When It Rains, It Pours

03.17.2008 | 8:42 pm

I’ve got a poser of a question that very few people could answer. Which is more dreadful: the eve of your first six-month course of chemo, or the eve of your third?

On the night before your first-ever injection, you’ve got the terror of not knowing what’s ahead of you for the next six months or so. That’s pretty bad.

On the night before the beginning of your third six-month course of chemo, on the other hand, you’ve got the terror of knowing all too well what’s ahead of you for the next six months or so. Is that worse? Who knows.

Neither of them is great, that’s for sure.

Anyway, Sunday night was not a great night, especially considering that on Monday, in addition to Susan starting chemo, I’d be finding out what kind of surgery my wrist was in for.

A Piece of Good Luck
Considering Susan’s chemo and the shape my wrist was in, I had pretty much relegated my riding season to just goofing off. Forget training. Forget dieting. Just have some fun.

So imagine my astonishment — and delight — when the wrist surgeon checked over my wrist, read my MRI report, checked my wrist some more, double checked the MRI, did some X-Rays, and then said, "The radiologist who did this report was a little overeager to find problems. If you had sustained the kind of injuries described here four months ago, your wrist would be collapsing in on itself right now."

He continued, "But your wrist is very strong. Unusually strong," he said. "In fact, you may be the most awesome specimen of manliness I have ever seen," he concluded.

OK, I made up that last part.

Still, his point was that while I was sore, I have a reasonable range of motion and excellent strength. He gave me a brace and prescription for some serious anti-inflammatories and told me to come see him again in six weeks. "Soft tissue often takes a lot longer to heal than a broken bone," he said. "Give it some time."

No surgery for me!

Susan’s Visit to the Oncologist
"Hey, I don’t have to have surgery," I told Susan over the phone, as I was driving home. I was taking over with the twins (getting them off to school) while she took her turn at going to the oncologist.

Then, strangely, just moments after I got the girls out the door and was getting ready to head to the office, Susan came back in the house.

She was screaming.

I ran over to her, imagining the likely news that would be making her scream — more surgery? a stronger dose of chemo? something even worse?

No, something much better. I could tell as soon as I saw her huge smile.

"I don’t have to start chemo!" Susan yelled. The tumor markers in her blood work continue to be low. Susan is in less — not more — pain in her bones, indicating things are going well there. The oncologist says Susan’s doing better than expected, and there’s no need to start chemo right now.

Again: Susan’s doing better than expected, and doesn’t need to undergo chemo right now.

I’ve been blindsided by news before, but never by news this good. Suddenly, instead of expecting another summer of fatigue and pain, Susan has a summer of feeling good, of walking, of having hair, to look forward to.

Suddenly, I can see how it could very well be possible that we’ll be able to take that trip to Italy in 2008.

We’re aware, of course, that this is just a delay — eventually, Susan will have to start chemo again. But being able to wait for months — maybe six months, hopefully more — just feels like a huge gift.


PS: Oh yeah, the wrist surgeon says my x-ray shows I have a good batch of arthritis in my left wrist. That will go well with the batch I’ve got in my right shoulder.


  1. Comment by Abby | 03.17.2008 | 9:06 pm

    That is simply awesome news!!



  2. Comment by Born4Lycra | 03.17.2008 | 9:07 pm

    Effing Brilliant

  3. Comment by Lyne | 03.17.2008 | 9:09 pm

    Superkalifragilistic news!

    And may I suggest Cinque Terre in 2008.

  4. Comment by Born4Lycra | 03.17.2008 | 9:11 pm

    Now that I am beyond the swearing thanks for cheering my day up. Susan that is absolutely magic just keep on having fun. As for the wrist I suggested a brace and an aspirin a while back. No charge my pleasure.

  5. Comment by thejerry | 03.17.2008 | 9:27 pm

    If I didn’t know better I would think that the “happiest place on earth” had left its mark. That’s some great news, and some improbable timing!

  6. Comment by ming | 03.17.2008 | 10:09 pm

    this is great news for both of you and your family

    f*ck cancer! go susan!

  7. Comment by Alex from ZA | 03.17.2008 | 10:15 pm

    W00t! W00t I say!

    That is awesome news. Congrats to both of you.

    PS Anyone who doesn’t get the above expression of happiness, ask your kids ;)

  8. Comment by Marty | 03.17.2008 | 10:41 pm

    Hey Fatty, I’ve been reading your blog for a while but never had the urge to comment…until now. You’ve given us so much entertainment over time and shared your life with us – you deserve to have some good come your way. Reading this has made my day, thankyou!

