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Jan Conlin McAlister
Jan Conlin McAlister
Debbie and Bill,
     Congratulations on your son's engagement to Elizabeth. She and my daughter Jenna, were best friends at Mandeville High School.  Jenna went to visit her in NY last year.

     I first saw your son at a wedding in New Orleans last March. Although I had no idea who he was, where he came from, or who he was with, I immediately thought - "that kid is the spittin' image of Bill Dunlap. " I quickly dismissed the thought to coincidence.  When I learned that he was with Elizabeth, I asked to be introduced.  She did, first name only.  Then I asked his last name.  Upon hearing the answer (which I already really knew...), I immediately told him that I knew who his parents were, and explained that I had gone to college with them.  He looked at me in total disbelief, asking me to verify which college I had attended. (Can't blame him, as Centenary is so small, and what are the odds???)  Then I added that I had been to his parents' engagement party and wedding as well...    Anyway, I enjoyed meeting him (he is full of personality) and am excited for him and Elizabeth.  She is an outstanding person!!

So sorry to hear what you've been going through.  You show such incredible strength and courage.... and you have such a gift and talent for writing!  

I just wanted to touch base with you both and sign up to receive your updates.  Thinking of you.......
                                   -- Jan Conlin McAlister
Alan PROMOLAD Dean
Alan PROMOLAD Dean
Precious Debbie-
This is one of those times when words just don't properly express how grateful I am for you and Bill's life crossing paths with mine. Your victorious walk this past year has touched me deeply and will definitely be one of the highlights as I reflect on the blessings of 2009. I have forwarded your entries many times so that others may also be blessed. I pray that God's richest blessings will flood the lives of the D family in the coming year. I know that He will continue to use your life to touch those around you.

Love and Blessings
Susan Jarrett
Susan Jarrett
Wow, Debbie--one of the best years of your life. That's remarkable!
So thankful you can end this chapter, but I'm going to miss you coming into my home every few days and sharing your life, your insights, your needs, your blessings with me. You have shown me the Lord this year. Thank you.

Merry Christmas to you. I know this has to be one of your best!
Love,
Susan and Ed
Kim Galindo
Kim Galindo
Debbie...We are praising our wonderful Father for all He has done, all His is doing, and ALL HE WILL DO!!!  He has so much for you...plans for your blessing beyond anything you can ask or think!!
We love you and will continue to be praying for you and your precious family~  Kim and Joe
Brenda Brown
Brenda Brown
I slipped up to Adam and Amy's computer in League City to check my email and had the wonderful Christmas pleasure of reading your beautiful thoughts.  You are an incredible woman whom I am honored to call "Friend".
Best to you and yours in 2010...health and honoring our God for his many blessings are what life is all about.
Brenda
Gayle Caldwell
Gayle Caldwell
Dear Debbie,

What a blessing your journal entry is today!  I take to heart all the lessons you learned on your journey.  You have such a gift for expressing your thoughts and feelings that others can then share.  We do serve a mighty God who has been gracious to stand by you, and carry you, through this season.  I am even more thankful for that and for you than I was before you began your "cancer experience."  

We wish you and your family a very normal, very simple, very healthy 2010!  I hope we can get together soon.  Happy New Year!

Love,
Gayle


 
Jeanie Ryan
Jeanie Ryan
Debbie:  Just read your last journal entry.  YOU ARE THE BEST!  Really, you inspire everyone who knows you.  I want you to know that you have been and will continue to be in my daily prayers.  I can't think of anyone I rather think of every day than you.  With love to my favorite young friend, Jeanie Ryan.
Rutherford Lawrence
Rutherford Lawrence
Just flew in from Gstaad - so good to be home!

Your latest blog is not boring.  It's honest and thought-provoking.  You've been through much these last ten months.  Apparently, it has given you time to think, reflect, and see the 'big picture.'  Life is what you make it, isn't it?  As you said "God is as close or as far as a person wants him to be."  Think we've all gotten a little closer to Him through your ordeal.

Very simply, Debbie, and responding numerically...

1.  You are here.  You've beaten cancer!  You're not old, now go do the thingsyou want to do.  All of them!  And, make Bill pay for them!!!

2.  It's not morbid that you've planned your funeral.  This is what responsible people do. Surely someone will remember your musical request at this time, too. (Now, you have planned a BIG party with plenty of food and booze after the service, right?)

3. Your friends love you with hair, no hair, as a blond, as a brunette, as a redhead, short hair, long hair - even if the back of you neck is covered in (ahem) perspiration.  Again, we love you, Q-Tip!

4. You've learned about this disease and its treatments so you may have the chance to minister to another, one day.

5. You are a good friend, Dunlap!  As I jokingly related on my first post, "when did you get so many friends?"  It is we who are lucky that you are our friend.

6.How does one add to this?!  BTW, understand David's engaged.

