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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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September 27, 2007



Oh David, that story really touched my heart. I lost my son Sept. 1st to kidney, liver and pancreas cancer. What you wrote explained a lot of things he never talked about. The last words he said to me were "Momma I am so tired of the pain." I had always told him to not give in or give up. I knew at that moment he had to; I had to let him go. He gave it a good fight but that Beast was too overpowering for his frail body. I read your site every day, it really helps. You don't have to publish this to the site I just wanted you to know how much I appreciate you and what you do.


Well Put Dave.
It makes perfect sense. We've all seen it before. My father in-law was a similar story. Wracked with bone cancer, in and out of coma, he held on till his last grandchild was able to get away from college and visit him. By that point we weren't sure he would even know anyone was in the room, never mind that it was his grandson. But somehow he gathered that last ounce of strength to open his eyes, give a little squeeze of the hand placed in his, and smile the most peaceful smile you can imagine. A man at peace. A man that had completed his life's mission. Right after that my mother in-law told him it was OK to let go now. She went to the kitchen for a moment to get some water and he was gone when she returned. While we often think of the person dying needing to find peace with it, I also learned how important it is for the survivors to find peace too. When it all clicks it can be beautiful. Let's all pray that we don't need to look for that peace for a long, long time!

Oh David what a wonderful tribute to your two friends. I agree totally that we must value those who are important in our lives and that we validate how much they mean to us. Your Gracie is one smart dog and I am sure she gave such comfort to your fellow Warriors. Thank You for sharing their story with us. We can all learn something valuable from their great strength to live life to the fullest.

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