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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 16, 2007


Hi Dave, thanks for this blog. I agree with your writing about research on the internet. My father's got RCC, so I do the research and find the most up-to-date and relevant information to share with him...I find myself going through quite a bit of chaf to get to the wheat, but want him to be an informed patient.

This is probably the most important piece of advice to offer! Reading too much information only put me in a sinking boat heavy with discouragement. Not to mention that most of what was freaking me out amidst the information had nothing to do with my particular "stage" or prognosis. To "employ" a DB (a sympathetic unpaid intern, of course) or even several, is brilliant. Your idea is probably the first most important suggestion immediately following a diagnosis... I may have to suggest it on my website!

OK Dave, You must be a fly on my wall. I literally stayed on the computer most of the day on Sunday, researching RCC curative surgery for mets. By the time I got off at 10:30pm I was pretty discouraged. I even read "Kidney cancer stories". They were even discouraging. I need to stay off the computer, except of course to read your blog and check in with cancer compass. As usual your blog is always relevant to what I am going through. Thanks!!!!

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