Hi, my name is Lori Ann Blakeley.

Welcome to my Web site developed and maintained on my behalf by my father, Larry Blakeley. http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/larryblakeley_photos_jpeg.htm

My father also manages the following Web sites:

Larry Blakeley (Contact Info: larry at larryblakeley.com)

Major Roy James Blakeley (USAF - KIA) (December 10, 1928 - July 22, 1965) - my grandfather

Leslie Blakeley Adkins - my older sister

Evan Blakeley- my younger brother 

A Web page for giving notices of interest to visitors here. http://www.loriblakeley.name/notices_of_interest.htm

Various letters and notes here. http://www.loriblakeley.name/various_notes_letters.htm

What my brother, Evan Blakeley is up to with his baseball. http://www.evanblakeley.name

My mother's walking club for the students at Cockrell Hill Elementary School, DeSoto, Texas http://www.loriblakeley.name/article_dallas_morning_news_jackie_blakeley20070601.htm

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Lori's tumor has been identified as adrenal carcinoma.

She was released today at 4:00 PM from Baylor in order to spend Christmas and the weekend at home. Her medical oncologists will consult with a facility in San Antonio, Texas that specializes in this group of cancer. Then next week she will proceed with the protocol for treatment.

It is really nice to have her home. She had been in the hospital room for 14 days.

Merry Christmas to all from Lori and her family.

Post Date: December 23, 2004 at 7:40 PM CST; December 24, 2004 at 0140 GMT

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One of Lori's medical oncology doctors visited with Lori, Jackie, and me this evening at around 8:00 PM and advised us of the following.

The pathology lab has sent, by overnight delivery, some samples to the Barnes-Jewish Hospital http://www.barnesjewish.org at Washington University Medical Center located in St. Louis, Missouri for further testing.

The medical oncology team here at Baylor Medical Center have not conclusively identified Lori's tumor. However, they have good reason to suspect that it may be a Primitive Neuroectodermal Tumor (PNET), but they are not sure of this, as yet.

Post Date: December 21, 2004 at 10:30 PM CST; December 22, 2004 at 0430 GMT

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We have been told by Dr. Lieberman that lymphoma and sarcoma cancer testing has ruled out these groups. The pathology lab is testing for some other groups and we should know more information tomorrow.

Post Date: December 20, 2004 at 4:30 PM CST; 2230 GMT

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The following is all the information that Jackie and I know at this point:

- Lori is scheduled to have positron emission tomography imaging ("PET Imaging" http://www.radiologyinfo.org/content/petomography.htm) on Tuesday, December 21st;

- This tissue mass has been very difficult to correctly identify because it is such a large mass (15 centimeters, or 5.91 inches);

- The pathological results from the surgical biopsy should be known on Monday, December 20th.

Lori has been able to get out of bed for the first time since her surgery, but just briefly.

Post Date: December 18, 2004 at 1:10 PM CST; 1910 GMT

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I suppose any surgery - no matter how much cutting is involved - results in pain and discomfort afterwards. Lori remained under sedation for the pain and discomfort after the surgery. She also had lost enough blood during the procedure to require extra blood given to her.

Post Date: December 16, 2004 at 7:45 PM CST; 1345 GMT

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Lori's biopsy went fine and Dr. Lieberman said they will let us know the results of the diagnostics as soon as he knows. If they cannot determine it at Baylor then they will send specimens out for review by other labs.

Sorry for such little information, but that's all we know at this time.

Post Date: December 15, 2004 at 5:25 PM CST; 2325 GMT

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Dr. Lieberman visited Lori around 6:15 PM and reported that the bone marrow biopsy did not show any cancer.

The next stage will be to perform a surgical procedure in order to acquire a larger portion of tissue from the tumor for diagnostic purposes.

Dr. Lieberman will perform the procedure himself around noon tomorrow.

Post Date: December 14, 2004 at 8:00 PM CST; December 15, 2004 at 0200 GMT

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Lori's biopsy was performed around 9:30 AM and only took 20 - 30 minutes.

Due to a concern over blood clots Lori was admitted to the Roberts Hospital at Baylor on Thursday, December 9th and given blood-thinning medication while waiting on the final results of the biopsy.

Around 10:00 AM this morning a doctor performed a bone marrow biopsy on Lori (in the room). Then around 11:00 AM Dr. Lieberman visited Lori and told us that the needle biopsy did not acquire enough live tissue to determine the exact type of cancerous tumor she has. If the bone marrow sample contains the cancer then possibly the pathologists can identify what type of cancer Lori has; otherwise, on Wednesday a surgeon will acquire a larger portion of tissue from the tumor by performing a surgical procedure.

Other than pain in her abdomen area - Lori is holding up very well so far.

In general terms, this is what I have been able to gather from the doctors - "determination of what type of cancer Lori has (where it originates) is most important to know - if at all possible - and they will take the tests one step at a time in an effort to determine this."

Post Date: December 13, 2004 at 1:15 PM CST; 1915 GMT

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The Diagnostic Radiologist told Jackie and I that the Pathologist's Preliminary Report indicated that the tumor is a lymphoma; however, the final report will not be known until Friday, or possibly Monday.

We have an appointment next week with the medical oncologist to discuss treatment.

Lori, Evan, Jackie and myself arrived back home at 3:15 PM.

Lori is tired, but doing fine.

