Greetings from the Central Utah Clinic Radiation Oncology Department

07.17.2008 | 2:41 pm

Greetings from the Central Utah Clinic Radiation Oncology Department

Originally uploaded by Fat Cyclist.

We dropped off the MRIs and went to go get something to eat. While we
ate (parked in the clinic parking lot) they called me back.

How did anyone ever communicate before there were mobile phones?

Anyway, they said what we expected: a tumor on Susan’s spine is what’s
causing the numbness and inability to move her legs.

So they’re doing her hip radiation right now, after which they’re
going to get Susan set up to start radiation on that part of her spine.

What’s really weird to me is that this kind of thing now seems
completely normal. In fact, both Susan and I had the same reaction:
“Oh, good. They can radiate both places at once. That will save us a
lot of drive time and gas money.”

Yes, we are now at the point where we get excited about the prospect
of saving a little cash by consolidating radiation appointments.


  1. Comment by Slowracer | 07.17.2008 | 2:55 pm

    Hey Fatty and Susan.
    You mentioned that you ‘expected’ the tumor on Susan’s spine.I hope the results are as you wish…..
    Gas is all way too expensive! How the shoulder/knee?

    Praying for you.

  2. Comment by Leslie | 07.17.2008 | 3:15 pm

    She is lucky to have you, and you are lucky to have her. Sending good thoughts you way….

  3. Comment by Garmon | 07.17.2008 | 3:25 pm

    Boy, that sign looks TOO familiar. I spent some time there last year.

  4. Comment by Mike Roadie | 07.17.2008 | 3:27 pm

    What, no pictures from the lunch spot????

  5. Comment by SurlyCommuter | 07.17.2008 | 3:46 pm


  6. Comment by Blue | 07.17.2008 | 3:46 pm

    I’m glad to hear that you’re getting the appointments and feedback that you two need. With a better picture of what needs to be done.

    When do the radiation treatments start?

    Wishing you all relief and strength! May you WIN!

  7. Comment by KanyonKris | 07.17.2008 | 3:55 pm

    I’ve tried, but I can’t really imagine the bizarre cancer world your family lives in. I’m amazed at your resilience. I think I’d crack.

  8. Comment by Mike from Melbourne | 07.17.2008 | 4:20 pm

    All the best to you both.

    Win Susan!

  9. Comment by Hamish A | 07.17.2008 | 4:29 pm

    While I’m glad that your team are on the ball and getting stuff done I’d still like to take cancer into the street and kick its ass. I’m really sorry that it keeps on coming but I’ve got no doubt at all that you will both keep on keeping on. We’re pulling for you.

    Hope you’re healing up OK Elden.

    WIN SUSAN!!!

    Slowy – Gas here is $10 a gallon. At least it’s making people use their bikes more!

  10. Comment by Canadian Roadie | 07.17.2008 | 4:48 pm

    I’m glad to hear you’ve taken control of medical treatment. I continue to send healing thoughts your way and hope that the new treatment will alleviate some of Susan’s pain and discomfort.
    WIN Susan!

  11. Comment by Lori | 07.17.2008 | 4:57 pm


  12. Comment by Scrod | 07.17.2008 | 5:20 pm

    Funny how your priorities change, huh? More worried about saving gas money and trying to get things coordinated. I am just starting my own journey and came across your site, although if you are ‘fatty’ not sure how I term myself, having gained 120 lbs since I last got on the bike.

  13. Comment by judi | 07.17.2008 | 5:27 pm

    Fatty, sending positive vibes to you and your family. WIN SUSAN.

  14. Comment by Heatherann | 07.17.2008 | 5:56 pm

    I’m glad that they are able to start NOW. I’m saying extra prayers for you.

  15. Comment by Mike Roadie | 07.17.2008 | 6:40 pm

    We all have the RIGHT to control our treatment and our care. Testing, second opinions, access, etc. all need to be within our control!

    Too many times we are put aside by doctor’s schedules and egos.

    We must fight for the rights of cancer patients everywhere!


  16. Comment by Co | 07.17.2008 | 6:53 pm

    What’s important is that you guys have a wonderful attitude – and you’re still working together. Susan’s best chance is her great husband, and Fatty’s best chance is his great wife. WIN – both of you.

  17. Comment by Franky | 07.17.2008 | 7:04 pm

    Meredith and I wish you guys good luck.

    Don’t give up Susan!

  18. Comment by AlicesYellowPorsche | 07.17.2008 | 7:11 pm

    Sending good thoughts and vibes your way

    WIN Susan

  19. Comment by Cathy | 07.17.2008 | 7:44 pm

    Another big WIN SUSAN!!! Now that I’m back on the bike, I wear my pink Win Susan jersey frequently. Every time I do I think of you and send positive thoughts your way.

