Wherein I Compare and Contrast Recent American Tour de France Champions to my Wife

11.27.2007 | 7:12 am

From time to time, I post how things are going with my wife. But I don’t tell you everything, and sometimes I don’t tell you anything.

I haven’t, for example, gone into much detail about how much pain Susan’s in right now.

So you’ll just have to trust me that Susan wasn’t just being a pansy when, yesterday morning, she called the bone tumor specialist’s nurse and told her that she just couldn’t take it much longer.

The nurse, to her massive credit, immediately lined up an impromptu appointment with the specialist, then called Susan’s oncologist, and started investigating whether it would be possible to move Susan’s surgery up a week.

So yesterday Susan and I spent most of the afternoon talking with doctors, where we found that the crack in Susan’s left hip is spreading. We all agreed it would in fact be a good idea to do this surgery as soon as possible.

So when will Susan’s hip replacement be?


With this fairly big deal suddenly coming up, now seems like a good time to have a Susan-centric post. I’d therefore like you to consider some rather freaky parallels between Susan and the two most recent American Tour de France champions, Lance Armstrong and Floyd Landis.

Comparison 1: Cancer Battles
Both Lance Armstrong and Susan have battled cancer.

  • Armstrong fought it once, as a single man, with responsibilities to nobody but himself.
  • Susan has fought it twice, with a husband and four children to take care of.

Advantage: Susan, by a mile.

Comparison 2: Cancer Awareness
Both Lance Armstrong and Susan have raised considerable quantities of money toward cancer survivorship.

  • Armstrong founded the Lance Armstrong Foundation, which has directly benefitted thousands and thousands of cancer survivors and their families. He has turned cancer research into a bona fide political issue for the 2008 US presidential election.
  • Susan has raised more than $6000 for the Lance Armstrong Foundation, and has given a number of Fat Cyclist blog readers a reason to take up breast cancer research as a cause worth fighting for.

Advantage: Armstrong. Sorry, Susan, but you’ve got some catching up to do on this one.

Comparison 3: Hip Replacement
Floyd Landis had a hip replaced. Susan’s about to have a hip replaced.

  • Landis messed up his hip by falling off his bike and then letting the screws holding his hip together get rusty. Or something like that.
  • Susan messed up her hip by doing too much kickboxing as a teenager, and also because of that cancer thing.

Advantage: Susan. Unlike Floyd, Susan did everything she could to avoid the hip replacement, including radiation and hobbling along on it in spite of the fracture. Floyd, on the other hand, just let his old hip rot in its socket. That’s just gross, Floyd.

Oh, by the way, I may have made up that bit about kickboxing.

Comparison 4: Twins
Lance Armstrong is the father of six-year-old twin girls. Susan is the mother of (a completely separate set of) six-year-old twin girls.

  • Armstrong’s twins are fraternal. Also, Armstrong did not carry his twins around for 8-point-something months before they were born.
  • Susan’s twins are identical. As in, we give them different hairstyles so people can tell them apart, because otherwise it’s pretty much impossible. Susan carried the twins to about as close to full term as any mother ever has. And she continued to be a great mom to our two sons while she did it.

Advantage: Susan. You know what’s funny? During the first two years of the twins’ life, we thought that was going to be our big life test. Ha.

Comparison 5: Biking
Let’s see how Susan, Armstrong and Landis compare on their bikes.

  • Armstrong and Landis are remarkable athletes and can ride their bikes two levels of magnitude faster than you or I can.
  • Susan doesn’t have a bike. I bought her a nice Sugar 2 shortly before we found out she was pregnant with the twins, but she hasn’t really had a chance to ride it. However, even with everything we’ve been through, Susan doesn’t just tolerate that I ride and love bikes; she actively encourages and supports me.

Advantage: Me. For sure.

Comparison 6: Doping
Rumors and allegations of drug use have followed Armstrong, Landis, and Susan.

  • Landis was accused of an abnormal testosterone level, but he denies the charge and is fighting hard to overturn the ruling.
  • Armstrong has never been formally accused of taking any drugs, although he’s been informally accused so often it’s practically a sport of its own. Plus, being on drugs would explain the recent sightings with that girl from Full House.
  • Susan takes a lot of drugs. Chemo, Zometa, Avastin, antibiotics, Coumadin, EPO (yeah, my wife’s on EPO) and a veritable cornucopia of painkillers. Susan’s blood sample wouldn’t just raise a red flag when tested; it would raise a red flag, cause the klaxons and sirens to go off, and probably melt the vial it’s contained in. It’s entirely possible that WADA would not approve of Susan’s shenanigans.

Advantage: Susan. You’ve got to admire how brazen she is about her pill-popping ways.

Final Score: This one’s easy. The parallels are eerie, but Susan manages to come out ahead in almost all of them. She’s one tough mama.

She and I are both anxious, but also looking forward to getting this over with, so she can get back on her feet. With any luck, this will be the last major step in her treatment for a good, long time.

PS: I expect that a lot of you will be anxious to know how Susan does in tomorrow’s surgery. I can’t promise anything, but I will do my best to post an update in the late afternoon or evening.

PPS: Susan does read this blog, so if you’d like to get her a message of encouragement, the comment section’s an easy way to do it.


  1. Comment by allan | 11.27.2007 | 7:16 am

    Go Susan! Sending every positive vibe I have out to you guys.

  2. Comment by Canadian Roadie | 11.27.2007 | 7:21 am

    Good luck Susan! I don’t know you but I wish you all the best from the bottom of my heart. I hope the surgery goes well and you have a speedy recovery. Sending you lots of positive karma from Canada.

    Fatty, great post. I was simultaneously laughing and crying at the same time. Luckily I’m still at home so my co-workers don’t have to wonder about me!

  3. Comment by TomE | 11.27.2007 | 7:22 am

    Susan – we are always thinking good thoughts for you….but today we will throw in a little extra. Anxiously waiting to hear from Fatty how you come through (as if any of us think you won’t come through with flying colors)!!!

    Yo Fatty – maybe you should try to put together a little “race” when Susan gets better – you know, her against Floyd and Lance – bet she kicks their collective arses!!!

  4. Comment by carl nicoletti | 11.27.2007 | 7:27 am

    You will both be in my thoughts all day. You two sound like you have a very special relationship and I know that you will enjoy it for many, many years to come! Thanks for sharing your journey with us and reminding us that it’s about more than bikes. – Carl Nicoletti – Boulder, Colorado

  5. Comment by a face in the crowd | 11.27.2007 | 7:33 am

    (clangs cowbells, blows air horn) Allez allez allez!
    Thinking of you both, it’s been a long climb, hopefully the summit’s in sight now.

