For Amica…

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Love, Ali xx

223 Comments

  1. Lorraine Leebetter August 23, 2013 at 5:24 pm -  Reply

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

  2. Jeannette August 23, 2013 at 5:41 pm -  Reply

    A lovely tribute to a lovely lady.

  3. Gail Payne August 23, 2013 at 7:09 pm -  Reply

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

  4. Julie August 23, 2013 at 7:10 pm -  Reply

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

  5. edna munro August 23, 2013 at 7:11 pm -  Reply

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

  6. Sue Radford August 23, 2013 at 7:24 pm -  Reply

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

  7. Christine Margaret Hindle. August 23, 2013 at 8:17 pm -  Reply

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

  8. Roanne Bell August 23, 2013 at 8:29 pm -  Reply

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

  9. Joanna Downey August 23, 2013 at 8:42 pm -  Reply

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

  10. LINDA STEELE August 23, 2013 at 9:22 pm -  Reply

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

  11. Bernadette Brooks August 23, 2013 at 9:37 pm -  Reply

    Alison, what a beautiful tribute to a very lovely lady. I did hope Amica would get better and when YBF was on a couple of weeks ago without Amica I feared the worst.
    I hope you are beginning to feel better after your surgery. I love reading your blogs. Look forward to seeing you back on screen soon. Love Bernadette x

  12. Mary Morphy August 23, 2013 at 9:43 pm -  Reply

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

  13. ANN NOON August 23, 2013 at 9:45 pm -  Reply

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

  14. Denise August 23, 2013 at 9:46 pm -  Reply

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

  15. Marin Madden August 23, 2013 at 9:53 pm -  Reply

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

  16. Louise Shepherd August 23, 2013 at 10:13 pm -  Reply

    I’ve never written to you on your blog before Ali, but I just wanted to say what a lovely, moving tribute you’ve paid to your friend. I know from my own experience that having a friend to walk down the darkest paths in life brings precious life and hope, which makes the loss all the more devastating. It sounds like you shared that gift with Amica, and I’m sure it was a blessing to you both.
    As a regular viewer, I feel that we’re all part of one big QVC family, and having seen Amica both modelling clothes and beauty products, to me she came across as a gentle soul. Someone you would be glad to know. Many of us were following her treatment and willing and hoping for a positive outcome. So sad for her family, her friends and her colleagues that it was not to be.
    And you, Ali, are a real shining light. Your zest for life, sense of humour and positive attitude as you plough on through your treatment and recovery are so admirable. You are clearly a caring person, and also an inspiring one, with a real gift for heartfelt communication.

  17. Eileen (Manchester) August 24, 2013 at 12:30 am -  Reply

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

  18. Norma Smithson August 24, 2013 at 2:53 am -  Reply

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

  19. Jools August 24, 2013 at 6:49 am -  Reply

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

  20. Laura Middell August 24, 2013 at 7:52 am -  Reply

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

  21. Ann August 24, 2013 at 9:43 am -  Reply

    Lovely blog Alison x

  22. Magda Chetty August 24, 2013 at 9:47 am -  Reply

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

  23. Amanda Davis August 24, 2013 at 10:23 am -  Reply

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

  24. Shelle Jones August 24, 2013 at 10:45 am -  Reply

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

  25. kathleen butcher August 24, 2013 at 12:32 pm -  Reply

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

  26. janet groves August 24, 2013 at 12:32 pm -  Reply

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

  27. Sue Kemp August 24, 2013 at 12:52 pm -  Reply

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

  28. Jan Hall August 24, 2013 at 1:39 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ali,
    Hope you are still making a good recovery Ali after your recent treatment.
    Your blog about Amica is very touching and beautifully written. I too will remember Amica with fondness, she was such a brave lady and my thoughts are with her family, relatives and friends. She didn’t deserve to die so young.
    Going back to hospital myself on Tuesday for tests so am very nervous at the moment, hope that it is good news.
    Keep up the good fight Ali, look forward to seeing you back on air soon.
    Love Jan, Ollie and Solo xxxxxxxxxxxx

