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What a wonderful start to October!

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We’ve had some lovely weather here in the South, and I hope it’s been the same for you.  Apologies for being so slow in responding to those of you who wrote to me on the last blog.  We had so many entries to the competition, it took me a while to read through them all! I’m delighted to announce that Brenda Watson won the beautiful Lola Rose TSV bracelet and also the necklace, as her name was drawn out of all the other correct guesses in naming the necklace. It was indeed Hannah, as that is Nikki’s middle name, and her team felt it fitting to continue with the theme.

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I’m hoping to have something suitably spectacular for a Christmas competition in December, so watch this space!

Of course it’s officially Christmas from now on at QVC, and I have to say I think this years Christmas trees and colours are some of my favourite.  I did rather miss the cosy set by the fireplace when I was with Stephen from Yankee Candles last week.

I had a wonderful surprise when my dear friends Roz and Chris told me that I was to be accompanying them to the 30 Year Anniversary performance of Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre on the Haymarket in London.

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You may not be aware that Chris makes the theatrical curtains and drapes for most of the London theatres, including all of the Cameron Macintosh productions like Phantom, Miss Saigon, Mary Poppins and Half a Sixpence to name but a few!  He works alongside a lovely lady called Rosalind who very kindly asked me to come along as her plus one.

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Rosalind

She is an avid QVC fan, and so we had a fair bit to talk about outside of hers and Chris’s amazing achievements – I felt so proud of them both, as did Roz.  It was great fun to get dressed up in our finery and sparkles – Chris included! and after a fabulous meal in a lovely restaurant, we found our seats and sat back to watch this incredible Opera.  I have to admit to seeing it over 20 years ago, but the bonus of now having such an appalling memory is that I didn’t remember anything!  It was like watching it for the first time, and the cast were simply outstanding.

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After a standing ovation, not only did Cameron Macintosh appear on stage but so did Andrew Lloyd Webber, Michael Ball, Michael Crawford, and a whole host of previous leading men and women from the show.  They all entertained us with the history of the show, some stunning singing accompanied by Andrew Lloyd Webber on the piano, and a fair bit of fooling around which was hilarious.   There was an after show party too at the Prince of Wales theatre and we drank champagne, ate more fabulous food, and danced the night away. I even got to meet the delightful Mr Macintosh!

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It was just the best of times, and I felt very lucky to have been asked to share such a special night with such lovely friends.

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Chris and Roz

I’ve managed to squeeze in a few visits to Lucy and Honey, and stayed over on both Wednesday nights, which was lovely as last week was Lucy’s birthday and so I was with her for that.  An added bonus was that Simon’s boys George and Henry were also there.

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I got up early and made breakfast for them all before school and had forgotten just how much there is to do, even though the boys are extremely good at sorting themselves out! Honey joined in as you can see here, and I had a hilarious conversation with Henry who was telling me about his mum’s new puppy. “How big is he?” “Almost as big as my friend Adam Jute from school.” ‘Ah.  And what colour is he?” “White.” “All over?” “Adam? Yes, white all over.”  Love him!

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Being with them all reminds me of how much I enjoyed those days with my own children, their company, their conversations, their unquestioning love and loyalty, not just to each other, but to me too.

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Life hasn’t always been that easy for any of them, and like most families we’ve had our fair share of ups and downs.  Those of you who have been with me for the last eight years or more will know about my son Sam’s motorbike accident in 2007 when as a result of his injuries he lost his right leg.  He was just 18 at the time, and it changed the course of his life forever. Sam lived with Colin and I for the first three years, and had just moved out and started University when I was diagnosed.

In June this year Sam’s friend Edd Hawkes made a film about Sam’s journey over the last nine years. Edd had been studying film at college and this was his final project. He and Sam started junior school together, and he described it as ‘humbling’ to put into film, all that Sam’s been through.  He was awarded an HND at distinction level when he graduated.

I wanted to share this film with you:

I saw this film for the first time in August, when Edd posted it on his Facebook page.  I had no idea that it had been made, and it had a profound effect on me.  Although I feel I have lived Sam’s journey with him, there are things here I have never heard him say, and as his mother, they will stay with me always. I am beyond proud of my boy.  For never giving up, for facing his fears, for finding the strength to accept his situation, and for finally believing in himself as I have always believed in him.

I hope that for those of you currently struggling with life it will get easier, and remember that between us, Ali’s Army provides an incredible support network.  Do keep in touch with me, and I will always get back to you.

Time stands still for no man, and I must crack on with my day.  I’ve got Toni Brattin’s terrific range of hair pieces and wigs on Thursday the 20th  at 6pm – can’t wait to have a play with those!  Join me and see which one I wear.  Of course there’s the Diamonique Spectacular on Thursday the 27th October – a three hour event I am soooo looking forward to bringing to you, and a very special Honora Pearls hour with Ralph on Friday the 4th November which is Jewellery Day!  So much to look forward to.

I thought I’d leave you with the latest photo of Calla Lily – how gorgeous is she?!

