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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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November 30, 2007


My husband is a 9 year survivor of renal cell carcinoma. First appeared in 1998 and reared it's ugly head again in 2002, stage four. He has been on Sutent since 2006 and has run the course of every side effect, none of them so terrible that he had to stop. Mainly the foot syndrome with every cycle.(blisters under the skin) A friend recommened this site to us, and we too are proud be be warriors, It gives me encouragement to read your blog.

It's been quite a few days now since I've commented..I am the world's worse procrastinator, thus my workload had piled beyond the imagination and I've been digging myself out! So David, do I hear a tinge of discouragement in your voice? I admit, you have real cause to complain, but remember, you are our inspiration in cyberspace and we need you to plod on there my good man. You take a nap whenever you need deserve it, but don't let it get you down. Willard was very tired while on Sutent, as well as Torisel, to the point that he'd just have to take that nap whenever that deep tired feeling came over him. Remember, though that this is a way in which you body is telling you to rest and let the drugs go to work. I applaud Sherri for being that advocate for Mary commented, the majority of our doctors will just pass everything off to side effects, rather than try to find a solution to the problem. Tell Sherri to keep on insisting with your oncologist, until their is a the meantime David, YOU CAN DO THIS! You've been kicking cancer's arse for all these months that you dare not stop now! Keep writing my friend, keep inspiring us and keep your positive attitude above all else. We are beside you all the way!!!

Look Pal, you may be kickin' cancer's arse, but I am glad you are giving yourself a little shot in the tush as well!

Keeping up the fight is exhausting. Once in awhile, you need to regroup and go at it again. You know like other great warriors. MacArthur, "I shall return." Schwarzenegger, "I'll be back!" You get the picture.

As for the magic wand idea, it is nice to know that you're such a realist. Cancer is G-d damn hard work. Don't we know it. Try smiling a little more for Sherry. The band is still playing!

Hi David,
Just want to say that I really look forward to reading your comments. Brian says that his legs are like the Canadian Maple
Trees and extremely swollen as well. This is just so hard for
us all to deal with. Sure hope the Sutent kicks in soon.
Keep up the great comments.
God Bless,

Dear Dave, I do hope the Doc can alleviate some of this grief you are in. I can't imagine being on Sutent for 30 months, I waver every month on whether I am even going to take the stuff!!! I have only been exposed to the drug since April. As long as I have an active tumor, I like all other warriors have few choices. You are not a whiner or a complainer, I think you are an inspiration to all that are familiar with your story, knights and warriors alike. I continue to hold you and Sherry in my prayers, for endurance and strength. I know I am not alone in my prayers and warm wishes for you. Hang in there, hopefully you will see a big difference when your system unloads some of the Decodron. Robbie

Hi David,
I think Sherry and my mom ( sandi) should talk. I am sure she feels a lot like Sherry. My mom has always been someone who takes care of everyone. My dad is in the best hands he could be in. The bummer thing is my dad sleeps constanstly and is in a major rut of not doing a lot of anything except doctor appts and dialysis. We met with the oncologist yesterday who told my dad to go home and enjoy life- stop all treatments and no surgry. WELL- he doesn't know my mom or dad very well. We are fighting this thing a lot harder than going home and doing nothing. I hope your Dr gives you some good wisdom on why you are feeling so lowsy and things turn around for you. Have I said lately that cancer sucks? Have a good night!

Hi David I applaud Sherry. Knight are the best advocates for thier warriors. Sometimes if we don't keep after our doctors they "assume" all is tolerable but when we take a "stand" and say enough is enough - figure this out it makes our docs put some time into the case. Working in health care myself it is a sad reality that the Warriors are just one of many and you get your 15 minutes and they move onto the next case. In thier defense the docs do the best they can but we need to make sure that our Warriors are getting the best care. This is not to say the treatment that they have prescibed is not the best treatment - it is to say that we are aware of the whole picture. The interaction of meds plays a big role in treatment and all people need to make sure they monitor thier meds - cancer or not. So "way to go" Sherry demand to have the whole picture looked at once again and start from the beginning. Lets hear an Amen for the Knights.

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