A fantastic result

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Those of you who read my blog regularly, will know my football team is Crystal Palace. We haven’t had the best start to the Premier League season, and so you may be assuming that the fantastic result I am alluding to is the 2 – 1 victory over Chelsea last Saturday.

As brilliant (and unexpected) as that was, I am actually referring to my blood test results. I saw my CML professor yesterday to get the news, and I’m delighted to say that (despite being on a medication break) the levels of the disease have remained incredibly low and he has given me another three months drug-free.

That means for the whole of Christmas and New Year I won’t have the unpleasant side effects caused by my oral chemotherapy drugs… I’m literally jumping up and down for joy! He has warned that the situation is likely to change in the future, but I’m just making the most of the present and the way I am currently feeling.

Potentially, it means I will be able to do a few more later shifts like last Saturday, when I was able to present the Butler & Wilson show with Simon and get a little more glamorous than usual. I hope you enjoyed the show, and the two hours on Monday with Chloe, if you watched. I’m loving the Christmas brooches this year.

So, having finally arrived back from Spain, I have been on-air at QVC for six of the past seven days. This means I’m off this weekend and will miss the amazing Liz Earle Today’s Special Value – well, not entirely.

On Monday, Caroline Archer and myself recorded a presentation which will be shown on the QVC Beauty Channel at 10pm tomorrow (21st October) evening, prior to the midnight launch on the main channel. It will be your first opportunity to hear all the products described in detail, particularly the brand new Rosemary and Rock Rose Body Wash and Body Cream.

I’ve already used them a couple of times – lovely and fresh and slightly herby, not a sickly rose at all. They are in full sizes and there is also a 150ml size of the Rose & Cedrat Cleanse and Polish, 200ml of the regular Cleanse & Polish, a full-sized Instant Boost and a full size of your choice of Skin Repair.

It really is a fab collection with a gorgeous bag, exclusive to QVC, and has been selling very well already on our website, if you’d like to order early.

Tuesday was my only day off this week, and it was spent ordering stuff for our bathroom makeover. New bath, shower, loo, basin, taps, towel rail and tiles… it took the entire day, but I’m really pleased with our choices.

Work is due to start on 31st October, but we already have the workmen in at Chez Roberts. Yesterday, they were digging out all our old hall tiles and today they are pouring some kind of latex substance to get a level surface to tile on – I came to work early and left ‘im indoors to it!

Amidst all this chaos, I will be readying myself for two charity events next week. 24th October is World Polio Day and, to mark it, Rotary International are holding another crocus planting session. This time, they’re holding it in Queen Elizabeth Park, where the 2012 Olympics were held.

I will be there from around midday, along with fellow ambassadors Ade Adepitan and Konnie Huq, so please feel free to pop along and say hello. Rotary’s focus is to End Polio Now, which is achievable in the very near future if the vaccination programme – which has been so successful in reducing new cases to a trickle – continues to receive financial support.

The chosen colour for the campaign is purple and the fountains in Queen Elizabeth park will turn purple that day as a show of support.

It’s a big week for keeping polio awareness in the headlines as the 27th sees the UK release of the film Breathe, directed by Andy Serkis who many of you will remember from his excellent portrayal of Gollum in Lord of the Rings. The film is the true story of Robin Cavendish, who contracted polio in 1958 at the age of 28, put in an iron lung, and given only three months to live. He refused to spend the final months of his life locked away in a hospital ward waiting to die. He became a pioneer for the mobility of disabled people and far exceeded the predicted three months, finally passing away in 1994 at the age of 64.

Although not on general release until the 27th, I have been invited to attend a screening on Monday by British Polio. Their primary focus is to provide help and support for those of us living with the after-affects of paralytic polio, in particular Post Polio Syndrome – which has now been confirmed in my case. I’ve watched the trailer of the film and must remember to take tissues with me as, despite being an uplifting and inspirational story, I think it will be pretty emotional.

So, between builder’s dust, paintbrushes, charity events and writing, it looks like a pretty hectic five days away from QVC for me. I’ll be looking forward to being back on your screens next Thursday with a fab Today’s Special Value from Mally. It comprises three make-up bags, three different mascaras, three different shades of eyeshadow stick, and three different shades of eyeliner pencil… could be three presents ticked off your Christmas list!

Whatever you’re up to over the next few days, keep up to date with my news on Twitter (@Julia RobertsTV) and Instagram (@juliagroberts). For book news, visit my Facebook page (@Julia Roberts TV).