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Enjoy your week, and I will look forward very much to hearing from you as always,

With my love,

Ali xxxx

88 Comments

  1. Susan walker October 18, 2016 at 1:58 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, hope you are well and as always I love to read your blogs. I have seen the film before about your son, Keeley from Elemis put it on her Facebook page. I cried when i first saw it, just watched it again and more tears. Gosh Ali what you have had in your life and always a smile. God bless you and your son and I am so very happy you have both found happiness. I sometimes wonder where you get your energy from as you are here there and everywhere, but you have to make the best off your life and enjoy every minute. Much love and keep smiling.
    Sue Walker xx

    • alison keenan October 23, 2016 at 11:15 pm -  Reply

      Susan thank you so much for your comments. I remember when Keeley messaged me to say she’d seen Sam’s film… made me cry! It has been a long nine years in some respects, but all that is forgotten when I see my boy, and how far he has come. Thank you for taking the time to write to me, love Alison xx

  2. Karen Gower October 18, 2016 at 2:35 pm -  Reply

    A very moving film, well done Sam for turning your life around after such a terrible accident

    • alison keenan October 23, 2016 at 11:16 pm -  Reply

      Karen thank you for your kindness.. I have passed the link to this blog onto Sam so that he can see all your lovely comments. Love Ali xx

  3. Elaine Mynott October 18, 2016 at 2:40 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, are QVC doing their Cancer Care show this year as I can’t see it listed in the TV schedule?

    • alison keenan October 23, 2016 at 11:17 pm -  Reply

      Elaine I am so sorry but there isn’t a specific BCC show this year. We have been selling our capsule collection of jewellery instead, 60% of which goes to the charity. I believe we’ve already beaten last years huge sum, so that will help enormously. Love Ali xx

  4. adele taylor October 18, 2016 at 2:42 pm -  Reply

    Oh Ali what an Inspiring and Beautiful blog!! XOXO

    • alison keenan October 23, 2016 at 11:18 pm -  Reply

      Adele thank you… I agree Sam is a brave boy and Edd did a wonderful job of putting this inspiration film together. Love Ali xx

  5. Ruth October 18, 2016 at 2:51 pm -  Reply

    Wow you fit so much in. The pictures of your grandchildren are so so beautiful. And it’s Christmas now on QVC – I love it – my favourite time of year. The last time I replied to your blog commenting on your I hope jewellery, I had just been diagnosed with pre-cancerous cells and had a mastectomy. That was 3 weeks ago. I am healing well but still a little sore and numb. When they removed the breast and tested the ‘cancer’ they found invasive cancer too which was HER2 positive and stage 2 amongst other things and I now have to have chemotherapy, radiotherapy and tamoxifen. Not sure how/what dose/or if the chemo will be administered because I have MS, osteoporosis, sickle cell trait as well as other health conditions.
    In spite of all of this I feel well and am happy. I feel incredibly blessed to be honest with you. I’ve done the majority of my christmas shopping and have just decided to look on the QVC website with a view to treating myself to some nails inc!

    Thanks for listening and thanks for your support.

    Much much love and blessings xx

    • alison keenan October 23, 2016 at 11:38 pm -  Reply

      Ruth what an absolute inspiration you are! So positive and brave. Thank heavens they found the pre-cancerous cells and decided to act on that. I am sorry that you will have to have treatment, but it will definintely give you your best chance of a good long life, and please do keep in touch and let me know how you are and if I can help in any way. I hope you found the NAils Inc you wanted. Take good care and thank you for sharing with us here on the Blog Love Ali xx

  6. Debz October 18, 2016 at 2:56 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali

    Have just watched the film and wow! Your Sam certainly went through it didn’t he?

    It must have been so awful for you to watch him go through all that and knowing that, although you can advise him, only Sam could ultimately make the decision to turn his life around. I’m so glad he did and finally managed to find his place in the world and to be content with that place.

    Sometimes in order to find peace of mind, we need to accept what we have, what we can and cannot do and what we can change.

    Watching your Sam smiling as he drove along lifted my spirits as I’m sure it did yours. I can see why you are so proud of him. What a truly inspirational young man.

    Lots of love to you and all in Ali’s Army.

    Debz XXX

    • alison keenan October 23, 2016 at 11:42 pm -  Reply

      My dear Debz your words are very powerful. There were times when I really couldn’t see the wood for the trees, and as I was struggling through stuff myself, it made it harder. I’d always been Sam’s security blanket, and when I was poorly it made it very difficult for him. I always knew he would turn it around, and yes watching him in the film – once I’d dried my tears – made me smile too. We are all given our own challenges, and I don’t imagine mine are any less difficult to bear than anyone elses. The support I have always received here makes a big difference. Thank you and I do hope you and Neal are well.
      Love Ali xx

  7. lisa jorgeson October 18, 2016 at 4:52 pm -  Reply

    What a true inspiration to others your son’s story is. He is an incredible young man and I understand how proud you must feel as his mother. Life can deal us all a difficult hand and its at times like that you are forced to face reality whether you want to or not. Sam has done this and come out the other side stronger and more determined than ever. Thank you to you both for sharing his story and to his friend for making a wonderful film expressing the ups and downs along the way. I wish sam every success with his future and to continue achieving all that he wants to do with his life,x

    • alison keenan October 23, 2016 at 11:44 pm -  Reply

      Lisa your kind comments have been passed on to Sam and Edd, and a big thank you from all three of us for them. You’re right the difficult times in life give you the strength and determination to make the very best of what there is. Sam very much believes in ‘One life Live it’… I agree. I hope all is good for you, and thank you for taking the time to write here on the blog. Love Ali xx

