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All My Christmases At Once

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I’ve entitled my blog All My Christmases At Once because I noticed that my Christmas cactus, which wasn’t in flower at Christmas, has a bloom on it … in April! Is that normal? But that is not the real reason for the title of my blog.

This week I have had two very good pieces of news. As I approach the third anniversary of being diagnosed with CML I have received the results of my latest bcr/abl test, the test that measures the presence of the disease in my body to a minute degree. I am pleased to report that it has come back as a big fat row of 0000’s! This means that I have achieved a complete molecular response thanks to the increased dosage of drugs my professor has had me on since the end of January. I have copied a small piece from an article about CML so that you can see that my body has achieved something quite rare:

  •  Complete molecular response – when the BCR-ABL gene doesn’t show up in your blood.
  • Major molecular response — most people with CML don’t have a complete molecular response. They still have a tiny amount of the BCR-ABL gene in their blood. But doctors consider this an excellent response.

“The most important milestone we’ve derived with the new treatments is the major molecular response. That’s when the leukemia is 1,000 times smaller than when we started,” says Michael J. Mauro, MD, of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. “It’s a significant enough remission where the odds of the leukemia growing again or transforming into an advanced phase are dramatically lower.”

I will still have to stay on medication for at least two years but I feel I have finally reached the start of the journey back to full health, something I will never take for granted again. As you can imagine I felt pretty emotional when I heard the news and enormous relief for my family who have been through this not very pleasant journey with me. I was so pleased that we were all together as Daniel had been staying with us for a few days.

Part of the reason for Daniel’s stay was his UEFA A licence assessment on Monday and Tuesday of this week. He had completed two summer courses and had to show that he could put into practise what he had learned. I am delighted to tell you that he passed his assessment and is now one of only a couple of thousand UEFA A licence coaches in this country. I’m a very proud mummy and so happy for him that all his hard work has paid off.

JR weed before

Weed before

Weed during

What a good week it has been so far and then we have had the beautiful weather too. It gave me the chance to get into the garden for a bit of a tidy up. I mowed the lawn and did a bit of flower bed weeding but I also put Richard Jackson’s weed-killer to the test on our patio weeds. As you can see from the pictures – before, during and after – this is REALLY impressive!

Weed after

Weed after

I also had RJ’s Flower Power out to give the plants a bit of a feed.

JR Dyson

That is not the only QVC product I have trialled this week. A couple of months ago my handheld vacuum cleaner gave up the ghost and it has been a nightmare clearing up after three cats with the cat fur and cat litter that involves. On Tuesday I took possession of the Dyson DC58 Animal and WOW, how appropriate is the name! It is the most effective machine I have ever used on pet hair. Both Poppy and Wilfie leave black hairs on the cream covers of the sofa in the conservatory every night. This little beast of a machine made very light work of the morning clean up…. brilliant!

B and W

Butler & Wilson TSV

Talking of brilliant I hope you will join me for 3 hours of diamonds (did you see what I did there – brilliant cut) tomorrow (Saturday) from 2pm and of course don’t miss my show with Julien Macdonald on Sunday. Another date for your diary is the Butler & Wilson TSV launching at midnight on Monday into Tuesday. Charlie is launching, I’m still not doing later shifts because of my increased medication, but I will be with Simon on Tuesday evening at 7pm.

Must dash as I am on air today at 2pm with Lola Rose and then a special 2 hour Kim & Co Fashion on Friday starting an hour earlier than usual at 4pm.

Have a great weekend from a very happy me!

