 years later this still hurts like a bitch.

    All the best to Susan. I’m thinking about y’all,

  13. Comment by LanterneRouge | 05.5.2007 | 7:40 am

    Well. It’s certainly pink. So if I buy 2 jerseys and spend $100+ Susan gets $10 for the jewelry supply fund.

    Can I skip the middle man and just send her the $100 directly through paypal or some other cash transfer dealio? You can divide the money between the charity and the jewelry fund as you see fit. I may not buy any of the jewelry, but if it helps as a diversion for Susan, just as Fatty has the B7, then that’s good enough for me. My interest here is not to get something for myself but to offer a helping hand to Fatty and his family as directly as they will allow.

  14. Comment by clydesdale | 05.5.2007 | 7:42 am

    I would take a couple in women’s sizes and one for my daughter if you have kids sizes as a possibility. I know my daughter would love to support her Mom and your wife by sporting the same jersey as they have… and her fat Daddy! Getting the kids involved at a young age sure enhances their awareness and empathy to others.

    I just had the lightbulb that is very dim in my head light up! How about as a form of support/ therapy for your kids that you have them help design one for other kids to wear??!!

    I would also post links to buy the jersey on My site as well as the 2 cycling teams that I sponsor. I think I would like to offer a couple at a few local races/events as supplemental prizes to the winners of different women’s classes also. Let me know the details so I can post a link.

  15. Comment by Jsun | 05.5.2007 | 8:23 am

    I have been reading your blogs for a couple of years now because I can relate to the stories. They have been a great distraction, a source of inspiration and amusement, thank you. And I hate that I can relate to these posts too. Its not fair, and it so difficult to watch your family endure these types of events. This post and the following comments have reminded me how precious and important life is, thank you again.
    I am not fast enough to wear a pink jersey but I know a few women who are worthy.
    And just be glad your son isn’t old enough to drive, otherwise he may have that new porsche you’ve always wanted.

  16. Comment by Lance | 05.5.2007 | 8:35 am

    This is a tremendous idea that I fully support! My wife had cancer but survived through it. She is concerned about breast cancer. Not only can we support a cause she believe a great deal in, but now I have the PERFECT excuse to get her a jersey and get her butt on a bike and outdoors. Wow, two birds with one stone, you rock!


  17. Comment by swtkaroline | 05.5.2007 | 8:40 am

    Yes please to the pink! Women’s sizing would be great, but if not, I’ll take what’s available–in addition to the one I already have on order! Amazing of the Twin Six folks to come to you with this, and possibly more amazing of you to come to us with it with all that you’re going through. Thank you!

  18. Comment by Rick S | 05.5.2007 | 8:49 am

    I’d want one for me and one for my wife. Count us in. It’s cold out there today (Sat). If you need a warming hut at the top of Suncrest, come on over.

  19. Comment by Weean | 05.5.2007 | 10:11 am

    Yuknow, I never really liked the orange, and I’ve been feeling ever so slightly guilty about not ponying up for a Fat Cyclist jersey. I know it’s not just because you didn’t pick my design, really.

    But I’m comfortable with my sexuality, and like I like the pink, so I can salve my conscience by buying an FC jersey, and support a good cause at the same time. You gotta make ‘em, especially in a size M, and quick, before the dollar recovers!

  20. Comment by Jeremy | 05.5.2007 | 10:36 am

    I voted for an XL, but my wife said she would also want a men’s medium. Please also know that both of us are praying hard for your entire family.

  21. Comment by Kathy | 05.5.2007 | 11:50 am

    Twin Six rocks! I’d go for a men’s large, or a women’s XL. But don’t label me a fat cyclist because of my size. I prefer to think of myself as “big boned.” My best to you and your family.

  22. Comment by Chris Plesko | 05.5.2007 | 11:52 am

    We’d probably take one for me and my wife. I’m guessing medium and small?

  23. Comment by bikemike | 05.5.2007 | 12:39 pm

    it reminds me of the Once jerseys the team had to wear during the tour because they couldn’t wear yellow. great idea.

    I’m going to run it by my customers in my bike shop. i think the women will love it.

    eveytime i go out on a hard ride and it starts to hurt, i think of your wife (not that way!)
    and try to suffer more, for her. my friends are not happy with this,so, everyone is hoping she gets better soon.

    prayers again cycling buddy.
    we love ya man.

