Fab at 48 and beyond!


Jill keeps fit with pilatesI have wanted to write this blog for a long time but kept putting it off for many reasons. Firstly, I really didn't know where to start with my story.

During the past five years, I have been on a journey which I was not sure would have a happy ending and there came points where I worried I would never exercise again.



To me, such a reality was unthinkable and devastatingly painful. I am also a really private person who keeps things to herself, her family and her friends. I don't like to cause a fuss.

My husband was the one who thought I should share this with you and be proud of my journey – a journey that he has been a huge part of.

Thanks to Pilates I can put my hand to my heelI haven't even begun yet and I can feel myself welling up. With yesterday the 25th July being my 48th birthday I can honestly say that I feel incredible and am in the best shape I have been since that dreadful day on 22nd July 2008. My stomach still churns at the memories and at the knowledge of how lucky I am to be here today.

I have always had a passion for health and fitness and since I used to work as a professional dancer, it was only natural for me to take qualifications in fitness and nutrition. It was the best thing I ever did and little did I know it would come to help me more than I ever would have believed. 

I was terrified of the academic papers and exams but I am proud to say that I got 98%. My examiner said in her 22 years of examining it was the highest paper she had marked. I shed many a tear when my results came through.

I was someone who hated school. I didn't fit in and was more interested in what time my next dance or singing class was than doing my times tables! Boy, I could tap and pirouette for England! That was all I really cared about.

I really came into my own at stage school at the age of 14 and I felt a huge surge of relief on my first day. I had found where I belonged and I was with people who understood me and also wanted to work in the profession that I was also so passionate about.

Brian and JillI couldn't wait to go every morning – it was the first time I actually laughed at school. My school bag was packed with tap shoes, ballet shoes, dance clothes galore and scores from all the latest musicals. It was bliss!

I feel it is so important to be allowed to be who you want to be as it really does carve out who you become later in life. I remember Brian Conley at school use to do fantastic impressions of all the teachers – we had so much fun!

But let me take you back to July 22nd 2008.

I left home fit and healthy on a beautiful sunny day with my birthday just a few days away. I had been invited to the Elemis Spa for the afternoon and that morning was my last shift at QVC before my birthday on the 25th July. I had a beautiful time at the spa with Keeley (an Elemis guest ).

I left to drive home with the sun still shinning. I was feeling so chilled and really looking forward to getting home to my hubby and Scruncher (Mr B hadn't entered our lives at this point).

I had picked up my new car in April and I loved it. It was a convertible but I had decided to keep the roof on it on this day – a bit of a weird decision considering the beautiful weather.

But clearly it was meant to be when you hear the rest of the story. I was 15 minutes away from home, when I looked to my left and saw a huge lorry getting rather close. Before I knew it, I heard a huge bang and my car starting spinning down the motorway. I can't tell you what I was thinking – all I remember was holding onto the steering wheel thinking "Oh my god – this is it…"

My whole life flashed in front of me. The screeching from my wheels (I discovered later from the bare metal on my back wheel) was like something out of a Bond movie. I hit the central reservation, the car span round and then I realised I was going down the motorway the wrong way. I then hit another barrier before I came to a screeching halt.

All I can remember was hearing a very kind gentleman screaming at me to get out of my car. How everyone else had managed to avoid hitting me I will never ever know. My car was taken to the hard shoulder and the gentleman and two very kind ladies  stayed with me until the police and ambulance arrived.

My tyre had literally exploded and I was spinning on metal. The lorry that I thought I was getting closer to was actually me swerving towards the lorry. My car is so solid I didn't realise it actually saved my life.
The police and ambulance crews were amazing. I couldn't even remember my husband's phone number as my body had gone into complete shock. I had never even had a bump in a car, let alone turning one into a write-off! This was true Franks' style I can tell you.

My husband arrived and all I kept saying was "Look at my new car…!"I was checked over in the ambulance and no-one could believe I had no injuries. I was fit, strong and healthy and my body had successfully got through this horrendous experience.