Much love,

Julia xxxxx

75 Comments

  1. mavis hamilton April 17, 2015 at 1:55 pm -  Reply

    Ah Julia, fantastic about your results.
    I can imagine you have not a lot of time to reply to these posts but I had to comment.
    And, well done Daniel. Onwards and upwards!
    We have two cats and, thankfully they do not shred too many hairs! Love Mavis

    • Julia Roberts April 26, 2015 at 4:44 pm -  Reply

      Hi Mavis
      Thanks so much for your good wishes. Daniel’s new team Swansea City are doing well for him.
      Lucky you re the cats – it’s a constant battle with our three
      Love
      Julia x

  2. Joanna Downey April 17, 2015 at 2:54 pm -  Reply

    Dearest Julia, I am delighted to read your news. What a journey you have travelled and I send love to you and your family. I am not going to write anything else because I can’t see through my tears. Love from Jo x

    • Julia Roberts April 26, 2015 at 4:47 pm -  Reply

      Hello Jo
      I hope they are tears of happiness. Today is actually the 3rd anniversary of the confirmation of my diagnosis. I feel very lucky that it was caught so early and that the side effects of the drugs have been minimal compared to others.
      Thanks for the love for my family too – just as hard a journey for them I think
      Love
      Julia x

  3. Michelle Gill April 17, 2015 at 4:58 pm -  Reply

    Hello Julia, I am so relieved for you and your family that your results have been so fantastic. You are a lovely lady, I can tell after watching you for over 17 years, what a great person you are. It shines through the screen and you are one of my favourites. You make presenting look easy and I know live TV is anything than that. Best Wishes, Michellex

    • Julia Roberts April 26, 2015 at 4:49 pm -  Reply

      Hello Michelle
      Thanks for your lovely comments and I’m so pleased you enjoy watching me on QVC – I guess it does become easier the more you do it.
      Thanks for thinking of my family too after this incredible news
      Love
      Julia x

  4. Val Cookson April 17, 2015 at 5:01 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia so glad to hear you good news.I love to watch your programmes you are always so honest keep up the good work xx

    • Julia Roberts April 26, 2015 at 4:52 pm -  Reply

      Hello Val
      It really was fantastic news and I must confess to feeling a bit tearful.
      I’m glad you enjoy my presentations – I always try to be honest but sometimes it’s only my opinion.
      Love
      Julia x

  5. Tina S April 17, 2015 at 5:12 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    Fantastic news!!! I was just watching you and Kim with the fashion on Friday when you mentioned you had good news regarding your health so I had to jump onto my laptop to see it. You must be over the moon. I am so happy for you and your family. The stress you have all gone through must have been immense to put it mildly. You really will deserve your holiday that is coming up soon. I know what you mean when you say that you will never take your health for granted again after having gone through such a trauma. A few years ago I had a scare when I went for my first mammogram. I was recalled. Thankfully it showed just cysts, but I was so terrified as my mother had died of breast cancer. I will never forget that day. I had to go to Swansea where the screening centre is. As I drove back home the sun was shining so brightly and the colour of the trees on the mountain just stood out like a patchwork quilt. It was amazing. My hubby had me stop the car when we got to our village so that he could buy me a huge bouquet of flowers! It was at times like that that I wish he could drive!
    Well I’m off to watch the rest of the fashion special with you and Kim.
    All the best and have a wonderful holiday, love Tina S.x

    • Julia Roberts April 26, 2015 at 5:08 pm -  Reply

      Hi Tina
      It was really good news. Only a few months ago my prof told me he had never seen a row of 0000’s so I can’t wait to hear what he has to say at my next appointment next month.
      The first day of our holiday we woke to rain and a thunderstorm but it has been lovely since and I’ve managed to catch up with Keeley from Elemis too which I really enjoyed. Trying to relax as much as possible but still a few bits to do for my book – e publication only three weeks away now – eek!
      Love
      Julia x

  6. Jan April 17, 2015 at 5:18 pm -  Reply

    Wow! what fantastic news regarding your health – can’t imagine how happy you and your family must be – I’ve been rooting for my favourite presenter from the moment you broke the news – well done! x

    • Julia Roberts April 26, 2015 at 5:11 pm -  Reply

      Hi Jan
      I feel sure all the positive thoughts I have received have helped my through the last three years. It’s not over yet but this row of 0000’s is the start of the next phase. My family have been immense
      Love
      Julia x

  7. Heather Stapleton April 17, 2015 at 5:59 pm -  Reply

    Julia I’m soooooo happy at your news, must admit it brought a tear too my eyes, but tears of joy for you & your family, you have been a very brave & beautiful lady throughout, I wish you a wonderful & happy future

