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I Hope range for #BCC

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Hi everyone, scroll down to find out more about the special jewellery range I helped design to raise funds for Breast Cancer Care.

I’ve always tended to associate The Great British Bake Off with the beginning of Autumn but as Mary Berry once more graced our screens in her navy Barbour jacket, I was sitting in front of my Dyson fan trying to cool down after another sweltering day! What an amazing August it’s been – granted we spent the first half in Cyprus, but it’s been cooking here almost constantly since we returned. Having read all your lovely comments last week, I’m glad that you too have been able to make the best of it.

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Lucy returns to work at the beginning of September, so my weekly visits to see Honey won’t always be possible now. I feel incredibly lucky though to have spent as much time with her as I have, and Colin. We have just come back from a couple of days at the coast with them all which was lovely. Honey now says Nanna all the time and Colin is Dad dad. Her brothers George and Henry are great with her too. We built sand castles, played on the pier and collected sea shells, it was best of times.

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In between all this play time, I’ve had some busy shifts and have also been trying to finish my book. I’ve set myself a deadline of the 1st September to deliver the final chapters of the first draft. My editor has said my writing has noticeably improved over the last 20 chapters or so, which has cheered me no end, and is now spurring me on to complete it. Thank you so much for your constant words of encouragement, not just recently, but throughout the entire five years.

Writing about this time has brought back some pretty incredible memories, one of which was when QVC asked me to design a piece of jewellery to help raise money for our designated charity Breast Cancer Care. The brief was basically to create something that would have meaning for those of us, our families, friends, colleagues and workmates whose lives are affected by this cruel disease.  I have to be honest and say that although it meant a great deal to be asked, the request carried with it a huge feeling of responsibility. The result of that request was of course the I Hope pendant, but I just wanted to remind you why I chose the design I did.

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Sometimes here on the blog, you write of your struggles – the sadness, loss, despair and fear – and reading and responding to you, has helped me to realise that although no two situations are the same, there is something fundamental we all share – we never give up hope. Whether caring for a poorly child, coping with disease, supporting a parent, missing a son, loving a daughter, losing the battle or fighting the fight, it’s the one thing that keeps us going. I wanted the design to be something simple yet beautiful, which would embody that sentiment.

The thing is that when times are hard and people are struggling, it can be difficult to tell someone how you’re really feeling: “I hope your treatment won’t be so bad this week, that the scans will be clear. I hope you are coping without her. I hope each day you know how much I love you. I hope that you are feeling stronger. I hope you never have to go through this. I hope you know how brave I think you’ve been.” Or, as my Lucy said to me “I hope you will get better forever…” Often the simplest of designs are the most complicated to create, but I couldn’t have been happier with the finished result, and judging by the thousands QVC have sold to date,  you were as pleased with it as I was.  As the words are only on one side, you could always engrave someone’s name on the other side – there’s plenty of room.  I often get requests on Twitter or here, asking when and if it’s coming back, and  I’m delighted to tell you it’s just come back into stock and is available online now.  We also now have stock of the I Hope ring which I was asked to design the following year in time for Breast Cancer Month. Like the pendant it was incredibly solid and well made which led to it selling out, but we have renewed stock.

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In early 2016 I was approached again by our jewellery buyers who explained that this year we would be creating an entire collection of Breast Cancer Care jewellery, and would I be able to come up with some more designs?  I was so pleased to be asked as I felt there was definitely more we could create within the ‘I Hope’ theme. I think at this point I should thank my lovely silver buyer Amber Arkell who has worked tirelessly with me to create the three brand new pieces. Not an easy task when all you’re working with is something that began scribbled on a piece of paper! The bracelet was particularly complicated, and it was quite difficult to get the dimension and shape right for the larger pendant, but with her help and Colin’s creative input, we now have three more pieces of jewellery in the I Hope range.

You saw the images in my last blog, but here is the final product. This will only be available on our website beginning of September, and you won’t be seeing this on screen I’m afraid.

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The I Hope earrings, again solid silver, with a post and butterfly fixing. The final piece is the larger I Hope pendant that comes with a much longer 76cm chain. All the jewellery is made in solid sterling silver, and I am really pleased with the finishing and weight, I really hope you will be too.

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On Saturday 3rd September I’ll be able to show you the earrings and the pendant live at midday and 1pm when we have our Jewellery Month Grand Opening. And for those of you who enjoy a spot of social media, I will be Live on our Facebook page at 3pm talking about the designs so you can chat with me then, before I’m back with our QVC Selection at 5pm.

This is the 16th year QVC have supported Breast Cancer Care, and with your incredible kindness and generosity we have raised millions of pounds.  So many women, and men and their families and friends have benefitted from the amazing service BCC provide.  I hope this year we can do the same.

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 Before I head off to hang out my washing I just wanted to thank you so much for keeping in touch, and for all your lovely comments on the blog.  I hope that those of you who are due to holiday abroad soon that you will enjoy it, and for those of you who’ve holidayed from home, you will have had the sunshine.

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Take care, and I’ll see you soon,

With my love, Ali xx

83 Comments

  1. Joanna Downey August 26, 2016 at 11:27 am -  Reply

    Dearest Ali, I have no words to add to yours, just to say that I found them profoundly moving. The last photo is lovely, Honey always looks so gorgeous and you look amazing. I’m really pleased to hear about the book’s progress and have an Emily Dickinson bookmark ready for it! I posted on your last blog but as we had been away I think it was too late so I’ll finish by repeating my comment from it about your Sam and how choked I was when I looked at his happy smile, what a super young man he is. Love from Jo in the sunshine. x

    • alison keenan September 3, 2016 at 12:32 pm -  Reply

      My dear Jo, as always lovely to hear from you, and apologies for such a tardy reply to your last blog comment. I’ve been beavering away with the book, and am thrilled that you already have the bookmark ready! Thanks for your kind words about the jewellery. I am thrilled with each piece, and very much hope that they will be a comfort. So glad you liked the photos on the blog too – little Honey is such a sweetheart, and yes, the photo of Sam brought a lump to my throat too. Have a great weekend, love Ali xx

  2. Teresa L August 26, 2016 at 3:34 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, oh no when your new I Hope range comes to Q I will not be here hope there will be some left when I get back. I was hoping to get all the new pieces.
    How cute does Honey look in her beach outfit she looks like she is enjoying the water.
    We have not been up to much with this weather as we have been packing up ready for the big move, slowly but surely in this heat.
    I was really happy to see Bake Off back and found it very interesting that people got confused with what way up Jaffa Cakes should be. The guys in the USA love Jaffa Cake and they are usually the first item on my list to take out for them. One day I must have a go at making my own.
    I don’t think I have any other news for you at present look forward to hearing from you soon.
    Take care much love Teresa xxxx