Left hand to toeWeirdly, I have never worn the shoes or the track suit I had on that day ever again. They make me feel sick – even five years later. The next few days were a bit of a blur and I was advised to go to the hospital to get everything double checked but I seemed to be in great shape.

I really wasn't in the mood for birthday celebrations but Larry did as he always did and made it a truly special day under the circumstances. I took a few days off of work to get my confidence back getting into a car.

I was shaking and analysing everything on the road. I couldn't believe it when a guy went into the back of my hire car at a roundabout because he was on his mobile phone. I was furious! Thankfully he only damaged the number plate. 

Eventually my confidence started to come back and all was looking good. We had a fabulous summer and I was putting it all behind me.

It was a cold morning one day three months later in October. As I had been on the late shift at 'Q' my husband kissed me goodbye as he left early for work. I woke up properly around ten and got out of bed and just collapsed. You guessed it – all the car symptoms I thought I had escaped had come to haunt me.

This was only the beginning of my long and determined journey to get where I am today. I managed to crawl downstairs on my hands and knees to get to my mobile phone. I spoke with my doctor who saw me immediately.

I had sickness, horrendous ear pain, poor vision and a violent headache. We managed to get the sickness under control and I had to do exercises twice a day to get myself back on my feet. I had to retrain my brain to recognise that walking in a straight line was correct and that standing up was a natural position for my body.

I also suffered intervals of severe sweating that were completely out of my control. This made me feel so sick and unwell that the colour would completely drain from my face. I would have to go to bed to sleep it off until the next time.

The episodes were so unpredictable. I could be in a restaurant, out with friends, on air at QVC. I learnt how to cope with it and managed it very carefully over the next few years. I remember being on air many a time and I am sure guests thought I had gone completely weird.

One of my worst experiences was when I was on air with Michelle Hope. All of a sudden the symptoms came over me. I almost fell off my chair with the dizziness and sickness. All I could see was Michelle spinning around.

I just focused on her and managed to get through the hour. I went to an ENT specialist and all my results came back clear. I was even sent to a tropical disease specialist due to the severe sweating. My lowest point was the day I went back to my doctor and asked if I could go and see a neck specialist or a neurologist as I now had neck pain and severe headaches along with all the other symptoms. But all my tests came back clear.

The doctor knelt down, tapped me on the knee and said "Mrs Franks, there are times in our life when we have to understand that we may have to live with certain symptoms and accept them." I was so shocked and in so much pain that I left the surgery very upset and angry.

It was pouring down with rain and another patient had been careless when reversing in the car park and smashed my rear light and hit another car. I sat in the car and just cried: was I going to have to accept this pain for the rest of my life and never exercise again?

Needless to say I never went back as a patient to this GP – except to complain after we discovered the causes of my suffering and I was once again fit and healthy (no thanks to this GP). When I went back I was surprised to see the door still hanging in the frame after how hard I had slammed it when I left incensed by the doctors attitude. Funny now that I look back, I think it was a slam of determination.

I woke the next day and decided to do my own research. "Surely," I thought, "Knowing the body as I do from my fitness qualifications, I could make some headway. I have learnt no-one knows your own body better than you do and if something doesn't feel right, it is best not to take no for an answer."

If I had have listened to that GP I honestly believe that my symptoms would have restricted my life, my career and my ability to be as fit and healthy as I am today. My research paid off and four people became very prominent in my life; these friendships developed in addition to one particular piece of fitness equipment that became my saviour and my best friend to this very day. But more about my Pilates machine later as well as Marjolene's help and inspiration.

These four significant people were: my neurologist, my health specialist who had worked with car accident patients, my osteopath and my cranial therapist. I spent an entire day with my neurologist doing every test possible to rule out any hidden nasties and to try and work out what was causing the sweating issues.

We had a few scary moments with some of the tests being halted due to my blood pressure dropping far too low. I even did shows at QVC with monitors attached to me that kept beeping at certain intervals ( I did warn the sound department)! It was all rather exhausting and daunting but I knew I was in great hands.

