Girls weekend!


With the girls

Hi there,

How are you doing? Thanks for keeping me in touch with everything, and as promised here's an update for you, oh and a few photos too πŸ™‚

The weekend before last was the long awaited break for me and my 'village' girlfriends to spend away – well one of the two that we treat ourselves to during the year.

Having booked back in November, it was a lucky break that we were going earlier this year, as it fitted in perfectly with my treatment dates and me feeling better and more mobile πŸ™‚ We'd also all agreed on a place a little closer to home, so far less of a drive than our usual Hay on Wye, but equally beautiful.

The weather was incredible, and so we had lunch on arrival at a local pub, and then made our merry way back to our rambling rented residence. It even had a small water fountain in the back garden, which was put to very good use the second evening we were there!

Paper boats Having devoured a fab curry that night, and then adjourned to the sitting room to sweat it out in mighty temperatures thanks to Sue's open fire making capabilities, we decided a bit of fresh air was needed. So opened the windows to reveal the perfect garden pond, complete with fountain! All that was required was to put a few boats upon the water, and all would be well in our world. 

I tell you, Julie and Sue's paper-folding skills would have put even our Dawn Bibby to shame, and my suggestion of putting birthday candles on top of the sails was enthusiastically received. Probably more so than the slightly less romantic, but more practical one of lining the bottom of each boat with a Tena Lady…

That aside, before long we were testing wind direction and as you can see from the picture not only did our boats sail, but they lit up the sky with their individual lighted candles πŸ™‚ Small pleasures eh? The photo of all of us was taken under intense stress – and hilarity – on a timer that kept misfiring πŸ™‚ I'm the one on the end with the short hair, easier to style, then less to fall out, which helps.

Not feeling too shabby and was very cheered to have a visit from Suzi B, who LOVED my "quaint" English cottage, as I knew she would πŸ™‚ I had managed though; prior to picking her from the station, to muddle my hospital appointments up, so arrived and was not expected! On the way back I got a flat tyre, so poor Suzi had to get a taxi and meet me at the garage – good job she's a seasoned traveller! 

We had Sam's birthday last week too – 22 years old now. We had all planned to celebrate on the Monday, but he and Ruth were both poorly so the following night I took him, Ruth and Jack to Nando's (Lucy sadly couldn't make it that night), but they had a 'proper' party last night with a whole heap of friends around to their flat.  I stayed in with Lucy and watched a lovely film, which was far less exhausting πŸ™‚

Violets Now that the various anaesthetics have worn off I do have more energy and have taken to walking the beautiful tracks and roads around the cottage, which is where I  saw these stunning violets just the other day – a true sign that spring, nay even summer, is well on its way.  Enjoy – and thanks to all those of you who are with me on my way through the seasons this year – your lovely words and the pictures you paint of your lives are a perfect way to keep in touch. 

Stay safe,

love Ali xx


  1. Mrs Janet Jones March 14, 2011 at 2:20 pm -  Reply

    My Dear Ali, so glad to hear your first treatment hasn’t left you feeling too bad! Glad you had a lovely time with your girlfriends(just what the doctor ordered!)and a happy birthday to Sam. Good idea getting your hair cut, my hair was quite long and I was so glad I had mine cut short before it all fell out after the first treatment. The photo is too small for me to see you clearly, but I am sure you look as lovely as ever.
    I am now trying to get fit and loose some weight after my treatments, so I decided to try out a zumba class. Talk about needing oxygen and a stetcher, my face was so red I think they thought I was having a hot flush!!! Saying that I did enjoy it and I will go back(knees allowing!) as I am determined to get fit again! Enjoy your walks around your cottage in the spring and you take very good care of yourself Ali,
    Speak soon Love Janet xx

  2. Dorothy March 14, 2011 at 4:57 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    Pleased your treatment went ok and you were able toget away with the girls,you should do it as often as you can do you good to get away and relax. You are really missed on QVC hope its not to long before we see your smile back on screen,(SHORT HAIR AN ALL)I always like you with your hair short, as mam always says CHEEKY face suits anything.(just kidding)Your little cottage sounds lovely when reading your blog i was walking through the fields with you. Where do the years go SAM 22 does’nt bare thinking about, Laura is panicking now as in 2years time she is 30(wish i was)She has started courting again seems a nice lad better than last one but do they take notice NO, it just took her 6years to find out, better late than never.They Lived together for 3years she is keeping the house as he could not aford it so that pleased her. Davy got plarster off and back to work after 8weeks, house was quiet when i came back from mams but will get back to normal.Sorry no more waffling.
    Alison hope all goes well stay strong,love to all the family.
    love best wishes.
    Dorothy xxxxx

  3. Martin forbes March 14, 2011 at 5:34 pm -  Reply

    hope you are on the way to recovery.
    all the best alison

  4. jean mullen March 14, 2011 at 5:45 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    Not very good at letter writing. Just want to say thinking of you nad hope you don’t find chemo too bad.

  5. Julie March 14, 2011 at 5:55 pm -  Reply

    Lovely to have a message from you again Ali. Have to say do like your hair and am glad you managed to take a break.
    I’m glad you’re feeling a little better.
    I too hope spring/summer is on the way. It was lovely with us yesterday I thought I could put my boots away but today woke up to a very heavy frost and scraping car windscreens-what a difference in two days!
    You’re still as mad as ever though-getting your hospital appointments mixed up!
    Do look after yourself,speak soon
    Julie xx Lily xx

  6. Rhona Fenton March 14, 2011 at 5:59 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, so glad to hear you had a fantastic time with ‘THE GIRLS’ just what you needed eh? and I knew you were getting a visit from Suzi as she emailed me just before she left for London and told me she was spending Saturday with you so I was so excited to hear that:) as I knew you would be over the moon to see her and spend time with her:) I did ask her to say hello but not sure if she would have got my reply in time before she left,hope you both had a fantastic time together as I know you were sad to miss her last visit, please pass on a happy belated birthday to Sam from us all here:) and I hope he and Ruth are feeling better now? my Alison is on her way over we are having a small get together with future mother-in-law also and some family members as a small Hen night as the big Hen night is on saturday oh no!! the wedding is just 2 weeks away this Friday, she has another dress now and so do I:) soon be your turn with Lucy:) hope all is going well your end wedding wise? so lovely to hear from you, hope your feeling better keep strong Alison and sending you all our love as alway’s lot’s of love Rhona xx

  7. mary morphy March 14, 2011 at 6:13 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, its lovely to hear from you agaim and wonderful to see you having fun with the girls and getting on with things that you had planned. I am sure this will aid your recovery and give you fresh energy to fight each batch of treatment. Can’t believe you got a flat tyre on the way from hospital, I hope a strong, burley, handsome man came to your rescue, (Just like in all the films!) Your cottage sounds lovely. Spring is a wonderful time, new life and new beginnings. Hope my card reached you. \much love Mary x

  8. morag March 14, 2011 at 7:29 pm -  Reply

    HI Ali
    I hope that you are getting an idea of how much you are thought of by so many of the QVC viewers – we sort of feel as if we know you because you share so much of what is happening in your life and with your family. Please know that so many thoughts and prayers are with you and with Sam. I am sure that you will tackle everything that comes your way with positivity and your fantastic sense of humour. Be good to yourself. Sending you lots of love and positive thoughts and wishes for a speedy recovery and looking forward to seeing you back with us soon. Love from Morag xxx

  9. Magda Chetty March 14, 2011 at 7:35 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Your blog cheered me up so much, so glad you are going out and enjoying your time with good friends, love the short hair.
    Happy Birthday Sam, hope from now on you have great times after your op. Please Ali do not be sad, I got my result and I was diagnosed with breast cancer, had blood test today, do the hospital runs next week and by the 25th the op. Iam scared. But reading your blog help me a lot. My husband and I had a cruise booked for May, but had to cancel, and he said will book it again when I get better, something to look forward to.
    It is going to be a long road for us both this year, but lets look forward to the end of this road, and I will come to London and see you then. All my love.

  10. Liz Clements March 14, 2011 at 8:56 pm -  Reply

    Great to read your latest blog Alison. What a wonderful group of friends you have around to support you this now.Nothing like cheery company to keep your chin up, although, I think you are doing a terrific job on your own. Before you know it, the treatment will be over and you’ll be back at QVC entertaining us again.
    Love from all my family, Liz.

  11. Liz March 14, 2011 at 9:48 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    I am so glad you had a fab weekend away and managed to enjoy great company and simple pleasures. The fun will have been immense, I’m sure. I have been out for lunch twice in the last week with my new ‘cancer’ friends – all breast cancer ladies -and we have had some real laughs and their friendship is wonderful and something I thank this disease for!! I’m also looking forward to an extended holiday in Mallorca in April – thanks to the probable strike by the Spanish, we have brought flights forward by a week so are lucky enough to be having 3 weeks instead of two. I always take a positive out of things if possible.
    Well, you will have one less chemo to go now too!!! I counted down from the very first one (I had 8 in total) and after number 2 I said that’s 25% gone and it didn’t seem as bad.
    Having those little walks will be great for you too and you will love seeing the little things we too often take for granted. I live by the sea and when I had treatment, I made a point of going out every single day to get fresh air – even if it was a 5 minute stroll on the prom. My other half made sure I got out too and converted a big van into a sort-of camper so we could park on the prom and have all mod-cons, including tea and cakes, and I could have a nap when I needed to. We still have it and it will be out again very soon, complete with tables, leather recliners and a silverplate tea service……It’s a vision.
    I hope the next lot of chemo goes smoothly and you don’t suffer too many side effects. My hair all fell out exactly on day 14 but that was the only side effect that was noticeable for me, especially as I didn’t bother with a wig!! I found those wristbands you can get to combat seasickness worked a treat too. And I could use all my Liz Earle and Decleor stuff so that was lovely as the scents are so calming.
    I look forward to reading things from you on the BCC website very soon or when you are able. It’s such a fabulous source of support and I’ve missed it this last week while it’s been redesigned. The advice others give is invaluable so do use it and ask any questions, no matter how trivial they may seem to you – someone will have been there already!! I had worries over my back the other week (because of secondaries there) and the girls were giving their help instantly and I didn’t feel as bad.
    Anyway, I’ve rambled on here about me too much and hogged what should be your blog so I’ll sign off.
    Take care, Liz x

  12. Meryl March 14, 2011 at 10:13 pm -  Reply

    Just thought I’d mention how happy you look in the picture with your friends in your most recent blog Alison. You truly are an inspiration to everyone who sees you on QVC ! Good luck with all your treatments . By the way I used to envy one of your hairstyles in the past -when you cut it fairly short with small flicks at the back and sides. It really suited your face along with your bubbly personality ! Anyway, I wish you well and as soon as you’re feeling better -please come back to the QVC family again – you’re “hugely missed ” – for your beautiful personality , wisdom and funny stories about your lovely family and friends which you often share with us. God bless and keep being positive ! Meryl xxx (A “QVC addict ” as my husband likes to call me)

  13. Pam Richardson March 14, 2011 at 11:34 pm -  Reply

    So lovely to read one of your bloggs Alison, i do miss reading them. Glad you are getting out and about with your friends and family when you feel up to it. I would imagine when you have a not so good day they are a great comfort to you. I think sometimes it is ony during times of stress and adversity that we truly realise how wonderful our friends and family are and how lucky that makes us. I always feel for people who have to go through bad times without any one close to be there for them.
    Take care Alison, lots of love and best wishes to you.
    Pam Richardson

  14. helen s March 15, 2011 at 9:40 am -  Reply

    Oh I’m so glad that your out and about, my Mum was exactly the same. There were down days, lots of them, but there were lots of up days too, and the determination in her face to throw on a bit of make up, don another of her well deserved purchaces, not being one to ever shy away from shoppiny anyway, made the up days a lot better for her. She is my hero and I love her to bits and my dad for looking after her so very well. I read this is book once and almost wept, I had to phone my parents to tell them I loved them. The quote said ‘A life can change in a blink of an eye, all you have is right here and now. Don’t ever put off telling someone how you feel, don’t assume that they know because they might not!.
    Keeep dancing my love and take care, chat soon.
    Helen S xxxx

  15. Liz March 15, 2011 at 10:33 am -  Reply

    PS Ali – I have used SBC’s propolis gel on my throat and chest area since diagnosis and am sure it helps fend off the little germs and bugs. Put a little bit on every morning.
    Magda – I have read your posts and even though I don’t know you, I wish you too all the very best in fighting this disease. Keep as strong as possible but give yourself ‘me’ time too and you will get there. It’s full of good and bad days but from my experience, the fun on the good days far outweigh the bad ones. I’m counting the days to my Mallorca visit and the sun so please book it for me !!!!
    A little saying I heard recently which I think summed up my feelings. ‘We all end up in the same place but optimists have more fun getting there than pessimists’. Or something to that effect.
    Best wishes to all, Liz x