  29. valerie shaw August 24, 2013 at 2:12 pm -  Reply

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

  30. Angela Davies August 24, 2013 at 2:37 pm -  Reply

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

  31. Alison Sydorenko August 24, 2013 at 4:09 pm -  Reply

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

  32. Sharon Wilson August 24, 2013 at 4:24 pm -  Reply

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

  33. Elaine sallis August 24, 2013 at 5:07 pm -  Reply

    Ali what a beautiful tribute. Elaine x

  34. Sue Farrell August 24, 2013 at 9:04 pm -  Reply

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

  35. babsq x August 24, 2013 at 10:06 pm -  Reply

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

  36. Susan Kennedy August 24, 2013 at 10:38 pm -  Reply

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

  37. Zara August 24, 2013 at 11:14 pm -  Reply

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

  38. susan August 24, 2013 at 11:15 pm -  Reply

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

  39. Margot August 25, 2013 at 12:07 am -  Reply

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

  40. TINA SHADDICK August 25, 2013 at 1:26 am -  Reply

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

  41. Sheilah Walsh August 25, 2013 at 9:26 am -  Reply

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

  42. susan coles August 25, 2013 at 10:18 am -  Reply

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

  43. Nicky Batchelor August 25, 2013 at 10:45 am -  Reply

    I am absolutely gutted. For Amica, her family, friends, colleagues and just us the simple viewer.
    Everytime i think of this lovely woman losing her fight i well up. You have written a lovely blog Alison, and it must have been hard and raw for you to do that. Please remember that we are all thinking of you.

  44. helen August 25, 2013 at 1:17 pm -  Reply

    Oh Ali, I never knew Amica and I don’t really know you, even though we have ‘met’ through here and believe you to be my friend. Your words have made me cry as you know my Mum has had cancer twice and im guilty of sometimes just not having the time to stop and listen. Sometimes we all need a wake up call, and this has been one for me. I will make time for my beautiful Mum, my friends who just need someone to listen as they have always been there for me. We went to our village fete yesterday and there was this lady selling bracelets for children with cancer. I looked and my beautiful daughter and niece and thanked god they are able to run, jump, get dirty ( and I mean dirty) and play hard. We bought the bracelets and my daughter thanked her for selling them for a good cause. I looked at the lady, she looked at me, and we both just started to cry.
    Oh, its not like me to write with such sad tones, but although my ME is a pain and my hormones are everywhere but in the right place, I have 2 arms that can hold and cuddle, and 2 legs that can walk, cycle (when I can) and scooter!!!! Need a brufen after mind, but I can do it. There by the grace of God go I (as my Nan used to say).
    In your last blog you said that you felt guilty for still being here and Amica not, well let me tell you Ms Keenan, your a joy to us all, an inspiration, a delight, a truly lovely human being. Your a Mum that loves and worries and partner to Colin who has been with you through thick and thin. NEVER feel guilty, Like Mum, you’ve been to hell and back, and long may you both be in my life.
    Right, tears wiped, hanky put away and time for a cuppa!!!! Take care my lovely lady.
    Alpa, hope you are ok and Una – sooooo lovely to hear from you. Love to Debz too and all the Army!
    Luv and hugs
    Helen s xxx

  45. Jane Harvey August 25, 2013 at 1:24 pm -  Reply

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

  46. Christine Edgeworth August 25, 2013 at 2:54 pm -  Reply

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

  47. Maria August 25, 2013 at 5:37 pm -  Reply

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

  48. Valerie Bradshaw August 25, 2013 at 6:19 pm -  Reply

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

  49. sandra williamson August 25, 2013 at 7:59 pm -  Reply

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

  50. Irene Taylor August 25, 2013 at 9:50 pm -  Reply

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

  51. Elaine Spencer August 26, 2013 at 3:40 am -  Reply

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

  52. jayne August 26, 2013 at 7:12 am -  Reply

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

  53. Mrs V Tovey. August 26, 2013 at 8:02 am -  Reply

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

  54. ROSE MOORE August 26, 2013 at 8:47 am -  Reply

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

  55. margaret hall August 26, 2013 at 9:12 am -  Reply

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

  56. Pearl Emery August 26, 2013 at 9:15 am -  Reply

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

  57. Julia Skone August 26, 2013 at 10:23 am -  Reply

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

  58. Michelle Penwarden August 26, 2013 at 10:35 am -  Reply

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

  59. Mrs Janet Jones August 26, 2013 at 4:05 pm -  Reply

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

  60. Teresa Karasavvas August 26, 2013 at 5:18 pm -  Reply

    A beautiful tribute for a beautiful lady.
    May she rest in peace.

