Celebrating Kathy’s birthday and Mother’s Day


Ali with Debbie, Simon and Kathy I've been making notes over the last month to make sure I remember all that's happened, so that I can include it in this blog… trouble is I've forgotten where I put the piece of paper! 🙂 That said, reading all your lovely responses, and adding my own twopennyworth, has given me a pretty good idea of where I left off last time, so Kathy's dinner party it is…

As Kathy and I have nine days between our birthdays, she kindly decided to arrange a joint celebration, and so our '102nd birthday evening' was put in the diary. Of course with shifts the way they work at QVC Towers, it was a miracle we managed to find Simon and Debbie free as well, but Kathy organised it all. Having decided on the main course, I offered to bring the starter and Simon made the dessert… Debbie? Chocolates of course!!! :) 

The cake Ali made for Kathy I also made Kathy a cake as a surprise, although having scouted around I could only find 5 of the 102 candles required… which probably wasn't such a bad thing because we'd have needed a fire extinguisher rather than a few ladylike puffs to put them out! It was a cracking night, and so good to have reason to laugh out loud, and just enjoy being together, which we all did 🙂

 The following weekend was Mother's day, and Lucy had told me several weeks in advance not to plan anything – she'd even written it in red ink on the calendar to reinforce it! The most taxing thing I had to do on the day was decide which wig to wear!! 

Seriously, it's a very odd thing losing your hair (and mine had completely gone by then) not just getting used to this Yoda type creature that stares back at you from the mirror, but the fact that with the smallest number of wispy hairs still hanging on resolutely to your scalp, you keep finding hair everywhere!! 

On the pillow, in the bedside drawer, on the kitchen and bathroom floor, attached to the back of my dressing gown: you name it, there it was! I gathered up as much as I could and put it in the garden, as a friend of mine had told me the birds like it to line their nests with, and I rather liked the thought 🙂 Unfortunately I forgot to tell Jack this, and so it was churned into the lawnmower along with my grass cuttings… best laid plans eh? 

That aside, Mother's Day dawned

Ali with Lucy and Sam I was picked up Lucy and Rich, and taken to meet Sam, Jack and Ruth at a local animal farm. It was the same one I used to take my three to when we first moved to the area, and now 15 years on, we were going to feed the rabbits and the lambs! I loved it 🙂

I was spoiled rotten with presents too: Lucy gave me an embroidered sampler that read 'Just because you are the most wonderful mum' and also a waistcoat. Sam got me flowers, chocolates and the DVD set of Planet Earth, because I'd stayed with him and watched it when I wasn't too well.

Ali with Jack And Jack had chosen a beautiful silver bangle with clear crystals set across the front of it. I was then treated to a three course meal in our favourite pub (where I had my 50th birthday) and they all came back to mine so we could watch a film. Perfect 🙂

I am still managing my mile and half walk almost every day. Some days it's harder than others, but it's a joy in the sunshine. I see horses, baby rabbits, ducks, and am watching the lane change from spring to summer with all the blossom. 

Lambs from a nearby field The sheep that were across the road from me in the winter were taken to another field to have their lambs, and then returned a few weeks ago. How sweet are they?! Bloomin' noisy though. Debbie Greenwood caused a fracas when she came to visit me, and shouted "Mint Sauce" at them! I was mortified…

The pair of us were also a little shocked to see lambs attempting to jump on each other in a way we felt at their age, they shouldn't have had the urge or the need! However, our fears were allayed when I saw the farmer throwing handfuls of their feed into the air, most of which landed on the lambs' backs… untoward behaviour explained!

I am now the proud owner of three wigs – one real hair, thanks to QVC, and although initially it feels a little odd to wear them, it's a jolly sight warmer than not! Pipa, bless her, bought me a huge bag of scarves as an alternative, and they are beautiful. Certainly a great deal more feminine than the hat Sam loaned me when I called him, far from well, complaining of the cold. He stayed with me that evening, but told me it was like sitting next to Elmer Fudd… I retorted that a deerstalker wasn't quite what I had in mind…

I'll leave you this time with the words inscribed on two silver bangles that Lucy bought me for my birthday this year. I wear them every day, and sometimes when I can't sleep I put them on at night.  For all those of you who read this, and continue to keep me company on this blog, with your letters and cards, and your constant communication, thank you… this is for you: 'Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul, and sings the tune – without the words, and never stops at all'.   

With my love, Ali xx


  1. KATH BUTCHER April 11, 2011 at 5:29 pm -  Reply


  2. valerie blake April 11, 2011 at 5:56 pm -  Reply

    hi alison
    you are amazing after everything you are having to endure,you look and sound so positive.
    hope all continues as well for you and look forward to your return to qvc.
    best wishes

  3. christine keyworth April 11, 2011 at 6:09 pm -  Reply

    hi ali its so good to see you looking well on the photo and glad you enjoyed your birthday with the guys from qvc and mothers day its so nice to hear how your family took you out for the day keep been positive and always keep your lovely smile love chrissie xxxx

  4. angela white April 11, 2011 at 7:01 pm -  Reply

    hi ali howlovely to hear fromyou again you look really well! i read your bcc blog and had to laugh at your portacabin mistake! i had to have a pic line cos my veins were useless and had to go every week to have it flushed through and one time nures didnt do it right and blood shot up the curtains on the floor and walls and even the lady in the next cubicle got some!! it was like a scene from a hammer film! glad you had a lovely mothers day and double celebrations for birthday.i had fec as well and it is well named! worse was taxotere it sent my fingernails brown and numb. looked like i was on 100 ciggies a day! everything goes back to normal eventually! take care ali,love to you and your family xx

  5. janet thompson April 11, 2011 at 7:33 pm -  Reply

    I wish you a speedy recovery Ali and love and support, stay positive and strong, best wishes, Janet,T.

  6. Margaret April 11, 2011 at 7:49 pm -  Reply

    I am so glad that you are feeling better and you obviously retain your wonderful sense of humour. I felt I had to comment as have missed your cheeriness and down to earth attitude on the TV. I really hope you are fully recovered soon and we see you again on or screens. God bless.

  7. Linda Beighton April 11, 2011 at 8:05 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, Just want to wish you well, Have only just realised why I have not seen you on air for a while, (stupid me), anyway love to you and your’s and all fellow fighters.
    Linda xxxxxxxxxx

  8. Magda Chetty April 11, 2011 at 8:26 pm -  Reply

    My dear dear Ali
    How great to hear from you, your blog was just what I needed to left me up. You look fab in the photo with Kathy, Debbie and Simon. You can not tell the hair is a wig, and I can see that you still have that great smile of yours, do not ever stop that smile.I do not want you to worry about me, put as promised to tell you and all the great ladies who asked about me (thank you all soooooooo much for your good wishes and thinking of me), I still have not had the op, as the tablets I was taking for my bad stomach made my heart race a lot, and they needed to control that, and also as i lost over a stone in weight, they did not want to operate till I get better. This week Iam ok and was told that they will call me in the next 2 days with the op date, I will keep you informed.
    Reading your blog Ali and all love I feel from you and the other ladies helped me to get better, so thank you, Ali you are my inspiration and you make me strong, all my love to you.
    What you said about hope at the end of this blog will be with me in the coming weeks.
    Love to sam and Lucy, what a great family you have, I hope and pray that from now on you only have fun love and happiness.
    Una keep your great stories coming they left us all up. Love to you and Liz, Susan, Alpa, Gail and all the ladies that ask about me, sorry if I forgot anyone, you are all in my heart.
    Much love.

  9. Babs April 11, 2011 at 8:48 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali I love reading your blogs they always bring a smile to my face. It is lovely all your family and friends are helping you through this very difficult time. You look lovely in all the pics and so happy,also your sense of humour never changes you are an inspiration to us all.I saw you on QVC when you popped on and gave Debbie Greenwood a hug, you’ve no idea how thrilled i was to see you and looking so well.Love to you and your family. xxxx

  10. Rosanna Wren April 11, 2011 at 9:17 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison,
    I just want to add my best wishes to all the others you have received. I so enjoy reading your blog – I laughed out loud (and scared the dog who was asleep!) when I read about your eyebrows at the spa! You always sound so positive – and I expect that hasn’t been easy recently. Take care , stay positive, and I wish you all the best with your treatment.
    Lots of love,
    Rosanna xx

  11. Joanna Downey April 11, 2011 at 9:19 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ali, lovely to hear from you as always. You obviously had two fabulous days and looked happy and relaxed. Days like those are the perfect ones in life. Everyone contributes and they live long in our memories. One of my favourites was a few years ago when my Husband and two girlies planned a surprise for me. I was taken to The Manor at Hemingford Grey in Cambridgeshire. This is the setting for “The Children of Green Knowe”, my favourite book when I was a child. I couldn’t speak when I saw this gracious house and met Diana Boston, the author’s Daughter in Law, who lives there. This day was a bright spot in an awful month. My Dad had died while we were on holiday and two days after that happened my Brother in Law was diagnosed with a brain tumour. We had lost my Mum the previous Summer and we had only just found ourselves a new normal when our world tilted on its axis again. I found it hard, to say the least, to see any hope and my confidence ebbed away. However, hope was there; a little flame, a light in the darkness, a tune without words. It’s personal to us all and that’s how it should be. We’re all with you Ali. Love from Jo

  12. catherine jones April 11, 2011 at 9:28 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, it’s great to hear from you and I think your full of courage and an inspiration to others. Please take the best possible care of yourself and I wish you all the luck you deserve to beat this cruel disease. Thinking of you Catherine xx

  13. Marian Bolton April 11, 2011 at 9:38 pm -  Reply

    What a lovely blog Ali. We live in quite a residential area but are lucky enough to have a large stretch of farmland just down the lane that we pass every morning and evening on the journey to/from work. At this time of year, we often see bunnies and lambs. It’s very endearing. I now know where all my cats fluff goes from around the back garden when I’ve given them a good hand grooming session (or scragging as I call it this time of year). I swear it’s like shearing sheep!
    It sounds like you got the Mothers Day you deserved. God Bless. xxx

  14. Christine Jones April 11, 2011 at 10:18 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    I wrote to you a few weeks ago as I related to your watching the rabbits out of your window.. I relayed my own little funny bunny story when I was recovering on your blog you may remember (it doesnt matter if not.. I understand!!) I just wanted to say how lovely it was to see you at your birthday treat with Kathy and Debbie and Simon.. The photo of you and Kathy looking into the light coming from your cake was particularly special… Its beautiful.!!. I could just see so much joy and hope and love in both your faces, so uplifting.. I smiled when I read about lovely Pipa giving you a box of scarves and it reminded me of a friend who brought me a collection of “button” related accesories for me to use… I had radical surgery a few years ago to remove an abdominal tumour, they removed so much of me that my beloved son used to say “Mum, if they take much more, youll only have a head and legs left!!”.. Anyway, that aside, they told me before my op I would probably lose my belly button in the process and would I mind.. I hadnt much choice really Alison, but it was harder than I thought in the end because it was a mark of where I came from if that makes sense.. It took some coming to terms with.. So, back to my “button” accesories..My dear friend called one day with a beautifully wrapped package and a letter signed from Bella Button Creations, announcing her new range of Belly button adornments.. These ranged from a packet of chocolate buttons, coloured jewelled buttons, a coloured feather arrangement, jelly babies buttons, teddy bear button, a furry creation button etc… Oh how we laughed as I “tried” each one I kept them all as I couldnt choose!! (A bit like shopping on QVC).. How precious are those who share all this with us and help us carry this load.. You are much loved Ali and we are all here with you, never more than a thought away, you and all your lovely family.. Good to hear Sam doing well too, what a blessing and an inspiration he is, like his mum!! Well I’ll finish now, but send lots of love and prayers as I do each day for you, you look great, they can batter our body but our soul and spirit are a different matter, especially when we have so many praying for us, I can testify to that truth.!! Alison, you are I know, well covered on that score..Keep going a day at a time each stepping stone, solid or rocky will lead you through and across these troubled waters, the rocky ones only make you stronger and you will reach that safe place..
    Lots and lots of love
    Christine xx

  15. Marg April 11, 2011 at 11:46 pm -  Reply

    So good to see you look so well Ali, the company all looked great I’m sure it filled a good page in your journal,my birthday is shared with the groom of the year ,yes our Wills, we share our wedding anniversary with Harry thats our only royal connection.Funny thing is we spent our honeymoon in St Andrews,long before he was a glint in his dads eye.We played a round on the Old Course and Captain Douglas Bader was waiting to tee off after us, we had got a half set of clubs made for Joe as his surprise wedding gift so he was carried away with them and was taking ages to set up, I think they were enjoying our delight with the new toys.
    Those were the days.
    I hope you are dealing with your challenges,is there a new one each day, sometmes makes you wonder what you filled your day with before, but it must be lovely to find you have such true friends.
    Brian thanks you for your elephant joke, he didnt have one good enough to send, so he said, so I will give you one of my favourite observations ‘blessed are the cracked for they let in the light,’ I’m sure you know a few this applies to, kindly of course.
    Thankyou for keeping us up to date it is always great to read your blog, remember my hand is there to hold on to,I wont let go. My good wishes to Sam I hope he is making progress,
    God Bless.

  16. sylvia April 12, 2011 at 12:11 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    I do hope you are getting better.What beautiful words inside your bangles eh!and what a lovely caring family you have.I saw you popping into Debbies show the other day and it was lovely to see you again.
    Regarding the lambs I always say to my husband if I made a list of things which I would love to do, one would be to see a wee baby lamb and give it a cuddle.I think lambs are gorgeous and at this time of year seeing them springing about the fields just lifts my spirits.Anyway a Happy Belated Birthday to You Alison and Keep Well x

  17. Louise April 12, 2011 at 7:38 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    It’s great that you still find the time to write a blog, keeping us up to date with how you are; we do care and are all so concerned about you. You look really well in the photo, I do hope you are feeling the same.
    Having your kids there for you must be so comforting. I’m sure they will want you to take advantage – not in a bad way – of them, and allow them to spoil you, so do!
    Take care, Ali, and look forward to seeing you back on QVC.

  18. Jean April 12, 2011 at 8:16 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison,
    Glad to hear everything is going along okay, I expect some days are better than others. You all looked like you enjoyed your birthday I expect it was nice to catch up. And you had a super Mothers day as well, you deserved it. It is lovely this time of year going out for a walk and seeing all the lambs, and everything in bud. You mentioned about wearng the wigs as you had lost your hair, that is a shame as you had lovely hair but it will grow again. As long as you are getting and feeling better that is the most important thing.
    Take care and we are all thinking about you.
    Love from Jean XX

  19. lorraine taylor April 12, 2011 at 8:36 am -  Reply

    God Bless you Alison, I can assure you the angels are watching over you- please speak to them, when you do you will feel a slight coldness coming from behing you,, that is them letting you know they are there, love and light to you always lorraine xx
    Ps Also connect to the flower fairies in your garden, they would love you to say hello to them too x

  20. Linda Marshall April 12, 2011 at 9:41 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison,Just read your blog as usual,very glad you are keeping your spirits up. My husband has pancreatic cancer and we are hoping just like you for a happy ending. Much love to you and your family.