  9. Comment by Little1 | 03.17.2008 | 10:42 pm

    thanks for blindsiding me with a double dose of good news just when i needed it most! WIN Susan WIN!

  10. Comment by Barb | 03.17.2008 | 10:44 pm

    That has to be the most wonderful blog posting I have ever read in my life! May you have the happiest spring ever!

  11. Comment by Shadowduck | 03.17.2008 | 11:25 pm

    I’ve never had a blog post make me smile so much! #8-D

  12. Comment by Dr. Robert | 03.17.2008 | 11:51 pm

    I’ve been reading your blog for a long time, but I’ve never posted before…

    I just wanted to pop in to say congratulations on the awesome news, it couldn’t have happened to a more deserving bunch of folks. Tell Susan that we’re pulling for her, as always.

    And now, I think I’m off to Twin Six to pick up a Fatty t-shirt, by way of celebration. =)


  13. Comment by William | 03.17.2008 | 11:59 pm

    Great news for both of you. I am really happy to hear that. Now you have no excuse for noth thrashing that new bike of yours and getting in really good shape.

    I hope you get to Italy.

  14. Comment by Little Joe | 03.18.2008 | 12:02 am

    Susan, Fatty, that’s AWESOME NEWS!!!

    I’m with Ming, F*ck cancer, GO SUSAN!

  15. Comment by Ant | 03.18.2008 | 12:02 am

    Fatty, that is the best news I have heard in a very long time.

    Glad someone is finally smiling on the Fatty Family.

    Go team!

  16. Comment by eliel | 03.18.2008 | 12:11 am

    fatty and susan happy! me happy too!!! :-)

  17. Comment by buckythedonkey | 03.18.2008 | 12:31 am

    > But your wrist is very strong. Unusually strong.

    Years of self-abuse finally pay off. Good news.

    > Susan’s doing better than expected, and there’s no need to start chemo right now.

    Now that is really good news! Go for it Susan. WIN!

  18. Comment by bigease | 03.18.2008 | 1:04 am

    Like a couple of others here, I’ve been reading your blog for some time now (back here in Blighty!), and have never been compelled to comment, but this news warrants a very loud HURRAH!! (very English don’t you think?).

    Great to hear your news is good for change, keep on having fun….

    P.S. Love your new tee-shirt mine looks a treat.

  19. Comment by Nicky | 03.18.2008 | 2:11 am

    I’ve never commented before (after having read your blog for a while), but just wanted to say how glad I am you have had this great news, I hope you all have an awesome summer.

  20. Comment by Uncadan8 | 03.18.2008 | 2:17 am

    Awesome, awesome, awesome!

    I was thinking that maybe fatty would have to get a recumbent just to get a cycling fix if he would have had to get surgery, but thankfully, we will all be spared that indignity!

    Very glad to hear the great news, Susan. Keep fighting!

  21. Comment by Bluenoser | 03.18.2008 | 2:46 am

    Wow, that’s amazing stuff about Susan. Look after the wrist.


  22. Comment by Andy | 03.18.2008 | 3:07 am

    That’s great news. I hope you guys have the best summer. You guy’s deserve it!!

  23. Comment by MikeQ | 03.18.2008 | 3:08 am

    Oh boy! That’s just amazing, I can see your smile lighting up the sky all the way from England :-)

    Do you realise how difficult it is to type with eyes full of tears?

  24. Comment by bikemike | 03.18.2008 | 3:20 am

    in the immortal words of the philosopher Stimpy,

    happy, happy, joy, joy.

  25. Comment by Bob | 03.18.2008 | 3:23 am

    I think this deserves a quote from Ren and Stimpy…

    Happy Happy Joy Joy Happy Happy Joy Joy
    Happy Happy Joy Joy Happy Happy Joy Joy
    Happy Happy Joy Joy Happy Happy Joy Joy
    Happy Happy Joy Joy Joy!

  26. Comment by Bob | 03.18.2008 | 3:23 am

    Great minds mike

  27. Comment by ESinMD | 03.18.2008 | 3:27 am

    Arthritis shmarthritis. That’s simply wonderful news. Good for both of you.

  28. Comment by medstudentitis | 03.18.2008 | 3:31 am

    what good news, x2! So happy for both of you.

  29. Comment by medstudentitis | 03.18.2008 | 3:31 am

    what amazing news, x2! So happy for both of you.

  30. Comment by yukirin boy | 03.18.2008 | 3:35 am


  31. Comment by Mike Roadie | 03.18.2008 | 3:38 am

    I’d like to believe that good news, like its counterpart, always comes in threes; so more fortune is bound for the Nelsons (no, not Ozzie & Harriet; Susan and Elden!!)…..and it’s NOT another Superfly.