  6. Comment by buckythedonkey | 11.27.2007 | 7:34 am

    Dearest Susan, we four send you our love and hugs. If your man tries to sneak away for a post-op blog update, demand more attention!


  7. Comment by regina | 11.27.2007 | 7:34 am

    I like the Susan-centric posts. I will be thinking of and praying for you both.

  8. Comment by Snoofy | 11.27.2007 | 7:41 am

    Susan (and Fatty, too):
    You’re already on my prayer list, but I will kick it up a notch the next few days.

    And since I am STILL laughing about the technique Fatty used at one of his races as he zoomed through the aid station……


  9. Comment by BikerBabes | 11.27.2007 | 7:43 am

    Susan: We are all pulling for and praying for you. You are one tough chick. Let’s hear a big HIP-HIP Hooray! May the healing be fast and furious.

    Some of Kellene’s Fotogenic Friends
    The Biker Chicks

  10. Comment by SSF | 11.27.2007 | 7:50 am

    Prayers and Love to you!

  11. Comment by BotchedExperiment | 11.27.2007 | 7:53 am

    Good luck Susan. Good luck Elden.

  12. Comment by Medstudentitis | 11.27.2007 | 7:53 am

    May your surgeons hands be swift and steady.

    I know this will turn out well, I can feel it.

    Just think, now you’ll be able to set off metal detectors at the airport and carry a card that says you don’t have to be strip searched!

  13. Comment by Alex Esplin | 11.27.2007 | 8:04 am

    I’ve been lurking around here for a while. I enjoy your writing about your biking adventures, and now I’ll be wishing both of you (especially Susan) good luck tomorrow.

  14. Comment by rich | 11.27.2007 | 8:10 am


    Im so glad you got your surgery moved up. The pain from the hip replacement cant be any worse than what you already have, plus the hip will be fixed and healing.

    Good luck Nelsons. You guys are my favorite family.


  15. Comment by Marrock | 11.27.2007 | 8:16 am

    Just think how effectively she’ll be able to kick butt with that new hip.

    Now she can do the motivating.

  16. Comment by spbarnes | 11.27.2007 | 8:17 am

    Another voice hoping all goes well.

    Another possible parallel:

    FLOYD: Post-hip replacement finishes second at Leadville. Barely

    SUSAN: ???

    Advantage: everybody.

    Venga venga venga!

  17. Comment by Uphill Battle | 11.27.2007 | 8:17 am

    Continued prayers for Susan and the rest of Team Fatty! May God guide your surgeon’s hands and speed your healing.

  18. Comment by Tim | 11.27.2007 | 8:20 am

    Loved the Susan-centric post. Best of everything to both of you.

  19. Comment by David | 11.27.2007 | 8:22 am

    I have to say, you guys are awesome. The support you clearly give Susan is excellent. The humor with which you approach this is probably life-saving. I know things must be totally harder in real life then when reduced to the “pages” of a blog, but you’ve got a great attitude.

    Susan, I’m sorry you’re in pain, and I’m thrilled the surgery is moved up. I’m going to go for a ride now, pull on my pink Fatty jersey and send good thoughts your way.

  20. Comment by chtrich | 11.27.2007 | 8:28 am

    a replacement today, hip hip hooray………
    Good luck!

  21. Comment by WIllie Nelson | 11.27.2007 | 8:33 am

    With your special blog powers you should try talking the orthoped out of a new hip (it worked for the Superfly…)

  22. Comment by swtkaroline | 11.27.2007 | 8:36 am

    Susan, best to you as you head in for surgery–I know it will make a world of difference for you and I’m sending all my warmest, happiest thoughts your way. Speedy recovery to you! You’ve got some catching up to do atop the 2-wheeler, so get busy. :)

  23. Comment by BurkeInTheOzarks | 11.27.2007 | 8:38 am

    Susan (and family), you are and will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. I pray your surgery will be successful and your recovery swift. I’m thrilled it got moved up and I look forward to hearing that it was successful!

    Fatty, I agree with previous posters that your humor through this situation can do nothing but help. I, too, always try to find the positive angle to any dilemma and I know it helped me and my wife as she went through treatment. Please keep it up!

  24. Comment by TIMK | 11.27.2007 | 8:40 am

    The attitude you Nelsons have continues to inspire me. I’ll be thinking of you.

  25. Comment by bradk | 11.27.2007 | 8:41 am

    Go Susan! Tasha and I are cheering you on.

  26. Comment by Kris | 11.27.2007 | 8:47 am

    I am confident the surgery will go well and Susan will feel better after recovery. Positive thoughts have power and these will be my thoughts today and tomorrow on Susan’s behalf.

    Susan is on EPO huh? You been sneaking any, Fatty? Uh, huh. ;-)

  27. Comment by Lisa B | 11.27.2007 | 8:52 am

    Susan, good luck and best wishes. You’re in our thoughts and in our hearts. I’m kinda jealous of the EPO, tho …

  28. Comment by dan | 11.27.2007 | 8:57 am

    Susan, best wishes and prayers for you.

  29. Comment by DrCodfish | 11.27.2007 | 9:02 am

    Susan, Here are some pluses and minuses for you to ponder:

    You have youth going for you. (I can say that I’m a geezer.)
    I assume you are relatively fit.
    You obviously have enormous support, both directly and indirectly. (family and “us”)
    Troubling as the Docs may seem, there has never been a better time in the history of humanity to have this procedure done.
    Also, this is probably as good a place (USA) as any to be having this done.
    This procedure will put an end to that chronic bone pain. You get this out of the way and you can then focus on other things.

    This procedure in general is a pain, literally and figuaratively.

    On balanace, clearly there are a lot of things going for you. Like everyone else here I wish you a speedy recovery and great riding in the spring (must get out on that Sugar 2!).

    Yr Pal DrCodfish

  30. Comment by The Booker | 11.27.2007 | 9:05 am

    Your quote “Susan doesn’t just tolerate that I ride and love bikes; she actively encourages and supports me”, hit home. My husband often sees me go off for weekends or days (and once even for a month) just so that I can do something that I truly enjoy and have a passion for. Susan sounds remarkable and I wish her a speedy recovery.

  31. Comment by Rio's Rider | 11.27.2007 | 9:07 am

    Positive and happy vibes coming your way.
    Best of luck with the surgery and recovery.

  32. Comment by usimpto | 11.27.2007 | 9:07 am

    Best of luck, Susan! I will be praying for you and hope your post-op recovery goes well. I hope you are soon pain-free.

    Fatty, now you can brag about being married to a Bionic Woman.

  33. Comment by MTB W | 11.27.2007 | 9:08 am

    Best wishes for tomorrow! I know it will go well (yeah, seeing the future is my superpower, along with my ability to have chocolate appear out of thin air right in my hand).

