Alison Keenan blog

August 23, 2013

For Amica...

Ali and AmicaI find it almost impossible to believe that we have moved on a fortnight since Amica's passing, and yet to me it feels like yesterday. So many of you have been incredibly kind and concerned for her over the last two years, asking after her, passing on your love and support, and because of that I wanted to write just a few words in her memory.

I met Amica at QVC many years ago, and although we would talk occasionally before and after shows, the schedules are such that there's not a lot of time to really get to know someone. All that changed in April 2011, when I had begun my chemotherapy and I had a call from Amica telling me that she too had been diagnosed with breast cancer.

Amica and AliShe was very frightened and upset, but after talking for a while she was calmer, and I know it helped both of us. We talked when she had to make a decision about her surgery, we compared our chemo side effects, cried together when she lost her hair and I was already bald, tried to reassure each other that it would get better, and for a while it did. 

When she called me to tell me the cancer had spread to her lungs I was as devastated as she was, but the treatment she was given seemed to turn things around really quickly...I visited her in her beautiful home, where she had drawn an incredible mural of the Tree of Life on the wall. It was also covered with pictures and photographs of her two beautiful daughters - so like their mother.

Her hair grew back, she grew stronger, had fabulous reconstruction and came back to work. You know as well as I do Amica brought the screen to life with her smile, her infectious laugh, and her beautiful face. I remember presenting the YBF shows with her and her old friend, Stacey Schiefflin, both of us comparing our new and still very short hair. 

I loved working with her and Mally, where once again her sparkling smile brought a touch of magic to the hour, in a way that was unique to her. She was the face of our Gatineau range for many years, and really made the hours special with her insightful comments about the products.

Ali and Amica on This MorningWhen I was invited back to This Morning to promote Breast Cancer Care, they asked if I knew of any models who could also take part and I gave them Ammie's number. You may remember how fabulous she looked that day... We made time to see each other before and after shows, and kept in touch by text, and even when she was frightened I tried to stay positive for her. 

The last time I saw Amica was before and during our Mally hour. I remember distinctly making a joke about our new brows and lashes, and she laughed and then looked straight into the camera and smiled... I can still see her face now, and it is an image I will hold onto forever.

I was told Amica was in a hospice the day before she died. She was sleeping and with her family, but I did get a message to her, and I know that she received it.... Words seem hollow in a situation like this, although ironically there is so much you want to say, but never will... But there had been times when we had found the words, and had propped each other up, and made each other laugh, and believed - as I always did - that we'd both get through this...

My heart goes out to her lovely husband, her two girls, her entire family and legion of friends. This is such a huge loss for us all, and she will be so missed...I still have her texts in my phone, and special memories in my mind, and I will hold tight to them for always. She was a brave and beautiful woman, and a caring and kind friend.

Love, Ali xx

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Hi Alison
So sad to hear the news of Amica. What a beautiful lady and a shame things didnt go well for her. There doesnt seem words to express how your stories have touched me. You amd Amica have been very brave thoughout your ordeals.

Love to you. Take care
Lorraine

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A lovely tribute to a lovely lady.

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What a lovely, lovely tribute. You were there for each and knew exactly how the other one was feeling. I lost a great friend 4 years ago to this terrible illness, she was only 52.

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Ali
What a lovely blog. I'm sat here with tears in my eyes as I'm sure many people are. As you know I lost my wonderful Mum to this disease and all I can say is a cure can't be found soon enough for this dreadful illness.
My heart goes out to Amica's and Beulah's families.
Take care as always
Julie xx Lily xxxxxx

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Hi Ali,
I have been so out of touch because of things in my own home,I had no idea that Amica had passed away.I was aware that the cancer had returned and that she had been having treatment and am so sorry that it did not work.You must have been a great support to each other and whilst you keep stressing ths support Ali's army gives to you,do not underestimate the support your cheery blogs,and downright commonsense approach to illness and life in general gives to us.Your zest for life is a sheer tonic.Keep up the good work,
Love,
Edna x

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Hi Ali,

What a beautiful account of your friendship with Amica. She lit up our screens with her radiant smile, and her warm personality certainly showed through, even to those of us who never even met her. The message you sent her while she was at the hospice must have meant a lot to her as you both journeyed through such an awful ordeal together. No one can ever realise exactly what it's like to go through such a testing time than those like you who have gone through the same situation. As I have already said, she was comforted very much through your friendship as much as you were of hers - I'm very sure of that Ali. I'm sure she would want more than anything for you to remain strong and positive as you have done from the start - that would be what she would want more than anything. I have thought about her quite a lot during these last weeks, and the image I have of her is her beautiful smile and stunning classic good looks, which I'm sure will be echoed through life by her two lovely daughters. My thoughts go out to her husband and daughters and to everyone who loved her.