    We all share the joy and relief of your news……you will WIN.

    BB….I’m doing this for you: http://bayarea08.livestrong.org/mikr

    Please help us support the Lance Armstrong Foundation so we can find more happiness: a cure for Cancer!!!

  32. Comment by Mike Roadie | 03.18.2008 | 3:39 am


    I’d like to believe that good news, like its counterpart, always comes in threes; so more fortune is bound for the Nelsons (no, not Ozzie & Harriet; Susan and Elden!!)…..and it’s NOT another Superfly.

    We all share the joy and relief of your news……you will WIN.

    BB….I’m doing this for you: http://bayarea08.livestrong.org/mike

    Please help us support the Lance Armstrong Foundation so we can find more happiness: a cure for Cancer!!!

  33. Comment by Pammap | 03.18.2008 | 3:46 am

    Tears of joy for you. Hurrah for Susan!!! Hurrah for Fatty too!!!

  34. Comment by Lowrydr | 03.18.2008 | 3:58 am

    Started to do a little happy dance after reading the great news and the BOSS told me (heck he yelled at me) to get back to work. Shhhh!!!! don’t let him know I’m still here. Fannnn….tassss…..ticcccc!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  35. Comment by Uphill Battle | 03.18.2008 | 4:01 am

    Absolutely wonderful news! I am so happy for the both of you! Enjoy!

  36. Comment by Sean | 03.18.2008 | 4:17 am

    That is so great. We are having one of those times at work and no one can quite figure out why I have such a big smile on my face. I will probably be drug tested before the day is over.

  37. Comment by aussie kev | 03.18.2008 | 4:39 am

    awesome – my cousin janet has just gone back to work after her treatment for breast cancer – i am heading to twin six right now to get her a t shirt to celebrate both of your good news.
    susan you rock !!!!


  38. Comment by Susan (another one) | 03.18.2008 | 4:42 am

    Awesome really is the word.

  39. Comment by Mike | 03.18.2008 | 5:03 am

    Guys thats fantastic!!! I’m stoked for you both! (but mostly Susan on this occasion!)

    Good luck with your spring!!!

  40. Comment by Orbea Girl | 03.18.2008 | 5:08 am

    That’s just truly fabulous news and like everyone else I’m delighted for all of you. May I add that Italy is simply wonderful in June and I would echo the suggestion above about visiting Cinque Terre – great cycling, wonderful food, epic scenery. I’ll be thinking of you when I’m standing on the Cipressa on Saturday watching Milan-San Remo.

  41. Comment by Paul | 03.18.2008 | 5:09 am

    Go Susan!!!!!!! A dirt bike rider buddy just got diagnosed with fast growing cancer. Like you, Susan, he found out that there are an awful lot of people who are (and have been) pulling for you. I will raise my glass to you both tonight!

  42. Comment by MOM | 03.18.2008 | 5:18 am

    Disney Land was fun. This is joy, thankfulness, Love abounding. Great to be thinking Rome. Let me know when I get some time with the kids!

  43. Comment by SurlyCommuter | 03.18.2008 | 5:18 am

    Karma. You work hard, you do the right things for your wife and your family. Things should fall your way (at least once and a while) Res Firma Mitiscere Nescit

  44. Comment by Rob L | 03.18.2008 | 5:25 am

    Tu parli Italiano?

    This is such great news for you all, I couldn’t be more pleased!

  45. Comment by mnbiker | 03.18.2008 | 5:32 am

    That is absolutely great news! I wish the best to you both and hope the good news continues to come your way.

  46. Comment by b_banks | 03.18.2008 | 5:38 am

    I’ve been reading your blog ever since Dug told me about it last Spring; I’ve never commented before but couldn’t help it today. CONGRATULATIONS TO BOTH OF YOU!!!! That, my friend, is truly epic news!!

  47. Comment by sans auto | 03.18.2008 | 5:42 am

    You need to stop posting things like this (although I hope they keep happening). You see, you wrote the other day about shaving and I have always left the ‘boxer shorts’ because it seems ridiculous to shave any higher then your shorts cover. I changed my ways, thanks to your post, and shaved all the way up. Now I read something like this and it gives me goosebumps and it hurts like a bugger. It feels like I’m sitting on a porcupine.

    We’ll keep praying for you and wishing you the best, you deserve it.

  48. Comment by bechey | 03.18.2008 | 5:44 am

    That is the best news ever! Congrats to your family – you all deserve this break!!!