    We, in fattyland, are pulling for you and your family. Since I already know it’s going to go well, here’s to a quick and speedy recovery!

  34. Comment by Miles Archer | 11.27.2007 | 9:09 am

    The RSS feed has an ad for renting Sumo suits. Wacky.

    Good luck with your surgery!

  35. Comment by je | 11.27.2007 | 9:12 am

    Love it.

    My wife hasn’t battled cancer, but she has a husband addicted to bikes and we’re pulling for you guys.

  36. Comment by Philly Jen | 11.27.2007 | 9:16 am

    Susan, wishing you a safe, successful surgery and a smooth, swift recovery. I can’t wait to check off the boxes in my Pink Lemonade jersey pocket!

    Hugs to all the kids. (It’s a tough and anxious time, and you’re doing a great job of hanging in there with your mom and The Fat One, kiddos!) We’re pulling with all of you.

  37. Comment by Morgan | 11.27.2007 | 9:19 am

    Go Team Fatty!!
    Send a voluntary, random sample from Susan to the UCI and WADA just to srew with them. I think kick boxing is a noble, after-cancer-is-in-remission, pursuit for Susan. Best wishes for the team!!

  38. Comment by Joe G | 11.27.2007 | 9:22 am

    Good Luck Susan!
    My mom is going in for her surgery for ovarian cancer tomorrow as well. You can be sure of my prayers to go with hers!

  39. Comment by Paul | 11.27.2007 | 9:23 am

    Susan (and fatty) – best wishes and thinking of you guys tomorrow!!!

  40. Comment by cheapie | 11.27.2007 | 9:23 am

    Before we put the kids to bed tonight we’ll pray that God gives the surgeons wisdom and grants Susan a speedy recovery!

  41. Comment by bikemike | 11.27.2007 | 9:32 am

    doing my first night ride of the season down here in sunny florida, tonight.
    the hammer will be dropped in your honor this evening, Susan.

    God bless all the Nelsons tomorrow, before and after the surgery.

    Lance and Floyd are huge sissy-boys in comparrison.

  42. Comment by Big Boned | 11.27.2007 | 9:41 am

    Prayers from DC on their way from both my wife and I. Stay positive and you’ll be back to kickboxing soon (I know Fatty didn’t really make that up – he has no imagination or sense of humor!).
    Big Boned

  43. Comment by CoworkerAlex | 11.27.2007 | 9:46 am

    Susan, when my wife (also named Susan) and I think that our six-year old twins are about to run us ragged, we often think of you and are immediately inspired to quit whining. You’re the ultimate super-mom.

    Hoping for a smooth procedure today and speedy recovery ahead.


  44. Comment by AMG in Texas | 11.27.2007 | 9:46 am

    Ditto to all of the above….

    Best wishes and speedy recovery Susan.

    Fatty, I have a few questions…

    Is the replacement hip Susan getting all steel, titanium, or carbon fiber?
    Does it come with a matching cycling helmet with a propellor on top?
    How much weight will it add?
    Is it a road version or a mountain version?
    Was it made in France?
    Does it have a Twin-6 sticker on it?
    Is it endorsed by Floyd Landis?
    Will Susan be able to sense the weather changes with it?
    Will Kelleen come over to fatten you up some more with here culinary skills?

    Hope that cheers you up a bit Susan. :-)
    The pain will end soon. Keep fighting. Soon you will be a bionic woman.

  45. Comment by Will | 11.27.2007 | 9:49 am

    Very best wishes and prayers

  46. Comment by Turt99 | 11.27.2007 | 9:56 am

    A very interesting comparison, its funny because every time you write about Susan, I think about the similarities in my life to yours. I love bikes, and I’m overweight. So there you go fatcyclist is exactly what I want to know about. But thats only where it starts

    You have twins, I have twins (9 month old boys). Susan has cancer, I’ve had Thyroid cancer, and in Sept 05 I lost my mother to breast cancer.

    So thats why I continue to read the blog, its funny and it hits home.

  47. Comment by domestique goddess | 11.27.2007 | 10:01 am

    Susan, my thoughts are prayers are added to those of all above. together we are quite a force, cancer doesn’t stand a chance! i’m going to run and put on my pink lemonade sox as soon as i post this (the jersey is in moth balls while i ride the trainer in the basement) and i’ll try to walk a while in your shoes to share the burden. sorry it can only be figuratively. good luck, italy awaits!
    claire in illinois

  48. Comment by DNAtsol | 11.27.2007 | 10:04 am

    I have nothing to say other than may my boundless optimism expand and surround you both in a warm protective cloak. Hopefully, in the immortal words of the Six Million Dollar Man (with liberal post hoc modifications for gender references).

    We can rebuild her. We have the technology. We have the capability to make the world’s first Bionic woman. Susan will be that woman. Better than she was before. Better . . . stronger . . . faster.

  49. Comment by adp | 11.27.2007 | 10:11 am

    Positive vibes and best wishes are speeding towards you, Susan! Team Fatty continues to inspire.

  50. Comment by Rob | 11.27.2007 | 10:18 am

    Good luck, Susan. You rock!

  51. Comment by Little1 | 11.27.2007 | 10:22 am


    There’s nothing you can know that isn’t known. (I know and so do we all your gonna be great!)

    Nothing you can see that isn’t shown. (I’ve seen my dad improve beyond belief after his hip op)

    Nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be. (in all our prayers and surrounded by people who love and care for you – and you to fatty!)

    It’s easy.
    All you need is love, all you need is love,
    All you need is love, love, love is all you need.
    All you need is love (all together now)
    All you need is love (everybody)
    All you need is love, love, love is all you need.

    And that’s all “I” have to say!

  52. Comment by Little1 | 11.27.2007 | 10:23 am

    P.S. Thanks to the “Beatles”

    P.P.S Morgan ROTFL – hheee heee hhheee hhhaaaahhaaaa EXCELLENT!

  53. Comment by TCluff | 11.27.2007 | 10:27 am

    Good Luck Susan!! We’re pulling and praying for you!

  54. Comment by cyclingphun.blogspot.com | 11.27.2007 | 10:27 am

    Fatty: What can I say man? My eyes welled with tears at the beginning of the post today, then I found myself laughing so hard I almost peed myself at work, literally! I don’t know how in the hell you guys do it. I have to admit I’d be a useless wreck if I were in your shoes man. Maybe, on the other-hand, the humor is your sanity. Either way the two of you blow my mind! Stay strong for Susan and your kids!
    Susan: God Bless. I cannot begin to know what you are feeling, but I can say that even though we may not know you face to face, you are in my families thoughts and prayers much like everyone who reads FC. Keep up the good fight, girl! Prayers and warm wishes to you guys and your families.

