Closer now than ever


Julia with Sophie when she was littleI love being a Mum. I am one of those people who always wanted to have children and I was lucky enough to have my dream fulfilled. I have loved every stage of my children growing up, from tiny babies, through terrible twos, stroppy teenagers to the adults they have become. They are my 'raison d'etre'.

It's funny but down the years they have each asked from time to time who I love more, and my answer has always been, 'I love you both the same'. In some respects this is an inaccurate answer as although I love them both the same amount, the way I love them is probably different.

Daniel was my first born and the overwhelming ache of love I felt for him as I held him in my arms for the first time is a feeling I will never forget. I was so enthralled with this tiny new person that I never closed my eyes at all on the night that he was born, I just lay and looked at him. He is my boy and I have an amazing relationship with him.

I think there was a time when he thought that I never made mistakes and he believed that I knew the answer to everything and was always right. This is not true of course and I think it is good for him to see that I am fallible just like everyone else. Over the last couple of years, which have been very difficult for me, I have needed the comfort a hug from those big strong arms have given me.

Julia when Sophie was littleSophie has always been the leader of the two, even though she is thirteen months his junior. She was always a very self composed child, quite happy to play alone for hours. She didn't and still doesn't cry often and sometimes that made me feel like she didn't need me as much as her brother did. Then came the devastation of the break up after her first 'real' love. The physical pain I felt is indescribable as I held my broken, sobbing child in my arms night after night.

Since then our relationship has been even closer than it was before. We are friends and confidantes. We go to the cinema on 'girly nights out' and she comes to our house for 'family nights in'. Like her brother, the support and love she has given me over the last two years is immeasurable. Whatever adversities life has up its sleeve for me, I know my children will be there for me, as I am for them, and as my own mum always has been for me.

Love Julia x

P.S. The winner of my last competition to win a personally signed copy of my book is Marian Bolton – congrats! You should receive an email shortly with further details x


  1. Anna March 4, 2013 at 12:02 am -  Reply

    This is a very touching and poignant blog Julia – moving, in fact. I’m not a mother so I sometimes find it difficult to empathise with “motherly love” but this has really made it so clear to me how wonderful it must be. Thank you for sharing it with us. All my very best wishes for you and your family x

  2. Pauline Johnson March 4, 2013 at 12:23 am -  Reply

    Julia know exactly what you mean I have 3 boys and they mean the world to me even though they are all in there 40s now they are still my babies,my eldest is my rock especially now his dad has Alzheimer’s but as you say I love them all in different ways .look after yourself thinking of you,
    Love Pauline

  3. pauline bradley March 4, 2013 at 6:58 am -  Reply

    hi julia love your blog and i really relate to your feelings i have 1 daughter age 33 and we have always been so close and although she lives in rhodes we talk on skype everyday and she has given me the greatest gift of 2 fabulous grandchildren thomas age 4 and gabriella age 2 we are lucky that we live in rhodes for 6mths of the year and get to spend alot of time with them its like being on hoiday for 6mths.Currently i have alot to dealI know what you mean about being different thomas is quiet and a thinker Gabi is more flamboyant and looks to be the centre of attention and although they are different we love them both the same but in different ways my mum is quite ill and although Louise is not here i know she is always there for me.Family is very precious and life is not a rehearsal so enjoy your time with your children and await the even better moments with your grandchildren when they arrive! PS you don’t seem to be on air much in march you are not leaving the qvc family are you? i hope not

  4. Annette Roberts March 4, 2013 at 8:40 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Good luck with your book today, hope it all goes well. I’ve had my notification that you’re on the way, not literally of course!
    Really looking forward to reading it, but sad you had to add chapter 101.
    You are soo lucky in one respect having such a close loving family surrounding you and helping on every step of your journey.
    Mothers Day fast approaching, is the time I miss my Mum the most…boy, what I wouldn’t do for a cuddle now! I have an older sister, 15 years older in fact and you’d think everything I’d been through she’d be there for me, after all she only lives 10 miles away…I’ve not seen her for over a year. To be honest Julia, I have had more support and kind words from you, even whilst you have had your own private fight going and I thank you for that very much indeed.
    I’m sure that when you get hit with something, it’s like you say to yourself, you’ve just got to get on with it, the more you can do, the more the distraction, I think?
    Good luck today
    Annette x