Test after test came back clear but the symptoms just never subsided, so we decided to all work closely together. My consultants worked tirelessly consulting each other after each of my treatments. With perfect scans and plenty of results to work from, we decided to concentrate on working out where the symptoms were coming from, even aggravating them to get a source.

Suffering through pain, sweating, sickness, poor vision during hours of travelling eventually proved worth it. Our conclusion was that I had sustained a rotator cuff injury, and that ear and neck pain was causing the vertigo, and the sweating was caused by neck pain and from pressure on the Vegas nerve.

I was also diagnosed with a form of whiplash – something that can't really be officially diagnosed as such, since thousands of sufferers have a varying degree of symptoms after spinning around in a car accident. Further to this, the top of the neck is quite dangerous and risky to treat and not many consultants will take the risk. My neurologist is quite simply a genius.

I want to thank him for his patience and friendship and for truly understanding how important it was for me to get fit again in order to be able to enjoy my life again. We did laugh one day as we couldn't believe some of the diagnoses the doctors gave – you name it I had it! I am sure they say things just to shut you up when professionals can't actually find a diagnosis. I had them removed from my medical record.

He gave me a note of inspiration and kind words on my determination that remain private. But I look at it every day in my office by my computer and feel proud I never gave in. (I took many a trip to the Lindo wing at St. Mary's hospital where our royal baby was born this week – even bizarrely on the 22nd July, the same day as my accident!) So lovely to have great news on a day that normally makes me feel sick and is so prominent in my diary with bad memories.

To my cranial therapist: you are a genius. You went above and beyond the call of duty and remained loving and caring to the end, revealing a talent I could only ever dream of. You are truly very special.

To my osteopath: thanks for the pain, tears and laughter. Your incredible talent and sense of humour got me through the rough times. We often put the world to rights – heaven help the universe we would have created! We would laugh so loud sometimes that patients in the waiting room would give us very weird looks on my departure.

Susan, if it wasn't for your experience with car accident patients and referrals I wouldn't be writing this blog. You have a special place in my heart.

Jill on her 48th birthday with Larry wearing Lola Rose jewellery and Daniel Sandler make-up

Another Pilates pose


Thank you to my gorgeous husband, my love, my life. As it shows in the picture above, this was a beautiful day to celebrate. You have so much patience, you drove me to countless appointments and did whatever it took to help me. You make me laugh every day and I couldn't have done it without you. Most importantly thank you for letting me be me.

Thank you to my dear friends and family for supporting me all the way.

Marjolene you know I love you dearly and YES we really do think we are superwomen. Our tears of laughter and friendship are something I will always treasure and your support and advice has been invaluable. I sent Marjolene a picture of my fitness progress (as on the left here) and she uses it to inspire her clients. 

Jill with her pilates loop

My return to physical fitness is all thanks to her, my determination and my beloved machine (pictured left) and I am so excited to be launching the Aeropilates TSV on 28th July with Marjolene. This could be your chance to change your body and your way of life. We all have different goals in life whether it's running for bus, a bike ride, playing with the children or running a marathon. What's yours?

Pilates could make all the difference. For me it has made my life complete! I was 48 on Thursday 25th July and I am so proud of how I look. I have only shared these pictures with a few people but when I look back at my journey I get overwhelmed at what I see now. 



Jill back at her physical peakFitness is a huge part of my life and I just don't know what an earth I would have done if I could never have worked out ever again. I hope this has inspired many of you to stay in great health and never take no for an answer.