    • alison keenan September 3, 2016 at 12:37 pm -  Reply

      Hi there Teresa, and thank you for your support with the jewellery. You can always buy it online if you’d like? We do have fairly high stocks so fingers crossed it will last a while! I too love The Bake Off, but I thought the Jaffa Cakes were far to spongey for my liking! I think along with marmite they are very british! :) Take care and enjoy the week, love Ali xx

  3. theresa August 26, 2016 at 3:50 pm -  Reply

    Always love reading your blogs and how much Honey has grown and I guess you see changes in your new grandaughter Cala Lily. I was bought your hope pendant by a friend as I was looking after family members and sometimes did not cope well, seeing the words hope lifted my spirits. Will look ay the other items you have designed, good luck with your book, enjoy your week take care x

    • alison keenan September 3, 2016 at 12:39 pm -  Reply

      Dear Theresa, that’s the great thing about the children, there’s always something new to see each hour I spend with them. I will be posting some new photographs of Calla next blog too! I am very touched to know that the I Hope pendant has been a comfort to you.. it sounds as though it has done what I hoped it would.. :) I hope you like the other designs. Enjoy the weekend won’t you, love Ali xx

  4. Pearl Emery August 26, 2016 at 5:01 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    I bought 2 of the i hope pendants but not because either my daughter Jo or i have suffered with cancer,but because Jo suffers with depression and i thought I Hope was just as relevant for that as for cancer,
    As hope is what we all have in times of trouble,some times it is all you have.
    Ali, your two granddaughters are two little crackers,my four grandchildren are now 26 yrs
    22 yrs 18 yrs and the only granddaughter will be 16 yrs in October,doesn’t time fly when you are having fun i don’t know where those 26 yrs went
    Glad you enjoyed Cyprus,it is a nice holiday island.take care Love Pearl xxxx

    • alison keenan September 3, 2016 at 12:41 pm -  Reply

      Hi Pearl, and thank you for putting your feelings about the pendant here on the blog. All these designs aren’t just for those with cancer, or even for an illness, it will be hopefully a message that works for all kinds of emotions and situations. Lovely to hear about your grandchildren. You don’t sound old enough to have them so grown up! I hope your Jo is well, and that you’ve had a good summer, love Ali xx

  5. Pat Crozier August 26, 2016 at 5:55 pm -  Reply

    Lovely pictures. Is that at Walton on the naze/Frinton, local to me. Loved the jewellery, seems to have past me by so will check on line. You are looking so well, long may it continue. Look forward to reading your book.

    • alison keenan September 3, 2016 at 1:26 pm -  Reply

      Hello Pat, and well spotted! It is indeed Walton on the Naze and I thought it was one of the nicest beaches I’ve visited in England! Lucky you to live so close. Please do check the jewellery out on line – they’ve done a marvellous job with it. Love Ali xx

  6. Irene August 26, 2016 at 7:17 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alison
    I loved reading your interesting blogs and I feel you are such a caring lady with a very good heart and your kind words cover everybody’s different problems and traumas in life Loved the jewellery you have designed with the word hope engraved on I will definitely be purchasing the pendant . I feel we all need hope in our lives as at times we all get throw some very tough times like you having had breast cancer, loss of my son and all the other problems people are experiencing. Looking forward to reading your book when it eventually gets completed and becomes available to buy . Loved the pictures again of you and Honey B having nanny time and like you I just love spending time with the grandchildren and living so close to the beach is a real bonus. My daughter did a 10 mile midnight walk to raise money for breast cancer and I am doing a coffee morning for Macmillan to also raise money for cancer. I may not be nursing anymore but any free time I have I still like to help others. Hope you are enjoying this lovely weather we are having . Take care and keep well. Love Irene xx

    • alison keenan September 3, 2016 at 1:34 pm -  Reply

      My dear Irene, I feel humbled when I read of your loss, and know how incredibly hard life has been for you. Wonderful though that you have filled your life with caring for others which is inspirational. Well done to your daughter for her 10 mile walk – that’s a long way! and good luck with the coffee morning. It’s been a cracking summer and Ive enjoyed every minute of – hope you have too. Thanks for writing to me, love Ali xx

  7. Susan August 26, 2016 at 7:23 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    I just lived seeing your gorgeous honey photos! You aren’t looking too shabby either! You’ve quite the figure! It looks like a great beach weekend. Glad you got the weather. It always feels like the SE gets the best! Well you do let’s be honest! Anyway, I hope Lucy doesn’t find it too hard going back to work. Did they go away or holiday at home? X

    • alison keenan September 3, 2016 at 1:37 pm -  Reply

      Bless you Susan – good job it wasn’t a close up photo eh?! :) I completely agree that those of us in the SE do tend to be luckier with the weather but I think this summer it’s been a tad more widespread – hope so! Lucy and the children holidayed at home, but it felt like being abroad it was so warm. Here’s to an Indian summer :) Love Ali xx

  8. Elaine sallis August 26, 2016 at 8:19 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali. What a lovely blog. Particularly profound for me as Geoff had a heart attack recently. I am finding it really hard to move on. This is why I have not been on the blog. He is doing well but it came so out of the blue and he has always been very fit. We will find a normal soon I hope albeit a different kind of normal.
    love Elaine X

    • alison keenan September 3, 2016 at 1:40 pm -  Reply

      Dear Elaine, I am so sorry that things are difficult for you, and I understand that life for your both will have changed dramatically since Geoff’s heart attack. I know it’s early days, but I do hope things will ease for you, and you find your normal. Your phrasing is very similar to the title of my book – many of us search for that. Take care and please do keep in touch, love Ali xx

  9. Denise August 26, 2016 at 8:28 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali, how lovely to be able to spend time by the coast with Honey and the family. It sounds like you had an amazing time making precious memories. She looks so cute in her little costume.
    I’m thrilled to tell you that my precious grandchild is to be a little boy who will be called Joseph. My son rang me to tell me as we were away and whilst travelling home hubby and I were discussing what names we thought might be in contention and I was right surprisingly. My daughter in law was unaware of any family connection on my side so it was a pleasant surprise to her. It was my grandfathers name, it’s my dads middle name and my nephews middle name. So happy all round.
    We had a lovely stay away in Liverpool for our Anniversary and we were so lucky with the weather. We spent time down by the Pier Head where there was so much going on it was really buzzing – it felt almost like we were somewhere like Barcelona.
    I’m a big fan of Bake Off too and it always great to see the wonderful creations. It certainly inspires me to dust my apron down!! We’re blessed with a good crop of blackberries from our garden at the moment so I think they will feature in my baking somewhere.
    Ali I love the Hope jewellery it’s so pretty and the message behind it is truly inspirational. I hope ( sorry for the pun) that you are relieved and happy that we the viewers love it and that its been so well received.
    Have a lovely weekend.
    Take care
    Love Denise xx