  21. Susan April 12, 2011 at 10:25 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    How wonderful to hear from you and looking soo well! I think the wig you had on with Kathy, Debs and Simon (I think it was a wig) looks fab fab!! Really suits you and quite like your hairstyle when i first remember watching QVC. You are really having a choice of hairstyles though – 3 – how great! Whatever takes your mood I suppose! I just have to say how wonderful your gorgeous kiddies are. I am sure it has been equally hard for them and all your loved ones but from what you have been saying they just sound amazing. Please pass on my love to them also…and to your Mum. What a rough time you have had but my how upbeat. Not saying your down days musnn’t be awful – as I’m sure they are…but you clearly have the mindset for bouncing back. Unbelievably commendable. Just hearing about Julia’s long hols – just think that will be you and yours before too long! Always thinking about you. Take care – and to Magda.
    Susan x

  22. Mrs Janet Jones April 12, 2011 at 11:35 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali,so glad you had a lovely birthday and Mothers Day you really do deserve it. You are blessed to have such a lovely family, and as we both know, helps so much with everything you are going through. You look fab in the wig I had a similar colour only a bit shorter!When I lost all my hair it was through the winter months I had to wear a buff on my head (something skiers wear!!)in bed as I was so cold and it did help. I also had fec, the pink bit was the worst made me dizzy, sick and got a horrible taste in my mouth. I used to suck a tic tac when I was having the chemo to try to mask the taste, I can’t bear to even look at one now!!! Keep positive and keep having things however small to look forward to, it keeps you going.
    How is Sam now after his op ? Lovely idea of Lucy designing her own ring.Hope your mum continues to feel much better.
    You are doing so well Ali, you put me to shame as I ‘stepped off’ for a while, not seeing many people, as I was so ill with the treatment.You are in my thoughts Ali, keep well and strong,
    Lots of love Janet xxx

  23. Shauna April 12, 2011 at 12:10 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Just wanted to say how lovely you look in your latest blog photos and you all look as if you had a great time.
    I have read your latest blog for BBC Forum and oh Ali you are being so brave, so please accept a great big hug from me. I am pleased you also had a lovely Mothers Day, it means so much doesn’t it? I know it does to me.
    Well I just wanted you to know that I am thinking of you and all the other ladies of this “Special Club” and good luck to Magda and Una please keep your stories coming, you are a hoot!!
    Much love

  24. Julie Thorogood April 12, 2011 at 12:55 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    It’s great to see you looking so well and to hear that you had a fabulous Mother’s Day.
    Your cheeriness and positivity are a tonic to all of us.
    Hope you continue to get well. We all want to see you on our screens again as soon as possible.
    Best wishes
    Julie xx

  25. Christine April 12, 2011 at 1:36 pm -  Reply

    Just found out about your illness, you are a positive person and fight this illness. I wish you well. God Bless.
    Christine x

  26. Sue Farrell April 12, 2011 at 4:30 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alison, I love to read your blogs (both on here, and on the BCC site), your family are lovely, so thoughtful and supportive, they must make you feel better, and make you proud. So many people are thinking of you. I hope we see you back on our screens soon. Onwards and upwards, Sue xxx

  27. Debbie April 12, 2011 at 4:49 pm -  Reply

    Alison I wish you all the very best.You have a beautiful family and are such a lovely lady both inside and out.God bless x

  28. Steven April 12, 2011 at 6:04 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison Just wanted to add my best wishes to this thread. As has been said you look fab in the pic. Take care and the very best to you xxx

  29. Christine Harman April 12, 2011 at 6:40 pm -  Reply

    What an inspiration you are Alison were all thinking of you and hope to see you soon back on QVC.Happy belated birthday
    Sending lots of love
    Christine x

  30. deborah stubbs April 12, 2011 at 6:50 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali.
    What lovely photos and you look so well, hope the treatment is going fine as well.
    You were really spoilt on mother’s Day and so you should be.
    I miss you on QVC and hope you will be back there soon.
    As you know my sister had cervical cancer 2 years ago, no end of problems afterwards with her bowel and bladder not so good so had an exploratory operation at the beginning of Feb, resulting in them perforating her bowel which led her to be in hospital, then a mix up with her medication left her in crital care but she is back at home now everything fine but she has a colostomy bag fitted, she is getting stronger each day.
    When my sister lost her hair she sent me a picture on my mobile so it would prepare me when i met her, i am ashamed to say all i could think of was the little fella in the benny hill clips and benny hill used to slap him over the head.
    When we did meet, i kissed her on the forehead dont know why but we all laughed when she put a hannah montana wig on all i can say my sister was beautiful when she had long blond hair but she was a stunner without any,
    She did not wear wigs she had a selection of scarves bought for her,her hair has now grown back, at first it was curly but now she has a bob, apparently they say it grows back stronger
    Well that’s enough about my family, keep your chin up, you are such a bright and bubbly person and hope you are back on QVC very soon
    Take care
    Debi xx

  31. Martin forbes April 12, 2011 at 6:59 pm -  Reply

    good to hear you are geeting on the mend abit alsion

  32. christine pierce April 12, 2011 at 7:06 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alison
    so lovely to read your blog. pleased to hear that you enjoyed your mother’s day and you had a special birthday treat too. Your smile and cheerful personality are an inspiration to everyone. Im sorry that I missed your appearance on QVC but when I heard about it I went straight to the video of the presentation and it warmed my heart to see you on with Debbie. Your positivity shone through and you looked your lovely self. Im glad you have been doing your walks I too really feel the benefit of a lovely walk in the sun and it sounds like you have beautiful sceenery too.
    Keep up the good work and you will soon be back with all your QVC friends and collegues where you belong…
    Much love and all best wishes for a speedy recovery…stay strong and keep smiling x

  33. Mrs Heidi Barnett April 12, 2011 at 7:11 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alison,
    So nice to read a blog from you after all you have been (& I’m sure continue to) go through! Fab to hear about the party..you all seem like one happy family at QVC..so nice to have those friends around you. What a lovely thought of the Q to get a real hair wig, and lovely Pip getting you scarves..I am sure it is a real hard thing to go through as a woman to lose your hair (big hugs).
    You, as usual, sound happy and positive..good on you hun, Im sure it helps! My Uncle has been through alot of treatment recently & still for his cancer yet he is always so positive.
    I do hope all gets better for you & that you continue to build strength, so nice you have a loving, caring family around you too.
    I look forward to seeing you in the future but for now, take good care and I wish you all the very best!
    Love Heidi,Somerst xx

  34. Rhona Fenton April 12, 2011 at 7:32 pm -  Reply

    Hi my lovely Alison it is so good to read and see how much you are enjoying yourself and the pictures are beautiful what amazing family you have Sam, Lucy, Jack and not forgetting Dodge and Willows:) and as for your Dear Dear friends and not just the QVC gang but all your friends and that goes for everyone who writes to you also it brings tears to my eyes reading all there kind thoughts and words to you Alison you are very much loved by everyone that goes for me also:) and you make me laugh so much going through all you are but still got time to joke please keep that up as you have to laugh and joke around:) you still look beautiful Alison and check you out with all your new hair woohoo, you can change your style and colour anytime you like:) I will email you as soon as I find out how to get the wedding pictures up off our Alisons big day I have not forgotten pure Suzi will be waiting also, me and computers well we won’t even go there ha ha!! Alisons wedding was beautiful it couldn’t have gone any better it was perfect for them and the second day celebration was just the iceing on the cake and hear this it was sunny I know that doesn’t happen often up here:) can’t wait to email you and tell you all about it with pictures, and you were right it was a tartan sash and not a Haggis:) hows the wedding plans coming on your end? keep strong Alison sending you all our love here, will write soon lot’s of love Rhona xx

  35. Babs Dyson April 12, 2011 at 7:50 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, Thank you soooh much (you know what for) for thinking of me on my 60th, when you have so much going on in your life. You look as lovely as ever and I really miss your lovely smile and naughty laughter on QVC.
    Take care and know that I am thinking of you always and wishing you all the best and really looking forward to your return to QVC.
    Babs Dyson- Litherland

  36. Liz Vickress April 12, 2011 at 8:19 pm -  Reply

    Ali ~ its lovely to read your blog, Glad that you’re managing to get out and about!!! Spring is such a lovely season ~ Enjoy watching the lambs, I love watching them running round the fields, keep smiling x x x

  37. Anne Clarke April 12, 2011 at 8:42 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, good to see you looking so well and in such upbeat spirits, you are an inspiration and i wish you well and good health. Miss seeing your lovely face on qvc , but look forward to your return, I wish you a speedy recovery and remember you in my prayers at night. Take care and godbless. Love Anne. xx

  38. Wendy Pigott April 12, 2011 at 8:42 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    So nice to see you are keeping well. You are such a lovely person, and are missed dearly from our TV Screens.
    Keep in good heart and can’t wait to see you soon on QVC.
    All my love
    Wendy x

  39. Heather McMillan April 12, 2011 at 8:44 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alison I have only just started reading the Blogs so I am sorry to hear you have been ill, I wondered where you had gone but thought you were either on Holiday or presenting somewhere for a while. Anyway Keep up the fight, Lots of Love and thank you for the Blog, putting you on my Prayer list. Tons of Love Heatherxx

  40. elaine sallis April 12, 2011 at 9:09 pm -  Reply

    hi Ali
    How lovely to hear from you. You are such an inspiration to us all. You look lovely in your wigs and that beautiful smile is still there. What wonderful children you have and what a lovely day they gave you on Mothers day. Magda how nice to hear from you again. Hope things are improving and you have been able to have your surgery.
    The hall ceiling now has plaster board up so we are half way there and divorce may be off. Whilst out with the dogs tonight the little one tripped me up and I fell flat on my face. What was worse was it was infront of the local BT depot where all the engineers were returning in their vans. I let out a very loud expletive as I fell and none of them came to my rescue. I think they thought they may be murdered, which at that point was not far from the case. I hobbled home and my next door neighbour who is a nurse put me back together. The dog is sitting on the sofa looking at me very sheepishly!!!!
    Keep in touch.
    Lots of Love

  41. Sue April 12, 2011 at 9:34 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    So great to hear from you & see you looking so amazing.Your hair will soon grow again but just think of all the fun you can have with wigs in all shades & lengths. Great to hear that Sam is doing so well.
    Remember, one day at a time. Stay positive.
    Sue xxxxx

  42. Sue April 12, 2011 at 9:55 pm -  Reply

    Alison, I just wanted to send you my love, prayers and positive thoughts. It is coming up to the second anniversary of my surgery for bowel cancer. I had a stoma for 6 months and am now learning to live with an ileo-anal J pouch. Life is so very precious to me-I know you will understand what I am saying!
    The first year after my surgery (chemo wasn’t an option for me ) the follow ups were really scary, and I still worry about whether I will live to see my 9 year old grow up. It does get easier as the new ‘normal’ settles onto your life though-I am due back for a scan next month and had forgotten until reading your blog!
    We are so lucky to live in a time when early detection is possible and treatment so much more effective.
    Keep your spirits up- you have so many people sending you their prayers and best wishes. xxx

  43. margaret April 13, 2011 at 12:15 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison, thank you for your news its lovely to hear from you and get an update on your progress you are SO MISSED on screen.It was so nice to see you enjoy your birthday with Simon and the girls, all my favourite presenters together lovely to see the support they are giving you.Take good care of yourself and super speedy recovery is my wish for you,love from Margaretx

  44. Lynn April 13, 2011 at 12:33 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali so glad that you are still geting on with things and keeping the smile on!, some days are harder than others im sure but, as long as you have good friends and loving family there to love and warm you ..your half way there,i have just started to get my hair back and i can empathasise with the cold hahaha i lost one eyebrow and lashes and kept the other one sooo strange+quite funny…at least i saw the comical side ….laughter is the best medicine even when in the night its a cold and scarey place i know because ive been to that place but light always follows dark and we are all waiting in the light to smile and be with you …you just reach out and well all be there to reach out and hold your hand take care and love sent to keep you going love always “nurse” Lynn xx

  45. julie welch April 13, 2011 at 6:46 am -  Reply

    Ali, you are an inspiration, it is so lovely to read your blogs
    Julie x

  46. Una April 13, 2011 at 10:18 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    FAB blog as always. So glad you enjoyed Mothers Day with the kids. They seem to be coping just as well as you are. I hope Sam is healing well.
    Your photos are so lovely. Looks like a great night was had by all. Imagine Debbie bringing chocolates, fancy that LOL!! They certainly werent Lily Obriens, Debbie scoffed them all during her last show!!
    Read you BCC blog too, they certainly put you through it didnt they. Im sure your “portacabin” faux pas kept that nurse amused for a week!!!!
    Are you sure we werent seperated at birth?! I always get my words mixed up. I once confused agaraphobic with paedophile, THAT was one confusing conversation I can tell you!!!!!!!!!!!!
    A couple of years ago I was out for dinner with my friend for her birthday. We were discussing all the gifts she had been given, and she started to tell me about this “thing” she got from another friend.
    Apparently, it was a terracotta pot, that you used like a piggy bank. It had a little note with it, and you had to write a wishlist, put it in the bank and then every day you had to put a coin in it. Sounds easy I hear you say! When its full, you have to smash it but use some of the money in it, to buy another one and start all over again. Sounds like a plan to me. Anyway, we had a lovely evening and as we were leaving, I asked her what the “thing” was called again, and she said “its a Terramundi”
    Next day, I was at work and telling my friend all about the “thing” She got really excited, and decided she HAD to get one for her friend who was planning a round the world trip, and had a birthday coming up soon, so it sounded like the ideal gift.
    She had a day off next day, and that was her plan, to go Terramundi shopping. Problem was, I thought it was called a Carbunkle. OOOPPPSSSSS!!!
    Off she toddled, round EVERY gift shop in town, asking for a Carbunkle!
    She came in next day, and was so fed up that she hadnt been able to find one, and said how rude every shop assistant was, and no one knew what she was talking about. I decided to be helpful and called my friend
    to ask her if she knew where you could buy them. She was surprised that it was turning into such a drama, and asked where she had tried to get one etc. I then said “I mean, its not like shes trying to buy a space shuttle, its only a carbunkle for goodness sake” Silence on the other end of the phone, then “WHAT, EXACTLY did you tell her to ask for” My indignant reply “one of them carbunkle bank thingys you were telling me about” Roars of laughter down the phone… “Una, a carbunkle is a huge boil on your skin”
    THATS when I realised how fast I could run, even in heels!!! Funnily enough, I dont often get asked to help out with present ideas any more, oh well!!!!
    How I managed to get A levels is beyond me!!!!
    Magda, so nice to hear from you. Thinking of you as always.
    Shauna, its a lovely club to be a part of isnt it.
    Ali, holding your hand tight.
    Lots of love to everyone
    Una xxx

  47. sue April 13, 2011 at 11:13 am -  Reply

    hi ali i hope you feel are ok today.you were saying you are losing your hair.hair and eyebrow just frame a face and you have a lovely face and a good heart i now you are going to be ok keep you chin up girl lov from sue

  48. Linda, Glasgow April 13, 2011 at 12:24 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    As usual a brilliant and uplifting blog – thank you for sharingXX I managed to catch you when you visited QVC on Debs fashion hour – you looked amazing,you really suited your beautiful long hair and i laughed out loud when you shouted to Debs that she could borrow it, as usual, an upbeat response from a inspirational and brave woman. You and Kathy’s joint party was a genious idea and from the photos you all had a ball – Simon looks like the cat that got the cream being amongst such beautiful ladies and you all look so happy. I hope this finds
    you in good spirits and that the treatments etc are not taking too much out of you – you are blessed with great family and wonderful friends and with that recipe you cant go wrongXX What a useful gift that Pips gave you – the different styles that can be created as well as all the design and colour that can be created with scarves is truly mindboggiling(is that a word?)So glad to be speaking to you again Ali and as you know i send you love,respect and many positive thoughts(they are like money put them away for when you need them). Please keep in touch – all us QVC viewers are right behind you wishing you the best.I’ve just realised that the white gold earrings i am wearing today are a pair i bought from QVC(you were the presenter) many years ago(it was a sterling silver diamonique cross TSV day-i bought that too!!),at the time i was needing a pick me up and you were the gal and the earrings were the jewellery to do just that-you are so missed at QVC. Love Linda Glasgow

  49. Debz April 13, 2011 at 3:41 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Thanks for the new blog. You look so lovely in those pictures. You really looked like you were having a great time which was so wonderful to see. How thoughtful of Pipa to get you a bag of scarves. Some people just instinctively know what’s needed don’t they? The inscription you shared with us made my eyes fill with tears. The words are so beautiful and you must take great comfort from them.
    I think your replies and my last 2 Ainzley updates on your last blog must have crossed but the upshot is that we finally got a wee sample last Friday evening!! Honestly Ali, if I’d had a flag I’d have hung it outside the house!! I’ve never been so happy to see cat wee in all my life!!
    The vet rang this morning and Ainzley has a really nasty urinary tract infection but he should be OK once he’s finished his antibiotics. He’s sitting here with me now licking his bum like a demon, without a care in the world. No manners or respect that cat!!
    The trouble I’m having is that I keep stalking him even though I don’t need to! I keep forgetting we’ve taken his sample (oh how I hate that word now!!) I was creeping upstairs only yesterday when my other half asked me what I was doing “I’m trying to get a bloody wee sample off the cat you stupid man!” He just raised his eyebrows and, just as I was about to tell him off for not helping me in my quest, the penny dropped. I sheepishly went downstairs and made him a conciliatory cup of tea (my other half that is not Ainzley who prefers cat-achino!!)
    You take care of yourself Ali. We are all holding your hand and hopefully helping you along a little.
    Lots of love and licks
    Debz & Ainzley (=^-^=) XXXXXX

  50. Dorothy April 13, 2011 at 5:48 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    SOOOOOOOOOO pleased to see your photo and you look soooooooo happy, wish all days where like that for you but you will have good and bad.Glad you had good birthday and mothers day,what a lovely present off Lucy very thoughtfull and a nice keepsake.Its our 30th anniverary on 18th april so Laura is planning something but she will not say so will have to wait.Love to all the family and stay strong hope all keeps going well.
    Love best wishes.
    Magda hope all goes well with your op will be thinking of you
    love and hugs.