  49. Comment by Rob | 03.18.2008 | 5:46 am

    Wow!! That’s FANTASTIC news!! You guys both kick a$$!!

  50. Comment by Don (http://cyclingphun.blogspot.com) | 03.18.2008 | 5:52 am

    So is this the proper time for a HUZZAH! That is so freakin awesome. Admittedly I actually teared up a bit when I read that. Continued prayers for you guys! Thanks for the the great news, it made the day a bit brighter!

  51. Comment by TomE | 03.18.2008 | 5:53 am

    A bit of the Luck O’ the Irish. From now on, both of you will be known as Susan and Elden “Fatty” O’Nelson.


  52. Comment by Ka_Jun | 03.18.2008 | 5:54 am

    Keeping you guys in our prayers. Good news is welcome news.

  53. Comment by paige | 03.18.2008 | 5:58 am

    I am so excited for your family! You guys have been through the wringer. I’m so happy to see that you’re going to get some breathing room.

    I hope you all will have a terrific and restful summer.

  54. Comment by lady clay | 03.18.2008 | 5:58 am

    That is fan-freaking-tastic. Best wishes for a beautiful summer.

  55. Comment by Si | 03.18.2008 | 6:01 am

    Best wishes to you and your family in 2008

  56. Comment by Flyin' Ute | 03.18.2008 | 6:06 am

    Great News!!!

    Does this mean you are back on for a sub nine hour Leadville?

  57. Comment by Canadian Roadie | 03.18.2008 | 6:12 am

    Wow! Amazing news! Tears of joy are welling in my eyes. Man, I’m a sap. Congrats to both of you!

  58. Comment by Greg L | 03.18.2008 | 6:13 am

    You don’t know me and I don’t know you but I wanted to share with you my wishes for your family and health!

    That is great news to hear and I’m sure celebrations are still going on in our house! I wish the best for your wife and your family as you continue down the long cancer road. I’m sure you know, but you have many people keeping you in their thoughts and prayers!

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  60. Comment by FliesOnly | 03.18.2008 | 6:29 am

    When I first read the title, I was not sure if I wanted to continue. I’m glad I did. Hell, I was so happy for you guys that I got a little choked up. Congratulations (mostly towards Susan, of course…but some for you to fatty).

  61. Comment by Bravo Delta | 03.18.2008 | 6:31 am

    Great pieces of news Fatty! First a Bloggie, and then following that up with news like this.. You must be butter cause you are on a roll! I pray that you have endured the worst and can now get on with the good stuff, maybe something like I dunno… Italy!!! You both are an inspiration! Go Susan Go!

  62. Comment by Mark | 03.18.2008 | 6:31 am

    WOO HOO!

    That’s great news, Fatty!

  63. Comment by traildiva | 03.18.2008 | 6:33 am

    Congratulations to both of you — what wonderful news!
    It’s so nice to see good things happen to good people.

  64. Comment by turnonthejets | 03.18.2008 | 6:41 am

    HUZZAH! Some positive energy can do wonders! Keep attracting it brother!

  65. Comment by Caloi Rider | 03.18.2008 | 6:43 am

    That’s fantastic! Oh, and congratulations with the wrist too.

  66. Comment by Kevin | 03.18.2008 | 6:44 am

    I’ve been reading your blog for a while now to get a few minutes of entertainment while I’m at work, and yet I’ve never actually commented on anything before. I thought this post deserved a hearty congratulations. It’s always nice to hear some good news in someone’s fight against cancer.

  67. Comment by Donald | 03.18.2008 | 6:47 am

    Great to hear… keep expecting the best!

  68. Comment by chtrich | 03.18.2008 | 6:54 am


  69. Comment by Jeffy | 03.18.2008 | 6:58 am

    Y’all are on a major (deserved) roll – lottery tickets perhaps? Jeffy

  70. Comment by vertigo | 03.18.2008 | 7:01 am

    I think MOM said it best…and I will add, as they might say in Japan すごい!Sugoi!!

  71. Comment by isela | 03.18.2008 | 7:07 am

    Terrific news! I am so glad for both of you. yay!

  72. Comment by Brandy | 03.18.2008 | 7:26 am


    Susan 1 step closer to that WIN !!
    Fatty yeah a matching set of arthritis!

  73. Comment by Daddystyle | 03.18.2008 | 7:26 am

    Great news, Good things happen to good people.

    Karma/God works in mysterious ways sometimes.

  74. Comment by Harp | 03.18.2008 | 7:27 am

    That’s great news. I hope you get the to take the trip to Italy. Amazing food there.