  55. Comment by siobhandee | 11.27.2007 | 10:40 am

    Gimme an “S!” S!!
    Gimme a “U!” U!!
    Gimme another “S!” S!!
    Gimme an “EH!” EH! (I’m Canadian)
    Gimme an “N!” N!!

    Goooooooo Susan!! New hip, new hip, HOORAY!

  56. Comment by Pammap | 11.27.2007 | 10:45 am

    Those other two guys are JUST Tour de France champions. Susan is Champion of Our Hearts! They can’t even begin to touch her.

    No doubt about it, Susan, you are in our prayers today, tomorrow, and onward.

  57. Comment by Rant | 11.27.2007 | 11:00 am


    Best wishes for a speedy recovery. You’re in our prayers. Keep fighting the good fight.

    - Rant

  58. Comment by Denise | 11.27.2007 | 11:07 am

    My family and I are sending, from Missouri, good karma, love and stepping up the prayers for you Susan!

  59. Comment by cyclechic | 11.27.2007 | 11:07 am

    Good luck Susan. As always, you are in my prayers. I’ll be sure to wear my Pink Lemonade Jersey tomorrow in your honor. Lots of love!!!

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  61. Comment by DOM | 11.27.2007 | 11:13 am

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery. Hopefully this will be a major step forward in your day to day quality.

  62. Comment by Boz | 11.27.2007 | 11:28 am

    You’ll really enjoy that new hip, as your pain will be lessened every day, recovery will be quick and complications minimal compared to what is happening now. My wife does this sort of surgery routinely as a tech, my sister-in-law loves her new hip, and speaking of kick boxing, my wifes uncle, a 5th dan in tae kwon doo, has had both replaced and you would never know. Susan, you’ll be a new women !!

  63. Comment by traildiva | 11.27.2007 | 11:33 am

    All my good thoughts and wishes are with you and your family, Susan. I know you’ll be rockin’ the new hip in no time.

  64. Comment by pantaloonfan | 11.27.2007 | 11:34 am

    Strongest and best wishes for good recovery from this surgery and from the fight to follow.

    I hope for you all that this is a corner being turned in the ongoing battle…

  65. Comment by eunicesara | 11.27.2007 | 11:35 am

    This seems to have moved incredibly quickly from ditching Dr. Golf to connecting with Mighty Nurse. Way cool.
    May your recovery be swift, and may you dance at New Year’s, sans walker or cane! Best thoughts.

  66. Comment by david | 11.27.2007 | 11:41 am

    Hey there… been reading for a while but it was until this post that i knew i had to say something… i can see you guys making such an effort to go win this battle whilst keeping chins up.. i really wish you the best and send you the best vibes from a mexican mountain biker stuck in france… buena suerte !!

    .. estaremos al pendiente de las futuras actualizaciones al blog del ciclista regordete :P y su poderosa esposa xD


    – David

  67. Comment by Clydesteve | 11.27.2007 | 11:43 am

    May god richly bless you, Susan.

    You are in my prayers, along with your kids and husband, who managed to win one catagory in a race between you and the last 2 TdF winners. (How does he do it, folks?)


  68. Comment by Anonymous | 11.27.2007 | 11:51 am

    Good luck Susan from Oregon. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  69. Comment by Jerry K | 11.27.2007 | 11:56 am

    Good luck Susan, when you lick this maybe you should line up with Lance and Floyd a whip them is a sprint. My family has had cancer also and I know it can be beat.
    God bless you and your family.


  70. Comment by turnonthejets | 11.27.2007 | 11:56 am

    (((((((((((((Positive Energy))))))))))))))

  71. Comment by fotoman311 | 11.27.2007 | 12:02 pm

    I think Comparison 1 should look like this:

    Comparison 1: Cancer Battles
    Both Lance Armstrong and Susan have battled cancer.

    –Armstrong fought it once, as a single man, with responsibilities to nobody but himself.
    –Susan has fought it twice, with a loving husband to help take care of her (when he wasn’t off gallavanting on his newest expensive bicycle) and four children to love her and give her a great motivation to fight and win.

    Advantage: Susan, by a mile.

  72. Comment by Lifesgreat | 11.27.2007 | 12:09 pm

    Susan, I thought about your upcoming surgery this morning, thinking the 5th was still kinda far away. I don’t like the reasons it was moved up, but I am glad it is tomorrow. My father is a cancer survivor and has had his hip replaced and we literally cannot keep up with him!

    Fatty, thanks for the updates. I know you have a zillion things to do, but I (we) appreciate knowing what is going on. Thank you for letting me (us) into your family’s life.

    Good luck and I will be sending up prayers from down the road in Orem.

  73. Comment by Pregnant-and-soon-to-be-fat Cathy | 11.27.2007 | 12:23 pm

    Good luck, Susan! You will be home and healing before you know it. In the meantime, enjoy that good morphine in the hospital! ;-)

    Sending all the positive vibes I have your way!

  74. Comment by rexinsea | 11.27.2007 | 12:24 pm

    Good luck Susan! We’re thinking of you and sending positive thoughts your way.

    Fatty – excellent post, informative yet very funny.

  75. Comment by Lins - Aust | 11.27.2007 | 12:26 pm

    I can’t imagine what a serious relief it must have been to hear that your surgery is the next day.
    All the best to all of you from all of us.

  76. Comment by Barb | 11.27.2007 | 12:29 pm

    You go, Girl.

  77. Comment by Den | 11.27.2007 | 12:30 pm

    Susan and Elden,

    Good luck. You’ll be in our prayers…

  78. Comment by Accident Prone | 11.27.2007 | 12:37 pm


    My thoughts and prayers are with you, your family and the surgical team. May God grant you the strength and peace to endure this latest challenge. Thank you for allowing us to share in your lives and offer our support. We’ll all be thinking of you tomorrow and the days to come.

  79. Comment by Jill | 11.27.2007 | 12:37 pm

    Sending Texas sized prayers and good wishes to your entire family


  80. Comment by Gillian | 11.27.2007 | 12:38 pm

    OK, a CRACK in her hip is spreading? And she is still conscious? I thought you were hard, Fatty, but I think your wife beats your butt as well as Landis and Armstrong. And, of course, mine.

    Go Susan, Go Susan, Go – Go – Go Susan. I’m radiating healthful thought waves towards the West at this very moment, and I’ll try to keep it up all day. And tomorrow.

    And finally – it never fails to cheer me up, regardless of circumstance – one of my favorite pirate jokes, for you.

    A pirate walks into a bar with an eyepatch, a parrot on his shoulder, and a huge steering wheel sticking out of his pants. The bartender says “Oy, matey, what be that large wheel that be sticking arta yer pants, therrrr?” The pirate says, “Matey, sure’n I don’t know, but it’s driving me nuts!”

