Monday, January 04, 2016

An Unexpected Journey

Fate is an undeniable force in our lives. Rather than having some supernatural basis, our fate is guided by our circumstances; genetics, environment, nature, nurture and all that. In my case, genetics and probably environment blessed me with two cancer diagnoses in the 2nd half of 2015. First it was malignant melanoma. A weird mole thingy on my back which I had excised and after it was confirmed malignant I had a surgery to excise lymph nodes. 36 stitches later and I got the good news. It hadn't spread.

Meanwhile, I'd been suffering from seemingly various urinary tract issues. Spent 12 weeks on antibiotics last summer at one point and after some (months long) struggle finally managed to get a urologist and he diagnosed a tumor in my bladder on my 2nd visit. After removal it was found to be cancerous. And after a single dose of chemo (6 hour infusion), I became lost as to how I could support myself during treatment (should I be able to actually arrange treatment) when it put me in bed for nearly 5 days and I had two more surgeries to go through along with 4 more weeks of chemo.

Then my emergency medicaid ran out (when I stupidly thought that I was ON regular Medicaid) and I had no more doctor appointments. So 10 days into December, I was mentally lost. Governor Bill Walker and his right-wing ilk refusing to implement expanded Medicaid had won. I gave up. Fuck it. That was my attitude. I'll just fucking die since that's what assholes like Walker really want to happen.

I have managed to moderate that state of mind and have found an alternative where I will hopefully be able to get treated (at least 3 billion other people on this planet have easier access to health care than I do ... yay 'Murica). I leave January 18th for Massachusetts where I'll have the support I need to become well.

Never vote for Walker again please; just as a favor to me. 

I doubt I can keep lots of my readers from voting for their various republican asshole legislators with this post but you should. Their attitudes toward the working poor (me ... who works close to 40 hours per week and was working 65 hours per week often in the summer on two jobs) makes them unworthy of your vote.

I'll turn in my media credentials this Friday and will just be a fan in a seat for my last two Seawolves games.

I think we've got a good team (with lots of future potential) and I'm sorry really that I don't have the where-with-all, motivation and/or mental focus right now to spend any time writing about them. I'll be watching every game and who knows at this point if I'll have anything to say here.

At this point, I don't envision moving back to Alaska (I said that before though). I love the state, but honestly (and I mean this sincerely) there's so many fucking fascist-loving ignorant dumb asses here that even the lowest population density of all 50 states doesn't spread them thin enough for me.

I hate that this sounds a bit like I'm whining. I don't mean it that way. There are shit-tons more people in worse circumstances than I. Show some empathy for them. Steal something from WalMart for them. Give them a couple of dollars when you see them in need. Volunteer at a shelter or soup kitchen. Most of those people have nowhere to go or people that they can turn to in their time of need. I do.

Look me up this weekend at the Bemidji games and say hi/bye.

I love my Seawolves (and all my hockey friends). Go get em the rest of the way. Start with 4 points this weekend please. Thanks.

Peace Out.

35 comments:

Suze said...

Donald, you know that you are in our thoughts and prayers, and those thoughts go with you to Mass. Please keep us informed of your progress, and don't give up the fight. See you this weekend.

Donald Dunlop said...

I will do both Suze. Thanks. See you guys this weekend.

Beat UAF said...

Donald - Best wishes to you and hope your able to get healthy. Thanks for all the efforts you put into this blog over the years. You will be missed! I have throughly enjoyed reading, your a very talented writer. Good on you for keeping this blog going for as long as you did. Take Care!

Anonymous said...

As a fan of your hated Nanooks, I want to send you my best thoughts and hope for a full recovery. My kid is in a similar situation not being able to afford insurance and, while eligible for expanded medicaide, hasn't received it because of the piss-poor implementation by the state.

I don't put all blame on Walker though - at least he is willing to expand medicaide, while the selfish, ignorant assholes in the legislature, led by the embarrassments of Fairbanks, think the solution to any problem is ignoring it.

Politics are important when they affect your health, and it's just a travesty that we live in a great, incredibly rich country that can't even ensure health care for everyone.

But back to the point: get healthy, and strength to you.

Alaskana said...

Donald,

I'm very sorry to hear about your recent health struggles. I appreciate your forthright assessment of the situation and hope that you find all the care and support you need out East.