  75. Comment by Frank | 03.18.2008 | 7:31 am

    Congrats on both counts!!! That’s excellent news!!!

  76. Comment by Bob | 03.18.2008 | 7:34 am

    Great news! You guys deserve it.

  77. Comment by Badder | 03.18.2008 | 7:37 am

    Awesome news! You guys deserved nothing less.

    Start looking into Italy flight ASAP. And may I suggest you leave the bike at home. :-)

  78. Comment by the greg | 03.18.2008 | 7:43 am

    good to hear the news fatty. u should still think about a fun season instead of tough. just a thought. as always our hearts are with you.

  79. Comment by Lisa B | 03.18.2008 | 7:52 am

    Awesome, awesome news! Yay for the entire family!

  80. Comment by swtkaroline | 03.18.2008 | 8:08 am

    just awesome!

  81. Comment by Bill Martin | 03.18.2008 | 8:14 am

    It is great to hear of all the good news. This means the up and comming summer will be awesome as well. Keep it rolling!

  82. Comment by Terri from NC | 03.18.2008 | 8:22 am

    Hooray! Happiness for everyone today.

  83. Comment by timlees.blogspot.com | 03.18.2008 | 8:23 am

    fabulous news for you all. Brilliant.

  84. Comment by Amy Jo | 03.18.2008 | 8:25 am

    When I saw the post title I was afraid it would be bad news. I’m so glad it was great news and I hope things continue to go well for you, Susan and your family.

  85. Comment by Ethan | 03.18.2008 | 8:33 am

    He11 yeah! I think that you should both celebrate the good news by buying another Superfly for yourself AND one for Susan. (Make sure that you get hers in your size.)

  86. Comment by Gadrock | 03.18.2008 | 8:36 am

    A new set of ceramic bearings and Pedro’s ice wax should clear up the Arthritis, no? Awesome news about Susan!

  87. Comment by Sarah | 03.18.2008 | 8:53 am

    Brilliant News!
    Tell Susan I am looking forward to crewing with her this year in Leadville. And we will force you to eat this time!

  88. Comment by axel | 03.18.2008 | 8:56 am


  89. Comment by Robb | 03.18.2008 | 8:59 am

    great news, congrats to you both!!!

  90. Comment by skunkty14 | 03.18.2008 | 9:12 am

    Congrats Fatty, even bigger congrats to Susan. Brilliant news, absolutly great!

  91. Comment by kawika | 03.18.2008 | 9:12 am

    excellent news, good luck on the season and with continuing delays until susan has to start chemo.

  92. Comment by Mocougfan | 03.18.2008 | 9:13 am

    As Bill would say….”Excellent”!!!
    We’ve had to many “Bogus” in the past. A shot of good news is awesome.

  93. Comment by Trapperdan | 03.18.2008 | 9:21 am

    Way to go Susan! That is great news.

    Elden, Thats why they call it “practicing medicine”. They’ll get it down one day. Always get a second or third opinion before surgery.


  94. Comment by Amanda | 03.18.2008 | 9:23 am

    I have been on your site since my hubby turned me on to it, and I simply must say:
    WHAT FANTASTIC NEWS! I’m happy for you and Susan! Take advantage of the gift that’s given!

  95. Comment by BurkeInTheOzarks | 03.18.2008 | 9:31 am

    GROOVY!!! Live while the livin’s good – I look forward to your dispatches from Italy.

    Or better yet, ditch the computer and the bike(s), spend all your time as a family and tell us about it when you return.

  96. Comment by RachelGio | 03.18.2008 | 9:35 am

    superfantastic news!!! YAY to you both, but a little more to Susan. : ) Now get on your bike and off the web!

  97. Comment by Jill | 03.18.2008 | 9:40 am


    That news just made my day.

    Go plan a great summer.

  98. Comment by C-Fiddy | 03.18.2008 | 10:00 am

    From yet another Lurker,
    GREAT NEWS you guys, Thanks for spreadin’ the love!

  99. Comment by db | 03.18.2008 | 10:11 am

    You brew arthritis in batches? Such Old-World-style craftsmanship…

    Seriously, congrats on the great news. I’ll echo the others — this post made my day. I’ll quit b*tching about my clients for the rest of today.

  100. Comment by Brewinman | 03.18.2008 | 10:23 am

    Most excellent!!

  101. Comment by M2 | 03.18.2008 | 10:27 am

    Great news! Congratulations to you both! :)

  102. Comment by BotchedExperiment | 03.18.2008 | 10:30 am

    Incredible! Congrats!