  16. Alison Keenan March 15, 2011 at 11:20 am -  Reply

    My dear Magda, thank you so much for letting us know how you are, and although I AM sorry, I am sending you my love and know that you – like I – will have the strength to get better again. Lean on all those who can help and I am certain that you, like I, will be carried along by the enormous amount of love and kindness that surrounds you. Thinking of you, and please do keep in touch, with my love, Ali xx

  17. Alpa March 15, 2011 at 1:44 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    How lovely you are to keep posting and letting us know how you are doing. I haven’t written here before and as I always read your blogs, I thought it time to put fingers to keyboard πŸ™‚
    I am pleased that you had your ‘Girls Weekend’ and I did smile at the Tena Lady boats πŸ™‚ How ingenious! I am also happy to hear you sound so positive and upbeat and I am sure you know that it is absolutely fine to not be ok when you do not feel it.
    A happy belated Birthday to Sam and I hope that he and Ruth are feeling better now.
    I hope you received my card (sent to QVC Towers) two weeks ago and another shortly on its way for your Birthday πŸ™‚
    I did peer closely at the photo of you all (well it is rather small….at least that’s what I told myself!) and I like your new short hair – very stylish.
    I don’t think you will mind me adding a message here for Magda and Una?
    Magda – I am sorry to hear of your diagnosis and sending my best wishes to you x
    Una – I was in need of a laugh and thank you so much for making me laugh with Knicker Story 1. Please can we have the second story as well ?! x
    Ali, take care,
    Love Alpa x

  18. josephine ellis March 15, 2011 at 3:26 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali i am so happy you had a lovely time with your friends its just what you need!! you look so so lovely and well.I pray for you. Now keep geting better. love jo

  19. Sandra Hood March 15, 2011 at 3:45 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali I have missed you so much on QVC, so I read your blog and discovered that you were poorly, I send you all my love and get well wishes.
    You are such a beautiful person inside and out, please take care and speedy recovery.
    Your short hair is adorable, you have such a pretty face, keep smiling Ali and we are all wishing you well.
    Hurry back its not the same without you!
    Lots of love. Sandra xxxxxx

  20. Patricia Anne Kurton March 15, 2011 at 3:47 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ali, Just wanted to say how lovely to read your Blog today and so glad to hear you arn’t feeling too bad and are getting out enjoying yourself.I so miss seeing you on-air and look forward to seeing you again in the not too distant future. Springtime lifts one’s Spirit and the picture of the Violets is definately a sign of new things to come. I send you a big hug and wish you every happiness.
    Take good care of yourself,
    Love Anne xx

  21. Una March 15, 2011 at 4:43 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Really hoping you get this on Wednesday so I can wish you a very very HAPPY BIRTHDAY. Not sure if you will be having treatment, but hoping it goes well for you. That will be the 2nd one down, done and dusted.
    Debz, thats not even funny!! my boy is an angel, ha ha hhaaaaa!!!
    Ok ladies here we go. KNICKER STORY No2!!!!!
    I was leaving work one evening, just setting the alarm. When I felt a little “ping” just at my hip. At first I ignored it, all I was worried about was catching my bus, which was due in 2 minutes, and I still had to leg it to the bus stop! As I was crossing the road, I felt a little bit of “movement” shall we say, but still didnt think too much about it.
    My bus arrived, and I started my journney. All going well so far, but I had another bus to catch. Once again, I had to run like the wind to get my connecting bus, which meant a 45 minute wait at a freezing cold bus stop, if I missed it. Half way to the other bus, I became aware of “something” going astray round my thigh! I was thinking ” its fine, its all good, just keep running, 45 minute wait, keep running, youre wearing trousers, its fine!” I managed to catch the bus, and by this time, i realised my gorgeous wee lacy number was almost round my knee!! Got myself settled, smiled at my fellow traveller, and then started to have a wee panic. “what if, when I stand up, it falls down and catches on my heel, (sound familiar Ali!!! LOL!) OR, what if when I get off the bus, it falls down, gets caught on my foot, then flies off and hits the person standing innocently waiting for the bus, square in the face!!! Oh the shame!! Hmmmm, what to do?! I had to take it off, of course! Bearing in mind, theres a poor guy sitting next to me, trying to have a little baby nap.
    I started to wriggle around, shooogling my leg around, so it would slip a bit further down, then I could grab it. I was ALL over that seat, wriggling, squirming, tongue between my teeth, you have no idea how hard I was concentrating!! I was exhausted, and glanced at my “friend” who was looking at me with the most bemused look on his face.
    Theres not much room on these coach type buses, elbows were everywhere, but this thing was just not for moving, but we were nearing my stop, and again I had this vision on someone wearing this thing on their head, or worse, so started wiggling around again, and then it happened, it was round my ankle, phew!!
    THEN, I had to get it from my ankle into my bag, without anyone seeing it! Not easy in such a confined space. EVENTUALLY, the little divil was in my grasp, all scooshed up, but safely in my hand. I smiled ever so sweetly and just said “got it!!!” and sat back as if nothing had happened. I have never seen anyone look so confused, or move so fast when the bus stopped. the poor boy must have been as traumatised as I was!!
    Im never wearing G strings again. The bigger the better, I love Bridget Jones, thats all I have to say!!
    Hope that made you smile Alpa. What a lovely name.
    Ali, have a great birthday my love. Magda, chin up, we are all sending hugs.
    Love to all
    Una xx

  22. Joanna Downey March 15, 2011 at 9:51 pm -  Reply

    Yehhhhhhhhhhhhhh, the girl’s back and sounding her bubbly self. I LOVE the hair and whatever happens to it during your treatment it will return, as you will too. Spring does look as though it’s on it’s way here in the West Midlands. Buzz, our rabbit, now spends his days in his hen house ( he’s very spoilt with this two storey building as well as his night-time hutch) but he does give me the evil eye when he’s put out at 7:30 every morning. The buds on the magnolia and cherry trees look as though they are about to burst open and the blackbirds are collecting as much moss and twigs for their nest as they can cram into their beaks. Your regular contact with all of us has become part of my life and the stories from some of the others are priceless; I thought Knicker Story 1 was good, the second one was a classic and I love the word ‘shooogling’, I’m going to try to include it in a conversation at school every day for a week. Well I’ve gone on for too long but I send you mega support and bucket loads of affection as always. Love from Jo.

  23. Del March 15, 2011 at 10:51 pm -  Reply

    Dearest Ali. Lovely to see your blog again. I’ve been checking every day, wondering how you were getting on with your treatment. I’m so pleased to hear about your girlie weekend – it sounds like it was great fun.
    Happy birthday!! Keep dancing. Thinking of you.Lots of love Del.xx

  24. Jeannie March 16, 2011 at 9:16 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali – glad to hear things are going well for you and that, as I expected! – you are keeping cheery! This is the time you find out who your REAL friends are, just as I did 5 years ago, when I was going through my chemo. When all my hair fell out one morning in the shower, I have to admit it was a scary experience. However, I managed to find a beautiful wig which was very like my own hair and many people had no idea I WAS wearing a wig! I also continued wearing my make-up, which made me feel as normal as possible. Keep your chin up, Ali, and keep ‘ticking off’ each treatment, which really does help! Very best wishes to you and your family.

  25. Heather Wilcockson March 16, 2011 at 1:32 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison,
    Glad you are out and about. I have had breast cancer twice different types in the same breast , the last time resulting in a mastectomy 3 yrs ago.
    I can honestly say since then I haven’t looked back, the care I received and still receiving at the Marsden is second to none. Although I didn’t have reconstruction most of my friends have forgotten unless I mentioned it. It really didn’t take long to get back on my feet and I am doing everything I did post cancer.
    Including pilates and swimming.
    My life style is very good, Family and friends very supportive and I enjoy going to Oz to see our son and family including our 3yrs old grandson.
    Life takes on a different meaning and you enjoy every day.
    Take care, hope to see you back soon.

  26. Gail March 16, 2011 at 5:54 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, lovely of you to keep in touch and so glad you managed to get some time away before starting treatment. Loved the boats with the candles. Hope you are not feeling too bad at the moment; remember to focus on going forward (when going through Hell, keep going) even when weakish moments rear their head.
    Lovely to hear Una’s stories; I know they cheered you up. She sounds like such a lovely, caring lady. I had been waiting for Una’s knicker story and it didn’t disappoint. I have a story that happened on a bus, but many many years ago now but still very vivid in my mind. I was on a bus when a man got up to get off the bus and his watch caught the man in front’s toupee and it ended up dangling from his watch. I had to move seat because I was laughing so much (I know I’m a horror as I realise this is obvious a sensitive subject for some), but I didn’t get let off for my insensitivity. When I got off the bus I went into Heals and bought a beautiful tall spaghetti jar. As I walked down Tottenham Court Road with my beautiful jar someone knocked into me and, yes, it smashed into many pieces. What goes around comes around springs to mind, but a true story.
    I’ve had 20 years of illness and all that it entails (not Cancer) and I must say that it has revealed who I am rather than changed who I am. What is really important in life definitely sticks out very clearly now and that makes living so much simpler and enjoyable.
    Sending lots of love and a big hug.
    Gail xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  27. Dorothy March 16, 2011 at 6:45 pm -  Reply

    Hi Magda
    im so sorry it was bad news, life is so unfair hope all goes well. Keep smiling and stay strong.
    Love best wishes Dorothy xx
    Una you are hilarious would have loved to see your antics. take care and hope things are getting better. love Dorothy xx

  28. Susan March 16, 2011 at 8:45 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    So good to hear from you! I love your hair short like that but as the other girls say – it would be great if the gal who does the pics would/could make them bigger!? You have such a pretty face that you can carry that gorgeous style. I hope and pray that your remaining treatments will go not too bad. I’m sure your calendar has a massive tick through the first!? Hope that Sam and Ruth are better. Not so good when everyone is ill – makes it so difficult! We’ve been there a few times too! Really glad you got your girls holiday away and here’s to the next!
    Look forward to the next installment.
    Take care
    Susan x
    PS How is your lovely Mum?

  29. Susan Ewan March 16, 2011 at 10:32 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison…..thinking of you often and wishing you well throughout your treatments and ultimately a speedy and full recovery.
    Love Sue x

  30. Alison Keenan March 17, 2011 at 6:40 am -  Reply

    Dear Janet, loving the sound of a Zumba Class! I know that one of our guests at QVC teaches it and she always looks amazing πŸ™‚ I’m sure you’ll be up to full strength and suppleness in no time. Love to you, Ali xx

  31. Alison Keenan March 17, 2011 at 6:47 am -  Reply

    Dorothy so glad that Davy’s plaster is now off and that he’s able to get back to work – must have been driving him mad not being able get on with things – or for you to find him things to do :)!! I wish Laura well too – maybe second time lucky; I do hope so. Missed my walk yesterday as back in hosp for a few tests just to get treatment comfortable, but mum here with me for a couple of days, so we’ll take you with us on our walk – a lovely idea πŸ™‚ Enjoy the peace, as you say no doubt it’ll be back to normal soon, love ALi xx

  32. Alison Keenan March 17, 2011 at 6:48 am -  Reply

    Martin, ticking off the treatments as I go, so thank you πŸ™‚ xx

  33. Alison Keenan March 17, 2011 at 6:50 am -  Reply

    Jean I appreciate you writing, and thank you for your kind words. Will keep in touch, love Ali x

  34. Alison Keenan March 17, 2011 at 6:52 am -  Reply

    Julie, admittedly a little more chilly here this morning, but Lily would love the little rabbits I can see from my window as I type this. I have primroses and daffodils in the garden too, so nature doing its work πŸ™‚ Love to you, Ali xx

  35. Alison Keenan March 17, 2011 at 6:56 am -  Reply

    Rhona, only two nights before your mini hen night!! Can you cope with the anticipation?! I can’t believe your Alison’s wedding is so nearly here, and hope very much you’ll be able to send me a photo of the dress she finally chose and your outfit too! Sooooo exciting. I’m sure the weather will also be beautiful on the day. Sam and Ruth both better now and yes, a lovely time with Suzi, sadly too short, but such a treat. Do keep in touch, love from ALi x

  36. Alison Keenan March 17, 2011 at 6:59 am -  Reply

    Mary your card did reach me and thank you πŸ™‚ And yes a strong burly man did come to my rescue = my son Sam!!! Ably assisted by Ruth I have to admit. Kitty (my car) now has two new tyres, and I’ve bought a new jack for her – the air was blue as poor Sam struggled with the bent one we found in the boot! Happy days. Take care, love Ali xx

  37. Alison Keenan March 17, 2011 at 7:02 am -  Reply

    Morag, to be honest I have been humbled/overwhelmed by how amazing you’ve all been, coupled with the kindness of the staff at the hospital and of course family and friends, I know I’ll get through this completely cared for. Taking a day at a time, and loving reading through all your comments. Thank you, love Ali xx

  38. Alison Keenan March 17, 2011 at 7:06 am -  Reply

    Liz, can’t tell you how much I’ll be looking forward to that! Great to keep in touch this way though, and I love the little community that you’ve all set up – just that essence of everyone else’s lives brightens mine πŸ™‚ With love, Ali x

