Help Dee Carlile Defeat ColonCancer

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Raised by 86 people in 25 months
Lonnie Dee Carlile  IRVING, TX
The battle of Dee’s life

In February of 2015 Lonnie Dee Carlile was diagnosed with stage 3 Colon Cancer. After plenty of poking, prodding, and several scans, it was determined that Dee also has Liver Cancer. An aggressive (and expensive) course of chemotherapy followed by radiation and multiple surgeries have been planned. Dee knows that with faith in the Lord, anything is possible. He accepts the journey the Lord has laid before him.

A lifetime of giving

Dee is a loving husband, father of three, the Senior Pastor at Fairmeadows Baptist Church, and a salesman at Clay Cooley – Chrysler Jeep Dodge. Over the past 35+ years Dee has volunteered countless hours coaching youth baseball and continues today. Dee gives so much of himself to others and is always there to help family, friends, coworkers, parishioners, fellow coaches, and players. Now it’s time for everyone to help Dee.

You can make a difference

The needs are so many, but with the Lord and your help, Dee knows he will defeat cancer. Here’s how you can help:

·      Prayer – our most valuable resource.
·      Hearts, mind and tongue – keep Dee in your heart, on your mind and speak of him to others that they might join us. Share this page on Facebook and Twitter and use the #SaveDeesButt hashtag.
·      Monetary – contribute what you can to “Save Dees butt.” All donations will go towards Dee’s mounting medical bill. Every dollar counts. It’s a simple thank you to someone who has spent his life giving.