  8. Kath Butcher October 18, 2016 at 4:58 pm -  Reply

    What a very ,human humbling film Alison ,no wonder you are proud of your boy ,he has had to deal with much more than most in his short life ,but hopefully has the strength to come through it all ,wishing him all the best for his future ,what an honest boy he is ,credit to you xxxxx

    • Alison Keenan October 25, 2016 at 2:57 pm -  Reply

      Kath he has indeed had more than most folk have to contend with, and thank you for your kind words. He will definitely appreciate them as I do. Love Ali xx

  9. Hazel October 18, 2016 at 5:04 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison what a brave an d courageous wonderful son you have to have gone through all he has had to endure and be brave enough to seek help and come out the other side is I’m sure is the best thing that’s happened for you and you’re family .to see him happy and settled and enjoying life again.take care luv hazelxxx

    • Alison Keenan October 25, 2016 at 2:58 pm -  Reply

      Hazel I think asking for help is half the battle, and his determination to turn things around has made all the difference to us as a family. Thank you for taking the time out to comment, love Ali x

  10. Diane October 18, 2016 at 5:11 pm -  Reply

    Wow Ali what an amazing film thank you for sharing it, your son is remarkable.
    Life can be extremely difficult at times I can relate to this but what I can also relate to is the wonderful comfort family brings in the tough times and the knowledge that there are also special times to enjoy.
    Going through such adversity brings into sharp focus of what is important.
    I wish you and your family all the best
    Diane x

    • Alison Keenan October 25, 2016 at 3:00 pm -  Reply

      Dear Diane, ‘What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger’ is another one of those analogies which springs to mind, and I know Sam firmly believes that. I hope that whatever difficulties you are currently having to contend with, can be overcome, and that you also have family and friends to lean on. Thank you for your compassionate response, love Ali xx

  11. Joanna Downey October 18, 2016 at 6:05 pm -  Reply

    Dearest Ali, The only word I can write after watching the film about Sam is humbled. This is not the time to do my usual 3000 word essay. Love from Jo x

    • Alison Keenan October 25, 2016 at 3:00 pm -  Reply

      Dear Jo, thank you… from Sam and I
      Love Ali xx

  12. marilyn jones October 18, 2016 at 11:11 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    l watched your son’s film.lt resonated to a very deep level
    40yrs ago, I was a pillion passenger 2mins from home age 19
    lt was September. I was placed in hospital 70 miles away, lost my lower right
    leg in November,came home for a short break from hospital in the
    folowing Summer prior to a lot more surgery to reconstruct a stump
    via plastic surgery and a bone graft amongst multiple injuries
    We all have different coping mechanisms ,goals and pathways
    The reason I am writing this Ali is simply to say that 40yrs on
    l have made a few bad choices like everyone does in life
    However I discovered who I really was and what I wanted from life,
    My strenghs and weaknesses and whether each challenge was appropiate
    for me , far sooner than others my age
    As a result I have had the most amazing life so far, living by the motto
    To thine own self me true.Big celebrations for my 60th next year
    Your Sam is so strong.l am sure that when he reflects upon his life in decades to come
    he too will not have been defined by his injury and he will realise that throughout his life he held a very special wisdom which accompanied facing the adversity he had to deal with .
    You must be so proud of his honesty and love
    God bless x
    How proud you must be of his honesty and love .

    • Alison Keenan October 25, 2016 at 3:07 pm -  Reply

      Dear Marilyn, I have copied and pasted your comment to Sam, as it is inspirational to read and fills me with hope. You are incredibly brave and have clearly had to face all kinds of challenges over the last 40 years. It is wonderful to know that in spite of your age then – just a year older than Sam was – you got through it all, and have gone on to live an ‘amazing life’. As you say, you had to face things that very few people of that age would even know how to cope with, and that those experiences have given you strength. I am incredibly proud of Sam’s honesty and love, and incredibly grateful to you for sharing your life here with us. I wish you every happiness in the years to come and a sensational celebration next year for your 60th birthday. Please do keep in touch, love Ali xx

  13. Janine Hammond October 18, 2016 at 11:59 pm -  Reply

    Sam’s film was very poignant . Thanks for sharing Ali.

    • Alison Keenan October 25, 2016 at 3:07 pm -  Reply

      Janine, thank you for taking the time to watch it and for your comment. Love Ali x

  14. Jill October 19, 2016 at 10:24 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    What a lovely blog. You have had an amazing few weeks, what a thrill to be invited to the theatre and meet all those amazing people. Talking of Amazing your son Sam is such a strong boy, I was truly moved by the short film.
    A moment in time and his life changed forever.
    I was so glad to see what a strong young man he is and how much love he has from you and his fantastic family. You must be so proud of him.
    Many family’s have there ups and downs and it’s just great to see that you can come out the other side. As Sam said ” There is a way to be happy and move forward”
    a great mantra for us all I think.
    Lots of love Ali
    Thank you for sharing XX

    • Alison Keenan October 25, 2016 at 3:10 pm -  Reply

      Dear Jill, such lovely words, and so good of you to have written to Sam and I here on the blog. There is a way for all of us to be happy and move forwards, it just takes some of us a little longer than others. I hope that you, like me, have family and friends to support you, and that you will keep in touch. Thanks again, love Ali x