  39. Alison Keenan March 17, 2011 at 7:12 am -  Reply

    LIz, you never ramble, and it’s great to pick up your tips and advice as well as hearing how it was for you. Funnily enough I went onto the BCC forum on Sunday to find that they were redesigning it, and so will log on again and write later this week. So glad it helps with your ongoing concerns though; you’re very brave… The van sounds like a great idea – I guess I’ve got Sam’s off road monster if push comes to shove, although nowhere near as palatial πŸ™‚ Day 9 today, so I’ll let you know about my hair – have a couple of wigs ready, but will probably need a bobble hat if it’s as cold as this morning! I

  40. Alison Keenan March 17, 2011 at 7:16 am -  Reply

    Meryl, thank you! πŸ™‚ I’ve actually been talking to Richard Ward, the lovely new hair product guest, and he’s going to put me in touch with someone who can make a real hair wig for me, so that may well be the style I go for – very blonde I think πŸ™‚ Staying positive, and ticking off the treatments as my lovely other bloggers have suggested. It was good to hear from you, Love Ali x

  41. Alison Keenan March 17, 2011 at 7:24 am -  Reply

    Pam, you couldn’t be more correct πŸ™‚ Have had a couple of those days and Lucy and Mel came round, and then Sam came with me to do a few things, which is so much better than feeling rough on your own. I feel very lucky to have you all!! Love to you, Ali xx

  42. Alison Keenan March 17, 2011 at 7:26 am -  Reply

    Well Helen, not a dry eye here either! Thank you for your thoughtful comments, and for telling me about your mum. You’d have laughed if you’d have seen me the other day, after my walk, looking somewhat the worse for wear, but shower, mascara, splash of perfume, another day..Love to you and the family, Ali x

  43. Alison Keenan March 17, 2011 at 7:28 am -  Reply

    Liz, will do, have some in my bathroom cabinet, thank you, Ali x

  44. Alison Keenan March 17, 2011 at 7:31 am -  Reply

    Alpa, I love the fact we can all ‘talk’ to each other on this blog, and it makes the reading all that more interesting too πŸ™‚ Glad you like the blog and the hair – although as you say the picture is a tad small but you can get the general idea. Yes, thank you for my card, it was forwarded, and was very kind of you. Please do keep in touch, love Ali x

  45. Alison Keenan March 17, 2011 at 7:33 am -  Reply

    Jo, thank you for your prayers, and as you say, getting better is what it’s all about. Taking a day at a time, love Ali x

  46. Alison Keenan March 17, 2011 at 7:35 am -  Reply

    Sandra, good to hear from you and thank you for your kind words, and glad you like the hair πŸ™‚ Much easier to style, although I do miss my velcro rollers!! Do keep in touch, love Ali x

  47. Alison Keenan March 17, 2011 at 7:38 am -  Reply

    Anne, thank you and glad you liked the violets. I have them popping up in the lawn, so not planning to mow that just yet πŸ™‚ Actually saw white violets the day before yesterday, which seem such so odd – like green blueberries – if there were such a thing πŸ™‚ Do keep in touch, and thank you for my hug, love Ali x

  48. Jean March 17, 2011 at 9:03 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison,
    Glad to hear your treatment went okay, lets hope it continues like that. I am so glad to hear you had a good time away with your friends, it is at a time like this when you need them and your family around you. Yes it is lovely to think that spring is on its way.
    Hope everything goes on okay for you, do take care and all the best.
    Love JEAN XXX

  49. Una March 17, 2011 at 9:32 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Hope you had a good birthday. No doubt you got spoiled just a wee bit!!!!!!!
    Gail, shame on you for laughing!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh the mental images in my head right now, LOL!!! We should maybe all get together and write a book of all our little bus “incidents”!
    Dorothy, I can assure you, its best you cant see my antics!!!
    We are doing reasonably well considering. I had been dreading March. Lots of first anniversaries and birthdays, and the lovely boy who was killed at xmas was due to be married this Saturday. I am not looking forward to that, but we are getting together to have a little party to acknowledge the day.
    Trying to keep busy and positive and so far its not been so bad.
    Lots of love to all
    Una xx

  50. Elaine Sallis March 17, 2011 at 12:06 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Hope you are getting over your first treatment. You are dealing with this as you seem to have dealt with all things in your life you really are an inspiration to us all. Really miss seeing you on QVC you really feel like a friend although we have never met. Poppy went to see a second specialist yesterday and the decision has been made that the lump she has is not at the moment anything to be too worried about and that they will remove it when she gets older unless it appears to change. So that was a relief. My daughter has chosen her wedding dress and will now be getting married in August instead of next year. This is because my son(Poppy’s father) and his partner have cancelled their wedding. Yet more dramas!!! Can I take the time to thank all the people who replied to me via your blog about Poppy. Magda I am sorry to hear your news. This is such a dreadful disease. I wish you well with your hospital appointments during the next few weeks.

  51. Alpa March 17, 2011 at 1:14 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Thank you for the reply. There was no way that we could miss your beautiful face in the photo. You are lovely with short hair πŸ™‚
    I hope that you enjoyed your Birthday and that you were very spoiled. I was tempted to sing Happy Birthday to you here but I restrained myself as I didn’t want to scare everyone off!
    I hope that your hospital apppointment yesterday went as well as it could.
    I’m happy that Mum is staying with you and I hope that she is continuing to do well. Your cottage sounds idyllic and I loved the photo of the violets. There is something quite magical about spring.
    Una, thank you for that. I thought the same when I saw your name πŸ™‚ And not only did Knicker Story No2 make me smile but how I laughed….with you of course! How very funny!!!!
    I will be thinking of you on Saturday x
    Ali, take care
    Love Alpa x

  52. Gail March 17, 2011 at 5:08 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali, I have been reading through your blogs and, like yourself, love to read about everyone’s different journey in life. I am so sorry to hear about Magda’s diagnosis. Like all of us, we can only live one day at a time and I have learnt that we are all only as good as we feel today. No-one knows what tomorrow will bring, so let’s all just enjoy the moment. Most of us are so busy worrying about tomorrow that we forget about today, and in doing so lose it. I hope you understand where I’m coming from and not just rambling; sometimes it’s very hard to put into words what you feel or think.
    You sound ‘chirpy’ but I know you must be feeling low to say the least. Hope your mum and Sam are okay. Illness doesn’t just effect the person who is ill so hope everyone staying strong.
    You concentrate on going forward and enjoying life’s little pleasures because, at the end of the journey, you will probably realise that life’s little pleasures are actually big ones. Each and every one of us who reads this will have at least one thing in common – we all woke up this morning. One of life’s little pleasures, no, one of life’s big pleasures.
    Anyway, mustn’t waffle on. Lots of love to all the ladies who blog and, of course, your good self. Take care.
    Sent with love from Gail xxxxxxxxxx

  53. Rhona Fenton March 17, 2011 at 7:01 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, can you forgive me, Happy Birthday yesterday to you, mini hen nights and weddings round the corner no excuse I should have been on your blog yesterday with your birthday wishes so I can only hope you managed to have a lovely birthday and the family spoiled you to bits as you deserve it:) but I am sure they did:) now you know me Alison of course I will be sending pictures to you off our Alisons big day but don’t get a shock with her dress you know shes not a wedding person but she will still look beautiful with a touch off scotland round her waist, will let you try and guess that one but am sure you will, there will be pictures flying everywhere, even Suzi is on the count down she emailed me and told me ha ha, and of course like yourself wants pictures:) well I better since I have her and Adams wedding pictures in the house only fair I do the same back but you know what us mums are like eh:) just remember that when its Lucy’s big day I will need pictures:) hope you are keeping well Alison and you still look beautiful with your short hair I think off you all the time and glad you have your family and friends close buy, Suzi only wishes she was nearer to you Alison she hates that shes so far away from you, but am so glad you had a fantastic time together:) I thought you were going to say that it was Suzi that changed your tyre for you:) lovely to hear from you as always keep strong lots of love Rhona xx

  54. Denise March 17, 2011 at 8:50 pm -  Reply

    Thank you for finding time to put a blog on here Alison you are missed both on here and on screen. Good to hear that you are keeping your spirits up and sounds like a fun weekend. Your positive attitude will go a long way. Love the hair although I always thought whatever style you had used to look nice which I envy very much. A visit from Suzi B too what a lucky girl you are!
    Can’t really add anything else just stay strong and you’re in my thoughts.
    Sending you much love
    Denise xx

  55. Diane Shaw March 18, 2011 at 12:09 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Sending you lots of love and special thoughts.
    Diane x

  56. Gail March 18, 2011 at 1:47 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali, a belated happy birthday and many, many more to come. Much love, Gail xxxxxxxxx

  57. janet March 18, 2011 at 1:50 pm -  Reply

    Hello Alison,
    good to read about your lovely trip away with girl friends.
    If I may say so you really are a “Ray of Sunshine”
    Much Love
    Janet Groves

  58. Shauna March 18, 2011 at 1:57 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    So pleased you are managing to keep in touch with us all. Your Blog page seems to be turning into a very special club!
    Keep up with the positive thoughts… will get through it.
    As I’ve said before, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. By the way, I LOVE the hair!
    Much love

  59. Debz March 18, 2011 at 2:50 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Happy belated birthday from me and Ainzley who is currently asleep in a shaft of sunlight, obviously dreaming of something dramatic as he keeps twitching and meowing to himself. I sometimes wonder what goes on inside his head but then think to myself that some things are better left undiscovered!!
    Una, your knicker story reminded me of an incident that happened many moons ago when I was 15. My friend Mandy was very pretty and boy didn’t she know it!! Always going about tossing her hair and smiling at the boys (I never did that type of thing obviously!! I was a good girl honest!) One Saturday we’d decided to go into town to buy some make-up. She was dressed to the nines and I’d got my old jeans and a t-shirt on feeling very plain next to Mandy strutting her stuff bless her! We were about to cross the road but two cars were approaching the junction so we stepped back onto the pavement. The second car had stopped a fair way behind the first car and Mandy took this as a sign that the nice chap had fallen for her charms and was letting her cross the road. Off out into the road she goes, all the time smiling at the man behind the wheel.
    All of a sudden Mandy seemed to plummet to the ground, legs in the air and handbag contents everywhere. What she’d failed to see was the tow rope attaching both cars together!!! I nearly wet myself with laughter and so did the man in the car. Boy did Mandy sulk for the rest of the day!! Mind you, she always looked where she was going after that!!
    Sending hugs to you Ali and Una as, despite you having us all in stitches on here, you too sound as if you need a hug too this week.
    Debz & Ainzley (=^-^=) XXX

  60. christine pierce March 18, 2011 at 2:53 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    So nice to read your blog because you sound as though you are coping very well, and most of all able to enjoy yourself. I will keep looking for further posts and hope they are uplifting as this one. It sounds as though you have lovley friends and family around you to keep your spirits up if you do feel down. It does sound as though you have a had a lot on your plate recently but Im sure things will get better.
    Just wanted you to know (although Im sure you do) that there are a lot of people thinking of you and sending you all good wishes for sucessful treatments and a speedy recovery…
    ps dont worry about the hair, if anyone can look good with none its defenitely you, you have such a lovely face.

  61. Barbara Stone March 18, 2011 at 10:13 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ali,
    Just wanted to add my best wishes to you, bit late in the day I know, but have missed seeing you on the telly.
    Hurry back and get really well

  62. Eileen. March 18, 2011 at 11:27 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, lovely to hear from you again, I always read your blogs and they usually make me smile, glad you are feeling ok between treatments, god bless, take care. Eileen xx

  63. Louise March 18, 2011 at 11:43 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    You are certainly missed on air at QVC by us viewers and I’m sure you are missing the atmosphere and company of the place. I admire you for having the energy and inclination to post on your blog; I do hope that so doing helps you to feel that you are still involved in the machinations of the operation of QVC. I know that you will be having enough love and support dished out to you by the family which is, let’s be honest, the most important thing. But, hopefully, just being aware that everyone is thinking about you and anticipating a speedy return to QVC will also help you to stay confident and positive.
    Take care Ali. See you back on air soon.