Lots of love, health and happiness,



  1. liz power July 26, 2013 at 6:40 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jill,
    Wow! What a story and thankfully you have come through it but I can imagine what torment you have been in all this time.
    I can relate to what you say having been through the mill with some so called professionals..I moved back from Canada some years ago, went through a divorce and had to start from scratch when I broke out in a rash that wouldn’t budge,incredible fatigue and hair loss. Back and forth to the GP only to be told it was stress and given umpteen creams and antibiotics which did absolutely nothing. By sheer chance I then saw a locum GP fresh out of med school and tested me for SLE (Lupus) and low and behold it came back positive. Having continued to work my socks off and get to the top of my career ladder I have moved several times and had a variety of GP’s whose knowledge of lupus is zero..amazing when it is more common than MS.
    I can really identify with how you must have felt and just being dismissed as probably ‘yet another neurotic female’!
    I would be very interested if you offer nutrition consultations, etc, perhaps you could let me know?
    You look amazing and a belated Happy Birthday!
    Liz x

  2. Marjolein Brugman July 26, 2013 at 6:52 pm -  Reply

    My darling, inspirational Jill
    You are the one who is beautiful, inside and out, brave, determined and totally motivational.
    You know how AeroPilates changed my life and in a similar way, only I was 40, gave me back a body that is stronger than ever and aging with grace.
    Let me celebrate your birthday and in sharing AeroPilates with the world tomorrow but remember it is a personal wellness path and each of us decides how to journey through it.
    I love your honesty, tenacity and perserverance.
    See you tomorrow.

  3. Sarah July 26, 2013 at 9:23 pm -  Reply


  4. Elena inwood July 26, 2013 at 10:45 pm -  Reply

    Amazing and inspirational, a true fighter and good for you!!

  5. L Plant July 27, 2013 at 12:27 am -  Reply

    We all have journeys in life, medical and otherwise, but my first reaction to your blog, was WHY did you keep on working when you were so obviously ill ? You had nothing to prove to anyone, so taking time to properly heal would have been admirably more sensible. No job or career is more important than your health, and as you age it takes far longer to ‘mend’ than a 30 year old body. Far better to be able to smell the coffee than not be able to smell at all.

  6. valerie blake July 27, 2013 at 10:09 am -  Reply

    hi jill
    i feel really moved by your story,and inspired to take each day as it comes.
    life is a battle and when we are served a blow it takes a strong person to get back up,you obviously are.
    thanks for sharing this, and all the very best for many years ahead
    valerie blake

  7. Tim July 27, 2013 at 11:20 am -  Reply

    Hi jill
    Wow jill you look gorgeous

  8. Julia July 27, 2013 at 11:28 am -  Reply

    Hello jill
    That’s what I call perfect summer bikini body. You must be working hard to have a body like that. I wish I have a body like that

  9. Susan Skinner July 27, 2013 at 11:18 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jill
    What a wonderful story and so encouraging to hear you’ve had such a positive outcome. I am delighted for you that you are feeling fab and looking fab at 48! Thank you for sharing your story. I know that many people struggle with health issues and it can be very discouraging to visit doctors again and again and lose hope that you will ever regain your health.
    I have had such an experience, feeling terrible for nearly 5 years now and being unable to work for 3 years. However recently I suspected that I may be suffering from Fibromyalgia and have now had this confirmed by a consultant rheumatologist. Like you I am trying everything possible to help myself and I hope that I may be able to have such a positive outcome as yours. I definitely wouldnt be able to copy your gymnastic skills but would be thrilled just to feel energetic again. I wish you continued good health and a belated Happy Birthday!
    Susan x

  10. Caroline Harrington July 28, 2013 at 12:30 am -  Reply

    Wow, what an inspirational story, thank you so much for sharing this with us, I am sure it couldn’t have been easy, but reading it has inspired me to do something about my poor fitness which I have put off for years. I am only 43 but suffer terribly with arthritis in all my major joints & neck/spine. I have had numerous physio sessions which haven’t helped so maybe pilates is the answer. Thanks Jill for sharing your amazing story, wishing you continued health and happiness xx

  11. kay nelson July 28, 2013 at 7:18 am -  Reply

    What a story you have to tell Jill. I can`t believe this has been going on for five years and you have never shown any sign of it on your presenting slots. It must have been a nightmare for you and I am so pleased you have come through it and feel well and fit again. I must say you look better now than you did five years ago. I have noticed that you are looking younger every day and was shocked at your age as I thought you were about 40. I so admire your bravery and your commitment to finding a cure and hope you continue to feel fit and well in the future. love Kay xx