    • Julia Roberts April 26, 2015 at 5:14 pm -  Reply

      Hello Heather
      Thanks so much for your post – there were a few tears shed in the Roberts/Maxwell house the night I heard so you were in good company!
      Thanks for your good wishes for my future
      Love
      Julia x

  8. Alana April 17, 2015 at 6:09 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    Brilliant news about your health! So pleased.
    Ax

    • Julia Roberts April 26, 2015 at 5:15 pm -  Reply

      Thanks Alana,
      The start of a new phase but this time one that has a possible conclusion of me coming off medication – fingers crossed
      Love
      Julia x

  9. Carole cooper April 17, 2015 at 7:04 pm -  Reply

    Dear Julia I am so pleased for you and your family with your great results you are such a lovely person and do a wonderful job on qvc Carole wigan

    • Julia Roberts April 26, 2015 at 5:17 pm -  Reply

      Hello Carole
      Thanks so much for your kind words – my family (extended as well as immediate) are over the moon.
      Love
      Julia x

  10. Sandra April 17, 2015 at 8:17 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, another great log from you. So very pleased to hear all you good news, especially about your health, that is fab news. Congrats to Daniel.
    Loved your 2 hours with Kim today, I absolutely love her clothes. Have a good week love Sandraxxx

    • Julia Roberts April 26, 2015 at 5:20 pm -  Reply

      Hi Sandra
      So pleased you enjoyed the two hours with Kim – she is a hoot! I have brought one of he dresses away on hols with me.
      I’ll pass your congrats on to Dan and thanks for your good wishes for me too.
      Love
      Julia x

  11. Sandra wilson April 17, 2015 at 8:17 pm -  Reply

    So happy to hear about your good news Julia, you could not have got better news. Keep well, and many congratulations, light is defiantly at the end of the tunnel. You have done soooooooo well x

    • Julia roberts April 27, 2015 at 6:40 am -  Reply

      Hi Sandra
      Thank you. I had always hoped the day would come that my results would return a row of 0000’s but it was never a foregone conclusion so it makes it all the sweeter – just have to try and stay there now.
      Love
      Julia x

  12. Jean Whitehouse April 17, 2015 at 9:33 pm -  Reply

    So happy about your good news as you are one of my favourite Presenters. I started watching QVC about 8 yrs ago after going through a long recovery period after surgery and I do not know what I would have done without your lively shows. It was so nice to be able to cheer myself up as well with quite a few pressies. (I have not stopped since!). So a BIG THANK YOU TO YOU ALL.

    • Julia roberts April 27, 2015 at 6:46 am -  Reply

      Hello Jean
      So pleased you enjoy watching QVC and my presentations. Thanks for your good wishes about my health and I hope your own health is better now? … don’t stop watching us though!
      Love
      Julia x

  13. Jean April 17, 2015 at 9:45 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    What great news with regards to your Health, I am so pleased for you. You and your Family must feel so relieved to have such good news.

    Congratulations to Daniel, he has done really well. As they say you only get out what you put it.

    Your Christmas Cactus, mine is still flowering after several months, it is a shame they don’t stay in flower for long. That poor Dandelion did not stand a chance once you sprayed it, that is great stuff that weed killer.

    I did watch some of Lola Rose there were some beautiful necklaces and bracelets, such beautiful stones, and the colours. Also Kim, lovely clothes, I have lots of Lola Rose and Kim’s clothes. I did think you looked great in the Jumpsuit of Kim’s.

    Thought of Sophie the other day, there was this Red Mini for sale in a garage, identical to the one she has.

    Take care, and great news.

