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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 31, 2007


Hi Dave.
I've been reading your blog for some time now, but your entry on humor finally prompted me to write. My husband, Jerry, was diagnosed with stage IB RCC in July and had a complete neph in early August. We try and navigate the ups and downs of the situation with humor whenever possible so I'd like to share my husband's latest witticism. Late one morning Jerry was posting to a non-oncology chat list when one of the on-line members brought up ordering lunch. That prompted another member - a Canadian pathologist - to say that he needed to "order up" some tumors and would anybody like one. (Apparently this was a regular part of his job.) Jerry haughtily replied "well, if I'd known my tumor was worth something, I would've asked my doctor to return it after the surgery." The Canadian pathologist responded "well, as it turns out, these all have to be Canadian tumors". Jerry was incredulous. "What?" he replied "my All American Tumor isn't good enough for you? Well I hope your tumors get cancer."

Needless to say, this twisted insider humor was not lost on the pathologist, who responded with a multitude of LOLs. We can only imagine the "grim smile" (as you so aptly put it) on the faces of the other on-line readers.

Good one David. Got a laugh out of us too. I also enjoyed Karin's comment. Funny how those in the loop "just get it".

Too bad doctors can't prescribe "Take one good belly laugh as often as necessary!"

Side effects may include: watering eyes, uncontollable smiling, urge to roll on floor and kick up heels, temporary forgetfulness of all problems, overall feelings of joy and well being, numbness of any pain and in severe cases temporary loss of bladder control! If taken in the company of others these side effects may be contagious!

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