  15. Pearl Emery October 19, 2016 at 11:41 am -  Reply

    Dear Ali,What a fantastic film,it goes to prove that if you are prepared to get your life together no matter what life throws at you,you can do anything you have to believe, and that can be the hardest thing of all.As i know at the moment my daughter Jo has been diagnosed with P.T.S.D. And has just had her first counselling session which sounds as if it is going to be very hard for her,as they are taking her back to when her sister died, but i think that if she can cope with this she will be so much better in the end,as i don’t believe that she grieved for her sister at all,which is why we have ended up where we are now.But also you then get everything else that life likes to throw at you. Honey is growing up fast and she takes such good photos,take care love Pearl xx

    • Alison Keenan October 25, 2016 at 3:13 pm -  Reply

      My dear Pearl, I had no idea you had lost a daughter, and I am so sorry to know that Jo has been struggling with her grief for so long. You are an incredibly strong woman to have coped with your own devastation and to continue to be so supportive of Jo.. As you say, life gets in the way of life, and we all deal with things the best we can. I am sure the counselling with be difficult, but I have heard wonderful things from others who have been through it, and come out the other side healed…. I wish this very much for Jo, and ultimately you too. Take care, with love, Ali xx

  16. Sandra October 19, 2016 at 12:34 pm -  Reply

    Wow Ali what a wonderful ,open and moving film. It will give inspiration to so many people. No wonder you are so proud of Sam .
    love and hugs Sandra xxx

    • Alison Keenan October 25, 2016 at 3:15 pm -  Reply

      Sandra, thank you, and yes I am very proud of Sam. I am also eternally grateful for the fact that he is still here with me, and able to enjoy his life irrespective of his injuries. I know from the comments here on the blog, not everyone is that lucky. Take care, and thank you so much for writing to me, love Ali xx

  17. Marie October 19, 2016 at 1:46 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali thank you for sharing the film with your lovely son in. I am sure it will help a lot of people. You are an amazing lady who deals with such huge problems but still spreads happiness with your lovely sunny personality. I am looking forward to your book!
    I was talking to a neighbour last week and she was telling me about her love of Diamonique and watching only you present it so p!ease don’t stop if only for her sake!!
    XX

    • Alison Keenan October 25, 2016 at 3:16 pm -  Reply

      Dear Marie, how kind of you to write and for your sweet words. I’ve just finished the second draft of the book, and am hoping for publication spring next year. I will be with you on Thursday with a three hour Xmas special with the diamonique range – please make sure you tell your friend! :) Take care, Love Ali xx

  18. Carol Clarke October 19, 2016 at 2:17 pm -  Reply

    Just watched the film about sam,you have an amazing son Ali, and your an amazing mum.
    Lots of love to you sam and all your family. xx
    ps. Thanks for sharing.

    • Alison Keenan October 25, 2016 at 3:17 pm -  Reply

      ….and Carol, thank you very much for writing to me. I feel truly blessed, love Ali xx

  19. sue lee October 19, 2016 at 7:05 pm -  Reply

    You have every right to be so proud of your son, I’m proud of him & I don’t even know him!!!!!!! What a brave & strong young man. Whenever I see you on QVC I always marvel how you have gone thru so much yet you look incredible & my God you are so amazingly chipper, positive, funny & thoughtful! !! I do realise you have days that are not all bells & whistles but you make alot of people feel life is better with you on QVC & answering their comments with such kindness & so caring about them. Hugs Sue xx

    • Alison Keenan October 25, 2016 at 9:32 pm -  Reply

      Sue that’s a great way of putting it – I think most people’s days are not all bells and whistles – but having difficult times makes me appreciate the good times so much more. Thank you very much for your kind words and for making me feel cherished… they are truly appreciated, love Ali xx

  20. Merche October 19, 2016 at 7:47 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, I always enjoy your stories of life, I also have a son who is disabled, through an accident, when the discs collapsed in his spine and left him in a wheelchair. He then went through a tough time and eventually he ended up being paralysed in his left leg and arm, he spent a year with having his food liquidised because he couldn’t swallow, and ended up in an electric wheelchair, in that time he’s marriage fell apart also, this happened in 2008, he lost his confidence and he had also lost his job. In 2011 he met his new wife, and after a number of interviews he got a job in 2015, which he has now been at for nearly a year, it has made so much difference to his life and we like you we are very proud of him.

    • Alison Keenan October 25, 2016 at 9:34 pm -  Reply

      Oh Merche, I am so sorry to hear about your son. How terribly difficult for him and for you as his mother. It sounds as though you’ve been through a dreadful time, but I am so glad that with your support and the love of a good woman, he has turned his life around. We always believe they will, it just sometimes takes a little longer than we may have thought. I wish your son, his wife, and your good self all the very best that life can offer. Take care of each other, love Ali xx

  21. Elizabeth Keenan October 19, 2016 at 8:26 pm -  Reply

    Oh Ali, what a tear jerking video and you had your own problem to deal with around the same time. You are both very strong characters thank goodness and Sam is so lovely and has addressed all that happened to him as well, he is well on the mend now Ali which is so good, he is so happy now and putting it all behind him which cannot be very easy, speaking about it is the best way forward I always think though never can be an easy thing to do, you both are stars.
    Honey and Calla Lily are beautiful, lovely pictures of them.
    Take care Ali
    Much love
    Elizabeth X