  5. Joyce James March 4, 2013 at 8:47 am -  Reply

    Dear Julia, I enjoyed reading your blog, Closer than ever. I only have one child, a son, and we too are very close. In December they gave me the best gift of all, a grandson, and that ‘ache’ as you wonderfully described it, was back again. Baby Alexander is adorable and the image of my son, Chris. How lucky am I to have that experience all over again. My husband and I recently retired so we have all the time to support my son and his wife. I always say, friends are important, of course, but they can come and go but family is constant. I have so much to look forward to and am thankful every day for my good fortune; not in monetary terms but in family love. Joyce James x

  6. Linda March 4, 2013 at 9:22 am -  Reply

    What a wonderful blog Julia…..yes our children are the reason we keep going through all the ups and downs of life. I have four children two boys and two girls and I’m now blessed also with 8 grandchildren. Its a strange feeling when you see your babies grow up and have their babies, but luckily we are all very close and I’m so proud how each of them have made their way in life.
    Love Linda xx

  7. dee sedgwick March 4, 2013 at 9:30 am -  Reply

    Hello Julia, I have just ordered “the book” !
    From when I started with QVC in 1994 the shopping was almost a ‘by product’ – I was inspired by 2 people, Alison (in the Studio !) – and you. I listened avidly to everything you both said and both your personalities were just right for me.
    I knew, from the start, QVC was going to be a very professional shopping channel – – especially with you two ‘fronting’ it.
    Julia, I can’t pretend not to be shocked by your recent statement re your health problem; I wish you well for all the years ahead. Love Dee Sedgwick

  8. Annette Roberts March 4, 2013 at 9:37 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Me again!! Well done you, fantastic interview with Simon and I’m chuffed that Sophie and Chris are there with you, giving you support.
    Annette x

  9. Susanne Howard March 4, 2013 at 9:46 am -  Reply

    Hello Julia, I feel the same way about my two Sons ,i have always wanted children ,and they have been the light of my life.I ordered your Book when it was on advanced orders i’m really looking forward to reading it. Saw you on QVC this morning ,you look very well and as beautiful as always. Love Sue H .

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  11. Mrs Angela Murray March 4, 2013 at 2:24 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Congratulations on the book already purchased mine can’t wait to read it. As you state in your blog I have two beautiful daughters Samantha and Chanelle and they ask the same who do you love the most, and I also say I love you both exactly the same, but like you I love them in different ways, and could never imagine my life without them they mean the world to me. I watched you this morning on launching your book and I had tears in my eyes when you told us what you have been going through, not out of pity but because I was so proud of you sitting there being honest as you always are with the QVC customers. So you go girl because this book will be an AMAZING success, I no it and you are a fantastic person so kind and thoughtful Ive met you a few times at the beauty bash and butler & wilson events, you were so kind to Samantha and I really took the time to talk to us when it was so busy. So we will be thinking of you. And may I say you are such a stunning looking lady on TV but you are even more beautiful when we met you in the flesh. Love to Sophie
    Angela and Samantha from Edinburgh

  12. Fiona Brackenridge March 4, 2013 at 2:30 pm -  Reply

    I don’t usually write on things like this but I saw your interview this morning and read your blog. I was shocked to hear about your health worries and I really wish you all the best and love to help you through. Reading your blog about motherhood brought home some of the things I missed. I did not have a close relationship with my mother and in fact we were estranged when she died. I never saw her before she died and in fact the year before. I also lost a child in my forties and have no partner or family left now except my sister who lives abroad. I have often wondered about people who have had those precious relationships with mother and children and could not relate to them. Reading your blog brought tears to my eyes. I am so glad you have these supports at this time but you have worked hard for them. All the best for the future I will be thinking of you. Take care
    love and best wishes

  13. glenis harrison March 4, 2013 at 2:39 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, just wanted to say that I am speechless and shocked to read about your recent health problems. You are such an enigmatic person and the own the screen when your on air, I know you will overcome whatever life throws at you,onward and upward !!! glenis xxx