  61. Fiona August 26, 2013 at 6:00 pm -  Reply

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

  62. Jilly August 26, 2013 at 6:05 pm -  Reply

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

  63. Christine Nicol August 26, 2013 at 6:51 pm -  Reply

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

  64. susan caroline jones August 26, 2013 at 9:58 pm -  Reply

    Beautiful words, for a beautiful lady.. xxx

  65. Louisa knight August 26, 2013 at 10:49 pm -  Reply

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

  66. Lynn woods August 26, 2013 at 11:56 pm -  Reply

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

  67. Sandra Gregory August 27, 2013 at 12:34 am -  Reply

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

  68. Barbara August 27, 2013 at 8:01 am -  Reply

    Sincere condolences for Amica’s passing – she brightened up our screen.

  69. Linda McKellar August 27, 2013 at 12:43 pm -  Reply

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

  70. tracy ecob August 27, 2013 at 2:38 pm -  Reply

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

  71. Anne August 27, 2013 at 4:08 pm -  Reply

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

  72. Jean Hudson August 27, 2013 at 7:01 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    This is so very sad. She will be missed by so many of us.Sincere condolences to her family.
    Thank you for this blog, we feel like we know you all so you are like friends to us to.
    Take care Wanda.

  73. Rhona Fenton August 27, 2013 at 8:34 pm -  Reply

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

  74. Alpa August 27, 2013 at 9:03 pm -  Reply

    My Dear Ali,
    Such a heartfelt tribute to beautiful Amica and your friendship with her. My thoughts and prayers are with her husband and daughters. How I feel for those who knew her and loved her.
    Thank you so much for your kind words to me. I replied on your last blog. I hope you are feeling a little better. We are all holding your hand, very gently of course.
    Take care
    Lots of Love, Alpa xxx

  75. Irene eady August 27, 2013 at 9:25 pm -  Reply

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

  76. Jan August 28, 2013 at 12:05 am -  Reply

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

  77. Jan Fardon August 28, 2013 at 12:37 am -  Reply

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

  78. Mrs Sue Ryden August 28, 2013 at 1:23 am -  Reply

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

  79. sandra Howard August 28, 2013 at 1:50 am -  Reply

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

  80. sandra Howard August 28, 2013 at 2:00 am -  Reply

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

  81. PaulaD August 28, 2013 at 9:46 am -  Reply

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

  82. Grainne Doherty August 28, 2013 at 10:09 am -  Reply

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

  83. Elizabeth Morton August 28, 2013 at 12:50 pm -  Reply

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

  84. Judith Lennon August 28, 2013 at 2:21 pm -  Reply

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

  85. alison harrison August 28, 2013 at 5:01 pm -  Reply

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

  86. alison keenan August 28, 2013 at 8:56 pm -  Reply

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

  87. alison keenan August 28, 2013 at 8:59 pm -  Reply

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

  88. alison keenan August 28, 2013 at 9:01 pm -  Reply

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

  89. Marcia Douglas August 28, 2013 at 9:08 pm -  Reply

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

  90. alison keenan August 28, 2013 at 9:13 pm -  Reply

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

  91. alison keenan August 28, 2013 at 9:16 pm -  Reply

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

  92. alison keenan August 28, 2013 at 9:24 pm -  Reply

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

  93. alison keenan August 28, 2013 at 9:26 pm -  Reply

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

  94. alison keenan August 28, 2013 at 9:27 pm -  Reply

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

  95. alison keenan August 28, 2013 at 9:28 pm -  Reply

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

  96. alison keenan August 28, 2013 at 9:30 pm -  Reply

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

  97. alison keenan August 28, 2013 at 9:32 pm -  Reply

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

  98. alison keenan August 28, 2013 at 9:47 pm -  Reply

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

  99. alison keenan August 28, 2013 at 9:48 pm -  Reply

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

  100. alison keenan August 28, 2013 at 9:50 pm -  Reply

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

  101. alison keenan August 28, 2013 at 9:52 pm -  Reply

    Norma I remember that show so well too… and yet we all felt so positive and hopeful. I think your words ‘ She was loved by all who saw her’ are perfect… And she will be remembered by all those who loved her too… Thank you for writing, love Ali xx