  24. Comment by Meaghan | 05.5.2007 | 1:22 pm

    I will definitely get one! I voted for women’s sizes, but I don’t mind getting a men’s small. This is an awesome idea, props to Twin Six!

  25. Comment by Derek | 05.5.2007 | 1:27 pm

    I voted for women’s sizing as I think my wife would look super cute in it, I told her about your situation and she was tearing up. We’re pulling for you both.

  26. Comment by Charles | 05.5.2007 | 1:28 pm

    hey pal,
    i make my living with words, and there aren’t any that would do an adequate job of expressing all of the hope that my wife and i are willing to you, your wife and your family right now. we’re in for at least two jerseys, and i’ll do my best to spread the word.

    a tip of the helmet to brent and ryan for being the stand-up guys i’ve always known them to be. our prayers and all the bike love minneapolis has to offer go out to you, brother.

    be well and be strong.

  27. Comment by Lowrydr | 05.5.2007 | 2:02 pm

    Fatty, although I don’t wear jerseys I’d take one in a womans size. I have a friend that would just love it. I took the liberty of posting a message about this on the site. Also thought of putting it on the RAGBRAI site. There is going to be a Team Livestrong riding it the July. Maybe some of them would be interested also. Have lost both my Mother and Mother-in-Law the this nasty illness. Keep the chin up and the best to Susan for sure.

    Lowryder-touring rider
    Central Iowa

  28. Comment by Al Maviva | 05.5.2007 | 3:33 pm

    Double X for me, L for my wife, both will be too large in a month or so, but I don’t care… they’ll look nice on winter rides over polypro. Screw any guy who thinks he can’t wear pink. If you’re that insecure, you probably shouldn’t be riding in lycra, on a vehicle most of the dinosaur-burning world thinks is outmoded and for kids only.

    Ever consider doing some charity auctions of these jerseys at bike events? I wonder when the jersey would be done because Nat’l bike to work day is coming up.

    Keep fighting, tell Susan to keep fighting. Just keep the pedals turning, always.

    FWIW, my wife dodged big C a couple years ago… had a bunch of fibroids the docs removed that turned out non-malignant… Phew.

  29. Comment by Erin | 05.5.2007 | 3:40 pm

    i’ll scoop it up fatty, but i’d be happy for the proceeds to go to a mr. and mrs. fatty fund, too.

    hang in there, mr. 11 year old. it’s not any easier when you’re older, either. it just sucks – cancer sucks – but love goes on.

  30. Comment by MTB W | 05.5.2007 | 4:47 pm

    I’d take one – Medium, please. Thanks Twin Six for coming up with that great idea!

    FC, I’m still praying for you, your wife and family. I guess it just takes a little time to deliver, but don’t worry, it’s on its way. Hang in there. I wish I could come up with something better to say. . . Anyway, I hope your solo century provided you with some relief/therapy/whatever you needed. Tell Susan to have fun making some kick a@@ jewelry!

  31. Comment by Chris in Boulder | 05.5.2007 | 5:11 pm

    Hey Fatty, I rode the 3 State-3 Mountain Century today out of Chattanooga, TN, and I wore my 3XL Twin Six Motoring Jersey. I got some pictures and I’ll post one on my page in the Body Fat/TT Challenge blog (Hannibal’s Elephant) when I get home on Thursday. The point I’m getting to here in a round-about way is that I have bought several 3XL Twin Six Jerseys (Not counting the Fat Cyclist 3XL I preordered OR the one that is the subject of our wager) and Twin Six has you and your blog to thank for my business. Great jerseys!

    I also bought a lady friend of mine a Ladies Large in one of their jerseys and she loves it. So, yeah, I’m thinking some jerseys in their women’s sizing would be excellent. Also, if they could some how work some kind of cancer awareness emblem or slogan onto the jersey that would be nice.