While this blog has been an important part of the Seawolves Internet presence, ultimately your health comes first and that's really the only thing that matters at this point. Here's to a completely cancer-free you and that at some point again you will be well enough to take the reins back on this site (or whatever else you decide to put your attention to).

Sending thoughts, prayers and healing energy your way.

-Alaskana

Donald Dunlop said...

Thank you for the well wishes to all. Receiving them is a confidence bolstering experience for me.

Kurt Haider said...

Hey Donald! Greetings from Atlanta, where the Aces are hanging out for a few days. I'm sorry to hear of your health dilemma, but if there's anyone who can look this thing in the face, give it the finger and defeat it, it's you. Seems that all good things come to an end...your blog, the old WCHA, each and every college hockey season and your online pestering of Gophers and St. Cloud State fans :) But one good thing will never end, an that's our appreciation of you as a Seawolf hockey fan! Thanks for all the years of comment, thoughts, pictures, videos and everything that entertained us and made us smile, laugh, and sometimes wince. Yeah, we rolled our eyes sometimes too. But we all appreciate you and the platform you gave us to express our thoughts on UAA hockey as well...You are one of a kind, and I'm glad I got to know you. We're rooting for you...win this fight!
Thanks again...all the best!
Kurt

Anonymous said...

Donald,

Sorry to hear about your health issues. As a reader from another team that you hate, here's hoping you beat this monster. Prayers going your way.

Hockey Town AK said...

Donald,
You will be missed by many! You're a talented writter and have a canny ability to create emotions with the keyboard. Keep up the fight! we all hope to see you return to Alaska someday soon. Never say never!

Anonymous said...

Donald, Sorry to hear you are not doing well with your health issues.I hope that get well soon. We will miss your blog. It was fun to read your take on the game. Take Care! From a much hated Nanooks fan.

mike peterson said...

Sorry to hear about your troubles....best wishes for a full recovery

A Seawolves Fanatic said...

Hoping for the best!

arcticfox said...

Donald,

First off - I am so incredibly sad to hear that you've left Alaska and that you've had to endure some crappy health issues. I know you'll hang in there and will win this battle though!

But one other thing. And under the circumstances (when you're not feeling well) I should just skip this... But I just can't. :0(

Your comments about our governor are just not accurate and they should be directed towards the Alaska Legislature, not the Independent Governor or his Democratic Lieutenant Governor.

Our governor SUED the current Republican-led legislature over Medicaid expansion, so the very idea of him being against it is really mind-boggling to me.

I'm going to list a few titles you'll find on the first page of Google if you search the key words "Alaska Governor Bill Walker's stance on Medicaid".
- - - - - - - - - - - -
- GOP cites constitution in Medicaid lawsuit vs. Gov. Walker (Alaska Journal of Commerce)

- Alaska Governor Sidesteps GOP-Controlled Legislature, Expands Medicaid On His Own
(Think Progress)

- Alaska Governor Expands Medicaid By Skirting GOP Lawmakers (Huffington Post)

- Gov. Walker: Alaska needs to collaborate, not litigate, on Medicaid expansion (Juneau Empire)

- Alaska governor to expand Medicaid under ObamaCare (The Hill)

- Alaska Lawmakers To Seek Court’s Help In Blocking Governor’s Medicaid Expansion Plan (Kaiser Health)

- - - - - - - - - - - -
I promise.. I don't want to argue about this! I feel terrible even sending it. :0( But when it comes to Governor Bill Walker and Lt. Governor Byron Mallott, I'm thinking maybe you were misinterpreting the legislature and his constant battle with them?

I sure hope you're feeling well right now.. Did you move back to Chitown again? BTW.. if so, the governor of IL is trying to cut Medicaid by something like 1.5 Billion. Billion with a B. Uh oh ----- here I go again. (It's true though) ;p