  81. Comment by FliesOnly | 11.27.2007 | 12:42 pm

    Nothing but positive waves…positive waves. And here’s to a speedy recovery as well.

  82. Comment by Chris and Fam | 11.27.2007 | 12:46 pm

    susan, you rock socks. we’ll be thinking about you for sure! we’ll wear the jerseys tomorrow.

  83. Comment by XCTiger | 11.27.2007 | 12:58 pm


    There will be even more prayers for all in the Fatty family coming from the XCTiger household this evening. May the surgey be easy, the recovery speedy, and may you all continue to have the strength to carry on.

  84. Comment by Adam | 11.27.2007 | 1:01 pm

    Wow. I admire your courage, your family’s courage. Good luck with the surgery tomorrow. Let nothing unexpected occur.

    As for the EPO – well, SOMEONE has to take it for what it was designed for . . . right?

  85. Comment by Mike Roadie | 11.27.2007 | 1:16 pm

    WOW…..so much so fast; Fatty, I don’t know how you manage to even think about this blog. Your post is excellent……again……it must help to keep your mind occupied.

    SUSAN……Best of luck, speedy recovery, our prayers and positive wishes are ALL for you!!!!! Please post when you can and let us out here know how you are doing.

    Our minds, hearts, and spirits will be with you tomorrow; and anxiously awaiting the results.

    Love, WIN and LiveStrong!!!

  86. Comment by VA Biker | 11.27.2007 | 1:21 pm

    Late in commenting, but wanted to pile on…

    Susan, here’s the best of luck to you tomorrow. I’m one of many people praying for your safe passage over this next hurdle.

    Good luck to the entire Nelson family.

  87. Comment by rz | 11.27.2007 | 1:30 pm

    Susan –

    May this truly be the last major step in your recovery.

    We are all praying for you, Elden, and your family

  88. Comment by Sprocketboy | 11.27.2007 | 1:35 pm

    Susan, it is may be cold here in Canada today but we are going to use up all our positive energy and aim it in your direction. We are all cheering for you and the successful installation of the Bionic Hip Designed to Stroll the Squares of Picturesque Italian Villages. Good luck and a fast recovery!

  89. Comment by Gordon in Melbourne | 11.27.2007 | 1:46 pm

    Go team Fatty.

    After reading this post it is obvious who the real team leader is, Fatty you just do all the glory work, high profile stuff and take all the accolades.

    Good luck all.

  90. Comment by aussie kev | 11.27.2007 | 1:46 pm

    leederville 100 + susans “spare” EPO” surely we can get under 9 hours this year.

    seriousley though all the best susan, hope the surgery goes well, and you can stop using the stair lift soon.


  91. Comment by Born4Lycra | 11.27.2007 | 2:09 pm

    Go Team FC. Not sure if tomorrow is already here (this whole time zone thing throws me) but I have started my day Wednesday by reading an uplifting and inspiring post. It’s going to be a great Xmas and New Year at Susan’s place all the best to you Susan , FC the boys and the twinnies.
    I have to admit that I fell for the kickboxing thing. It just seemed to make sense with everything else that is going on in FC Land.
    Love ya Sue.

  92. Comment by born4felt | 11.27.2007 | 2:27 pm

    Prayers and well wishes. I know this will turn out splendidly. You’ll be back to fake kickboxing in no time.


  93. Comment by yukirin boy | 11.27.2007 | 2:28 pm

    Go Susan.
    Best wishes .

  94. Comment by Anonymous | 11.27.2007 | 2:30 pm

    To Susan, I hope that moving this surgery up is a big positive step towards improvement of your life. You sound like a fighter from the way your husband writes but I hope tomorrow goes off without a hitch & you don’t have to fight, just relax and reap some benefits. Thoughts, hopes, and positives vibes going your way.

    To FC and family, I hope everything tomorrow goes swimmingly for your sake as well. And thank you for sharing. Your wife/mother is pulling those drafting slackers Armstrong & Landis up over Alp D’huez!

  95. Comment by Rebecca | 11.27.2007 | 2:34 pm

    Fatty, I’m so glad you were joking about Susan’s kick boxing! That’s what I’ve been doing during my own cancer battle. Doctor’s give me bad news, I go punch and kick the bags in class. I think Susan should really consider trying it when she’s back on her feet.

    I’m glad you’ve found doctors that are responding to the situation in a more timely manner. It almost makes the headaches worth it. Almost.

    Susan will do great. With all these positive vibes, she can’t do anything less.

  96. Comment by Bluenoser | 11.27.2007 | 2:35 pm

    Will be thinking about you and your family tomorrow Susan. Get real well.

  97. Comment by Lyne | 11.27.2007 | 2:42 pm

    Positive vibes going your way Susan.

    One missing comparison: support crew:
    While Armstrong and Landis had paid professionals supporting them, Susan has a boatload of friends, blog-readers, fans from all over the world.

    Advantage: Susan

  98. Comment by pipebaum | 11.27.2007 | 2:52 pm

    Susan: Good luck tomorrow, I hope that the surgery goes well and your recovery is short.

    Fatty: I recommend a really short book since you are just going to read the same page over and over. Surgical waiting rooms have a special time space anomaly where time stands still and you don’t go anywhere. Better than a book bring your laptop and provide us some stream of conscious blogging, you seem to come up with your best work when you are under insane pressure.

  99. Comment by ba | 11.27.2007 | 2:56 pm

    All the best. We will be pulling for you.

  100. Comment by Brie | 11.27.2007 | 3:06 pm

    Thoughts and prayers with you Susan, and Fatty and the kids.

  101. Comment by Fan of Susan | 11.27.2007 | 3:14 pm

    Susan – I am throwing it all your way tonight and tomorrow – prayers, vibes, energy, karma, good juju, the works! Continue to hang tough!

  102. Comment by Fan of Susan | 11.27.2007 | 3:15 pm

    Joe G – got your mom in my thoughts as well. Best to you and her!

  103. Comment by leroy | 11.27.2007 | 3:18 pm

    If the math is right, I am the 100th poster.

    And without reading all the posts, I bet all 100 hundred are wishing you well Susan.

    Good luck tomorrow!

    (My mother just had a hip operation. I felt awful about it. I shouldn’t have kicked her.

    Just kidding!

    But my mother did have the hip operation last Spring. She was on her feet surprisingly fast. When my father heard that she was having a session of occupational therapy at the hospital that involved navigating a kitchen, he told me I didn’t need to stick around because my mother would be able to cook for them when she got home. I was too polite to point out that her cooking wasn’t so great before the operation.

    And I stuck around any way. God only knows what my mother would have fed my father if I wasn’t there when she heard about his observation. )

    But I digress….

    Again, good luck tomorrow!