    So put me down for an 3XL and whatever the Lady’s Large cut (men’s or women’s) winds up being. Once again my thoughts and prayers are with you, your wife, and your family. All the best, Chris

  32. Comment by Bici Beeyatch | 05.5.2007 | 5:32 pm

    Fatty- I love the jerseys. Twin Six truly does rock. i’d take two men’s small, and give one to my biking sis. Neither of us belongs to a club, but we’d wear the jerseys with pride! Damn this *%# cancer. My good friend, also named Susan, went through a double mastectomy,chemo and radiation last year. And my Mom had bowel cancer. Better make that three jerseys. Even my non-biker sister would want to wear one for Mom and Sooz and your Susan. Stay strong Fatty. I’m not religious, but I’m sending all my good vibes to you and yours. I’ve been reading your site for awhile, but sort of at a distance, not commenting. These last few weeks have had me reading and either laughing really hard or crying. Your inspired writing and all the wonderful comments above are why I read this site everyday. I feel like I know you and all the regulars. Thank you so much for your blog and all the pleasure it has given me. Ride on brother!

  33. Comment by msk | 05.5.2007 | 5:33 pm

    great idea
    yep, i’m secure enough in my masculinity to wear pink
    i’d definitely go for a xl and xxl – don’t think i’d ever be just a large

    as for the chemo thing while it is a noble thought of yours, certainly not to be recommended – susan needs you strong

    i had the unenviable task of giving my dad several bouts of chemo (trust me, i’m a doctor) when we were on vacations or during public holidays

    he would always say if he felt so bad, imagine how the tumor feels

    thinking of you and yours



  34. Comment by Yukirin Boy | 05.5.2007 | 5:54 pm

    Yes, I would order an XL.
    I can understand where your coming from with wanting to experience Chemo to understand what Susan is to go through. From what everyone says though everyone seems to have a different experience.

    Stay healthy yourself, and my best wishes to susan, you and your family too.

  35. Comment by Sophia | 05.5.2007 | 6:04 pm

    I’d be interested in a pink jersey. I voted for women’s sizes, but I would take either a men’s or women’s small.

  36. Comment by Born 4 Lycra | 05.5.2007 | 6:09 pm

    FC I’m in, an XL please. I hope this is not going to get too big and onerous for you at this time. I would also like to back up a point made by Bucky. There appears to be a blank sleeve where “For Susan” or something similar plus some anti cancer statement/logo would fit just nicely. FC and Twin Six could this happen it would add some real punch and I would wera it with pride? I’ve got a feeling I am going to look simply stunning in Pink. My girls aren’t into bikes but jewellery well that’s a different matter altogether. Go Team FC – Feel the Love.

  37. Comment by mocougfan | 05.5.2007 | 6:40 pm

    I’m not sure I’ll look “stunning” in pink. But I’ll wear it anyways. I’ll take a mens Large. Great idea. I also would donate to a more direct cause if you have one.


  38. Comment by Lyne | 05.5.2007 | 7:00 pm

    Yep, I’m in for a jersey size medium, would prefer women’s sizes but if not will take mens sizing (med or small depending on fit). Best wishes to everyone.

  39. Comment by Matt In Oz | 05.5.2007 | 8:44 pm

    Hi Fatty,
    I’ll have an XXL, maybe bright pink will ward off the logging trucks using my training route at present! Never been on the recieving end of chemo but given a few doses (rural nurses tend to multi task) and as others have said the effects are very dependant on the individual. I could give ten doses of the same drug, same dose to ten people and get ten different reactions, you just don’t know. I hope Susan gets off lightly with the chemo and kicks the big C’s arse.

  40. Comment by Neil Brennen | 05.6.2007 | 12:52 am

    Put me down for one, size XXL. It’s a very clever idea, and a wonderfully generous offer from the fellows at Twin Six.

  41. Comment by eugie | 05.6.2007 | 7:13 am

    I love it. I’ll get one. Pink is perfect, it will make me feel like i was apart of the once great ONCE Tour Team. Better yet it will make me feel like I’m apart of the team against cancer.

  42. Comment by MTB W | 05.6.2007 | 12:19 pm

    Sorry – make mine a small instead of a medium. I just looked up the sizing and think that would make a better fit for my girlfriend.

  43. Comment by eclecticdeb | 05.6.2007 | 12:48 pm

    I’ve started to write a comment hundreds of times, but somehow can’t find the right words. My mom is fighting breast cancer as well. She had just past her five year “cure” date when she found tumors in her bones. Docs gave her only a few months, but it’s been over 2 years and she’s still here and able to live a somewhat normal life. She’s even found a boyfriend!

    But the reality is that she is slowing down I(a lot!) and in pain. I’m a grown woman and I have trouble dealing with it — I can’t imagine what your children are going through.