    Don’t wait to go to Italy. The trip was supposed to be a reward for doing great, and SHE DID GREAT.

  103. Comment by Big Boned | 03.18.2008 | 10:35 am

    Awesome news! With this many people praying/meditating/pulling for you, are you really surprised?
    We’ll keep doing our part, you two keep getting better!

  104. Comment by DOM | 03.18.2008 | 10:48 am

    Great to hear, just great! I feel better and I’m a couple thousand miles away and have never met either of you. I can’t imagine how incedible you two must feel right now. Congrats.

  105. Comment by Marrock | 03.18.2008 | 10:52 am

    Best news ever.

  106. Comment by rexinsea | 03.18.2008 | 11:02 am

    FANTASTIC NEWS!!! In particular for Susan. I feel like going out to celebrate myself. Enjoy your spring and summer!! For that matter, stop what you’re doing and go enjoy this afternoon and evening.

  107. Comment by XCTiger | 03.18.2008 | 11:25 am

    Absolutely incredible news for all of you. Reading your post made my heart soar. We’ll keep on think of you, and saying our prayers. You guys keep on getting better.

    I think I’d go home and do a ride in your honor, and toast Susans continued good health with a little Crowne Royal on the rocks. Trouble is, there’s snow on the ground and dang cold temps here. So When I go home I’ll just have to toast Susans good health.

    I am so happy for all the Fatty Family…..

  108. Comment by eclecticdeb | 03.18.2008 | 11:29 am

    Fatty, Do not — I repeat — DO NOT waste any time booking your trip to Italy. I want to see all the travel details in the next post.

    Huh…what are you still doing here? Go on, pick up the phone. Call the travel agent. Get busy mister!

  109. Comment by Clydesteve | 03.18.2008 | 12:21 pm

    good, really good. Be sure and say Hi to my brother & sister-in-law and kids in Rome. They are great hosts – I am sure they would have you up to the palace.

  110. Comment by KatieA | 03.18.2008 | 1:10 pm

    That’s absolutely fantastic news! Give Susan a big hug from all of us (can’t reach from Australia), but don’t hurt your wrist in the process!

    I hope you go to Italy, eat copious amounts of pasta, pizza and various pastries and all come back fat and healthy. :)

    (Then let me know where the good places are…)

  111. Comment by El Animal | 03.18.2008 | 1:18 pm

    Congrats! Great for Susan! now I suppose you can have your shoulder surgery, right?

  112. Comment by scank | 03.18.2008 | 1:19 pm

    This is wonderful news, I am really pleased for the pair of you.

  113. Comment by HP | 03.18.2008 | 1:19 pm

    I don’t know you, you don’t know me but…..

    Holy Crap! That’s fantastic news. Go Susan, Go!
    Enjoy the spring and summer and get yourself some tickets to Italy.

    Fabulous, absolutely Fabulous!!

  114. Comment by KT | 03.18.2008 | 1:31 pm

    Oh wow, this is just amazing news. I mean, I’m can’t even find the words, this is so amazing.

    Yay, Susan!!!! Keep it up, m’lady! HUZZAH!!!!!

    Oh yeah, and good about your wrist, Fatty. :)

  115. Comment by Tom Fury | 03.18.2008 | 2:23 pm


    I’ve never talked to you, seen you, ridden with you, or even met you. You and your family are complete strangers to me. I’ve even only posted once before, a lame comment about clementines and Huckleberry Hound. And yet, I read the news about your wife, and couldn’t be happier for you both if I had done all of the above.

  116. Comment by Lifesgreat | 03.18.2008 | 2:24 pm

    That is wonderful news! Yay! Start working on your Italian language skills. I bet you will need them this summer!

  117. Comment by leroy | 03.18.2008 | 2:27 pm

    That’s great news! Congratulations!

  118. Comment by Saso | 03.18.2008 | 2:40 pm

    I am very happy for you both. BTW, somewhat late congrats for the Bloggie.

  119. Comment by Sev | 03.18.2008 | 3:30 pm

    I am stoked for you and your family. I am glad good things happen to good people for once! Sev.

  120. Comment by fotoman311 | 03.18.2008 | 3:43 pm

    I’ve never met you. I’ve only been reading your blog for 6 months or so. And yet, this morning before work, this entry still had me tearing up because I was so happy for Susan!

    Congratulations and enjoy the extra time and energy you both get together this summer!!

    I’ll be trying to get one of those pink men’s jerseys in April before they sell out.

  121. Comment by yoursisterlori | 03.18.2008 | 4:14 pm

    I’ve been not reading your blog for a really, really long time, but had to comment today.