  102. alison keenan August 28, 2013 at 9:55 pm -  Reply

    Dear Jools, you are right the ripple effect of this disease is another of its devastating legacies… I will keep on fighting it.. Love Ali xx

  103. alison keenan August 28, 2013 at 9:58 pm -  Reply

    Dear Laura, your kindness and positive words are a great comfort… We can all see from this wonderful page full of personal words that Amica was very much loved by so many… Thank you for being there on the side line for me… it has become a lonelier place now, and your support is much appreciated. With love, Ali xx

  104. alison keenan August 28, 2013 at 10:00 pm -  Reply

    Magda you are echoing my sentiments completely.. your prayers I am certain will be appreciated by Amica’s family. My love to you, Ali xx

  105. Paul Davies August 28, 2013 at 10:00 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali,
    I haven’t worked at QVC for three years as I’ve been at BBC. Just heard about Amica/Beulah today…so sad, I do remember all the fun fashion hours and diamonique we filmed at QVC towers,…take care all. Paul Davies (Cameras)

  106. alison keenan August 28, 2013 at 10:04 pm -  Reply

    Dear Amanda I was so sorry to hear about your friend going through her chemo, and understand your struggle having been through the same thing with my best friends’ sister this last six months… Sometimes it’s hard to be brave, but I know having been SO well loved and supported over these last two years that the support that friends can give is the best thing ever. Stay strong, and know what a wonderful comforter you are providing. With love, Ali xx

  107. alison keenan August 28, 2013 at 10:07 pm -  Reply

    My dear Kathleen, I cannot begin to imagine how difficult it must have been for you to lose your sister at such a young age, and been responsible for telling her children… It doesn’t matter how many years pass, that kind of pain never really leaves us… I am so glad that you have kept the memory of their mother alive though, and that she now has her own daughter to love and cherish. Thank you for sharing this Kath, love Ali xx

  108. alison keenan August 28, 2013 at 10:21 pm -  Reply

    Thank you to Marin, Ann, Shelle, Janet Alison and Elaine for your lovely tributes to dear Amica. I hope that her family will take comfort from them. Love Ali xx

  109. alison keenan August 28, 2013 at 10:22 pm -  Reply

    Dear Sue, you are right, a very difficult piece to find the right words for but I thank you for taking the time to comment. I hope to be back with you in September, and bless you for your kindness, love Ali xx

  110. alison keenan August 28, 2013 at 10:23 pm -  Reply

    Dear Jan, you will have already been back to hospital to have had your tests by the time you read this, and I will be praying that you have good news with the results.. please do let me know. I am a little better each day, and thank you for your concern, love Ali xx (xx to Ollie and Solo)

  111. alison keenan August 28, 2013 at 10:25 pm -  Reply

    Valerie, that must have been incredibly difficult for you to watch your daughter go through the horrid treatment, but am very relieved for you and her, that she is now down to twice yearly check ups. Long may she remain healthy and happy. I am glad too that you also enjoyed the Gatineau hours with Amica and your memories are as mine. With love, Ali xx

  112. alison keenan August 28, 2013 at 10:28 pm -  Reply

    Dear Angela, how terribly sad to lose your mum to pneumonia after she’d fought so long and hard with breast cancer. I do not believe hers, Amica’s or Beulah’s death will be in vain, and that it will be women like them who will drive the rest of us forwards in our fight to find a cure. Thank you for writing, love Ali xx

  113. alison keenan August 28, 2013 at 10:28 pm -  Reply

    Sharon I send you love and prayers for continued good health. Stay strong, love Ali xx

  114. alison keenan August 28, 2013 at 10:29 pm -  Reply

    Dear Sue, it was a privilege to share my memories with you. Thank you for writing, love Ali xx

  115. alison keenan August 28, 2013 at 10:31 pm -  Reply

    Dear Babs, I know how terribly upset you must have been, as you have been asking after Amica over the last two years… I was a shock to all of us, and such a short period of time from her diagnosis, but as you say she will always be remembered with love and fondness. You take care Babs, and thank you for writing, Love ALi xx