  64. deborah stubbs March 18, 2011 at 11:44 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, good luck with all your treatments my thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Take Care
    Debi x

  65. Rosanna Wren March 20, 2011 at 10:13 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison,
    Good to hear from you and that you are out and about! I was so sorry to hear about your illness and hope that you continue to fight it with all your might. I love reading your blogs as your humour shines through and brightens my day! A while ago I laughed until I cried while reading your blog about your eyebrows at the spa!
    Best wishes to you and your family and take good care of yourself.
    Love Rosanna x

  66. brenda williams March 20, 2011 at 1:54 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Missing your face on QVC, my thoughts and love are with you. Just wanted to say how great you are thats all, you are a lovely lady, and so glad you have supportive family and friends. Take care Ali.
    Love Bee x x

  67. Babs March 20, 2011 at 2:19 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison Thankyou for your blogg and letting us know how you are it can’t be easy.Your hair looks lovely,suits you. You are keeping positive and keep smiling.You have lovely, caring family and friends who make a huge difference to how you cope at times like this as you know.I do know what you are going through as my dear sister had cancer at the age of 50yrs. Belated Happy Birthday to Sam, hope he’s doing well. Love and hugs to you and your family. Babs xxxxx

  68. Andicseke March 20, 2011 at 4:56 pm -  Reply

    My dear Alison,
    I can’t belive somehow I found the way to write you. i hope you get it and can reply me. We have so many thing happened since we did not hear about each other. untill you can write i send soo many kisses to all of you. ( I hope my english is ok a little bit)
    xxxx Andrea from Hungary

  69. Alison Keenan March 20, 2011 at 10:25 pm -  Reply

    Hello Jean, good to hear from you and I hope that you enjoyed the balmy sunshine we had here over the weekend. Warms the very soul of me πŸ™‚ Thank you for your cheery comments, and all the best to you too, ali xx

  70. Susan March 20, 2011 at 10:27 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, so good to hear from you and it sounds as though you are doing exactly the right thing with your girly weekend. Here’s to many more of them as good friends and being in their company is invaluable and the best uplifting tonic. I am so pleased to hear of your good progress and it is no surprise to hear just how positive you are and full of the future. Quite right too!! You are such a positive and bubbly person and are very much missed on QVC by all of us eager viewers. It is lovely when one of the other presenters tells us that they have seen you, or been in touch with you and gives us little updates on how you are. Thinking of you and your family with special love, thoughts and prayers.
    Love Sue xx

  71. Alison Keenan March 20, 2011 at 10:28 pm -  Reply

    Una, we could call the book “On the Buses”!! ….oh that’s already been done πŸ™‚ You are a hoot, and I know it won’t just have been me who laughed out loud at tale of your travelling gussett :)I had a lovely birthday with all the children and even mum – can’t remember how many years it’s been since she was able to be with on the day itself….I hope you got through this weekend OK… been thinking of you, love Ali xx

  72. Alison Keenan March 20, 2011 at 10:32 pm -  Reply

    Elaine, I am realising reading your reply that clearly I missed what you had written about Poppy, but may I just say that I am very relieved to hear that all is Ok and nothing to worry about….Thank heavens. However it sounds as though you now have plenty of other things to be concerned about! Hope you are one of those girls who find it easy to find the right outfit to wear for the occasion – five months to go! I’m sure it’ll be a fabulous day. Take good care, and thanks again for keeping me in touch, love Ali xx

  73. Alison Keenan March 20, 2011 at 10:36 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alpa, all good with the CT scan and hospital appointments. They are looking after me very well, and will now tweak next treatment to avoid recurrance of the same symptoms. Yes, mum loved the cottage too, although she was glad of her five foot height – the doorways are only a few inches higher! Poor old Jack almost knocked himself out on Christmas day!! Thanks to a surfeit of vodka the effects were softened….:) Stay safe, love Ali xx

  74. Alison Keenan March 20, 2011 at 10:43 pm -  Reply

    Gail, you have a way with words….. really touched me when I read them. Yes, Sam is doing well…it’s been a long haul and confidence is something I know suffers when you veer away from the normal route.. but we’re working on all these things with Ruth. You’re so right when you talk about worrying about tomorrow so much that we lose today… An unregimented life ie. the one I’m now living is very odd for one who is normally so structured, but some things take more effort, and others hardly feel worth making the effort for…. until the sun shines, the birds sing and I can feel the warmth on my back… so I keep moving forwards… the only way eh? πŸ™‚ Thanks Gail, sending you my love, ali xxx

  75. Alison Keenan March 20, 2011 at 10:49 pm -  Reply

    Rhona, I can imagine that if Suzi and I had even attempted to change the tyre we would have ended up having to flag down a burly handsome man to help us!! πŸ™‚ I miss her too, but precious moments as they were will last a while, and it was a rare pleasure to have her in my home after the number of times I have visited and she has spoiled me πŸ™‚ Could I be correct in thinking that your daughter Alison will be having a tartan waistband?? Or a haggis instead of a bouquet??? Don’t get me started, it’s late, and I may need to reach for a wee dram πŸ™‚ Yes I am so very much looking forward to Lucy’s big day, and now my friend Jo is going to be doing her hair, so it’ll be very much a family affair. I love the fact that even when your universe is tilting slightly, life carries on as you know it will do…Can’t wait to see the photos – and clearly I’m not the only one. Take care, and keep in touch, love Ali xx

  76. Alison Keenan March 20, 2011 at 10:54 pm -  Reply

    Denise, lovely to hear from you, and thank you for your kind words. Have to wear my specs now when using the computer and just pulled a chunk of hair out when I put them on top of my head… not sure my short style is to be with me much longer, but thank you for taking time out to write: Staying positive, yours, Ali xx

  77. Alison Keenan March 20, 2011 at 11:02 pm -  Reply

    And Diane, the same to you. πŸ™‚ Thank you, Ali xx

  78. Alison Keenan March 20, 2011 at 11:05 pm -  Reply

    Janet, it was great to be able go on my trip away πŸ™‚ Hope you’ve enjoyed the fabulous ‘rays of sunshine’ we’ve had over this weekend, and thank you for writing, love Ali xx

  79. Alison Keenan March 20, 2011 at 11:07 pm -  Reply

    Shauna – you’re right!! And I feel very privileged to be part of the Club! Bit like the Famous Five, but no club house needed πŸ™‚ Hope life is treating you well, and thank you for your compliments re my hair…. hanging onto it for as long as I can πŸ™‚ love Ali xx

  80. Alison Keenan March 20, 2011 at 11:12 pm -  Reply

    Dear Debz and Ainzley, thank you for making me laugh out loud for at least the second time this week πŸ˜€ Poor Mandy…..HAHAHAHAHAHHA Reminds me in an equally unChristian way of a girl friend Anne who was blessed with wonderful assets and boy did the boys love her! We all went to try on jeans on in one of the old Wrangler Jean shops where the changing room doors were fashioned like saloon doors. Anne, struggling with an incredibly tight pair of jeans fell out of the changing room onto the shop floor…we dined off that one for years πŸ™‚ Hug from me too to Una, and keep the stories coming. Love to you both and a cuddle for Ainzley from me, Ali x

  81. Alison Keenan March 20, 2011 at 11:16 pm -  Reply

    Christine, you’ve brought a tear to my eye… thank you for your incredibly kind words and thoughtfulness…. Gail Porter I am not, but I’ll hang onto your compliments… don’t think it’ll be much longer now, but I have been lavishing my crowning glory with some of the best that we stock, so at least it’ll be in good condition πŸ™‚ Yours, and everyone else good thoughts, positivity, kind word, prayers, love and kindness are key to MY positivity… keep it coming, and thank you πŸ™‚ Love Ali xx

  82. Una March 21, 2011 at 11:30 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    lovely to hear from you this morning.
    So glad to hear your Mum was with you to share your birthday celebrations. It doesnt matter how old we are, its just nice to get birthday hug from your Mum.
    I try to limit my bus journeys these days, just incase!!!!
    Debz story, and your poor Anna story had me giggling this morning, just what I needed. Very very funny.
    Weekend was a bit tough, although a rucksank incident caused a great deal of hilarity, and I promise, I had only consumed a cup of tea at that point!!
    Hope the kids are all well. Wedding preparations will be well under way by now, and keeping everyone busy, Im sure.
    Lots of love as always
    Una xx

  83. helen March 21, 2011 at 2:25 pm -  Reply

    Just checking in to see how your doing? Don’t worry about the hair loss, my Mums came back even thicker that it was before she started treatment, if thats at all possible, and now boasts about needing it cut at least every 4 weeks. I don’t have her genes on the old hair front, mine being VERY fine and constantly standing on end with static at the moment. Must be the weather, my excuse any way. Just been shopping for my daughter, who at the age of 8 is in age 10 clothes. She has shot up and needs a complete new wardrobe much to her delight. I’ll probably be wearing last years relicks which my other half says are just fine. Men just understand about clothes, well my man doesn’t, or the need for them. I like nothing best that the thrill of shopping bags or the delivery van pulling up outside with my purchases, YEH!!!! I definately following my Mum for that gene!!!! Long live shopping, heehee.
    Keeeep dancing, luv and hugs
    Helen S

  84. Susan March 21, 2011 at 4:48 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Just reading your replies to everyone and I am just hoping you are ok today…after reading your hair is now starting. I am sure it’s hard for you as us girls – as much as we complain about our hair – it is something that makes us us. If you know what I mean?! Unfortunately something that seems to come part and parcel of chemo but you I know will focus on the outcome – of health. That’s the most important thing as I know we’ve both agreed on beore.
    Take care
    Susan x

  85. Alison Keenan March 21, 2011 at 11:27 pm -  Reply

    Andrea I can barely believe you have found me after all these years!! I am hoping the little soul with you in the photograph is your child, and that you are happy. I can remember waving goodbye to you at the airport when Jack was still so small, and you sticking to your promise of not turning back…… where did the years go? Do write to me at QVC, Queenstown Road, London SW8 and then I can reply properly. You were very much a part of our family for the year you were au pair to the children, and I know they’d love to hear how you are doing too. Love Ali xx

  86. Alison Keenan March 21, 2011 at 11:37 pm -  Reply

    Dear Jo, I think I missed your comment when I read through last night, so I just wanted to say thank you so much for writing, and bringing me up to date with life in the West Midlands. I remember so well working for Beacon Radio on the Tettenhall Road in Wolverhampton, and loved my time in that part of the world. Why do you have to put your rabbit Buzz out in the morning?? Does he have a portaloo? πŸ™‚ Love Ali xx

  87. Alison Keenan March 21, 2011 at 11:42 pm -  Reply

    Dear Heather, I have a feeling I missed your comment too, but just wanted to say how relieved I was to hear that you coped so incredibly well with a particularly difficult time, and how that reading of all the things you still do that you’ve always done, but of the additional pleasure they now bring you. I’m trying to do a few things I’ve NEVER done before, like speak Italian, so you’ve given me a little push in the right direction πŸ™‚ Thank you and I wish you continued good health. Love Ali x

  88. Alison Keenan March 21, 2011 at 11:50 pm -  Reply

    Gail you not only make me laugh with your stories, but also make me realise that whatever I may be going through it’s going to be all sorted in just about a year….. 20 years of ill health sounds like pergatory to me and I think we’re all very lucky to be getting to know the person you always have been rather, rather than someone who is defined by their illness…. I will however be investing in some double sided, incase somebody gets their watch caught in my wig!! Love Ali xx

  89. Alison Keenan March 21, 2011 at 11:53 pm -  Reply

    Barbara, never too late to keep in touch, and so I thank you for it. Missing QVC Towers myself and all my pals πŸ™‚ Love Ali x

  90. Alison Keenan March 21, 2011 at 11:56 pm -  Reply

    Louise you are right and very perceptive. As I’ve just said to Barbara I do miss so much about QVC… I was driving past on my way through London on Saturday and had to pop in. I managed to see Claire, Charlie and Craig, and felt really choked that it was purely a passing visit and I couldn’t work…. but I will be back…. rest assured: your positivity and that of every single person who has been kind enough to comment will help that happen. Thanks again, love Ali xx

  91. Alison Keenan March 22, 2011 at 12:01 am -  Reply

    Rosanna, so glad that you enjoy reading the blogs. I have to admit to finding it very pleasurable to write them, and great to read them back months later too πŸ™‚ I found a photo I took of myself to send to my sister the day after my eyebrows were dyed – by crikey I looked a fright!! Mercifully the quizzical expression is very much softened now you’ll be glad to know. Take care, and thanks again, Love Ali xx

  92. Alison Keenan March 22, 2011 at 12:02 am -  Reply

    Bee, they are all I need, and I thank you for writing to me, love Ali x

  93. Alison Keenan March 22, 2011 at 12:04 am -  Reply

    Babs I was sorry to hear about your sister, and hope that she has made a full recovery. Sam is doing very well now, and hopefully once he takes delivery of his new leg he’ll be up and away πŸ™‚ (not too far though I hope) You’re absolutely right about friends and family at a time like this – not something I could get through on my own at all. Love Ali xx

  94. Babs Dyson- Litherland March 22, 2011 at 1:47 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alison,
    I just wanted to say THANK YOU SO MUCH (you know what for). Thank you for taking the time for me when so much is going on in your life, you are so very kind and thoughful.
    Miss you very much on QVC and cannot wait to see your lovely face and bubbling personality very soon.
    Take Care Much Love Always,
    Babs Dyson.