  51. cello08 April 13, 2011 at 7:15 pm -  Reply

    hi ali i also have just heard about you /and after reading about your’s and debbie’s birthday i just think you are an inspiration to others.i will remember you in my prayers and ask your guardian angel to look after you.The power of prayer is really strong and as you are such a strong person i just know you will come through this and be even stronger.there are a lot of us who only know you from qvc but feel you are a friend, because of your infectious good humour God bless Ali and God keep you safe until you are completely well hugs and love to youxxxxx

  52. syl April 13, 2011 at 7:57 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali I love that photo of you all(kathy,simon,you and our lovely ex miss liverpool debbie)been thinking about you, so glad you have such a lovely family which is very important,keep your pecker up (what ever that is)love syl x

  53. Shauna April 13, 2011 at 7:57 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    I’m back again already, just had to share this with you.
    This afternoon I went to pick my grandaughter up from school, makeup looking good thanks to Bare Essentials, hair looking good thanks to Michael diCere, clothes looking good thanks to me loving shopping, my favourite black trousers, nice top and leather jacket.
    I started the car only to realise my windscreen was filthy due to the trees in our street, flicked the wipers on only to discover I just had a few drops of water left which made the windscreen worse. Anyway I was popping into my local supermarket and thought it would be a good idea to buy some water and use it on my windscreen (don’t know how to refill water in car as we haven’t had it long, so I leave it to my hubby). Well, I came out of the supermarket, put the shopping away, sat in the car, switched the wipers on, stood halfway out of the car and proceeded to throw 2 litres of sparkling water over the windrscreen, only for the wipers to throw it back all over me!!!Stupidly, I just stood there in shock, and got a second splashing…..I was mortified and quickly got back into the car. Unfortunately I didn’t have any tissues and didn’t know what to do until I spotted a duster in the the side of the drivers door…..thank goodness, or so I thought. I then started to dry myself, patted the hair, patted the face, wiped my jacket and trousers. Oh, I didn’t mention that this life saving duster was one of those lovely old fashioned yellow things that leave more fluff on you than them….oh my poor favourite trousers I couldn’t get out of the car park fast enough. I had visions of someone catching my exploits on their phone and sending it to You’ve Been Framed! Anyway, thankfully with the help of the car heater and fan and a bit of a drive around, I dried off, got to school and stayed in the car until the last minute, zipped up my jacket against the windy day we were having and got away with it. What am I like?
    My daughter has not long gone having picked up my grandaughter and after I told her what had happed we both had messy makeup due to much laughing and crying!!
    Will be in touch again soon.
    Much love (and sparkling water)

  54. michele child April 13, 2011 at 8:35 pm -  Reply

    hi Ali
    so sorry to hear your news, hope that all is going well for you. keep your chin up, all the very best wishes
    take care
    love michele xx

  55. Patricia Anne Kurton April 13, 2011 at 8:48 pm -  Reply

    Hello Alison, How lovely to read your Blog about Mothers Day. Sounds as if you had a wonderful day with your lovely Family spoiling you but of course you deserve it. You looked so happy at the joint Birthday Party at Cathy’s home. What an amazing Lady you are making that beautiful cake. So good to hear that you are coping with your illness, you are a wonderful example to anyone who may be going through the same thing. Once again you are in my thoughts and I hope you continue to get much better with each day that passes. Take Care, Anne x

  56. janet groves April 14, 2011 at 2:53 pm -  Reply

    Hello Alison,
    so nice to read your blog and see the fab photo’s. Star sign Aries?
    Pleased to see you looking so well and happy, hope you will be back with us all on QVC in the not too distant future.
    Much love
    Janet Groves

  57. Linda Jeffrey April 14, 2011 at 4:33 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison,
    So great to hear you , you are looking FABULOUS!! as you always do. I was a hairdresser and I think your wigs look great you would not know. Can I commend you on how positive you are and have no doubt the support and strengh your family have shown you is getting you through. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers,
    God Bless you and your family,
    Luv and Hugs
    Linda x x x

  58. patricia Sage April 14, 2011 at 6:23 pm -  Reply

    hello Alison
    hang on in there
    love from a long time fan

  59. Alpa April 14, 2011 at 6:51 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Thank you for the latest blog. You are so lovely in the photos and look happy and relaxed. I was so pleased to see you on Debbie’s show last week and the hair…. very stylish! I did laugh at Debbie shouting mint sauce at the lambs and I hope you are not seeing lamb chops when you look at them now!! 🙂
    Una, you have done it again with the Carbunkle Story. The thought of going in to all the shops and asking for one of those. I doubt I would have remembered what it was called either! How I have laughed (with you of course) at your shenanigans!! I hope that you are well and that Loops is keeping your shoulders warm.
    Debz, I hope that you have now recovered from the ‘S’ word and have some time to yourself, now that you are not on stalking duty!
    Helen, I hope that you have been able to catch up on some sleep.
    Magda, thinking of you and wishing you well.
    Shauna, what a lovely name. Thank you for sharing the Sparkling Water Story with us!
    Ali, I love the inscription on your bangles. The words are so beautiful and true.
    Sending you my love,
    Alpa xx

  60. Lesley Manito April 14, 2011 at 7:27 pm -  Reply

    Dearest Ali
    I have been reading your blogs, I do enjoy your sense of humour, always have. Miss you on TV, but then I no we will see you with us again soon. How wonderful to have such a fantastic family and such good friend’s I no there are many many of us thinking of you, My love to you and your family. keep strong.
    Lesley xx

  61. Sue Joynson April 14, 2011 at 7:30 pm -  Reply

    Oh Ali, I am so sorry to hear about your cancer and to see that you are a fighter. Not sure if you remember me but I wrote to you when one of your sons had his accident and told you about my son dying of cancer at the age of 28. You have a very strong family and I know that they will give you all the support you need and deserve. All your friends at QVC are making you sure that you are supported. I know what you are going throuogh, I have seen enough of my mom and aunties suffer with the Big C.
    Ali take care of yourself, keep your pecker up and keep climbing the ladder you will get to the top.
    With love
    Sue xxx

  62. Karin Davidson April 14, 2011 at 11:09 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    It sounds like you had a wonderful Mother’s Day and Birthday – special times that mean so much. Your positivity is truly inspiring and I wish you well over the coming months.

  63. pamela Richardson April 14, 2011 at 11:49 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison Lovely to read another blog and hear how you are getting on. I love the wigs, you suit them both but I think you look particularly lovely in the short one.
    I am so glad you were well enough to enjoy your birthday and mothers day. You looked as though you had a great time.
    I am sure the memories of good times shared with your family and friends will comfort you when you are having a not so good day.
    Sending you lots of love and good wishes.
    Pam Richardson x

  64. Sylvia Pickles April 15, 2011 at 12:46 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    How wonderful to read your latest blog. You look so well and your family and friends have been wonderful, especially for Mothers Day. But it is no more than you deserve because you are a very special Mum and it is obvious your kids really do appreciate you. Keep your beautiful smile and enjoy the good days as they come. Looking forward to the day you are back on our screens. Take care Ali and I send lots of love to you for a very speedy recovery.
    Sylvia xx

  65. Liz April 15, 2011 at 1:03 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison,
    Just to wish you the very best of all there is.
    Kindest Regards.

  66. helen s April 15, 2011 at 2:02 pm -  Reply

    Hia Ali, good to see that your sense of humour hasn’t left you. Hope you are coping ok with the treament? All well here, and yes thank you Alpa, I do feel a lot better thanks to a few early nights. This week has been hectic to say the least, my little girl has been in school play and has performed for 2 evenings this week, she had a great time and enjoys being on stage. That with all the other school activities keeps me on my toes, by the way I run around the place I should be tiny, but saddly I’m not, I like my food tooooo much!!!! We have fun packed weekend also, swimming in the morning and a birthday party in the afternoon, thats my day planned out for me. Never mind, half term and two weeks off, yipee. I’m not one of those Mums who complain about their children being off school, I LOVE IT. Ali, you look fab in your wigs, as did my Mum. Keep strong and be positive on your down days. Love to you also Magda, and Una for another one of your famous blogs.
    Have a lovely weekend ladies, lovely to hear from you all. Keep holding hands tightly and don’t let go!
    Keeeep dancing Ali, luv and loads of hugs
    Helen S xxxx

  67. Una April 15, 2011 at 4:43 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Hope you are having a good week. The bracelet sounds absolutely perfect for you.
    Debz, thanks for the offer, but I have enough to contend with!!! My boy thinks hes Godzilla, and would try to sort Ainzley out, to his detriment I would imagine. talk about fur flying!! Thanks though LOL! Hope Ainzley feels better soon, and good luck if he has to make another trip to his best friend in the whole wide world!!!!!
    Shauna, absolutely priceless. Im glad its not just me hahaha!!
    Alpa, laugh away, theres nothing like a good old laugh out loud moment, trust me! Loops is grand, hes sitting on the fencepost at the end of the garden. Annoying 2 little Yorkshire terriers in the next garden. Im sure I can hear him laughing at them right now!!!
    Helen, hope the wee one is completely recovered and you have been able to dispense with the matchsticks!!
    have a good weekend everyone.
    Lots of love
    Una xx

  68. mrs gloria harris April 15, 2011 at 5:04 pm -  Reply

    Just read your blog all the best we miss you. come back soon love and best wishes Gloria Suffolk.

  69. mary morphy April 16, 2011 at 10:16 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, so lovely that you took the time to fill us all in and it sounds like you are being well looked after and were thoroughly spoilt (and deservedly too) on your birthday and mothers day. I spent mothering Sunday driving my daughter on a three hour round trip to her Kent Cricket training which ended at 3pm (having left home at 11am), got home at 4.30pm and got a roast on the table by 6!! just another normal Sunday!! However, it was my birthday on 26th March and my husband surpassed himself this year and bought me three tickets to see Take That at Wembley..I am taking my two sisters who think he is the bees knees and definately flavour of the month!!! Your wigs (and you) look fabulous although I can imagine at times you feel like curling up in a ball and disappearing but it sounds like things are going well. My sisters and I took my mum to London this week to see Jersey Boys. She loved it although it was a very long day for her; we thought it would be a nice surprise and wanted to take her before she has her third operation on her brain tumour. It was lovely for us to all be out together and to see mum enjoying herself. My twin sister and I have put up our beach hut this week which is newly acquired. It’s at Westgate bay on the prom and we can see the sun set over Reculver ( the old castle ruin) on sunny evenings; its beautiful. The beach hut has had a bit of a makeover to make it a home from home. Hubby thinks we have lost the plot but we have all mod cons, lights, two ring stove, shelves, storage of all descriptions, curtains draping at the door and most importantly a lovely Yankee candle burning at all times! I am now in training for the Race for Life. My sister and I go jogging/power walking each night and although being a larger lady with a chest that is far better suited to being a bolster cushion than running, I am really doing quite well despite my poor lung capacity of a mere 55%. My sister signals at me as we are pounding the streets as I am usually unable to speak due to being totally knackered but the areobic activity is good for me!!! It has also helped me on my weightloss and am 10lbs lighter now so that is a good incentive for me to keep going. I think its important to have goals in life which help us to look forward and not dwell on the past. Lastly, have a lovely Easter, must get back to icing my best friend’s sons’ wedding cake. Never a dull moment!! Thinking of you Mary XXX

  70. Jayjayriley April 17, 2011 at 7:33 am -  Reply

    So sad to hear your news!!! I had wondered where you had been as i had not seen you on qvc for a while !! you are such a strong ,brave and positive lady and are an inspiration to us all!! thinking of you and looking forward to seeing you back soon !! jay xxx

  71. www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1680621288 April 17, 2011 at 9:50 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison I am sorry you were ill I hope you get better soon and keep up the good work from Geraldine in Wandsworh

  72. Sharman Walker April 17, 2011 at 1:05 pm -  Reply

    Hello my dearest Allison, it wasn’t till recently that I realisd that I haven’t seen you. Thats when I had to call the Call Centre. They told me your devasting news. I have just read your blogs and I am so pleased you are coping and are very much on the mend. I know only too well what it is like. I had cancer in my leg 19 yrs ago. A rather big chunk taken out, plastic surgery, for which did not take, cos at the time I did not know I was diabetic and the sugars in my blood were too high. But in time I did get better and so will you. Its sounds like you have a wonderful family and friends. Just keep very positive, take each day as it comes and try and study a little Feng Shui. The amulets truly helped me. I wish you a very speedy recovery and cannot wait to see you back at QVC. All my very best wishes.