Much love,

Julia xx

30 Comments

  1. Anne Whitehead October 20, 2017 at 3:46 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, just wanted to say that I’m so pleased for you, that’s wonderful news. I did think when you were on qvc the other day after your (extended) holiday, that you looked amazing, really well. I really hope your good days continue. Lots of love, Anne xx

    • Julia Roberts October 24, 2017 at 3:02 pm -  Reply

      Hi Anne
      Thanks so much – my professor asked me at the appointment how I was feeling and I said ‘fantastic’ – mind you, that could have been the extended holiday! Fingers crossed the good days will go on for a while yet.
      Love
      Julia x

  2. Bridget McGee October 20, 2017 at 4:26 pm -  Reply

    Fantastic news about your CML. Hope it lasts for a long time.

    • Julia Roberts October 24, 2017 at 3:03 pm -  Reply

      Hi Bridget
      Yes, it is fantastic news. It would be great if I could do a whole year drug free!
      Love
      Julia x

  3. Diane October 20, 2017 at 4:51 pm -  Reply

    That’s great news Julia. I had no idea you had to cope with illness. You always look happy and upbeat. Wishing you continued good health

    • Julia Roberts October 24, 2017 at 3:05 pm -  Reply

      Hi Diane
      Yes, I was diagnosed in April 2012 but feel very lucky that it was caught early and has been effectively treated with the newer generation of drugs. Nice to have a break from the life-savers though
      Love
      Julia x

  4. Jill October 20, 2017 at 5:15 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Really pleased to hear you brilliant news. Fingers crossed it remains low.
    Have a lovely weekend.
    Love
    Jill x

    • Julia Roberts October 24, 2017 at 3:06 pm -  Reply

      Thanks Jill,
      I have everything crossed too
      Love
      Julia x

  5. Christine snell October 20, 2017 at 7:18 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Great news about your blood test results πŸ‘ long may if continue! Glad you enjoyed your recent hollybobs to Spain you certainly go a gorgeous colour!! Hope Alison Young hasn’t been giving you too much grief!! Lol
    Much love. Christine xxxxx

    • Julia Roberts October 24, 2017 at 3:09 pm -  Reply

      Hi Christine,
      The colour is down to the Ultrasun 30 with tan accelerator – it just seems really compatible with me skin. Funnily enough, Ali didn’t give me too much of a hard time, although she did say I’d regret it in ten years… I’ll be 71! I don’t think I’ll mind the odd wrinkle or two!
      Brilliant blood test news – I feel so happy to be off the drugs
      Love
      Julia x

  6. Liberty October 21, 2017 at 1:21 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia

    I’m so pleased for your test results. Your delight shines through the blog. Hurrah! And good for you. (i don’t do football, sorry!)

    Could you do an honest share what the side effects are of the oral chemo drugs? I think that would be really helpful for others in you situation; in these times we learn so much more from others in our situation than we do the professionals, it seems!

    Photos of the old floor tiles & new bathroom? Mine needs doing also, do some inspo’ would be great. The sticky floor stuff is the levelling compound…..don’t make the same mistake as me…..keep the 4 leggeds out!

    xxx

    • Julia Roberts October 24, 2017 at 3:36 pm -  Reply

      Hi Liberty
      Too late for photos of the old floor tiles I’m afraid!! We did keep the 4 leggeds off the levelling compound though so no unexpected footprints!
      I’ll do some pictures of the bathroom before they start next week – can’t believe we’ve lived with such a hotchpotch for nearly four years!
      Re symptoms of the oral chemo drugs – like most medication it is a very wide range and different for different people. My main issues were extreme tiredness, mild nausea and being thirsty after taking my drugs in the evening, along with arthritis starting in my fingers – although that could be down to old age!
      Love
      Julia x

  7. Josephine Jennings October 21, 2017 at 9:44 am -  Reply

    Congratulations Julia I hope your health continues to improve. Enjoy the week before you.

    • Julia Roberts October 24, 2017 at 3:38 pm -  Reply

      Thanks Josephine,
      I’m just at the World Polio Day event now and Breathe was tremendous last night. I should probably take it easy tomorrow or I won’t be ‘fit for purpose’ on QVC on Thursday
      Love
      Julia x

  8. EVELYN NOTMAN October 21, 2017 at 11:20 pm -  Reply

    So glad to hear about your blood results. I know what it feels like to have good results as my husband is a renal transplant of 46 years on 23rd Oct and although we are having an anxious time just now we have been blessed with good results in the past. I really miss you on QVC as you are not there as often and even though I may not be interested in the items you are presenting I watch just the same (as does hubbie) I wish you all the best for the future and hope your health improves day by day.
    Kind regards
    Evelyn

    • Julia Roberts October 24, 2017 at 7:41 pm -  Reply

      Hi Evelyn
      I hope your husband’s next set of results will be better.
      I still work full time at QVC (four days a week) but I do mostly daytime shifts now. So pleased you both enjoy watching my shows.
      Next blood tests are January – I will have everything crossed
      Love
      Julia x

  9. SheMag October 22, 2017 at 8:59 am -  Reply

    Julia, what unutterably fabulous news. And tbh that should be the rule for all of us…live in the now as much as circumstances allow, or you’ll miss wonderful things while being busy worrying about the next thing! I shan’t mention yesterday’s result…because that’s not in the present! Best wishes.