  95. Steven March 22, 2011 at 7:00 pm -  Reply

    All the best on your road to recovery Alison. Your wonderful friends and all the well wishers on here will help you I’m sure
    Take care and very best wishes.
    Steven xxxxxxxxxxxx

  96. Alison Keenan March 22, 2011 at 11:06 pm -  Reply

    Una, I can only begin to imagine what you keep in your rucksack!!!! If not something frilly, lacy and small, then what!! You should see the new bras I’ve just had to invest in… they look like small hammocks but very comfy….oh I how I miss my beautiful frillies Colin used to buy for me, but patience is a virtue…. and I know it’s not forever πŸ™‚ Have a great week, and I promise to let you know how Friday’s special dinner for Kathy Tayler’s and my combined birthdays goes..can’t wait.
    Love Ali xx

  97. Alison Keenan March 22, 2011 at 11:09 pm -  Reply

    Helen this is just the beginning!! Wait till she wants matching shoes and bags to go with the clothes! Enjoy, it passes all too quickly πŸ™‚ You should try Ojon’s rub out for the static in your hair… it’s brill. Have a great week, love Ali x

  98. Alison Keenan March 22, 2011 at 11:10 pm -  Reply

    Susan, am hoping it’ll hold on for one more day as the gorgeous Claire Sutton’s coming to see me tomorrow, and I soooo envy her hair..thanks for keeping in touch – as always – love ali xx

  99. Marg March 23, 2011 at 12:41 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali, well thats us nearly half way into another week,it may seem to drag at times when your activities are limited but I think this year is running away from me. I have appointments with pediatrists, diabetes docs, and others with Joe, we never seem to be away from the docs and hospital for long but he is being looked after so well it is very humbling that all these people want to I know a little of how you must feel,it takes a wonderful breed of person to take on these,sometimes thankless, jobs. What would we do without them,I dread to think.I hope you are getting through your treatments without too much distress, I feel a cheat saying I have no experiance of your condition so I cannot claim to know how anyone in your situation deals with it,but thats today, who knows what tomorrow will bring,I have learned never to say never.I still have my hand out for you and hope at some time it will give you a little comfort, hold on Ali and QVC will be knocking the door in no time. You are greatly missed on screen,I hope it wont be too long before you are gracing us with your company. You have a lovely group of bloggers, a measure of your popularity with the veiwers, they really are super,and you deserve them,the best for the best, God Bless Ali,and best wishes to Sam,

  100. Una March 23, 2011 at 1:46 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Hope you and Claire have lovely girly time. Your birthday dinner with Kathy will be just what the Dr ordered. (pardon the pun)!! Im sure you will all have a great time.
    You are absolutely right. Its not forever. This is just a blip, a tiny part of your life. Its major and overtakes everything right now,but I promise you, 5 years down the line, it will seem like it wasnt even real.
    I know what you mean though. I love my lacy numbers. I dont drink (honestly!) and have never smoked, so thats my guilty pleasure. Oh, and my Elemis and Loccitane of course. The Hammocks not a good look, but it wont be too long before you can get the “good stuff” on again.
    Its not so much what was IN the rucksack. The bloomin thing had me hanging on a door handle like a puppet on a string!
    I love my rucksack, I got it years ago in Greece, and its huge and leather and still smells gorgeous, so I use it a lot.
    I had left something in the car, and went to get it. When I got back to the door, I realised it had locked behind me. I hammered at the door (which is the most beautiful chunky heavy door, very old, and solid) and then my mobile rang. I tried to answer it, but dropped it. I turned round, bent to pick it up, and as I did that, the straps of my rucksack caught on the handle. Just then, our host opened the door. You have to picture this ok! Im back to back with the door. My arms are dangling, shoulders up round my ears, legs straight out in front of me, and my backside about a foot off the ground!! I kid you not, my legs were like bambi. my feet were going ten to the dozen and I was getting nowhere!! To top it all, I started to giggle, and was helpless just dangling there. David started to laugh too, and was trying to prop me up, unhook me and try to stop the door from closing again, all at the same time. He was laughing so hard he started snorting which made me absolutely howl even more. Tears were streaming down our faces. In the end, he just had to push the handle down and I fell off, flat on my back!! I was then like a stranded whale, cos the rucksack was quite full and still on my back, so I couldnt push myself up. Being the “gentleman” that he is, he helped me up, and started to brush me down. THEN, I glanced over to the kitchen window, and EVERYONE was standing watching, absolutely wetting themselves. Shame you used all the Tena lady to make your boats Ali.
    The entire party had seen it all, and not one of them came to help a damsel in distress!! The funniest thing is, my cousin was still on the phone, and could hear everything. We could hear the wee voice yelling in the background “whats she done now, tell me what shes done”
    It could have been quite a sombre day for us all, but in the end, it was a lovely day. Im sure our gorgeous boy had something to do with it. he would be sitting on his cloud organising it all, and laughing harder than all of us.
    I ruined my gorgeous pink stiletto boots into the bargain, but heyho, what can you do!
    Have a good week Ali. Dont worry about the hair. Small price to pay, and you are still you, we love you anyway.
    Hehehe, going back to the hammocks! My best friend in the whole wide world, is a bit on the large side, boob wise, and Im not, shall we say. I was sitting in her kitchen one day, having a cup of tea and putting the world to rights, and she was sorting her laundry. She picked up this ENORMOUS bra, and I couldnt help myself saying ” My word, you could bring your weeks shopping home form Asda in that” She looked at my little baby boobs, and said, “whatever, you couldnt get a 10 pence mix up in yours” LOL, best friends eh!
    lots of love Ali, please wish kathy a happy birthday from me.
    Una xx

  101. Gail March 23, 2011 at 6:38 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, you did make me laugh when you mentioned investing in double sided tape! Hopefully the fittings of these things have improved since the 70’s (it was funny though). Funny isn’t it; I can hardly remember what I did yesterday but clearly remember this incident. Poor man, it wasn’t very funny for him I’m sure. Sorry your hair is starting to shed but just remember it’s only hair and it will return. Just say to your hair, “Goodbye for now, see you soon.” When my mum had chemo, I remember her hair growing back thick and curly; she was delighted as her hair had been thin and dead straight. I’m so glad you are finding a little comfort from all our blogs. Ali, doesn’t every one envy Clair’s hair? It’s the most beautiful hair I’ve ever seen and, yes, I wish I had hair like Claire so you’re not alone with the envy, although we know it’s not really envy. Hope Claire is okay as we haven’t heard from her for a long time, although I realise she is very busy with all her lovely children. Also, have a wonderful Friday dinner with Kathy. Glad you are feeling up to doing all these things. I also hear that you are going out with Dale soon; whose a lucky girl then!!!!!!!!! As I’m typing this, I’m watching Dale icing a cupcake – he’s just full of hidden talents. Hope you don’t mind me sending best wishes to Magda as I know her op is soon. Hope everything goes well Magda; keep us informed.
    Speak soon, take care. With love from Gail xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  102. Joanna Downey March 23, 2011 at 7:48 pm -  Reply

    Hello Alison, thank you so much for your reply. Buzz, a honey-coloured Holland Lop, is a rescue bunny, so after an awful start to his life he now is somewhat pampered. He sleeps in his hutch at night and as the weather has become milder he spends his days in his second home in the garden – put out before I leave for school in a morning. He does have a sort of portaloo and he can reverse into it which I think is rather clever. One colleague asked me if I thought it was right for a “mature” woman, whose children had left home, to have a rabbit as a pet. I don’t care, he needed a home, our two cats mainly ignore his presence and I love him. Love makes the World go around and I have always believed that we should give more than we receive and tell those we love how we feel about them. All of us out here in QVC land love you and have you in our hearts and minds. My Husband calls you the lovely Ali and always asks how you’re getting on. Finally, and you must be awash with advice/remedies, fizzy drinks that have gone flat are very good when feeling nauseous. Keep smiling sweet. Jo

  103. Alison Keenan March 23, 2011 at 10:28 pm -  Reply

    Steven how lovely to hear from you again, and yes you’re right, my wonderful friends – those I spend time with, and those I know through this blog – are certainly carrying me along… you take care, and keep in touch, love Ali xx

  104. Alison Keenan March 23, 2011 at 10:34 pm -  Reply

    Marg, never feel a cheat, it’s all relative. I very much hope Joe will be feeling better soon, and I like you, agree that there are so many unsung heroes out there. ‘Ellie’ performed a heart scan for me yesterday,and then took time out to show me the pictures and film she’d taken and explained what it all meant…. it was all OK, but she allayed my fears very quickly. I hope so much that Joe will be feeling better soon, and that your days won’t be dominated with endless appointments and tests. Take good care of each other, love Ali xx

  105. Alison Keenan March 23, 2011 at 10:35 pm -  Reply

    Babs, it takes one to know one…. and you are incredibly thoughtful. Keep smiling πŸ™‚ love Ali xx

  106. Liz March 24, 2011 at 9:41 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Just popping in again to see how you’re getting on. I do hope you have a lovely meal tomorrow with Kathy and enjoy all the time you spend with friends.
    Don’t worry about the hair – I’ve just had mine cut for the 8th time in 2 yrs it grows so quickly. It’s wild and curly like it was before but came back, wait for this, minus the bits of grey that had started to appear !!!! My mum’s did the same. Granted chemo is a bit of a drastic way of getting rid of grey though… I had a day trip to London (round trip of 250 miles!) to have my hair cut by the only person I’ll let do it and to meet my sister who lives in the big smoke. We had a lovely stroll in the sun and then a very leisurely lunch. It was a great day.
    I have been for scan results today and after a ‘blip’ with my back and a radiotherapy zap in January, things appear to have settled down again. I stay on my same treatment and the next checkup is in 3 months’ time – after trips to Mallorca and Paris and doubtless some lovely lunches with friends at home!!
    So all is good in my world at the mo and I hope you can enjoy your between-treatment days doing lovely things with your family and friends.
    Keep positive !!
    Liz x

  107. DENISE March 26, 2011 at 8:24 pm -  Reply


  108. Maggi Upton March 26, 2011 at 8:54 pm -  Reply

    Just wanted to send a message to say I always loved your hair when it was short, you Pipa and Kathy always had the best hair young and funky, even knowing it’s short out of necessity rather than choice, I for one think you look much prettier with short hair, it will lift your face and show off your lovely eyes,

  109. Alison Keenan March 27, 2011 at 9:48 am -  Reply

    Hello there Gail, lovely to hear from you πŸ™‚ Sadly I didn’t get to see the lovely Claire as her little lad Joe wasn’t feeling so good, but we have rearranged for this week which is something to look forward to. I had a lovely time at Kathy’s on Friday, and will put my photos in the next blog, but suffice to say it was ‘just what the doctor ordered’ πŸ™‚ I have to say I didn’t know about Dale’s plan??! I’ll have to find out more, and maybe even get him to ice a cupcake for me! I too wish Magda well, and think her op was on Friday, so hopefully she’ll be feeling a lot more comfortable by today. Take Care, love Ali xx

  110. Alison Keenan March 27, 2011 at 9:51 am -  Reply

    Jo, thank you for telling me more about Buzz – he sounds delightful! A honey coloured bunny, how pretty πŸ™‚ And clearly talented if he can reverse into his portaloo! I think it’s lovely that you’ve taken him in, and I know that my friend Ros loves the two rabbits that she now has as part of her family, so I don’t see there has to be an age limit on caring for them πŸ™‚ Oh, and I’d not heard about the flat fizzy drinks, but your timing is good as next treatment on Wednesday…love Ali xx

  111. Alison Keenan March 27, 2011 at 9:56 am -  Reply

    Hi Una, lovely to hear from you again, and yes I had a fab time at Kathy’s, with more than a few laughs, and plenty to catch up on…. and talking of laughing, you did it again with your rucksack incident! You are a hoot, and clearly quite a girl – what with your frillies AND pink stilleto boots!! Oh and your bra story was priceless too… a certain friend of mine allowed her cat to sleep in the cup of one of her bras, but not while she was wearing it… and on that note, I hope you have a good week, and I’ll be in touch again soon, love Ali xx

  112. Liz March 27, 2011 at 3:52 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison,
    I just want to send you the best of all there is———to strengthen and sustain you as you travel your path. I trust you will be back on our screens soon, happy and healthy again!

  113. Mrs Norma Smithson March 27, 2011 at 6:30 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    You won’t know me from adam or should I say eve, but for many years you have been the presenter on QVC, who I have trusted, your stories always seem to add to the benefits of the products, and your quirky sense of humour is amazing. I hope all these will help you during the coming months, I look forward to seeing your “bonny” face back on the screen, My thoughts are with you together with my love and best wishes, Norma xx

  114. Cheryl March 27, 2011 at 8:48 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, hope that you are doing ok? Don’t worry about the hair loss, I was hysterical when mine started to fall out approx 2 weeks after my first chemo, but in the scheme of things it really isn’t important and although I brought a wig I didn’t actually wear it after a little incident. Was taking my son to be fitted for his prom suit and thought that I better wear my wig, well I put it on and I am standing in front of the mirror trying to adjust the thing and decided to brush it, well the brush caught it and it went flying across the room, my husband and son didn’t know whether to laugh or cry, so we all had a good laugh, the wig went back into the box and that is where it has stayed. My only concern was for my children in case someone said to them about me being nearly bald (my youngest was only 10yrs old and I was desperately trying to protect him) but he said mum don’t worry, as long as you are alright. There is a saying that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger and it is so true, I have always been a shy person but after this it has made me more open and outgoing and always ready to speak to people and if a few kind words can help them the way that it did me that makes me very happy. It has now been 3 years since my diagnosis and all is well, I have just been moved onto yearly check-ups, something that I could not imagine happening back then, but it is surprising where the time goes and although it is an experience that will never leave me or my family, and I will be honest I do get very worried when it is check-up time, most days now I do not even think about it and that is something that I thought would never happen. As for the hair it is fully regrown, it now past my shoulders and as naturally curly and thick as it always was, whereas in times past I used to get upset that I couldn’t do anything with it, now I just embrace it and go with it, as I have experienced the other side. When I did lose my hair my scalp became very dry and sore and I purchased the sensitive collection of products by Philip Kingsley and they were amazing.
    I really hope that you are keeping well, can’t wait to see you back at QVC and wishing you lots of love and virtual support, maybe one day we will be lucky enough to meet.
    Best wishes to you and your family.

