Good News!

07.26.2007 | 11:02 am

I just got back from the Oncologist’s — Susan’s still there, doing chemo. The news is really positive.

The most important thing is, the tumors in Susan’s lungs are shrinking.  By a lot. Like by about 45% in diameter. So we definitely keep up the treatment, probably for another six months or so. After that, she’ll have some surgery, then a break for a few months.

Evidently, there’s been some fracturing in Susan’s right hip and in multiple ribs. Not much we can do about the ribs, but Susan will be getting X-rays of the hips today and seeing what can be done there. Maybe more radiation, maybe pinning the hips, maybe nothing at all and letting them heal on their own.

While this isn’t exactly the kind of news we were hoping to hear, these fractures probably occurred due to damage that happened before treatment began; we’re both very hopeful there won’t be any more fracturing and that it’ll get easier for Susan to walk soon.

And until then, she does get awesome parking spots.

The doctor gave her OK for Susan to travel, even up to Leadville (10,000 feet); Susan’s lungs are doing that well. So at this point, Susan’s definitely planning on crewing for me.

I’ve never been so excited or motivated to race well in my life.

Thank You
So many of you have prayed and meditated for us, and so many of you have sent us cards, comments and email. When we gave Susan’s doctor a pink jersey today (yes, she rides) and told her about how great all of you are, she was astounded.

I am extremely grateful to all of you and for all of you. Thank you.

Now I am going to go ride.



  1. Comment by Mehera | 07.26.2007 | 11:07 am

    Oh I am SO HAPPY. I just couldn’t stop thinking about you guys; I have been checking back for an update repeatedly today. I just knew it was going to be encouraging new! The prayers continue. WIN!

  2. Comment by Philly Jen | 07.26.2007 | 11:07 am

    Congratulations! I’m so glad to hear the good news.

    Go, Susan! Go, Team Fatty!

  3. Comment by Susan (another one) | 07.26.2007 | 11:10 am

    Outstanding news!!!!

  4. Comment by Heffalump | 07.26.2007 | 11:14 am

    That is WONDERFUL news!

  5. Comment by barry1021 | 07.26.2007 | 11:20 am

    and don’t forget to learn some italian, you’re gonna need it!!

    Just WIN Baby!!


  6. Comment by TG | 07.26.2007 | 11:27 am

    Awesome news, FC
    Susan, keep up the good work! You are gonna kick cancer’s butt. I just know you will!
    I’ll keep praying and meditating for your continued healing. Although tonight, I think I will focus my prayers on being grateful for your good news.
    All the best! Do you want some Italian language tapes????
    Keep turning the cranks and WIN!!!
    Team Fatty–keep thinking PINK. One day, Susan will turn the PINK to YELLOW!

  7. Comment by gian | 07.26.2007 | 11:29 am


  8. Comment by Nikc Hawkins | 07.26.2007 | 11:31 am

    Awesome news for Susan! And if you need some Italian language stuff, let me know. I can hook you up.

  9. Comment by Philly Jen | 07.26.2007 | 11:34 am

    Don’t forget, in the Giro d’Italia, the champion wears the maglia rosa — the pink jersey. Think pink!

  10. Comment by Stephanie | 07.26.2007 | 11:39 am

    awesome news!!!

  11. Comment by hades | 07.26.2007 | 11:54 am

    AWESOME! That rules! Knowing that you all are having a good day makes my crappy day much, much better! So, not only do you get to go to leadville, but you get the best crew possible…

  12. Comment by Adam Lisonbee | 07.26.2007 | 12:00 pm

    Good news, glad to hear it! Best of luck at Leadville.

  13. Comment by dkirkavitch | 07.26.2007 | 12:01 pm

    Hey Fatty,

    Awsome news! Keep cranking ‘em for Leadville. I’ll be wearing the pink on my ride to Seattle via Sunrise tomorrow.

  14. Comment by Paul Whitehurst | 07.26.2007 | 12:02 pm

    Congratulations on the great news!

  15. Comment by regina a blazek | 07.26.2007 | 12:07 pm

    woo hoo, I think of you guys every day, I mean that every day. and the thing with parking lots, some would call that a silver lining I call it an inadvertant perk, and every bad thing has at least one, even if you do not immediately see it.

  16. Comment by Eric | 07.26.2007 | 12:08 pm

    Just great news! I was disappointed that my pink FC jersey arrived the day AFTER I left for a 9-day bike tour in Oregon becasue I wanted to get a picture of it at Crater Lake. But, I am wearing on a club ride this weekend and will send a picture from the scenic Catoctin Mountains of Maryland. But jersey or not, the positive thoughts have been beaming Susan’s way from whereever I pedal; now it’ll just be easier to recruit others to the cause.

    BTW: even my wife, a total non-rider, loved the jersey.