Post Date: December 8, 2004 at 3:30 PM CST; 2130 GMT

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"... Praise ev'ry morning

God's recreation of the new day

Morning has broken ... "

- "Morning Has Broken", lyrics by Eleanor Farjeon (February 13, 1881 - June 5, 1965) http://www.loriblakeley.name/loriblakeley_music/morning_has_broken.htm

Post Date: December 8, 2004 at 5:45 AM CST; 1145 GMT

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Lori is scheduled to be admitted for the biopsy tomorrow morning at 6:30 AM at Baylor University Medical Center of Dallas http://www.baylorhealth.com/Locations/Hospitals/BUMC/ (Hoblitzelle Building).

Post Date: December 7, 2004 at 5:00 PM CST; 2300 GMT

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Jackie spoke with Dr. Lieberman over the telephone about the results of the pre-biopsy blood tests, as referred to in an update yesterday, as follows:

"... The first and most important procedure to determine what they are dealing with will be the needle biopsy using sonography. This biopsy will most probably be performed tomorrow if her lab work done today is OK (i.e. her blood coagulation characteristics need to be normal). The confirmation of whether this will be the next procedure will be known tomorrow mid-morning, or thereabouts...."

These tests showed that Lori's blood-clotting ability is within normal range. This means that they will continue with the biopsy without fear of bleeding that won't coagulate from the procedure.

The needle biopsy using sonography will be performed by a Diagnostic Radiologist and Lori will be receive whatever sedation is required to prevent pain.

We know that this procedure will be scheduled for sometime tomorrow and will post the time as soon as we know.

Post Date: December 7, 2004 at 11:15 AM CST; 1715 GMT

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What was Lori's evening like last night (December 6, 2004)?

Of course, she was tired - as she has been. However, just a little rest seems to do the trick and she's back to her normal self; but she does tire again much easier and sooner.

Last night Lori requested to watch the classic movie, "The Sound of Music" (1965) - a setting that takes place in Austria in the late 1930's - at the very beginnings of the movement of the German military machine from the perimeter of it’s borders to the outlaying countries of Europe. A woman (played by, and rightfully so - Julie Andrews, who is always pleasant to watch and hear) leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to a Naval officer widower (Christopher Plummer - another actor with an extraordinary career) with 7 children ranging from the ages of 16 on down to 3 or 4. It becomes a love story between the father and the governess; as well as between the children and the governess.

This is a movie that she and Evan, when young children, used to watch over and over again. It's a movie centered in faith of the Lord Jesus Christ, motherhood, fatherhood, family, freedom, love of country of origin, love of the outdoors with accompanying and everlasting confirmation of the power and beauty of God's great creations for us, and, of course, sweet music for the ears and the soul.

Lori's comment to me as her and I laid on the bed to watch this movie in the master bedroom - with it's surround sound setup and cozy surroundings, "Dad, they just don't make movies like this anymore."

And, my mind drifted to what seemed like a million visions of fatherhood that will be forever stored in my brain’s memory bank for the duration of my time here on earth - and my heart was filled with both a sorrow, but yet laced in equal portions with happiness.

Why sorrow? I'm really not sure, except, that I know that a large portion of these feelings I have described in my writings - a listing of which have been posted at the Web page http://www.royblakeley.name/larryblakeley/articles/articles_larryblakeley.htm

And, where does the happiness come from? With me, it's the confirmation in my heart that I gave to my children what they wanted most - my time. I gave up the corporate struggle and retreated back to the places of my soul that my heart was leading me to - a soul of values, principles, and morals that my parents taught to me - values that are evident throughout the love story that I am describing with the story between my father, Roy James Blakeley, and my mother, Johnnye (Ashton) Blakeley. This story is still in progress and can be found at the Web page http://www.royblakeley.name

And, when I turn to look at my children I see "me and Jackie." And, when I turn to look at my children's friends I see their "parents" - for I look much deeper than a face. I listen, look, and then I "know" who they are.

And, knowing this about my children’s friends makes me feel a deep sense of soothing comfort and peace - for I know they are again in the presence of others with souls of goodness.

And, this is what characterizes Lori’s life even today - a life surrounded by "good hands, souls of goodness, and people who care about her."

So, as I reached up and stroked her forehead - she turned to look at me, and said, "I love you, Dad." And, of course, I replied, "I love you too, Lori."

And, I know that no mountain of money in the world can purchase or take the place of these tender moments of truth we have with our children. This is just one of many, many moments like this that I have had the privilege of sharing with my children over the past 25 years.

This tender moment is what my heart wanted to express to other families that cherish these values so dearly.

- "Lori, and a Tender Moment," Larry Blakeley, December 7, 2004.

Post Date: December 7, 2004 at 8:35 AM CST; 1435 GMT

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Our first encounter with Dr. Lieberman was around 2:30 PM, or so. He is a slim man that appears to be around 70 years old - the type of man that just seems to be at ease with what he is doing. He retrieved the originals of the tests performed at Covenant Hospital in Lubbock. He advised us us that he was going to take his time going over these reports and images with several others.

After an hour, or so, he called us in to a patient room, asked some questions of Lori about when she first noticed pain in her abdomen area and so forth. He checked her breathing, felt of her legs, and ankles. After that we went in to his personal office and he talked to us.

Basically, the process of discovering just what type of tumor this is will require a step-by-step process involving several procedures. The first and most important procedure to determine what they are dealing with will be the needle biopsy using sonography. This biopsy will most probably be performed tomorrow if her lab work done today is OK (i.e. her blood coagulation characteristics need to be normal). The confirmation of whether this will be the next procedure will be known tomorrow mid-morning, or thereabouts.

Post Date: December 6, 2004 at 6:50 PM CST; 0050 GMT December 7, 2004