    Not sure where I’m going with this. I can’t make it all better and that makes me mad. I wish I was closer so I could help — do laundry, clean your house, take the children to the park/movie, whatever…. Nobody should have to go through this. Not your wife, not you, and not your kids. Please know that my thoughts are with you and your family.

  44. Comment by Caren | 05.6.2007 | 3:24 pm

    Wow! The kindness and generiosity of the people in the world never ceases to amaze me. Interesting that when you read the paper or turn on the tele you don’t hear about this stuff!

    I’m lucky that those that I know that have had to go through the cancer ordeal have been fortunate enough to only have to endure radiation or have not had to deal with the nausea/sickness caused by chemo. I wish that I knew of some miracle that was secretly sitting on the shelf to help Susan…you…and the kids!

    I would love the pink jersey – I’d give the original to my hubbie – and I’d purchase several others to share with my other cycling friends! Can’t wait to get the pink Fat Cyclist jersey!

    Still sending all the karma, good thoughts, etc. etc. to all of you!

  45. Comment by Boz | 05.6.2007 | 3:49 pm

    I hate hills, but I hate cancer more, so I rode hills today in support of you and Susan (especially). Just win. XL please.

  46. Comment by John Gilliland | 05.6.2007 | 3:57 pm

    Sign me up for a Pink Lemonade jersey – medium.

    And continued best thoughts, wishes, prayers & good kharma to your wife, you, and the rest of your family.

  47. Comment by clydesdale | 05.6.2007 | 4:14 pm

    I had to post again.

    This, the way people are responding, is one of the coolest things I may have ever seen.

    You people are awesome!

    Fatty, and Susan, you must be doing something right. By a simple blog you make all these people and more have a brighter day! Thanks for the gift and I think the responses here and to your other posts are their gift to you!

    PS. the idea of some sort of mention for Susan or Fighting Cancer would help others understand the pink jersey’s all over the globe!

  48. Comment by Uncadan8 | 05.6.2007 | 5:25 pm

    I’m definitely in for this one, fatty. I voted for XXL. I agree with a few of the others who have mentioned that some type of slogan for Susan or anti-cancer message would really be great for this jersey.

    I also second Al Maviva on wearing the pink. Just do it men.

  49. Comment by bdinger | 05.6.2007 | 7:40 pm

    Hey man, I’m in for one. Cancer takes too many people and hell, I could use a jersey. Even if it is pink, I’d sport it. And I’d tell everyone else why my big ass has a pink 3XL jersey on, too.

  50. Comment by KellyGirl | 05.6.2007 | 9:14 pm

    Hi Fatty,
    I’ve read your blog for at least a year, but have never posted a reply before. Your sense of humor connects with me, and I enjoy everything you write. I fell for the April Fool’s joke, hook-line & sinker…You have been a blessing to me.

    You’ve had many well-wishers from all walks of life…you have touched many.

    May I offer a Christian blessing?

    From Psalm 23: “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures, He leadeth me beside the still waters, He restoreth my soul for His name sake. Yea, tho I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for Thou are with me.”

    My prayer for you and Susan is that in this valley of the shadow of death, you will find green pastures and still waters, and most of all you will not find fear.

  51. Comment by MAJ Mike | 05.7.2007 | 4:46 am

    I live in Virginia Beach, VA and rode a short ride on the road (18 miles) in brutal winds (sustained at around 35, gusting to 45 or so) near some sand dunes so i was getting the “paint” stripped off my face on each loop. Mrs. fattie got all the karma from that one.

    I’d spring for a women’s small (I think…my gf is 5′4″ at about 105lbs…small sounds about right) and maybe a medium for my buddy’s gf (who happens to be a palliative medicine doctor with some specialization in oncology). We are trying to talk them into cycling and this might be the start…you never know. Of course, this would also be my plug to get some more “regular” fattie jersies in XL. As I once e-mailed to the man himself, cycling clothes are not made for guys who are 5′7″ with a 42 inch chest so I have to have the XL. I would order two of those.

    Finally, clearheaded or not, this is a good idea. I wouldn’t care if the fattie family took every dime to cover costs that insurance doesn’t cover. Go nuts, guys. take it all and get healthy. There’s too much road and trail out there waiting for you.