  116. alison keenan August 28, 2013 at 10:32 pm -  Reply

    Dear Susan, Amica was everything you say and more, and completely genuine…. So very much missed by us all, love Ali xx

  117. john barman August 28, 2013 at 10:33 pm -  Reply

    both my wife and I were so very sad to see in alisons blog about amica losing her battle against cancer she seemed to be such a lovely woman we can remember her from first joining QVC in 1997 please convey our thoughts and prayers for them all.
    with deepest regrets
    john & carol barman

  118. alison keenan August 28, 2013 at 10:36 pm -  Reply

    Margot I share your lovely memories, and am very grateful for your comforting words. Thank you for taking the time to write on this blog, with love, Ali xx

  119. alison keenan August 28, 2013 at 10:41 pm -  Reply

    Tina, I think having a young family is possibly the hardest part of losing the battle, and I like you, struggle to find a reason … At 12 years old, you must have had your world turned upside down, and I am sure it has had a lasting impact on your life. Trying to stay positive through all the treatment, scans, results, more scans, is as you say tough, but I will keep on believing… just some days it’s harder than others… You take care too, and thank you for writing to me, with love Ali xx

  120. alison keenan August 28, 2013 at 10:42 pm -  Reply

    Dear Nicky you appreciation is very welcome… it was hard to write, and thinking about her not being with us any more is so much harder still, but I thank you for your kind words of support, with love, Ali xx

  121. alison keenan August 28, 2013 at 10:46 pm -  Reply

    Helen on this very sad day, you have made me smile. I love your spirit, your honesty and your fight. I know life is pretty hard for you most days, but what you wrote has helped me with something I was struggling with… Thank you.. :) Stay well and strong, and believe, as I always try to, that we can deal with whatever life throws at us, so long as we have people around us who love us… I feel very lucky to have all of you in the Army, and in my life. Love Ali xx

  122. alison keenan August 28, 2013 at 10:48 pm -  Reply

    Dear Jane, I think your philosophy is the only one to live by… Too many beautiful, kind and caring people have left us, and we struggle to find a reason, but I am sure one day, we will understand… and until then, as you say, all we can do is love and support one another as Amica and I were lucky enough to be able to do. I am getting stronger each day thank you , and hope to be back at work in September. Sending love your way too, Ali xx

  123. alison keenan August 28, 2013 at 10:50 pm -  Reply

    Christine, when someone like yourself writes to me, it makes me feel braver and stronger. I am so glad that 12 years on you are still well, and like me, feel incredibly lucky to be here… All we need now is something my daughter asked for two years ago… a way for us to get better forever… Just so wish we had that now…. Love to you, Ali xx

  124. alison keenan August 28, 2013 at 10:52 pm -  Reply

    Ellie, in the same spirit as my last comment, if only we had the answer now, and had had it in time for Amica and Beulah… and everyone else who wanted to beat it… Thank you , love Ali xx

  125. alison keenan August 28, 2013 at 10:53 pm -  Reply

    Dear Zara, Susan, Sheilah, Susan Maria and Valerie…. your heartfelt words and kind wishes will be a comfort to Amica’s family I am sure. Thank you for writing them here. With love, Ali xx

  126. alison keenan August 28, 2013 at 10:56 pm -  Reply

    Dear Sandra, that is the difference nowadays with television and blogs and twitter, facebook etc… we all have access into each other’s lives which brings us that bit closer than we might have been before… I know how that transcends into genuine concern and worry when we hear bad news… I have felt it myself when reading some of the comments on this blog. I thank you for your kindness, and for taking the time out to write such lovely words, with love Ali xx

  127. alison keenan August 28, 2013 at 10:57 pm -  Reply

    Irene, I am very flattered and touched by your kind words, and am happy to say that I hope to be back at the Q in early September. Amica’s passing is as you say a terrible loss to us all, but she will never be forgotten. I do hope that this finds you well, with love, Ali xx

  128. alison keenan August 28, 2013 at 11:05 pm -  Reply

    Dear Mrs. Tovey, thank you for your kind words, and I am sure both Beulah and Amica’s families will appreciate your sentiment. I am so sorry that I don’t seem able to post a photo of Beulah on this comment, but if you were able to visit QVC’s Facebook page, you will see several of them there… I hope this helps, with love, Ali xx

