Friday, May 30, 2008

Great News

I'm sorry to hijack the blog for personal news, but then again, Carol is my bike-mate, so it's sort of on-topic.

Carol had her mastectomy on Wednesday. The prognosis is good. Her surgeon said the sentinel nodes were clear, indicating there was no evidence that the cancer had spread to the lymphatic system. If the sentinel nodes had not been clear, they would have had to take a further biopsy of the lymphatic system. This further biopsy -- ancillary node biopsy -- has side effects of chronic swelling and infection. This was the main thing Carol was worried about just before the surgery.

We'll know for sure when the pathology report on the sentinel nodes comes back next week, but at this point, it appears Carol is now free of cancer, and won't need chemo.

The morning after surgery, Carol was up, walking, and fully alert. She was herself again. She was recovering so well that her docs released her from the hospital that day, a day ahead of schedule.

We're at home now. Her company, boss, and co-workers were exceedingly generous, and chipped in for a food service - we just got the first delivery. Later today, we're thinking of taking a walk down on the beach.

Full recovery will take awhile. She can't lift her arms or bear any weight. But I look forward to her being back on the bike, so we can start riding again.

I feel a great weight has lifted from our shoulders. We are the most optimistic we have been in a long, long time.

Thanks to all of you who have expressed concern and given us your good thoughts and wishes. I am very, very grateful. I will "redirect" your wishes and thoughts to those in our situation who are not so fortunate. In the waiting room, Nick, Chloe, and I overheard some very heartbreaking stories.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Cyclist attacked in I-90 bike tunnel

FYI...


Date: May 9, 2008 3:57:00 PM PDT
Subject: Cyclist attacked in I-90 bike tunnel

Word of this is just getting around. It happened in broad daylight. Many of us commute and ride through this area so please be aware of brazen youths looking for an easy target!

"While riding home from work on his bike, one of my Seattle U colleagues was mugged late yesterday afternoon by three teenagers in the I-90 tunnel (eastbound). One of them jumped in front of him as he approached, so he slowed down, and then the guy slammed him into the wall. Once he toppled, the other two proceeded to beat and kick him repeatedly while demanding he turn over his wallet. He just told them, over and over, to leave him be and take his bike bag from the back rack. So they did and then ran.

Moments later another cyclist came by so he was able to borrow a cell phone (his was in the bag taken) to call first the cops, and then his wife to cancel his cards and phone, and to get a start on replacing all his locks (all of his keys were in his bag too). What amazed him most was their nerve. They waited for the right moment, when he was the only rider in the tunnel, and then pounced. My friend is OK, sustaining only some bruises, but he knows he got lucky, and they left him with his bike."
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Sunday, May 11, 2008

Pink

Pink is the color of the jersey worn by Christian Vande Velde after his Slipstream-Chipotle team won the opening stage of this year's Giro d'Italia, edging out CSC and High Road. First American to wear pink since Andy Hampsten.

Pink is also the color that's on my and Carol's mind as we work through this breast cancer thing. I think the panic is gone, and now it's just waiting. We're waiting to hear when the surgery can be, since it involves coordinating the schedules of two surgeons. At the back of my mind, there is a sense of urgency: there is this thing in there, growing. It's probably not invasive, but time moves us in that direction. It's hard to wait.