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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 19, 2009


My mother was diagnosed with renal cancer at age 63. At the time of diagnosis it was determined that she had the disease for around a year. In stage IV it was found that it had spread to the pelvic region, was 6 cm in size, inside the kidney. How she discovered was that it was protruding out of the kidney causing pain the low back area. She kept going to a chiropractor until he made things worse. All along she felt so tired and so blah. Her iron was low and she was cold all of the time. Doctors attributed that to her bad heart and the iron as just anemia. All along the tumor was taking blood and that is why surgery was not an option. She had it too many other spots I suppose and they said she would have needed more than 8 pints of blood in surgery. If you feel any of those symptoms of being tired and not yourself, get your doctor to look into things more deeply. If she had, she might have caught it in stage 1 or 2 with a higher chance of survival.

My daughter inherited a lot of her grandpa's looks too. She'll never know what a good man he was either. It's heart breaking. I often wonder how much he would have adored her little smiling face.

Hello just to let you know it has been two years now and we still are reading. Your dad has touched and still is touching so many of us. My dad too has this curse and has been fighing it for two years now. I hope that you will write more as I like to know that you are still here for us. Two years now. Hope to see you on again.
Thanks you and God Bless,

Nice post. Well written. I like your writing style. I am new to your blog and I am linking a lot to be here.
Keep posting more and do keep in touch.


You probably weren't thinking this blog would ever get checked again but I wanted to say thanks to you, your mother, and your father for sharing your journey. My father was diagnosed with terminal kidney cancer 4 days ago and I'm learning everything I can, everywhere I can. Some people prefer ignorance. For myself, if this disease is going to take my father, I am going to know every last stinking detail about it and read every story I can. Your father was a special man. God Bless all of you. Jeanette

Here is some additional information about the "genetics" of this condition that was written by our Genetic Counselor and other genetic professionals: I hope it helps. Thanks, AccessDNA

very nice post !!!!!!


My dad, the author of this blog, died on April
15th, 2008. I no longer upkeep the blog, other than a random port here and
there. It's basically there for people who want to continue to read about
my Dad's battle. I wouldn't even know how to post your link.

Good luck.

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My name is Ken, is my blog,this blog was built up to record my father's kidney cancer and share information with other patients, I found your blog is great and informative, there's so much I can learn from you. I'm wondering if it's possible to be my friend link site, I have added your site on my page. I found you email account has been disabled, so I left this comment here.
sorry about disturbing.

Sincerely Regards,


Even if it's a year later, I am sorry to read that your Dad passed away. From his picture here on the blog and the blog's title, I get the feeling that he was a happy and determined individual. I'm sure you miss him very much. Even though his grandkids may not remember him, it's encouraging to note that he lives on through them. I work for, a user-generated website dedicated to balanced health care knowledge through videos. We'd love for you to share your Dad's story on our website through video, if possible. It's free, and we can upload them for you. At any rate, come check us out for any health inquiries you may have. I loved reading your posts and am eager to read the next one.

Your Dad must be smiling down on you so proudly for the wonderful job you have done in carrying on his blog. You are very talented indeed!
Difficult to believe that it's been a year since your Dad's passin. His inspiration and courage still lives on in other cancer patients and caregivers and he will most definitely not be forgotten.
I am soooo very proud to say that I had the honor to know him through his blog and personal emails. What a wonderful person is was!!!
God Bless,

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