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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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October 18, 2007


Man, was I angry when I was diagnosed. I gave up smoking and drinking so I could live longer. I rode a bike all over town and still got RCC.
Looking back I know now that a lot of the things I did in my youth may have contributed to it. Factory jobs and working with harsh chemicals, etc. will eventually catch up with you.
Now all we can do is keep those good habits so they can help fight off the disease.

After learning of his diagnosis of Stage IV RCC in June my Dad didn't beat himself up for not living a perfectly healthy life. No one "deserves" cancer...and no one is exempt.. no matter what the lifestyle has been! Dad immediately set his mind to first know the enemy and then prepare for battle! He started walking one week after being home from his nephrectomy, first around the yard, then down the block and is now at 3 miles a day. He is 72 and determined to do everything he can to outwalk and outsmart cancer or at least give it the best darn try he can! He is a firm believer in having a positive attitude and keeping a sense of humor as one of his main defenses. When his feet are sore from the sutent then he lifts arm weights, when the food tastes like cardboard he eats it anyway to help his body weight. He is motivated to be in the best shape he can to fight this awful enemy.

Thank you for this site David! It is an inspiration to all who visit.


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