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


Last week was an unusually stressful week for us. Lori became somewhat confused and lethargic over the weekend of Saturday and Sunday, February 19 and 20th. The following Monday we found out why - Lori's liver was not functioning properly. Her bilirubin http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003479.htm levels were elevated to 11.7 (normal range is 0 - 1; her recent levels during the chemotherapy has been between 3 - 5) and her ammonia level was elevated.

Lori was immediately admitted into the hospital and stayed there until the following Thursday morning, February 3rd.

Dr. Fojo (NIH - Bethesda) informed us that "unless Lori's bilirubin level comes down it would be an indication of liver failure."

Prayers were answered this morning when we got her lab results. Her bilirubin level dropped down to 5!

So, we will proceed with the next phase - Lori, Jackie, and Jackie's mother (Billie Becknal) will depart Dallas Fort Worth Airport and fly to the Baltimore/Washington Airport tomorrow. Then on Wednesday and Thursday she will have the same imaging as described previously on the January 25, 2005 posting.

Post Date: February 28, 2005 at 12:10 PM CST; 1810 GMT


Lori's chemotherapy intravenous transfusion was started around 12:30 this afternoon and was a 5 hour procedure that again consisted of Cisplatin (Platinol) http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/medmaster/a684036.html

and Gemcitabine (Gemzar) http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/uspdi/203038.html

At the present time, the plans have changed as follows - Lori will not undergo chemotherapy on the 8th day following today's chemotherapy treatment, but rather will return to Dr. Fojo at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland in approximately 3 weeks with surgery being performed there.

Post Date: February 9, 2005 at 6:55 PM CST; February 10, 2005 at 0055 GMT


Lori and Jackie met the cardiac surgeon - Dr. Alexander - and Dr. Fojo this afternoon. The plan is for Lori to go through another round of chemotherapy (day 1 and day 8 constitutes one round). There has been no growth in the size of the tumor. At this point there are 2 short branches of the tumor extending into her right atrium. They would like to see if further chemotherapy will have any effect on the size of the tumor. Any reduction makes the ultimate surgery on Lori less risky and traumatic.

Lori, Jackie and Jackie's mother, Billie will fly back to Dallas tomorrow afternoon.

Post Date: February 4, 2005 at 3:35 PM CST; 2135 GMT


Jackie called with the following information:

The imaging as set out on the January 25, 2005 posting have been completed with the addition of an abdominal MRI.

Dr. Fojo and the cardiologists will need to review the imaging in greater detail so Lori and Jackie will not return tomorrow, but rather will stay until the review process is complete and a consensus of what the next stage of the game plan should encompass.

Post Date: February 3, 2005 at 5:55 PM CST; 2355 GMT