  73. Alison Keenan April 17, 2011 at 1:21 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Kath, and thank you for taking the time to write. Missing all of you the other side of camera too, but this is a great way to keep in touch, love Ali xx

  74. Alison Keenan April 17, 2011 at 1:22 pm -  Reply

    Hi Valerie, That’s very kind of you to say, and lovely that you’ve taken the time out to write to me too – it helps in keeping me positive :)Love Ali xx

  75. Alison Keenan April 17, 2011 at 1:24 pm -  Reply

    Hi Christine, Yes I really did enjoy both occasions and felt well and truly spoiled. Friends and family – the perfect medicine, and thank you for joining the circle of friends here on the blog, love Ali x

  76. Alison Keenan April 17, 2011 at 1:28 pm -  Reply

    Angela, you’re right it did sound like a scene out of a Hammer film!! Mercifully my little port is a lot easier to flush out! I think the next cycle of treatments is called Paclitaxol, so think it may be different, but am doing the best I can with my nails keeping them short and well oiled! Good to know everything will go back to normal eventually though 🙂 Take care, Love ali xx

  77. Alison Keenan April 17, 2011 at 1:30 pm -  Reply

    Janet, thank you for YOUR positivity 🙂 Enjoying my ‘good week’ before treatment next wednesday, but loving all the comments and insights into everyone else’s lives. Thanks for keeping in touch, love Ali x

  78. Chris Page April 17, 2011 at 1:31 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali
    If you think Lady Greenwood’s nutty for yelling “Mint Sauce”, well, she’s in good company – I often yell “Orange Sauce!” at ducks. I should actually admit that it’s because a duck once tried to take my thumb along with the bread I was feeding iot with! Glad you’re still as bubbly as ever – you want to get yourself one of those bandanas bikers wear, then you can pretend to be a biker chick. Keep on keeping on, Ms. Wonderful!
    Chris xx

  79. Alison Keenan April 17, 2011 at 1:33 pm -  Reply

    Margaret, thank you for your kind words, and I’m glad you enjoyed reading the blog. Laughter is, and always has been, the best medicine for me: I’m just grateful that there’s always something in a day that’ll make me smile 🙂 Love Ali xx

  80. Alison Keenan April 17, 2011 at 1:36 pm -  Reply

    Linda, I’m glad you’ve found the blog site, and thanks for reading and taking the time to comment. Enjoying my good week, so feeling very much better, and about to head off for a cycle ride to see my boys at the skate park. Hope you’ve had a good weekend, love Ali x

  81. Alison Keenan April 17, 2011 at 1:41 pm -  Reply

    Magda!!! Soooooo good to hear from you :)You brave soldier (as my nanny used to say to me). I am so sorry to hear that all has been delayed and you have struggling with your tummy. Judging by the date you posted your comment you should have been given a date for surgery by now, so I very much hope you will not be expected to wait much longer sweetheart. I can assure you it will be a great deal less uncomfortable than your tummy has been! Once it’s done, you’re on the road to recovery, and you know that we are ALL with you on this one Magda. Stay strong and brave, and let us know how you are. Thinking of you and sending my love, Ali xx

  82. Gail April 17, 2011 at 3:22 pm -  Reply

    Dearest Ali, as always it is lovely to hear from you. You seem to be coping okay, even though I know how rough chemo can be (I nursed my mum through cancer). Sometimes I do wonder where we get our strength from, but I suppose it boils down to not having any choice. We get on with it or we stop!!!
    I loved, loved, loved the photos of you and the children. You really don’t look old enough to have three beautiful grown up children and I seriously mean that. You were thoroughly spoilt on Mothers Day with some beautiful presents, and I can only imagine the wonderful day you all must have had together. I like silver too. Your collection of ‘special’ jewellery pieces from the children is growing fast and I’m sure they will be treasured forever.
    How is Sam doing? It’s been a few weeks now since his op., hope it has helped.
    Magda, nice to hear from you and hope all goes well with the op. Keep us informed as to how you are, lol xxx
    Sue, bless yer heart, losing a son at 28 is heartbreaking and a big warm hug is sent your way.
    Alison, keep positive and remember the only way is FORWARD. I send you lots of love and a warm hug. Take care of yourself, speak soon, lots of love,
    Gail xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  83. Alison Keenan April 17, 2011 at 7:53 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Babs, it’s funny how many people did see my ‘brief encounter’ with Debbie Greenwood. Bless her 🙂 It was so strange to be back at The Towers, and then in front of camera with my new hair! A happy day 🙂 You’re right about my friends and family – I’d be lost without them, and your kind words, along with everyone who takes the time to blog on this site, help hugely too. Please do keep in touch, love Ali xx

  84. Alison Keenan April 17, 2011 at 7:55 pm -  Reply

    Rosanna, I’m glad you liked the blog – amazingly I still have my eyebrows, so am praying that in spite of my ungracious comments about the colour of them, they might hang on in there a tad longer 🙂 Thank you for writing to me, love Ali xx

  85. Alison Keenan April 17, 2011 at 7:58 pm -  Reply

    My dear Joanna, what a lovely memory for you, and how wonderful that in spite of your sadness and loss, it’s one you are able to revisit and enjoy the way it makes you feel… It sounds as though you’ve all been through a great deal, but as you say, there is always hope…. our song without words…. it’s good to know you’re there, love Ali xx

  86. Alison Keenan April 17, 2011 at 7:59 pm -  Reply

    Catherine, thank you! What a lovely thing to say… I’ll hold onto that when I have my third treatment on Wednesday. Hope you have a good week, love Ali x

  87. Alison Keenan April 17, 2011 at 8:02 pm -  Reply

    Crikey Marion, I love the term scragging! I think that it would be a good alternative for our ‘Furminator’ that combs all the cat fur out! All the sheep and lambs were moved to another field today, so it’s very quiet now, apart from the ducks… and I have a little story to share about those in my next blog. Thank you for writing, and do keep in touch, love Ali x

  88. Alison Keenan April 17, 2011 at 8:05 pm -  Reply

    Christine your beautiful words and story made me cry… What a truly wonderful friend, one I’m so glad was able to help you at such a rotten time in your life. I hope very much that you are completely healed now, and that the ‘troubled waters’ you crossed so carefully are now calm…. I’ll stick to those stepping stones until – as you say – I reach that safe place…. can’t come soon enough. With my love, Ali xx

  89. Sue Jennings April 17, 2011 at 9:06 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    What a wonderful blog… I love the inscription of Hope …you are truly inspirational and I wish you well..I miss your cheery smile on QVC hope to see you back when you are well.
    Much love
    Sue J xx

  90. Alison Keenan April 18, 2011 at 7:32 am -  Reply

    Marg, you’re definitely right about the change in my days – each one is full but in a completely different way! Loving your royal connections – my sister shares her birthday with HRH Prince Charles – although he is a tad older than her!! I’m glad Brian liked the elephant joke, and you can tell him I truly appreciate his ‘cracked’ joke too 🙂 I’ve passed on your good wishes to Sam who has the prototype of his new leg now, and is walking far better, and I’m still holding onto your hand…bless you, love Ali xx

  91. Alison Keenan April 18, 2011 at 7:35 am -  Reply

    Hello there Sylvia, lovely to hear from you and I’m hoping that maybe somewhere near you has a lambing weekend, and at least you’d get to feed a lamb, if not hold one! I held a baby pig once, but it made such a terrible noise squealing, that I nearly dropped it! 🙂 Such spent the weekend seeing the children again, and Lucy has stayed over as pick up her wedding dress today – exciting times. Thank you for writing, Love Ali x

  92. Alison Keenan April 18, 2011 at 7:37 am -  Reply

    Louise, it is source of constant comfort to me to read all your lovely replies, and I thank you so much for taking the time out to write to me 🙂 Keep ’em coming!! Love Ali x

  93. Alison Keenan April 18, 2011 at 7:40 am -  Reply

    Dear Jean, you’re so right about this time of the year, and I have found that I have a white lilac bush in the garden with many blooms, so have picked a little to bring indoors and it smells lovely 🙂 I even went for a long cycle ride yesterday and am making the most of feeling good before my next treatment on Wednesday. And I’ve even got used to wearing my wigs – saves so much time! 🙂 Love to you, Ali xx

  94. Alison Keenan April 18, 2011 at 7:42 am -  Reply

    Lorraine what a lovely thought… I wear a little angel that Ros bought me, on the necklace that Lucy bought for me, so I always feel a little safer for it 🙂 Plenty flower fairies in my garden I can assure you. I hope you have a good week, and thank you for writing to me, love Ali xx

  95. Alison Keenan April 18, 2011 at 7:46 am -  Reply

    Dear Linda, I am sending you, your husband and all your family my love, and although it’s a long haul, I am sure he will be better soon. Thank you for thinking of me, especially when your life is no doubt more than a little difficult, love Ali xx

  96. Alison Keenan April 18, 2011 at 7:51 am -  Reply

    Hi Susan, good to hear from you and funnily enough the picture with me Kathy Simon and Debbie, was with what was left of my own hair! I do though have a short wig that is almost identical and you’d be amazed at the time it saves faffing around before you go out! 🙂 I haven’t seen Julia for ages, but know that the weather has been almost as good in Spain as it was here !! I am already thinking of my family holiday for next year, although it’s been a bonus to see much more of the children while I’m not working…Good days at the moment, and you’re right they are very much to be enjoyed. Thank you Susan, love Ali x

  97. Alison Keenan April 18, 2011 at 8:00 am -  Reply

    My dear Janet, the only thing you should be feeling is proud of yourself that you have such a positive attitude, and that in spite of all that you’ve been through you constantly bring hope to any of us going through this, with your lovely comments. It’s the second thing in FEC that I hate – makes my sinuses feel as though I’ve eaten a huge spoon of mustard! Next one on Wednesday, but then only one more of those before the weekly Taxol starts…that’ll be a learning curve, but I’m hoping it will also bring the good days. Mum’s over in Amsterdam for a holiday; Sam is doing so much better with his new leg, and Lucy has the ring being made and delivered in the next month! Exciting times, and thank you for asking. Take care, love Ali xx

  98. Alison Keenan April 18, 2011 at 8:03 am -  Reply

    Shauna so glad that you too had a lovely mother’s day, and thanks for being part of our “Special Club”. It’s great isn’t it, keeping in touch with everyone else’s lives too 🙂 The hug is much appreciated too 🙂 Love Ali xx

  99. Alison Keenan April 18, 2011 at 8:09 am -  Reply

    Julie, Christine and Sue, Debbie, Steve and Christine Harman – hope you don’t mind me replying to you together – but thank you so much for taking the time to write, and it’s always lovely to get such kind, positive messages. I look forward to reading through them all, and especially if I’m not feeling that chipper, they always cheer me up. Take care and do keep in touch, love Ali xx

  100. Alison Keenan April 18, 2011 at 8:14 am -  Reply

    Gosh Debbie, your poor sister’s history certainly puts mine in perspective! So glad that she is now feeling so much better, and that she can hopefully put all that happened behind her. Sounds as though with your help and support she’s doing that. I have to say there are many days when a scarf is what I choose to wear, and when I think of all the years I used to have my hair permed, the thought of it growing back a tad curly is rather nice!! Please do keep in touch, and I hope you have a good week, love Ali x

  101. Alison Keenan April 18, 2011 at 8:16 am -  Reply

    Martin I am indeed feeling pretty good at present, and at last my wretched cold and cough has almost gone 🙂 Thanks for writing, love ALi x

  102. Alison Keenan April 18, 2011 at 8:22 am -  Reply

    Heidi what a great part of the world to live in – my lovely Dad was born in Somerset 🙂 I do wish your uncle well, and he like I, no doubt is helped enormously by having a loving caring family around him too. You’re right about the hair loss – I knew it was coming, but fishing it all out of the plug hole in the bathroom wasn’t one of my happiest moments…that said the real hair wig is lovely, and it makes me feel very feminine when I wear it 🙂 Scarves too are fab – bless Pip 🙂 Hope you have a great week, love Ali x

  103. Alison Keenan April 18, 2011 at 8:27 am -  Reply

    Rhona, I’m so pleased that the wedding went so well, and particularly that the sun shone for you too 🙂 I’m sure the photos will be beautiful, and I can’t wait to see them. Lucy and I are heading off shortly to collect her wedding dress! Well, it has to be fitted properly of course, but it’ll be exciting to see her in it again. She is so well organised that there is next to nothing to do now but wait! I’ll be honest I’ve been in tears many times myself, because everyone has been so kind – I must have done something good somewhere along the line!! 🙂 Hope to see the photos soon, and great to hear from you Rhona. Love to you and all the family, Ali xx

  104. Alison Keenan April 18, 2011 at 8:30 am -  Reply

    Babs, my greatest pleasure, and I hope you had a fantastic celebration! Deservedly so. Still finding things to laugh about, as I hope you are too 🙂 Take care, love Ali xx

  105. Alison Keenan April 18, 2011 at 8:32 am -  Reply

    Dear Anne, Liz, Wendy and Heather, I hope you don’t mind me writing to you all together, but thank you so much for your love and positivity….as my sister (who reads all the replies as I do said) it is a source of constant comfort to me. Love Ali xx

  106. Susan April 18, 2011 at 10:37 am -  Reply

    Just read your lovely replies to everyone (as always Ali), and I just had to say that you have most definately done LOTS of good along your path already. You are one of the most lovely and funny and beautiful ladies ever. Your lucky lucky friends is all I can say!
    Take care this week on your next ‘tick off’ of the treatments. Enjoy your day with your lovely Lucy today. The big day will not doubt be here before you both know it!
    Love Susan x

  107. Alana April 18, 2011 at 1:59 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    So glad to see that you are getting through this and have such a positive attitude. I really enjoy reading your blogs as you are such a lovely person. I can’t wait to see you back on our screens and wish you well in your recovery!!!
    Please keep the blogs coming when you can as they are lovely to read and to see the wonderful love and support that you are getting from your friends and family.
    Take care

  108. Magda Chetty April 18, 2011 at 5:43 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Great to hear from you, I had to write and let you know that I was told to wait and will not have the op before the end of the month, or early May.
    Here in Spain they take lots of time off for Easter, and they will not operate during Easter week. Iam trying not to think about it too much, and all my friends are asking me out to lunch and dinner to keep me busy which is great. Reading your blog and the love I get from you and all the QVC ladies is helping me a lot THANK YOU ALL SOOOOOO MUCH.
    Keep well Ali all my love.
    Thank you Gail, Una, Alpa and all the lovley ladies who always ask about me, you always put a smile on my face, much love.

  109. Charmaine Lynch April 18, 2011 at 5:58 pm -  Reply

    Only just learned of your illness, Now i understand why i havent seen you for a while, To me you are such a wonderful person and i miss not seeing you you have a loverly personality. Stay strong, you have your family around you, God Bless.
    Charmaine xx

  110. Gail April 18, 2011 at 7:26 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali, so so glad the sun came out for your ‘good week’ and apparently it is set to continue.
    “Cycling to see my boys” – sounds absolutely PERFECT to me.
    I know the effects of chemo are awlful, although I suppose there are different kinds of chemo. My mum use to become very ill after her chemo (for lung cancer) and she would often experience a metal type taste in her mouth. Also, she went through a phase of wanting nothing but tin tomatoes.
    As one lady said on your blog, thank God we live in an age where early detection and treatment is available.
    Sending lots of love, Gail xxxxxxxxxxxxx

  111. Pauline Johnson April 18, 2011 at 8:03 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alison so good to read your blogs you make me feel so humble and so glad to be alive you are a imspiration my love to all the female gender,God bless you and keep you on the road to recovery.
    Love Pauline.