  104. Comment by Self Loading Freight | 11.27.2007 | 3:20 pm

    Funny how you can become “close” to a group of people without meeting. Best wishes- you guys are fun and inspiring to so many of us

  105. Comment by Tim D | 11.27.2007 | 3:23 pm

    Hey Susan, stuff, and thing, and you know, and stuff.

  106. Comment by SB | 11.27.2007 | 3:37 pm

    I normally lurk in the background and rarely send in a comment. But I cannot hold back on this one. My mother had breast cancer back in the 1970 when I was 16. I waited at the hospital when she had a mastectomy. She was a tough woman and beat the cancer to live a long and fulfilled life.

    I know you will come out of the hip surgery just fine and then kick cancer as well.

    I think about you often even though I have never met you. I am giving you, Fattty and the kids a cyberspace hug.

  107. Comment by strbuk | 11.27.2007 | 3:43 pm

    Susan, keep reading, read all of the goods wishes. They are fondly meant and sincere. YOU woman are tougher than any man, cyclist or not, and you can get through this crap to the life you deserve on the other side!!! Good luck tomorrow, and remember you put all of our lives into the proper perspective, that alone is quite an accomplishment.


  108. Comment by KT | 11.27.2007 | 3:43 pm

    ((((( good vibes ))))))
    (((((((good karma)))))))
    (((((((((good luck)))))))))

    Susan, I’m sending all my stored-up good vibes/karma/luck for you– when you wake up from surgery, you’ll feel 10000% better! I mean, with all the goodness coming from everyone here (105 comments? Whoa!!), I don’t see how not! :)

    Fatty: On comparison 1, I think you got it wrong. Susan, by only a MILE???? How about Susan, by 500 miles??? Downhill miles. Or flat miles, depending on your preferences. Sunny good weather miles, at that. Sheesh.

  109. Comment by El Animal | 11.27.2007 | 3:45 pm

    Good luck Susan our prayers will be with you.

  110. Comment by Max | 11.27.2007 | 3:54 pm

    May God, and or any deity of your choice be with you in your fight. I hope you recover as fast as Floyd or Lance did.

  111. Comment by Sylvan | 11.27.2007 | 4:21 pm

    Susan, you and your whole family will be in my thoughts tomorrow. I’m positive this can only be a huge improvement in your life. We’re pulling for you here in Alaska.

  112. Comment by Harp | 11.27.2007 | 4:34 pm

    Good Luck Susan. I hope the surgery goes well and helps ease some of the pain. Fatty, I must admire your spirit and attitude through all of this. It’s something more of us should try and replicate

  113. Comment by LindaLoo | 11.27.2007 | 4:42 pm

    Susan and Fatty – I will be wearing pink and black to work tomorrow and sending good intentions your way all day. If laughter is the best medicine then Susan you have it made, living with Funny Fatty! Blessing to you both.

  114. Comment by Likey, but Not So Bikey | 11.27.2007 | 4:47 pm

    Susan, Strong, happy, recovery thoughts for you tomorrow and the days to come. WIN! As said by so many others, big hugs to you & your fighting FC Family …from your cyber FC Family.

  115. Comment by AndyC | 11.27.2007 | 4:48 pm

    I think of you and Fatty every time I ride with my Pink Susan/Fatty jersey. I’ll wear it tomorrow on my commute to work, despite the cold.

    Best wishes to you. Fatty and the kiddos.

    Love, Love, Love!

  116. Comment by jerry | 11.27.2007 | 5:03 pm

    Elden and Susan,

    my prayers are with you and the surgeons as they go about the surgury. May their work be swift and your recovery complete.

  117. Comment by FatArsedWombat | 11.27.2007 | 5:24 pm

    Team Fatty Global is behind you all the way … kick its arse, Susan, for you are one tough chick. Fatty and the Little Nelsons, Hold Fast for your team leader and just keep spinning. Arse kicking will be much, much easier with a new hip.

  118. Comment by sans auto | 11.27.2007 | 5:29 pm

    Fatty– It’s about time you found something valuable to post about. Although i enjoy your other posts, this one really had value.

    Susan– We’re praying for you. We have been for some time and will continue to into the future.

    Floyd & Lance– Buck up would ya’. She’s making ya look weak.

  119. Comment by formertdfan | 11.27.2007 | 5:33 pm

    sending the best of wishes and prayers to both of you!!!

  120. Comment by Ian | 11.27.2007 | 5:34 pm

    Best of luck tomorrow, you will come through great. My family and I will say an extra prayer for you.


  121. Comment by Jill | 11.27.2007 | 5:39 pm

    Susan, you are a hero!

    I’m sending all the good vibes I can your way.

  122. Comment by Caren | 11.27.2007 | 5:40 pm

    I hope you both are able to get some sleep tonight but if not reading all of these wonderful comments will certainly make you feel surrounded by lots of care and love! What an incredible feeling it must be to have the karma, prayers, and positive vibes sent to your world in Utah…or was that an UFO!?

    Tomorrow will be pink lemonade socks day at a minimum and who knows I might just put my jersey on too – any my job has absolutely NOTHING to do with cycling! You, Fatty, the kids, and the rest of your family will certainly be in my thoughts all day!

    Be positive, Believe, and come out of that surgery tomorrow continuing to LIVEstrong! and Fatty don’t ever lose that sense of humor!

    Sending all I’ve got from New Mexico!

  123. Comment by co | 11.27.2007 | 5:42 pm

    ___ ___
    / \ / \
    / \/ \
    | !!GO SUSAN!! |
    \ ‘n /
    \ !Elden! /
    \ /
    \ /

  124. Comment by co | 11.27.2007 | 5:49 pm

    oh dear, i see ascii art is not supported because of white-space stripping. sorry. that was supposed to be a heart surrounding the message. i’ll try it in text.

    Love Love Love Love Love
    Love ************* Love
    Love **!GO SUSAN!** Love
    Love *******’n ***** Love
    Love ***!Elden! ****Love
    Love Love Love Love Love

  125. Comment by juliem | 11.27.2007 | 5:55 pm


    Sending prayers and positive thoughts your way. Wishing you all the best for a speedy recovery!
    Stay strong (you too, Fatty)

  126. Comment by Mateo | 11.27.2007 | 6:11 pm

    and i was just bitching about having a long day…thanks for the post, the update, and the courage you both show in the daily pursuit of health! I’m gonna sleep in my pink Fatty jersey tonite in hopes that it keeps the good ju ju going your way. All the best to your family!

  127. Comment by Kathy | 11.27.2007 | 6:18 pm

    Fatty’s right. You ARE a champion. Praying for a full and speedy recovery (bike riders, we’re all about the speed!) and that you receive the best pain killers available.