7. You did marry the right man!  Known Bill almost 50 years, Debbie.  He's the same great guy he was when we first met in '62.  God brought you two together in college to help each other through lifes' trials just like this one.  Do we worship an awesome God, or what?!

8.  See paragraph 2.


If you feel it no longer appropriate to blog on this site, this is your decision.  See you around PCPC and da hood, then.  My best to all the D's.

Rutherford

 
Cathy Haley
Cathy Haley
Good Morning Debbie, 

Just wanted to wish you and your family a happy holiday season.  I just read your last blog and wanted to tell you
how it touched my heart.  I am so thankful that our Lord
is so faithfull when we are not, and how He so tenderly draws
us to Him. "Great is thy faithfullness"!!

God bless you and your family!  Have a happy and
healthy New Year!   Love to all,  Cathy Haley
susan jaeggli
susan jaeggli
Dear Debbie,
Wow...you just amaze me over and over!! thanks for sharing all of this with us...you are such an inspiration!!
I hope you are enjoying a very special Christmas with your precious family today...i'm smiling thinking of you all!!
Merry, Merry to you each and Happy, Wonderful, Healthy, Exciting New Year to You!!
Love,
Susan
Arrvel Wilson
Arrvel Wilson
Debbie,

As I read your update I'm feasting off the Banana Nut Bread you baked.

Eletha and I are blessed to have you and Bill in our life. Thanks for your prayers concerning Zola's surgery.

Praying that it will be many years before your family and friends hear Donna Summer "Last Dance".  For now each day I hear James Browns "I Feel Good", I will dance a step for you (smile).

Arrvel & Eletha
Jan Conlin McAlister
Jan Conlin McAlister
Debbie and Bill,
     Congratulations on your son's engagement to Elizabeth. She and my daughter Jenna, were best friends at Mandeville High School.  Jenna went to visit her in NY last year.

     I first saw your son at a wedding in New Orleans last March. Although I had no idea who he was, where he came from, or who he was with, I immediately thought - "that kid is the spittin' image of Bill Dunlap. " I quickly dismissed the thought to coincidence.  When I learned that he was with Elizabeth, I asked to be introduced.  She did, first name only.  Then I asked his last name.  Upon hearing the answer (which I already really knew...), I immediately told him that I knew who his parents were, and explained that I had gone to college with them.  He looked at me in total disbelief, asking me to verify which college I had attended. (Can't blame him, as Centenary is so small, and what are the odds???)  Then I added that I had been to his parents' engagement party and wedding as well...    Anyway, I enjoyed meeting him (he is full of personality) and am excited for him and Elizabeth.  She is an outstanding person!!

So sorry to hear what you've been going through.  You show such incredible strength and courage.... and you have such a gift and talent for writing!  

I just wanted to touch base with you both and sign up to receive your updates.  Thinking of you.......
                                   -- Jan Conlin McAlister
Susan Jarrett
Susan Jarrett
Wow, Debbie--one of the best years of your life. That's remarkable!
So thankful you can end this chapter, but I'm going to miss you coming into my home every few days and sharing your life, your insights, your needs, your blessings with me. You have shown me the Lord this year. Thank you.

Merry Christmas to you. I know this has to be one of your best!
Love,
Susan and Ed
Brenda Brown
Brenda Brown
I slipped up to Adam and Amy's computer in League City to check my email and had the wonderful Christmas pleasure of reading your beautiful thoughts.  You are an incredible woman whom I am honored to call "Friend".
Best to you and yours in 2010...health and honoring our God for his many blessings are what life is all about.
Brenda
Jeanie Ryan
Jeanie Ryan
Debbie:  Just read your last journal entry.  YOU ARE THE BEST!  Really, you inspire everyone who knows you.  I want you to know that you have been and will continue to be in my daily prayers.  I can't think of anyone I rather think of every day than you.  With love to my favorite young friend, Jeanie Ryan.
Alan PROMOLAD Dean
Alan PROMOLAD Dean
Precious Debbie-
This is one of those times when words just don't properly express how grateful I am for you and Bill's life crossing paths with mine. Your victorious walk this past year has touched me deeply and will definitely be one of the highlights as I reflect on the blessings of 2009. I have forwarded your entries many times so that others may also be blessed. I pray that God's richest blessings will flood the lives of the D family in the coming year. I know that He will continue to use your life to touch those around you.

Love and Blessings
Kim Galindo
Kim Galindo
Debbie...We are praising our wonderful Father for all He has done, all His is doing, and ALL HE WILL DO!!!  He has so much for you...plans for your blessing beyond anything you can ask or think!!
We love you and will continue to be praying for you and your precious family~  Kim and Joe
Gayle Caldwell
Gayle Caldwell
Dear Debbie,

What a blessing your journal entry is today!  I take to heart all the lessons you learned on your journey.  You have such a gift for expressing your thoughts and feelings that others can then share.  We do serve a mighty God who has been gracious to stand by you, and carry you, through this season.  I am even more thankful for that and for you than I was before you began your "cancer experience."  