  112. Mrs Janet Jones April 19, 2011 at 2:36 pm -  Reply

    My Dear Ali, I will be thinking of you tomorrow as you have your 3rd fec, you are doing so well, be very proud of yourself. I had 6 fec and my chemo nurse wanted to know if I had upset my oncologist in some way!!!!!. Hope you are enjoying the good weather(I know you have to be careful in the sun)and enjoying your cottage and the flora and fauna that surrounds it.
    Take good care of yourself and let your lovely family look after you. I too will be holding your hand on Wednesday, speak soon Ali, lots of love Janet xx

  113. Una April 19, 2011 at 3:12 pm -  Reply

    Hi Magda
    Lovely to hear from you. Maybe this is a good chance to regroup, and take a bit of time to build your strength up before the op. Enjoy all your lunches and keep strong.
    Lots of love
    Una xx

  114. Alpa April 19, 2011 at 6:17 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    So pleased that you have been enjoying your good week before your next treatment. The second thing that you mentioned in FEC sounds horrible, shame. The treatment does sound rather gruelling (polite version!) I will be thinking of you tomorrow and hope that after the next one, the next cycle of treatment will bring better days.
    Good news about Sam. I hope that as he is walking far better, this also means that he is in less pain now. Great excitement at Lucy’s wedding dress fitting! I hope that it went well.
    Una, forget about mixing up words, do you ever misread words?! I ask because I was reading the news online and the headline said, ‘Tornadoes wreck..’ and I read it as ‘Tomatoes wreck’ and then wondered how tomatoes could wreck anything!!!! My defence is that it was late at night!
    Helen, how lovely to have your little girl at home for two weeks. It sounds like much fun will be had!
    Debz, hope you are well and Ainzley, too!
    Magda, so nice to hear from you again. We are all thinking of you and sending our love.
    Ali, sending you my love,
    Alpa xx

  115. Barbara April 19, 2011 at 9:50 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, so sorry when I heard your news, I have not blogged before but had to tell you we are all praying for you, and really miss you on qvc. Get well soon.Barbara X

  116. Alpa April 20, 2011 at 4:26 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali,
    Hope you are taking it easy after your treatment today.
    Sorry for hijacking your blog left, right and centre. I only do it as I know you don’t mind us chatting 🙂
    Love Alpa xx

  117. helen s April 20, 2011 at 5:47 pm -  Reply

    Hia Ladies, firstly, Ali, hope the treatment went ok today, from experience with my Mums treatment sessions, I can remember her just getting better and it was time for the next treatment. Never mind, where would we be without it? The weather is beautiful here in South Wales, my daugher and I have been busy whilst my poor husband has been in work!!!!!!
    Alpa, I do love having my little girl home and now at the tender age of 8, she’s like a mini me, all fashion and anything glittery, thats my girl!!!
    Una, hope that you are ok?
    Magda, I’m thinking of you at what must be a very tense time, but you’ll get there, we’re all here for you, any down days, just blog us and we’ll be there for you.
    Ali, keep you spirits up and enjoy the Easter weekend.
    Take care all of you, I feel as though I know you all so well, keep holding hands and Ali, keeep dancing!!!
    Happy Easter
    Luv and hugs and always
    Helen s xxxxx

  118. christine nicol April 20, 2011 at 9:31 pm -  Reply

    hi ali, just want to wish you continued health, so glad you had a good mummy day with your family, and birthday celebrations with qvc friends,
    hope you keep improving and get back to your day job, as soon as you feel well enough, we all miss you.
    take care, chris xxxx

  119. Alison Keenan April 21, 2011 at 4:32 am -  Reply

    Hi there Elaine, So glad you have plaster board in your life and attached to your ceiling 🙂 but very sorry to hear about your fall. I still think inspite of the expletive, at least ONE of the men could have come to your aid! Two small mercies though – your neighbour is a nurse, and your dog is small!! I hope you’re on the mend, and thanks as always for your kind words. Do keep in touch…. I need to know when the wallpaper’s going up! Love Ali xx

  120. Alison Keenan April 21, 2011 at 4:35 am -  Reply

    Dear Sue, you are so right about ‘one day at a time’… I’m never sure following a treatment quite what the day will bring, but there is always guaranteed comfort when I read all your kind words on this blog. Thank you 🙂 Love Ali xx

  121. Alison Keenan April 21, 2011 at 4:38 am -  Reply

    Sue I am so sorry to hear of all that you have gone through, and are still having to live with, and very much hope that you – like I – have a support network, and many people who can help you through this. It sounds as though you are doing incredibly well, and I am certain your 9 year old is incentive enough to keep on keeping on, even when you have bad days 🙂 Please take good care of yourself, and keep in touch when you can, love Ali xx

  122. Alison Keenan April 21, 2011 at 4:41 am -  Reply

    Bless you Margaret 🙂 It was a corking night, and better yet, Kathy is planning a barbeque in May, so hopefully we can all get together again! And you’re right about the support I’m being given, it’s the saving of me 🙂 Thank you for writing, love Ali x

  123. Alison Keenan April 21, 2011 at 4:47 am -  Reply

    Bless you Nurse Lynn :)…. your words are definitely striking a chord as I sit here in the wee small hours, listening to the incredibly loud noises my tummy is making while sleep evades me…but as you say, light follows dark, and you know that better than most….I am so glad that you’ve got your hair starting to grow back – and hopefully your lashes as well! I am hanging onto mine, but every morning before I open my eyes, I run my fingers along my eyelids to make sure they’re still there 🙂 Your love and continued continued contact are so much appreciated, and make me realise how lucky I am to have you there. Thank you, love Ali xx

  124. Alison Keenan April 21, 2011 at 4:48 am -  Reply

    Julia, thank you for reading them! I’m so glad you enjoy the blog, because I really enjoy reading all your comments 🙂 Love Ali x

  125. Alison Keenan April 21, 2011 at 4:53 am -  Reply

    Una, never mind A levels, I think your writing is of a degree level!! You are priceless, and it takes someone pretty special to be able to make me laugh out loud at this hour, when I have paid more visits to the loo than I care to remember! Getting your words muddled is something that started early with me – when I was about eight, and was asked by my dad if I was hungry, to which I replied, “Yes, ravishing!” He laughed, and said I was 🙂 Hope you’re having a good week, and will have a really Happy Easter, with my love, Ali xx

  126. Alison Keenan April 21, 2011 at 4:55 am -  Reply

    Ahhh Sue, thank you 🙂 Keeping my chin firmly up, and the sun on my face…. love Ali x

  127. Alison Keenan April 21, 2011 at 5:00 am -  Reply

    Linda how good from you, and such lovely words, thank you 🙂 I’m glad that the jewellery you bought all that time ago had the desired effect… I so miss my hours and getting the chance to try it all on! Your analogy about love and care being like money – to be put away til you need it – is particularly true. I had my third treatment yesterday, and with each one, the side effects start a little earlier…2am this time to be precise! 🙂 These lovely messages of hope and love are a great comfort to me as are my fab friends – at work, home and right here. Thank you, love Ali xx

  128. Alison Keenan April 21, 2011 at 5:04 am -  Reply

    ‘Cat-achino’!! I love it Debz, and plan to introduce it into my somewhat small collection of Italian words that I am currently trying to learn 🙂 So glad that Ainzly is behaving himself now, and I’m certain once he’s finished his antibiotics he will be back to his old self. Thank you for keeping me updated, and I hope you all have a very Happy Easter, love Ali x

  129. Alison Keenan April 21, 2011 at 5:06 am -  Reply

    Dorothy “Belated Happy Anniversary”! I hope you had a fabulous time, and that Laura,s plans worked perfectly – I’m sure they did. 30 years?! Crikey that’s more than I managed in both my marriages 🙂 Here’s to Davy and you, and the next 30 years of wedded bliss. Take care, love Ali x

  130. Alison Keenan April 21, 2011 at 5:10 am -  Reply

    cello08 – I love the mystery of that name – thank you so much for your words of comfort. I know I am being very well looked after, and that is what keeps me strong. I have always believed that nothing is given to us that we cannot deal with…however hard it may seem at the time. You only have to read some of the other amazing comments on this page to see how many go through far worse than this and do get better, to know that’s true. Thank you again, love Ali xx

  131. Alison Keenan April 21, 2011 at 5:13 am -  Reply

    Syl, I love it too, and thanks to Debbie, as she made sure we all had a copy of it 🙂 She might be ex Miss Liverpool, but personally I think she looks just as gorg today as she did then (note how she is at the front of the photo) – you never lose that ability to pose eh?? 🙂 Love ali x

  132. Alison Keenan April 21, 2011 at 5:16 am -  Reply

    Shauna, that is priceless!!! 🙂 Love the way you stood there and got a second swipe before hopping back into the car. Luckily I didn’t have a duster the day I put my windscreen washer on, forgetting I had the roof down…. I was FAR too old for that kind of wet T shirt look! Thank you for making me smile this morning, love Ali xx

  133. Alison Keenan April 21, 2011 at 5:19 am -  Reply

    Hello Michele, and thank you for your kind words. This is a lovely way to keep in touch, and it was good of you to take time to write, love Ali x

  134. Alison Keenan April 21, 2011 at 5:23 am -  Reply

    Anne, you’re right I was spoiled, and both occasions were particularly happy ones – more to come I’m sure 🙂 Kathy’s reaction to the cake was wonderful, and Debbie texted me the next day to say she had saved her piece to eat for pudding after her chinese take away!! I hope what you say is true, and that others who may be about to go through this will get a better idea of how it is, and feel less afraid – Magda for one! 🙂 Some days are much better than others, and the special days are priceless, love Ali x

  135. Alison Keenan April 21, 2011 at 5:25 am -  Reply

    Hello Janet, good to hear from you, and in answer, no I’m Pisces, as my birthday is on the 16th, but Kathy will be Airies I think ‘cos she’s on the 25th March! I think it may be a few more months before I’m back, but I’m already planning what to wear!! 🙂 Love Ali x

  136. Alison Keenan April 21, 2011 at 5:28 am -  Reply

    Linda, thank you for that confidence boost! I have to say I’m getting much more comfortable about wearing them out, although poor Simon Biagi, who popped over the other week, was treated to my bald head! Ever the gentleman, he said he thought I could carry it off..bless him. Have a Happy Easter, love Ali xx

  137. Alison Keenan April 21, 2011 at 5:29 am -  Reply

    Pat, thank you….hanging on in there 🙂 Love Ali xx

  138. Alison Keenan April 21, 2011 at 5:32 am -  Reply

    Alpa, my greatest pleasure in writing it! I think I committed an even worse faux pas than Debbie shouting ‘mint sauce’ at the lambs.. Lucy pointed it out, when she spotted my frozen lamb steaks defrosting in the window!! I too am loving everyone else’s stories, and the fact that this is very much a family site, so do keep in touch, love Ali xx

  139. Alison Keenan April 21, 2011 at 5:37 am -  Reply

    Liz, Gloria, Jayjay, Geraldine and Karin, I hope you will forgive me thanking you ‘en masse’, but I so very much appreciate ALL your kind, thoughtful and generous words, and the fact that you’ve taken the time out to write to me. It’s the first time in 10 years I’ve ever been away for QVC for more than two weeks, and I miss it very much too. That said, there’s always a light at the end of the tunnel, and I will do my damndest to be back with you asap, love Ali xx

  140. Alison Keenan April 21, 2011 at 5:43 am -  Reply

    My dear Sue, I do remember you writing to me about your son, and how long it took me to be able to write back….To me, it has, and always will be, one of the most unimaginably painful things any mother has to go through, but your strength and determination in dealing with your loss, puts into perspective what I’m currently getting on with. Thank you for writing to me, and I hope that you are still as positive today as you were when you wrote to me first. All the very best Sue, with my love, Ali xx

  141. Alison Keenan April 21, 2011 at 5:45 am -  Reply

    Pam, you’re spot on when you say how lovely it is to look back at the special days, as they cheer you up no end when it’s not such a good day. Kathy is already planning another get together just before my next treatment when we know I’ll be feeling much better. I do hope you have a very Happy Easter, and thank you for writing, love Ali x

  142. Alison Keenan April 21, 2011 at 5:48 am -  Reply

    Sylvia, thank you. Precious times indeed with the children, and ones I will always treasure… many to look forward to as well, as I hope you and your family do too. I LOVE the name Pickles too 🙂 Love ali xx

  143. Alison Keenan April 21, 2011 at 5:51 am -  Reply

    Helen, clearly you and I are women of a like mind 🙂 I loved the children being home from school, and as I’m sure I’ve mentioned before, the day Jack started ‘big’ school, I cried for six hours! Well done to your daughter for being such a big star, and to you for being the taxi driver. At least it’s all during sensible hours..had to pick Jack up at 3.15am last week! I hope the birthday party went well, and that you’ll all have a very Happy Easter, love Ali x

  144. Alison Keenan April 21, 2011 at 5:57 am -  Reply

    Crikey Mary I’m exhausted just reading about your hectic lifestyle! How lovely though for you to spend so much time with your family, and to have such lovely treats 🙂 I’m sure you and your two sisters will LOVE Take That, and Iknow that Jersey Boys is meant to be spectacular, and what a kind thing of you to plan for your mum. I will be keeping everything crossed for her next surgery. My friend Suzanne has a beach hut at Portland, and she loves it, so I can fully understand the obsession 🙂 Bit like having a life size dolls house I think. Well done you for training… PLEASE make sure you’ve got a good bra on when you run!! Not good for you to be bouncing around too much!! 🙂 Bless you though for doing the Race – I’m planning to walk it this year… HOpe the wedding cake turned out well, and do keep in touch, it’s much appreciated, love Ali xx

  145. Alison Keenan April 21, 2011 at 6:08 am -  Reply

    Sharman, you poor thing. I am sure that although a few years back now, you must have wondered if you’d ever get better following something like that, but I’m so glad that things improved for you, and thank you for inspiring me 🙂 Look after yourself, and do stay in touch, love Ali xx

  146. Alison Keenan April 21, 2011 at 6:11 am -  Reply

    Chris I’m liking your bandana suggestion! I was actually given a ty kwon do bandana and I wear it in the garden and on my walks – perhaps I should sport it with my jeans and leather jacket then?! Love Ali x

  147. Alison Keenan April 21, 2011 at 6:14 am -  Reply

    Gail, so lovely to hear from you again, and you’re right, it’s a bit tough sometimes, but you just have to get on with it. You are clearly a strong person too – nursing someone through this is just as hard I’m sure. I’m glad for your mum, you were there. I’m thinking these wigs are doing some massive favours – quite a few people have said I look younger! May forget growing my own hair back at this rate 🙂 I’m glad you are keeping in touch with everyone else here too, and hope you have a very Happy Easter, love Ali xx

  148. Alison Keenan April 21, 2011 at 6:16 am -  Reply

    Hello Sue J, yes I have learned the words off by heart now, and discovered that it’s part of a beautiful poem by Emily Dickinson… talented lady 🙂 I will definitely be back to QVC as soon as I’m well, love Ali x

  149. Alison Keenan April 21, 2011 at 6:20 am -  Reply

    Susan, bless you 🙂 And I feel very lucky to count you, and everyone who writes to me here as friends. Lucy’s dress is stunning, and it’s only six months until the big day! I will finish my radiotherapy five days prior, so a big hat and several energy drinks will be the order of the day! She took me for my treatment yesterday which was comforting though, and is back to the hospital today for me to pick up my injections, bless her. I do hope you have a very happy Easter, and thank you for keeping in touch, love Ali x

  150. Susan April 21, 2011 at 10:29 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Well I think I speak for everyone when I say it’s more lovely for us all to have the privelege to speak with YOU on here! You’re fabulous. I so admire you for just ‘getting on with it’ as you say…especially picking up the laptop and writing to us all when you’re sicky-bad in the wee small hours! Unbelievable. I’d put on my headphones and try and relax to my classical men! You’re fab fab fab. I just had to write and say how pleased I am to hear that you will finish ALL your treatments before Lucy’s gorgeous wedding! I was wondering I have to say. What a relief that will be for you both. You did make me laugh with your energy drink comment!! Maybe so but you’ll be there looking radiant!
    Take good care and glad Lucy will be with you today. Thinking of you…and Magda too.
    Susan x