  52. Comment by Weaver | 05.7.2007 | 4:59 am

    Your wife might want to ask her doctor about Dramamine…it’s not just for cars anymore. The military gave it to me for food poisoning. Nowadays, a very small dose (1/8 to 1/4 tab) is effective for me to prevent migraine-induced projectile vomiting, and that dose seems too small to induce drowsiness. But, due to possible drug interactions, it’s definitely an “ask the doctor first” type of thing.

  53. Comment by Carlin | 05.7.2007 | 6:16 am

    I haven’t posted before, but have been reading for quite awhile. I voted for women’s sizes but will order a small if it is the only option. I know a few more people who might be interested. It would be great to see Fat Cyclist jerseys all over Alberta too.

    I know a couple people fighting the same battle your wife is and it is hard to watch, but I can’t even imagine what it’s like to go through it. Like your wife, they are the strongest people I know. Hopefully the good thoughts coming from all over the globe will be a source of strength for your family as you beat this thing!

  54. Comment by winner27 | 05.7.2007 | 6:38 am

    Kudos to Twin Six for the generous and awesome idea! I’d buy at least two – women’s sizing prefered but men’s is OK too. I also like the idea of a special emblem or slogan to show the meaning of the jersey. I’m sending you all as much positive energy as I can muster. With all the love you’re getting you will all make it through this extremely sucky time just fine.

  55. Comment by Bitter (formerly known as Lissee) | 05.7.2007 | 7:35 am

    Hey Eldon,

    I’d love to buy two (2) in women’s sizes. If this helps Twin Six’s numbers work out better, in order to make it worth making a women’s jersey. :) And one men’s jersey (M) for my brother-in-law who is a triathlete *gasp.* If you don’t make a woman’s jersey, I’ll just get three (3) men’s ones…

    Sorry to hear things are going rough. Before my little sister died (age 24), she went through cycles, she’d have a few good days then a few bad ones. She had to take anti-nausea medicine all the time. I don’t know how she and her husband kept so positive through it all. I was 2,300 miles away and it was very difficult for me, I can’t begin to imagine the pain your family faces. It’s terrible that you have to go through it again.

    Here’s hoping you have better luck than my sister, and that treatment works!!

    p.s. I’m going make a plug for the jersey on my blog. (Not that many people read it yet, since it’s new…)

  56. Comment by SpikeBlue | 05.7.2007 | 8:02 am

    I’m so sorry to hear about your wife. No-one should have to go through tough times like that.

    As to your kids, don’t worry about spoiling them some now. Schedule some extra time with them, and spoil them with our undivided attention.

    As to the jersey – what a fabulous idea. I have been debating on the red version of the jersey. Now you’ve sold me. I’ll order one for me – womens sizing if you go for it, mens if not – and one for my daughter, the smallest size they have. She will be the coolest 5 year old on a trail-behind bike!

  57. Comment by dpcowboy | 05.7.2007 | 8:07 am

    I had to do radiation in 2005…for about four months….no chemo, thank goodness, which I have seen up close and really sucks, but this special focused radiation that killed part of my colon….It was awful and I hurt a lot, but I got better. Friends are good at these times, and I am glad you have support. Please put me in for two jerseys…one men’s XL and one men’s M/Women’s L. Chin up.

  58. Comment by regina | 05.7.2007 | 8:17 am

    hey here is a tip from the land of cannot tolerate narcotics, it is called Toradol, and lots of drs. have not heard of it and do not know how to prescribe it, but years ago I worked in a drs. office back when the pharmacy reps still brought in lunch as penance for time with the drs. ear. he could not stress enough the importance of the loading dose. it comes in 30mg pills and you take two in the first dose. and then just one on the regular dosing schedule. it is a really nice alternative. in the years since I have had several meaningful conversations with my own doctors that ended with a nice little prescription for this really helpful little drug, and of course I want one of those shirts.

  59. Comment by Vegas | 05.7.2007 | 9:01 am

    Dang Fatty,
    The cycling gods definitely need to send some good juju your way. Mrs. Fatty has really got some moxie fighting this battle. Best to you and your family. I’m in for a XL jersey.