    • alison keenan September 3, 2016 at 1:56 pm -  Reply

      Dear Denise, How wonderful to know that you are expecting a grandson, and that the name has so many family connections! Excellent second sense you have. I am glad you enjoyed your time in Liverpool and that the weather was kind – it makes all the difference. OOh Blackberries! I must go out and pick some – we have a lot growing locally and apple and blackberry pie is Colin’s favourite :) Thank you for your kind words about the jewellery – I am thrilled that everyone has loved it so much.. it means a lot to me. Love Ali xx

  10. Kath Skinner August 27, 2016 at 7:17 pm -  Reply

    Lovely words Alison and well done on the’I Hope’ jewellery . I lost both my mam and dad to breast cancer so this is very close to my heart. Honey is a beautiful little girl and I can tell your family is very precious to you as is mine. Enjoy watching you on QVC, you’re a remarkable lady. Love n hugs XX

    • alison keenan September 3, 2016 at 1:59 pm -  Reply

      Kath I am so sorry.. How terribly sad for you. That is truly an enormous loss.. I do hope that you are well, and have love and support from those around you, and that you are regularly checked yourself. Take good care, and please do keep in touch, love Ali xx

  11. Linda Marshall August 28, 2016 at 7:44 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Your photo’s of you and Honey bring back lovely memories of when my grandson was her age and many hours spent on the beach and on little rides. He has just got back from his trip to America and have spent Saturday together. Next Friday we are going to the caravan for a few days before he goes back to uni.
    How many boys of 21 would take their Nanna on holiday.
    Your necklace design is beautiful hope to receive mine soon.
    love Linda xx

    • alison keenan September 3, 2016 at 2:00 pm -  Reply

      I reckon you must be a very special Nanna and that’s why your lovely grandson wants to spend time with you. I hope when Honey is 21 she still wants to spend time with me! :) So glad you like the pendant, and I wish you good health to wear itl. Thanks for keeping in touch Linda, and enjoy your time away with your grandson. Love Ali xx

  12. Beverley bradshaw August 28, 2016 at 8:15 pm -  Reply

    Alison i just wanted to say you are an inspiration. You are composed classy and very feminine. Considering what you have been through i doubt i would have handled it so well. Your new pieces are lovelely. I feel a purchase coming on……. keep well . Your grandaughter looks like you. Bet you are so proud

    • Alison Keenan September 6, 2016 at 10:37 am -  Reply

      Beverley, your kind words are very much appreciated, and I feel humbled… I do hope you felt able to buy a piece of the new jewellery. As I said on air, the producers of the jewellery more than did me proud – the quality was fab! Just off to spend the day with Honey, and yes I am more than proud of her :) Love Ali xx

  13. Elizabeth Keenan August 28, 2016 at 9:48 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    Lovely blog as usual, photos of your holidays amazing, you are looking lovely.
    Dec and I went to Cyprus twice a few years ago it’s one of the most beautiful places we have ever been to, but as you say it’s so warm there. Honey coming on as well she is really gorgeous as is Calla Lily. The photo of Sam and his girlfriend really nice he is so handsome, had a wee tear in my eye with what happened to him, but he is just doing fine which is just great. Good to hear your book coming on ok Ali, will be looking forward to reading it next year, and your new jewellery is lovely.
    Ya hoo Ali off to Lake Garda in few weeks time, cannot wait. Take care.
    Much love
    Elizabeth X

    • Alison Keenan September 6, 2016 at 10:40 am -  Reply

      Hi there Elizabeth, lovely to hear from you. It’s amazing how many of the blog contributors have been to North Cyprus. Such beautiful scenery, and I was looking through my photographs again yesterday to remind myself. Feeling very proud of Honey and Calla , and they are both growing so quickly. I remember when my Sam was just that small, and thank you for your empathy.. it has been a long and very hard journey, but he’s made it, and I see many good times ahead. Literally one last chapter to write, and then into the next phase which is the editing and publishing!! So glad you like the jewellery, love Ali xx

  14. Jilly August 28, 2016 at 11:37 pm -  Reply

    Good evening Ali and all. So lovely catching up on your holiday blog and also this latest. The holiday looked ultra fab and how lovely to be able to get out and about. The piccies looked stunning. We have always said we would like to go to Northern Cyprus as it is only the other part we have seen.
    The photos of your little darlings are so lovely and the bopping one of Honey very funny. They are both gorgeous.
    I have been in the Lakes for about ten days, came back to work and will go again this weekend. The weather there was also fab so it was more walks and new things to do. Also the Tree Top Trek with grandson and Annie. I have to say it was pretty scary even though we have done it before but after a few walking on the ropes we were fine and one the last very big zip wire screamed like nothing else but I think it was screaming with delight we had made it rather than the sheer drop of the zip wire..
    Delighted to hear you are getting there with your book. It is going to help so many women and I am sure be a comfort to them to know you have been through so much but come out the other end. It is also really lovely to see Sam so happy as I recall when you first told us about him it was like not believing what was being read. So delighted he has a lovely lady in his life.
    Poor Lucy back to work. It will be very strange for her but she is like her mum and will do a Stirling job and be fine.
    You looked amazing in the Frank Usher poncho tonight. I ordered two as I have started my Christmas Shopping!!!! Cannot wait for them to arrive. One will be for Annie but I am not sure who the second will be for – could be me!!!!!
    We also love the Bake Off and delighted it is back on. I also enjoyed the first of Nadia’s journey which followed it last week. I made grandson a four tinned cake for his birthday and with new edible paints my hubby painted a wonderful picture of the poker whatever things that everyone seems to be looking for. Grandson was thrilled.
    Loved your new Hope jewellery. Annie never takes her necklace off and often gets comments on it. Yes, you are so right it is Hope for a good day or good results or could be Hope your dinner will be ready when you get in but it is Hope indeed and comfort from those four letters. To think how time has flown by even though at the time of treatment it will have felt forever.
    Do hope you and everyone has a lovely bank holiday and catch you soon love Jilly xx

    • Alison Keenan September 6, 2016 at 10:46 am -  Reply

      Hi there Jilly, so good to hear from you and to catch up with all that you’ve been doing. Sounds like a fair bit of travelling is involved, but so glad that you’ve had the best of the weather. You’re a lot braver than me going on that zip wire! I was almost hysterical on the waltzer at the fair – I don’t think I’d have coped. Thank you for your words of encouragement re the book. I’m struggling with the ending, but it’s the final chapter and so I guess is to be expected. I very much hope it will be a comfort to those who find themselves where I have been. Infact a close friend of mine’s colleague has just been diagnosed and when she said I was writing a book the lady asked for my first draft! I’d rather get the whole thing finished properly first, but it’s certainly taken some time⁄! Sam and Abbie are great together, and they’ve definitely weathered the storm well. So glad Annie still wears her pendant, and that you liked the other jewellery. It sold so well, I was really pleased and hope BCC are too. I hope you enjoyed your Bank Holiday – the first I’ve had off for five years!! So glad that things are working well for you, and that you had great service from QVC with your Diamonique ring. They are superb. ps I’ve had the I Hope heart there since you sent it to me.. so kind. Take care, love Ali xx