I dunno... Our state may be on the brink of financial ruin with oil prices the way they are, but hey.. at least we have a pretty cool governor.

~~~~Love you Donald! xoxo

Lisa Adams said...

My husband dumped me for a new woman 3 years after our marriage. And i was totally devastated and cried all day and night for aid. My Love life completely turned out to be a mess, because i couldn't just carry on with it anymore.. I was at the point of doing whatever thing that will save my Marriage and make him mine again, because i knew he was my soul mate and i fell deeply in love with him. We were both head over heels and over the moon for one another, and his feelings for me was so strong and he promised me love eternal. Life and pressure got in the way about two weeks before my birthday, And was pressured by his Mother to divorce me, and forced me to sign the divorce papers after seeing the attorney.. For weeks after our divorce he still remained in contacts with me, and after some times he no longer (calls nor texts) anymore. So i had no other choice than to cry out for help to Dr Frank Ojo the spell caster i found online, and to my best of luck, he was right presently here in united states.. so he did cast a spell for me and he assured me positive result after 24 hours.. For the first time in 14 months my ex husband did called me for apologies, and he felt so sorry and remorseful for ever leaving me, and he told me how much he love and miss me. And his spells made me so unique in the Sight of my husband, and did open his eyes and made him remember why and how we fell in love in the first place..Thank you for your help! From the depth of my heart of hearts I know we are meant to be. your website truly helped me and brought joy to my life once again. Email: Templeofloveandprosperity@gmail.com .

arcticfox said...

Thank you DD for the awesome text messages! I'm glad my silly photos got through to you too! LOL. Miss you! :0)

~~sherry - or on here: arcticfox or woofee or sometimes when I get bumped off the chat.... just plain anonymous... :p

GoooooOOOooo Seawolves!

~~~♡

Anonymous said...

So, do we have an update on Donald?

Anonymous said...

If anyone has an update on Donald, can you please update us? Or Donald, if you stop in, we all hope that you're growing stronger with each passing day! It's in the 20's in Cape Cod and in the 40's up here. Warm, snow-free Fur Rondy weekend. Everyone misses you and are looking forward to when you post again. I'm not feeling too confident about tonight's outcome. Hope I'm wrong.

Amanda Bryan said...

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Anonymous said...

Nanooks win governors cup. Going to wcha playoffs after sweeping uaa. This makes seven stright cups going to the nooks.

Wendy Owen said...


Wow!, I can’t hide this amazing testimony that took place in my life. A powerful spell-caster named Dr Frank Ojo helped me to bring back my love who left me while I was six months pregnant and went on a peace keeping mission in Holland. We both love each other and it was a shock to me and it really broke my heart. I tried to call him and both of his lines were disconnected. I tried to reach him on social networks but he deleted me off of them. I tried to reach his parents and they told me that their son said that he does not love me and does not want to see me and they do not know what is wrong. I cried and cried everyday because I loved him very much. Until I gave birth and the baby was one year old, I could not get my love back. Again, I was confused. I do not know what to do and I also lost my job and I have no money to take care of the baby. I was miserable in life so I cried to my sister and told her my problem and said that she knew of one powerful spell caster that helped her when she could not get pregnant. I contacted him by email and he said he will help me and told me that a woman cast a spell upon my man and said he will help me break the spell so my man will come back to me and be mine forever. It was a great surprise to me that everything that he said came to pass. My man came back to me immediately, saying that I should forgive him. I am sending a very big thank you to this powerful and real spell caster. I pray for him to live long and do more of his wonderful work. If you have any kind of problem disturbing you in life, you have to contact this powerful spell caster! He can help you. Email him at: Templeofloveandprosperity@gmail.com or visit his Web site to know more about him: http://africatemple.yolasite.com

harry said...

excellent sharing.

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Mary Wilkie said...

Hi everyone, I'm so excited.
My ex-boyfriend is back after a breakup,I’m extremely happy that will are living together again.
My name is Mary Wilkie from United Kingdom,
My boyfriend of a 4yr just broke up with me and am 30 weeks pregnant.I have cried my self to sleep most of the nights and don’t seem to concentrate during lectures sometimes I stay awake almost all night thinking about him and start to cry all over again.Because of this I end up not having energy for my next day’s classes ,my attendance has dropped and am always in uni and on time.Generally he is a very nice guy ,he ended it because he said we were arguing a lot and not getting along.He is right we’ve been arguing during the pregnancy a lot .After the break up I kept ringing him and telling him I will change.I am in love with this guy and he is the best guy I have ever been with.I’m still hurt and in disbelief when he said he didn’t have any romantic feelings towards me anymore that hurt me faster than a lethal syringe.He texts me now and then mainly to check up on how am doing with the pregnancy,he is supportive with it but it’s not fair on me, him texting me as I just want to grieve the pain and not have any stress due to the pregnancy.i was really upset and i needed help, so i searched for help online and I came across a website that suggested that Dr Unity can help solve marital problems, restore broken relationships and so on. So, I felt I should give him a try. I contacted him and he told me what to do and i did it then he did a spell for me. 28 hours later, my bf came to me and apologized for the wrongs he did and promise never to do it again. Ever since then, everything has returned back to normal. I and my bf are living together happily again.. All thanks to Dr Unity. If you have any problem contact Dr.Unity now and i guarantee you that he will help you.Email him at: Unityspelltemple@gmail.com ,you can also call him or add him on whats-app: +2348071622464 ,His website: http://unityspelltemple.yolasite.com .