  129. alison keenan August 28, 2013 at 11:09 pm -  Reply

    Dear Rose, thank you for writing, and for suggesting we do something special for Amica in her memory. I will of course pass this on to those who put the schedules together and feel sure the idea will be well received. I will also ask about the models having their own blogs, although I know many of them regularly write on Facebook pages, so perhaps there would be a way of ‘friending’ them on there? Do hope you are well, Love Ali xx

  130. alison keenan August 28, 2013 at 11:12 pm -  Reply

    Dear Julie, I think I remember the event you are talking about, when Amica and I met you… and I know she will have appreciated your prayers as I appreciate you taking the time to write to me today. I do hope you are well and happy, love Ali x

  131. alison keenan August 28, 2013 at 11:14 pm -  Reply

    So sorry Julia, that last comment was for you not Julie… rather late and the old eyes are fading! :0 Love Ali xx

  132. alison keenan August 28, 2013 at 11:16 pm -  Reply

    Dear Michelle, I know that so many of us, like you, prayed that Amica was on the mend, and so it was such a shock to hear the news…I thank you for your very kind words, and will keep in touch and hopefully be back at work beginning of September… Sometimes it does feel like a very long road, but I know that I am lucky, and with all your kindness and good wishes, find it easier to stay strong at sad times like these. With love, Ali xx

  133. alison keenan August 28, 2013 at 11:18 pm -  Reply

    I know my dear Janet, I think you and I are exactly a year apart for diagnosis and treatment, and it seemed so incredibly sudden when she had looked so well. Life is so very precious and I very much hope that your little Alfie is coping and there will be some good news for your family very soon, you take care too, with love, Ali xx

  134. alison keenan August 28, 2013 at 11:20 pm -  Reply

    I wanted to thank Jayne, Elaine, Margaret, Pearl, Teresa, Susan Caroline Jones and Barbara for your lovely tributes to Amica. I know that her family will appreciate them when they have chance to read them, love Ali xx

  135. alison keenan August 28, 2013 at 11:23 pm -  Reply

    Dear Fiona, I am very happy to know that you’ve passed the five year mark… I wish you continued good health, love Ali xx

  136. alison keenan August 28, 2013 at 11:29 pm -  Reply

    Dear Jilly, I knew that Amica’s passing would definitely strike a chord with you, and I thank you for writing to us all – particularly me and Trish – with your wise and comforting words. So glad that Annie continues to gain strength and join in with ‘normal’ things. I went to a surprise party for my best friends’ sister who has been battling with cancer over this last nine months… she mercifully was given the all clear and it was a very emotional occasion.. I was able to help with her chemo and wigs etc, and so it was such good news after the devastating loss of both Beulah and Amica….As you said to Trish though Debs’ hair has started to grow back, and her lashes, and she danced with her sons, and sang when Colin played his guitar… it made me laugh and cry all at the same time – we had all been so frightened. It means so much to me though, to have you all here whenever I switch on my computer… so much. Take care Jilly, and thank you for keeping us in touch with your life, love Ali xx

  137. alison keenan August 28, 2013 at 11:34 pm -  Reply

    Thank you for your writing Christine, and I completely get that reaction to Amica’s smile.. you just had to smile back :)I am sorry that you were unaware of Beulah’s illness. It was not something we really knew about until quite late on, but as you may have seen in an earlier post, her dear friend Jo Fair set up a Facebook support Group, and we all wrote to her on that and contributed to enable her to continue with her treatment in Spain… Such a sad sequence of events to lose two beautiful girls in such a short period of time. I hope that you are well, love Ali xx

  138. Lynette Peters August 29, 2013 at 10:50 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison I have been shopping with QVC for a very long time but this is my first blog. I was so so upset to hear of Bula and now Amicas passing, as with you I will always remember her smile. I did not see you on any of the shows for a long time and was worried so it was a relief to see your blog and such a good tribute to Amica take care of yourself and lots of love.