  12. SueW July 28, 2013 at 8:36 am -  Reply

    What an inspirational story and the pictures are amazing. I recently turned 40 and am overweight with chronic lower back pain. I do not want to take pain killers everyday and know that feeling better is in my hands rather than thinking the NHS can cure everything (I work for the NHS and am very passionate about it but it!). I have recently started Zumba and Bokwa classes and after the first one I felt terrible but hey, after a couple of weeks I love it! I’ve bought the back magic today in the hope that I can help manage my back pain. I’ve decided to take control of my health and if I can just look a fraction as strong and healthy as you look Jill then I will have accomplished something. Thank you for your inspiration.

  13. sue foster July 28, 2013 at 8:41 am -  Reply

    Jill I must say how inspirational your story is. I had an accident back in January this year and have had many a trip to hospital. If I’m totally honest, I still don’t feel my ‘normal self’ and I’m nowhere near as fit as I was before. You have given me then hope to carry on and get to the bottom of everything. I have another hospital appointment on Thursday this week and I’m certainly going to fight my corner more after reading this.
    Take care my dear x

  14. debra hacking July 28, 2013 at 10:58 am -  Reply

    Hi Jill
    I have the original pilates performer which now sits upstairs not being used. I watch everytime it comes on air to get ideas (unable to find wall chart). Reading your story makes me want to start using it even more. I am an unfit 47 year old and my goal is to be fit by the time i reach 50. Hopefully with the help of my performer.

  15. katrina hurst July 28, 2013 at 1:56 pm -  Reply

    thank you jill for your wonderful story you are an inspiration to us all. I had a very bad car accident 8 years ago and like you have been a dancer all my life. my hip was shattered and is now held together with screws and bolts, then 2 years ago I was diagnosed with osteoporosis , I have today purchased the pilates machine and hope I can find the space in my little house to be able to keep it and you will be my inspiration to get back on track, I am 66 but I do not let age mean a thing
    lots of blessings and love

  16. Susan July 28, 2013 at 2:29 pm -  Reply

    Body of a goddess Jill! You’re an inspiration. Thank you for writing this. We all have a story but this is lovely to read. Very glad you are soo much better. x

  17. Jan Ockendon July 28, 2013 at 2:44 pm -  Reply

    Gosh, Jill what an amazing story. And what a journey you have been on. I am the same age as you and have arthritis, I was told not to use the treadmill at the gym or walk as a main form of exercise. I love my aero Pilates performer, I recently joined a Zumba class and found that my muscles did not ache as much as myself and friends predicted. I am hoping strengthening my muscles, particularly my core will have a beneficial effect on my joints. Thank you for sharing your story I keep a picture of you and Julia Roberts (after reading her blog too) in my head whilst at the gym now for inspiration.

  18. sandra Howard July 28, 2013 at 5:23 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jill
    I have watch you so often on Q.V.C. And thought why you were so up tight about fitness, now after reading your story I under stand. Well you have done great things in your life to be were you are today, keep up the good work. I have a story about my ill health. in 2000 I was told I had breast cancer and that I had to have my left breast removed. I refused treatment at first but my doctor gave me his private phone number told me to go home and talk with my husband and son. He said if I change my mind to phone him straight away and he would have me in hospital as soon as possible. I did and was in for my op within 3 days. That is how advanced my cancer was. I had found a lump and said nothing for 2 years. well I was not well for such a long time I thought I would never ever get over the op, I had lots of complecasions. nine months for the wound to heal. than the bomb shell. I was told my life expectance was 5 years. well I do still have health problems, but I am still fighting to have as much as a normal life as possible and 13 years and 4 months I am still here and I will fight everything that this illness throws at me. stay strong of mind Jill good look with your health. The ones that love you are the ones that help the most. My husband is my strength when I feel week he is my love, my life, my world with out him life would be one black hole. You and your husband take care of each other. The rewards are your love will be stronger for the things you share.
    Yours Sincerely