  151. Una April 21, 2011 at 11:44 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    I remember it well, there was a well worn path to the loo! Thats more exhausting than anything else. Poor you, Im holding your little hand though. (not when youre IN the loo, youre on your own for that!!!!!) Just keep thinking, 6 months till the wedding. I bet Lucy is going to look ravishing!
    Your Dad must have been in stitches. What are you like, you little 8 year old diva!!!!
    Alpa, thats so funny. You have no idea the tomatoe images in my head right now!
    Helen, your little one sounds adorable. My daughter hated all things glittery. (My complete opposite! Im like a magpie, my husband thinks I have a diamond radar!!!) In fact, when she was in her early teens, she went through a phase for about 2 years, where she would only buy clothes which we had bought in mens shops!
    Debz, i hope that boy of yours is well, and behaving himself! (miracles do happen Im told!)
    Magda, my love to you as always. Remember we are all here for you, just a blog away if you need us.
    Happy Easter to everyone.
    Ali, hope you manage a few little walks in the nice weather YOU guys are having. Dont overdo it though.
    My love
    Una xx

  152. Una April 21, 2011 at 12:00 pm -  Reply

    My heart goes out to you. i think I can cope with anything thrown at me, but not losing one of my children.
    Very dear friends of ours lost their son the day before xmas eve last year, he was on his way home to be best man at a family wedding, and was involved in a car accident, I dont know how they are still standing sometimes, but they get the strength from somewhere, as Im sure you do.
    My love to you and your family.
    Una xx

  153. Mrs Janet Jones April 21, 2011 at 3:08 pm -  Reply

    My Dear Ali, I will be thinking of you tomorrow as you have your 3rd fec, you are doing so well, be very proud of yourself. I had 6 fec and my chemo nurse wanted to know if I had upset my oncologist in some way!!!!!. Hope you are enjoying the good weather(I know you have to be careful in the sun)and enjoying your cottage and the flora and fauna that surrounds it.
    Take good care of yourself and let your lovely family look after you. I too will be holding your hand on Wednesday, speak soon Ali, lots of love Janet xx

  154. tina harrinfgton April 21, 2011 at 5:00 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali, I thought of you today, and how I hadn’t seen you on QVC for awhile. I went on to your blog and read your news. It made me cry.You are such a lovely lady and I know that your children, family and QVC family will be looking after you. My love and prays are with you and look forward to seeing your beautiful smiling face back on screen xx

  155. Gail April 21, 2011 at 6:13 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali, I’ve left a few jokes on Miss Greenwood’s blog if you care to have a ‘nose’. Not everyone has the same sense of humour I know, but you never know it may give someone a giggle. So very sweet of you always to answer; we quite understand if you don’t, honestly xx
    I’m not so strong; you just have to cope with whatever life throws at you and I’ve had many years of practice. I have come to the conclusion that this is my allotted time on the planet and I;m going to make the most of it, whatever life throws at me. Always try to focus on what you can do, not what you can’t. Stay strong and keep going forward. Every step I take feels like I’m wearing one of those old fashioned diving outfits with the lead boots and helmet; now there’s a look for you to picture.
    Lots of love, Gail xxxxxxxxxxx

  156. Alpa April 21, 2011 at 7:58 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    It always brings a smile to my face to hear from you 🙂 I have no idea how you always manage to blog, come hell or high water and I thank you for it. I must say that I do feel lucky to be in the ‘Special Club’
    I am pleased to hear that you finish your treatment before Lucy’s wedding. Every day that passes is one day less of treatment and side effects and a day closer to your lovely daughter’s wedding.
    Una, maybe it is just as well that I don’t know about the tomatoe images in your head right now! Ignorance being bliss and all that!!
    I believe that you have a Special Birthday coming up soon and I hope that celebrations are in order and that you will be very spoiled!
    Helen, lovely to hear that you are enjoying your time with your little one. She sounds too cute for words!
    Debz, hope you are well and Ainzley is giving you a bit of peace and quiet!
    Magda, thinking of you and sending my love.
    Happy Easter, ladies.
    Ali, take very good care.
    Love Alpa xx

  157. Magda Chetty April 22, 2011 at 5:57 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    And Una,Alpa,helen s, Gail, Susan and everyone who asked about me,thank you all for caring, it means the world to me. Iam going to hospital on 28th April and the operation is on the 29th, I know that you will be thinking of me and I will have your love to get me through it all. As soon as I can Iwill write to let you know how I got on. Wish me luck. Love to you all.

  158. mary morphy April 23, 2011 at 6:31 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali, just a quick update on the bra front…I wear two, my normal bra then a sports bra on top to keep these baps firmly in the basket!!! Wedding cake is a working progress for 28th June so will keep you informed. Hope you are enjoying the lovely weather, it is positively meditteranean down here in Westgate so beach hut being put to full use. Ours is a funny bay with loads of sand when the tide is out but virtually nothing when the tide is in. It’s a high point of amusement watching panic stricken families gather up tents, windbreaks, pushchairs and kids when the sea approaches and there is no beach left! One family yesterday were determined not to move with the men folk digging trenchers that would have been effective in the first world war!!! Hilarious! Managed the first official cook out yesterday, sausage chips and beans for the kids who were delighted..think they were expecting burnt offerings!! Lotsa love Mary xx

  159. tina harrington April 23, 2011 at 10:07 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    What an inspiration you are to us all. I think of you daily and wish you a speedy return to your family at QVC. It’s not the same without your beautiful smile.Bless you
    Tina x

  160. elaine sallis April 23, 2011 at 8:39 pm -  Reply

    hi Ali
    Hope you are feeling a little better. Had coffee with my friend yesterday she has just had her 2nd mammogram following her breast cancer treatment. All was fine. Before she was diagnosed with Breast Cancer she was struck down by MS. This is particularly bad at the moment and she was really struggling yesterday. She is never down ,like you she takes all life throws at her in her stride and I am totally in awe of her as I am of you. Thank you for taking the time to reply to our comments. You really are a fabulous lady. Hope the sunny days are keeping your spirits up. Lots of love Elaine x

  161. Alison Keenan April 24, 2011 at 8:23 am -  Reply

    Dear Janet, Thank you as always for keeping in touch, and I take my hat off to you for managing six FEC treatments!! I hope you didn’t have to follow that with another regime too! Best thing is you’re such a positive force now, and a constant source of inspiration to me, and no doubt others who may be in the same position. I do hope you will have a very Happy Easter with your family, and that this amazing weather will last for the Bank Holiday. Love Ali xx

  162. Gail April 24, 2011 at 2:43 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali, how stupid of me. I have just realised that one of the jokes I mentioned on Debbie’s blog may be a little too close to home for your liking and I apologise. Hope you are feeling better than me. Gail xxxxxxxxx

  163. Angela April 24, 2011 at 4:03 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali
    We certainly miss you on QVC and are very pleased to see your latest blog.
    Wishing you all the very best and trust that we will all see you soon back on QVC.
    Take care, love Angela

  164. Susan April 25, 2011 at 10:03 am -  Reply

    So good to see you when you popped into Debbie’s show very briefly and you looked great, as you do in your birthday photographs. What an inspiration you are to everyone and all our thoughts and love are with you and your wonderful family. Keep going on the road to recovery and we will look forward to seeing you soon on QVC and hopefully popping in when you feel up to it. We miss you in our homes. Thanks also for taking the time to write on the BCC website which is so helpful. Love Sue x

  165. julie April 25, 2011 at 1:48 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Sorry I haven’t been in touch sooner. I do hope you are feeling a bit better, you still have your positive attitude and sense of humour. really missing you on QVC, but you concentrate on the really important thing in life, you and your family!
    Lots of love and verybest wishes.

  166. elaine sallis April 26, 2011 at 1:45 pm -  Reply

    Hi Magda
    Hope all is ok with the op. Keep in touch. Will be thinking of you.

  167. jean mullen April 26, 2011 at 2:01 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    So glad you had a nice mothers day. Take care and hope you can return to qvc soon as you are greatly missed.

  168. Gail April 26, 2011 at 2:08 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali, I know you don’t mind us sharing your blog (hope you don’t think it a little cheeky), but just wanted to wish Magda all the best for 29th. I know there are many people thinking of you and wishing you well Magda and like Una said, we are only a blog away if you need us. Good luck for Friday and let us know, when you can, how you get on, lots of love xx
    Ali, hope you and the family had a lovely Easter and managed to feel well enough to enjoy the lovely weather (I know how much you enjoy the hot weather). Can’t believe Lucy’s wedding is coming round so quickly; where does the time go? It’s definitely true that the older you get the faster time flies. Take care of yourself, lots of love Gail xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  169. Pauline Richardson April 26, 2011 at 3:40 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, what an inspiration you are to others. I wondered where you had got to on qvc and then found out why. I know what you are going through I found out I had breast cancer in 2008, I too had a masectomy, then chemo and then radiotherapy and it felt like an aweful long year. I too had a wonderful family and very good friends who go through the journey with you and sometimes I forgot how it was affecting them, just as bad. But you do get through the journey slowly and then start to move on with life again and you will do the same Ali. Hopefully it wont be too long before we see you again on our screen, but take it slowly and dont rush things it all takes its time. Just go with the flow and do things in your time. You take care we are all thinking of you. lol Pauline x

  170. helen s April 26, 2011 at 4:28 pm -  Reply

    Hia Ali and all my lovely blog friends. Hope you all had a lovely Easter, me and my family did, it was my niece’s 4th birthday sunday, so a double whammy and a good day had by all. Ali, I do hope that you are well, I have been with my Mum today and she reminds me so much of you, spirited and sooo smart. What fab ladies you all who are going through and have come out the other side of this treatment, I’m actually crying writing this as I love my Mum (and Dad). The weather has been so beautiful here in ‘sunny south wales’, my only concern is that I do hope that this isn’t summer. Last year was just awful!!!! Alpa and Una hope you both have had a lovely weekend and dear Magda, I will be thinking of you on the 28/29 April, please let us know how you get on when you are able to do so, don’t forget, we’re all here with you and carrying you and dear Ali along in our hearts.
    Keep holding hands tightly ladies and dearest Ali, keeeep dancing.
    Luv and lots of hugs
    Helen s xxxxxxx

  171. Una April 26, 2011 at 5:46 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Hope you had a nice holiday weekend. I hear the weather was lovely down South. Its not been so good up North. Its nice today, but we have had a blanket of cloud covering us for days, and horrible drizzly rain. Ah well, thats Scotland for you!
    Alpa, you,re right. Its like a haunted house in my head sometimes, best not to go there LOL!!!!
    I remember last year when the volcano in Iceland caused havoc worldwide. I got up in the morning, switched Sky news on, and was standing reading the yellow ticker tape. It read “Glasgow and Edinburgh airports closed until further notice because of volcano” I almost had a major panic attack. I thought the volcano in Edinburgh on which Edinburgh castle sits, had erupted. (even though its been extinct for millions of years!) My next thought, was, OMG how are they going to have the firework waterfall at the end of the festival, THEN, OMG, what about Jenners, where will they put the massive xmas tree that stands in the great hall at xmas?! I get my priorities right as you can see!!!!
    I certainly do have a birthday heading my way! Ive decided to just have a quiet dinner with my husband, son and his fiancee. My daughter lives abroad with my 2 grandchildren, and if they were here, i would maybe have a mad party, but Im missing them too much at the moment, so I just want to keep it low key. Friends and family will be popping in throughout the day, and Im happy with that.
    Magda, we are all with you, every step of the way, as we are with Ali. Sending you much love and best wishes, hope it all goes well for you. Will be thinking of you. XXX
    Ali, i think of you every day, and sending my love as always.XXX
    Una xx

  172. Morag April 26, 2011 at 6:52 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Just to add my thoughts and prayers to the many you have received. I truly believe that the power of loving thoughts is stronger than we know. I also hope that all the loving messages coming across to you will carry you through to the end of your treatment and back to health very soon. Looking forward to seeing you back on our screens as soon as you feel ready to come back. Be good to yourself and sending love and positive thoughts. Morag xx

  173. Margaret April 26, 2011 at 7:17 pm -  Reply

    Ali, I am just sending you a huge HUG Missing you on QVC Hope to see you back soon.

  174. Mrs Patricia Wilkinson April 27, 2011 at 12:45 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Miss your smiling face on QVC, sending lots of “Good Wishes” to you.
    Another saying for you like your bracelets.
    Turn your face to the sun and your shadows fall behind you.
    Luv Trish x x

  175. Sandie Jacobs April 27, 2011 at 3:17 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Glad to hear all your wonderful news regarding your birthday and Mothers Day. Keep up the good work, keep strong and positive and always smiling. Lovely to read about “Hope” on your bangles. When I was ill I had a lovely little Golden labrador card with wonderful words who I named “Hope”.
    I am now in my 7th year after diagnosis and treatment and I wish the same for you once this dark cloud has passed.
    Miss seeing you on the T.V come back soon
    Sandie xxxx

  176. Debz April 27, 2011 at 3:27 pm -  Reply

    Hi Magda
    Just a brief note to echo Una’s best wishes and to confirm that we are indeed with you every step of the way. I too will be thinking about you on the 29th.
    Love and licks
    Debz & Ainzley (=^-^=)XXXX

  177. Alpa April 27, 2011 at 10:44 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    I hope you enjoyed your Easter weekend and that the side effects from your last treatment have calmed down.
    Una, I hope you had a good weekend in spite of the weather. I now have images in my head about your head being like a haunted house at times!! I am guessing it would have to be a very big house with a lot of rooms or perhaps a mansion?!!
    I did not know that Edinburgh Castle sat on an extinct volcano and it makes perfect sense that you thought it might have erupted and was causing mayhem! And yes, you do have your priorities right!!
    Wishing you a very Happy Birthday and all that you wish for yourself. Enjoy your birthday dinner and your friends and family popping in, as well. It’s not easy to be far away from home and I am sure you will raise a glass or two to your daughter and grandchildren.
    Helen, my weekend was fine thank you. So pleased that you enjoyed your weekend with your family and a birthday as well. Good stuff! I hope your tears when you were writing were happy tears. Your Mum sounds lovely and brave and inspirational, like Ali. I am also very thankful to have my lovely Mum and Dad.
    Magda, thinking of you and sending my love. Hope all goes well.
    Ali, thinking of you always. Keep your dancing shoes on…. well maybe you could take them off when you go to bed! 🙂
    Take care,
    Love Alpa xx

  178. Alison Keenan April 28, 2011 at 4:09 am -  Reply

    Una, lovely to read all your catch up comments, and I hope that you had good Easter too. Yes, I managed a walk each day – some a little slower than others – but saw the children, and even did some gardening! Just sorry you haven’t been having the same sunshine where you are 🙁 Fingers crossed that will change, and that’ll it’ll stay dry for the Royal Wedding 🙂 Love Ali x

  179. Alison Keenan April 28, 2011 at 4:11 am -  Reply

    Dear Tina, thank you so much for sending me your love and prayers, and I look forward very much to being back on QVC with all my friends, and having life as close to the way it was before :)… bit of a way to go yet, but on the way, love Ali xx

  180. Alison Keenan April 28, 2011 at 4:21 am -  Reply

    Gail, thank you for directing me to Debbie Greenwood’s blog – not only did it make ME laugh out loud at 4.15am, but I now have at least three new jokes to try and remember! 🙂 And it’s a timely reminder from you to keep up with what you can do and not what you can’t…. it’s been a bit hit and miss following this last treatment 🙂 Oh, and thanks too for flagging up Magda’s hospital appointment, which I may well have missed, having not looked at my blog for several days. Bless you, and keep on keeping on – I think the diving outfit could catch on!! Love Ali xx