We wish you and your family a very normal, very simple, very healthy 2010!  I hope we can get together soon.  Happy New Year!

Love,
Gayle


 
Rutherford Lawrence
Rutherford Lawrence
Just flew in from Gstaad - so good to be home!

Your latest blog is not boring.  It's honest and thought-provoking.  You've been through much these last ten months.  Apparently, it has given you time to think, reflect, and see the 'big picture.'  Life is what you make it, isn't it?  As you said "God is as close or as far as a person wants him to be."  Think we've all gotten a little closer to Him through your ordeal.

Very simply, Debbie, and responding numerically...

1.  You are here.  You've beaten cancer!  You're not old, now go do the thingsyou want to do.  All of them!  And, make Bill pay for them!!!

2.  It's not morbid that you've planned your funeral.  This is what responsible people do. Surely someone will remember your musical request at this time, too. (Now, you have planned a BIG party with plenty of food and booze after the service, right?)

3. Your friends love you with hair, no hair, as a blond, as a brunette, as a redhead, short hair, long hair - even if the back of you neck is covered in (ahem) perspiration.  Again, we love you, Q-Tip!

4. You've learned about this disease and its treatments so you may have the chance to minister to another, one day.

5. You are a good friend, Dunlap!  As I jokingly related on my first post, "when did you get so many friends?"  It is we who are lucky that you are our friend.

6.How does one add to this?!  BTW, understand David's engaged.

7. You did marry the right man!  Known Bill almost 50 years, Debbie.  He's the same great guy he was when we first met in '62.  God brought you two together in college to help each other through lifes' trials just like this one.  Do we worship an awesome God, or what?!

8.  See paragraph 2.


If you feel it no longer appropriate to blog on this site, this is your decision.  See you around PCPC and da hood, then.  My best to all the D's.

Rutherford

 
Cathy Haley
Cathy Haley
Good Morning Debbie, 

Just wanted to wish you and your family a happy holiday season.  I just read your last blog and wanted to tell you
how it touched my heart.  I am so thankful that our Lord
is so faithfull when we are not, and how He so tenderly draws
us to Him. "Great is thy faithfullness"!!

God bless you and your family!  Have a happy and
healthy New Year!   Love to all,  Cathy Haley
susan jaeggli
susan jaeggli
Dear Debbie,
Wow...you just amaze me over and over!! thanks for sharing all of this with us...you are such an inspiration!!
I hope you are enjoying a very special Christmas with your precious family today...i'm smiling thinking of you all!!
Merry, Merry to you each and Happy, Wonderful, Healthy, Exciting New Year to You!!
Love,
Susan
Arrvel Wilson
Arrvel Wilson
Debbie,

As I read your update I'm feasting off the Banana Nut Bread you baked.

Eletha and I are blessed to have you and Bill in our life. Thanks for your prayers concerning Zola's surgery.

Praying that it will be many years before your family and friends hear Donna Summer "Last Dance".  For now each day I hear James Browns "I Feel Good", I will dance a step for you (smile).

Arrvel & Eletha
Alan PROMOLAD Dean
Alan PROMOLAD Dean
Precious Debbie-
This is one of those times when words just don't properly express how grateful I am for you and Bill's life crossing paths with mine. Your victorious walk this past year has touched me deeply and will definitely be one of the highlights as I reflect on the blessings of 2009. I have forwarded your entries many times so that others may also be blessed. I pray that God's richest blessings will flood the lives of the D family in the coming year. I know that He will continue to use your life to touch those around you.

Love and Blessings
Gayle Caldwell
Gayle Caldwell
Dear Debbie,

What a blessing your journal entry is today!  I take to heart all the lessons you learned on your journey.  You have such a gift for expressing your thoughts and feelings that others can then share.  We do serve a mighty God who has been gracious to stand by you, and carry you, through this season.  I am even more thankful for that and for you than I was before you began your "cancer experience."  

We wish you and your family a very normal, very simple, very healthy 2010!  I hope we can get together soon.  Happy New Year!

Love,
Gayle


 
susan jaeggli
susan jaeggli
Dear Debbie,
Wow...you just amaze me over and over!! thanks for sharing all of this with us...you are such an inspiration!!
I hope you are enjoying a very special Christmas with your precious family today...i'm smiling thinking of you all!!
Merry, Merry to you each and Happy, Wonderful, Healthy, Exciting New Year to You!!
Love,
Susan
Susan Jarrett
Susan Jarrett
Wow, Debbie--one of the best years of your life. That's remarkable!
So thankful you can end this chapter, but I'm going to miss you coming into my home every few days and sharing your life, your insights, your needs, your blessings with me. You have shown me the Lord this year. Thank you.