MARY KATHY said...



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marypeters said...

My name is Mary Peters,from Washington, District of Columbia. I have never believed in magic
love spells until I came across this sorcerer called DR.Boadi when
I went to Africa in seven years for a Business Summit. He was
really powerful and conjured spells for all kinds of situations, from
reconciliation, new love, money, work, or anything similar. I am now
happy and a living testimony of the man with whom I was going to marry
left me two weeks before our wedding, and my life was legs up because
our relationship had worked for 2 years... really loved him, but her
mother was against the marriage because he did not have a steady job. So
when I met this caster of spells, I told him what happened and told him
the situation of things... At first, I was hesitant, skeptical, but
gave him a chance. 7 days in which I returned to Washington, District of Columbia, my boyfriend
(now husband) called me by the same and came to me asking for apologies
and saying that everything had been settled with his mother and his
family. Now he has a new job for what we should get married. I couldn't
believe it because the wizard simply asked me my name, my boyfriend, and what i want
him to do... was really very simple! If someone is in the same
situation, only to have, hope that helps. Never doubt the power of this
type of spells, because you can take a pleasant surprise.

If there is anyone who has similar problem and still looking for a way
out, you can as well reach him with the following: email address drboadiherbalcentre2009@gmail.com Whatsapp him +2348166212714

DOCTOR CAN AS WELL CURE THE FOLLOWING DISEASE:-
HIV/Aids
Hepatitis
Diabetes
Asthma
Epilepsy
Stroke
and Many More With Pure Herbal Medicine.

Also prepare Spell (VOODOO) for the following:
SPELL TO GET YOUR EX BACK
SPELL TO BE RICH
SPELL FOR JOB PROMOTION
SPELL FOR PREGNANCY
SPELL FOR SCHOLARSHIP
SPELL TO TRAVEL ABROAD
SPELL TO WIN LOTTERY
AND SO ON.

Thanks for reading my testimony.

Anonymous said...

My relationship of 3 years was sinking and i was devastated. My fiancee broke from me and I got no explanations from him. for me to get him back i have to find a solution, i went to 3 different spell casters they all failed to bring back my lover, I really wasn’t sure anymore if spells were real so as i was making a search one morning i saw some great reviews about manifestspellcast@gmail.com, I was a bit skeptical at first but a friend asked me to try and see what happens, so I requested for a love spell from this spell caster, he said he will take his time to do a love spell that will bring my man back to me, after some days my lover reconciled with me, It felt good to have my lover back, when he returned he said he would never leave me again. I saw him transform from a guy who wanted out to a guy who always wanted to be with me. now my lover is more open, with Dr. Todd I know love spell is real, Thanks to Dr. Todd for getting back my man back. I appreciate all his time, effort, and energy he puts during the spell cast.

aurora said...

This is unbelievable , Dr Sambo is the best spell caster alive , my name is Aurora , am from mexico city ,I was in a relationship for 7 good years and my boyfriend never talked about marriage or having kids , I go confused , few weeks ago , I caught him texting someone else , I got nasty , because I love him I couldn’t do nothing , I went online to check for solutions , I saw how Dr Sambo helped a lot of people , I contacted him and told him my story , he told me what to do and I did all , just yesterday my boyfriend proposed to me on his knees , I am getting married . if you have any relationship issues, him email;divinespellhome@gmail.com or visit his web site: http://divinespellhome.wixsite.com/drsambo And his WHATSAPP number+2347064576735

Veronica Bell said...

Testimony By Veronica Ball,How to get your ex back fast!