    • Alison Keenan October 25, 2016 at 9:36 pm -  Reply

      Dear Elizabeth, thank you for your compassion. It does take a lot of courage to be honest and open and to tell it how it is… not everyone wants to listen. To hear Sam though actually saying out loud what I tried so hard to get him to believe was incredible. As you say, putting it all behind you isn’t always that easy, but that’s what we as a family have done, and we have much to be grateful for. I hope to have more photos of Calla and Honey for you in the next blog. Take care too, and thank you for keeping in touch, love Ali xx

  22. Gillian Woods October 19, 2016 at 10:56 pm -  Reply

    Hi, just watched the film of your son and wanted to let you know how much it has moved me. No wonder you are so proud of him. I am certain that his honesty will be a strength to others and he will continue to get stronger. Thanks for sharing xxxx

    • Alison Keenan October 25, 2016 at 9:37 pm -  Reply

      I am making sure Sam sees all these wonderful comments, and I am glad that he was happy for me to share this with you. Thank you for your kind words Gillian, and for taking the time out to write to me, love Ali xx

  23. Fran Whitehead October 20, 2016 at 12:32 am -  Reply

    HI Ali, what a fantastic night to see Phantom again. I watched the live stream on Facebook of the pre show arrivals and the performances after the show. I do love Michael Ball so his performance was a lovely surprise and hilarious. Lovely photos.
    Best wishes Fran x

    • Alison Keenan October 25, 2016 at 9:40 pm -  Reply

      Hi there Fran, I didn’t realise it was being streamed live on Facebook! Michael Ball was brilliant – infact all of them were, and incredibly entertaining. To be able to sing and perform as they all do is an absolute gift, and made for a cracking night out, love Ali xx

  24. Teresa Karasavvas October 20, 2016 at 9:57 am -  Reply

    Ali what a lovely son you have. An extremely brave man and I wish him all the very best for his future. Dreadful things happen in life but Sam is living proof that life goes on and I hope he continues to live it to the full. You are no doubt extremely proud of him and rightly so.

    • Alison Keenan October 25, 2016 at 9:42 pm -  Reply

      Dear Teresa, you’re right, dreadful things happen, and it’s not always easy to speak about it at the time. But then, wonderful things happen too… and as you say, Sam is living proof that life goes on, and you can find happiness. He was, and still is incredibly brave, and I held onto that when I was struggling, ‘cos I thought if he could get through all that he had to, then I could too. I hope that things are well in your world, and thank you for writing to me, love Ali xx

  25. Gwen October 20, 2016 at 11:52 am -  Reply

    Hello Dear Ali,

    As usual a wonderful blog, but made even more special with the sharing of your very brave Sam’s story, as I wasn’t aware of all the life changing events which happened.
    Honestly Ali if anyone deserves some extra special things to happen you do, and I am very sure that they will.

    I really do love the pictures of Honey and Cala Lilley, so gorgeous, and your night at the theatre looks wonderful, what an experience for you.

    God Bless you and your lovely family Ali, keep well and happy and take good care of yourself.

    Very best wishes.

    Gwen.

    • Alison Keenan October 25, 2016 at 9:44 pm -  Reply

      Dear Gwen, I am so glad that you watched the film, and thank you for your kind words. Nine years is a long time, and Sam has come such a long way… that is something incredibly special to me and to all of us in the family. Of course we have beautiful Honey and little Calla too, so I think we are very lucky. God bless you and your family too, and thank you for writing to me. I hope you will keep in touch, love Ali xx

  26. Yvonne Brookes October 20, 2016 at 3:33 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, I just watched the film, your son is an inspiration to all, I have 6 sons, one is about to purchase a motorbike, I do wish he would reconsider but he has been saving for months so I know won’t. You are right to be proud of your son he has done so well. xx

    • Alison Keenan October 25, 2016 at 9:47 pm -  Reply

      Wow Yvonne! Six sons! That’s great. I hope they look out for you :) Try not to worry too much about the bike, hopefully it will be a passing phase, and being on a bike in the cold isn’t much fun.. a car is so much warmer! Take care of yourself, and thank you – yes I am very proud of Sam, infact proud of all my children :) Love Ali xx

  27. Lee driver October 20, 2016 at 3:45 pm -  Reply

    hi Alison, this is the very first time I have done this, but I just wanted to say how I enjoy watching qvc. I manly watch the Christmas, kipling and hi tech shows. it’s so additive and I found that everything is affordable on the easy pays.

  28. Lee driver October 20, 2016 at 4:00 pm -  Reply

    I would like to say to you that I am disabled with cerebral palsy and in a electric wheelchair. I have just watched the video of your son, it is very moving! I had no idea that he lost a leg and he seems to be coping very well.

    I live in my own flat in Southampton with a live-in-carer, and have my own car. i’m a volunteer at marwell wildlife park in Winchester, my role is wheelchair access for disabled users from paths to new enclosures. it is very rewarding!