  128. Comment by dailytri | 11.27.2007 | 6:27 pm

    Hey there. I’m tagging you (and taking you out of our element perhaps) to get your thoughts on the music you use to set your ideal writing mood. Hope you choose to participate.

  129. Comment by Walter | 11.27.2007 | 6:50 pm

    Good luck, Susan & Elden — thinking of you her in Boston, and sending our best wishes your way.

    P.S.: Classic Fatty post, by the way — funny, serious, touching, and a great reminder that we all have much to be grateful for. Thanks!

  130. Comment by barry1021 | 11.27.2007 | 6:53 pm

    Dear Susan and Fatty

    I am not a cancer fundraiser. I am proud to be on the the largest non corporate fund raising team in New England for the Step Out for Diabetes campaign. The inspiration has been my cousin Brenda, two months older than I, who has suffered from the disease her whole life.

    She died last night.

    I am quite sure she is now in position to offer her full assistance in your surgery and recovery, and knowing her, she will be there doing exactly that



  131. Comment by lrh | 11.27.2007 | 7:02 pm

    sending positive thoughts your way. the best to ya!

  132. Comment by SpikeBlue | 11.27.2007 | 7:31 pm

    Fatty, great post as always.


    Best of luck with your surgery tomorrow. Make sure you have someone bring chapstick and some good smelling creme for massages after the surgery. Oh, and lots of snack food! I’ll be thinking of you tomorrow.

    Be strong and believe in yourself!

  133. Comment by steve davis | 11.27.2007 | 7:38 pm

    Be strong and of good courage!

  134. Comment by Amy | 11.27.2007 | 8:05 pm

    You are a hero, Susan! I fall apart constantly trying to raise 3 kids under 10 and still get in a bike ride every once in a while. But, you, are doing considerably more and haven’t lost your joy. I read this blog because I think your husband is brilliant, but reading about your heroic journey is a great inspiration.

  135. Comment by MonsieurM | 11.27.2007 | 8:10 pm

    Best of luck, my thoughts will be with you tomorrow

  136. Comment by John Gilliland | 11.27.2007 | 8:18 pm

    Thoughts, prayers, and good vibes continue to come your way. Best of luck tomorrow – I’ll wear my Fighting for Susan jersey to mark the occasion!

  137. Comment by Daniel | 11.27.2007 | 8:20 pm

    You go, Susan! Don’t forget to ask Fatty’s advice on titanium versus carbon fiber hips.

  138. Comment by Jason | 11.27.2007 | 8:25 pm


    Thank you for sharing the personal moments with us your daily readers. I was looking at how many people had posted on the last several entries and it’s remarkable how many more people have responded on this one. I think it’s definitely a reflection of how much the readers enjoy the blog and I can only hope that your efforts are rewarded with blessings from above.

  139. Comment by Debamundo | 11.27.2007 | 9:11 pm


    I’ve probably waited too late, even with the time difference. I imagine you’re in bed resting up for tomorrow. But I will be thinking about and praying for you and your family tomorrow, and sending you all he good vibes I can from Kansas.

  140. Comment by Undomestic | 11.27.2007 | 9:25 pm

    Susan — Prayers for you and your family. I wish you all the best during this time. I, too, have breast cancer (age 34, 3 kids, no history), and I think of all that you are facing to help me through what I’m dealing with.

    Fatty — I admire your support for your wife. I know it’s hard. My husband has been a rock, but yesteday finally asked me if I needed to go a counselor, since I’ve been so miserable lately. Don’t think a counselor can do much about the crappy effects of chemo. Hang in there!

  141. Comment by Ron | 11.27.2007 | 9:47 pm

    Having that hip fixed sure is going to be a great gift this Christmas. Take care you both, post a little update will ya?

  142. Comment by Saso | 11.27.2007 | 11:09 pm

    Susan, wish you the best.

  143. Comment by TheLurker | 11.28.2007 | 12:28 am

    All the best Susan. Hope US hospital food is a damn sight better than the stuff they serve in the UK. If it isn’t you ought to get that idle no-account husband of yours to bring you some decent grub while you’re laid up.

  144. Comment by Travis and Hua | 11.28.2007 | 1:32 am

    Sending our heartiest thought and warmest hugs from Beijing, we know it will go well, and it seems Susan you have an army of fans as much as fatty does…

    go go go … the pair of you (and family)

  145. Comment by Kim | 11.28.2007 | 1:37 am

    Positive energy and best wishes for a complete and speedy recovery coming your way, Susan. We’re all cheering for you.

  146. Comment by Renato | 11.28.2007 | 2:32 am

    I like very much to read this Susan-centric post. I don’t know why but I think it’s because I can touch yours hearts. Good luck Susan!

  147. Comment by Orbea Girl | 11.28.2007 | 2:49 am

    Susan, I’m sure the sugery will go well and you’ll be up and about in next to no time planning your trip to Italy.

    Best wishes, positive karma and good luck.

  148. Comment by Rob | 11.28.2007 | 3:23 am

    Susan – all the best for tomorrow! You will be in our thoughts.

  149. Comment by Uncadan8 | 11.28.2007 | 3:28 am

    Good luck, Susan! I’ll be praying that all goes well. And hopefully, you’ll be able to get out on that Sugar 2 soon!

  150. Comment by Lee | 11.28.2007 | 3:37 am

    Susan is a champion to us and her family, and gets the yellow jersey in my book! You are in our thoughts and prayers for a quick recovery. God Bless!

  151. Comment by Big Mike In Oz | 11.28.2007 | 3:45 am

    I’m not usually the praying kind so if the world kind of wobbles on its axis right about now, that’s the Lord Almighty falling off his chair in shock.

    I also don’t wish people luck anymore. I once said “good luck” to the richest man I know and he retorted that luck is just a perception for misguided people who don’t see the truth… what is seen as luck is just the point where opportunity and preparedness meet. You are prepared and you have been given an opportunity; your “luck” is already working for you.

  152. Comment by RachelGio | 11.28.2007 | 5:05 am

    Good luck, Susan! If good wishes are strength, (and they are) you’re gonna do great tomorrow. Bestbestbest wishes, loads of good thoughts, heaps of prayers

  153. Comment by Lowrydr | 11.28.2007 | 5:27 am

    Man I now see what happens when you are a lazy reader one day out of seven. Man am I late with this one, all the Best Karma is headed at you guys as you under go this surgery. I’ll be thinking of you both all day at work.

    Susan, Susan, Susan……………..!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Win, Win, Win……………………………!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I hope the mailing address is still good?

  154. Comment by Patrick Taylor | 11.28.2007 | 5:57 am

    Susan good luck hope all goes well

  155. Comment by Eric | 11.28.2007 | 6:21 am

    Go Team Susan. Win, and know that the positive thoughts of all us are at your back.