Merry Christmas to you. I know this has to be one of your best!
Love,
Susan and Ed
Jeanie Ryan
Jeanie Ryan
Debbie:  Just read your last journal entry.  YOU ARE THE BEST!  Really, you inspire everyone who knows you.  I want you to know that you have been and will continue to be in my daily prayers.  I can't think of anyone I rather think of every day than you.  With love to my favorite young friend, Jeanie Ryan.
Cathy Haley
Cathy Haley
Good Morning Debbie, 

Just wanted to wish you and your family a happy holiday season.  I just read your last blog and wanted to tell you
how it touched my heart.  I am so thankful that our Lord
is so faithfull when we are not, and how He so tenderly draws
us to Him. "Great is thy faithfullness"!!

God bless you and your family!  Have a happy and
healthy New Year!   Love to all,  Cathy Haley
Jan Conlin McAlister
Jan Conlin McAlister
Debbie and Bill,
     Congratulations on your son's engagement to Elizabeth. She and my daughter Jenna, were best friends at Mandeville High School.  Jenna went to visit her in NY last year.

     I first saw your son at a wedding in New Orleans last March. Although I had no idea who he was, where he came from, or who he was with, I immediately thought - "that kid is the spittin' image of Bill Dunlap. " I quickly dismissed the thought to coincidence.  When I learned that he was with Elizabeth, I asked to be introduced.  She did, first name only.  Then I asked his last name.  Upon hearing the answer (which I already really knew...), I immediately told him that I knew who his parents were, and explained that I had gone to college with them.  He looked at me in total disbelief, asking me to verify which college I had attended. (Can't blame him, as Centenary is so small, and what are the odds???)  Then I added that I had been to his parents' engagement party and wedding as well...    Anyway, I enjoyed meeting him (he is full of personality) and am excited for him and Elizabeth.  She is an outstanding person!!

So sorry to hear what you've been going through.  You show such incredible strength and courage.... and you have such a gift and talent for writing!  

I just wanted to touch base with you both and sign up to receive your updates.  Thinking of you.......
                                   -- Jan Conlin McAlister
Kim Galindo
Kim Galindo
Debbie...We are praising our wonderful Father for all He has done, all His is doing, and ALL HE WILL DO!!!  He has so much for you...plans for your blessing beyond anything you can ask or think!!
We love you and will continue to be praying for you and your precious family~  Kim and Joe
Brenda Brown
Brenda Brown
I slipped up to Adam and Amy's computer in League City to check my email and had the wonderful Christmas pleasure of reading your beautiful thoughts.  You are an incredible woman whom I am honored to call "Friend".
Best to you and yours in 2010...health and honoring our God for his many blessings are what life is all about.
Brenda
Rutherford Lawrence
Rutherford Lawrence
Just flew in from Gstaad - so good to be home!

Your latest blog is not boring.  It's honest and thought-provoking.  You've been through much these last ten months.  Apparently, it has given you time to think, reflect, and see the 'big picture.'  Life is what you make it, isn't it?  As you said "God is as close or as far as a person wants him to be."  Think we've all gotten a little closer to Him through your ordeal.

Very simply, Debbie, and responding numerically...

1.  You are here.  You've beaten cancer!  You're not old, now go do the thingsyou want to do.  All of them!  And, make Bill pay for them!!!

2.  It's not morbid that you've planned your funeral.  This is what responsible people do. Surely someone will remember your musical request at this time, too. (Now, you have planned a BIG party with plenty of food and booze after the service, right?)

3. Your friends love you with hair, no hair, as a blond, as a brunette, as a redhead, short hair, long hair - even if the back of you neck is covered in (ahem) perspiration.  Again, we love you, Q-Tip!

4. You've learned about this disease and its treatments so you may have the chance to minister to another, one day.

5. You are a good friend, Dunlap!  As I jokingly related on my first post, "when did you get so many friends?"  It is we who are lucky that you are our friend.

6.How does one add to this?!  BTW, understand David's engaged.

7. You did marry the right man!  Known Bill almost 50 years, Debbie.  He's the same great guy he was when we first met in '62.  God brought you two together in college to help each other through lifes' trials just like this one.  Do we worship an awesome God, or what?!

8.  See paragraph 2.


If you feel it no longer appropriate to blog on this site, this is your decision.  See you around PCPC and da hood, then.  My best to all the D's.

Rutherford

 
Arrvel Wilson
Arrvel Wilson
Debbie,

As I read your update I'm feasting off the Banana Nut Bread you baked.

Eletha and I are blessed to have you and Bill in our life. Thanks for your prayers concerning Zola's surgery.

Praying that it will be many years before your family and friends hear Donna Summer "Last Dance".  For now each day I hear James Browns "I Feel Good", I will dance a step for you (smile).

Arrvel & Eletha