    • Alison Keenan October 25, 2016 at 9:50 pm -  Reply

      Hello there Lee, and thank you for taking the plunge and writing to me here on the blog! Thanks also for watching Sam’s video – it sounds as though you also have had a great deal to contend with in your life, but I am glad that you fill it with so much! Wonderful that you work at Marwell – my mum lives just up the road from there in Bishops Waltham! It’s great that you are able to help folk in a similar situation to yourself, and good that you have a car too, and have freedom to get out and about unassisted. Thanks for choosing this blog as your first post. I’m very glad that you enjoy watching QVC and particularly the hi tech hours – our guests are excellent, and so are the products! Take care, and keep in touch, love Ali x

  29. Judith Lennon October 20, 2016 at 6:25 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ali
    Well my holiday is well and truly over and just a happy memory. I read you blog with such a lump in my throat. You and your family have been through life’s traumas to say the least. It never ceases to amaze me the families who have the own troubles and nobody knows what is going on behind closed doors. I do firmly believe it makes us more considerate to others needs and makes us stronger humans. I have seen Sams film from your facebook page and can only imagine your darkest hours as a family. I ask myself why is life so cruel to some and others sail through. Remember our grandchildren bring us so much joy that they alone keep us strong. Bless you all. Much love and hugs always Judith xxxx

    • Alison Keenan October 25, 2016 at 9:52 pm -  Reply

      My dear Judith, I remember only too well when things were not that easy for you either.. sometimes it’s best to keep things behind closed doors.. I always worried that I would jinx things if I talked too much about it all. You’re right though, difficult times make the good times better, and I like to think that the truly dark times are way behind us now. With little Honey Bea and now Calla Lily in our lives, as you say, they joy they bring keeps us feeling younger and stronger. Take good care, and thanks for writing and keeping in touch, love Ali xx

  30. Sue Radford October 20, 2016 at 6:47 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali,

    Sometime after Sam had his accident, I can remember very clearly the words you said, which were, “despite what I’ve gone through, nothing compares to what’s happened to my boy”. Ali, the short film Sam’s very talented friend has put together says it all. Even though Sam made the decision to do it for himself, which I applaud, it’s also very clear your support helped enormously. I’m so so happy for Sam and you.

    Love Sue Radford xx

    • Alison Keenan October 25, 2016 at 9:56 pm -  Reply

      Dear Sue, you have an incredible memory… I did indeed say those words, and have re-written them in my book. I’m sure any mother would feel the same… you just want to make it better for them, to take away all that hurts, and however old they are, they will always be your children. I have given Edd the link to the blog so he will see these comments, and thank you for your praise. Having worked in TV and film for many years, it’s very difficult to get the balance right when dealing with such a sensitive subject. I think he struck just the right chord. I hope all is well in your life, and thank you for keeping in touch with me always, love Ali xx

  31. Yvonne October 20, 2016 at 7:22 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison. Great blog as always and the pictures of your grandchildren are gorgeous. Amazing film about your son and what an inspiration he is to others going through the same things. Like mother like son, 2 beautiful and inspirational people. Wishing good health and happiness to you, your son and all your family xx

    • Alison Keenan October 25, 2016 at 9:57 pm -  Reply

      Dear Yvonne, your kind words are much appreciated, and I am so glad you were able to watch the film, and enjoyed the blog too. I have taken strength from Sam too over the years, and I know that inside all of us is a fighter :) I wish you and your family good health and happiness always too. Love Ali xx

  32. Sue Wilson October 21, 2016 at 8:06 am -  Reply

    How proud you must be of your son. What an inspirational young man.

    • Alison Keenan October 25, 2016 at 9:58 pm -  Reply

      Very proud Sue, thank you . Love Ali xx

  33. michelle lloyd October 21, 2016 at 10:21 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison. I’ve just watched the film and it was really touching. Your son has had such a lot to overcome and should be really proud of himself. You really are an inspiration because you have had such a lot to cope with but you are always so positive and honest about things and I think that will give a lot of people hope and strength if they are going through similar things. You seem really lovely when I see you on QVC and i enjoy watching your shows. Take care Alison and best wishes to you and all your family xx

    • Alison Keenan October 25, 2016 at 10:00 pm -  Reply

      Hi Michelle, and thank you for watching Sam’s film. As I wrote on the blog, there were things in it that even I hadn’t heard my son say, although I have always believed he would turn his life around. Sometimes you have to hit rock bottom to be able to crawl up and out of the hole… He has done this, and I hope his story will help anyone else who finds themselves in this position. So glad that you enjoy QVC and thanks for taking the time to write to me. Love Ali xx

  34. Linda Marshall October 21, 2016 at 2:10 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, i have just watched the film about your son Sam, it had me in tears, you must be so very proud of him and the way he has turned his life around. You must enjoy seeing him as he is today and i wish him all the good luck and happiness he deserves. love Linda xxx

    • Alison Keenan October 25, 2016 at 10:01 pm -  Reply

      Linda, you’ve hit the nail on the head. Seeing him, the way he is today always makes me smiles. There were many months, even years, when I honestly didn’t know where life was leading us, but I thank you for your kind comment. I am incredibly proud of Sam, love Ali xx

  35. Liz Thomas October 21, 2016 at 5:03 pm -  Reply

    I have never posted anything before, but felt compelled after reading your blog and watching the film. Thank you so much for sharing. Sam is truly inspirational. Hope he has a long and happy life after everything he’s been through. You deserve to be proud of him, and equally he of you.

