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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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December 13, 2007


Hope you got home all right. We have been praying for you. This is just hopefully a bump in the road and you will be able to navigate around, over or through it. That's what the oncologist said when the SE's of Sutent got the better of my husband. He has gotten a lot stronger again and we remain hopeful and continue to set goals like the next photography trip. Hope you get to go to deer camp. We'll keep you in our prayers.

I was wondering why you had been MIA from the onc board lately. Sorry, to hear about your recent hospitalization but glad to hear you are getting out. Please let me know if you have any questions about Torisel -- my Dad has been on it weekly since July. Best, Loree

Hi, David.

You are in our prayers! John's one year Sutent anniversary is in January. We miss you on the List!

Barb, Wife of John, Dx at 54 years old 04/21/06.
Rad. Left Neph. 04/26/06, Dx mRCC -Stage 4/Grade 3
01/07 CT: Mild growth in lung nodules, new nodules in left pectoral & psoas muscle, mild growth in nodule in pancreatic bed. Started Sutent 01/31/07.
04/07 CT: 50-75% shrinkage! Lung mets “barely visible”!
07/07 CT: 1 lung nodule left, only 2mm, & psoas met barely 1 cm (Everything else – GONE - 2 mets away from NED)!
10/07 CT: 1 met left – psoas muscle, stable. Almost NED! Dr. said the "R" word -Remission! Started Cycle 9 - 12/02/07. Next scans 12/22/07, results 01/08/08.
Illinois near Wisconsin border.

Glad to know that you are taking advantage of the hospital stay to rest all you can..good for you! Yes, it's nice to have someone to wait on you hand and foot, but I'm sure you'll readily trade that in tomorrow to return home. You are a fighter for sure David, and I can sense you are feeling a little better today...great news! Good to get that other consultation though with the RCC specialist. Keep us posted and as we say down east "hang in there buddy" !!!

Ha David you do sound a bit "stoned" but that is good. Enjoy it while you can. Your blog made me chuckle. Things sound like they are getting under control and that is good. Lets hear an "amen" for Dr. Shlaer. Rest while you can. Hope you get to deer camp - one day is better than none at all. So glad you wrote and let us know how things are. Your the "man" David.

Now you sound like the David we all know and love. I am so glad you're okay. Keep it up my friend and stay in touch.

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