Words cannot thank you enough and God bless!
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Update 80
Posted by Lonnie Carlile
24 days ago
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Well I have now completed 51 rounds of chemo which is 255 cycles and I'm still here. The side effects are ever present although they seem to change in intensity from one poison cocktail to the next. This time the neuropathy has been much worse than usual. I'm not as nauseated as has been the case most of the last 2 years. However, I am much more sensitive to cold. The feeling of being shocked when I touch something cold is vicious. I had forgotten how bad it hurt when I drank something cold but was quickly reminded when I chugged some iced tea. When every nerve in my body decided it was time to fire at the same time, I did remember. Oh yes, I remembered. I'm back to the feeling of walking on glass and the tingling feeling that happens when your hand or foot goes to sleep is very present once again all over my body. I am currently scheduled for four more rounds (20 cycles) through mid April. However, this may change after I meet with one of my surgeons Monday. I know that I have at least two surgeries on the horizon. There could be three depending on the progress of the chemotherapy and how my body is responding. I do know that which ever way it goes, the surgeons are planning on tag teaming and both or all three will be done simultaneously. It will be the first time in over two years that I will be asleep for more than four hours at any given time. The double operation will take between 6-8 hours and if they go for the triple play it will be between 10-12 hours if there are no complications. I am still convinced that God has a purpose and I'm completely trusting Him. There has been so many changes in my life since this all started. The biggest have been discovering who I can count on, and who I can not. It has been not only physically challenging, but emotionally, spiritually, and most of all, financially. This disease takes no prisoners and leaves no stone left unturned. I would be lying if I said that I'm not ready for it to all just go away. I am so grateful for the prayers, kind thoughts, cards and calls. The gifts and donations have been of great need and the timing has been proof that God is watching. His timing has been impeccable. When I can't see a way, He makes one. When I can't figure out how it is going to happen, He does it. I will not quit fighting regardless of who Satan turns in me or takes from me. This is my journey and I have accepted it. I just feel like its a never ending rollercoaster and I am ready to get off. Prayers for every aspect of my life is still needed and appreciated. Family, health, spiritual, and financial are my biggest needs. Feel free to share and God bless us all. Please forgive any typos, my fingers feel like they are rip Van Winkle. I have to remind myself now more than ever before to let go and let God.
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Update 79
Posted by Lonnie Carlile
1 month ago
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As promised I will be as brief as possible and cover it the best that I can. First the good news is that I am cancer free. That is the first hurdle that we have now overcome and I am very excited not only to hear that today but also to share the news with all of my prayer warriors. God heard our petitions and delivered me from the disease. Now for the not so good news. The colostomy that was done in September is now confirmed to be permanent. The hope was that it could be reversed sometime in the future. That hope has been taken away because of the severity of the damage caused by chemotherapy and radiation. Now I have to wait until I meet with my colon surgeon hopefully next week to discuss the future of our next step. There are still small tumors in my anus and rectum along with one behind my prostate. We were all optimistic that these last five rounds of chemo would wipe them out but it did not. They did get smaller but are still there and that's where big decisions will have to be made. The worst case scenario is that a urologist will go in first, remove my prostate and hook me up to a bladder bag which will be permanent. Then my colon surgeon will remove my anus, rectum, and detached portion of my colon and any scar tissue remaining in the cavity left from radiation, while a plastic surgeon is removing the donor muscle, tissue, and skin from either my thigh, abdomen or buttocks. As soon as the colon surgeon has done his portion of this operation the plastic surgeon will step up and fill the cavity left by the once large tumor in my colon. He will then sew me up and I will be like a Ken barbie doll, cheeks, a crack but no opening down there. This all will take between 10-12 hours if all goes well. Option 2 is to continue with chemo in hopes that the tumor behind my prostate will go away and I will then have the above surgery minus the prostate removal and bladder bag. This operation would take between 6-8 hours if no complications arise. And the final option is to have the surgery above and leave the tumor behind my prostate and pray that it does not become cancerous in the future. It is a lot to consider and not an easy decision to make alone. I have already begun praying for guidance and that I will not only make the right choice but also be able to live with my choice. It is a lot to think about and I know that God has already made the way for me. My human side and Satan have been sending me on an almost unbearable emotional roller-coaster all afternoon. Just when I feel a little mental relief from all that is happening I get hit with something else. I guess if there was a bright spot this afternoon my mind was taken off of the surgeries for a little while as is tried to recover from my three prescriptions today totaling just over $1100.00. Yep that took my breath away and made my heart race like a top fuel dragster and blood pressure shoot to the moon like a missile. I just keep waiting to wake up from this never ending nightmare. I did manage to keep myself together long enough to sit with a gentleman starting his first round of chemo today and pray with him. I'm not sure where this is all going and when it may end but I refuse to quit. Please continue to pray for healing, my family, guidance, and finances. All are are in shambles right now. I am forever grateful for everyone supporting me with calls, cards, texts, and prayers. Don't hesitate to share and know that I am thankful that God has chosen me for this journey and not one of my loved ones. He is my rock. Millionaire, thousandaire, hundredaire, I know you're out there somewhere. I was update again after I meet with the surgeons. Let go and let God.
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Update 78
Posted by Lonnie Carlile
1 month ago
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It's hard to believe that it has been almost 2 years since I was given the news that I had cancer. I never imagined the changes that would occur physically, emotionally, relationship wise, mentally, spiritually, and financially. I have had highs and lows as we all experience in our "normal" existence. I have done more looking back at my life lately before cancer hit and wondered what, if anything, I may have done differently. I know it really doesn't matter because I can't change it anyway. I first have to thank God that I am still alive. I was always sympathetic to those with cancer and their families and really thought I understood their plight. No No No. Let me repeat No No No. The destruction of potentially every area of life can and usually is tested. The not knowing what will happen and what will remain is often the hardest part. Some people go through the process with minimal damage and I praise God daily for those fortune few. I can say, without hesitation, that I have been changed. Every area of my life has been hit and hit hard. Before the diagnosis I never gave much thought about whether or not I would wake up in the morning, be able to mow the yard, coach a baseball team, take my family out for a meal, go on vacation, or buy groceries. I was like most folks I guess, just taking for granted, that because I have always been able to do and provide there was no expectation that I would not be able to continue as always. In my wildest dreams I never thought that I would be too weak to get out of bed. Be is such physical pain that simply breathing would make me want to cry. Feel the heartache of loved ones turn their backs or simply walk away. Wonder how I will keep my house out of foreclosure and still keep my utilities paid and feed my kids. I have been on the verge of and emotional meltdown at times and yet, through all of this I still know deep down in my heart that God has a purpose. I look around and see others who have it worse than I do. I know that my journey is not over and more trials are on the horizon. More chemo, more surgeries, more fear of the unknown in most areas of my life. I rest in the promise that God is with me and will not forsake me. Family and friends have betrayed me but God is with me. I thank everyone who is and have prayed for me and my family. We are still in desperate need. For those who have called, texted, messaged, and sent cards thank you. They are all very much appreciated and needed. This disease, I have learned from personal experience and from talking to others, often leaves us feeling alone and isolated. To those who have been able to bring food and make financial contributions I don't have the words to express my gratitude. I will not quit fighting and continue to trust God in spite of Satan's efforts to kill my faith. Satan has lied to and turned people against me I never dreamed could be used against me. I will prevail and pray that all will go the way God has already planned. Feel free to pass this on. I have met some incredible people through social media from my chapter of fighting the turmoil and viciousness of this disease. Since I have not been blessed with a benevolent millionaire maybe there's a thousandaire looking for a cause.lol until next time let go and let God.
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Update 77
Posted by Lonnie Carlile
1 month ago
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Here I go with day 241 and round 49 of the poisoning. It has been a rough 23 months I won't lie. The continued prayers, texts, messages, and cards of encouragement have been appreciated and very uplifting. The physical toll has been brutal these last 4 rounds/20 cycles. If all of the other side effects have not been enough, the added poison has brought its own little bit of misery.lol Now my finger and toenails are very brittle and the skin under the toenails is beginning to turn gray. I'm told it will more likely than not, turn black. Yay! Eventually they may begin to fall off. What an incredible possibility. Looking at the bright side, at least I won't have to trim them. Lol. I love it when I bring up the side effects the doctors and nurses all day the same thing, "that's normal". Are you kidding me?! I just can't believe that everyone has been dealing with all of this and I'm just now feeling normal. Ha ha. Of course they reply that they mean people undergoing chemotherapy. I am just one of the lucky ones experiencing the large group of side effects due to being given the large dosage of poisons. Yippie for me. On a positive note, the last tumor is continuing to shrink. I will be getting scans again after this round to see if maybe the tumor is gone, or at least still shrinking. I still have the surgeries in my future either way. As long as the chemo is still working on the tumor, more chemo. If the tumor is gone or not shrinking we will schedule surgery. If its gone I will have two surgeons performing two major operations back to back. If the tumor has not responded, there will be 3 surgeons going back to back to back. I'm certainly not looking forward to either scenario. Please continue to pray for my family. It has been shattered and needs God to help in the healing. Again I can not thank everyone for the continued support. Feel free to share maybe this be seen by a benevolent millionaire needing to lighten their money stack. Let go and let God
Me and the pump for the day.
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Christy Kik Dorr
4 months ago