    Good times for a change.

    I love times like this.

  122. Comment by rick | 03.18.2008 | 4:36 pm

    good news all around! good luck in the coming months.

  123. Comment by David (vivid) | 03.18.2008 | 4:38 pm

    Very cool news about Susan, that’s great, super, like answered prayers.

    OTOH, really, nobody cares very much about your wrist you f****ng p***y.

  124. Comment by Terry | 03.18.2008 | 5:08 pm


  125. Comment by charliebrown | 03.18.2008 | 5:45 pm

    You both deserve it!

  126. Comment by Philly Jen | 03.18.2008 | 6:05 pm


  127. Comment by LindaLoo | 03.18.2008 | 6:20 pm

    126 comments and here’s another! Read that post and cried. So happy for Susan! You MUST go to Italy this year. I will come babysit! PEACE

  128. Comment by Dobovedo | 03.18.2008 | 6:21 pm

    geez… sittin’ here crying (in a good way) for people I don’t even know.

    So glad you had happy news.

  129. Comment by Dobovedo | 03.18.2008 | 6:24 pm

    PS… I know you told of the days events as they unfolded, but for cryin’ out loud, did ya really have to put yourself first! Sheesh

    wrist schmist… get out and ride! (that’s what I keep saying about my knee)

  130. Comment by Walter | 03.18.2008 | 6:30 pm

    Congrats to both of you!!! That is awesome — I’m so happy for you.

    P.S.: I know you don’t really need encouragement to book that Italy trip, but go for it! It can even serve double duty as carbo-loading prior to Leadville or whatever… ;-)

  131. Comment by Mark in Monterey | 03.18.2008 | 6:34 pm

    “He continued, ‘But your wrist is very strong. Unusually strong,’ he said.”

    I called it. 100% symptomatic of LODWI. The arthritis should even things out in the future, so nobody will have to know [it'll be our little secret].

    Susan, the PMA is working – keep it up! You deserve the respite.

  132. Comment by Accident Prone | 03.18.2008 | 6:35 pm

    Unbelievable! Congratulations to you both!

    Thank you again for continuing to share your lives with us, both the good parts and the bad. It is a privilege and an honor to be a part of Team Fatty.

    Go Susan!!!

  133. Comment by Argentius | 03.18.2008 | 6:42 pm


  134. Comment by Undomestic | 03.18.2008 | 6:53 pm

    Praise God! That’s really wonderful. Right now I couldn’t imagine going through chemo twice, let alone three times. So happy for Susan and your family!

  135. Comment by Emily | 03.18.2008 | 6:55 pm

    Holy crap, you guys!! What a great day.

  136. Comment by Fan of Susan | 03.18.2008 | 6:55 pm

    I have to join the other readers who teared up when reading your news. Absolutely wonderful! Dnatsol and I are so happy for you both.

  137. Comment by MonsieurM | 03.18.2008 | 6:56 pm

    Great news!

  138. Comment by stuckinmypedals | 03.18.2008 | 7:12 pm

    Fantastic news! Thanks for sharing your joy with us!

  139. Comment by guzzijason | 03.18.2008 | 7:37 pm

    Been reading FC for a while now, but this is my first comment… such wonderful news, I bet there is some celebrating going on in the Fatty household tonight! :-)


  140. Comment by mgr | 03.18.2008 | 8:05 pm


  141. Comment by fatfreediver | 03.18.2008 | 8:18 pm

    It pleases me no end that not only does Susan NOT have a summer of pain and fatigue to look forward to, but that since you can ride, YOU have a summer of pain and fatigue to look forward to.

  142. Comment by Swedoz | 03.18.2008 | 11:14 pm

    Fantastic news, although I like most of your cynical readers thought the title was indicating the opposite (or is it just your ironic humour shining through Fatty?).

    Congrats, congrats.

    PS Arthritis = active life = just take pain killers.

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  144. Comment by fuzzy | 03.19.2008 | 6:37 am

    I’m very new to your blog and have not caught up with everything but, having friends and relatives who have been through the chemo route I can say I’m very happy for Susan!

    As for your wrist fatty- more good news. get out there and ride :-)

  145. Comment by Lifesgreat | 03.19.2008 | 8:41 am

    BTW, Thanks for making me cry on my birthday :) :)

  146. Comment by Kristine | 03.19.2008 | 10:23 am

    holy greatness Susan and Fattie! You both made my day.

    i’ve been meaning to make suggestions for that italian vacation … but have held off until now. North of Cortina is a sweet place to stay (and ride) in a “wellness hotel” that has saunas, a pool, steam rooms that are all tiled like roman baths, massage, really fantastic – not too pricey. http://www.hotel-santer.com/

    my other find … that i have NOT visited but dream about on a regular basis (and will go in May 09) is Spannocchia … it’s basically an organic farm / B&B … outside of Siena … in the middle of great Tuscan riding, great food, close to super cool stuff. I think it sounds perfect for you and Susan. You’d ride, she could take Italian classes, art classes or just lounge by the pool … check it out.