  181. Alison Keenan April 28, 2011 at 4:26 am -  Reply

    Hi Alpa, hoping very much that you had a good Easter. I actually have Lucy’s wedding dress hanging up in my spare room at the moment, so every now and then I take a peek, and imagine the big day ahead… it’s very therapeutic :)Seem to be experiencing all the seasons at once as I move full throttle thru the menopause..treatment destroying all female hormones in its path! I could be sitting on a beach in 40 degree heat considering the amount of perspiration – wouldn’t that be nice 🙂 Thanks for keeping our club going, love Ali xx

  182. Alison Keenan April 28, 2011 at 4:29 am -  Reply

    My dear Magda, I am sending you ALL the luck and love, and hope you get chance to read this before you set off to hospital today. I KNOW all will be well, and I am certain that your family and fabulous friends will look after you. Take good care, and write when you can, love Ali xx

  183. Alison Keenan April 28, 2011 at 4:32 am -  Reply

    Mary delighted to hear you’re keeping your baps in the basket! (even writing that has made me giggle)… And I’m loving your description of the beach at Westgate….Still can’t remember exactly the name of the hotel we stayed at there, but it was either The White House, or White Gables. I’ll have to ask mum. Sam cooked a fab BBQ for us on Sunday and being the master chef that he is, nothing other than the asparagus was charred .. I know, but Lucy and I love it!! Here’s to more sunshine, love Ali x

  184. Alison Keenan April 28, 2011 at 4:36 am -  Reply

    Hello Elaine, so glad that your friend is doing well, and that her second mammogram was clear. How awful for her though to have to contend with MS. A friend of mine, who is a great deal younger than me, also suffers, and the uncertainty of each day, plus the often debilitating symptoms make is a terrible thing to have to contend with. That’s when I feel particularly fortunate, even after a rotten few days, because there’s always light at the end of the tunnel. Bless you for taking time out to write, and making the down days brighter, Love Ali x 🙂

  185. Alison Keenan April 28, 2011 at 4:41 am -  Reply

    Helen, I’m very flattered to think I’m like your mum, remember all that you’ve written about her, and so glad that you have had a great family easter in all this beautiful sunshine 🙂 Did you do an easter egg hunt with your neice? I remember when mine were around that age, and they LOVED trying to find where we’d put the eggs – NEVER missed one! I am sure that South Wales will remain sunny, and that it will be a better summer than last. Take care, and keep writing… I’ll try a bit of dancing for the Royal Wedding 🙂 Love Ali xx

  186. Alison Keenan April 28, 2011 at 4:45 am -  Reply

    Una, always guaranteed to make me smile whatever time of the day or night, even when I’m having a hot flush and feeling sick!! 🙂 And to be honest, had I have read that same announcement on Sky news I would have imagined the volcanoe to have been in Edinburgh…although my train of though may well have stopped there, not being familiar with the Castle and all 🙂 I’m sending you my love for your birthday, and hope that you all have a wonderful day. I know your daughter will be there with you in spirit, and as I always say, it’s just a date… there’ll be plenty of other opportunities in the future. Take care, and stay well, love Ali xx

  187. Alison Keenan April 28, 2011 at 4:49 am -  Reply

    Morag, your sentiment is lovely, and one that I have always believed. Talking to my youngest son just a few days ago, with all the trials and tribulations that teenagers go through, there is often a far simpler way through the maze if you hang on to that love and trust it. I know it certainly helps me in the wee small hours and when things are a tad harder than I expected… 🙂 thank you for taking time out to write to me, love Ali xx

  188. Alison Keenan April 28, 2011 at 4:50 am -  Reply

    Margaret, sending you one right back 🙂 Thank you. Love Ali xx

  189. Debz April 28, 2011 at 7:10 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Glad you had a good Easter and managed to get out for your walks. Hope your insomnia gets better. Try to imagine that we’re all there with you when you can’t get to sleep(I hope you have the room!)having a good old chat about everything and putting the world to rights. Ainzley will probably move you out of your warm spot and stretch himself out until you’re at the very end of the bed so you have to get out and get in the other side!!
    Ainzley is fighting fit again Alpa and my nerves are a little better now I don’t have to use the “s” word every day!!
    Una, your tendency to say the wrong word is rubbing off on me!! I quite fancied some macaroons and as my OH likes baking he said he’d make some. He was running through his ingredient list when I piped up and told him that we would need some desecrated coconut. He looked at me blankly and I said that did he not realise that I meant coconut macaroons. He said that he did but could he use dessicated coconut instead as it was probably easier to find!!!
    I have been trying to furminate Ainzley as he’s getting his summer coat and has quite a lot of loose fur. He HATES being brushed at the best of times and, as he’s been poked and prodded quite a bit recently, as you can imagine he is even more reluctant than usual. Honestly, it’s got to be easier to furminate a lion!! Some of the growls and noises that he made, well, I’m sure if I could speak “cat” then I’d probably blush!! Have you seen the Schwepps advert where the child has bought a cheetah or a leopard home and asks if they can keep it and the Dad says that he doesn’t see why not. This after the cheetah/leopard has roared in his face. This is what it feels like owning Ainzley sometimes!!
    Magda, I will be thinking of you tomorrow and Ainzley is sending you a lucky lick!
    Lots of love and licks
    Debz & Ainzley (=^-^=)XXXXXXXX

  190. Alpa April 28, 2011 at 8:47 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Thank you for the reply, although I did notice that it was 4.26am, poor thing. I had no idea that treatment destroys all female hormones and you have the menopause to contend with as well. It sounds like an event going through all the seasons at once! In the not too distant future, you will be on a beach in Fiji….it’s on the way and perspiration be damned!!
    I’m so pleased that you enjoyed your Easter and were able to take your walks and do some gardening. There is nothing like a good BBQ (or braai, as we call it at home) and the weather was ideal for it. Sorry Una, if it is any compensation, it has been like winter here today!
    My Easter was fine, thank you. I decided to emabark on some cleaning, as it has been rather sporadic of late. I used to joke that the Tasmanian Devil (from the Looney Tunes cartoons) used to visit from time to time. If I didn’t know better, I would swear that he’s sharing my home with me!! Never mind, in the grand scheme of things, an immaculate home is neither here nor there. How we are doing is far more important 🙂
    I hope that Sam is walking easier now and is also in less pain than before. How lovely to be the custodian of Lucy’s wedding dress and to look at it and think of the very special day ahead 🙂
    Gail, the image of the diving suit did make me smile. Life can be rather trying at times.
    Una and Helen, hope you are both have a lovely weekend.
    Magda, I am sure that you are in hospital at this time. Thinking of you.
    Ali, I hope you have something nice planned for the weekend.
    Take it easy, love Alpa xx

  191. jane ellen hands April 29, 2011 at 8:28 pm -  Reply

    dear ali
    missing you on the screen, you must hurry up back and do a show with dale and simon, they will put you back to rights, and all the other presenters, carry on getting well,
    love jane

  192. Alison April 30, 2011 at 9:44 pm -  Reply

    From one Ali to Another …
    A speedy recovery to you. I will be doing Race for Life this year for you. x

  193. Una May 1, 2011 at 9:33 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Hope you have had a good week, and you,re not overdoing things. Moderation is the word of the day I think, not a word I was familiar with, but its amazing how you adjust.
    Magda, i hope you are doing well. take it slowly, and Im holding your hand.
    Thank you to everyone for the birthday wishes. I was happy to share the day with a certain couple. They kind of over shadowed MY big day, but I enjoyed watching the whole spectacle.(What I saw of it anyway. A blog in the making!!!!) Didnt Kate make a lovely bride. Ive heard a few people say that the dress was a bit plain for a future queen, but I think it was perfect for her small frame. If she had worn a big meringue style dress, you would have just seen a little face peeking out over the top, and that is NOT a good look LOL!!
    I bet Lucy was analysing everything, as Im sure every bride to be was doing.
    My love to all my blog friends. Enjoy the May Day holiday.
    Una xx

  194. helen s May 2, 2011 at 5:23 pm -  Reply

    Hia Ali, hope that you are doing ok? We still have lovely weather here in Wales, so much so that the old hayfever has crept in quite early this year, been trying Haymax, a little tub of balm that you rub on the bottom of your nose like a pollen barrier, I was quite sceptical, but seems to be working ok so far. Have all you lovely ladies had a good weekend. Magda, I’ve been thinking of you and hope your operation went ok? Una and Alpa, hope the weather had been kind to you? Back to school for my little one tomorrow, I hate it. Just love, love having her home, its so much fun, no rushing in the morning, ah bliss! Hope that you are all keeping well and safe. Hold hands now ladies and keeep dancing.
    Luv and hugs Ali and take care.
    Helen xxxx

  195. Susan May 2, 2011 at 7:49 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    I just had to write to you and send you a bit of thought and love at a time when clearly you are struggling just a tad. I am so sorry you are having a lot of horrible symptoms all at once. There are no words really to help you along sometimes…we just need to have a good old downtime and then pick ourselves up again when we’re ready I think. Just take your time. Hopefully the sight of beautiful Kate and Wills was enough to lift your spirits for a time. They just look like they are meant to be together I think.
    Take good care,
    Susan x

  196. Sue Joynson May 3, 2011 at 12:54 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Hope the ‘numbers’ are still coming down. Thinking of you and your family
    Take care, relax and be very brave
    Sue Joynson

  197. J Russell May 3, 2011 at 7:54 am -  Reply

    Dearest Ali,
    Just to wish you a speedy recovery back to good health & back with us ASAP as you are really missed.You always have a smile for all to see & i love to listen to you as you are a wonderful presenter.
    With hair or without you are a beautiful person & a tonic to us all.
    Here is a great big {{{Hug}}} for you & hope to see you back here soon
    love & very best wishes
    Jean xxx

  198. Carolyn Jones May 3, 2011 at 6:28 pm -  Reply

    Hi Allison
    Fab photograph of you all celebrating your birthdays and mother’s day. I am so delighted you are on the mend as you are missed on QVC by me and my family, we love your smiley face and as ever professional manner. Thinking of you all and look forward to seeing in the near future god bless and lots of hugs.

  199. viv harris May 3, 2011 at 7:51 pm -  Reply

    wishing you well …………hope to see you back soon on qvc …………we all miss you very much love to you and your family ………..take care and keep strong ………love viv xx

  200. Alpa May 3, 2011 at 8:24 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    I hope you enjoyed your weekend and have been taking it easy. I am sorry about all the symptoms you have to deal with at the same time, it is a lot.
    Una, thank you for a timely reminder that moderation is the order of the day, something I can relate to. I hope you had a good birthday.
    In keeping with the wedding theme, I now have an image in my mind of a tiny face peeking out of the top of a very large meringue…. never mind the dress! Kate did make a lovely bride, and the dress was beautiful and just right for her. I thought Pippa’s dress was stunning and the bridesmaids and pageboys were gorgeous.
    Helen, the weather has been good here, just a little chilly with the wind but lovely to have blue skies and see the sun. I hope today has been ok for you with your little one back to school.
    Debz, that Schweppes ad always makes me smile and now I know what you have to contend with!
    Magda, I hope your operation went well and I am thinking of you.
    Ali, take good care
    Love Alpa xx

  201. angela white May 3, 2011 at 8:40 pm -  Reply

    hello ali, hope your coping ok with chemo. its horrible isnt it? it wore me out climbing stairs to bed! i lived on chicken soup cos of horrible taste in mouth. just rest and take it easy and let peeps do things for you. it will get better-honest! just think of the chemo washing all the nasties away. i read you used to work at beacon radio,im a wolves girl (well 53!) loved the music back then! thinking of you ali and sending big hugs. x

  202. Una May 6, 2011 at 8:56 am -  Reply

    Morning Ali
    Did i hear someone say you were “in the building” yesterday?!!! You must miss it so much. Its nice that you feel able to just pop in and catch up with everyone. It makes you feel “normal” too doesnt it?
    Helen, I felt exactly the same when my kids were little. I would hear everyone saying, thank goodness they go back to school soon, or, I wish they were back at school, and i would think, WHY? I loved having them around. Most of the time, they had their moments shall we say!!!!!!
    Alpa, i told you. Haunted house in my head, you have no idea what goes on up there. I dont know what goes on up there half the time.!! meringues, tomatoes, volcanoes, its a mystery to me!!! LOL! I know. Moderation was not a word I was familiar with. When I was sick a few years ago, and having my treatments like Ali, it was such a shock to me when i had to stop. It was like one of these cartoons where the little figure is running 200 miles an hour, wee legs going like pistons, then hits a brick wall, ending up sitting on his butt shaking his head! Thats exactly how i felt. Im grand now, but only go 100 miles an hour these days, see, I can do moderation now, wooohoo!!!
    Debz, Im sorry my word “issues” are rubbing off, you are in so much trouble LOL!!!!! Hope you enjoyed your desecrated macaroons, HILARIOUS!!!!! Is Ainzley behaving?!!
    Gail, i dont know if you saw Dale having a fit of the giggles when he was with Richard jackson? he just could not pull it together and Richard was trying his best, but it was SO funny! I WANT TO DO A SHOW WITH DALE!!! QVC would be taken off the air eh?!!!!
    Magda. My love to you.
    Ali, we are all dancing with you (oh my, what a sight that would be!) take care Lovely, and be good to yourself. My love to the family.
    Love Una x

  203. Alison Keenan May 6, 2011 at 10:53 am -  Reply

    Dear Gail, I hope you weren’t feeling poorly because of the joke!! You daft thing. I wasn’t upset at all, and hope that you had a great Easter. New blog nearly written, love Ali xx

  204. Alison Keenan May 6, 2011 at 10:55 am -  Reply

    Hi Angela, so glad you enjoy the blogs. Have almost finished putting together the next one – more pics!! Take care, love Ali x

  205. Alison Keenan May 6, 2011 at 10:57 am -  Reply

    Sue, that’s so very kind of you to say, and I’m glad that the BCC website and blog are helpful too. I’ve just put my name down for the Race for Life with my five girlfriends from the village…may have to walk it this year!! 🙂 Thank you for writing, love Ali xx

  206. Alison Keenan May 6, 2011 at 10:58 am -  Reply

    Hello Jean and Julie, and thank you both for taking time out to write to me. I had a lovely text from Anne Dawson and she’d been reading your comments, and knows how much they mean to me. Have a lovely weekend, Ali xxx

  207. Alison Keenan May 6, 2011 at 11:01 am -  Reply

    Hello there Gail, of course I don’t mind at all that you’re able to keep in touch with ‘fellow bloggers’ on this site! I think it’s fab!! I’ve been thinking of Magda too, and hope that she’s home from hospital and well on the road to recovery by now. Yes Easter was great and Sam cooked a wonderful BBQ, and of course the sun shone, which as you say, is some I LOVE 🙂 Have a great weekend – it’s meant to be in the 80’s!! Love Ali xx

  208. Alison Keenan May 6, 2011 at 11:03 am -  Reply

    Pauline, your words are very kind, and as I face my fourth FEC treatment next week, particularly timely…. The seeming endlessness of it all is what I find most difficult, but knowing that you, and so many others have come out the other side helps me enormously. One day at a time…. as the song says 🙂 I’m so glad to hear that you are better, and send you my love, Ali xx

  209. Alison Keenan May 6, 2011 at 11:05 am -  Reply

    Trish, that struck a chord, and so as I wipe my eyes, I thank you for it 🙂 Bright sunshine here today, so I will do as the words suggest…… Thank you, love Ali xx

  210. Alison Keenan May 6, 2011 at 11:12 am -  Reply

    Debz you are a hoot!! 🙂 Desecrated coconut – I hope the macaroons were tasty! Poor old Ainzley… The noises they make sometimes are frightful aren’t they. They’d have you believe you were causing them untold pain and suffering when they’re just being grumpy 🙂 That’s nice thought that I’ll hang onto when I’m next up and around in the wee small hours. Mine’s a double – bed that is – although a whisky is better that way too, so we may be a tad squashed. 🙂 Take care and have a great weekend, love Ali x