  139. Paula Joy Williams August 29, 2013 at 5:00 pm -  Reply

    hi Ali
    Just back in land of living after having bad anaemia and been on bed rest for 3 weeks. Just read about Amica that’s so sad for everyone and her family. I didn’t know she was so poorly you must all be devastated at QVC as she was a big part of the team. Hope you are keeping well with all your treatments. love Paula J

  140. Annette Roberts August 30, 2013 at 8:10 am -  Reply

    Dear Ali
    What a lovely tribute you have paid to Amica who will be strutting her stuff up there with Beulah by her side…they were both beautiful models.
    What a friend Amica had in you when you were both going through the same ordeal, that should be a real comfort to you, knowing that Amica turned to you and you could support each other.
    Well Ali, have you got rid of that pesky bodice yet?? Must say, when I first saw the photo of your bruised leg before reading any words, I was struggling to make out what part of your anatomy it was, arm maybe…can’t believe there was an ounce of fat on you to transfer. You hang on to that gorgeous figure of yours for as long as you can, mines already gone to pot since the tropical moments started.
    Saw my consultant yesterday and she was happy with the progress on my ankle (I can now drive again, yipee!!!). She then proceded to show me how to massage the scars with her thumb, quite hard really and I nearly hit the ceiling, but it has to be done, ouch! Arnica and Prolagene have worked wonders on my bruising, which was much like your leg, so I hope you have been able to plaster it on.
    Hope everything has/gone well with your unveiling.
    Take care
    love
    Annette x

  141. Deirdre Costello August 30, 2013 at 1:43 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alison
    Just read your blog and as all previous replies my sincere condolences to amica’s family. Wishing you continued good health. You are a lovely presenter and your warm personality comes through so much in your presentations and your sense of humour and smile is infectious.
    Wishing you the very best in everything you do and to your partner Colin – it is evident how much his support and love has helped you through your scary journey.
    I very recently had a scare after a routine breast check and thank god all tests completed came back clear.
    your strength shines through and sharing your journey I am sure has helped may people
    God bless and keep you safe
    Deirdre

  142. patricia coulson-wood August 30, 2013 at 2:06 pm -  Reply

    hello Alison, firstly I am so pleased that you are getting better daily. Secondly I wish to thank Jilly for her positive words once more. I told my daughter of Annies continued improvement and it is helping her to get through her treatment.
    I endorse everyone elses thoughts and feelings about Amica. Her radiant smile will live on in all our memories of her, she was a gorgeous girl. As was Beaula she also had a gorgeous smile which makes me think I should smile a little more and perhaps it will become helpful to others around me as I have been a real misery at times these past months. I think a tribute to Amica and Beaula should be the gorgeous smiles they always had throughout all of their proceedures and therapies such strong girls.
    We were told on Tues that my daughter Jan has to stop the taxol/carboplatin combi because of the side effects. She is to continue on with carboplatin only. The cosultant stated that she has had 4 sessions of the combi/chemo so it should put her in a good position . Now with 2 sessions left of carboplatin only [one of which she is having today] Her next and last session of chemo without taxol and carboplatin only will be in 3weeks time. Is there anyone who reads Alisons blogs clued up on this single regime?. She will now without the taxol start to grow her hair back earlier than expected. But we would have preferred the full benefits of the continued combi to the end of her designated course. One thing for any one out there with itchy skin the one thing that has helped her skin irritation has been the SBC Alovera shower/bath combo that I ordered from QVC for her, I asked for it to be posted direct to her home, she highly recommends it for its cooling and soothing qualities.
    Lots of love to everyone and continued good progress Tricia. x

  143. K.Salisbury August 30, 2013 at 7:57 pm -  Reply

    So terribly sad to hear about lovely Amica-only said to my daughter the other day that I hadn’t seen Amica for a while-devastated. Got a lovely photo with her and other models in a fashion show in Marco Polo house a few years ago-a real lady in every way and at all times-a huge loss.KAY. XXX

  144. Karen Whenman August 30, 2013 at 9:06 pm -  Reply

    Bless you Alison for writing such a fitting tribute to the beautiful Amica. I had the pleasure of meeting her at the fashion show last year, the photos we had taken together I will cherish. I hope you are feeling much better, our love and positive thoughts always with you. Xx