    Love Jean XX

    • Julia roberts April 27, 2015 at 6:51 am -  Reply

      Hi Jean
      I’m not normally a jumpsuit sort of a girl but when the stylist suggested it I tried it on and must confess I was pleasantly surprised.
      I was a little overwhelmed by my health news – the levels have been decreasing so slowly for quite a period of time but my prof increased my dosage in January and that seems to have given the final push to zero. I’ve won this battle but the war is not over yet.
      My Christmas cactus hasn’t had any flowers at all this year until this one.
      Thanks for your good wishes for Daniel
      Love
      Julia x

  14. Dawn Hart April 17, 2015 at 9:57 pm -  Reply

    I’m so thrilled & happy for you Jukia & also congrats to Daniel, I do keep am eye on CP FC & pleased that Alan Pardew is doing a fab job for you. Take care sending big (((hugs))) I will write soon lots of
    Dawn xxxx

    • Julia roberts April 27, 2015 at 6:54 am -  Reply

      Hello Dawn
      Thanks – on behalf of Daniel too! Alan Pardew has been good since he came to us, more or less returning to the team Tony Pulis was playing last season. Now that we are safe though the results have slipped a bit – I hope we can get a couple more wins and end the season with a good points tally.
      I’ll look out for your letter
      Love
      Julia x

  15. Alli April 17, 2015 at 11:56 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, so pleased about your good news. I am looking forward to seeing you more often on QVC again. Simon’s TSV looks lovely and very wearable, I hope that there are matching earrings.

    • Julia roberts April 27, 2015 at 6:58 am -  Reply

      Hi Alli
      I wonder if you got the Butler & Wilson TSV and earrings, and if so which colour?
      I have maintained the same number of days on QVC throughout my illness but because of the higher dose of the drugs (which I will have to stay on for the time being) I have been working earlier shifts…. do you mostly watch in the evening? Nice to feel wanted though.
      Love
      Julia x

  16. linda dunn April 18, 2015 at 9:34 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia, What great news, I’m so pleased for you and all your family, It must have been very difficult being on show day after day,(looking fantastic may I add) but not feeling great. Strong medication can have many problems as I know myself.Keep up the good work Julia.take care. LindaX

    • Julia roberts April 27, 2015 at 7:01 am -  Reply

      Hello Linda
      Thanks for your lovely message and kind compliment – thank goodness for make-up I say. I have been fortunate that the initial side-effects lessened after a few months and are now minimal.
      It sounds as though you also have to take medication – I wish you well with it
      Love
      Julia x

  17. Steven April 18, 2015 at 11:38 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia thats fantastic news first and foremost for you and also for Daniel. The next Mourinho on your hands? Really pleased for you too though. Your team have been doing well lately too. I’ve actually got tickets with a few guys from my supporters bus to go down and see Man City play QPR. At the time we thought it may be a crucial game but City’s form has slumped dramatically since then including defeat at Selhurst of course. Rangers are looking OK for 2nd in the Championship whcih puts us in the new playoffs if we get there. Long way to go before we can get promotion and its not where we envisaged being obviously but fingers crossed.

    Really pleased for you with your news in this blog. Take care xx

    • Julia roberts April 27, 2015 at 7:06 am -  Reply

      Hi Steven
      So pleased to know you are still reading my blog – fellow footie fan! We have gone off the boil a bit now that we are safe but hoping for a couple more wins to maintain our mid-table position.
      Daniel’s Swansea lads just played in a cup hosted by QPR – they won most of their games and one of his players took home player of the tournament – he was chuffed.
      I hope Rangers make the play-offs and gain promotion – they have had as big a battle as me over the past few years! Battle won but the war goes on.
      Love
      Julia x

  18. Lorraine Johnson April 18, 2015 at 1:28 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia , I’m so pleased with all of your good news, this week. As the saying goes ” health is wealth “. Lots of love Lorraine xx

    • Julia roberts April 27, 2015 at 7:08 am -  Reply

      Hi Lorraine
      You are so right. I guess I’ve always known it cos of my polio but this last three years has really highlighted it for me.
      Love
      Julia x

  19. ann cain April 18, 2015 at 3:43 pm -  Reply

    So pleased for you and your family,now you can all look forward to the future.x

    • Julia roberts April 27, 2015 at 7:09 am -  Reply

      Hello Ann
      Thanks on behalf of me and my family – they have been my rock!
      Love
      Julia x

  20. Heather McMillan April 18, 2015 at 5:15 pm -  Reply

    Wonderful News on your health Julia , I am so pleased for you .