  15. Jilly August 29, 2016 at 12:07 am -  Reply

    It is a P.S again Ali as I pressed sent too soon. How lovely to see Honey walking next to the Hope door hanger. Thank you for keeping it up. That was so nice to see.
    I also forgot to mention my diamonique ring . I have had it quite a while and recall some time ago as I was going through some legal papers with a couple that the chap stopped me talking to say how stunning my ring was. Then not long ago I was gutted to see the stone had gone. The ring was not in stock or could even be discontinued but when I phoned up I was asked to send the ring back and QVC would repair it. It was returned to me fully repaired and I was thrilled. Then would you believe on the afternoon of its return I was going through more legal papers with a lady when she stopped me to say what a wonderful ring I had and then showed me hers. I could not say mine was not a real diamond but was just delighted once again that it passed as one. So anyone thinking twice about any diamonique ring I would say go for it and you will not be disappointed with either the ring or support from QVC. Love Jilly xx

  16. Judith Lennon August 29, 2016 at 7:49 am -  Reply

    Morning Ali
    I’ve woken up this morning to beautiful sunshine. My first load of laundry is in the machine and I’m having my first cuppa of the day propped up in bed. Lovely blog again and great pictures too. I’m treating myself (again!) to your pendant as I feel it will constantly remind me of all my loved ones who I have lost to cancer. Can you believe it’s coming up to two years since I lost my sister. This weekend our area has hosted the Tall Ships. On all accounts it’s been brilliant. My husband and I are heading to St Mary’s lighthouse,about a mile and a half from our home, to see the start of the leaving of the boats in the race which starts around lunch time. It should be a great advantage point from here and the weather is lovely. I hope to take lots of photos. My son was out with his family on the river yesterday with friends so am eagerly awaiting to hear the events of the day from him. My youngest granddaughter was helping daddy steer his boat. Good job she had her life jacket on as I could easily see her going overboard!!!!
    My daughter and son in law and eldest granddaughter are away in Menorca having a well deserved holiday after a rotten two years of health issues. They will be sorry they have missed the tall ships. However my granddaughter face timed me yesterday to say she had been scuba diving with mummy. My daughter is a trained instructor as is her husband. She was bouncing to tell me her news. Another instructor in the making I think! That will make three instructors, in my family as my son is also trained. For all I love swimming I’m not brave enough to try myself. Well my chat this week is getting longer so I will close for now. Take care and love and hugs from me. Judith xx

    • Alison Keenan September 15, 2016 at 9:20 am -  Reply

      My dear Judith, I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to reply to you.. It’s been such a mad fortnight, and I have finished the book, which is a huge relief! I find it hard to believe it has been almost 2 years since you lost your sister…. time moves on and is a healer, and I think you’ve been very brave. It’s lovely to hear all about your family, your son, daughter and granddaughter. They sound a talented bunch too with all the scuba diving and teaching. I agree with you, I’m not brave enough scuba dive, although I do enjoy paddllng about in the sea. Here’s hoping we have a few more weeks left of the summer. Take care, and there will be a new blog soon, Love Ali xx

  17. Gwen August 29, 2016 at 7:58 am -  Reply

    Hello again dear Ali,

    How lovely to see you and your gorgeous little Honey looking so well and happy in the wonderful sunshine, long may it continue as it makes us all feel so much better doesn’t it. I think I may have mentioned before that I live in Brighton – you know “good old Sussex-by-the Sea” and I really don’t know where all the people have come from but the latest good weather seems to have filled the Town to capacity, such a lovely atmosphere with all the restaurants and pubs seating customers outside enjoying the weather and the street entertainers.

    Thanks again for your lovely blog, I wish you so much luck with the wonderful “I Hope” jewellery and with your book, and look forward to more news.

    As always love to you and Colin.

    Gwen.XX

    So lovely to see you and your gorgeous little Honey looking so well and happy in the gorgeous sunshine, it has been a real treat hasn’t it and long may it continue. I think I have mentioned

    • Alison Keenan September 15, 2016 at 9:22 am -  Reply

      When we love Brighton to, and my sister sent a wonderful week there when the weather was absolutely cracking. It’s made such a difference to the summer don’t you think? I have Jory has been selling very well, and I have finally completed my book. Are we while yet before it is published, but I will look forward to sharing it with you. After all you are my incentive to write it. Honey is such a sweetheart and growing so quickly. I’ll have more photos on the next blog. Sending you more sunshine, love Ali xx

  18. Gwen August 29, 2016 at 8:02 am -  Reply

    Sorry Ali,

    Don’t know what happened there, just a blip, I’m not trying to repeat myself honestly!!!!!!

    Gwen.X

    • Alison Keenan September 15, 2016 at 9:22 am -  Reply

      Hee Hee…. easily done! x

  19. Joanna Downey August 30, 2016 at 1:18 pm -  Reply

    Dear Elaine, I am so sorry to read your news. The shock of a heart attack, for patient and loved ones is awful, I was in the car with my dad when it happened to him and the whole episode came out of nowhere. I had missed your stories on Ali’s blog and I can understand your difficulty moving on, however, your comment about finding a new normal was full of hope. I wish you both all the best. Love from Jo xx

    • Alison Keenan September 15, 2016 at 9:25 am -  Reply

      Jo, just wanted to say, incase I haven’t already, that your prophetic words and Elaine’s description of her life, are almost exactly the same as the title for my book, which I came up with in September last year…. I’ve finally finished it, and it proves that whatever situation you find yourself in we are all searching for that. xx

  20. Ellen Dawson August 30, 2016 at 4:14 pm -  Reply

    Lovely blog always thinking of others

    • Alison Keenan September 15, 2016 at 9:24 am -  Reply

      Ellen, thanks for being a part of it. A great support network here for everyone who cares to write. Ali xx

  21. Elaine sallis August 31, 2016 at 7:38 pm -  Reply

    Joanne thank for your reply. It’s very kind of you to think of me. Elaine

  22. Sue Huskisson August 31, 2016 at 8:44 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali. Yes it is lovely to be able to spend so much time with our Charlie. You looked as if you had a great time at the seaside with Honey. It’s fantastic to see them learning new things isn’t it?
    I love all your “I Hope” range. I haven’t purchased yet but I intend to this year. Most of us know someone who has battled some form of cancer and it is important to raise awareness and raise funds to help with the fight.
    Will your book be available to buy on QVC? I’m sure it will be very encouraging to people facing this awful disease. I’m sure it was difficult for you to write but cathartic at the same time.
    We have had a wonderful summer haven’t we? My husband is a lollipop man at our local primary school so we have had 6 glorious weeks! We haven’t had a holiday away this year as I had my new kitchen back in the spring, but we’ve had some lovely days out. We’re making the most of the last few days now as it’s back to school next Tuesday!!
    Anyway bye for now Ali. Look forward to your next blog. Love Sue xx