  14. valerie robinson March 4, 2013 at 2:52 pm -  Reply

    Dear Julia, i can relate totally to what you are saying. I also wanted children and was lucky to have two wonderful boys, the youngest was born 6 weekes early and was in hospital for 6 weeks very ill indeed. He is now a strapping 6 foot two and very handsome. I have had a few tears reading this post, when i read last night how ill you have been my heart went out too you. Four years ago i had a serious op that thankfully ended well but the weeks before and after were to say the least difficult. If you are already a person that appriciates life and love, its all magnified during that time. I saw you with Simon this morning, you did very well. You have a lot of life to go yet, Stay positive, it may be difficult at times but keep with it. You have beautifull grand children to come yet. My oldest son gave us a beautiful little grandson and hes the light of all of our lives. Here comes that love again. Take care Julia enjoy mothers day. x

  15. Joanna Downey March 4, 2013 at 5:13 pm -  Reply

    Hello Julia, What a beautiful and poignant message. As others have written I can also identify with your feelings especially about loving each child equally but differently. However, unlike you I never thought about having children and even after seven years of marriage didn’t feel I was missing out as friends and colleagues had their babies. When ours were born I was stunned by how much I loved them and also that they were both so contented – quite simply the best dolls I ever had. Now both in their twenties they are wonderful company and I’m so very proud of the women they have become. Love from Jo x

  16. Magda Chetty March 4, 2013 at 5:13 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    What an amazing blog, you can feel the love you have for your children, and them for you. I wish you and them all the best in life and I am sure they will always be there for you.
    I have not been able to have any children and I lost my mum when i was only 30, I do feel sad about that but that is life.
    Seen you with Simon this morning and can not wait to get the book. Keep well and hope you stay healthy with your treatments.
    I wish you all the best as always.
    Much love.

  17. Yvie Gillman March 4, 2013 at 5:55 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,lovely blog, we have to count ourselves lucky to have lovely families,at the end of the day that’s all that matters. I have been married for thirty nine years, we got married when I was just nineteen,and they said it wouldn’nt last !!He still makes me laugh,a sense of humour is a must, like the other day,he came into the bathroom as I was ‘sluffing’ my face, what’s all that stuff on your face he asked? Its gets rid of all my old skin, I replied. He looked at me and paused and then he said ‘I think your going to need a bigger pot !!!!!!!’Cheek!!I have only one daughter and she is the light of our lives,but children are such a worry are’nt they.When she was only twelve she was knocked down by a car, but thankfully she recovered ,she is thirty now but I still worry!! [don’t tell her that] bye for now julia ,take care yviexx

  18. Kathleen March 4, 2013 at 8:10 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    I read your blog with tears in my eyes.. as like you with my first born son I stayed awake all night, couldn’t believe we had produced such a beautiful boy.. I went on to have 2 more pregnancies one more boy and then twin boys .. not a girl in sight..! so you are very lucky to have your Sophie, she sounds like a lovely girl. We are all proud Mums – my youngest are still at home being nearly 30! and I am to be a Gran in July, with my eldest boys partner having twins..! hopefully 2 girls…ha! Take care xx Kathy.

  19. Denise March 4, 2013 at 8:39 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, What a lovely blog. I so agree with those feelings of when your baby is first born and you can’t stop looking at him or her. There is nothing to compare with those first few hours and the sense of delight/euphoria is there? I have one son and I love him to bits. We have a great relationship. We would have liked more children but it wasn’t to be and at the end of the day I am so grateful for what I have.
    Take care
    Denise xx

  20. babsQ March 4, 2013 at 8:45 pm -  Reply

    Dearest Julia Such a lovely blog about you and your family, i have 1 daughter, not through choice as i would have loved more children but have been blessed with 2 granddaughters and 4 great grandchildren. The real reason i am writing this blog is, i’ve just found out how poorly you are, as i have watched you from the very beginning i feel i know you and am so upset. I had noticed you have’nt been on screen as much as usual and when you were i noticed how tired you looked. I’m sure you will get better with medication and your family and friends loving care. I send my love and lots of hugs. Take care. BabsQ xxx

  21. Maggie Hayes March 4, 2013 at 8:57 pm -  Reply

    Hello Julia
    I was shocked to hear of your illness. You will get through this as you have the love and support of Chris and the children.
    I also have a son and daughter and as you say we love them in different ways. A few years ago my daughter married a man who was very envious of the close relationship that the four of us had. One day without any reason she up and left so we have not seen her for 6 years. I am broken hearted and miss her so much.
    You are a very positive person and very strong within yourself
    and whatever life throws at you, you will overcome it with your family beside you.
    I will keep you in my prayers.
    Love and best wishes

