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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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June 05, 2008


Cleaning out a drawer yesterday and found the note your Dad wrote to me after he and Gracie came to PA to hunt.

As was his style it was both personal and funny. I am going to frame it, along with a photo of him with Gracie in his lap, reading and smoking in my den.

It always amazes me how folks of a kindred spirit can become friends so quickly, I miss my chats with your Dad.

Hillary, first congrats on the baby!!! That is so exciting. Second, checking your dads blog has been such an addiction for so many of us, its hard to break the habit. We all came to care so much for your dad AND your family. Your dad gave me so much strength and encouragement when I was at the low points of my mothers treatments and started to worry that the end was near. There was never one single email that I sent him that he didnt reply. He somehow managed to play the roles of both Warrior and Knight of the Knights. For you to keep us updated on the family is so very sweet of you! Its like getting to hear from Dave, only through his daughters voice. It makes me smile every time that I see that you have posted. Thank you so much Hillary, you have no idea what it means to all of us who just cant seem to stop checking his blog.

Agree so strongly with Manuel.
The caregiver, the significant other, the family are the true warriors. After all we are just doing what the doctor tells us. They don't have anyone telling them what to do, what to think or how to feel.

They are the real heroes.

It's funny how we feel we have to be strong for our children yet, we have no problem sharing our fears and doubts with other cancer patients who are sharing the journey. Caregivers are beside the Warriors, but they are protected from feeling the physical effects of the cancer. A good Caregiver is worth his or her weight in gold.

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