  20. Comment by UphillBattle | 07.17.2008 | 7:47 pm

    I guess sometimes, we need to be thankful for small blessings. All the best to Susan, Fatty, and family!

  21. Comment by NW | 07.17.2008 | 7:48 pm

    I don’t know Susan, you or your family, but I send you my genuine well wishes. I think of you all daily.


  22. Comment by aussie kev | 07.17.2008 | 8:03 pm

    keep winning from us down here in Aus !!!!- placed my order for a jersey today, also picked up a nice pink ( not fat cyclist though) tee shirt for my niece who is coming over here from the uk in september for my wedding, she is only 4 so should look really cute in some twin 6 apparel


  23. Comment by leroy | 07.17.2008 | 9:42 pm

    Eating in the clinic parking lot?

    You know, that really doesn’t count as a date. You’re just going to have to take her some place nicer.

    Good luck!

  24. Comment by KT | 07.17.2008 | 9:50 pm

    Good job, Fatty, working the system to get what you guys need!

    I wish Susan’s cancer would take the hint already; it’s not wanted here.

    I wear my ‘08 jersey quite a lot, alternating it with the ‘07… and I’ve got the good vibes sending your way!!!

    WIN, Susan!!!!!!!!

  25. Comment by Don | 07.17.2008 | 9:55 pm

    God Bless you guys! You are the best, I swear! I hope to get to meet you and ride with you (BOTH of you) someday soon. Keep fighting Susan.

  26. Comment by Glenda | 07.17.2008 | 10:19 pm

    As we “enjoyed” Six Flags in Missouri as a family, and I wore my PINK FAT CYCLIST T…we send the Nelson family…love and prayers, love and prayers, love and prayers from the Daspit Family


  27. Comment by ann | 07.17.2008 | 10:32 pm

    practicality saves the day – prayer changes things.

  28. Comment by william | 07.18.2008 | 1:12 am

    What did you eat?
    Keep up the fight, you are both doing an amazing job. Best wishes again from Denmark, we (as a nation) are thinking about you.

  29. Comment by Carolyn | 07.18.2008 | 5:30 am

    Thinking about you guys and hope you get some good news in double to go along with the handy radiation schedule.

  30. Comment by Anonymous | 07.18.2008 | 5:53 am

    Keep up the good fight and WIN Susan. Healing vibes from the east coast.

  31. Comment by FliesOnly | 07.18.2008 | 6:10 am

    It can’t be said enough times by enough people, how much we greatly appreciate being kept in the loop (so to speak) when it comes to your family’s battle(s) against this horrible disease. Thanks so much. You are always in our thoughts.

    I’ll be wearing my pink jersey for this weekends Holland Hundred.

  32. Comment by Lowrydr | 07.18.2008 | 6:35 am

    Keep up the good fight, best wishes and Powerful Karma from the Midwest. Susan, you and the family are always in my thoughts.

  33. Comment by Mocougfan | 07.18.2008 | 7:11 am

    I’m with you on modern technology. It is very helpful. And convenient.

    Hope all goes well with the treatment. I always wish there was something more that I could do.

    God Speed. And Win.


  34. Comment by Swedoz | 07.18.2008 | 7:29 am

    Best wishes with the treatment. Hope numbness/immobility improve. Your strength continues to amaze. Go Team Fatty.

  35. Comment by buckythedonkey | 07.18.2008 | 10:37 am

    Still waiting for the blatantly-blogging-in-unappropriate-locations/situations shot suggested in a prior entry.

    Rode the C2C ( in pink last weekend (to the mild irritation of my charity T-shirted friends). Along the route several people asked who Susan was while at least two knew already, including one guy egging people on near the top of Devil’s Dyke. He yelled “huzzah!” at me, which isn’t a word you hear every day. :-)

    Oh, and another pink jersey spotted by a friend, this time lapping Regents Park in London…

    Good luck with the latest treatment and…


  36. Comment by regina | 07.18.2008 | 10:55 am

    WIN SUSAN!!!

  37. Comment by Anne | 07.18.2008 | 12:50 pm

    Prayers for you all during this time. How are you healing from your fall, Fatty? WIN SUSAN!

  38. Comment by Petite Chèvre | 07.18.2008 | 2:28 pm

    Prayers, well-wishes and good thoughts to you and your family.


  39. Comment by Jody | 07.18.2008 | 4:55 pm

    Good luck!! Hope all goes well for you both.

  40. Comment by Misty | 07.20.2008 | 9:07 pm

    Good luck to both of you! I also have a 4 year old with cancer and anytime I can consolidate chemo, MRIs, lab tests, blood work is a good day!

    You both are always in my thoughts!

  41. Comment by Mountain View Radiation Oncologists | 05.4.2009 | 12:05 am

    I work at a hospital with about 2,000 beds and until very recently, there was no RN at all on staff in the radiation oncology unit. There are 3 physicians there doing treatments, if that tells you anything.


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