  156. Comment by Jen | 11.28.2007 | 6:22 am

    Dear Susan,

    I’m not really sure what to say, except that I admire your courage — I know you probably feel you have no choice, with four young children. Our heroes should be of your kind, everyday people who continue their lives in the face of a reality which is not easy or painless. You won’t make the cover of Sports Illustrated or Time. You will, however, teach your family and those around you, that life is worth living and fighting for. That Moms are amazing people. I hope this surgery will help with some of the pain. I am not sure I still believe in the power of prayer, but I do believe in the power of the human spirit. That our capacity to love and be loved should never be discounted. I hope you find comfort in your family and from the love of strangers who hope for the best.


  157. Comment by ZBicyclist | 11.28.2007 | 6:33 am

    Go Susan! Go family! I look forward to many years of updates.

  158. Comment by Mocougfan | 11.28.2007 | 6:37 am

    May the Lord bless you Susan and your family. Funny how it really seems like an extended family here. Tho I don’t know you and have only met Elden once, I care for you like I would one of my aunts or nieces. It really is an extended family here.

  159. Comment by I_don't_have_a_name | 11.28.2007 | 6:50 am

    I don’t know you guys but I feel like I do. There is no question you will make this surgery a success. Best of luck and congratulations on getting the date moved up!!!

  160. Comment by susie b | 11.28.2007 | 7:23 am

    As much as I adore both Lance & Floyd, I have to say that Susan spit them both out the back. I’m sending prayers & wishes & karma your way. I’m also envisioning Fatty & Susan eating their weights in pasta & other yummies as they travel around Italy next year. :)

    Go Susan ! Go Fatty! Go Team Nelson!

    And Fatty, try not to be TOO jealous that Susan will have a built-in “fixie”.

  161. Comment by Chris | 11.28.2007 | 7:49 am

    Good luck Susan–and keep kicking butt! My thoughts are with you guys!

  162. Comment by walt | 11.28.2007 | 8:46 am

    Good luck to you, Susan. I’ll be thinking about you guys tomorrow.


  163. Comment by Nick | 11.28.2007 | 8:46 am

    Susan, best wished to you from Nick and Sarah in Seattle.

    Fatty and the kids – keep up the great support for Susan.

    Go well.

  164. Comment by dkirkavitch | 11.28.2007 | 8:48 am

    Hey Susan and Fatty,
    Good job on being proactive on getting that hip taken care of. I wore the pink in on my commute today. It was just right!
    Good vibes coming your way from Central Washington,

  165. Comment by Kris | 11.28.2007 | 9:22 am

    164 comments – what awesome support!

    We thought of Susan as a family last night. You don’t want to disappoint my kids do you? So good surgery and heal fast!

  166. Comment by Just some random bike rider | 11.28.2007 | 9:29 am

    Thinking of Susan.

  167. Comment by Isaac | 11.28.2007 | 9:32 am

    Prayers and good wishes from Jacksonville, Florida. And Fatty, good on you for using your blog to highlight the issue of cancer.
    Isaac (cyclist and son of a breast cancer survivor)

  168. Comment by Falstaff | 11.28.2007 | 10:02 am

    Good luck. We’ll all be thinking of you guys.

  169. Comment by Tim D | 11.28.2007 | 11:17 am

    This is not Tim D – but his wife – he is away with work at the moment. I’m sure he would join with me in sending our best wishes to you all. If peoples good wishes and thoughts do anything – you will be fine. We will have everything crossed for you for tomorrow and you recovery.


  170. Comment by Gee UK | 11.28.2007 | 12:28 pm

    Best wishes to all of you, consider this a karma donation :o)

  171. Comment by Anonymous | 11.28.2007 | 12:54 pm

    I love reading your posts. Your blog – writing and reading – is your therapy. I don’t imagine any of your readers would choose to go through (if they haven’t already) what you and your wife are going through. But the relationship that you and your wife have is, hands down, incredibly loving and simply – Cool. It’s very sweet, really. You two seem best of friends which, not all of us can claim to have in our relationships.

    Best to you both. I find you seperatly and as a couple- inspiring.

  172. Comment by Orange Fury008 | 11.28.2007 | 1:52 pm


    Good Luck today with the hip replacement!! I had my right hip done just about 1 1/2 years ago, it is the best decision i have ever made. Considering all the other issues that are going on with you life this should make things somewhat easier. You may even be able to get on that bike in a few months. I ride about 100 miles or so a week now. If your surgeon Dr. Colman at U of U, he was mine when I was younger, great Dr. and man!! Hope all is well, you, fatcyclist and the kids are in my prayers.

  173. Comment by Jackie | 11.28.2007 | 4:07 pm

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  174. Comment by Andy | 11.28.2007 | 4:24 pm

    Good Luck Susan. North Carolina is sending our Love and praying for a speedy Recovery.

  175. Comment by Hoggy | 11.28.2007 | 7:43 pm

    I irregularly check your blog fatty and was blown away by the fact that when you mentioned that Susan reads the posts and would welcome comments from people, 174 people left messages of encouragement. it took my breath away for a minute and confirms that the cycling community is a great place to be a part of. All the best to Susan, you and the family… and well done to all the people reading this blog.

  176. Comment by MOM | 11.28.2007 | 11:53 pm

    WOW! we all lovve you all. See you soon.

  177. Comment by danloriemmieboonebadasscampbell | 11.29.2007 | 7:12 am

    Were thinking about you and love you. Stop breaking your bones, okay? There are easier ways to get drugs. Homies in NYC sendin’ luv to your family, and hoping you feel better soon.

  178. Comment by Ole | 11.29.2007 | 7:37 am

    Holy Cow! and I keep wishing a little back pain would go away, never again. Kathy and I have a keen interest in your lives although you may not even know who we are. Both Carolyn and Gene are always so informed as to your condition and I ask them every time I see them. Little ol’ nerdy Elden has my deepest admiration for his accomplishments writer, biker supreme, and obviously loving father and husband. Our prayers are turned in your behalf and I know that the Lord hears prayers, especially when sent to Him in a mass block. We will pray for you in all our council meetings and there will be hundreds of us pulling for your pain to ease and your life to right itself so you can enjoy your family. I may even dust off those two bikes in the garage and put them to good use. Love Ole and Kathy Dunn P.S. I think of a talk you gave, Elden ,when you returned from Finland. – about something that had never been touched by the hand of man – I think of it every time I look at those walnuts in the bowl in the kitchen. Do you remember it?

  179. Comment by Mac | 11.30.2007 | 9:59 am

    What I get from these Armstrong-Susan comparisons is that Susan will be the next winner of the Tour de France. I hope so and wish you both well.

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