  115. Doe Brown March 28, 2011 at 3:26 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ali, thought you might like this little saying Jeanifer
    Kirk had at the end of one of her letters she sends
    “Wishing you starlight in your soul,
    and Angels in your life”
    God bless you Ali,you are doing so well, all good wishes to Sam as well,
    lots of love, Doe XX

  116. Petra May March 28, 2011 at 9:07 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    Did not realise why you were not on screen. I wish you all the best. I was lucky today, got the results and it was not cancer. Had quite a scare for a while but the hospital were brilliant and I have been really lucky. Look forward to when you are back on screen. Take care. xx

  117. Hannah Lynch March 29, 2011 at 12:48 am -  Reply

    hi ali so glad to hear things are going ok for you so far keep the heart up and you will be back lighting up our lives in no time love and best wishes hannah xx.

  118. Mrs Janet Jones March 29, 2011 at 11:08 am -  Reply

    My Dear Ali, I will be thinking of you as you have your 2nd chemo tomorrow. My chemo was always on a Wednesday! From your blogs you sound as if you are coping well, but I know you will have some down days,when you just want to be on your own. But know that this will pass,and you really do appreciate the small things in life, which is important when you are unable to do as much as you could before. When your treatment is all over and you breathe a huge sigh of relief, you really will appreciate life and your family and friends more than you ever thought possible. But in the meantime do look after yourself,be kind to yourself and try and stay positive(easier said than done some days!)
    Take good care Ali you are in my thoughts, Love and oodles of positivity Janet xx

  119. elaine sallis March 29, 2011 at 11:43 am -  Reply

    Hi ali
    Hope you are feeling ok. just thought I would let you know about the latest happenings in my household. Part of the plaster board in my hall ceiling has been loose for at least a year and after constant nagging hubby decided to put a plaster nail in it for me. What happened? The whole bloomin ceiling came down!!! It was a lathe and plaster ceiling so imagine the mess. So that was Friday and on Saturday we had a dinner party, what a lovely welcome floor joists and wires hanging down to greet them. Its still like it and maybe in a year plaster board will be reattached. Divorce? probably sooner that that.
    Lots of love Elaine

  120. Una March 29, 2011 at 1:45 pm -  Reply

    Hello Lovely
    How are you doing this week? Hope you are coping with the treatments.
    You will be a dab hand at it by this time. Its not so scary after all is it. The hospital staff are just wonderful and so understanding. I know you have good days and bad days, but hopefully the good far outweigh the bad.
    LOL, my rucksack incident has been well discussed, MANY times!! My nephew thought it would be hilarious to “hide” it for the rest of the day. It turned up unexpectedly everywhere I went. It was hanging on the hook on the bathroom door, it was in the fridge when I went to get the wine (to serve to the other guests you understand!) it was in the cupboard where the crisps were lurking! In the end, I locked it in the car boot cos I was convinced it was stalking me! I think it will be a LONG time before I live that one down!! Im just glad there were no frilly numbers hidden in any of its many pockets, can you imagine!!!!!!!
    My love to the family, hope your Mum is doing well.
    Keep dancing Ali.
    Love Una x

  121. Alpa March 29, 2011 at 1:57 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    My last post here seems to have vanished so here goes again πŸ™‚
    I’m happy that you enjoyed your birthday dinner with Kathy. There is nothing like laughter to lift your spirits! And I am sure that you will enjoy your time with Claire.
    I will be thinking of you tomorrow and I hope that as your treatments have been tweaked, they will be a little more comfortable for you. Ginger helps with nausea and flat coke helps an upset tummy.
    I have to say that I can not look at frillies, rucksacks or getting on the bus in quite the same way as before. And that’s before getting to the pink stiletto boots! Thank you Una, for sharing with us and making me laugh πŸ™‚
    Take care, Ali
    Love Alpa x

  122. Gail March 29, 2011 at 7:53 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali, hope you are keeping positive on your journey forward. Good days, bad days, they are all better than the alternative hey. I do hope I didn’t spoil any surprises re dinner with Dale, but he had mentioned it on his blog.
    How are the wedding preparations going? Let’s not focus all the time on ‘illness’; we are all soooooooooooo much more than our ailments/illnesses.
    Take care, keep strong and remember the only way is FORWARD.
    Sending lots of love and a big hug, Gail xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  123. Eileen. March 30, 2011 at 12:44 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali, hope your treatment went well, I do miss you on screen but you will soon be back, so chin up as they say. I also like your hair short, it shows of your lovely bone structure and your twinkling eyes. Take care of your self, hope Sam is ok.
    Eileen. xx

  124. Gail March 30, 2011 at 1:08 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali, will be thinking of you today as I think today is your treatment day. We’re all with you in spirit, keep strong. Lots of love to you and the family, Gail xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  125. Alpa March 30, 2011 at 2:52 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali, thinking of you and hope that your treatment went well today.
    Take care,
    Love Alpa x

  126. Susan March 30, 2011 at 4:22 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    I just had to echo what Gail etc have said and wish you luck on your treatment today. I hope it has gone/will go not too bad. It is really lovely to hear from you and know you are coping ok. You really are phenomenal. I am so glad you had a fab time at Kathy’s – she’s just so motherly and warm isn’t she. Looking amazing as well. Saw her with a lovely floaty blue top on the other day. She’s a great calming influence I think. Hope you get to see Claire this week and I so agree – her hair is AMAZING! I also agree about the flat coke. It helps neutralise all the awful acid bile we bring up when we’re sick. A GP told me that one night I was soo sick! He was right!
    You take care.
    Much love,
    Susan x

  127. Sally Buckley March 31, 2011 at 10:09 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    Your girly weekend sounded fab..keep smiling and hurry back soon..nobody says ‘classy’ quite like you! πŸ™‚
    Sal x

  128. Alison Keenan April 1, 2011 at 2:24 am -  Reply

    Denise, thank you so much for taking the time out to write to me – the first time you have ever commented on a blog – makes me feel very privileged, and happy to know you. Do keep in touch, love Ali x

  129. Alison Keenan April 1, 2011 at 2:30 am -  Reply

    Maggie, bless you for your kind words, and I’ll make sure I pass on the compliments to Kathy and Pipa too πŸ™‚ Sadly I lost the last of my hair today, but am delighted to read that when it comes back it may be without the grey! Silver lining and all that. take care, love Ali x

  130. Alison Keenan April 1, 2011 at 2:36 am -  Reply

    Liz you are such a tonic, and it’s always lovely to read your comments – especially about the grey hair!! Lost the last of mine yesterday, and am feeling more than a tad chilly around the ears! That aside I just wanted to say how pleased I was to hear that your ‘blip’ has been resolved and you have two lovely holidays to look forward to – very much deserved I’d say πŸ™‚ I had a wonderful evening with Kathy and co, and it gave me a chance to feel ‘normal’ for a while and to be ‘myself’…a person sometimes when I look in the mirror I feel I’ve lost, but with mother’s Day on Sunday that I will be sharing with all the children and their partners, it makes me realise it’s all temporary and there will always be something to look forward to. Thanks again for writing, love Ali x

  131. Alison Keenan April 1, 2011 at 2:37 am -  Reply

    Liz, your message will sustain and strengthen me, and I thank you for it, love Ali x

  132. Alison Keenan April 1, 2011 at 2:39 am -  Reply

    Norma, how lovely to hear from you,, and bless you for all your lovely comments. I am missing QVC Towers and my friends very much, but am counting the months until I return….because I will, as soon as is humanly possible! πŸ™‚ Love Ali x

  133. Alison Keenan April 1, 2011 at 2:43 am -  Reply

    Cheryl, it’s taken a little longer for all my hair to go, and yesterday I too ventured out in a wig – on possibly one of the windiest days off the year so far…it stayed on much to my relief πŸ™‚ It’s hard for the children though, and particularly when yours were so young, but I’m delighted that your three years further on now and your experience has made you stronger. Thank you for the Philip Kingsley tip.. I am about to order mine! I am hoping to return closer to Christmas once all my treatments are over, and it’s good to know you’ll be there, the other side of the camera, love Ali xx

  134. Alison Keenan April 1, 2011 at 2:44 am -  Reply

    Doe, what a lovely name, and a lovely sentiment, for which I thank you very much, love Ali x

  135. Alison Keenan April 1, 2011 at 2:45 am -  Reply

    Petra, soooooo pleased for you. Stay well, love Ali x

  136. Alison Keenan April 1, 2011 at 2:47 am -  Reply

    Hannah, Thank you πŸ™‚ Staying strong and determined…love Ali x

  137. Alison Keenan April 1, 2011 at 2:49 am -  Reply

    Hi Janet, Yes, second treatment was on Wednesday, and you’re right about the down days, and sleepless nights! That aside, I had a fab night with Kathy and co, and I am seeing Claire tomorrow, my god daughters 18th I’m hoping to make on Saturday, and then Mother’s Day on Sunday with all the children and their partners πŸ™‚ Your positivity helps me, and thank you for keeping in touch, love Ali x

  138. Alison Keenan April 1, 2011 at 2:51 am -  Reply

    Elaine, OMG!! I hope your dinner guests were given hard hats! Think positive though, like you always tell me too… maybe it’ll only take 6 months for him to repair it, and divorce I wouldn’t recommend! Love Ali x

  139. Alison Keenan April 1, 2011 at 2:55 am -  Reply

    Hi Una, not doing too badly, although as you will see by the time, imsomnia seems to be a side effect this time round! You’re right about the hospital staff. I have Anne-Marie and Roma – who single handedly run the chemo unit – and they are fab. Mum’s doing well too thanks, and I am with all the children and their partners on Sunday for mother’s day which will be a joy for me.. Perhaps you could take the heat off with a tote bag rather than the rucksack for a while? Love Ali xxx

  140. Alison Keenan April 1, 2011 at 2:58 am -  Reply

    Hi Alpa, the flat coke is helping and I am eating all things ginger, which for me is a joy as I love it! πŸ™‚ Am hoping to see Claire later today, and bless her she is going to tie her hair back and we are going to try on scarves and hats, as I lost the last of my hair yesterday – she’s such a sweetie. Thanks for keeping in touch, love Ali xx

  141. Alison Keenan April 1, 2011 at 3:00 am -  Reply

    Thank you Sal, and remember, we ‘classy gals’ have to stick together πŸ™‚ Love Ali xx

  142. Alison Keenan April 1, 2011 at 3:04 am -  Reply

    Hi there Susan, yes treatment was fine, and luckily the anti sickness are working well for me – imsomnia a new one this time! Variety is the spice of life they say πŸ™‚ Yes Kathy spoiled us rotten with a beautiful meal, and a chance to leave everything else behind. I agree with all that you say about her – no-one can quite light the screen up with their beautiful smile and twinkly eyes the way she can. I’m fingers crossed I can make it to see Claire later today too which will be lovely. Hoping you’re much improved now,and that the sickness is a thing of the past. love Ali xx

  143. Alison Keenan April 1, 2011 at 3:07 am -  Reply

    Gail, wedding preparations are going very well, with Lucy now designing her own wedding ring!! There are no end to her talents πŸ™‚ Dale texted me to confirm his invitation, so I’ll let you know when we can arrange it and fill you in on the goss! Keeping on moving forward and sending you my love. Thanks for keeping in touch, love Ali xx

  144. Alison Keenan April 1, 2011 at 3:09 am -  Reply

    Eileen I’m missing it all too, but promise to be back as soon as I possibly can πŸ™‚ Sam’s improving daily and is now going to the gym regularly and should be fitted for his new prosthesis in the next week. thank you for asking πŸ™‚ Love Ali x

  145. Susan April 1, 2011 at 11:10 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Really good to hear you are coping not too badly with the chemo – but insomnia is awful too I know. I find a CD really good called ‘Change your life in 7 days’ – so relaxing and sometimes i drop off to sleep. May be useful. It comes in a book. By Paul McKenna. Just the soothing music is lovely – never mind the words! I was recommended it myself. Take care and enjoy Mother’s Day. My word how YOU deserve it!!!
    Susan x