    • Julia roberts April 27, 2015 at 7:10 am -  Reply

      Thank you Heather
      Love
      Julia x

  21. Karen April 19, 2015 at 3:07 am -  Reply

    Great news!

    • Julia roberts April 27, 2015 at 7:11 am -  Reply

      Great news indeed! Thanks Karen
      Love
      Julia x

  22. Rose Gould April 19, 2015 at 8:35 am -  Reply

    What fantastic news Julia!!1i am thrilled for you and all your family and here’s to a happy healthy future for you all.
    I too have been using RJ.s weed killer this week with great results and started using his flower power for the first time too.
    I got the wet and forget last month and have used it on my path’s,fence panel bases’ garden figures and even plant pots wow!!!!!!!!!!!!,it is quite incredible and i must admit i wasn’t convinced when i bought it but hey good old QVC and it’s 30 day money back no risk at all.
    I will enjoy keeping on watching QVC like i have done since day 1 buying some really good quality and vast range of products,even my husband has got his own account now too haha!!very addictive but he secretley likes watching too.
    lots of love and best wishes
    Rose xxxx

    • Julia roberts April 28, 2015 at 7:00 am -  Reply

      Hi Rose
      Thanks for your wishes of good health to me and mine – reciprocated of course!
      I was very impressed with RJ’s weed killer and how quickly it worked too. At the moment we have a red brick patio area and so many weeds and moss grow in between the bricks – the weed killer has killed off the moss too.
      I have now tried Wet and Forget on the soft top of my car – it took two goes (unsuprising as mould has been accumulating for six years) but it has done a good job. Going to try it on my terracotta pots when I get home from hols.
      Glad your husband has joined the club
      Love
      Julia x

  23. Annette Roberts April 19, 2015 at 9:41 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Well done with your results, that’s the best news ever and a big weight off your shoulders too. So glad to read that you were all together for the good news, Chris, Daniel and Sophie…good news also for your Mum, brother and sister too! I’m sooo happy for you…yay!!!

    Love the picture of the Christmas cactus, I can remember growing up there was always one in the house along with a money tree, nice memories.

    The house hunting is still on and yet another offer put on one, only for the vendor to go with somebody who had just agreed a sale the day before and had put the same offer in…we were gobsmacked being in a rental, offering to work with them on timelines and having everything in place. Wasn’t to be, onwards and upwards…hope Sophie is doing much better with her property hunting.

    BTW, I bought the Vionic TSV, having watched throughout the day and not making my mind up, it was watching your show and the fact you mentioned they were the comfiest Vionics you had worn, that I placed my order…you were so right, they have now replaced my Vionic slippers for round the house…thank you, the information you supply and the honesty really comes over!

    Enjoy the sunshine and have a great weekend

    love
    Annette x

    • Julia roberts April 28, 2015 at 7:07 am -  Reply

      Hi Annette
      My whole family is thrilled for me – my sister’s daughter works in the pharmaceutical industry and was very supportive after diagnosis with advice about the different drugs. She advised be to stick with Imatinib if I could tolerate the side effects as it’s the best one – I’m very glad I did!
      So pleased you liked those Vionic sandals too. I have the most awkward feet and I those were a dream fit for me – as are my newest Skechers!
      Sophie is experiencing the same problem as you house wise particularly at her end of the market. I think some agents just buy the good flats for themselves as investment properties and leave the not so good or overpriced ones for everyone else. Shame really as buying a home is such a huge step.
      Good luck with it all
      Love
      Julia x

  24. elizabeth keenan April 19, 2015 at 11:50 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Sooo pleased about all your good news, you and family must be really relieved it’s such a worry.
    Well done to Daniel as well, good news all round.
    Take care.
    Much Love
    Elizabeth.