Love from Sue Radford xx

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It is now the 23rd August Alison and I have just read with shock about Amica, the lovely model who I shall sadly miss on QVC, as I have been a customer for 20 years now and remember the early days of shopping. I visited QVC Towers on one occasion to the first Kirks Folly party getogether and met many of the presenters so It is with sadness to hear about Amica, Love to all her family members and of course to you, looking forward to seeing you on the tele again. Christine Hindle (Lancs)

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Hi Alison,
This was such alovely read from one lovely and brave lady about another lovely and brave lady. Although I am just a viewer and have been for many years, you all become friends. I was so sorry to hear when you both got ill and have relished in hearing how well it had all been going. So I was so sad to hear of Amica's death. I left comments on the QVC facebook page. You are so right about Amica's smile, it was always cheered me up when she was on, as its a pleasure to watch you too.
Love and blessings to you and Amica's family.
Best wishes
Roanne x

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Dearest Alison, Thank you for your beautiful tribute to Amica, she will be much missed. Love from Jo x

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Dear Alison. I have just red your blog so I have only just found out that the beautiful lady Amica had died. what a terrible loss. She was so bubbly and beautiful looking always smiling. My heart felt wishes go out to especially her family but also to all her friends. I am a believer in God but I do question his wisdom on occasions and this is one of those times, the old adage comes to mind He only takes the Best. Watch out for butterflies around you because I truly believe they are Angels come back to see you. Take Care Alison. Lindaxxx

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Alison, what a beautiful tribute to a very lovely lady. I did hope Amica would get better and when YBF was on a couple of weeks ago without Amica I feared the worst.

I hope you are beginning to feel better after your surgery. I love reading your blogs. Look forward to seeing you back on screen soon. Love Bernadette x


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Ali your blog made me cry and be thankful for what life means and how lucky we are that we are all here to wake up each morning and live another day. I had to go to school to work yesterday and saw my friend jane who works in our team.she is in remission for leukaemia but had not felt well for a rew weeks. She got a call whilst in the shoe shoo with her young boys buying school shoes and was told in the shop her leukemia had returned...she is now in Barts in London undergoing treatment and is terrified but keeoing us all updated via texts abpnd Facebook as she needs our replies of comfort and determination for her. We are all praying for good news and for her two boys who have already gone through the prospect of losing their mum once. Hope you to are feeling much better. Love Mary. Xx

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Dearest Ali
how hard it must be to write such beautiful thoughts at this time, but in equal measure how lucky you are to be able to write them about someone so loved and beautiful that you had the priviledge to know Amica personally.Thank you for that.Thanks to Charlie aswell who also wrote a beautiful tribute to Amica.Take great care Ali as you continue your own recovery.I for one will never forget Amica and beautiful Beulah,another gracious and dignified lady,what great examples they both are to us all in the way we deal with life.I send you lots of love and hugs at this very sad time .Hold on to all the memories, they can never be taken from us.In deepest admiration for you Ali , the way you cope with all things lots of love Annie

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What a beautiful tribute to dear Amica. I'm reading it with tears in my eyes Alison and apart from sending thoughts to her family I am at a loss what else to say - there are no words. Thank you for sharing your memories of Amica.
Love
Denise xx

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What a wonderful tribute to a beautiful lady. We see so many people on tv and in our lives but there re just a few who have an impact and Amica was one of those as far as I am concerned. How fantastic you have such a gorgeous image in your mind when you think of her. I don't like to say "at least she is out of pain and suffering now" because neither Amica or or anyone else should have to suffer cancer, she was taken far too soon. God bless Amica

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I've never written to you on your blog before Ali, but I just wanted to say what a lovely, moving tribute you've paid to your friend. I know from my own experience that having a friend to walk down the darkest paths in life brings precious life and hope, which makes the loss all the more devastating. It sounds like you shared that gift with Amica, and I'm sure it was a blessing to you both.

As a regular viewer, I feel that we're all part of one big QVC family, and having seen Amica both modelling clothes and beauty products, to me she came across as a gentle soul. Someone you would be glad to know. Many of us were following her treatment and willing and hoping for a positive outcome. So sad for her family, her friends and her colleagues that it was not to be.

And you, Ali, are a real shining light. Your zest for life, sense of humour and positive attitude as you plough on through your treatment and recovery are so admirable. You are clearly a caring person, and also an inspiring one, with a real gift for heartfelt communication.

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Hi Ali,
it was so sad to hear of Amica's passing. I never met Amica in person but have been watching QVC for years and sort of feel I "know" you all. My thoughts and prayers go out to all her family, friends and colleagues at QVC. Hope you are now feeling better following your surgery and back ob our screens soon. God bless, take good care of yourself Ali as life is so precious.

