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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 25, 2007


It's been awhile since I've posted anything as my husband's been experiencing lots of side effects from his chemo. Things seem to be settling down somewhat now, so here I am. Great story once again David on the serenity you derive from God's creation. Everyday there is such beauty all around us..not from what man has made, but from what the Creator has made. Unfortunately, we don't always take the time to appreciate it. It is refreshing to take a deep breath and inhale these gifts from nature. Down east we have our four legged hunting creatures known as "moose" while you have deer. I look out my window and see the Atlantic Ocean in full view with a forest right in my back yard and American eagles flying overhead. Breathtaking! I'm glad you could enjoy that excursion into nature's living room. Glad you are feeling much better....take care.

Well said David. Getting into the woods often leads to getting out of oneself. During my wife Annie's chemo-thon, woods and water were her only real solace, her only full escape. Peace came quick there and her mind moved fast to wild things. Nature afforded a change of visual and intellectual focus. This gave her some breathing room, a chance to step away from the problem for awhile.
Annie always came away feeling lighter, less stressed. Nothing gave her more hope nor more comfort.

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