    • Julia roberts April 28, 2015 at 7:11 am -  Reply

      Hello Elizabeth
      I think relieved is a good word although none of us is counting any chickens as I have to stay at 0000’s for two years before I could potentially come off medication.
      Thanks for the congratulations for Daniel too – he really has worked hard in an industry that favours ex players to get where he is so far.
      Love
      Julia x

  25. Ann Edwards April 19, 2015 at 7:15 pm -  Reply

    Julie lovely to hear your good news xx

    • Julia roberts April 28, 2015 at 7:12 am -  Reply

      Thanks Ann. Once I had got over the weepy bit I was grinning like a Cheshire cat!
      Love
      Julia x

  26. Pauline Johnson April 19, 2015 at 8:02 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia great to hear your news about your health,I have been out in garden and using RJ weed killer my only gripe is the spray forever wiping my hands were it leaks had a great weekend my youngest son and family were down from Wales love seeing them (but tired after they go home)hope to go to them for my birthday in May got to start looking for cheap rail fares ,how I wish David coul till drive he sends his love you are the only presenter he recognises sad but get to any of the QVC bashes would love to meet and tal to you again .
    Lots of love Pauline

    • Julia roberts April 28, 2015 at 7:18 am -  Reply

      Hello Pauline
      Thanks. I always wear my gardening gloves when doing jobs like that so haven’t noticed it leaking. Makes my hand ache after a while though as we have so many weeds!
      I hope you manage to get down to Wales for your birthday – Dave will go with you? Send him my love.
      I don’t do so many viewer events these days but you should write in and ask to be invited to one you fancy – no guarantees but if you don’t ask you don’t get.
      Love
      Julia x

  27. edna munro April 19, 2015 at 8:13 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,Congratulations on the fantastic news.I am so pleased that things have turned out so well.A friend of mine has also been diagnosed with the same ailment and I have kept her up to date with your progress.This latest news will give her more hope.You looked stunning on Sunday’s electronics show in your little black dress.Is it available from QVC?Hope your good news lasts for a long time.
    Edna

    • Julia Roberts April 28, 2015 at 4:38 pm -  Reply

      Hello Edna
      Wish your friend all the best from me – I hope she is responding well to her treatment and that my news will give her encouragement. You can always contact me on here on her behalf if she ever has any questions .
      The little black dress was Yong Kim – one of my favourites at the moment.
      Love
      Julia x

  28. AMANDA PORTER April 20, 2015 at 11:44 am -  Reply

    Brilliant news Julia, so pleased for you. Onwards and upwards now.
    Richards products are all great, my hubbie raves about them and Wet and grow is fantastic too.
    Keep well,
    Love Amanda x

    • Julia Roberts April 28, 2015 at 4:41 pm -  Reply

      Hi Amanda
      Yes it’s great to have a starting point for the next phase!
      I’ve always used Flower Power but very impressed with RJ’s weed killer now too AND Wet and Forget as worked on the soft top of my car.
      Love
      Julia x

  29. margaret April 21, 2015 at 3:46 pm -  Reply

    brilliant news.

    • Julia Roberts April 28, 2015 at 4:41 pm -  Reply

      Thank you Margaret x

  30. Bernadette Brooks April 21, 2015 at 4:53 pm -  Reply

    Julia, that is absolutely brilliant news, I’m so happy for you and your family Love Bernadette

    • Julia Roberts April 28, 2015 at 4:43 pm -  Reply

      Hi Bernadette
      Thanks for thinking of my family at this time, I will pass your thoughts on.
      Love
      Julia x

  31. Nancy Wilson April 21, 2015 at 6:37 pm -  Reply

    What great news and such a relief for you and your family and friends.
    So pleased that your EASTER cactus is flowering.

    • Julia Roberts April 28, 2015 at 4:45 pm -  Reply

      Hello Nancy
      Maybe I should call it an Easter cactus – I’m pretty sure I flowers more in April than it des in December.
      I have had fantastic support from family and friends and all are very pleased with my latest news.
      Love
      Julia x

  32. martin forbes April 21, 2015 at 7:15 pm -  Reply

    hi julia hope you and the family are well.
    i am not bad

    • Julia Roberts April 28, 2015 at 4:47 pm -  Reply

      Hi Martin
      It has been a good week for my family as you will have read in my blog. My health news AND Daniel passing his UEFA A licence – we are very happy.
      Glad to hear you are well
      Love
      Julia x