    • Alison Keenan September 15, 2016 at 9:28 am -  Reply

      Hi there Sue yes it is lovely, to see them growing so quickly and to have the opportunity to experience all that second time around. So pleased you enjoyed the jewellery and yes I know you’re right. We all know somebody who has a struggle in their life – cancer or otherwise – and if we can help by raising funds it has to be a good thing. I have finished the book, and I have every intention of selling it here on QVC – after all you are my incentive to write it. The summer has been amazing… I am hoping it will never end. Apologies for it taking you so long to reply, but it was my writing that held me up! New blog coming soon take care enjoy the rest of the summer. Love Ali xx

  23. Christine Auchterlonie August 31, 2016 at 9:04 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali … Love the jewellery….and glad the book is coming along… I loved the photos that you posted of you and Honey especially the last one by the sea … You have been very lucky with the weather in the South… It hasn’t been too bad here in the north east but I remember many years ago the weather was beautiful all day every day and I spent nearly every day of the school holidays by the coast with Fiona and Simon … Happy days… Fiona completed the Loch Lomond swim in just over the hour mark! So proud of her….the school holidays are nearly over so nearly back to normal. …Simon in flying to Canada on Sunday for work …lucky him. Hope to see you on your usual Thursday slot.. By the way Ali the words of your daughter “I hope you get better forever ” very moving as were your words of encouragement for many of us when life throws huge challenges in front of us and “hope” is the way forward…..until next time take care of yourself with love Chris x

    • Alison Keenan September 15, 2016 at 9:32 am -  Reply

      Hi there Chris, isn’t it strange how in on then we, every summer was sunny. We have been very lucky in the south, and I have tried to make the absolute best of it. Congratulations to your Fiona, that is one heck of an achievement. Sadly there is no Diamonique show this Thursday, but it returns the following week. So glad you are enjoying the photos of Honey, thank you for picking up on Lucy’s words… That is the challenge, and one I fight every day. Take care, love Ali xx

  24. Christine Auchterlonie August 31, 2016 at 9:05 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali … Love the jewellery….and glad the book is coming along… I loved the photos that you posted of you and Honey especially the last one by the sea … You have been very lucky with the weather in the South… It hasn’t been too bad here in the north east but I remember many years ago the weather was beautiful all day every day and I spent nearly every day of the school holidays by the coast with Fiona and Simon … Happy days… Fiona completed the Loch Lomond swim in just over the hour mark! So proud of her….the school holidays are nearly over so nearly back to normal. …Simon in flying to Canada on Sunday for work …lucky him. Hope to see you on your usual Thursday slot.. By the way Ali the words of your daughter “I hope you get better forever ” very moving as were your words of encouragement for many of us when life throws huge challenges in front of us and “hope” is the way forward…..until next time take care

  25. Christine Auchterlonie August 31, 2016 at 9:08 pm -  Reply

    Hi Again Ali it would appear I have posted my comments twice..it’s worrying …maybe ageism love Chris x

    • Alison Keenan September 15, 2016 at 9:33 am -  Reply

      I think it’s probably gremlins in the system Chris!! xx

  26. Mary Morphy August 31, 2016 at 11:35 pm -  Reply

    Good evening Ali..typing on my phone again so thete may be some odd phrases..my eyes are wanting to shut but i must write..it seems ages since i blogged but the last 6 weeks, the school holidays, have whizzed by and I still have so much to do before i go back on Monday.
    Another lively blog and i so enjoy all the photos of your beautiful family. Honey seemingly changes every month and i always think of my two not so ‘babies’ when i see her. You certainly pack in a lot of activity as well as working..you must be shattered.
    I am delighted that you have expanded the I Hope range..i adore the bracelet.
    So this holidays, although i have mostly been shattered i have accomplished, ticked off and completed everything that was on my ‘to do’ list. I have now finished both Jack and Chloe’s rooms have been decorated and thanks to my receiving my Barclays pension at 50 and a little lump sum they have got, for the first time ever matching furniture items of a solid, fully assembled nature!! ( I changed my car..well John has mine, his old skateboard went and i bought a new Renault Captur in cream with a black roof!) They both look great. The hall stairs and landing were done last week by a decorator..too big a job for me..and i repainted the kitchen ceiling. The carpets wete laid today and we have had furniture everywhere exvept wwhete it should be. Now its a case of putting everything back and not having the burgled look!! Its been chaos but very satisfying. I have also been perched on the cabin roof lopping back a budlea, tidying up the garden and providing an excellent taxi service for my kids..Chlo has enjoyed working in the beach cafe and is definately a saver..Jack has been caddying a lot but now he has left school is sadly unemployed. He is 19 on Monday 5th and will go ti the job centre to apply for benefit. A very difficult time for him as he has been applying for so many jobs. Good news though for him was that he passed his BTech level 2 exams and passed his theory for his driving test. Chloe got B’s and C’s for her GCSE exams and was happy to get her place at 6th form..
    I have also joined the gym abd have been going 4 times a week..my lung capacity has decreased as my COPD takes hold so we are on damage limitation. Once i am there i enjoy my bike and treadmill sessions. When i go back to school i am going after school and before i go and care for mum in the evening. I have also made some rather spectacular blackberry and apple jam and also been at hu by’s ale house cleaning in the morning as he has been very busy..a good thing!.
    We celebrated our 20th Wedding Anniversary at the pub..we were going out but we were too exhausted plus it was sooo hot. We will go out but later in the Autumn.
    I am going away jyst overnight with my twin on Friday..back Saturday, to see some friends and bring back liads of plums for jam and apples and rhu arb for crumbles!!!
    Blimey..sorry this is a bit long..hope you havent nodded off!! Have a lovely week. Much love Mary

    • Alison Keenan September 15, 2016 at 9:36 am -  Reply

      Hi there Mary, no I haven’t nodded off, but I am amazed you haven’t collapsed from exhaustion! What a fantastic achievement in just six weeks, and I’m sure that Chloe and Jack are both delighted with the new bedrooms. What a joy not to have to wrestle with flatpack furniture! I completely empathise with how are you Jack must be feeling, my jack has struggled to find regular employment, and is currently between jobs… It’s hard for them, but it will get better. I hope you got my tweet, as that was a lovely photograph of you with your sisters on your wedding anniversary. Very sensible to wait until you are feeling less tired to celebrate properly. Good luck with the fruit picking and stay well. The exercising sounds great I admire you, love Ali xx

  27. Jill September 1, 2016 at 5:37 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ally As always a privileged to read your blog and updates on your lovely family. I received my I Hope ring today and can I say it’s a great quality piece. I worked in the jewellery trade for many years before I had my children and only buy and wear quality pieces. I bought my daughter the pendant last year as she changed careers and i’m very pleased that she is still happy in the job.
    My ring has such a special significance to me I lost my own mother to bowel cancer many years ago, also following a bad year of depression I feel I need to bring some hope into my life. The engraving is not as stark as it appears on-screen and for me, I love it even more for that and one it’s first outing today someone asked me about it, this is going to be a very special ring for me. Good luck with the fundraising for this illness, it affects so many.
    Lots of love to you and the family.