I think we, and definitely I do, try to figure out what God is doing way too much. We are not privy to the counsels meeting in heavens which are allowing circumstances and protecting us from others, as the Lord sovereignly works His will. But, we know we can trust Him with our very lives and souls. I'm proud of you, and wish I could take some of your tired away. Press on and in. Love you!

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Tracey Terasas
24 months ago

Listen her Mister! You keep your chin up! I am so proud of you and your faith in the Lord. Your posts are encouraging and i have no doubt that God is right there with you . Praying Praying Praying

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$7,265 of $30k goal

Raised by 86 people in 25 months
Created February 20, 2015
Lonnie Dee Carlile  
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Pam Harris
9 days ago

Pray all the time

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Calvin Smith
20 days ago
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Mark Pollard
1 month ago
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Lisa Gladden Butler
1 month ago
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Duffy Sanders
6 months ago

Keeping you in my prayers!

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Alex Parry
6 months ago

Stay Strong buddy

Christy Kik Dorr
4 months ago

I think we, and definitely I do, try to figure out what God is doing way too much. We are not privy to the counsels meeting in heavens which are allowing circumstances and protecting us from others, as the Lord sovereignly works His will. But, we know we can trust Him with our very lives and souls. I'm proud of you, and wish I could take some of your tired away. Press on and in. Love you!

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Tracey Terasas
24 months ago

Listen her Mister! You keep your chin up! I am so proud of you and your faith in the Lord. Your posts are encouraging and i have no doubt that God is right there with you . Praying Praying Praying

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