  22. Catherine Stevenson March 4, 2013 at 9:39 pm -  Reply

    Hello Julia
    I just wanted to say how sorry I was to hear of your illness. But you appear such a level headed and stalwart lady and you have shown such braveness in carrying on. No0one would have ever guessed the pain you must have been feeling.
    I send you my very best for your future.
    God Bless.
    Catherine from Glasgow

  23. Kay Salisbury March 4, 2013 at 10:26 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia-received my book today and have been trying to get a few minutes peace here and there to read it-for some reason I went quickly to the last chapter-always like to read the last sentence-then went to read the chapter and was indeed shocked to hear you have been unwell-I know at times you have said on air that you have had a difficult time lately but had no idea you had health issues. I’m sure you will be fine-at least you are lucky to have had such good health care and such quick and early diagnosis. You look so well and are always ‘bubbly’ and quick-witted.I love the photo of your ex-home in Spain—how could you sell it??????? Fantastic.Take care-be kind to yourself and keep up the good work. Book 2 well on its’ way yet???? Love K.X

  24. Karen Clarke March 5, 2013 at 10:27 am -  Reply

    Morning Julia, great to hear you on Radio Nottingham yesterday, sounding well and talking about your book. Good luck with your ongoing battles, you are an inspiration, not only to your children but to your many fans on QVC. We feel like friends even tho many of us have not met you ‘in the flesh’… take care of yourself and keep smiling :) xx

  25. Kathryn Sheehan March 5, 2013 at 1:13 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    Still in The Gambia, internet not good at all here,very hot in the high 90’s at present. but just read your Blog, i am sorry to read of your illness,and so glad you have your family round you.Hopefully the medication won’t be to harsh for you,and won’t make your skin to sensitive…. Good for you to keep on working, as long as you feel well enough to why not.No one would have guessed what you are going through. I am sure you will have off day’s but you can cope with them if and when they happen.Go and have a nice holiday somewhere warm but not here it’s Baking.!!! lol.
    Best wishes to you,and your family. Take care of yourself too.
    Oh by the way, yes i do have to have a complete new “passport” , but didn’t have time to send it away, so booked in my old name. Do it when we get home.
    Kathy xx

  26. annie caine March 5, 2013 at 5:46 pm -  Reply

    Julia I cryed listening to you on Monday,i felt like most of your friends who always watch your shows that I could have given you a great big cuddle,but you have a lovely family and Julia take care,lots of love and cuddles.annie.x

  27. constance bielby March 5, 2013 at 9:41 pm -  Reply

    hello Julia good luck with your ongoing battles.I all so was diagnosis with cancer the suport of my family also keep me going.good luck with your book.

  28. GINNY PAARZ March 6, 2013 at 2:50 am -  Reply

    JULIA, Just read your Blog and LUVED the Daniel & Sophie stories! They are beautiful both inside and out!! You are SOOO fortunate to have such lovely grown up children! Think when you and Chris get over to my side of the pond they need to come toooo!! Oh and please do not forget your BOOK!!!!!!!!
    Jeff and I are going through the TREATMENT motions with his Cancer Meds! he gets RADAR each day and does the CYMO in a bag like a belt bag . He gets hooked up on a MONDAY and unhooked on a Friday. NO treatment on the weekends. This will last for two months and then after more scans they will see what they Re working with to determine how best to continue with a more intense treatment of CYMO done at the treatment center. SO onward we go and I will keep strong. His children came to see him for the first time here in our new home since we left Vermont. we all had a busy upbeat time!! they really LUVED Barefoot Beach and the weather finally got really hot today, we had a cool down which we did not mind too much BUT THEY DIDI!!
    Thinking of you ALLL the TIMe and each night as I put my head on my pillow YOU know you will be in my heart and prayers!! KEEP WEARING YOUR EARRINGS AND BASEBALL CAP AND SO WILL I!!!!! XXXXXXXX

