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Life’s Reflections: Union City man facing life-threatening future

Life's Reflections: Linda Moody's Weekly Column

Friend Darla Miller is urging others to keep her brother, Dan Foster, in their thoughts as he faces some upcoming procedures after his recent diagnosis of renal cell carcinoma.

A date has not yet been set for surgery; however, he has to go through pre-testing first.

That doctor will then have to collaborate with Dan’s heart doctor also to be sure it’s safe.  

“Dan’s left kidney and some lymph nodes have been affected at this point and will have to be removed,” Darla said. “We won’t know the exact stage until the kidney and lymph nodes can be removed and biopsies done. The surgeon was awesome and also very blunt, saying the initial bleeding in the bowels is from internal hemorrhoids but ultimately, they could be what saves his life. Had they not presented, we may not have known about the cancer.”

Surgery, she indicated, will be done at IU in Indianapolis. The hospital stay will be up to five days and recovery is usually five to six months.

According to her, the doctor is concerned with some hardening around his aorta and “was very informative of that.”

“There are other lymph nodes presenting, but those being removed will be a surgery time decision, depending on exactly what they are attached to/surrounded by,” she said. “The large lymph node that is wedged between his aortic and renal arteries must be removed due to its size and location.”

Darla, proud of her brother, went on, “Dan is a trooper as most of you know. He had open heart surgery at the age of 29! He is going through a ton right now and can really use the love and support of family and friends. Life will be way different as we face the unknown ahead, but we are optimistic after meeting with Dr. Masterson. This is his specialty as a urologist and his confidence is evident.”

Dan, who has done numerous construction/remodeling jobs in the area over the years, will be staying with Darla during his recovery and she plans to take time off to be with him during surgery as will their brother, Dave.

“I will be right beside him through this, as he has for me through our lives,” Darla added. “I’ve never not had him in my life and I refuse to lose him. Please continue to pray for us for guidance, strength and endurance as this road begins. Lift him, his precious girl Addie, our family and friends in your prayers. We got this, big brother! We are and always will be FOSTER STRONG!”

Darla’s daughter, Kara, has set up a GoFundMe for her Uncle Dan.

“All donations will go to help with gas, food, bills and necessities while Dan goes through his upcoming testing, surgery and treatments,” Kara said. “He currently has limited income and is awaiting a disability ruling. Thanks in advance for your help and most of all, thank you for praying and sending well wishes for him and our family.

The Go Fund Me will continue to be shared to alleviate financial burdens through his surgery and recovery.”

“Every $1 helps,” Darla said. “I know some do not like to donate online and I understand. If you need my address to send cards, donations, and well wishes, it is 1095 Donald Drive, Greenville, OH 45331.”
Her initial announcement on Facebook went like this:

“Most everyone who knows my big brother Dan know us and know our history. Let me tell you a few things you might not know: He has been in my life my WHOLE life. Not for one second have I been on this earth without him. And he was only blessed with two years and 59 days before I was born to take his place as the baby of the family. We fought (like a true brother and sister) growing up. He even talked his best friend into line-driving me in the face with a baseball, but he was always there to back me up when he needed to be. We spent a lot of weekends eating Starbursts in the back of the family van traveling to Columbus to see family and ate White Castles every time through.”

She went on, “He was always in minor trouble growing up, but usually that helped me because his trouble was almost always worse than mine. I think my mom at times thought she was a student because she spent so much time at the school because of him. I remember once when he beat our mom back to our house after she had just driven us to school. That was a day I’m sure we lost another fly swatter over Dan.”

Darla said Dan, who lives in Union City, was blessed with his daughter, Addie, in 2017.

“Most of you can see that she is his world through his pictures and his posts,” she said. “He lives and breathes for that little girl. She stole his heart from the second she was born.”

Jamie and I extend our condolences to the families of Iris Bolen, Roger Sanders, Evelyn Heindl, Delmer Bender, Dorothy “Dottie” Lucous, Joe Stockton, Janice “Jan” Shamberg, Ronda Christian, Violet Veil Meyer, Terry Brown and Marilyn Clevenger.
Please pray for these people: Randy Heck, Danny Foster, Jeff Rider, Stefani Priest, Steve Neff, Michelle Leugers Enicks, Roxanne Barnes, Joann Freeman, Cathy Collins Peters, Donna Bixler, Vanna Hannam, Debbie Labig, Kevin Wampler, Brenda Wallace, Linda Subler, Michelle Young, Roger McEowen, Jerri Barber, Sally Burnett Ganger, Rick Alexander, Jeff Zumbrun, Gary Cain, Shelley Brinley, Stacy Cline, Ron Mills, Cheryl Gilmore, June Moody, Larry Vititoe, D’Arleen Waymire, Joe Arnett, Tony Liette, Jennifer Peck, Matt Hiestand, Kathy Swabb, Gloria Hodge, Jeff Baltes, Cory Meadows, D’Arleen Waymire, Judy Hoffman and daughter Shelly, Albert Duncan, Cathy Melling, Scott Clark, and all of those who are suffering from other life-altering illnesses, including Covid and other variants associated with the Pandemic.
Happy birthday to:
Jan. 31 to Betty Grimes, Frank Shapiro, Pastor Ron Hoeksema, and Karen Printz.
Feb. 1 to Dave Starline, Michelle Dickey, Jann Coby, Larry Rainey, Barb Greiner and Angie Young.
Feb. 2 to Judi Peters, Linda Spahr and Samantha Voisard.
Feb. 3 to Don Moody, Michael Blackwell, Kim Rudnick, Tim Miller (of Ansonia), Becky Eastridge, Robin Blinn, Lindsey Miller and twins Jerrod and Robbie Widener.
Feb. 4 to Jeri Widener, Monyca Schlechty, Brenda Hole, Kara Kammer Young, Gracie Boyd, Betty Poeppelman and Bill Martin.
Feb. 5 to Saundra McEowen-Wright, Kori Weiss, Pat Macias and Ken Preston Jr.
Feb. 6 to Steve Leis, Bob Turner and Robert Duncan.
Feb. 7 to Jessica Garber Cannady, Mary Brown, Brianne Lore, Sharon Siders, Kelly Byram and Steve Holden.
Happy anniversary to: Ron and Angie (Rose) Drees on Jan. 31; Mike and Cindy Mescher on Feb. 4; and Onneke and Josh Edwards on Feb. 5.

Think about it: “Antiques are things that one generation buys, the next generation gets rid of and the following generation buys again.”

— Author Unknown
Dan Foster and Darla Miller are always having fun. (Courtesy Photo)
Dan Foster and Darla Miller are always having fun. (Courtesy Photo)
Dan Foster gets to spend a lot of time with his daughter, Addie, whom he truly loves. They seem to enjoy each other's company. (Courtesy photo) - Darke County News
Dan Foster gets to spend a lot of time with his daughter, Addie, whom he truly loves. They seem to enjoy each other’s company. (Courtesy photo) – Darke County News
Darla Miller and Dan Foster in another photo opp. (Courtesy photo)
Darla Miller and Dan Foster in another photo opp. (Courtesy photo)
Darke County Now Staff - Linda Moody - Staff Writer

Linda Moody / Staff Writer

I am a Darke County native living in the Ansonia area with my son. I have been in journalism 50+ years and enjoy what I do.

Contact Darke County Now Media Correspondent Linda Moody @ lmoody@darkecountynow.com or 937-337-1955.

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