  147. Comment by blinddrew | 03.19.2008 | 11:31 am

    Great, great news!
    all the best

  148. Comment by Sprocketboy | 03.19.2008 | 12:02 pm

    Huzzah! It must be all that Disney afterglow or something. Great news all around.

  149. Comment by TIMK | 03.19.2008 | 12:35 pm

    It looks like I am late to a fantastic party. What fantastic news.

  150. Comment by Mike from Melbourne | 03.19.2008 | 1:02 pm

    All I can say is – Enjoy Italy !

    That is great news. Keep up the good work Susan.

  151. Comment by RoadRage | 03.19.2008 | 2:15 pm

    Congratulations to both, but especially to Susan…that puts a smile in my heart.

  152. Comment by Barbara | 03.19.2008 | 5:49 pm

    Look what a family you have created with your blog, Fatty! I am another one of those who have never met you, but feel like a friend and had tears in my eyes reading about Susan’s good news. Yippee!

  153. Comment by Kim | 03.19.2008 | 6:29 pm

    Fatty and the family –

    What an amazing tool the internet is. Look at all of the people pulling for you and your family, most of whom have never met you. I hope we’ll hear more good news from you this year — starting with Italy. You said that it’s just a delay, but we’re all hoping that the doctors will be just as flabbergasted in six months and say she won’t need chemo at all. If she does, I have a new answer to your poser of a question. Yeah, chemo sucks going into it the first time and not knowing, it’s still bad when you go through it again and know what you’re in for, but at least now she’d be ready for battle and have the support of the Best Sports Blog behind her! And if I had to choose how to go into chemo, that’s the way I’d go: with the support of family, friends, and a cult following of rabid cycling-blog reading minions who are wishing her all the best, though they might not have met.

    All the best,

  154. Comment by Jodi | 03.19.2008 | 7:03 pm

    Oh man I’m late on this but what an awesome thing to be late to. Just. So. Amazingly. Cool.

    A summer is a life-time and that’s when memories are made………here’s to one more summer that is a little easier to enjoy for Susan, who definitely has earned it.


  155. Comment by LES & LYNDA | 03.20.2008 | 9:56 am

    Great news !!!!! Thank your mom for keeping us posted.
    You are in our prayers on a regular basis. Elden, you were the best foster child we ever had.

  156. Comment by sdcadbiker | 03.20.2008 | 10:08 am

    Outstanding news! Go Susan!
    It’s surprising how much we can get emotionally involved with bloggers and other people we have never actually met but feel we know. The fact that we can relate to you more because of our common love of cycling probably makes a difference too. Wow; I’m really happy for both of you today :-)

  157. Comment by Denise | 03.20.2008 | 10:33 am

    Absolutely fantatstic!!!!!!!!!!!!! Congrats on the good news Fatty!!! I am so happy for Susan and you as well. It is about time all the good started coming back to you guys!

  158. Comment by regina | 03.20.2008 | 12:18 pm

    Great News, you two were due some. and it nice for you that your arthritis is balanced, according to everything I read balance is really important. just kidding ya. so happy for your whole family. I am already excited about pictures from Italy.

  159. Comment by judi | 03.20.2008 | 2:28 pm

    HELL YEA! Awesome!!!

    Fatty – ya GOT to see an ancupunturist! Your wrist could heal up so fast! That, some fish oil, and glucosamine will help with all that arthritis!

  160. Comment by flossy | 03.20.2008 | 2:32 pm

    That’s awesome news. It’s great that things are finally coming your way. Roll on Italy

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  162. Comment by MAJ Mike | 03.21.2008 | 11:53 am

    That F-ing ROCKS!!

  163. Comment by Randy | 03.22.2008 | 11:00 pm


    Been reading your site here and again for some time. I’m very happy for your news. I just contributed a hundred bones to a friend’s upcoming cancer walk and thought of your wife’s struggles, as well as my buddy who’s battling pancreatic cancer. He tells me that cancer is a disease that’s defeated not all at once, but through many little victories, just like this one.

    The news about the wrist is cool, too.

    Things are looking up, my friend. It must be spring.


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