  19. Pauline Johnson July 28, 2013 at 6:53 pm -  Reply

    Dear Jill so sad too read of your traumatic experiences ,but glad you are ok now,it is also nice to see another side of you then the girl we see on QVC (which can be a bit OTT at times) no malice intended,wish I had room for a Pilates machine but sadly live in a two bed bungalow,don’t get me wrong,love my bungalow but there never seems enough room for everything especially when family come to visit,I have been diagnosed with a form of vertigo so far they have manipulated my head ,worked for a few weeks but now back again so got another appointment at hospital in a couple of weeks,it has been good to read your blog hope you will keep it going.Pauline.
    Ps still think you could do with putting a bit of weight on,that’s the mother coming out in me lol.

  20. Susan Warwick July 28, 2013 at 7:26 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jill … I just had to write and say how inspired I was after reading your blog. How open and honest you have been and all this time carrying on as I and many others knew nothing of your ordeals. What a testament to your determination to finding out what was troubling you; laying bare your hopes and fears and finally finding out and dealing with your diagnosis.. You are in great shape as your photos show and when I see you presenting future QVC shows, I for one will be watching you with much admiration. Happy belated birthday for the 25th. Susan x

  21. Fliss July 28, 2013 at 8:02 pm -  Reply

    Jill, thank you for a truly inspirational blog, written from the heart. God bless.

  22. Marl Louise calvert July 28, 2013 at 9:24 pm -  Reply

    Wish I had room for the Pilates board

  23. Christine Margaret Hindle. July 28, 2013 at 9:33 pm -  Reply

    Jill; I am in awe of what I have just read about the traumas you have been through and I thank you for sharing your experience with us. You truly are a remarkable LADY and I salute you for your endless courage. The part I think about you is your love of Florida, mine too and enjoy your renewed found courage from your accident and the full support of your loving husband.

  24. Liz July 28, 2013 at 9:37 pm -  Reply

    Dear Jill,
    What a wonderful and inspiring story. Your fight to determine what was causing all your dreadful symptoms is inspirational. The moral being “do not give up keep going until the answer is found”!
    We love having you on screen and I do remember a couple of times you appeared to be in terrible pain. Thankfully those days are behind you.
    Keep up your exercise regime…your three boys need you fit!
    Love Liz and daughters x.

  25. Jean July 29, 2013 at 8:55 am -  Reply

    Hi Jill,
    I said to my daughter Heidi a couple of days ago how well you looked and that your skin looked beautiful. She said had I seen the photograph of you on your blog where you are stretching your leg right up. I went into your blog and wow I wish I could do that.
    I then went on to read your blog and wow have you been through it, and it is only your determination that has got you through it. It must have been awful going through what you have. And I quite agree that you do not get much help from the Doctor’s, I often say I think you would be better going to the Vet’s, you definately get a better examination.
    I am glad you have got through that awful time and are now much better. I hope it continues, I can remember you saying quite a while back about your neck and back.
    I do not want to bore you but I suffer with my neck and back, and go to my osteopath once a fortnight for cranial and other treatment. I have seen a specialist and did not get anywhere, gave me these silly exercises to do, said alter your driving position and when you are at the Computer. I have damage to my neck and spine, I think it all goes back to when I was knocked off my feet by three of my dogs who ran into me, up in the air I went and landed on the concrete yard. Also lots of coming off horses over the year’s has not done me any favours. In fact today I got up with an almighty headache and neckache. I still had to get up and see to my dogs, (all eleven of them) and then I have got to work on the Computer at some stage as it is end of year accounts and vat for our Company. Never mind I expect I will survive, lots of cuddles with the dogs and I will be okay.
    I love your dogs, they look so cuddly, and love the names.
    Anyway Jill I am so glad you are on the road to recovery and you definately look great, you have had the support of your husband which means so much and your friends.
    Take care.
    Love Jean XX

  26. Linda Marshall July 29, 2013 at 11:43 am -  Reply

    Hi Jill,
    Thank you for sharing your story with us. I love to watch you on QVC and i admire your passion with everything you present.
    You must have really suffered over the years but never let it show. I am so glad that you have recovered and back to good health and look fabulous.
    sending you my love Linda xxx

  27. Hilary Starke July 29, 2013 at 11:47 am -  Reply

    What an inspiring post – thanks, Jill – and well done!