Love Eileen xx (Manchester)

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Ali,
What a wonderful epitaph for our delightful friend Amica, you manage to put into words what a great number of watchers of QVC will be feeling. I remember the hope I felt when Stacey Schefflin mentioned on her YBF show that she had brought a new drug over from the states for Amica, which was brand new and which she would start on straight away, but it was not to be. I hope her husband and girls find peace and the knowledge that she was loved by all who saw her. You take care, Ali hope you are feeling better day by day. Much Love Norma xx

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I just stumbled upon the news now and my heart breaks for her family. Cancer is so cruel and uncaring of whose life it affects and I know there can not be a person alive who hasn't felt its touch at least once. I am so pleased you won your battle Ali and wish Amica and Beaulah painless peaceful sleep xxxJoolsxxx

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So glad Alison that at last someone has paid tribute to the lovely Amica. I have been touched by her passing like no other in a long time. She was such a gracious, lovely woman and, like you, I will never forget that smile. You too are so brave and I follow your posts regularly always willing your treatment to give you positive results with, hopefully, not too much discomfort. You are a shining example to all as was the wonderful Amica. Keep the faith and know that so many of us QVC'eers are cheering you on from the side line.
Much love
Laura

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Lovely blog Alison x

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Hi Ali
Thank you for a wonderful blog to Amica. I am still heart broken over it. I keep thinking about her, and Can not believe that she is gone (too soon ). I dont know her family but I pray for them every night, God be with them and help her two girls.
Sorry can not write any more. You stay well my love.
Magda.

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Dear Ali,
Thank you for telling us about Amica, having watched her for years on QVC I felt it should have been said when she passed away, also Beulah that was a shock, bothe lovely ladies, it was lovely to read how close your illness had brought. My good friend is going through chemo at moment and watching how brave she is is very humbling, trying to be as positive as you can is so hard at times.
Thank you
Amanda

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You've moved me to tears Ali, such beautiful words and they mean so much. My heart broke when I heard that Amica had passed away, she was doing so well, I thought she would bounce right back but sadly it was not meant to be. My love to her wonderful family and friends, thinking of you all xx

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hi ali ,hope you are still on the mend,what a lovely tibute to theautiful,amica,not forgetting Beulah,they were both very professional ladies and will be sorely missed.my love goes to both their families,its such a tough time.i lost my sister at 36 to a blood clot,after a hysterectomy,she left 2 children,5 and 8 and believe me tha was the toughest thing I have ever has to do ,get them out of school and tell them their mummy had passed.my sister always used chanel no 5 perfume so I used to spray her daughter with it so she cld smell her mummy.that was 17 years ago and she has a little girl now called isla chanel iher memory.we never forget but oh how precious those memories are.xxtake care ali ,love kath xxx

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Oh Alison I was so so upset to hear of Amicas passing. I couldn't believe what I was reading. She alway's looked so lovely and had such a gentle presence when she was modelling on QVC. Very sad news.

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Hi Ali
a lovely tribute to Amica, it cannot have been easy for you to write,knowing the long hard journey you had both been on, sadly not everyone makes it to the same destination. She was a lovely lady and we will all miss her. You continue to keep well and we look forward to seeing you back on our screens soon.
take care
best wishes xSue

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Hello Ali,

Hope you are still making a good recovery Ali after your recent treatment.

Your blog about Amica is very touching and beautifully written. I too will remember Amica with fondness, she was such a brave lady and my thoughts are with her family, relatives and friends. She didn't deserve to die so young.

Going back to hospital myself on Tuesday for tests so am very nervous at the moment, hope that it is good news.

Keep up the good fight Ali, look forward to seeing you back on air soon.

Love Jan, Ollie and Solo xxxxxxxxxxxx

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Thank you Alison for your thoughts and love for Amica being a fan of Gatineau for many years after the last TSV I could not help thinking of her lovely face and missing her Fantastic Smile always the face of Gatineau, I have gone though the Heartbreak of seeing my Daughter go through treatment for Cancer and it is so hard but my Daughter is one of the Lucky ones now only going ever 6 months for checks, glad to see you so well Alison, thank you will miss Amica's lovely face. sent with love xx

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I have only just read your blog and learnt of the death of Amica. I cannot believe that such a wonderful happy and beautiful person has been taken from her family by this dreadful disease. I always enjoyed the programmes on which she appeared. The clothes she modelled you could easily envisage wearing yourself and she was so happy and always smiling. My thoughts and love go out to her family and friends and I hope her courage will help others battle this disease. I lost my own Mother a few years ago to Pneumonia having battled through Breast Cancer and been given the all-clear. Lets hope her death will not be in vain and soon help will be found that means more people recover from this.