  60. Comment by Lurch | 05.7.2007 | 9:01 am

    I’m in for either a Large or XL. If we get the “regular” FC jerseys prior to this order going in I’ll use my “regular” FC jersey as a guide (and NO that isn’t a push to get the Jersey sooner – whenever it comes, it comes).
    If you order sooner than that, I’ll just guess.
    Looks like we have a quorum…

  61. Comment by mark | 05.7.2007 | 9:09 am

    During my college years, my friends and I used to have a pink t-shirt that was sort of a traveling badge of shame awarded to any of our group engaged in “unmanly” behavior. I have not worn pink since then. Sign me up for a size L and a women’s L or men’s M for the wife. I will wear it as a badge of honor every chance I get.

    I’m going to encourage all the riders I know to order one as well. I second the notion of having a tribute to Susan on the sleeve and anything else you want to say to get the message about cancer out there. My mother-in-law went under the knife for breast cancer the day my oldest daughter was born. She’s now eight years in remission, but it’s something I think about often with two little girls and a wife that I love dearly. My prayers are with you and your family.

  62. Comment by Mrs. Coach | 05.7.2007 | 10:24 am

    Do it fatty. Every little bit helps.

    And what man wouldn’t want to wear a maglia rosa? The pinker, the better.

  63. Comment by Mrs. Coach | 05.7.2007 | 10:24 am

    Ha! I just got the title of your post today, very clever. I guess thats why you’re blogging and I’m not.

  64. Comment by Cosmo | 05.7.2007 | 10:37 am

    Just found you via a friend in Boise. You can count on the cheapest of the cheapskates when it comes to buying jerseys to buy one (and if my wife ever picks up the bike serious…make that two!).

    …and of course, being a true FAT cyclist, I’d like mine in XXL. It will soften my mood when my large trunk breaks another carbon seatpost!

  65. Comment by Dave | 05.7.2007 | 10:44 am

    Count me in, I’d prefer women’s sizing for my wife but would order a men’s without hesitation if that’s what’s offered. I would gladly support the cause and your family through this tough time. Our prayers are with you.

  66. Comment by Tripp | 05.7.2007 | 10:46 am

    I’d recommend figuring out which organization the money will benefit in advance, and then seeing if you can’t put that organization’s logo on the jersey.

    To answer your question, no, I’ve never wanted to go through chemo myself to find out what it’s like. Both of my grandmothers had breast cancer and so has my mother, so I have some personal experience with it. I count my blessings that I haven’t needed chemo, and I wouldn’t want to go through it for anything.

    I have, however, done radioactive iodine therapy (which consists of swallowing a small capsule of radioactive iodine and hanging out in an “isolation room” in a hospital for 36 hours) for my thyroid cancer, which, while not as extensive as chemo (I did one treatment, then had to do another one a year later), did involve lots of puking and generally feeling crappy. So I think I have a hint of what chemo is like.

  67. Comment by monkeywebb | 05.7.2007 | 10:54 am

    I voted for women’s sizing (you’re welcome, wifey) but would like a second in a men’s large so we can match (again, you’re welcome, wifey). If there are no women’s sizes the missus would have to wear a men’s S/XS (sorry, wifey).

    Thanks go to you for helping me fit into that size large jersey. It may still take a couple of assistants to get me back out, but putting one on would be far less like squirting sausage into a casing than before. Thank you.

  68. Comment by Stephanie | 05.7.2007 | 12:14 pm

    I’ll buy one for me and then any other person that would want one.. and i’ll buy it in whatever size offering it comes in. I could care less how something fits when it goes to a cause like this. I’ll keep on praying for you and your whole family.

  69. Comment by AMG in Texas | 05.7.2007 | 12:20 pm

    Wishing the best for you and Susan! Two years ago I lost a friend (age 15) to testicular cancer and have another friend who is fighting breast cancer. We wear pink, buy pink bracelets, wrist bands, so why not a couple of cycling jerseys!! Put me in for XL and my wife in for a medium. I may also be able to get all of my friends to get one to support those that we know and your wife. I am sure there are more people in Austin, Texas who would support your cause.

    Perhaps you could put the Cancer Awareness ribbon logo on it. Make it reflective so we can be seen at dusk. When I get mine, I will definitely ride more often!!

  70. Comment by Laura | 05.7.2007 | 12:26 pm

    I’ve been through slash, burn and poison (I’m up to at least 7 different chemo drugs over the last 25 years or so) – and I might suggest (with dr. approval) Ativan for the nausea associated w/ narcotics.