  146. Julie April 1, 2011 at 11:26 am -  Reply

    Alison, how do you do it?? You’re such an inspiration to us all!You’re really going through it and still manage to reply to everyone on here and “appear” to keep your chin up and keep your sense of humour-but then knew you would!!
    It puts everything into perspective and nothing’s worth worrying about(you’ve taught me that)
    Hope you enjoy all your days with your family,friends colleagues etc. (roll on Christmas if it means you’re back on screen-but only for that reason!!)
    As always my family sends you loads of hugs and kisses
    Please keep in touch
    Julie xxxx Lily XXXX

  147. Debz April 1, 2011 at 3:29 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Glad your treatment is going OK and that your lovely nurses are looking after you so well. I am so sorry that the last of your hair has gone but, as the other ladies have said, it’s only hair and it will grow again. It brought a tear to my eye when you said that you look in the mirror and feel that you’ve lost yourself. Ali, the people who love you will never let you forget who you are, we all love you too much. One day you will look into that same mirror and you will be there again. A little different on the outside maybe (especially if you are free of grey hair!!), but inside you will still be the bubbly, beautiful, strong willed and kind person we all know and love.
    Anyway, enough of all the sad stuff. The Ainzley wee sample saga goes on!! He has resolutely refused to use his special litter for his second sample. Honestly Ali, he won’t wee all day long. He just sits there cross legged and sulking waiting for 6 o clock when his regular litter goes back into his tray (vets close then so a “fresh” sample can’t be delivered anyway – sorry if you’re drinking!!) He then bolts upstairs like a thing possessed and hurls himself into his tray and wees to his heats content with a “ahhh that’s better” kind of look on his face.
    I called the vets and said “If you can get wee out of my cat and into a test tube then you’re a better man than I am!!” When the vet had stopped laughing he said that Ainzley has to go back to the vets next Tuesday and they will extract some direct from his bladder – under sedation of course!! So, I’m now preparing the Ainzley travel kit as as you know he’s not the idea travelling companion!! Bin liners and the Daily Mail at the ready. I really think that owning a barrel of monkeys would be easier sometimes!!
    Anyway, I’m sending you a very gentle hug. Ainzley wanted me to send you one of his Whiskers Chewy Sticks but I declined on your behalf I do hope you don’t mind!!!
    Take care lovely lady and I will let you know how I get on on Tuesday. Wish me luck!
    Love and licks
    Debz & Ainzley (=^-^=)XXXXXXX

  148. Marg April 1, 2011 at 8:08 pm -  Reply

    Hello ALI, Hope you have a wonderful day on Sunday with the family.I have a friend who’s six year old son wanted me to pass on his best joke, so here goes,’I believe if frogs had wings they wouldnt bump their bums when they jump,'( now Laugh, Love Brian.) He is a nice little boy with a giggle I can resist,I tell him all the the old corny jokes from my childhood and he loves them, now as he is getting around more he is bringing me his jokes,better than chocs. He is my weekly tonic. Heres hoping things are getting better for you, thats a great tip with the flat coke, I wonder if it would help movement sickness,I will find out.
    Enjoy your Mothers Day spoiling, and remember my hand is still stretched out to you,
    God Bless,

  149. Joanna Downey April 2, 2011 at 12:54 am -  Reply

    Dear Ali, you’re obviously not having the best of times at the moment. It is so very hard to know that all I can do is send you my love and understanding, but having been with my Mum when she was undergoing chemotherapy treatment I hope that will be some support to you. I don’t want you to to go to the hassle of replying but I’ve just had the thought that you might have problems with your nails, use Avoplex; it’s an amazing product and kept my Mum’s nails in salon perfect condition. Wishing you and yours a lovely weekend. Jo x

  150. helen S April 2, 2011 at 1:03 pm -  Reply

    Oh i hope you will forgive me for not writing sooner to see how your last treatment went last week. My little girl has been bad, again. It just seems to be one thing after another. About 3 weeks ago she bumped her head in school, not through running this time, which shocked me. She was sitting on the floor and her friend fell over her and she managed, how I just dont know, to crack her head on the ground. Two days later she came out in an itchy rash which, after a quick dash to A and E, turned out to be hives, an allergic reaction to cut on her head which had become infected. A couple of days later, back to normal. Last week, she came home from school with a temperature and now has an upper respiratory tract infection, bad cold, cough, tummy etc. Oh, its never ending, I’m quite ashamed to phone the school. Some kids just never seem to be off or they go in ill, hey ho! Were your 3 children like my little one. I do hope that she will grow out of these infections, but she is only at the grand old age of 8. Got some good old fashioned minadex now to give her a boost (?) mmm, we’ll see. Now I know why they use sleep deprivation as a form of torture, I’m so tired with lack of sleep, (my little cough drop), that at the moment, I’ll confess to anything. Well, not quite!!!!!!! Anyway, enough of us, I hear that your getting used to lack of sleep, its dreadful. I’m going to have a coffee now and renew the matchsticks that are holding my eyes open. Keeeep dancing my lovely.
    Luv and Calpol
    Helen S xxxxxxxx

  151. Beryl d’Arcy Gray April 2, 2011 at 8:03 pm -  Reply

    Well done Alison you are a brave and lovely woman. Keep smiling that very wonderful smile which lights up the world. Very best wishes to you now and in the future. Beryl

  152. Sally patmore April 3, 2011 at 8:02 pm -  Reply

    I am not a great one for words but I miss you dearly and wish you well. Be strong and you are always in our thoughts. Keep smiling.

  153. angela white April 3, 2011 at 11:05 pm -  Reply

    hi ali, how are you? is imsonnia due to meds before chemo? if you can take them before 3pm you should be ok i know i couldnt sleep either! i had domperimode (not dom perod!) for sickness and that helped alot ive got my check up in may its always a worry but i feel ok so hopefully i get all clear again for 6 months. i hope you had a lovely mothers day and was spoilt rotton! take care i always check your blog to see how you are doing love to you x

  154. Una April 4, 2011 at 2:39 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    I have just read your message from Debz. I think she took the words right out of my mind. Hope you dont mind Debz, but I echo everything you said.
    Ali, I hope you enjoyed your Mothers Day. Im not even going to ask if you were a wee bit spoiled! I just KNOW these kids of yours would be falling over themselves making it a great day.
    Debz, I was going to ask you today how they Ainzley issue was playing out, but youve already had me in stitches, so I wont drag things on for you!!!!!!!!!!!! Can you imagine the chaos if Ainzley and my Loops ever got together?!!!! good luck for Tuesday and your little visit to the vet!
    Alpa, my travel issues are legendary, as are my pink stilletto boots. I LOVE them. They are very high, very pointy, pale baby pink, but have what looks like biker buckles up the sides!!! Theyre GORGEOUS, or rather, they WERE gorgeous. Until the rucksack incident left them looking like they had been dragged along behind a motorbike for 15 miles!! I cant bear to throw them in the bin, just yet, but really dont think they can be revived!!
    Helen, i hope your little girl is better. poor wee soul. Enjoy your coffee and I hope the matchsticks do the trick!!
    Magda, we havent heard from you in a while, but just to let you now, Im thinking of you.
    Ali, Im holding your hand, really tight, and wont let go.
    My love
    Una x

  155. Dorothy April 4, 2011 at 6:20 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    Hope all went well with your second lot of treatment, iv heard its not very pleasant. Pleased you had good time with the girls the break will do you good.Hope you had good mothers day and all the family spoilt you.How is Sam doing hope all is going well for him, you need some good news.Anyway take care and all goes well.
    Love best wishes
    Dorothy xxxxx

  156. elaine sallis April 5, 2011 at 10:07 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Hope you are starting to get over your second treatment. Hope you had a lovely mothers day, but with such lovely children I know you did
    lots of love elaine

  157. helen s April 5, 2011 at 11:55 am -  Reply

    Una, I hope that Ali will not mind me replying to you on her blog, oh my the cheek of it!!!! Yes my little one has bounced back and will be back in school tomorrow. It has taken me on the other hand, a perimenopausal 43 year old a little longer to get over 4 nights of no sleep. I’ve hardly bounced back, just about functioning!!!! Have really enjoyed reading your blogs, wouldn’t it be so much fun if we could all meet up, what a hoot!! Anyone, love to you and thanks for your wishes. I’ve ditched the matchsticks now but still a little weary. Children eh?
    Chat soon Helen S x

  158. Alpa April 5, 2011 at 2:36 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali,
    I also read the message from Debz and found it heartfealt and meaningful. I can only echo again what has been said. I hope you don’t mind ladies πŸ™‚
    I hope that you were thoroughly spoiled on Mothers Day and I’m sure you were by your lovely children.
    Una, are you sure that it is only your travel exploits and pink stiletto boots that are legendary ?!!!! The boots sound rather gorgeous and I hope that you will find another pair of stylish boots that you love. I also hope that your rucksack has now been tamed and is not stalking you around the house!!
    Debz, I hope your expedition to the vet with Ainzley went as well as possible. At least the Daily Mail and bin liners were at the ready! He sounds like quite a character. Are you sure that he’s a cat?!!
    Helen, I hope that your little girl is feeling better.
    Magda, my best wishes to you.
    Ali, sending you my love
    Alpa x

  159. helen s April 5, 2011 at 5:37 pm -  Reply

    I feel as though I’m taking over Ali’s blog, every so sorry my lovely, but just a quick thank you to you Alpa for asking about my little girl, she’s much better and back in school tomorrow. I’m still a little jaded through lack of sleep but hey ho!! Ali, and all you lovely ladies on this blog, I do feel as though we are all carrying each other along through thick and thin, what a lovely bunch of ladies you all are. Ali, we’re all holding your hands and each others. Take care all of you, chat soon.
    Sorry again Ali, keeep dancing.
    luv and hugs
    Helen s xxxx

  160. Debz April 6, 2011 at 9:31 am -  Reply

    Hi there Ali
    An Ainzley update from yesterday for you as promised. Well, the journey there was uneventful and he managed to keep control of all his bodily functions again. We were both secretly hoping that he would wee in his carrier on the way there so just a pipette and test tube would be required but, just when you want him to do something, he won’t!!
    So we left him howling away with a very frightened looking trainee vet nurse (baptism of fire for her I felt!!) and went home to an empty house – as you can imagine, our house is very quiet without Ainzley!!
    About an hour later the vet himself calls me and says “You know that you said that if I could get wee out of your cat and into a test tube then I would be a better man than you? Well, guess what? His bladder was practically empty!! He must have gone before you bought him!!” Now doesn’t everyone go to the loo before they leave the house? Ainzley is clearly no different!!
    Anyway, the vet managed to get a few drops and there was a small trace of blood in it so Ainzley has another course of antibiotics and some new fangled litter to try so a full sample can be taken!! When will it end???
    Una my love I think that if Ainzley and your Loops ever got together they would definitely cause quite a stir and I feel it may take a S.W.A.T team to separate them!!
    Alpa I do sometimes wonder if Ainzley is a cat. I think there may be a bit of Panther/Ferret/Weasel/Monkey in there somewhere too!!
    Ali, I, like Una and the rest of the lovelies on here, am holding your hand every step of the way.
    Debz & Ainzley (=^-^=) XXXXXXXXXXX

  161. Una April 6, 2011 at 10:00 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    How are you my lovely? (sounded a bit pirate like, dont know where that came from LOL!)
    Alpa, you know me so well!!!! I can take an every day event and turn it into a major drama without even trying!!
    I took the boots to a shoe repair shop, and the guy asked if I had been dragged through a hedge backwards!! Cheeky!!
    My first solo travel adventure to far flung places, was a trip to New York!! When i told my best friends what I was doing, they just looked at each other and started rolling about laughing. Then reminded me I had trouble getting home from work without incident!
    I met my daughter over there, and we spent the entire trip in a perpetual state of lostness!! We had a map, we knew the streets were laid out as streets and avenues, which made absolutely no sense to us whatsoever. At one point, we were standing on a street corner ( couldve been an avenue!!) with our little map. She asked if we were lost, and I nodded, so she turned the map upside down and we kept on walking anyway!!!!
    Helen, I remember it well!! Im glad the wee one is better. Its awful to see them ill. Thank goodness for matchsticks eh!?
    Can you imagine if we all got together?!!!! Then we would have to have an annual reunion. We would probably have a different venue every time, as Im sure they wouldnt let us back for a second “event”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I think its FAB, that we can all support each other like this. I had quite a difficult day yesterday, but then read the blogs last night, and was sitting smiling away to my wee self. i felt so much better.
    Susan, i hope you are well.
    I dont think Ali minds us all chatting amongst ourselves. We might be in big trouble right enough, but I can run faster than her, even in my stillettos LOL!!
    Lots of love to all my blog friends.
    Una xxxxxx