  211. Alison Keenan May 6, 2011 at 11:15 am -  Reply

    Alpa lovely to hear from you, and thanks for asking about Sam. He’s doing SO well with his new leg, which they’re wrapping in carbon fibre for strength and he’s off for a week’s break with Ruth and will then be able to go in the sea 🙂 A hope you managed to get away with a quick flick of the duster and then did something far more enjoyable than housework. Take care, and have a great weekend. Love Ali xx

  212. Alison Keenan May 6, 2011 at 11:16 am -  Reply

    Now there’s a thought Jane !! Yes, that would be worth a watch with the three of us there! Mind you last time I worked with Dale we ended up laughing so hard they had to go to a break! Thanks for writing, and do keep in touch, love Ali xx

  213. Alison Keenan May 6, 2011 at 11:17 am -  Reply

    Alison, THANK YOU….. from the bottom of my heart, love Ali xx

  214. Alison Keenan May 6, 2011 at 11:19 am -  Reply

    Una, I did of course watch The Wedding!! And yes there are a few things I feel I really should mention in my next blog… would be rude not too!! 🙂 Sadly Lucy was driving up to Shropshire to see her Dad, so didn’t watch the wedding, but she is quietly confident, and I KNOW she’ll look gorgeous. Have a lovely weekend, love Ali xx

  215. Alison Keenan May 6, 2011 at 11:22 am -  Reply

    Hi Helen, yes, not been doing too badly, and plan to have a little shake about tomorrow when we watch Rich (Lucy’s fiancee) and his band play at a big gig. Should be fun 🙂 I used to love those days when there was no school run to get up for, and I hope that you and your little one have had some good times together during the holidays, love Ali xx

  216. Alison Keenan May 6, 2011 at 11:24 am -  Reply

    Susan I think you’re absolutely right about Kate and Wills, and I LOVED the wedding 🙂 Thank you for your kind words, and as you sagely say, there isn’t any way around it sometimes, you’ve just got to get on with it. Today is a much better day, and my washing is drying on the line, so all good. I hope you have a great weekend, love Ali xx

  217. Alison Keenan May 6, 2011 at 11:27 am -  Reply

    Dear Viv, Carolyn, Jean and Sue, thank you ALL for your lovely words and kind thoughts. I really enjoy reading through them all – even in the wee small hours! – and it means a great deal that you take the time to keep in touch. Yes Sue the numbers are going down… treatment 4 next wednesday, and then I move onto a different chemo which is once a week… hopefully a little less worse – as my dad used to say 🙂 Love Ali xx

  218. Alison Keenan May 6, 2011 at 11:32 am -  Reply

    Hello again Una, Yes I was paying a visit to ‘QVC’ Towers and you’re right it was so good to see everyone again 🙂 Would have killed to go on air and have a bit of fun, but not quite up to it in truth, although as you say it did make me feel ‘normal’ again – almost as if the last four months hadn’t happened…funny that… It’s lovely to read all about your life and we sound pretty similar! I wish you were able to come with me to Richard’s gig tomorrow night – I plan to blow the dust off my dancing shoes.. (It’ll be packed, so I only have to move in a minor way 🙂 Have a great weekend, love Ali xx

  219. Alison Keenan May 6, 2011 at 11:34 am -  Reply

    Angela, lovely to hear from you. “You all right?” Do be read with a Wolverhampton accent – loved it 🙂 Yes I worked on Beacon in 1989 for a few years and really enjoyed it. I believe it’s still there on the Tettenhall Road! So glad that you are now better, and I personally believe when you feel mouldy, there’s nothing better than a bowl of soup. Have a great weekend, love Ali xx

  220. Alpa May 6, 2011 at 1:03 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    How are you doing? I hope you are taking it easy and that ‘being in the building yesterday’ helped make you feel a little better.
    Una, here are some other things to add to the Haunted House in your head, if you like! Recently I have misread frost instead of fort and poetry instead of pretty and don’t forget the tasmanian devil, as well!! I’m so pleased that you are better now. I think I am still trying to master the art of moderation and I did like your cartoon description. It is a shock when you are not able to ‘do’ what you were able to do before, isn’t it?
    Debz, hope you enjoyed your macaroons, either with dessicated or desecrated coconut and that Ainzley is giving you a rest! Thank you for an entertaining blog.
    Helen, hope you enjoy the weekend and of course having your little one at home.
    Magda, thinking of you
    Ali, I can actually see us all dancing with you.(Image in my mind courtesy of Una!)
    Take very good care,
    Love Alpa xx

  221. Una May 6, 2011 at 6:17 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Lovely to hear from you. Take things at your own pace, you do what you feel up to.
    Glad to hear Sam is coping so well with his new leg. Reading between the lines, he seems to be much happier. Thats all we can wish for them isnt it.
    Sounds like a FAB night, see, you have to keep dancing. Would have LOVED to go, a good old boogie is just what I need!! I think you are so right, we are very similar.
    Alpa. Frost, fort, poetry, pretty, I can see where you have problems with these words LOL!!!! So funny.
    It was most certainly a shock to me when I had to slow down. On one occasion, I decided to nip to the local shop, which is less than a 5 minute walk. I had to get a VERY elderly lady to help me home. I was mortified. She was lovely though, and always waves now when she passes the house.
    Have a great weekend all my lovely blog mates.
    Ali, we are so not jealous about the gig tomorrow, and are all with you, dancing away!! You have a lovely time.
    Hope it all goes well for your next treatment. Looking forward to your next blog, and all the news about the gig. When you feel up to it.
    My love as always
    Una xx

  222. Mrs Janet Jones May 7, 2011 at 2:38 pm -  Reply

    My Dear Ali, glad you had a nice Easter and you enjoyed The Wedding, it was such a lovely day and I did have a tear in my eye watching such a happy couple. Before you know it you will be watching your lovely daughter get married, I’am sure that must keep you going in you darker moments.It will also mean all your treatment will be finished another reason to celebrate. I had my last radiotherapy on my son’s birthday last year a good day, we all met up for a celebratory coffee(I do like to push the boat out!!!)Just think last week will be your last fec(hurrah!)I know you have another type of chemo to deal with but hopefully it won’t be as nasty as the fec!.
    You will be in my thoughts next wed.
    We are off to Cyprus in a few days. I am a bit apprehensive, but hopefully we will have a good time. I have my flight sleeve sorted, my insurance and lots of suntan cream!. I never thought I would get to this point, and you will to Ali, you will be on a family in Fiji before you know it.
    I will be in touch when I get back ,by which time you should be feeling a bit better!! Take good care of yourself Ali and enjoy Rich’s gig. Speak soon Love Janet xx

  223. helen slee May 7, 2011 at 3:25 pm -  Reply

    Hia Ali, how are you doing? The one thing that I learnt from my Mum that when she was going through treatment she started to feel that the should put on a brave face for everyone else, but we gently reminded her that when she was no quite up to the mark, that we didn’t mind her going for an afternoon nap or declinging all offers of lunches etc. Just take it easy Ali and don’t put any pressure on yourself when your feeling down. Right, lecture over with!!!! Just come back from swimming with my not so little daughter, Olivia. We measured her on our return as her bather seems to have shrunk, so I thought, but she now tops 4ft 5″, mmm, more shopping trips I feel. Una, you do make me laught, I didn’t realise that you to had been through treatment, bless you. Alpa, don’t worry too much about the cleaning. When I first started going through perimenopause (Ali, we’ll have to compare notes), I went to the Dr and said that I just felt I could no longer be wonder woman in the house and she said, why bother cleaning today, when, by tomorrow the dust is back!!!! I have calmed down, a bit, and no longer feel the need for my house to be like a show house, there’s more things to life. Magda, I do hope that you are ok?
    Have a lovely weekend my lovely friends, wouldn’t it just be a hoot if we all could meet up and put on our dancing shoes. Oh my, I can almost picture it.
    Take care everyone and keep holding hands.
    Ali have a fab weekend and, yes, keeep dancing.
    Luv and hugs as always,
    Helen s xxxxxxx

  224. NICHOLA CARLISLE May 7, 2011 at 7:25 pm -  Reply

    Dearest Ali, I do hope you are feeling a little better. I had Breast Cancer in July 2009, at 38. I am glad to say I’m much better now, after having a bilateral mystectomy in Feb this year and i’m having a hysterectomy in August, due to finding out I had the BRCA1 gene.
    It will get better.
    As a dear friend told me _
    It doesn’t always get dark at six.
    Keep your chin up, and you know we’ll all be keeping you in our thoughts.
    Love Nichola.

  225. pam davies May 7, 2011 at 10:15 pm -  Reply

    Ali…. had been wondering where you were and so thought i had best pop on and check your blog as i have been so busy with work i havent been on for ages. Was so upset to hear whats been happening and feel bad for not knowing and being able to wish you well and send you hugs before now!
    You stay strong lovely lady… this breast cancer is a bugger isn’t it? Sneaking up on us and changing life overnight but stayin positive and having those around us give us love and support gets us through.
    I send you all the hugs and love i can Ali, you will be back making us laugh on telly soon that i know so stay stong and dont let that ‘bugger’ get you down!!
    lots of love

  226. sue williams May 8, 2011 at 5:00 pm -  Reply

    hi ali thinking of you hope you are ok love sue

  227. elaine sallis May 8, 2011 at 7:20 pm -  Reply

    hi ali
    Hope you managed to strut your stuff at the gig. My problem is the more red wine I have the better I can dance (in my head anyway!) the realities hit home the next day when I sober up and it all comes back to me in a horrible vision.
    I can remember attending one function in a very expensive new outfit and feeling like the bees knees. I went to the loo and when I came back felt people staring at me. I thought it was my posh outfit they were admiring, so danced with even more vigour. Until my daughter came up to me and whispered in my ear that my skirt was tucked in my knickers!!!!!
    I will try to behave at her wedding in August but as my Gran used to say when the drinks in the wits out so had better keep the drink firmly out.
    Will be thinking of you this week. Keep dancing!
    love Elaine.

  228. Alpa May 9, 2011 at 6:59 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Happy to hear from you. Look at you going out to dance the night away! I hope you enjoyed the gig and had a good night. I’m so pleased that Sam is doing well with his new leg.
    Una, I hope you had a good weekend. I thought you would understand that the mixing up of the words was easily done!! On a serious note, I am glad that when you needed help to get back home someone was there for you.
    Helen, thank you what you said. I have ME and since December after having bronchitis and various things since, I have not been able to do the things that I could do without thinking twice! I think you mentioned having had ME yourself and I’m sure you understand how debilitating it can be. I try to take it one day at a time and hanging on to my sense of humour also helps!
    Magda, I hope you are ok?
    Ali, keep those dancing shoes on! I think it’s your last FEC on Wednesday and I hope the next cycle of treatment will be better.
    Take good care,
    Love Alpa xx

  229. Una May 10, 2011 at 10:46 am -  Reply

    Hi Everyone
    Helen, I love your Dr. Shes amazing!!! LOVE her style.
    Alpa, I get it. Sometimes, if Im texting I use different words just to save my letters, and its so funny how confused my friends are when they are talking to me!! very funny. One of my friends thinks I just throw all the letters in the air and text them as they land!!!!!!
    Sorry to hear you are blighted with M.E. Its horrible isnt it. My sister has had it since her twins were 6 weeks old. Although it took 4 years and a very helpful young locum GP to figure out what was actually wrong with her. Shes got it under control, eventually and is currently keeping really well. I hope you feel ok at the moment. As with Ali and Magda, just know we are all here for you if you are having a bad day.
    The lady who helped me, stays quite local, and if I see her, she always whispers discreetly and asks if I want a piggy back home LOL, cheeky. Thank goodness for laughter eh!!
    Magda, so nice to hear from you. Im sure your husband is looking after you very well, and spoiling you no doubt. You have all these lovely photos to look at, and by now, I hope you have watched the wedding and all that went with it, and enjoyed it as much as i did.
    Im so glad that the results so far seem better than you had first thought. Please let us know how you are keeping.
    Elaine, I so agree with you. When I have a glass or 3 of red wine. In my head, Im Nicole Sherzinger, seriously, I think I sound and dance better than she does. maybe we should start a girl band!!!! We would give The Pussycat Dolls and these Spice girls a run for their money Im sure.
    Ali, Alpa, Helen and Magda, are you in?!! We could call ourselves “Old Spice”!!! The amount of dancing we have been doing lately, we would take the world by storm!! Have we missed the BGT auditions?!!!!!!
    Love to everyone
    Una xx

  230. Sandra Rowlings May 10, 2011 at 6:10 pm -  Reply

    Lots of love and luck Alison,only just found out about your bad times. Be brave and you will be alright. God Bless. Sandra xx

  231. Sally patmore May 13, 2011 at 2:24 pm -  Reply

    God Bless you Alison you are an inspiration to us all. Missing you dreadfully. Stay well. Sally xx

  232. Mrs Janet Jones May 16, 2011 at 4:56 pm -  Reply

    My Dear Ali, glad you had a nice Easter and you enjoyed The Wedding, it was such a lovely day and I did have a tear in my eye watching such a happy couple. Before you know it you will be watching your lovely daughter get married, I’am sure that must keep you going in you darker moments.It will also mean all your treatment will be finished another reason to celebrate. I had my last radiotherapy on my son’s birthday last year a good day, we all met up for a celebratory coffee(I do like to push the boat out!!!)Just think last week will be your last fec(hurrah!)I know you have another type of chemo to deal with but hopefully it won’t be as nasty as the fec!.
    You will be in my thoughts next wed.
    We are off to Cyprus in a few days. I am a bit apprehensive, but hopefully we will have a good time. I have my flight sleeve sorted, my insurance and lots of suntan cream!. I never thought I would get to this point, and you will to Ali, you will be on a family holiday in Fiji before you know it.
    I will be in touch when I get back ,by which time you should be feeling a bit better!! Take good care of yourself Ali and enjoy Rich’s gig. Speak soon Love Janet xx

  233. Patsy Dryden May 17, 2011 at 9:20 pm -  Reply

    Lovely Ali..
    We miss you so much..I really enjoy your blogs and I constantly check to see if you have posted a new one.
    it is great to hear your news..and lovely to see your pixs..you look really well – still a gorgeous babe !
    You are in our thoughts..
    Take care Ali and hope to see you back on QVC very soon.
    Much Love

  234. carol lawrence June 6, 2011 at 6:14 pm -  Reply

    hi ali, hubby and i have missed your chirpy voice on qvc, we were shocked to hear you have been very poorly! we just want you to know we are thinking of you and wishing you well, looking forward to seeing you back on qvc asap, ali you take great care and you will be better soon. x all our love and best wishes x carol and geoff lawrence.

  235. Carol Robinson June 22, 2011 at 1:27 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali
    I add all my good wishes, positive thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery. You are blessed with a loving, supportive family, friends and amazing colleagues/friends at QVC. Love reading your newsy, amusing blogs! Hope to see your lovely, smiling face back on screen in the not too distant future.
    Much love,
    Carol X

  236. Lynn Hutton October 13, 2011 at 11:28 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali,
    I remember you from stand-ins on ‘This Morning’ where you always struck me as so lovely – not only in the ‘glamour’ sense but as a genuine,warm, sincere person.
    Nothing has changed!
    I was so sorry to hear of your illness but full of admiration for your cheerful, upbeat stance. The B.C.C. speech was inspirational.
    I’m 5 years on from the situation as you and wish you all luck.
    God bless. Lynn.

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