  28. Marlou McAlees July 29, 2013 at 12:48 pm -  Reply

    well done Jill, every blessing to you xxx

  29. Lesley McFadyen July 30, 2013 at 8:38 pm -  Reply

    Telling your story will give many others the confidence to believe in themselves especially when dealing with doctors!! Who despite some beliefs don’t always get it right!
    I am lucky because of the wonderful doctors I have met throughout my whole life I function “normally”. I was born in the 70’s with a congenital spine defect and it was my luck on that day that I was one of the first to have the kind of corrective surgery which is common place now but rarely done then. I’ve since had many orthopaedic and neurosurgical procedures but hey ho joe blogs in the street wouldn’t know to see me.
    Exercise has always been hard due to all the health problems but I’ve loved Pilates over the years. I swapped my 4 cord machine with brother for a three cord machine (it works better in the space I have) and at the time bought the cardio board with the spacers to make it fit- I struggle with this and I thought you would be good to ask – is it supposed to sit straight, mine is squinty and a wee bit wobbly. I love it but this does annoy me when doing my work out.
    I’ve not been able to use my machine at all this year as I’ve had some more surgery and had both feet in plaster but you have inspired me all over again and the machine is once again set up beside my bed for my morning workout, I can’t wait to get that feeling again, your right it is addictive.
    Continue to stay well and if you did have any thoughts on my cardio board I’d really appreciate it
    Take Care
    Lesley xx

  30. Heidi Barnett August 2, 2013 at 11:14 am -  Reply

    Hi Jill, amazed to read what you have been through, that day must have been so scary in 2008. Well done for getting to where you are, you look fab.
    I too have pain/body problems. I’ve suffered Migraines since 10 yrs old, had bad whiplash at 26 from a crash and developed so much pain in my neck. GP’s were never much help and I went on to get much more body pain. I have had about 5 whiplash injuries and have had Osteopathy since I was 26. 20 yrs on I still get alot of pain & have to be careful as I have bad arthritis in my neck, plus my hips & hands. I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in 2008 & everyday is a fight. I too have a Pilates machine that I bought from Q in 2010 after watching Marjolein many times. I cannot do it everyday and sometimes I can only do a few exercises but I love it.
    I’m not a Mum either but like you my dog is my baby..he’s a black Labrador and is always swithced on to when I am in pain..he’s my rock! 😉
    Wishing you well and sending hugs xx

  31. Sandra Gregory August 4, 2013 at 12:46 am -  Reply

    Hi Jill, you are truly an inspiration to us all. So sorry to hear what a dreadful few years you have had. Well done for getting where you are today.
    Love Sandra xxx

  32. Helen Murphy August 5, 2013 at 12:32 pm -  Reply

    You fought on when others would have given in. I always live by the mantra for every cloud that rains there is one with a silver lining you have done exactly that. Well done you are an inspiration xx

  33. Roanne Bell August 10, 2013 at 12:19 am -  Reply

    Well done for listening to your hubby and having the courage to tell a story that is well worth being told. All of your determination, and your husband and your friends love and help has been a great success.
    enjoy every day of a wonderful life.
    Roanne xxx

  34. Jane McGee August 10, 2013 at 11:54 am -  Reply

    Hi Jill,
    I don’t normally read the blogs, but for some reason after seeing you looking so radiant and glowing at midnight with Lulu Guinness I thought I should read what you were up to.
    All I can say is you covered up your discomfort and pain extremely well while you were on air, no one could have known what you were going through. Well done to you!
    Determination is a great thing, it really supersedes any medicine that is provided. The fact that you had such strong support is also the key to survival and what is it they say….love conquers all!
    You are looking fantastic and your personality shines through.
    So tell me, how many handbags have you got????
    Love Jane xx

