Why the Redwood Forest slideshow?

Judy had always loved trees, and in 2008 we spent some time among the California Redwoods. Some of the ingredients in Judy's chemo cocktail were derived from trees (not Redwoods but Yews). We always knew that Judy loved the trees, and the trees got their chance to repay her affection.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

A different Sunday

We have just sent an e-mail to our many friends and acquaintances, letting them know about Wednesday's diagnosis. Jürgen and I are using this strange electronic tool that seems so impersonal because we know that in the weeks and months to come we will not be able to answer every e-mail and phone call immediately or with all the information that we'd like to include.

All this is new to us. Right now we are trying to adjust to the new reality. Nothing has really changed. I will go for a light bike ride with my friends Emily and Susan in a little while, and that will be fun.


mkimball said...

Thinking of you and praying for you, Judy. ~Miles and Ann

Jill & JD said...

Judy and Jurgen,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and if there is ANYTHING that you need, please call anytime.

schoenyto said...

Judy and Jurgen - our prayers. Thanks for taking the time to keep us informed. Tim, Dolores, Andrea, & Becca, ABQ NM

Cap said...

Judyaustin, you are the best


ester said...

Judy & Jurgen
Our thoughts and prayers are with you both. You are beginning a long, tough journey. But together you will prevail. Strong wills and good doctors will help. Keep a positive attitude and be strong. Let us know if there is anything we can do. We love you both. Ester & Jack

smaples said...


We were so shocked to hear the news. You are a special person, know that you both are on our minds and in our prayers at this time.

Scott, Rachel, Harrison and Luke

ISAIAH 41:10 " Do not be afraid, for I am with you. Do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you. I will help you. I will uphold you with my victorious right hand."

Judy Austin said...

The outpouring of love has touched me so much. Thank each of you here on the Blog and all the emails.

I plan to win.

I am not used to being the center of attention and it is so humbling and touching.

Thanks to each of you.


MichelleL said...

Judy and Jurgen,

I also believe in the power of prayer and will be sending many for you both. I know this is a big challenge but Judy, you are the toughest woman I know and have always been an inspiration to me. Ken and I will do anything we can to help. I love you both, Michelle

Miriam Mulsow said...

Judy, Mom used Benny Phillips and we were very impressed with him. She had to wait a long time in his waiting room for each appointment, but the tradeoff was that he gave her all the time she needed when it was finally her turn to see him. I've been through this with her, so if I can offer any help based on that experience, I'm certainly ready to do that. My cell number is 773-4049. Quakers say that we "hold a person in the light," so I'll be doing that with both of you.

Celia said...

Dear Judy and Jurgen
We are all shocked to hear your news and wish we could be with you to give you a Reinbolt hug. You are a great team and will give each other mutual support. We will do all we can with positive thought from this side of the water. Much love Celia, Helene, Richard and Hugh x

paulhora said...

Judy - this is sad news indeed. Kerrie and will keep you in our prayers. I know your a tough nut and expect a strong, quick and full recovery.

Paul & Kerrie

Not Arriving said...

Judy and Jürgen — Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. The two of you have chartered new territory many times before so we are confident that you can meet the challenges and joys of each stage of this race. Remember to wear helmets but don't be afraid to run the stop signs and take the lane when you need to. We will be here to cheer you on and run sag.

Kathy and Walt

paul uhl said...

Judy, just got the news, my thought and prayers our with you and I know you will beat this.
Right now Im in NC. but will let Kara, Tris and Diane know.


Dent said...

Judy - You will be in my prayers and I know that with your determination and your "plan to win" the only result can be that of yet another personal victory.

Always my best to you!

aka Kathy said...

Judy and Jurgen,
Just read about this on TMBRA. Although a blog seems impersonal, you may find out that it can become a lifeline of support. Whenever you need a boost you can go back and read notes sent from friends and family and we have a central place where we can stay informed with what's going on.

I wish I was closer to be able to offer you help and support. Since I'm not, all I have to give you is my thoughts of a strong and speedy recovery.

Kathy (Alan & Kyle)

Tommy Barker said...

Judy, You're a great friend and spirit. We're thinkng about you in this uphill ride.

Love, Tommy, Laura, Murray John, John, and Emily.

Fred Kemp said...


I had colon cancer 10 years ago and my brother had prostrate cancer 14 years ago, and we are both still around, fat and happy. You can beat this thing. Jan and I are with you.

Fred Kemp

Kevin and Katherine said...

I don't know Jurgen as well as I would like, but know that Katherine and I are praying for both of you. We need as many cyclists on the road as possible, so keep riding! :)

Chad said...

Judy and Jürgen,

You both were good to me during my difficult times, and know that I am here for you! Call on me if you need anything. Judy, you are a strong person and I have confidence that you will come out on top! Best wishes on a speedy recovery!


Rehkatsch said...

Dear Judy and Jürgen,

as we can only imagine, this must be a very hard time for both of you. We are sure that with the attitude of both of you you will fight this cancer so that it will leave Judy just as fast as it appeared. We wish you strength, persistence, patience and all the support that Judy has always spreaded to other people.

We send you all our love. We are thinking of you. All the best for your appointment tomorrow.

Paddy, Claudenice and Maurício

Cindy said...

Judy and Jurgen - I am so sorry to hear you are having to deal with this. May you feel the peace and power of the Holy Spirit as you take on this challenge. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Cindy Weisinger

Sandi said...

Just wanted you to know that I am with you in thought and prayers for tomorrow. Fear of the unknown is the worse! Our prayers are with Dr. Phillips as well!
Love ya,
Jim and Sandi

Anonymous said...


You are the best friend that I know. I love you and Jurgen dearly. You can fight this and win!!! I'll be praying for you both.