  29. Annette Roberts March 6, 2013 at 10:49 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Well, received your fabulous book yesterday morning and like somebody else went straight to the back. I can really immagine, the pain of the local…it will sting a little, yeah!!! I wish I had had my gum shield with me, I clenched my teeth so much they hurt. At least you had Chris holding your hand throughout, which must have been a comfort and he was so sweet saying he would change places…you’ve definitely got a ‘goodun’ there!
    There are quite a few similarities so far, between us ’10 June’ babies, with every turn of the page…beautifully written.
    Must say that Mally is as mad as a box of frogs, it was nice seeing you having fun together!
    Well done and good luck with your other ventures. I have this on the filing cabinet in the office ‘The key to happiness is having dreams…The key to success is making them come true’, and you will!
    Annette x

  30. Marian Bolton March 6, 2013 at 9:03 pm -  Reply

    Lovely blog Julia. Have a lovely day on Sunday. I’m sure Sophie and Daniel will spoil you rotten. Much deserved too!
    I’m so thrilled at winning your book competition, it made my day on Monday hearing that news. I’m off work next week so hoping to make a good start with it.

  31. julia roberts March 7, 2013 at 6:26 pm -  Reply

    Dear Anna
    I am so pleased that my blog went some way to helping you understand the emotions behind being a mother. It was so important for me, much more important than anything I ever achieved in my career. At one time I had regrets over not having more children, but it was not to be and it may even have resulted in the closeness of the relationships I have with both my children.
    Julia x

  32. julia roberts March 7, 2013 at 6:32 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pauline
    I am so sorry to hear about your husband’s condition but as you say you have help at hand with your eldest son. I guess their ages don’t matter at all, we gave birth to them so they will always be our ‘babies’!
    Julia x

  33. julia roberts March 7, 2013 at 6:47 pm -  Reply

    Hi Annette
    Thanks for your kind words about the interview with Simon Biagi on Monday morning. I would be lying if I said I enjoyed it as I was acutely aware that some people do not have access to the internet so would be hearing my news for the first time – Simon was very supportive. I’m looking forwarding to showing the book on Anything Goes on Saturday as we will be able to have more fun with it.
    It was a lovely surprise that Sophie sprang on me being at QVC but it was always planned that Chris would drive me in as I had some radio interviews to do in London afterwards so he drove my car home for me.
    I’m saddened that you haven’t seen your sister in such a long time. I don’t get to see my sister often but we have an excuse, she lives in south west Scotland.
    I hope you enjoy the book and thanks for the compliments you already gave regarding the look of it
    Julia x

  34. Julia roberts March 7, 2013 at 9:18 pm -  Reply

    Hello Pauline
    Firstly no I am not leaving the QVC family. I have some annual leave that I need to take before the end of March so Chris and I are going on holiday – I’m back on air on the 28th March.
    Lucky you getting to spend half your year in Rhodes – I’ve never been but it’s supposed to be beautiful. Thank goodness for Skype for the rest of the year.
    I wish your mum well
    Julia x

  35. Julia roberts March 7, 2013 at 9:22 pm -  Reply

    Dear Joyce
    Congratulations on baby Alexander – the great thing about grandchildren is that you get all the fun and cuddles and then they go home. Might have a bit of time to wait before I’m a grandma but I’m sure it will be worth the wait.
    Julia x

  36. Julia roberts March 7, 2013 at 9:26 pm -  Reply

    Hi Linda
    How well put. Our children are the reason we battle on no matter what life throws at us. It must be lovely to see the next generation finding their feet and to know that but for you they wouldn’t exist!
    Enjoy them all
    Julia x

  37. Julia roberts March 7, 2013 at 9:34 pm -  Reply

    Hello Dee
    Thank you for your kind words and I’m really pleased you are still watching Alison and I almost 20 years later – that’s loyalty for you.
    I hope you will enjoy my book and hope you will understand why I felt it was important to mention my illness on the blog and on the Morning Show as I didn’t want anyone to just ‘find out’ at the end of the book.
    Hope we have many more years together
    Julia x

  38. Julia roberts March 7, 2013 at 9:40 pm -  Reply

    Hello Sue
    Thanks for your reassuring words about the way I am looking – I know I have sometimes looked a little tired over the past few months so thank goodness for make-up!
    Clearly you too love being a mum – the most important job in the world.
    You will have received my book by now so I hope you are enjoying it if you have had time to read it.
    Julia x

  39. Julia roberts March 7, 2013 at 9:45 pm -  Reply

    Hello Doreen
    A smile goes a long way to making things alright. I hope you weren’t upset by my news and please be reassured that I am doing well on my medication.
    Julia x

