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  • David Foster (shown here with his friend Gracie) is National Strategic Advisor for Morris Communications, and has been a leader within the independent magazine community for years. In April 2005, Dave was diagnosed with Advanced Renal Cell Carcinoma, Stage 4, the sixth deadliest cancer, behind lung, liver, and breast. In emails to his ‘wellness group’ of friends and colleagues, Dave began chronicling his battle with the disease. In this blog, Dave Foster continues to “kick cancer’s arse”, sharing his story with a wider audience.

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June 17, 2007


Dave, Just read your blog on eating. I too am on Sutent and do not have an appetite. I am a 52 year old female just diagx in March and I have a met on my collarbone. Eating has always been one of my main pleasures in life. Social eating has been the mainstay of lunch.. But now I can't even think about what to eat. I was off for two weeks and did not get my tastebuds back all the way. Last night my husband brought dinner home. He was excited because my kids are at camp and he was expecting me to really enjoy the tuna fish sandwich (which normally I love). He also brought two nice deserts and I could not eat. I could see the letdown on his face. I even felt guilty. Just goes to show that the simple things in life are what people thrive on. I do hope the taste buds are not gone forever. Thanks for writing about the simple things in that for now are not to be for me and to know that others are being effected in this simple yet profound way.


I'm experiencing the same thing Sherry does. My husband Mike does the same thing as you do. I never know when he feels like eating and it frustrates me especially when I think he should be eating to stay healthy, strong, and continue his fight. I used to get mad when I'd fix a nice meal and all he will eat is peanut butter crackers or nothing at all. I have come to this conclusion... If peanut butter between two saltine crackers is what he wants at that moment then I'll fix it. If he wants just an Italian Ice because it's the only thing that tastes good then he gets that. I'll spoil him while I can.

Thanks, Patsy

I've been there.
That period passed and I found a food I could eat.
I liked it so much that I ate it often and gained 15 pounds.
I have much more strength now and I feel better.
But it would be easy to slip back into not eating and then get weaker.
Hopefully, you will find a food that you don't mind eating.
I walk more, not far, around the block.
One thing I have found out about cancer is that one day I can feel like death is on my front doorstep and I can't go on.
I tell myself I will feel beter tomorrow.
The next day its a new ball game and I feel a little better.
I don't know why, but its like that.
So if someone is having a low energy day, just rememmber that they will feel beter tomorrow.
Keep your chin up and don't give up, Don't ever give up!
Best Regards,

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