    • Alison Keenan September 15, 2016 at 9:39 am -  Reply

      Do you Jill firstly so very many thanks for writing about the jury. I had the inscription changed for the second batch of rings as I I’m far happier with the writing this time around. I’m sure you had a wonderful life working in the jewellery trade and it’s nice when you know this piece of joy when you see it! I am sorry to hear about your loss, you must miss your mum very much… I understand too bad depression, and hope as I said before is sometimes all we have. Keep moving forwards, and I hope that life will become easier for you and happier. Please do keep in touch, Love Ali xx

  28. Agnes Kerr September 1, 2016 at 9:42 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison,thank you so much for your beautiful range of hope jewlery . I bought the pendant a few years ago at the breast cancer care night .Idid not buy it for any one in particular, but as I was diagnosed with breast cancer on Feb.2007 and my younger sister 7 years prior I felt it would come in handy for someone . As it happened this year my daughter in laws mum Anne ,took Ill,and was eventually diagnosed with cervical cancer ,as it took so long to confirm what was wrong , it was to late to do anything about it my daughter in law Nikki was devastated.I gave her mum the hope pendant, and she put it on right away I am not claiming if you buy this miracles will happen ,but in Anne’s case she is still with us and undergoing chemotherapy at the moment not bad considering Nikki was told in July her mum would not last the night ,and not to leave the hospital Nikki stayed there for 4 days ,never leaving her mums side . Anne held on to the pendant every waking moment and as she said it is very tactile. So thank you again this was truly a miracle x

    • Alison Keenan September 15, 2016 at 9:43 am -  Reply

      My dear Agnes, I am in tears reading your comment… Not just knowing how much you and your sister have gone through with breast-cancer, back to hear about Anne and your daughter-in-law Nikki…. So much to contend with. To think that the I Hope pendant is doing exactly what I hoped it would makes me happier than you can believe. I pray that this miracle will be long-standing for Anne, Nikki and all of you. Thank you so much for writing to let me know. Take good care of each other, love Ali xx

  29. Martina Sheils September 2, 2016 at 6:08 am -  Reply

    Dear Ali, thank you for sharing your gorgeous photos of you and Honey. The simple pleasures are definitely the best and spending time with family and extended family is definitely that.

    I met you and COLIN at Debbie Flint’s MDD fundraising day in Dorking and had a lovely chat with you both. I have had a similar, not so straightforward, journey with ready cancer. At the end of June I had my Diepe reconstruction and I’m grateful to say that I am recovering well. I wish I had gone to The Royal Marsden for my original operation.
    I had promised I would update you on how the operation went but I didn’t like to do that via Twitter as that is more public than this, lol.

    I will definitely be buying the rest of the I Hope silver jewellery range. Keep up the good work Ali and I look forward to buying your book and reading it when it’s published.
    Very best wishes,
    Martina xxx

    • Alison Keenan September 15, 2016 at 9:45 am -  Reply

      Martina that is such good news! I have thought about you often, and wondered how things were for you. I know that having any reconstructive surgery is difficult but even more so when things have gone badly before. I am so pleased that the I hope Joey represents everything I wanted it to for you. I have finally finished the book, and are hoping for publication at the beginning of next year it would mean a lot to me if you are able to read it. Keep on getting better, and maybe we will meet at the next fundraiser in October? With love, Ali xx

  30. Jill Rycroft September 2, 2016 at 12:01 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, as usual a great blog, I love to hear what you’ve been doing with your family and Honey Bee is a real treasure and must give you such joy as all your children do.
    I’m so disappointed to hear from Simon that the October Breast Cancer evening is not taking place, and things are going to be ‘on line’, what a shame, it’s such a wonderful evening not just with the companies contributing but the people you have on the show talking about how they are beating this dreadful disease and how the money raised is used. Sadly like most companies they think that everyone is ‘on line’ and I’m sure there are thousands like me who aren’t, I have access to a computer through my local library or if I’m temping somewhere, please try and get them to re-think about the programme I love to buy something as I feel I’m contributing something to people who are struggling. ‘I hope’ they’ll change their mind, please try. You of all people know how important it is that people should see that you can recover and lead a normal life again.
    With very best wishes and lots of luck with your ‘I hope’ range. More songs from Colin please.

    • Alison Keenan September 15, 2016 at 9:49 am -  Reply

      Dear Jill, lovely to hear from you, and I am so pleased that you enjoyed the blog and the photographs also. We too are disappointed that the Breast Cancer evening is not taking place, and I for one always looked forward to it. Hopefully next year things will be different, but I’m hoping to do a special themed Diamonique show along those lines in October.. I do you take on board your comments about those of you who do not have access to a computer, and it makes me feel even more blessed that you’ve taken the time out to write to me this way. I will speak again to those who make these decisions. Take car, and thank you for taking the time to write to me. Love Ali xx

  31. ann cain September 2, 2016 at 3:57 pm -  Reply

    Ali I brought the hope ring and hope necklace Ali should there have been a chain with it,I am so pleased you had a wonderful holiday and what beautiful grandchildren you have.My grandson is 22 and grandchildren are so very special,looking forward to reading your book.

    • Alison Keenan September 15, 2016 at 9:50 am -  Reply

      Dear Ann, there most definitely should be a change with the I hope necklace, so do get in touch with our customer services as they will be able to help. Thank you very much for buying these pieces and I wish you the very best of health to wedding. Lovely to hear that your grandchildren, and I will keep you updated regarding the book. With love, Ali xx

  32. martin forbes September 2, 2016 at 5:31 pm -  Reply

    Your grandaughter is fairly getting bigger alll the time alison i am on holidays from woprk for 1wek from next week looking forward to having anice relaxing time doing nothing last holiday of the year hope colin your daughter and sons ared doing well iam well

    • Alison Keenan September 15, 2016 at 9:51 am -  Reply

      Well Martin you certainly picked the right week to take off! The weather has been stunning. I hope it is with you also as I know it’s not the entire country. Colin and I, in fact the entire family are doing well and I’m glad you are relaxing and healthy too. Love ali xx

