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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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August 23, 2007

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David, You have a whole lot of people rooting for you so hang in there and before you know it we'll all be dancing at that Celebration!!!!.......told my husband we were going to a party! God Bless, kj

Dear DAVID
I have just come back from a fund raising event and the 'spare tyres' [for obvious reasons] cycling club has just raised 2 months treatment for Ken with Sutent. It really restores your faith in humanity and makes us feel so humble. Ken's lack of funding from our NHS has been taken up by TV and Radio and with the right scan results I reckon we can beat the 'bean counters'. It is 'survivors' like you who give us the strength to keep fighting. Keep kicking for all us Warriors and Knights and may whatever God you have bless you. xx

Count me in. Why not just call it a "Kick Cancer Arse" party and maybe include some fishing to boot.
Hang tough buddy.

Hi David - yes pumped up is the word. Wouldn't that be a wonderful party. So many warriors travel this journey and only they can see victory at the end of the battle. We appreciate you sharing your battles along the way. Some are good battles and some not so good but with every battle there is victory at the end. We are glad to hear you are heading toward the end of this battle and we hope and pray that it will end soon for you and you can have a bit of repreave before the next one. Joe has his first battle with low hemoglobin and went to war with the blood transfusion soldiers.(I personally say he needed an oil change because he was down a quart.) These soldiers tried to win the battle but he did fine once he got his team leaders figured out things. We thought for a minute the person who donated the blood must have had the flu??? All is well now and he is feeling so much better. Another battle won. So you hang and fight this battle. We are thinking about you.

Yes, David, you are absolutely right about all of us, whether warriors or knights, being one big "family" in our cancer community. I have met wonderful people since my husband was diagnosed with RCC. I mean met them, not in person mind you, but over this internet forum. One of my best friends is also a caregiver and it was not by chance, but by fate, that we came to know each other. It only happened last year via a cancer website, but now it seems we've known each other forever and we are there for each other. She is always there when I feel like I'm sinking and she throws me the lifeline. We are family, whether we live in the same country, continent or on the other side of the world, because we all have that common bond. Yes, a get-together of our new cancer family would be a fantastic idea. Just let us know the date and time and hubby and I will be there! Maybe we could plan this party on the net somehow. It would definitely lift everyone's spirits and encourage all warriors to keep that fighting attitude.
One more item before I go....dogs do know when you are not feeling well as you mentioned in your post. They are man's best friend and always want to just stay right by their master's side. Whoever said there are only six senses did not do their homework. Animals have many others for sure.
Ok..I've overdone my comments..feel free to cut out as much as you wish. Take care of yourself now and if you feel like sleeping, remember it's your bodies way of telling you what to do. Hope each day brings you better health David.

Dear Dave, I am so glad you are doing better. I hope you take care of yourself. I'm sure I speak for many when I say you are an inspiration for all of us warriors. So rest up, I for one am already for the celebration!!!!

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