    • Alison Keenan October 25, 2016 at 10:03 pm -  Reply

      Liz, I am really touched that you have written to me, and that you made time to watch the film too. I know that Sam is making the very best of his life now, pursuing the things he enjoys and making a career for himself. He deserves it, and I am so very proud. Thank you for lovely comments… they mean a lot, love Ali x

  36. Susan October 21, 2016 at 5:56 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, My word don’t you guys and gals in tv get around! Lots of glitzy parties to go to! Lucky duck I’m sure it was great. That’s a super job for Chris to have. What a lovely thing for sam’s friend to do for him. Very emotional no doubt. He’s a strong man for getting through it and cooing day to day. Hope you’re all doing ok too x

    • Alison Keenan October 25, 2016 at 10:05 pm -  Reply

      Hi there Susan, time stands still for no man! Or woman come to that, and yes, I’m incredibly lucky to get the chance to attend fab events like Phantom with such lovely folk. Edd’s decision to make this film was the right one, and he made a brilliant job of it. And yes you’re right, Sam is very strong to get through all of this.. we all have the strength, it’s just finding it sometimes that is hard. All ok here, and I hope it is the same for you and yours, love Ali xx

  37. Susan October 21, 2016 at 6:08 pm -  Reply

    Ruth, by the way you are also an inspiration to be going through what you are with your other conditions and be so kind too. Keep us updated x

  38. Elaine sallis October 21, 2016 at 6:33 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali I have struggled to find the right words and I still can’t find words that mean what I want to say. You and Sam are so strong and I am in awe of you both. Elaine x

    • Alison Keenan October 25, 2016 at 10:06 pm -  Reply

      Elaine, your words are just right, and thank you from both Sam and I… Love Ali xx

  39. Teresa L October 21, 2016 at 7:16 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, I’m so sorry that I have not been in touch for a while, but as you know we went to the USA for our holiday and then moved 3 days after our return. Would you believe it has taken over 4 weeks for us to get on line and fully up and running.
    The good news we are now in Highcliffe and working hard to get our new home the way we want it.
    I’m so glad that you were able to catch up with you Brother and his wife it must have been so exciting for you and your Mum.
    Paul and I watch the video about Sam and we’re very moved by it, I had tears in my eyes by the end. What a brave person he is to have been through all that and come out the way he has. Thank goodness he had such a fantastic Mum to be there for him even when she was having a hard time herself. We have the greatest admiration for you both.
    Looks like you all had a fine old time at the theatre I saw Phantom many many years ago and love the music to this day. What an interesting job Colin has designing and making curtains for the stage such a clever chap.
    The pictures of Honey are lovely as always, I really look forward to see how she is growing and what she has been up to.
    How much has Calla Lily grown she is just smashing.
    Hope you have a fabulous weekend and look forward forward to your next blog.

    Take care dear Ali
    Love
    Teresa xxxx

    • Alison Keenan October 25, 2016 at 10:11 pm -  Reply

      Teresa what fabulous news! Finally you and Paul are in Highcliffe and are able to put all your efforts into making your house a home. Thank you for your kind words about Sam and his film.. There were many dark days back then, but its behind us now, and we all feel so much more hopeful.
      I hope that you felt refreshed after your break in the USA although I’m sure the internet issue was frustrating! I wonder if you saw Phantom as far back as I did originally. Great that you remember it though – it was like the first time for me because of my appalling memory, so a win win situation! Yes Chris is a master when it comes to the curtains, set dressings, and general drapes. He even made the fabulous red velvet curtains for the Royal Barge when the Queen had her recent celebrations. You’re right both Calla and Honey are growing up so quickly! Honey is now talking a lot more and I am definitely Nan Nan which I love :) I hope you enjoy putting things straight in your lovely new home, and that you keep in touch, love Ali xx

  40. Jilly October 21, 2016 at 11:00 pm -  Reply

    Oh my goodness Ali – what an incredible story and how wonderful first for Edd to make it and then for you to share with us all. I am in tears as I know so many of us will be when watching and hearing Sam. You too have had your journey because after going through this with Sam you no sooner had your own health problems to deal with. So the braveness runs in the family. How utterly lovely that all of you (including Lucy) have now moved forward to a new chapter better than ever before and with a family giving each other so much love and support.
    Delightful seeing Honey and the boys. They look as if they have grown so much from when we first “met” them and how special being able to have a sleep over with them (think that is what one calls staying over these days!!!) then seeing the darling picture of Calla Lily, such a poppet.
    Lovely reading about your special night and getting dressed up. Fabulous fun by the sounds of it.
    I laughed when I saw you with the wig on, You looked great but I was trying to work out when had you got your hair cut!!!! silly me!
    My poppy Kipling scalf has arrived and I am keeping it for myself. It is soft and lovely and I shall wear it for the Remembrance Service but also for other days because it is so nice.
    So sorry to hear that Ruth has had a horrid time but well done for doing your Christmas shopping. It does not matter how many chemo sessions you have you just tick them off and after the first you say one down, then two down and before you know it the last will be there and gone and you will skip down the corridor putting that behind you and moving on to the radio and doing the same there. Take plenty of fresh air each day and plenty of hugs from us all here.
    My hubby is in Cumbria at the moment. Annie has been working and he is there for back up. I will be going shortly for a few days and cannot wait. Annie still loves all that Cumbria had to offer (including the wet!!!) .
    Well must go and will watch Sam again. What a chap he is. Big hugs and love from Jilly and Annie xx