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Such a touching tribute to lovely Amica, the tears are rolling down my cheeks. Bless you for sharing your memories of her and so sorry she lost her battle. Take care Alison & best wishes from another Alison xx

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Ali I can't get over it, I have watched Amica for years, I myself have had an aggressive breast cancer but I am thankfully still here. Good luck to us all. Xx

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Ali what a beautiful tribute. Elaine x

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Ali, I don't know what to say, I have tears running down my face. This was beautifully written, thank you for sharing. Much love to you, Sue xx

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Dear Ali I have just read your blog (tribute) to Amica a very very special person. I have watched Amica from the beginning and grew to "love" her, she was so gentle and always had a lovely smile. I found out about her passing last Tues, what a shock! I could not believe what I was reading, I was so upset, all day I cried and cried. My love goes out to her family. Such a lovely tribute to her from you, as you say you will always remember her with love and fondness. Such a great loss at such a young age. Take Care Ali much love as always, hope you are feeling lots better, I am looking forward to seeing you on screen. Babsq xxx

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Hi Alison,
What devastating news about Amica's passing. QVC's loss is heavens gain. My heart goes out to her family. She always brought a smile to my lips, she seemed such a happy soul, so lovely, and, I sensed a very genuine person. I hope all is going well for you Alison, you are very much missed, looking forward to your return.
God Bless.....Susan.

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Alison, thanks for giving us a insight into the beautiful Amica. She truly was a lovely lady and may she Rest in peace and our thoughts are with her family.

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What a beautiful and well written piece Ali. Amiga would love your words. X

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Alison,
What a wonderful tribute to a beautiful lady. I have been with QVC for many years and remember Amica working there for as long as I have been watching. She carried on modelling through her pregnancies looking even more beautiful. My heart goes out to her family and to you. You were obviously a great support to each other. I am sure she would want you to stay strong and determined in tribute to her.
Take care.
Love, Margot x

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Dear Alison,
I can barely see to type this through my tears at reading this tragic news. I am so shocked and sorry to hear that Amica has lost her battle with this terrible disease. She must have been so frightened especially at leaving her young family. It is a cruel world and one in which we cannot see the reasons why these things happen.
I wrote a while ago to say my mother to had breast cancer and died when I was only 12 years old. I'll never forget the day she told me about it as it was the time I was develloping and asking when I could have my first bra! Such irony- with what lay ahead for my mother.
Keep up the fight Alison. The silly things that I worry over are paled into insignificance.
Its so sad. Take care.
From Tina (South Wales)

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So sad to hear of Amica's passing, she brought sunshine to our screens and a smile to our faces during every show she was part of. My condolences to her family and friends, she will be greatly missed.

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hello i had not heard about amica passing away....i loved to watch the shows she was in like many others i send my love to her family..she will be missed by so many......sue leicester

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I am absolutely gutted. For Amica, her family, friends, colleagues and just us the simple viewer.

Everytime i think of this lovely woman losing her fight i well up. You have written a lovely blog Alison, and it must have been hard and raw for you to do that. Please remember that we are all thinking of you.

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Oh Ali, I never knew Amica and I don't really know you, even though we have 'met' through here and believe you to be my friend. Your words have made me cry as you know my Mum has had cancer twice and im guilty of sometimes just not having the time to stop and listen. Sometimes we all need a wake up call, and this has been one for me. I will make time for my beautiful Mum, my friends who just need someone to listen as they have always been there for me. We went to our village fete yesterday and there was this lady selling bracelets for children with cancer. I looked and my beautiful daughter and niece and thanked god they are able to run, jump, get dirty ( and I mean dirty) and play hard. We bought the bracelets and my daughter thanked her for selling them for a good cause. I looked at the lady, she looked at me, and we both just started to cry.

Oh, its not like me to write with such sad tones, but although my ME is a pain and my hormones are everywhere but in the right place, I have 2 arms that can hold and cuddle, and 2 legs that can walk, cycle (when I can) and scooter!!!! Need a brufen after mind, but I can do it. There by the grace of God go I (as my Nan used to say).

In your last blog you said that you felt guilty for still being here and Amica not, well let me tell you Ms Keenan, your a joy to us all, an inspiration, a delight, a truly lovely human being. Your a Mum that loves and worries and partner to Colin who has been with you through thick and thin. NEVER feel guilty, Like Mum, you've been to hell and back, and long may you both be in my life.

Right, tears wiped, hanky put away and time for a cuppa!!!! Take care my lovely lady.

Alpa, hope you are ok and Una - sooooo lovely to hear from you. Love to Debz too and all the Army!

Luv and hugs
Helen s xxx

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Dear Ali, what a lovely tribute to the gorgeous Amica, who I also remember as a beautiful, memorable and special person who I have watched on QVC for many years, remembering her sense of humour and fun with that amazing smile. I knew she had cancer but like most people, hoped she had overcome it so was very shocked to hear of her passing. I have shed tears whilst reading your blog, tears of sadness for those left behind who loved Amica so much and who must be devastated that she has gone. I believe she has gone to heaven, a place where there is no more pain or fear, but for her friends and family there is nothing but grief. Nobody knows why some survive dreadful diseases or accidents and some don't but I think we all need to live our lives in gratitude that we are still here for a reason and not to waste a single minute. One day we will perhaps understand why some people are taken so young but until then all we can do is love each other and support each other, as you and Amica supported each other. Really hope you are doing ok, Ali, and getting stronger day by day. Sending love your way, Jane xx

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What lovely words Ali - you made me cry. Amica'a bravery and optimism I will always remember and her beautiful smile. Life is very cruel sometimes. I had breast cancer 12 years ago and appreciate life so much more and feel lucky still to be here.