  17. Comment by Not So Skinny Cathy | 07.26.2007 | 12:11 pm

    That is great news!! Good job, Susan.

  18. Comment by Powerful pete | 07.26.2007 | 12:19 pm

    Congratulations! Excellent news! Just began following your site… I am fat, a cyclist, and Italian (from Rome, nonetheless). And recently have had to deal with cancer in my family.

    Keep up the good work. Invitation and free dinner in Rome for you and Susan. Carbo loading and all that. And I will even invite you out on a ride and lend you an Italian bike (de Rosa!) mounted with Campagnolo (what else?) Corsa Record!

  19. Comment by MTB W | 07.26.2007 | 12:25 pm

    Fantastic News! Congratulazione!

    Way to go Susan in kicking this thing! Keep up the great work! I will continue to keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Auguri sinceri! (best wishes, in italian)

  20. Comment by Nick | 07.26.2007 | 12:39 pm

    That’s frickin’ awesome!

  21. Comment by Jose | 07.26.2007 | 12:39 pm

    Best news in a long time! Congrats.

  22. Comment by Kim Gunnerson | 07.26.2007 | 12:42 pm

    Nothing new to add…it made my day to read this post and know that Susan is doing so well!!! I will keep sending postive thoughts from Washington. Thank you for keeping us posted.

  23. Comment by AMG in Texas | 07.26.2007 | 12:46 pm

    Great news!!! Wishing the best for Susan and the family.

    Keep on fighting… WIN!!!

  24. Comment by bikemike | 07.26.2007 | 12:55 pm

    this news is just like a big ol’ piece of chocolate cake,

    always, fight the good fight.

  25. Comment by Alberto | 07.26.2007 | 12:57 pm

    Great news. God bless!

  26. Comment by mark | 07.26.2007 | 1:00 pm

    Like you, I am grateful to hear this. You’ve got an awesome family and an awesome group of friends. If anyone deserves this kind of news, you do. Way to go Susan–way to be strong. I’ll be wearing pink for you on my 150 miler to prep for Lotoja on Saturday.

  27. Comment by Denise | 07.26.2007 | 1:19 pm

    AWESOME NEWS! Continuous prayers flowing for you all!!

  28. Comment by JET(not a nickname) | 07.26.2007 | 1:26 pm

    Glad to hear the good news! Bring on Leadville!

  29. Comment by Mrs. Coach | 07.26.2007 | 1:39 pm

    Remember that dance at the end of Napolean Dynomite?

  30. Comment by Doug G. | 07.26.2007 | 1:39 pm

    Thats great! Glad to hear things are going in the right direction.

  31. Comment by Moishe | 07.26.2007 | 1:42 pm

    Awesome, awesome news!!! Can’t wait to see you in Leadville in just a couple weeks. I’ll be “resplendent” (ahem) in my pink jersey.

  32. Comment by Patrick | 07.26.2007 | 1:46 pm

    Glad to see the good news.
    We are flatlanders in Illinois and marvel at anyone who can breathe in the elevations, let alone race.
    Good luck !!

  33. Comment by Mike from Melbourne | 07.26.2007 | 1:58 pm

    That’s great news ! Keep fighting Susan.

  34. Comment by Brentandsandie | 07.26.2007 | 2:02 pm

    Brought tears to my eyes, awesome news! Keep up the good work S

  35. Comment by Born4Lycra | 07.26.2007 | 2:29 pm

    Just brilliant!

  36. Comment by Lins - Aust | 07.26.2007 | 2:30 pm

    Truly outstanding news.

  37. Comment by MAJ Mike | 07.26.2007 | 2:35 pm

    I was seeking a single word response of support. One single word that would do it, that would say it all. I can’t think of one. “Win” doesn’t even quite cut it. So have just that…words can’t say it, so just keep doing it. It would seem the world has your back.

  38. Comment by adp | 07.26.2007 | 2:37 pm

    Congratulations, Team Fatty!! …and bestest wishes to you going forward!

  39. Comment by aussie kev | 07.26.2007 | 2:41 pm

    i am so happy for you both :-)

  40. Comment by Al Maviva | 07.26.2007 | 3:05 pm


  41. Comment by Marge | 07.26.2007 | 3:17 pm

    That wonderful news! Your mom and I will be wearing our pink jerseys in celebration Saturday morning on our 14r hike on Torreys and Grays. We’ll send you a pic.

  42. Comment by Lisa B | 07.26.2007 | 3:19 pm

    Allez Allez indeed! Susan definitely is kicking cancer in the butt (tho she seems to have missed occasionally and kicked it in the hips and the ribs – ouch!). No heavy lifting for you, Mrs. FC, but aren’t you glad you’ve lost so much weight, FC – just making it easy on your wife! :-)

  43. Comment by Walter | 07.26.2007 | 3:20 pm

    Congratulations!! That’s truly wonderful — we’re so happy for you!