    • Alison Keenan October 25, 2016 at 10:17 pm -  Reply

      Dear Jilly, you are kind to have taken the time to write and also to have watched Sam’s film. He has been incredibly touched and pleased with all the lovely comments here, and we are in no doubt at all, that this was definitely the right decision to post it up… As with your family, pulling together is the only way, and it makes the good times so much better. I hope you’re ok with your husband away in Cumbria, and I’m sure it will be a happy reunion when you head there shortly. I too have the Kipling poppy scarf, and agree that not only is a stunning design, but very soft too! The wig was fun, although a little weird seeing myself with the pop sock thing on first.. it reminded me of when I was bald! I don’t think my hair is thick enough for me to wear it that short any more sadly, but it was fun just for those few hours! I am sure Ruth will appreciate your kind words, and you’re right, we’re all here for her on the blog. Lucy and Honey are staying over on Friday – a sleep over is definitely what I’d call it – and so her little cot is all set and ready for her – Honey not Lucy!!! she’ll have the bed :) Colin’s daughter Vicky is celebrating her 30th birthday this Saturday so another excuse to get dressed up again – happy days. Take care, and enjoy your trip to Cumbria, my love to you and Annie xxxxx Ali

  41. Christine Auchterlonie October 22, 2016 at 12:44 am -  Reply

    Dear Ali…. Have just watched the film and the journey which Sam has come through with bravery and fortitude…. As you say most families have ups and downs some more than most and you certainly have had your share …. But with the strength of good family support and friends and sharing with others always helps,please convey my best wishes to Sam for his future…. Good man. I see you have been to the 30th Anniversary of Phantom lucky you and with your lovely friends and also to see Colin ‘s band hope it was a good night. Loved looking at your photos without them we have no history, I often look through photos which I have taken over the years and can get lost In memories.Have had some good items on QVC recently and have made several purchases… Must start somewhere!!!! Fiona is busy making her Halloween outfit she and some friends do make a lot of Halloween and their costumes are brilliant they rent a cottage in Northumberland and make a weekend of it!!! My two grandchildren are now on holiday for week… Jess has dancing competitions most of the weekend and Katy netball match onSaturday …. It’s all go…. and there is always something on.. Doesn’t it make one wonder how we fit it all in …. I’m worn out thinking about it !!!!!.Take care of you and yours till next time with love Chris x

    • Alison Keenan October 25, 2016 at 10:21 pm -  Reply

      Christine your words are very poignant and you are so right. Without photographs it is so much harder to get a sense of yourself and your history. I had to sift through a huge number of photos before I found the one of Lucy that I wanted… best of all the one with my dad and her – the only grandchild he ever met. Thanks so much also for having watched Sam’s film.. I will most certainly pass on your best wishes. Colin’s gig night was fun, and quite a few folk got up and danced which was a bonus! I hope that your Fiona enjoys her Halloween weekend away. I bet their costumes are great! Good luck to Jess and Katy – busy life you lead most certainly! But fun :) Glad that you are able to fit it all in. It’s what makes the world go round. Take care and thanks for keeping in touch, love Ali xx

  42. martin forbes October 22, 2016 at 3:57 pm -  Reply

    hope you and family are well iam not bad wonderful film of your son sam taken by his friend

    • Alison Keenan October 25, 2016 at 10:22 pm -  Reply

      Dear Martin, I am glad that you are well, and thank you for taking the time out to watch Sam ‘s film. His friend Edd did such a wonderful job, and it is something I will always treasure. Thanks for writing, love Ali x

  43. Christine Bagenal October 25, 2016 at 7:46 am -  Reply

    Alison, I just watched the amazing film and haven’t stopped crying yet!

    • Alison Keenan October 25, 2016 at 10:22 pm -  Reply

      Christine, sending you a virtual hug… thank you for watching and writing… it means a lot, love Ali xxx

  44. tina October 26, 2016 at 5:45 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, can I just say, I watched you on your own show last week, and you moved me to tears, yes we all have lost someone close from cancer, but it was a very special moment for us all, your right no matter what color or creed, we all have to be cancer aware, and thanks to you, I visited my doctor as I thought I had found something, but thank good all clear. So thank you again. Wishing you all the best. Tinax

    • Alison Keenan October 29, 2016 at 5:00 pm -  Reply

      Dear Tina, I am so glad that your visit to the doctor brought you good news, but am even happier that after I spoke about it, you decided to check things out. That makes all of it so worth while to me, and it’s very sweet of you to have taken the time out to write and tell me. Take good care of yourself, and keep getting regular checks. Love Alixx

  45. Caroline Phillips October 30, 2016 at 10:21 pm -  Reply

    Hello ALison, I often watch you on qvc and you have such beautiful energy, it really moves me because of what youve been through, you give me hope. Your son sounds has your character too, with all the journey he’s been through, what a strong young man. I suffer from deep depression and I hold onto hope every day for it to lift and let me quietly get on with my life. Reading about your journey and family, give me hope for things to change, I do everything I can to keep my head up and keep fighting this awful disease that takes hold of your life. I’m currantly having sessions with my psychologist to deal with childhood abuse that has lived with me for 20 years, and I’m just now having courage to deal with it. So when I read about how hard you have fought and your dear son, I believe I can continue with my journey to putting things to rest once and for all. Thank you for always sharing your times and life, reaching out to people can do wonderful things and be so powerful, I do thank you. Look forward to hearing more about your lovely honeybee, she’s beautiful and very lucky to have you in her life. All the very best to you and your family.caroline.x

  46. Lynn Sword October 31, 2016 at 11:53 am -  Reply

    Just watched Sam’s film. What an amazing young man Alison. No wonder you are proud. Kind thoughts and great affection to you all. X

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