    And I’d order a women’s (preferred) or men’s small. My husband is secure enough to wear pink, too.

  71. Comment by Scott | 05.7.2007 | 1:49 pm

    Count me in for a mens large. Hats off to the folks at Twin Six and to all of your readers.

  72. Comment by gwboivie | 05.7.2007 | 1:52 pm

    I would get one, I would need either a XXL or XXXL. Like some of the others who have commented maybe Breast Cancer Awareness or something could be added to it (on the left sleeve for instance) specifically calling out cancer so that everyone who sees the jersey knows it is not just a pink jersey but it is making a statement about this dreaded disease.

  73. Comment by Mike | 05.7.2007 | 2:06 pm

    My wife would love one of those. Well done Twin Six ! I too agree that a cancer awareness message would be appropriate. We have all been touched by this terrible disease.

    If I can offer one bit advice from my families experience it is to be positive and be supportive of one another. Take care.

  74. Comment by chtrich | 05.7.2007 | 2:30 pm

    Pink for me!! Mother in law and 2 neighbors are going through cancer right now. I’m all supporting this cause.
    I also would love to see something stating the cause, but then again I think people are pretty familiar with the PINK cause these days.

  75. Comment by KT | 05.7.2007 | 2:40 pm

    I’ll get one, women’s size large if you get it, but men’s size medium I guess if men’s sizes are the only ones available.

    I will gladly support this cause with you! Keep your sense of humor intact (I see Al M is helping with that) and, as always, you can count on your cycling buddies around the world.

    –Kristen in Oregon

  76. Comment by Born4Lycra | 05.7.2007 | 3:27 pm

    Hey FC how many of the Orange tops have you sold. The way the support for Sue and You and Team FC is going the Orange one will be the limited edition version. What a magnificent group of people you have gathered around your website including the guys at Twin 6. Congratulations to you all.

  77. Comment by Alister | 05.7.2007 | 7:14 pm

    Fatty, I will be down for a XXL. I think the idea of a “for Susan” on the sleeve would be fantastic.

    I’ve lurked for a long while, and enjoyed everything you’ve written, but this brings me out. For what it’s worth, my prayers are with you and Susan and your family.

    There will be a couple of Australians wearing this one, and if I see another on the road, I’ll be proud.


  78. Comment by Amy | 05.7.2007 | 7:33 pm

    Zofran is another good drug for nausea. We give it to our patients with cancer all the time. If you would, put me down for a women’s medium or men’s small. My first introduction to your blog was the article that said Levi was “totally fine” with Discovery hiring Basso. It makes me laugh just to think about it. Keep fighting the good fight, Mr. and Mrs. Fatty.

  79. Comment by Not So Skinny Cathy | 05.7.2007 | 7:51 pm

    Great idea! I voted for a men’s small but I would take a women’s medium if womens sizing was offered.

    I also vote for a cancer awareness message on the jersey along with a “for Susan” one.

  80. Comment by Ian Hopper | 05.7.2007 | 11:52 pm

    Dear lord elden… you comment about your 11 yr olds reaction made me burst out in tears. All I could think about was how MY son would feel if my wife was going through what Susan is going through and I think I felt a little bit of how you’re feeling. That’s just shitty. Please squeeze your wife (gently) and son from this silly little blogger out in California.

    Count me in for 2 jersey’s, one mens large (though I may look like a sausage in it… maybe I should get the XL? I’ll wear it with head and hopes high for susan on my bicycle journey to Burning Man, and I can suffer for susan as I pedal over Carson Pass) and one men’s small (or womens medium) for the wifee. I’m putting a link and an article up about you and Susan over at my blog. I’m stealing your title “Pink Lemonade” but I know you won’t mind (much).

    As they say in Hawaii, Aloha Nui Loa

  81. Comment by slip | 05.8.2007 | 5:32 am

    we wish you guys the very best and we’d proudly wear a men’s and women’s medium.

  82. Comment by Rachael | 05.8.2007 | 5:51 am

    please do this… I’d love to purchase one (women’s medium or mens small)…
    Its strange but I find myself checking your blog even more often these days hoping for news on Susan. Sending you and your family much love and hope.