  162. Alpa April 6, 2011 at 3:57 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali,
    How are you doing? I have just read your post on the BCC Forum via the link on the QVC Facebook page. I have been touched by your honesty and openness, and I have to say your courage and resilience shines through.
    Sorry to hijack your blog yet again!! Just a message to Helen to say, I’m pleased that your little girl is much better and I hope that you are able to get some rest and feel less jaded πŸ™‚ I loved that you feel we are all carrying each other along through thick and thin. What a lovely thing to say, as was the rest of your message πŸ™‚
    Ali, I hope that you have had a lovely lunch with your beautiful children.
    Take care,
    Love Alpa x

  163. Alison Keenan April 6, 2011 at 8:26 pm -  Reply

    Thanks Sue for the sleep tip! I’ve actually got this lovely piano music that has a sea sound in the background and that works well…or the football on TV πŸ™‚ Nice to hear from you, love Ali xx

  164. Alison Keenan April 6, 2011 at 8:29 pm -  Reply

    Julia and little Lily – thank you πŸ™‚ It’s so good to hear from you all, and I should, by the end of the week be able to let you know how mother’s day went, and all the lovely days I’ve spent with friends and family. Take care, and do keep in touch, love Ali x

  165. Alison Keenan April 6, 2011 at 8:33 pm -  Reply

    Debz, please thank Ainzley for his offer of a chewy stick… I might be tempted!! πŸ™‚ Bought the Jack la Lanne juicer and so now anything with a bright colour and moderate size is shoved into it and then drunk with gusto… actually the gusto bit usually follows a little later, especially where broccolli is involved πŸ™‚ Can’t wait to hear how you got on with the trip to the vets.. sending you much love and a spare copy of the Daily Mail. And thanks for all your other kind and caring comments… they are very much appreciated, love Ali xx

  166. Alison Keenan April 6, 2011 at 8:36 pm -  Reply

    Marg, please thank Brian for me, and tell him I laughed out loud at his joke… here’s one for him… Why is an elephant large grey and wrinkled? Because if it was small, white and smooth, it would be a paracetamol πŸ™‚ So glad that you have him in your life to cheer you up, and hope that your motion sickness rights itself very soon. Take care, Love Ali xx

  167. Alison Keenan April 6, 2011 at 8:38 pm -  Reply

    Jo, thank you. Have been using the OPI repair, but think that what’s left of my nails would far prefer the old avoplex πŸ™‚ It was kind of you to think of me, love Ali xx

  168. Alison Keenan April 6, 2011 at 8:42 pm -  Reply

    Helen you poor thing!! Sounds like a nightmare, and I do hope that the latest remedy will help both you and your little ‘coughdrop’ get a decent night’s sleep. Luckily I only had the one sleepless night – just night sweats now – happy days :)I have to be honest and say that my three were incredibly healthy I’m happy to say, and apart from the odd cold or cough (mainly Sam initially then latterly Jack) they didn’t miss too much school at all. I’ll keep dancing and you keep taking the caffeine – take care Helen, and thanks as always for writing, love Ali x

  169. Alison Keenan April 6, 2011 at 8:43 pm -  Reply

    Oh Beryl, thank you…. such a lovely thing to write, bless you, love Ali xxx

  170. Alison Keenan April 6, 2011 at 8:47 pm -  Reply

    Well Sally, your words mean a lot, and I thank you for taking the time to write them. Please do keep in touch, love Ali xx

  171. Alison Keenan April 6, 2011 at 8:49 pm -  Reply

    Hi Angela I think it was part of the treatment but only lasted one night, so mustn’t grumble πŸ™‚ Will be thinking of you in May, and I’m sure all will be well. I had a brilliant mother’s day, and will be blogging shortly with pics for you to see πŸ™‚ I hope all good with you and yours, love Ali x

  172. Alison Keenan April 6, 2011 at 8:53 pm -  Reply

    Una, you’re so thoughtful, I’m sure that along with me, all the girls you write to truly appreciate everything you put into your comments πŸ™‚ so keep them coming, and I’ll have another blog for you hopefully by the end of the week. Lots of love, Ali xx

  173. Alison Keenan April 6, 2011 at 8:58 pm -  Reply

    Hi Dorothy, Sam’s doing very much better these days, and we all had a wonderful mothers day – photos to follow. Hope Davy and Laura are well too, love Ali x

  174. Alison Keenan April 6, 2011 at 9:02 pm -  Reply

    Elaine, yes just turned the corner and feeling much better, and thanks for asking. CHildren did spoil me rotten, and it was a fabulous day. Will blog again soon with pictures so you can see for yourself. Love Ali xx

  175. Alison Keenan April 6, 2011 at 9:04 pm -  Reply

    Alpa thank you and all those others for mentioning Magda…. we’re all thinking of you Magda, and sending our love, Ali xx

  176. Sue April 6, 2011 at 9:44 pm -  Reply

    Ali you are so very brave & an inspiration to us all. Stay positive. Looking forward to seeing you back on our screens soon.

  177. Magda Chetty April 7, 2011 at 3:40 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Thank you and all the wonderful ladies for thinking of me. Sorry I did not write for a while. Still have not had the op, so much is going on. Promise to tell you all about it in Ali next blog.
    Please forgive me, talk soon.
    Much love.

  178. Gail April 7, 2011 at 5:15 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali, hope everything on course and you’re managing to stay on top of it all. How lovely that Lucy is designing her own ring; it will definitely make it even more special if that is at all possible. I’m sure the insomnia is because your thoughts and mind will be all over the place and who can blame you. Sorry that you have said goodbye to your hair for now, but please, please keep reminding yourself that it is only temporary. It’s amazing where we get our strength from as I can imagine you feel really rough at the moment, mentally as well as physically. So glad Dale has been in touch re dinner. I watched him demonstrating the Ninendo the other week; his dance moves were quite impressive – he entertained me anyway. So glad that the wedding preparations are going ahead despite the worrying time for you all.
    I too hope Magda is okay and send her lots of love. Una is a real tonic and I think Dale and Una should have their own show – what do you think?
    Sending you lots of love, stay strong and remember that we are all here for you.
    Gail xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  179. Una April 8, 2011 at 3:21 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Glad to hear you sounding a wee bit more like yourself. I feel that the last time you were on, you were a little bit low. Thats absolutely to be expected, but remember, when you look in that mirror, its still you, just a little bit different, but still as lovely.
    Debz, what can I say. that boy of yours is a one of!! the vet must take to his heels when he sees your name on the list of “customers” for that day!!! The SWAT team would be asking for extra danger money if they had to sort out our two!!!
    Magda. Absolutely nothing to apologise for. We just want to let you know we are all thinking of you, sending good thoughts out to you, and hoping all goes well when you have the op. you keep in touch when you are up to it
    Gail, I agree with you. Dale is a sweetheart. He has me laughing every show I watch him present. Hes so cheeky, and has such a cheeky grin he gets away with it. I remember watching a jewellery show he presented with Claire, and both of them ended up giggling so much, they had to go to a break. I had tears streaming down my face laughing.
    Oh my, I would love to do a show with Dale, but I think there would be a warning on the screen saying “QVC not ready”!!!!!
    Ali, I forgot to say. i was round to see little Loosie yesterday. She has now fully recovered from her ordeal, and is GORGEOUS. Her new mummy just adores her. I came home and told Loops how wonderful he was for finding her. He just looked at me as if to say, “well, what do you expect, Im a hero. Now go get me my lunch”
    Oh well, what can you do!
    Have a great weekend everyone.
    Love Una xx

  180. Alpa April 8, 2011 at 7:03 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    I can only agree with the lovely and wise Una, that when you look into the mirror you are still you, even when you do not feel like it. When our health is compromised, it takes a toll on us both mentally and physically and that is not easy.
    Una, you had me in fits of laughter as I pictured you as a pirate, without the peg leg, in pink stiletto boots and with Loops on your shoulder instead of a squawking parrot!!!! I would love to see you on QVC…. that would certainly be a lively show I think!!
    And in the unlikely event that we are in big trouble and have to run away from Ali, please could you drag me along by the hand. I don’t think I would run away quickly enough!! x
    Magda,thinking of you and sending positive thoughts x
    Wishing everyone a relaxing and restful weekend.
    Take care Ali and thank you for posting and keeping in touch. You are a star!
    Love Alpa x

  181. Sharon Rosenwould April 8, 2011 at 10:24 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison,
    Saw you briefly on QVC this afternoon,…and you looked amazing….it was lovely to see you, have missed you,…sending you lots of hugs…..xoxxoxo

  182. sylvia April 8, 2011 at 10:27 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    It was lovely to see you pop up in Debbies show today.You were looking well.So please take care and I know you have a lot of love and best wishes from everyone.Just goes to show how much everyone thinks of you.Take Care x

  183. Gail April 8, 2011 at 10:30 pm -  Reply

    Magda it’s lovely to hear from you; sincerely hope you are okay. Una, I’d love to see you and Dale doing a show, although it would definitely have to come with a health warning and a supply of Tena Lady in preparation for all that laughing – hope not too much information!!!!
    Lovely Ali, hope you are recovering from the latest treatment. As one of the girls commented, you are still the lovely Ali we know no matter what. Hope the lovely weather we’ve been having recently has cheered you up a little. Stay strong and focused, speak soon,
    Gail xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  184. Liz Clements April 11, 2011 at 10:53 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison, Wonderful to see you popping in to Debbie Greenwood’s show last week. You are looking so well and your hair…fab! Nice of you to share it with Debbie! I remember Joy the model saying she has shake and go hair so you are bang in fashion. Keep going with the treatment and you’ll be back at QVC Towerrs fit and well before too long. Love from all the family, Liz.

  185. Bridget McCarthy April 11, 2011 at 1:39 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alison
    Missed you on QVC so checked out your blog (this is something I rarely do). Just wanted to tell you that I have always thought what a beautiful woman your are. I know would like to say that you are not only beautiful but very brave. My heart goes out to you. God bless you with a speedy recovery.
    All my love
    QVC is not the same without you

  186. Debz April 11, 2011 at 2:58 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    I think my last post and your reply to my previous one must have crossed. Anyway, the upshot of it was that once we’d wrestled Ainzley into his carrier, got him there without any Daily Mail/bin liner incidents would you believe it, his bladder was empty!! I know!! Apparently, according to the very amused vet, he must have gone before he left the house!!
    Honestly, I’m thinking of exchanging him for something easier y’know like a shark or an elephant!! We were sent home with some non absorbent sand that the vet had one sample of (I can’t hear the word sample now without wanting to scream!! Funny that!!) It’s quite new apparently and the vet thought that my boy was the idea candidate to try it out. I wonder why??
    Anyhoo, after 3 days he FINALLY went for a wee in this blessed sand. Unfortunately he went after the vet had closed but we had already been told that we could keep it in the fridge overnight and take it to the vets the next day so all was well. I wrapped the test tube up in 2 sandwich bags and put it in a cup in the fridge hoping that no one would get up in the night and mistake it for a high energy drink or something!! Can you imagine drinking cat wee. That would give you a boost you weren’t planning on!!
    So the sample is now with the vet and we are awaiting the results. I can now breathe again and the cat can do his business in peace!!
    I saw you Ali on Debbie’s show and I must say I love the wig! It was so good to see you looking so well.
    Magda it was so good to hear from you. Please don’t apologise for not getting in touch sooner. We are all thinking of you. X
    Una, would you like another cat. He’s black and white and answers to the name of Ainzley. One careful but worn out owner?? No? Oh well, thought I’d ask!!
    Take care everyone.
    Debz & Ainzley (=^-^=) XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

  187. Una April 11, 2011 at 3:10 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Hope you had a nice weekend. Cant believe I missed your little visit on Friday. I had to pop out literally for an hour, and you had been and gone! Sneaky wee monkey!!
    Alpa, maybe I was a pirate in a previous life or something! I love the frilly outfits and jewels etc. I think Im wasted as an everyday housewife type person! Loops would just be adorable sitting on my shoulder. Hes been practising actually. He loves to wrap himself around my shoulder and sleeps for ages, then gives me a hard time if I dare to move. Hes a bit of a character!
    I will certainly hold your hand, not a problem LOL!!!!!!!
    Sorry Gail, Ali and her friends used all the Tenas for their boatbuilding experiences. Dale and I would just have to be on our very best behaviour!!! Yeah Right!!!!
    Helen, hope you caught up on your sleep eventually!
    Magda, XX to you.
    Love Una xx

  188. Elaine Marsh April 16, 2011 at 8:05 pm -  Reply

    I have just caught up with your blog as I came searching for you as I had not seen you on QVC in a good while(this is what happens when you pop into our lives through tv). So sorry to hear all this as I had no idea of what had happened to you. Good vibes and best wishes are coming from Suffolk to you and hoping that we will soon see you again on tv – miss your particular style of presenting – very best wishes to you, stay strong.
    Love x
    Elaine M.

  189. ann cain May 23, 2011 at 4:29 pm -  Reply

    I dont usely read the blogs and what a shock i have had just read that you are not well at the moment Alison,I had cancer 14years ago and my family nearly went out of their minds but when you have a loving family round you, you can fight anything,just take care of yourself and let your family and friens take care of you.Hope you will soon be back at the job you seem to love so much,also good luck to your son. God bless you both.x

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