Love Christine (Edgeworth)

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I have been away and could not believe it when I read your blog, my heart goes out to beautiful Amicas family. When I last saw her on QVC, not long ago, she looked so well RIP Amica xxxx

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Alison just read with tears streaming down my face about Amicas passing.A very beautiful and serene person who will be missed so much by those of us who only knew her as a QVC model. I can only imagine the void that has been left in the lives of her family and friends. R.I.P Amica

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Dear Alison, reading your lovely words for Amica has brought tears to my eyes.I know we do not
Know the models and presenters from own everyday lives but over the years when you are on our television screens and we read your blogs its as if we actually do know you so when terrible things like this happen we feel it in our hearts as well. Amica had such a beautiful smile that we will all miss seeing .My heart goes out to her family and to you her good friend

Love Sandra x

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Hello Ali,
This is the first time I have sent a message but I have been following your progress constantly, as you are my favourite presenter!
I was sorry to hear of your latest bout of ill health and trust you are slowly getting there. Miss you on screen, so hurry back!
I was shocked to hear about the beautiful Amica, whose smile lit up the screen. How very sad for her husband and children.

Keep well and take care of yourself.

Best wishes,
Irene x

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So very touching!! i have never left a comment before, but felt moved to. i enjoyed watching Ammica, she came across as such a beautiful person, which she obviously was. So sad that she has gone,but i am sure she will stay in a lot of our thoughts.
Hope things are going well for you.
Take Care xx

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i have just read your blog about amica so touching so sad it made me cry it takes a lot for me to cry hope her family is alright

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So sorry have just seen the sad news about Amica, also understand that Beaula has passed away. Please would it be possible to post a picture up of her as I have trouble remembering her. Condolences to both families. x

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I am So shocked to hear of the passing of Amica. Many times I have wondered about how she was getting on but as the models are not included in the blogs (shouldn't they be?) there was no way of finding out.
PLEASE CAN WE DO SOMETHING SPECIAL IN MEMORY OF AMICA.? COULD SOME SHOW BE DONE ONCE A YEAR, MAYBE ON HER BIRTHDAY? SHE WAS PART OF OUR LIVES TOO..
So sad.
Rose

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Im sitting here with a tear in my eye.Ive never commented but feel this is a special moment .Think of here smile looking down on everybody....what a wonderful ,beautiful lady ....and Alison you are such a positive force love meg xx

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Dear Ali,hard as it is to accept we have lost a very special person,but heaven has gained a very special angel,my heart goes out to her family and to you at the loss of a special friend.
Take care Ali,lots of love.
Pearl xx

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Hi Alison I cried when I read your blog. I have had the privilege of meeting yourself & Amica who I had a chat with she was a very brave lady & wanted me to pray for her which I did. She was an inspiration to us all & I will be thinking of you all on Tuesday. I know Amica's faith sustained her & she is at peace & free from suffering. It confirms the old adage that we should all live each day as it if it is our last as one day it will be & none of us know when it will be. Love Julia

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I have just read your latest blog and was shocked and saddened to read of Amica's passing. We had the privilege of meeting Amica at a QVC jewellery event and she told us then that the cancer had returned. It is such a cruel disease but it was lovely to see Amica on screen several times after that and each time I hoped that things would turn out well for her. I have followed your blogs for some time now and feel relieved every time I read some good news from you. I wish you continued good health and offer my sincere condolences to Amica's family and her QVC family.

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My Dear Ali,what a lovely tribute to your friend and the tears are tripping me as I reply to your blog. As you say it all seemed to turn around in a positive direction for Amica and what was so frightening was how quickly she deteriorated, when she always looked so well. I too feel for her family, but they will have lovely memories of her, she came across as a lovely genuine person.
I didn't know her personally , but she was diagnosed a year after me and I always followed her progress. Life is so Precious and we really do have to make the most of every day.
Take good care Ali, speak soon love Janet xx

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A beautiful tribute for a beautiful lady.

May she rest in peace.

