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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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April 16, 2008


Dear Hillary and Sherry,
I only started reading David's blog last week and was reading the 2 years worth of blog in a week. I too am on Sutent, and the days that I read his blog, he gave me a deeper understanding of this chemotherapy, better than what my oncologists and doctors can explain to me. I have been at my wit's end, I was desperate , I did not know that all those nasty things I am feeling were Sutent's effects and avid articulated it real well. After reading David's battle with it, I felt that I was not alone in my suffering and that what I was feeling is not just me.
In short, David's blog has given me hope and ammo to fight this Renal Cancer that have spread in my lungs too.
Thank you David, even if only for a short duration.
Goodby David, you do not have to feel uncomfortable anymore.


Dear Foster Family,

My deepest sympathy for the loss of your great warrior.

I've been following David's blog for almost a year now, but have never commented before this. He had such a wonderful gift of words and was able to describe what this disease does and how it makes you feel in a way that I never could. Thank you for sharing him with all of us who are battling this enemy.

Sherry and Hillary, I admire you so much for carrying on this blog in your sorrow. You are both great warriors in your own right.

God bless you and keep you.

Donna from Florida
(Another warrior)

Please accept my most heart felt sympathy. Five years ago I too was diagnosed with kidney cancer. My oncologist estimated my life expectancy to be around 18 months. For what ever reason, God has seen fit not to call me home. Your father and your family have been in my prayers as I read the blogs. Next month, May 15 and 16 I will be walking in our community's Relay For Life for the American Cancer Society. Each lap I walk is dedicated to your father and to his caregivers. God bless you.

Dear Hillary and Sherry,

Please accept my heartfelt sorrow at hearing of the passing of David. He was such a talented man and yes, you are right, this rotten disease took him away from your family way, way too soon.

In reading some of your blog, I couldn't help but remember my Dad's final days battling cancer in March of 2000. I remember it was a horrible time and try very hard not to think about it for fear of breaking down. It still hurts. But I also remember all the good times I had with my Dad while he was healthy and free of cancer. As I am sure you all have many to reflect on. I also remember waking up at 4am on the morning he died. Out of no where, like someone had awakened me, I was wide awake and needed to check Dad. When I came to his room, he was gone. It was obvious. His soul had left and gone on to a better place and all that remained was a shell. He was at peace.
I hope your family will remember all the wonderful times you had together and know he is in a place free of cancer and suffering.
He was a good man and will be missed greatly, here on earth, but I'm sure will be welcomed enthusiastically in heaven.

God bless you, Hillary. I too lost my father to the same wretched disease in October 2006. I have been following your dad's blog for about a year now. I discovered it through the KCA web-site. My dad fought RCC for five long years and died at the very young age of 62. Like David, he was a true warrior in every sense of the word. May you and your family find some solace in knowing that your Dad fought a gallant battle and is now resting peacefully with no more pain.


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