  40. Julia roberts March 7, 2013 at 10:49 pm -  Reply

    Dear Angela and Samantha
    Thanks for your lovely message. I am hoping that by now you will have had my book and may even have started reading it ….. I just want everyone who buys it to enjoy it. It was difficult for me to share my news as I am such a private person but I do now feel the weight of secrecy has lifted from my shoulders.
    Love to you and your girls
    Julia x

  41. Julia roberts March 7, 2013 at 10:58 pm -  Reply

    Dear Fiona
    Your message made me realise even more just how lucky I am to have such close relationships with my mum and my children. I was so sad to hear that you lost a child in your forties …….. I cannot think of anything worse.
    Thank you for your support – I am doing ok on the medication so please do not worry about me
    Julia x

  42. Julia roberts March 7, 2013 at 11:03 pm -  Reply

    Hi Glenis
    Thanks for your post. I think acceptance of my condition and the determination to live as normal a life as possible will help me. Also having the love and support of my family, friends and the QVC family is so important so thank you again
    Julia x

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  44. Julia roberts March 8, 2013 at 1:17 pm -  Reply

    Hi Valerie
    It is very difficult to remember our grown up children as tiny bundles of joy isn’t it. Daniel is now a strapping 6ft 4 and Sophie is taller than me by 2 or 3 inches!
    Monday was a difficult interview for me but tomorrow night on Anything Goes we will concentrate on some of the lighter moments in my life.
    Thanks for your support and encouragement – not planning on going anywhere just yet!
    Julia x

  45. Julia roberts March 8, 2013 at 1:29 pm -  Reply

    Dear Jo
    Chris and I were eight years into our relationship before we decided to try for a family and it was mainly because I was approaching thirty and didn’t want to leave it too late. We were very lucky to be blessed so quickly. A mother’s love truly is overwhelming and I’m so pleased that you too had this wonderful feeling when your children were born.
    Julia x

  46. Julia roberts March 8, 2013 at 1:33 pm -  Reply

    Dear Magda
    I always have a twinge of guilt when I hear of people who would have liked a family but who unfortunately were not blessed with them. Also to lose your mum so young makes me feel very lucky to still have mine.
    I hope the Spanish postal system has done its job and that you now have your copy of my book?
    Keep well yourself and speak soon
    Julia x

  47. Julia roberts March 11, 2013 at 2:37 pm -  Reply

    Hi Yvie
    I totally agree about the sense of humour, trust me Chris has needed one to put up with me for the last 35 years, even so I think your hubbie owes you a big bunch of flowers for that remark!!
    I cannot imagine how you must have felt when your daughter was knocked down – no wonder you still worry about her, but then don’t we all?!
    Julia x

  48. Julia roberts March 11, 2013 at 2:40 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kathy
    It’s lovely having one of each but I bet your four boys were all really good mates. Good job you stopped there with twins in the amity you could have gone on to have a football team!
    Hope you get a granddaughter one day, but as long as they are healthy that is all that really matters
    Julia x

  49. Julia roberts March 11, 2013 at 2:43 pm -  Reply

    Hi Denise
    That’s exactly how I feel …….. Incredibly grateful for what I have, particularly as I almost lost Sophie to a miscarriage. Hope your son treated you on Mothering Sunday?
    Julia x

  50. Julia roberts March 11, 2013 at 2:48 pm -  Reply

    Dear BabsQ
    Lucky lady having such a wonderful extended family. My mum is now a great great grandmother – not sure I’ll ever be that as I started pretty late!
    Thanks for your concern over my CML diagnosis – I am doing really well on the medication and now that my body is more used to it I don’t feel so bone achingly tired all the time.
    I’m on holiday for a couple of weeks but I will be on your screens lots more in April
    Julia x

  51. Julia roberts March 11, 2013 at 2:51 pm -  Reply

    Dear Maggie
    I will keep you in my prayers too that one day you may be reconciled with your daughter – jealousy is a terrible thing!
    I have had a pretty tough few months but as you say I am strong and I have a positive attitude, so with my family beside me I should be fine
    Julia x

  52. Julia roberts March 11, 2013 at 2:54 pm -  Reply

    Hi Catherine
    I feel lucky to have been diagnosed so early so that my treatment could be as effective as it is proving at the moment. QVC has been a lifeline helping me to feel almost ‘normal’ and my colleagues have been very kind taking on extra hours when asked.
    Julia x

