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!