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Two truly amazing ladies - Amica Pavey French and Alison Keenan. Today is my five year anniversary from my own breast cancer diagnosis, so far so good for me, I celebrated with a lovely raspberry cheesecake! - God bless us all, Fiona xxx

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Oh Ali I am so very sorry to read this blog that Amica has lost her fight - after all she gave your heart just feels so very sad. There are really no words to say how sorry I am but what a comfort you must have been in sharing what you were both going through when having the chemo etc. It is a very sad day indeed! Thank you for sharing the words with us about her. She did have such a wonderful smile and we will also remember her for being so brave and for having that smile.
So glad to hear that you are improving though and before we know it your check up will be here and hopefully some very good news for you.
Tricia don't worry at all (what a silly thing that is to say as we do nothing now but worry about our daughters!!) I should say try not to worry as Annie had a time when her cells were down and they thought she might need a transfusion. I recall my heart dropped when she told us. I remember her going for a line clean but she needed her dad to go with her just in case they gave her some blood. She didn't need it but they did say that it was very common and it is because of the chemo that this happens. September will soon be here and this horrid stage of the treatment will then be over. We had a party yesterday for about 50 people and Annie was about all day enjoying it and helping with cups of tea for those who didn't want a drinkie drink. She was still on the go late in the evening and at one time I looked at her and at how well she looks and thought a few months ago I would never have considered having the party (it is an annual event) never mind her being on her feet most of the time and helping out. Your daughter will recover from this treatment and her hair will grown back maybe differently at first but it will grown back. If she has lost her lashes they will also grow back in a short time and although she will look different with short hair she will still be the same and as beautiful as ever. Everyone who knew Annie had had treatment said how very well she looked. She did speak to someone whose friend is going to start chemo and hopefully what she said will help. Keep being strong although I know it is hard to put the brave face on all the time but we are here for you.
Ali please tell your darling daughter that I wish her well in the new school - term will be starting just days away so hope all goes well. Looking forward to your next update but oh how sad this last one was. Love to you Jilly XX

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hi Ali, I hope you are feeling better, we await your return to our screens, hope it wont be to long. your words about Amica are so so true her smile was infectious, that when she smiled I found myself smiling back at the tv, she was beautiful, as was Beulah, when that news broke it was such a shock because I don't think anyone knew she was poorly, such a loss, and heartfelt condolences to both sets of Families.
take good care of yourself Ali, see you soon on tv
love Chris,
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Beautiful words, for a beautiful lady.. xxx

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Thank you Alison for your moving tribute. It must have been such a shock for you. Amica was a graceful lady with a beautiful smile. Her bravery was an inspiration to us all. Keep strong and see you back on screen soon.

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Thank you so much for posting details of amicas passing.I am so sorry to hear of her passing and express my condolences to her family.Her smile lit up the tv and I am sorry to hear that we will not see her again at QVC .She came across as a lovely person and we will miss her on screen. Much love.

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Hi Ali, what beautiful words, Amica most certainly was a beautiful person and a very kind person who will be very much missed by all who knew her, bless her. My thoughts are with her family and friends and all of you at QVC.

How you are doing ok and keeping positive. Take care Sandra xxx

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Sincere condolences for Amica's passing - she brightened up our screen.

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Thank you for that beautiful tribute to Amica. My thoughts are with her family - so sad for her husband and daughters. She seemed such a lovely person, as do you Ali. I hope everything is going well for you, and that we see you back in our screens very soon.

Linda x

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hi ali,

I enjoy reading the presenter's blogs but up until now have never left a comment. however, when catching up with yours after my lovely holiday in spain, I was shocked to read about the passing away of amica. both you and she have been so brave throughout your illness and must have been a great comfort to each other. my heart goes out to amica's husband, children and family. This awful disease affects so many lives - I lost my own mum to it some 14 years ago. keep positive ali and hope all will be well with you and others also suffering.

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Such a beautiful tribute to Amica, its doesn't seem that long ago that she was expecting her last baby, her children must be very young. So sorry for them and her husband. Such a stunning and beautiful person, RIP Amica.

RIP Beaula

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Hi Ali

This is so very sad. She will be missed by so many of us.Sincere condolences to her family.

Thank you for this blog, we feel like we know you all so you are like friends to us to.

Take care Wanda.

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Alison your words are so beautiful and say it all about the lovely Amica, I like many others were so sad to hear off her passing I still can't take it in and was about to ask you how she was getting on, I guess this say's it all, she was a lovely lovely lady and will be so sadly missed, my thoughts go out to you also as this will be so hard for you as you say the two off you have been facing this together and helping each other through these tough times, my thoughts go out to her Husband and her lovely daughters which Amica will live on in her beautiful girls, to all her family and close friends also on this sad time she will be dearly missed by everyone! hope you are holding out Alison at this sad time, lot's off love as always Rhona xx

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My Dear Ali,

Such a heartfelt tribute to beautiful Amica and your friendship with her. My thoughts and prayers are with her husband and daughters. How I feel for those who knew her and loved her.

Thank you so much for your kind words to me. I replied on your last blog. I hope you are feeling a little better. We are all holding your hand, very gently of course.