  83. Comment by SYJ | 05.8.2007 | 7:21 am

    I voted for the women’s size, but I’d order one for myself as well. Socks too! Heheheh…I can’t wait to see happy valley full of pink stallions ;-)


  84. Comment by Neil Brennen | 05.8.2007 | 7:41 am

    OK, I want the matching socks too. If I’m going to wear pink, I might as well coordinate. Best wishes for Susan’s speedy recovery.

  85. Comment by Clydesteve | 05.8.2007 | 9:15 am

    Pink, huh? You realize this just breaks down a person’s resistance. Next thing you know cyclists will start thinking tri-ath-leets have a cool look going.

    I will wear, pink, however, considering the cause. (The local country station does these “Man enough to wear pink” promotions with the cowboys at the local rodeo, but, I confess, I am not as manly as them.) But I will proudly wear pink for this, Eldon. My prayers are with you and your family.

    I notice my brother signed up too – He is a 4-year cancer survivor, and a strong ant-C advocate.

    I checked the XL, box, but my wife may also want a women’s large.


  86. Comment by Fish | 05.8.2007 | 3:06 pm

    I’m in for one in as big a size as you can get. I also dig the design posted as is.

  87. Comment by David | 05.8.2007 | 5:00 pm

    I’ll wear a pink jersey for your wife and you, but I’m getting an XL, because I’m not willing to suck in my fat gut all the time if I have to wear a pink shirt.

  88. Comment by David | 05.8.2007 | 5:01 pm

    I also vote to replace the horse with a Reese Cup.


  89. Comment by LolaGotIt | 05.8.2007 | 8:51 pm

    Hi Fatty,
    Heart felt best wishes to your wife and family through the chemo treatments and into full cure.

    I’ve narrowly escaped myself after two partial breast operations to remove very early invasive cell sites. I’m waiting to see an oncologist to get his opinion on whether I will need to face chemo, also.

    I’m voting for a pink jersey in XXLarge Women’s size. Yes, there really are fat cyclists. This little stint with cancer has finally given me the initiative to clean 10 years of dust off my Raleigh Hybrid.

    The last major ride I had was my first Century ride in 1999. I weighed 225lbs then and was commuting 35 miles round trip to work everyday. Now I weigh 250 and it’ll take some work getting back into that shape.

    For those of you who think I am kidding, haven’t you ever seen a sumo cyclist? At least that’s what I tell the worst of the hecklers. They usually wind up laughing with me and then complimenting me, too. The best one I heard was from a young boy who yelled out “Free Willy”. You have to have a sense of humor. Especially when the joggers pass you going uphill!:( But you feel better when you can dust the tandem riders on the river bike paths:)

    Impossible, you think? Nope. A fat person is a super weight lifter. Think of all that excess weight as a built in back pack or fanny pack that is carried around 24/7.

    Keep the rubber side down, everyone:)

  90. Comment by dkirkavitch | 05.9.2007 | 12:18 pm

    Hey Fatty,
    Great partnership between you and twin six. My thoughts are with you and your family. Put me down for a large. If it’s ready by June 1, I’ll even wear it while doing the Grand Loop Ride in your neck of the woods!

    Take care,

  91. Comment by Sean | 05.9.2007 | 2:11 pm

    Hey Fatty,

    I just found you blog andwant to say Hell yeah to you man! My Sister is in her 7th year of remission from Breast cancer and my wife is about to have a bone scan. We’re scared as hell as to what the Docs might find. I’ll take a 3XL, a Womans XL and a Womans Med. in the shirts. and at 345lbs, you have inspired me to ride. Live long & God Bless on your journey!


  92. Comment by sfcgijill | 05.10.2007 | 9:52 am

    I want a pink jersey! I just hope it’ll be available in women’s XL or XXL. And Socks too!!! I am a “somewhat larger” cyclist- and I love riding, can’t wait to show off the jersey and make everyone out here jealous and want to get their own. Anything for a good cause (and a rockin jersey!)

    Just stumbled on your blog today- you are awesome!

    Prayers to your wife and all your family- My family has dealt with cancer so many times- believe it or not, I am the only person for three generations that i know of that hasn’t had a cancer yet (knock on wood), including my sister and her daughter. I will never say I know “exactly” how you feel, but I sure can empathize.

  93. Comment by Ralph | 05.20.2007 | 1:22 pm

    I would like one also in XXXl. Great color and design.

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