  33. Hefina April 22, 2015 at 11:32 am -  Reply

    Julia fantastic news,a week to remember for other reasons as well.xx

    • Julia Roberts April 28, 2015 at 4:50 pm -  Reply

      Hi Hefina
      I haven’t heard from you for ages – hope your own health s good? Do you mean football by any chance? – although I think we’ve had two defeats since I wrote this blog. Still a satisfying season and another year in the Premiership – hooray!
      Love
      Julia x

  34. Marian Bolton April 23, 2015 at 8:45 pm -  Reply

    Brilliant news Julia, I’m so happy for you. So much deserved.
    I know I’ve gone quiet again but I’ll resurface soon!! Mum is doing well now after her cataract op but the first few days were very scary as she couldn’t see much at all. I had to stay with her but, thank goodness, things are so much better now and she’s really seeing the benefits (pardon the pun)!!
    Love
    Marian xx

    • Julia Roberts April 28, 2015 at 4:54 pm -  Reply

      Hi Marion
      Where have you been? Only joking, obviously taking care of your mum – so gad she is doing ok after her operation.
      We are really pleased with my health news – I know it’s only the start of the next phase but after three years I had almost given up hope of a row of zeroes.
      I have been sightseeing with Keeley in Cyprus today – very pretty island.
      Speak soon
      Julia x

  35. Julie Kesterton April 25, 2015 at 5:05 pm -  Reply

    Good to hear that you are in mmr I was diagnosed with cml in July last year my last bcr/abl test was 1.5 so I have a way to go yet.

    • Julia Roberts April 28, 2015 at 4:58 pm -  Reply

      Hello Julie
      I hope you are tolerating your drugs okay? Are you on Imatinib? Do bear in mind that it is the percentage reduction that the doctors take into consideration so although the numbers don’t go down so quickly as long as the percentage does you are going in the right direction.
      I have reached CMR which, as the article above illustrates, is quite rare but I’ve achieved it and now it’s your turn.
      Good luck with everything
      Love
      Julia x

  36. Vanessa April 25, 2015 at 11:08 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, Fantastic news, I am sure a weight has gone from your soldiers. Long may you stay healthy.
    Love Vanessa x

    • Julia Roberts April 28, 2015 at 5:01 pm -  Reply

      Hi Vanessa
      The autocorrect made me laugh – soldiers! My shoulders are feeling less burdened too!
      Thanks so much for your good wishes
      Love
      Julia x

  37. Julie Kesterton April 29, 2015 at 2:31 pm -  Reply

    Hi julia, I was on imatinib, but changed to nilotinib just before Christmas as I was a slow responder! The side effects were bad too so I wasn’t sad to change. I am just back from the hospital now with some antihistamine and hydrocortisone cream for the nilotinib rash which I think is pretty common. I am about your age but was able to take early retirement at 55 which is just as well as the bit of voluntary work that I do manage wipes me out. So you have my full admiration. I am not watching much qvc these days as the cml also caused me to loose my hearing and I am waiting for a cochlear implant operation in a few weeks.
    Regards Julie

  38. Julie Kesterton April 29, 2015 at 4:14 pm -  Reply

    Hi julia, I was on imatinib but I was a slow responder! and had a lot of side effects so I changed to nilotinib just before Christmas. It seems to be suiting me better but I have just come back from the hospital today with antihistamine and hydrocortisone cream for the dry itchy skin. I am about the same age as you i think, and I was lucky enough to be able to take early retirement at 55, I do some voluntary work but I certainly couldn’t manage a full time Job so you have my utmost admiration. I don’t watch much qvc these days as I have lost my hearing with the cml and I am waiting for a cochlear implant operation in a few weeks. (I have treated myself to some new carole hochman pj’s ) even though it should only be 1nnight in hospital. Hope you had a relaxing holiday.
    Julie

  39. Anne Marie Mason May 17, 2015 at 3:26 pm -  Reply

    I’m so, so happy to hear about your results. You are a lovely woman and deserve to feel as good as you always look. I’m more of a reader than a poster but I’ve been watching you since the beginning. Have a fab summer now. Take care. Anne-Marie. x

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