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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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March 22, 2008

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David i have enjoyed following your great stories. Hope to be able to read more soon. Get as much rest as you can (in the hospital???) and hope that you can return home soon. Wishing you a speedy recovery.
Regards
Bernadette Carona
wife of husband Renal Cell Cancer

David, we are missing you a lot. We worry about you when we don't hear for this long. We will keep the prayers coming. We just want to know your taking it easy and taking care of yourself.

David -- There's a lot of life in a man who writes as eloquently as you still do. Particularly poignant and insightful is:

"To this young fellow of maybe 14, Mr. Foster was everything he never wanted to be, the embodiment of the monster under the bed. For me, well it was good to feel his strong arm around my withered one, to experience, if only for a second, his youth and vitality; the goodness in him for helping the 'sick man' up."

Springtime's arriving here in Alaska on the wings of songbirds and in a long, tall sun. Funny, David, I was just thinking this morning myself about how it is possible to reach a certain age where you fear springtime will never come again. Somehow, though, it always does. And when it does, it is as bright and warm and golden and full of hope and opportunity as ever.

Yeah, everything's relative. But ain't nuthin' over 'til it's over.

Get out there now (if I may kindly order you around) and enjoy that sunshine, that dogwood, and your pipe.

Your friend always,
km

Hi David, I am so glad that you are able to be up and about again. Your writing touches my heart and soul. I have been thinking about you and I have prayed for you. The weather in the North Carolina is just beautiful. It does your soul good to be able to see the spring coming, I expect the flowers are already blooming in Georgia, and just like the old dogwood you have made it to another season. Steve and I talked about the same thing the other day. He is a 10 year survivor of RCC and it's one of life's mysteries of why he has made it this long. We are just grateful. Have a good day, and may God Bless. Tell your wife I have been praying for her also.

In his book, "A Salty Piece of Land," Jimmy Buffett wrote eloquently about getting older.

He said, "If we're lucky, we can hang on to a piece of our childhood forever. The soft feel of a favorite blanket or a teddy bear; the look on the face of your first puppy; the sound of the music played by the ice cream truck. If we are lucky, these are the kinds of memories that keep us from growing old too fast."

Dave, if you're like most men, the teenager inside that 62 year old body still manages to burst forth now and then. And that can be a good thing.

My father-in-law, age 74 had one Kidney removed this week. Stage IV with 2 tumors on lung. Researching treatments for him I found your journal.

You are a wonderful writer and I thank you for sharing your story. You have given my family a truly wonderful gift.

Thank you so much, stay strong!

Sharon

Well David if Easter is a time of renewal of faith than you faith in all that is good is certainly renewed. I for one am so glad you are back on the road to recovery. Have a wonderful and blessed Easter. May you be filled with strength from the young man who helped you. We count our blessings where we find them. Happy Easter to the Foster Family from the Mazerolle Family.

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