  44. Comment by paige | 07.26.2007 | 3:32 pm

    I’m thrilled! We’ll still keep you all in our thoughts and prayers.

    On to Leadville! Go Team Fatty!

  45. Comment by allan | 07.26.2007 | 3:32 pm

    Awesome news. So glad to hear it.

  46. Comment by Renato | 07.26.2007 | 3:45 pm

    Great news! Keep on fighting!

  47. Comment by KatieA | 07.26.2007 | 3:47 pm


    Sending big hugs from Oz for you all – and you’d better do a good time at Leadville Fatty, seeing as how you will have your wonderful wife crewing for you!

  48. Comment by Badder | 07.26.2007 | 3:50 pm

    Great news!

  49. Comment by TIMK | 07.26.2007 | 4:19 pm

    Go ahead and get ready to greet her every morning with a proper Ă‚Â¡Bongiorno Principessa!

    It’s got toe be the jerseys.

  50. Comment by RoadRash | 07.26.2007 | 4:36 pm

    Great news, we’ll keeping praying for strength & endurance for Susan (fast healing bones) and Fatty (Leadville)

  51. Comment by Sprocketboy | 07.26.2007 | 5:00 pm

    This is heading down the right track! I’ll be wearing the pink lemonade jersey this weekend–maybe we all will and send more good vibes your way!

  52. Comment by Wheels | 07.26.2007 | 5:10 pm

    Thanks for keeping us updated on Susan. This is an amazing community that you’ve brought together, and I know it feels good to have folks all over the world celebrating with you today. I’m all so thankful for Susan’s improving health and continue to pray for complete healing.

  53. Comment by Jynical | 07.26.2007 | 5:26 pm

    That is fantastic news! You and Susan (and your whole family) have been in my thoughts. Hope her bones heal up alright and that the tumors keep shrinking!

  54. Comment by Caren | 07.26.2007 | 5:32 pm

    Exceptional News! The best news I’ve heard all day! Kicking Cancer in the @** thoughts will continue to come from New Mexico but you are unfortunately going to have to share for a while. Earlier this week my step aunt had a bilateral mastectomy – she’s a BRAC II carrier – they’ve been closely watching but they found stage 1 invasive, and a co-worker was diagnosed with malginant stomach cancer this week. Needless to say Susan’s news was music to my ears!

    I’ll be wearing Pink Lemonade this weekend!

    Keep on believing!

  55. Comment by Clydesdale | 07.26.2007 | 5:54 pm

    Allez indeed! You are on your way to WIN Susan, keep it up!!

    All you Fatties out there keep it up also.

    The help and healing of this FC community is truly inspiring. Helping Susan, and each other reach our goals is a humbling and uplifting thing be part of.

    Way to go team!!

  56. Comment by VA Biker | 07.26.2007 | 6:06 pm

    Congratulations so far. Keep it going!

    I’ll keep praying for the entire Fatty Family.

    Good luck at Leadville, and come on Italy!

    (I’m not a big fan of exclamation points, but in this case, they fit!)

  57. Comment by Lyne | 07.26.2007 | 6:31 pm

    Yeah !

  58. Comment by Uncadan8 | 07.26.2007 | 6:36 pm

    Man, that’s the best thing I have heard all day!! Yay for Susan! I’ll keep praying for her. I think of you all often while I am out riding.

  59. Comment by Chris in Boulder | 07.26.2007 | 7:39 pm

    Really good news and congratulations! Best of luck in Leadville and Italy. I will be trotting out the pink clydesdale jersey for the inaugural Sunrise Century here in Boulder on Saturday and I will be thinking of both of you and wishing you both the best. Chris

  60. Comment by Ricky | 07.26.2007 | 7:50 pm

    Thank you Elden for keeping us updated. We all care very very much. This is terrific news. Stay strong.

  61. Comment by Braden | 07.26.2007 | 8:07 pm

    Thanks for keeping us updated! Glad to hear its good news.

  62. Comment by 2Phat | 07.26.2007 | 8:20 pm

    More than Fantastic News!

    We (the core team, not to be confused with The Core Team) continue to pray for Susan and wish you a perfect recovery.

    Wait, what’s that? Did you just hear that? I know I did…”Fatty squadra ha vinto!”

    Vinto Susan, Vinto!

  63. Comment by Blue Feet | 07.26.2007 | 10:52 pm

    Fantastc news! When I saw the “Good News” title in the RSS feed, I crossed fingers it had something to do with Susan. Keep it up!

  64. Comment by Born4Lycra | 07.26.2007 | 11:50 pm

    Hey shadow any chance of a cartoon to celebrate. I need some new words for my vocabulary.
    I am re-reading todays entry by FC and the team responses before I go home and I think it’s the best overall article he has written yet.
    Go Team FC, Go Cadell, You are winning Sue.