  33. Dorothy Hollingsworth September 2, 2016 at 9:49 pm -  Reply

    Hi ali, it has taken me a long time to write this.I have not been through cancer like so many people have but I have suffered from depression for many years after my mum died in 2005 I felt like an orphan really but I had to solider on as my youngest son has learning difficulties and after mum passed away I took in my brother who also has learning difficulties so things in my life had to change.My husband & I separated in 1990 so no help came from him even though we kept friends fir the boys sake.Over the years I managed to keep.my job with the NHS until I retired 5 yrs ago.I kept a lot of my problems to.myself so.my eldest son didn’t know the half of it until just recently when he got married in July this year to a lovely girl Alison I have a nine year old granddaughter from alans first marriage who keeps me going.I love reading your blogs ali and honey is beautiful.Just writing this new has made me feel so. Much better .you take care ali x

    • Alison Keenan September 15, 2016 at 9:54 am -  Reply

      My dear Dorothy, how very kind of you to write to me here on the blog, and to fill me in on your life. I have nothing but admiration for the way you have dealt with everything that has been thrown at you. Losing someone you rely on lean on and love is devastating, and when you are then alone trying to cope it is so much harder. You are clearly a very strong woman to have done all that you have and held a job down too. I’m glad that your eldest son now knows what you have been through, and I’m certain that this will help him when he brings his own children into the world following his marriage to Alison. I’m glad you have a step granddaughter and that you are close to her. Honey means the world to me, as does Calla. I’m so pleased that I writing about how you are feeling it’s helped. Please do keep writing and keep in touch. Love Ali xx

  34. Michelle Coley September 3, 2016 at 1:44 pm -  Reply

    Oh Alison, just watching jewellery month grand opening with yourself & Jill. Well I am rolling with laughter & tears streaming down my face after your story of ‘the useless tit’ soooooo funny! Your jewellery is beautiful & for such a wonderful cause which is very very close to my heart !!!!! You are an inspiration & breath of fresh air!! Lots of love Michelle xxx

    • Alison Keenan September 15, 2016 at 9:55 am -  Reply

      So glad you were able to join myself and Jill for the June. She is great to work with, and that is just one of the stories that will be in my book. I’m so glad you liked the jewellery, it was lovely to be able to design it and I’m thrilled with the finished product. I hope that you are well, and will continue to be and thank you for your very sweet and kind words. Keep in touch, Love Ali xx

  35. Valerie Mead September 4, 2016 at 12:10 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison I haven’t written any comments before I have sent a request for your blogs to come to my email hope that’s ok I have been watching your BCC I Hope jewelery range I love it all especially the I Hope Longer length Necklace I prefer longer length necklaces although this is lovely in the silver I was wondering if you would consider doing the longer length necklace in Rose Gold and also the bracelet and earrings I believe these would be beautiful in the Rose Gold colour metal would you also agree. I haven’t purchased any of these yet even though they are beautiful I do prefer The Rose Gold jewellery i buy mostly all of my jewelery in Rose Gold and from QVC as I know the quality is excellent and value for money. I have lost someone to cancer it was my husband who died from prostate cancer in 1995 he was 42.i have been a widow know for 21 years and I miss him dearly but he is always in my heart and memories . But I now have God in my life I became a Christian in 1997 and he has given me a wonderful Hope in him that nothing else could. Which means for me Jesus is the True object of Hope So for me personally the I hope is in Jesus.sorry if this is a long message I just wanted to ask if you would consider doing all of your I Hope Range Jewelery in Rose Gold especially the longer length necklace which I would love to buy if you did do it in the Rose Gold as I think it all would look absolutely beautiful and I just wanted to tell you a bit of my life story too this is wonderful that you do this for BCC and for everyone who has had and got this to help them you really are a inspirational and beautiful lady sorry that this is a long message all my love to you and your wonderful loving husband Colin.

    • Alison Keenan September 15, 2016 at 10:01 am -  Reply

      Valerie thank you so much for writing to me, and for your lovely words about the jewellery. I think it is a very worthy suggestion to have it recreated in rose gold, and this is something that I will speak to our jewellery designers about. I’m sorry to hear that you lost your husband when he was so young and you had so much of your life together still ahead of you.. These last 21 years must’ve been very hard for you, but I’m so glad you have your faith. I do too, and know that I am blessed to have got as far as I have, and to still be with those that I love. Very glad the blogs automatically come to you, and I hope that I will hear from you again, Love Ali xx

  36. Ruth September 5, 2016 at 11:56 am -  Reply

    Dearest Ali, I absolutely love hearing all your news and your love for your grandchildren jumps out with every word you write.

    I love your I hope jewellery – do you do that design in a pendant. It would be a great charm on my bracelet along with my MS one.

    I wrote to you a while back telling you about my 17 year long journey with MS, I was diagnosed with Osteoporosis 2 weeks ago and am awaiting the results of a biopsy for DCIS breast cancer and I’m only 47! I get the results on Friday. Consultant said that odds are 50/50. Waiting is the hardest part.

    Keep up with all your lovely work, your lovely blogs and your sunshine personality is an inspiration to me.

    Love and hugs

    Ruth x

    • Alison Keenan September 15, 2016 at 10:04 am -  Reply

      My dearest, I am so sorry to hear that you’re now waiting for the results of about C. Waiting as you say is the hardest part, and you are very young. I pray that the results will bring you good news. I used to hold onto the fact that until I was told it was bad news there was nothing wrong. I’m thinking of you. There are two pendants in the I Hope range, and you can find them both online. They would work very well on the bracelet, although I have designed a bracelet this year that has five charms on it spelling the words I Hope. Please keep in touch, and let me know how you are. Love Ali xx

  37. Kim September 6, 2016 at 12:45 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali! I know this may sound a silly question, but – I emailed you a while back about my sister in law, who is facing her fourth cancer journey at the moment. Her prognosis is not good, although only my brother and I know this as she does not wish to know. She is not a ‘jewellery person’ herself, but I would love to buy your I Hope necklace, for myself to be able to help with my feelings. Did you design it with loved ones in mind or purely for people on the journey themselves? Great blog, ad always, glad you enjoyed your holiday! Best wishes and thanks, as ever, Kim x

    • Alison Keenan September 15, 2016 at 10:08 am -  Reply

      My dear Kim, I do have my emailed you back? I do normally and I hope I haven’t missed yours. So very sorry to hear your news, and even harder for you and your brother to carry this alone. The message of hope, is for anybody and everybody…. Without Hope I believe life is so much harder. Sometimes it’s all we have… I’ve written my reasons for the design in the blog, but there are some lovely comments here from folk who have bought it for someone they love. Stay strong, and I hope very much that your sister in law will face this fourth cancer journey with the same strength and determination that she has the previous three. With Love, Ali xx

  38. Ruth September 9, 2016 at 5:51 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali

    Just got the results of my biopsy and I have extensive precancerous cells. Only treatment option is a mastectomy because cells are so extensive. Reconstruction doubtful because there is a fear cancer cells have affected the skin and a anaesthetic may have an adverse affect on my MS. I will definitely be buying jewellery from your I hope range. Fantastic cause. I hope I haven’t depressed you. I live in hope always xxxxxxxxxxx