I was hurt and heart broken when a very big problem occurred in my marriage seven months ago, between me and my husband . so terrible that he took the case to court for a divorce. he said that he never wanted to stay with me again,and that he didn't love me anymore.So he packed out of the house and made me and my children passed through severe pain. I tried all my possible means to get him back,after much begging,but all to no avail.and he confirmed it that he has made his decision,and he never wanted to see me again. So on one evening,as i was coming back from work,i met an old friend of mine who asked of my husband .So i explained every thing to him,so he told me that the only way i can get my husband back,is to visit a spell caster,because it has really worked for him too.So i never believed in spell,but i had no other choice,than to follow his advice. Then he gave me the Email address of the spell caster whom he visited. So the next morning,i sent a mail to the address he gave to me,and the spell caster assured me that i will get my husband back the next day. What an amazing statement!! I never believed,so he spoke with me, and told me everything that i need to do. Then the next morning, So surprisingly, my husband who didn't call me for the past 7 months, gave me a call to inform me that he was coming back. So Amazing!! So that was how he came back that same day,with lots of love and joy,and he apologized for his mistake,and for the pain he caused me and our children. Then from that day,our relationship was now stronger than how it were before,by the help of Dr. Zaba. So, i will advice you out there if you have any problem contact him, i give you 100% guarantee that he will help you.. Email him at: Zaba24hoursspell@yahoo.com,or visit his Web site to know more about him: http://zaba24hoursspell.wixsite.com/zabaspell or call +2347087462033 Thank you sooooo much!!!

albert Uwa said...

Me and my ex-husband at all times have always tried to stay friendly over again after our divorce which occurred in early Jaunary this year. So i met with this spell caster called Dr aluda on the internet after a long search. And he told me everything that i needed to do, and he also assured me that he is going to reunite us in just 48 hours later after his spell casting. So he started his work on Monday 27th January . You are not going to believe this. He is back!!! Yes, he really came back in 48 hours just as you guaranteed Sir. Now I'm fully persuaded that you are a legit and authentic spell caster and your website is the best i have ever come across. This is so mind-boggling for me. Anthony is back!!! I haven't by any means experienced something like this before. Thank you so much Dr aluda. I never expected such a result. Dream come true. Wow! You were so kind with me. “And may your kindness float back to you like ripples that float back to sea shore”. Thank you Sir for your precious help. I have never been so happy in my life like the way i am today. You are a genuine spirit.You and your work will never be forgotten for making me a fulfilled woman and reuniting me and my ex husband once again.. You are my hero.. The kids are overjoyed to have their father come back home for good. Sir here i am sharing your testimony just as i promised. here is his email address: aludaspelltemple@gmail.com or call and whasapp him on +2348063930531
Jamila Anthony
From USA

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Anonymous said...


I was having a boyfriend. we had a 9 months relationship, We were known for long time and we promised we will be together for ever but he has always had a drinking problem all his life.. because his drinking habit became so much this made us always have misunderstanding and I quarreled with him and humiliated and i made him realize that his bad habit was hurting me, I wanted him to change. i wanted him to be a good guy, i tried to change him but nothing was working out this made us to departed from each other, until one day i heard about a spell caster called Dr.Todd , i tried his love spell and definitely it worked out perfectly for me, it never took time for the spell to start working, after some few days my lover came to me and wanted us to start our relationship again, our lover is so tight now that nothing can brings us apart, and his drinking habit stopped entirely, this love spell from manifestspellcast@gmail.com

katherine said...

What a beautiful and wonderful testimony
some time things you don’t believe can just happen.
My name is Katherine from USA Chicago am 25years
old i got married at the age of 23 i have only
one child and i was living happily .After one
year of my marriage my husband behavior
became so strange and i don’t really
understand what was going on, he packed
out of the house to another woman i love
him so much that i never dream’s of
loosening him, i try my possible best to
make sure that my husband get back to me
but all to no avail i cry and i cry seeking for
help i discussed it with my best friend and
she promise to help me he told me of a man
called Dr voodoo he is a very great man and a
real man that can be trusted and there is
nothing concerning love issues he cannot
do that is why they call him Dr voodoo I
contacted his email address
voodoospelltemple66@gmail.com And
i told him everything that happen all he told
me is that i should not worry that all my
problems will be solved immediately. He told
me what to do to get my husband back and
i did, he said after 3days my husband will
come back to me and start begging, it really
happen i was very surprise and very, very
happy our relationship was now very tight
and we both live happily again.
So my advice for you now is to contact this same email
address,voodoospelltemple66@gmail.com visit his website on http://drvodoospelltemple.webs.com
you can also add Dr.voodoo on whatsApp +2349061243458
if you are in any kind of situation
concerning love issues and any other things
that give you problems.THANKS..

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