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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 09, 2008

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Hello. I hope to enjoy reading David's comments and those of his family/caregivers for a very long time. I was diagnosed with renal cancer about 2 mos ago. Had to undergo reconstructive back surgery due to bone damage done by metastisis. Had 3 weeks of radiation therapy and had staging tests done this week to determine further course of therapy. I admit to being scared - terribly scared. David's blog is encouraging. Thank you and I send only good thoughts his way.

Hi Sherry, My name is Wanda and I am a caregiver also. I enjoyed hearing from you about David, and I'am so glad that he is eating and hopefully the trails of the last few weeks are about over. Give him my best and God bless you all.

Yea!!! Keep posting better and better news, Hillary. I know, it takes your father's (and medicine's and the rest of you on his heavy-duty support team's) efforts and everyone's prayers to make it so. Loved Sherry-the-Warden's comment, too.

Hillary, your written gift to your father was wonderfully inspiring and I was glad to be led to your blog as well, where I can read more of your writing.

We do look forward to Dave having the ability to write his own posts after seeing the sun and the garden and some more new days. But, please, Hillary, don't be a stranger to this blog after Dave gets up and running.

Prayers and best wishes,

Karen

I am so glad to hear that you are improving. I am sharing this news with your fellow Warrior, my husband, and it is encouraging him. He hopes you get to enjoy the spring sounds and sunshine. I heard a meadowlark this morning.(We're way up north) and that sound sends such a feeling of hope through my being. It might be because it's spring after such a long cold winter but I think it's much more than that. Keep hoping David. We're all rooting for you.

Hi David --- Sure glad you are feeling better. You probably read what I wrote for Harry called "I Liked It Better Before" (that was BEFORE cancer). Anyway, I sure find myself thinking of lots of "I Liked It Better Before" for you too David. Like I liked it better when David wrote in his blog every day and felt spunky enough to talk smart. Another thing (other than a good sense of humor) that you shared with Harry was that he was a pipe smoker at one time too! Hope the good days continue! Sandi

Way to go Georgia Warrior! Thank you for a great daughter who supports you and keeps us informed.

I guess when God heard all the prayers He figured maybe he should do something. Now that he's getting better, send me an address so I can overnight him some home made Mexican. That should really perk him up.

Hillary, thanks for keeping us posted. Wonderful to hear postive news and our warrior is feeling better. Praise the Lord!! Even though I haven't posted I look daily for any news and all of you have been in my prayers!! Keep the faith and postive outlook!! Hope you keep improving and get to go home this weekend or first of next week. We miss you!

I've been urged by friends incessantly to post a comment since David's last trip to the hospital (2 weeks tomorrow), but until this moment haven't been certain what I would say. Being married to David has always been anything but dull and during the past few days of critical health issues that has remained true. First, he is improving. He's eating. Not a lot, but anything is an improvement. Second, it may come as a shock, but David is a really cheap date. One Benadryll sends into a buzz for 24 hours. So you can image what a morphine patch and IV morphine has done. Once he surfaced enough to talk (and talk he has) he has kept us in stitches...not making a lot of sense, but entertaining without a doubt. His friends, his daugher, his nurses and I have been entertained daily with his confused yet hilarious comments, not to mention his expressive eye rolls and smirks. It sometimes seems irreverent to be laughing so hardily at someone's sick bed. But I've always said David does best with an audience and I've tried to accommodate that over the past few days. Unfortunately his fingers aren't working well enough to blog, but I reamin hopeful.
Keep us in your prayers and keep the faith.
With love,
The Warden

Great news, Hillary. We are all so pleased that Dave has turned the corner. We have appreciated your updates and your concern about us, and we are awaiting Dave's first words in quite a while. We know a lot has happened over the past few weeks, and his absence has made us appreciate him even more than we did when he talked to us frequently.

Way to go David. Keep up the good work. You have to crawl before you can walk so take it one day at a time. Can't wait to hear the funny side of all of this David. I miss you. However we want you on the mend. Not to say that we are not grateful to you Hillary for keeping us up to date. You are definately one of us "Knights". You are taking good care of our Warrior.

Thank you so much for the update. Praise be to the Lord. I will continue to pray for your dad.

Hooray!!!! I'm so glad to hear David is doing better. It just made my day!

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