  65. Comment by Yukirin Boy | 07.27.2007 | 2:31 am

    Wonderful news !

    Venga Venga Venga!

  66. Comment by Saso | 07.27.2007 | 3:24 am

    That is tremendous! Keep it up.

  67. Comment by Mrs. C. | 07.27.2007 | 4:04 am

    Awesome news!

  68. Comment by Trapper Dan | 07.27.2007 | 4:22 am


  69. Comment by Sean | 07.27.2007 | 4:34 am

    Outstanding news

  70. Comment by Clydesteve | 07.27.2007 | 5:40 am

    Conga-Rats, to Susan & Fatty and family. Everyone acts so surprised. This IS the expected result with Team FC behind you Susan. Go, Allez, Susan and Fatty – WIN.

  71. Comment by FliesOnly | 07.27.2007 | 5:57 am

    Very nice. With hope, it will continue to be nothing but good news from here on out.

  72. Comment by KeepYerBag | 07.27.2007 | 5:58 am

    Dear Mr. Cancer:

    You don’t have a chance.

    Team Fatty.

    [The KeepYerBag Family will keep praying for you, Susan.]

  73. Comment by Brewinman | 07.27.2007 | 6:12 am

    This post and the resultant comments brought tears to my eyes. I am so happy for you and your family. Susan, keep fighting. You are winning!

  74. Comment by BurkeInTheOzarks | 07.27.2007 | 6:16 am

    Thanks for sharing the good news! I have been sending good vibes your way and keep your family in mind on every ride.

    My wife is coming up on two years since the start of chemo (followed by radiation and multiple surgeries and …) and she keeps getting stronger. She is back on her bike nowadays and enjoys it a little more with every ride – both on the street and in the dirt.

    Good luck in the Leadville – I’m jealous!

    One more thing – you’re gonna LOVE Italy!

  75. Comment by Chris_N | 07.27.2007 | 6:33 am

    Great. Here I am at work crying again. With joy for the good news for Susan, you and your kids. With sadness for all who didn’t get such good news in their fights. And because I miss my mom, my brother and my best friend.

    My wife and I will continue to keep you all in our hearts and minds every day. You guys are an inspiration to us. Keep up the efforts! And good luck at Leadville!! Cheers…..Chris

  76. Comment by Gillian | 07.27.2007 | 7:01 am

    Dude, the Pimsleur language series will have Italian rolling off your tongue in no time. Better start studying, seems like a trip is imminent.

    Congratulations on some positive news.

  77. Comment by Rob | 07.27.2007 | 7:04 am

    Excellent, your news has turned what was a shit week for me into at least having one good positive. Continued good thoughts from me and my wife to you guys!

  78. Comment by KT | 07.27.2007 | 8:51 am


    Susan, with this team pulling for you, you’ll be speaking Italian in Italy in no time.

    I’ll be sending all my good karma from Oregon, linking it up with Clydesteve’s for a mega dose of extra good luck!


  79. Comment by Orbea Girl | 07.27.2007 | 9:43 am

    What wonderful news for all the family. Delighted to hear things are heading in the right direction.

  80. Comment by Bitter (formerly known as Lissee) | 07.27.2007 | 11:13 am

    Thank goodness!!! I’s so glad to hear the good news.

  81. Comment by Mike Walkenhorst | 07.27.2007 | 11:45 am

    Great news! Keep fighting Susan! Keep training hard for Leadville, fatty! I’m sure you’ll do great!

  82. Comment by flossy | 07.27.2007 | 1:06 pm

    That’s fantastic news. Keep up the good fight!

  83. Comment by Mike Roadie | 07.27.2007 | 1:59 pm

    Y E S

  84. Comment by Little1 | 07.29.2007 | 10:15 pm

    We have a WINNA WENA!

  85. Comment by TheLurker | 07.29.2007 | 11:38 pm

    Good news. Nice to hear it.

  86. Comment by Nik | 07.30.2007 | 11:42 am

    ROCK ON!!!!! Still praying for team Fatty and Susan!

  87. Comment by chubbiker | 07.30.2007 | 2:58 pm

    SOOOOO…happy for your good news!!!! You are awesome, Susan!!!

  88. Comment by chubbiker | 07.30.2007 | 2:58 pm

    SOOOOO…happy for your good news!!!! You are awesome, Susan!!!

  89. Comment by Pioneer Woman | 07.30.2007 | 4:33 pm

    YAY! Yay, yay, yay, YAY!

    Will continue the onslaught of prayer, good wishes, positive thoughts…etc.

  90. Comment by Lowrydr | 07.31.2007 | 8:59 am

    No wonder I felt great on Friday. Just got back to work from a bike ride across Iowa. Great and glorious news Susan & Fatty. Good vibes still pouring your way as there is still a road ahead that needs traveled. Italy coming up !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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