    • Alison Keenan September 15, 2016 at 10:11 am -  Reply

      Ruth I am so terribly sorry to read your news…… I know how you must be feeling, but admire you hugely for your determination and strength. Do contact Breast Cancer Care, they are so supportive, as are Macmillan. I know that the surgeons will do all they can for you, and treating the pre-cancerous cells is a positive and is the beginning of you being well again. Please keep in touch with me… I will be thinking of you, and it would be good to know how you are getting on. With love, Ali xx

  39. Carole September 10, 2016 at 4:38 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali
    Just wanted to write to you and tell you that you are a truly wonderful person and so thoughtful of you to design this special jewellery. My sister got diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015, and had to have a lumpectomy followed up with chemotherapy and radiotherapy, she is really doing well, her treatment finishes this November after her last Herceptin injection. She purchased your beautiful I HOPE ring and has had wonderful comments about it. She wears it all the time and feels it gives her strength. Thank you so much for designing the range. Love Carole. X

    • Alison Keenan September 15, 2016 at 10:13 am -  Reply

      Carol thank you so much for letting me know about your sister. It is wonderful she is doing so well, and I pray that she will continue to feel this way. Herceptin is an incredible drug, and helps so many women. Must be very relieved, and I am certain you have gone to this with her. So pleased that the ring is a strength. It is my greatest pleasure to have designed a range, and I feel humbled that so many of you are enjoying it. Please keep in touch with me, love Ali xx

  40. Jilly September 10, 2016 at 8:56 pm -  Reply

    Evening Ali – well what can I say but thank you for a wonderful show with you and Jill. It was fantastic and how very funny you are together. You both looked wonderful but it was your chemistry that was so good. As are the giggles tonight on Kim &Co. (That top does look good on you) . I didn’t catch all of the final hours but most of the time and kept grabbing the phone to put orders in!!!!! Yes it was terrible for my bank balance but justified as my orders may be for pressies. I say maybe because I have not decided with the poncho whether to keep the second one ( I have put one away for Annie) for my friend for Christmas or for me. In the real they look even better than on tv and the sparkles on the front looks so sweet. My orders the other evening will be the same. Will they be for me or will I be good!!!! In truth I cannot remember just what I have ordered from your show so the parcels will be lovely surprises.
    Wondering how Lucy is getting on now she is back to work and how Honey is with her new routine.
    Annie and family are good and like you enjoying the Bake Off. Hard to believe it is that time again. We will be wondering where this year has gone soon.
    Love your special picture of Honey and you on the beach. What memories are being created.
    Well done for nearly finishing your book. It is going to be such a huge help to so many people. Bigger than you can imagine because it has been written with blood, sweat and tears and the truth and from a real person so I am thrilled for you.
    Think I am now going to order a top so will say once again thanks for such a great evening with you and Jill. It was a super relax from a busy day at work as well as a jolly good shop without having to leave the home. Take care and catch up soon love Jilly xx

    • Alison Keenan September 15, 2016 at 10:19 am -  Reply

      Hi there Julie, and so glad you enjoyed the show of July. I have to say it was definitely fun, and although we don’t work together very often it’s always a treat. Kim’s range does work for so many and it’s tempting to buy everything! Lucy is coping, as is Honey, and I think it’s just a case of getting settled into a new routine. I wish it was possible for all mums who chose to, to stay home with their children, but I know that Honey has had more time with her mum than some are able to. I am delighted to tell you my book is now finished. It has been a long slog, and the last few chapters really difficult… Almost as if I don’t quite know where to finish or how I should finish… But I have. Hope all is well with you, and thanks so much for keeping in touch it’s lovely to hear from you. Love Ali xx

  41. Jilly September 10, 2016 at 9:12 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kim I have read your blog about your sister in law and just want to say no matter what has been said do not give up hope for her. Ali’s Hope necklace is wonderful for anyone as it has so much meaning. My daughter wears hers every day and has so many comments about it. Go for it and enjoy wearing it as it will give you such comfort. Take care Jilly

  42. Jilly September 10, 2016 at 9:15 pm -  Reply

    Hello Dorothy just to let you know you are not alone here and I am sure Ali won’t mind me saying we are all here to help each other when times are hard for whatever reasons. That is why this is such a super blog Take care Jilly

    • Alison Keenan September 15, 2016 at 10:19 am -  Reply

      Jilly thank you so much for these comments… the blog is a support network as well as a great place to write to each other. You are all the inspiration behind my book. I thank you for it, love Ali xx

  43. Janet Jones September 15, 2016 at 8:01 pm -  Reply

    My dear Ali, I am so sorry i haven’t been in touch for quite some time,but I have been following your blog. I lost my best friend to cancer last October it was such a shock it all happened so quickly and I thought like me she was in remission but she died of heart failure due to all the treatments. Even now I still can’t believe she is gone, but I am still in touch with her family and daughter. My beautiful Grandson has had more eye operations and now needs his tonsils removing as they are too big and its becoming a problem when they operate. On a very happy note he was Christened 3 weeks ago and what a happy day that was, all our families together celebrating the fact that we have this beautiful boy in our lives. I know God was looking out for him on his special day as it didn’t rain but the day was very dull and he is is very light sensitive so he could enjoy running outside a special day i will never forget.
    Congratulations to you and Colin on the birth of your second grand daughter how lovely for you more happy times ahead.
    Lots of other things have happened but too much to write on your blog.
    I Hope you are going to let us know when we can buy your book as I like so many other people can so relate to your story and I for one will be buying your book.
    Take care Ali, I look forward to your reply. xx
    p.s I forgot to say I have the original I Hope necklace

  44. Edna October 10, 2016 at 1:03 am -  Reply

    Hi Allison I just thought i would drop you a quick message to say last year i had a total hysterectomy. Thanks to my doctor telling me i must have a smear test and they found i had cancer i was 54 and getting bleeding so i went to the doctors Thank goodness if some one has bleeding when they have not been getting them Please have your smears when they tell you because if i had not gone when i did they saved me at the early stage I still have check ups at the Hospital thank you Macmillan nurses and the nurses and doctors at queen Charlotte hospital for there kindness and to hillingdon hospital Thank you for reading my note and Please don,t forget to have your check ups My Husband has got me the pink heart earrings and necklace

  45. JACKIE October 30, 2016 at 12:42 pm -  Reply

    HI ALI I am new to your blog I have just been diagnosed with Kidney Cancer out of the blue went for An ultrasound scan for another issue and out of the blue they found a TUMOUR on my right Kidney MY head is all over the place at the moment they have given me three options one of which is surgery to have part of my kidney REMOVED my family is split on the options but ultimately the final decision is mine I have a few more day’s to let the hospital my decision it would have been easier if they had made the decision for me my head is all over the place at the moment LOVE JACKIE x x

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