  53. Julia roberts March 11, 2013 at 7:15 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kay
    You are right I am very lucky to have had a quick diagnosis and to have started treatment so quickly. It’s been a tough few months but I have had fantastic support from my family and my immediate boss at QVC and then my work colleagues once I told them. I’m sorry if it came as a shock on reading the last chapter of the book, that is why I put it on my blog first.
    My house in Spain was beautiful but it was too risky to keep it when in the early stages I didn’t know how well I would cope with the medication. Maybe I’ll do another house in Spain in the future.
    As for another book ……… would anyone really be interested in a sequel? Probably not
    Julia x

  54. Julia roberts March 11, 2013 at 7:20 pm -  Reply

    Hi Karen
    So pleased you caught the interview on Radio Nottingham …..I remembered to tell my mum to listen and I think she enjoyed it too.
    Thanks for saying I’m an inspiration – I don’t think so, there is no alternative to just getting on with it, but thanks for your support from my ‘extended’ family
    Julia x

  55. Julia roberts March 11, 2013 at 7:25 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kathy
    Sorry you read about my illness while you were on your hols. I’ve kept it very quiet until I knew I was responding sufficiently to the medication.
    I am writing this while sitting at Gatwick Airport – we are about to fly off to Mauritius, so as you suggested somewhere sunny and warm …….. We BOTH really need the break, and it’s snowing outside!
    Speak soon
    Julia x

  56. Julia roberts March 11, 2013 at 7:28 pm -  Reply

    Dear Annie
    I am so sorry I made you cry that was not my intention at all, I just didn’t want anyone reading chapter 101 of my book to have a shock. You have all been so kind and although I haven’t had the physical hugs I’ve certainly had oodles of emotional ones.
    Don’t worry about me I will keep on fighting
    Julia x

  57. Julia roberts March 11, 2013 at 7:31 pm -  Reply

    Dear Constance
    I am sorry to hear of your cancer diagnosis but as you say our respective families will help us when things aren’t going quite so well.
    Good luck with everything
    Julia x

  58. Julia roberts March 11, 2013 at 7:36 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ginny
    I’m sure Daniel and Sophie would love to come back to Florida – we all really enjoyed it first time round! What’s the weather like in June, just about the only time off Daniel has as he is now coaching for Crystal Palace Academy.
    I will order you a book and maybe send it – perhaps it will pass a bit of time when you and Jeff are at the hospital. Give him a hug and you hang on in there
    Julia x

  59. Julia roberts March 11, 2013 at 7:44 pm -  Reply

    Hi Annette
    Thank you so much for the comment you made about my book being beautifully written – that pleased me so much as all I wanted from this book is that those of you who have bought it would think it was money well spent. I am thrilled with the way the book looks – Random House have produced a good quality book, one that I can be proud to say I wrote.
    You are so right about my Chris, he’s not perfect ( who is?) but he’s not far off.
    Hope you continue to enjoy the read – I wonder how many more similarities there will be!
    Julia x

  60. Julia roberts March 11, 2013 at 7:54 pm -  Reply

    Hi Marian
    Congratulations on winning the final competition for a copy of my book. I signed it last Wednesday so hopefully you will have had it by now and maybe even made a start at reading it.
    Daniel and Sophie came out shopping with Chris and I yesterday in Kingston for a few last minute bits and bobs for our holiday and we had a pub lunch. Then Sophie and her flatmate Gilly came over for dinner, the Dancing on Ice final and Mr. Selfridge ….. I needed a quiet evening in to recover from traipsing round the shops!
    They bought me a gorgeous Neom candle and a little notebook that says on the cover ‘I’ve just had an idea …… Pass me a pencil’!! ……… Maybe they re expecting another book?!!!
    Speak soon
    Julia x

  61. Julia roberts March 11, 2013 at 8:14 pm -  Reply

    Hello Tina
    I know what you mean about the word sorry but believe me it as given me such a lift that so many of you, the QVC family, have expressed your sorrow at my diagnosis.
    So I will use the word and say I am so sorry that you were not blessed with children – it would have been a devastating blow to me and you obviously feel the same way.
    BUT you have your wonderful partner and he has you – that is so much more than some people have , so I guess we are both lucky.
    I will be fine and I will up date from time to time now that it’s out
    Julia x

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