    • Julia Roberts October 24, 2017 at 7:44 pm -  Reply

      Hi Shemag
      Thanks for not mentioning the Znewcastle score line – a bit of a blow to concede in the 86th minute as apparently we played quite well. But, as you say, that is history, let’s concentrate on the present – tonight we need to try & stay in the Carabao Cup! Seriously though, I am over the moon to be drug-free for another three months
      Love
      Julia x

  10. Christine Cairns October 22, 2017 at 10:00 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia, it’s good to hear the positive news about your health – long may it continue. I’ve just watched a feature on the Sunday morning Andrew Marr show (BBC1) about the film Breathe – it looks very interesting. I thought about you, then read your current blog. I’m a child of the 1950’s and remember very well how Polio was a significant concern. I wish you well in every aspect of your life.

    • Julia Roberts October 24, 2017 at 7:48 pm -  Reply

      Hi Christine
      Breathe was a really good film and hopefully will remind people just how devastating polio can be. The battle to eradicate it is almost done but not quite there yet which is why Rotary keep fundraising to continue the vaccination programme.
      Thanks for your good wishes
      Love
      Julia x

  11. Ann Mustafa, October 22, 2017 at 4:19 pm -  Reply

    Pleased to hear you are drug three for a while and not taking chemo drugs I know how you feel I have been of them now for three yrs but still have to see my hematologist every three months,throughly enjoyed your show with Butler Wilson loved your green sequin top and also the jewellery,my club West Ham we are going through the same as your team but pls god both our teams will pick up,you are a great embassador to your polio cause hopefully all goes well,x

    • Julia Roberts October 24, 2017 at 7:53 pm -  Reply

      Hello Ann
      Amazing that you have been drug-free for three years – I hope I can achieve that, it would be amazing. The three month checks are annoying but at least they are keeping an eye on us!
      Our teams play each other this weekend – I’m not sure whose plight is worse! May the better team on the day win.
      Today was World Polio Day so hopefully we raised a bit of awareness that this disease still exists & could return at any point in epic proportions if we don’t continue to immunise against it.
      Love
      Julia x

  12. Linda Finch,, October 22, 2017 at 8:23 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,it really is fantastic news you can be medication free if only for a few months, it will see you through Xmas and New Year without the nasty side affects .I so enjoyed seeing you and Simon back together again you make a great team, and yes he did moan about your tan as you said he would, I too am having a break away with my son Simon and daughter in law Michelle ,grandchildren Harry and Ellie we are taking our caravans down to the new forest so hopefully the weather won’t be too bad ,will let you know, love for now Linda F xxxx

    • Julia Roberts October 24, 2017 at 8:00 pm -  Reply

      Hi Linda
      Being medication free has made such a difference to my energy levels so brilliant that I will have the whole of Christmas, New Year & my daughter’s 30th birthday feeling much brighter than I gave for the past five years.
      So pleased you enjoyed the show with Simon – I don’t think he nagged me too much about the tan!
      Hopefully the weather has been good for you in the new forest but they do say ‘a change is as good as a rest’!
      Love
      Julia x

  13. Sandra Gregory October 23, 2017 at 8:20 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, so very pleased for you that is great news. You looked fab with Simon. Xxx

    • Julia Roberts October 24, 2017 at 7:55 pm -  Reply

      Thanks Sandra. It was great to wear that green top again – too glam for day times!
      Love
      Julia x

  14. Christine October 24, 2017 at 12:15 pm -  Reply

    Good news Julia hope it continues well for you.

    Take care X

    • Julia Roberts October 24, 2017 at 7:54 pm -  Reply

      Thanks Christine xx

  15. Chris October 28, 2017 at 7:41 am -  Reply

    Julia congrats on being drug free. I know the horrors of drug side effects. Been on steroids for 18 months. Not nice. Well done you. Hope you keep well.

  16. Elizabeth keenan October 29, 2017 at 4:35 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia that’s great news all sorted for a few months. Looking great as usual. Keep well
    Much love
    Elizabeth πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

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