Take care
Lots of Love, Alpa xxx

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Hi Ali, I was only thinking of amica the other day when lennie was on and dancing around with goodie and joy as he does, it's so so sad to hear such shocking news, my deepest sympathy goes to you her friend and to all of her family. Take care hope to see you back soon god bless irene xx

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Hi Ali
I've followed both your long and difficult journeys and was saddened to hear about Amica's passing.She had such grace and sincerity and I'll always remember that wonderful smile and the fits of giggles during beauty shows with Ali Young.My thoughts are with her family and friends and hope they can in time find comfort and peace.
I wish you well and look forward to seeing you back on our screens very soon. A wonderful tribute from one very special woman to another.
Take care Ali
From Jan xxx

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Dear Ali, having missed you off screen I decided to read your blog to make sure that your ok and maybe on vacation, so I was quite upset to hear that your not well at this time... You will be in my thoughts and prayers in the days and weeks to come....you are such a beautiful person Alison, both on the inside and outside, very natural, warm and witty and genuinely caring which endears people to you . It wa only by reading your blog that I know about Annika's passing and like many many others I shed a tear on reading the very sad news, she will be sadly missed her passing seems unreal as is Beaulah's....God Bless you Alison and get well soon x

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I am stunned to read of Amica's passing. I wondered where she was as not seen her for a while. Oh Alison why is it always to best people who die and leave a gaping hole in our worlds. Amica was honestly my best model for the beauty shows, so gracious and beautiful. I will truly miss seeing her gorgeous smile.

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Oh so upsetting to know such a beautiful young woman has pass away. I have had my breast removed the left one, and had so many things go wrong after my Op that any re construction was out of the question. after years of fighting for my health to return with a five year life expectance. the fight some times was to much weeks and months would be spent in bed to ill to do anything. my macmillan nurse was a waste of time. The district nurses I had calling to change my dressings phoned a college to come and see me. She made a world of difference, got my doctor to try a new type of medication and care for me. I did pick up, but still had times when everything slid down hill. But I all ways thought to my self I will not give up without a fight and try my best to stay positive. Has time has gone on now 13 years have past and I can say I do feel really well some days and some I do not. But I am still here trying to get on with things and know things will never be the same. But I have a great husband and a loving son. Who with out I would not be here to tell you a bit about myself. I have a deformed fifth vertabra, angina and sever chest pain from the op as all the whole musel had to be taken. I cope with medication and love from my son and husband. I know how hard it can be to put the I'm all right face on, and struggle through, But you keep on being positive Ali and you will get through. love to you and your family. I miss seeing Amica on my screen, such a special person, great smile, she allways made me laugh when on with stacy. Her and Joy had me in stiches with their wit and laughter. will be missed very much in my liveingroom. All my love to Amica's family. Hope they are getting all the help they will nead in the futer. Take care Ali. hope to see you soon on my T.V.
Love Sandra X X X.

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SHOCK I have just seen on Kathy Tayler presenters blog and seen a picture of Amica and Beulah and read the terable news that Beuah has pssed away. What terrible news. I did not know Beulah was ill. all my love to her family. I will have to go and get a cupp of tea this is most upsetting. Hope you are feeling less pian and your bries are fading. Love to you all at Q.V.C.
Sandra. X X X.

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How shocked I was to read this morning. Amica and Beulah! I attended the Autumn/Winter Fashion Show last year when Amica was one of the models. Her beauty and vitality on that day certainly belied the fact that she was battling this dreadful disease. Sometimes I think we all need a wake up call to stop complaining about the little things and realise that life is so precious and we only have the here and now to appreciate our loved ones and let them know how much they mean to us. Amica will always be beautiful and will live on in so many people's minds. May Amica and Beulah rest and peace and I am sure that the good wishes of so many people will be a great comfort to their families. And Ali please get well soon - we miss you on our screens.

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Hi Ali, It 10 years since I finished my treatment, I had breast cancer, I was 44, I know how you are feeling. Its so awful when friends don,t make it. But we have to just be thankful for our own lives , and live and have fun for ourselves and we owe it to our friends who have passed. Take care Ali. Grainne xxx

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Hi Ali,
You are such a sensitive and kind person and I know that Amica would have appreciated your help and friendship. Thank you for doing this tribute to her. I am still in shock that both her and Beulah are no longer here and my thoughts and best wishes are with their families. Amica was at the heart of QVC and her graceful presence and great sense of humour will be missed.

All the very best to you and I hope you are on the mend from your op,
Beth XXX.

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Hi Ali

What a beautiful tribute to Amica. I read your blog with tears running down my face. The two of you must have really given each other such support as you both knew how the other was feeling and experiencing. It must have been extremely hard for you to accept that she was not to survive her ordeal. You have such strength lovely lady and that strength has been shared with everyone who is going through such a tough ordeal, keep fighting. Your photo with your little grandchild was lovely and children do such wonderful things for us and totally unaware to themselves that they have done something special for us without knowing. May you have more moments like this. I hope you are now feeling stronger by the day after your last ordeal in hospital. Maxi dresses are great for covering up things like bruised legs aren't they! Keep smiling.

