Wednesday, November 28, 2007

TDF Champs Lose to Wife

A blogger called "Fat Cyclist" wrote a nice article about his wife -- who's
facing cancer AND hip replacement

Here's part of it. It's worth reading the rest, and there's an opportunity
to leave comments below the blog posting.

"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
benefited 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."