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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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July 22, 2007


I found your blog in January of this year. My husband has been on Sutent around the same period of time...since May 2006. His journey (our journey) has been so similar with side effects, daily thoughts, fears and questions...we never look forward to CT or MRI time. When those dates are over and he's clear to stay on the drug 4 more weeks, we are so relieved. We have taken a number of trips during these "no appointment" weeks. Seen the Grand Canyon and Grand Tetons at sunrise, stopped on many "roads less travelled" in most of the Western states, taking tons of pictures and pretended that there was no such thing as the "Big C". We are always encouraged to read your blog.
Thank you for putting into words, what many are experiencing.
I keep thinking that there has to be more done to raise awareness of RCC. If there could be something developed like a screening program or an awareness campaign, we might find that governments might see fit to provide drugs like Sutent to those with RCC (especially in Canada and the UK) We have had this great year (side effects and all) because of Sutent.

As usual another great blog :)

Too scared to show it to my wife however, at least not until I'm well out of drafting distance!!


Go get 'em Mr. Foster. I was diagnosed 3 1/2 years ago 4 days before my 30th birthday. I thought my life was over. It was very tough to face mortality at that age. Since my simple neph I've been clean. I've also become the father of twin girls! (It runs in both sides of my wife's family!).

I hate the disease and am disappointed at the lack of attention and funding it gets. Also miffed that some "celebs/pols" will not discuss their battles with it...

Anyway, glad to see this blog!

My Dad was just dx with Renal cancer two days ago. He is dehydrated, malnurished and in the hospital. They said that he can't begin to fight until he get's his strength back. It's in this brain, spine, adrenal gland and liver (fully involved). I'm trying to come to terms with the dx and also as to if he can tolerate the treatment. Can you share your thoughts about treatment and what it was like for you. Your blog is offering me hope. Harry's Daughter, Stephanie

Thanks for sharing your story. My son has a disease, von Hippel Lindau disease, which is a hereditary form of RCC. So I am always looking for stories of RCC. Luckily for Steve, I believe, he will never have to face stage 4...or 3...or 2!

Hello David,
I found your blog through the RCC list serv and I have to say that I like your writing style.
This posting has inspired me to get off my duff and get busy doing things. I always enjoyed working up a good sweat.
When a man sits after working for a while it is a good tired and leaves a man feeling, well like he really did something.
Keep up the good work.

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