Love and thoughts, Judith xx

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There was something extraordinarily special about Amica - she seemed to emanate goodness from every pore in her body and it was impossible to watch her and not fall in love with her. I remember her talking about her gorgeous first daughter after she was born and it was clear that her family and dear friends were her world and she theirs. It is clear that many viewers felt desperately fond of her and have been willing and praying for her recovery. Without knowing her personally, we all knew that she was an extremely special person and that the world would be a sadder place without her. I have no doubt that this incredible spirit will live on in her lovely daughters and that they will always feel surrounded by her love for them.

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Dear Gail, I was so sorry to hear that you lost your dear friend to this wretched illness four years ago, and at much the same age... far too young, and so hard for you I am sure. Love Ali x

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Dear Lorraine, I agree that words are hard to find, but I thank you for taking the time to write out this thoughtful sentiment, with love, Ali xx

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My dear Julie, I know that every time you hear news like this it will take you back to your own terrible loss... I just am so incredibly grateful to all those kind folk who work tirelessly to raise funds so that we continue to try and find a cure for this dreadful illness.... I am sure both Beulah and Amica's families will find yours and all the other comments comforting. Take care too, love Ali xx

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Dear Ali, I am truly shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of both Amica and Beulah. Life really does not make any sense and it can be so cruel. I did not know that Beulah was also suffering from cancer. Both of their early deaths have shocked me to my core. I am trying to hold back tears as I write this.I have recently come back from a lovely family holiday and had remarked that Amica had not been on QVC for a while and I wondered how you were both doing.
Ali, please stay strong and enjoy everything life has to offer. You are beautiful and an inspiration to so many of us. Thank you for taking time to write your tribute and it was also lovely to read the tributes from Debbie Flint and Charlie. I have been with QVC from the very beginning so presenters and models alike, are all extended family to me. I shall miss seeing both of these beautiful ladies. They were both very elegant and came across as having warm personalities. Beautiful both inside and out. I would like to pass my condolences & love to Beulah and Amica's families and friends. Marcia Reading

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I feel I should just write to let you know that although my words around the time of Beulah's passing were in response to your questions, there were many of us who were able to keep in touch with Beulah through a Support Group that was set up by her close friend Jo Fair - also a model with QVC. The fashion department set up a fundraiser to provide money to help for Beulah's trips to Spain for her treatment, and others gave individually. When Beulah died, most of us wrote our tributes on her special web page, but as I was just a colleague, I didn't truly feel able to make an announcement here... for this I apologise as I realise many of you have learned only so much later of her passing, which is understandably upsetting. Forgive me, Ali x

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Dear Edna, Bless you for your lovely words...It has really cheered me today to know that this blog has, even in a small way, made a difference, and I want you to know that every single response you take the time to write, makes the world of difference to me. Thank you, love Ali x

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Dear Sue, you always know the right words to say, and they are a great comfort to me.. I know that as you say, her beautiful smile and classic good looks will definitely live on through her two gorgeous girls, and will mean she stays with us for always. Thank you, love Ali xx

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Christine, I am so glad you got to meet Amica, and that you have stayed with us for the last 20 years. I hope that her family will one day read all that you have written, and know how very much their Amica was loved. Ali xx

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Roanne, that is exactly how I feel, and I thank you so much for taking the time to write your kind words. You take care, love Ali xx

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Dear Jeanette, Jo, Denise, Ann and Janet, your kind words will I am sure be appreciated by Amica's family when they chance on this blog. Thank you for writing, love Ali xx

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Dear Bernadette, I am so glad that the blogs bring you pleasure, and thank you for your kind words about this particular missive.... I am defintely beginning to feel more like my old self, but having seen the nurse again today, it's going to be a few more weeks before I'm back to normal sadly.. Will be with you as soon as I can, love Ali xx

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My dear Mary, I am so sorry that your friend had to find out such news at such a time.. how ridiculous is that?! I am so glad though that she has these forms of social media to keep her in touch with you and all her other friends, because I KNOW what a comfort they will be to her, as you have all been to me over the years. I will pray for her too, and you take care, love Ali xx

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Annie, you are very perceptive.... sometimes the right words are incredibly difficult to find, and having spoken to Charlie and read his blog, it doesn't actually need that many words to convey how we feel. Thank you also for remembering Beulah.... another beautiful woman who battled against skin cancer but never lost her beauty or grace. Your kindness is much appreciated, love Ali xx

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Louise, it was indeed a gift, and a very precious one, and your description of Amica as a gentle soul is perfect... and for your kind words to me, I am very grateful, love Ali xx

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Dear Eileen, I think that this is the wonderful thing about QVC and certainly these blogs - the fact we can all communicate with each other makes us closer, and I thank you for taking the time to write. I am feeling a little better each day, and I hope that you are in good health too, love Ali xx

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