  35. Diane gilbank August 11, 2013 at 10:59 am -  Reply

    Wow Jill have just read your story of recovery and can only say well done! your story is inspiring in many many ways but mainly for sticking with the- no one knows your body like you do,and you just know when it is not right-. The photos are amazing and you have a body to be very very proud of.
    Can I also say how much I enjoy your shows, you have a mischievous streak which shines through and gives us at home many moments to smile! Take care best wishes Diane x

  36. Marissa Francis August 13, 2013 at 11:59 am -  Reply

    Hi Jill.
    What a inspiration your story is. I must say you look so amazing and very fit may I say so myself. I was wondering what can I do to lose weight. What can I do to get flat firm abs. Could you advice me on foods and exercise please. I would really appreciate it. I am so disgusted with the way I look I want to change now. This has got a lot worse now ever since my daughter was born. My fiancé has lost so much weight and he looks great and I feel that now I can’t walk down the street with him because he looks so much better than me.
    Please help I can’t afford the gym and I don’t have the time because I am looking after my daughter.
    I’m looking forward to your response
    Many thanks

  37. Elizabeth Morton August 28, 2013 at 12:17 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jill,
    I haven’t read your blog properly before but I am so glad I read your story. I didn’t think you and I would have much in common but having battled health problems myself, I recognise a kindred spirit! Also, I also love animals and have a fantastic other half like you.
    I wish you all the very best and I am so glad you’ve made it through to the other side and look so great.
    Keep well (do rest when you can) and all the very best to you,
    Beth XX.

  38. jill franks September 30, 2013 at 2:25 pm -  Reply

    Hi everyone,
    “Thankyou” is an understatement for all your kind words. Please forgive me for the group reply but I am totally overwhelmed by all your reply’s.
    I cant thank you all enough for taking the time to write to me. I really appreciate every single word and you are all truly inspirational with your own stories.
    It certainly makes you live life to the full as you never know what`s around the corner. It also makes you determined not to give in when you know the right help is out there somewhere.
    Stay healthy and Happy and remember the Franks Rule is Don`t ever give up!
    All my love

  39. LINDA STEELE October 30, 2013 at 12:56 pm -  Reply

    Oh Jill. what a difficult life you have had to go through. You know we sit here at home watching people on television and think ohhhhhhh what a lovely life they must have. they must have everything they want or need . They present us with all these beautiful things, they are on telly, they have all these marvellous homes and cars. fantastic holidays, but!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! we never know do we. We just sit watch and presume . You truly are such a lovely lady very inspiring. many people go through accidents and incidents in their lives and we meet up with doctors etc and we have to accept what they tell us and sometimes we just know they are wrong and reading your journey it really does inspire you to say NO!!!! I am not satisfied and I will not give up there truly is something wrong and I need help to find out the answers. You are so proud of your lovely husband and rightly so. Jill please take care and look after your self xxx Linda

  40. Birgith January 22, 2014 at 7:55 pm -  Reply

    Dear Gil,
    A very touching story which I can relate to and it is good to hear you persisted and am now feeling much better. I , without going into details,had same experience with a different matter. I would encourage everyone to do their own research which helped me. However, Gil, look up the meridians of acupuncture and you will see the energy flow in the body. Also you should not use nail varnish as the poison is circulated around the body and deposited in certain places. Best of luck.love U

  41. Chris Jennings August 21, 2015 at 9:27 pm -  Reply

    Soooooooo very self obsessed.

  42. pam January 30, 2017 at 11:42 am -  Reply

    Dear Jill
    I read your story and am so pleased that you got though that awful time. I think I will always remember this bad time you went though. When I see you on QVC looking so fit and healthy I will remember how brave you are.
    Best wishes to you and your lovely husband.


  43. Jenny February 19, 2017 at 7:16 pm -  Reply

    Jill you have been so misinterpreted on Facebook by the trolls it really upsets me – well done for getting on with your job whilst suffering so much is that not want we all want to carry on with our daily routine? Whilst experiencing difficult times xx

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