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Seeing adversity in a new light

If you go to Amazon Books and type The Upside of Cancer into the search bar, you will see residing in all its glory an image of the front cover of my new book along with details about the book. The paperback version is $6.99. The Kindle book is $2.99. The sub-title is: How a Feared Illness Led Me to Courage, Wisdom and Inner Peace.

I’m so happy that my ‘baby’ has finally been born and that I have an opportunity to share with you and other kindred spirits wherever they may be what I feel is a very important message for our time.

If you and I are willing to see adversity in a new light, the afflictions that come to us in this life—cancer or any other--can be a door to a deeper experience of the courage and wisdom of our true nature. They can be a catalyst that helps us change and grow and become a new and happier person.

I’m happier now than I have ever been. As a mentor and friend once told me, “All things can be used to advantage.” Really, the words are true.

Please don’t get me wrong. I can’t say I’m grateful, exactly, that cancer decided to pay me a visit and interrupt my life so thoroughly and abruptly in the fall of 2013. Here I was, after all, living what I thought was a pleasant, mellow existence, at age 82, going for hikes, enjoying my visits to the gym and the coffee shop, wondering what my next book would be about and thinking how lucky I am to be married to JoAnn.

And yet although the diagnosis of colon cancer that I received in a phone call from my doctor following a routine colonoscopy hit me like a punch in the stomach, it has proved to be not without blessings.

Fear still arises. Other uncomfortable feelings still arise. But I have grown because of cancer and the fear that cancer evoked. Because of cancer, my consciousness has expanded, and I have become more conscious of the wonder and joy of life and the eternal peace that is always present in the core of our being.

Thus I had no choice really but to write a book about my experiences. If I can help other people face the fear of cancer or any other fear--any other adversity-- with greater confidence and assurance what more could I wish for?

Surely we live in a time of great chaos and conflict, yet we also live in a time of tremendous promise when the longing for a deeper, more meaningful experience of life and of our own true nature is emerging in many people around the globe.

As always, I’d love to hear from you. I’d like to ask a favor, too, if I may: If you read my book and enjoy it, would you please help spread the word and also consider submitting a review to Amazon? Thank you so much. It would be a huge help. My love and blessings to you.


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David Banner August 10, 2015 at 1:46 pm

Christopher……I look forward to reading this book!

Love, David

and I will happily write a review…


Christopher Foster August 11, 2015 at 2:45 pm

David, it’s great to hear from you. Thank you for your good wishes and support, I have to tell you a review from you will be most meaningful for me. I’d also like to say I am very grateful for the friendship we have known for quite a long time now. I do hope all goes well and send you greetings and love.


Elke August 10, 2015 at 1:57 pm

Hello again!
I will see if I can find your book. Do you perhaps know if it is available in South Africa?


Christopher Foster August 11, 2015 at 2:50 pm

Thanks so much for your note Elke. It seems to me we have been on this journey together for quite awhile now:-) I honestly don’t know what the situation is re Amazon and South Africa. I’ll see what I can find out and email you. Meanwhile, love and blessings to you.


Angela Artemis August 10, 2015 at 6:39 pm

Dear Chris,
Of all people I knew you would learn something valuable from having cancer pay you a visit. Your perspective is amazing and well worth sharing. I’m on my way to get your book now! Can’t wait to read the wisdom you share. I’m so glad you’re doing well. Sending you blessings and a big virtual hug!
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Christopher Foster August 11, 2015 at 3:09 pm

Angela, how happy I am to hear from you. Thank you. I’ll tell you a little story. I’m not very good with computers or Wordpress. I tried to update a few things at the blog two or three days ago, and I realize now that inadvertently I must have turned off the machinery that allows me to be notified by email when a comment has been posted to my blog.
So ever since I posted my new post a day or two ago, I’ve been anxiously waiting for some comments to land in my inbox, but lo and behold, not one single comment had arrived as about 20 minutes ago. I must admit I was feeling a bit disappointed, wondering if perhaps the post was a bit too “pushy.”
Then a few minutes ago I get a nudge to check and see if my new post was actually showing properly on the web. And of course it was–but then I also saw that there were five comments waiting to be read.
So I’m feeling a lot better:-)
Life works in mysterious ways sometimes, doesn’t it. I deeply appreciate your words of encouragement and love re the book, and by the way, to be honest, the big virtual hug feels almost as good as a real hug right now. Not quite as good, you understand, but you get the idea…Love to you Angela.


Sandi Oliverio August 10, 2015 at 9:25 pm

Hi, my dear friend, Chris-
And, congratulations on the launch of your new book! I am anxious to read it, and will certainly send along my thoughts when I do.
Glad to read that you are doing well.
Love and Blessings,
Sandi O


Christopher Foster August 11, 2015 at 3:17 pm

Sandi, I’m so happy to hear from you. Thank you for your kind words re the book. I sometimes marvel how real friendships can emerge through this extraordinary invention we call the internet even though those involved will never likely meet in person. Thank you for your friendship, and love and blessings to you too.


Carina Spring August 11, 2015 at 10:47 am

Hello! Congratulations of your book launch! How generous of you to help others face adversity with courage. You are such an inspiration! All the best.


Christopher Foster August 11, 2015 at 3:19 pm

Hello to you too Carina. Thanks so much for taking the time to send a comment, it is much appreciated. Best wishes to you too.


Evan Griffith August 11, 2015 at 4:51 pm


Congratulations my man, my mentor, my shower of the path — I am running over to Amazon right this very minute to purchase your new book. I’m thrilled.


PS: really like your new tagline . . . or maybe it’s not new but I’m just noticing it: Aging well whatever comes.
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Christopher Foster August 12, 2015 at 9:15 am

Evan, how much I appreciate my connection with you. You’re an inspiring presence in my life. One of these days, I hope the chance may arise once again to say hi in person; but meanwhile, was just looking at your picture on your blog, and I was thinking to myself: Evan, you’re really shining. The light of your love is just beaming from you.” Thanks again for your support and encouragement over the years and I’m with you in spirit.


Sima August 16, 2015 at 12:08 am

Dear Christopher,
Many many congratulations!
I am sure your book would be a great source of inspiration to many.
Your thoughts are very positive and it reflect your good deeds, super energy and faith in the nature.
My love and prayers to a wonderful you!


Christopher Foster August 21, 2015 at 10:22 am

Sima, I’m so happy to hear from you. Thank you for kind and encouraging words. Lots of love and blessings to you too.


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