  145. alison keenan August 30, 2013 at 9:07 pm -  Reply

    Dear Lynn, Sandra, Barbara and Anne, thank you all so much for writing such sweet things which I know will comfort Amica’s family and all those who read them. Love Ali xx

  146. alison keenan August 30, 2013 at 9:09 pm -  Reply

    Dear Wanda, I am so glad that you too have contributed to this blog and written especially for Amica. It has touched me to know you feel like I do, that this blog makes friends of those of us who would otherwise be strangers. Thank you for writing, love Ali xx

  147. alison keenan August 30, 2013 at 9:14 pm -  Reply

    Lovely perceptive Rhona… not the easiest blog to write, but the response from everyone has been very comforting…Feelng a lot less sore these days and hoping to be back in September. Do hope all good with you, love Ali xx

  148. Jenny August 30, 2013 at 9:15 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali, What a beautiful tribute to Amica. I felt that I knew her personally. Sad lost to her family and friends, not forgetting QVC. I lost my husband 3 yrs ago to cancer also, I am still greiving so too are my kids and they are all grown up. I can only imagine Amica’s kids going through the same. I do hope and pray that a cure is found soon. You take care.
    Love
    Jenny XX

  149. alison keenan August 30, 2013 at 9:16 pm -  Reply

    My dear Alpa, the least I could do, and just wish there was more in a practical way that would ease your worries and symptoms, but know that we are all here – as the comments stand testament to – and write when you can… I am holding your hand too :) Love Ali xxx

  150. Jean Thomason August 30, 2013 at 9:17 pm -  Reply

    Such sad sad news Ali. Just sat here with Qvc on in the background and thought I would look at your blog to see how you are doing. I had no idea of Beulah’s death and now Amica. What a dreadful disease this is to take so many. You are an inspiration to us all. Thank you for your lovely words Ali xx

  151. alison keenan August 30, 2013 at 9:19 pm -  Reply

    Irene, those shows with Lennie will never be quite the same again… Amica will always be so very much missed not just by us, but by those who worked with her too… I hope to be back in September, and thank you for asking and writing, love Ali xx

  152. alison keenan August 30, 2013 at 9:21 pm -  Reply

    Hello Jan, and thank you for bringing back some fabulous memories for me too… such sad times… I hope to be back with you in September, and much appreciate your kind words, love Ali xx

  153. alison keenan August 30, 2013 at 9:23 pm -  Reply

    My dear Jan, thank you so much for your thoughtfulness and prayers… Your words have cheered me, although I am sorry you had to find out about Amica in this way, and dear Beulah. I am sure their families will be comforted also by your kind comments. love Ali xxx

  154. alison keenan August 30, 2013 at 9:24 pm -  Reply

    Dear Sue, your question is one I don’t believe I will ever have the wisdom or understanding to reply to.. Your description of Amica is exactly as she was, and yes I too will truly miss seeing her gorgeous smile… Love Ali xx

  155. alison keenan August 30, 2013 at 9:27 pm -  Reply

    My dear Sandra, I was very upset to read that you have been through so much since your mastectomy 13 years ago, but was so relieved to hear that you have support and understanding from your lovely husband and son. Dreadful that the whole process of healing you in turn caused you to be poorly, but I very much hope that you are now through the worst of this.. Thanks though for taking the time to write about your memories of Amica.. you’re right those shows with Stacey and Joy were priceless and I am sure that is the way Amica would want us to remember her.. Enjoying what she did so incredibly well. I will be back on your TV and in your living room in September, but do look after yourself, and keep in touch, with love, Ali xx

  156. alison keenan August 30, 2013 at 9:30 pm -  Reply

    Paula, I think that was part of the magic – the incredibly ability to keep on smiling for the camera although she was was poorly.. Your words are prophetic, and yes, sometimes we need a wakeup call to truly appreciate our loved ones… I know that Amica knew she was very much loved, and in turn, those around her knew they were loved too. I am sure also that your good wishes for her and Beulah will be very much appreciated by both families. With love Ali xx

  157. alison keenan August 30, 2013 at 9:33 pm -  Reply

    Grainne, I am so glad that you are well and strong and can put 10 years behind you since your treatment…. sometimes I feel it is so much more than just two years for me, and this is highlighted as you say, when you lose someone who was also fighting this wretched disease. I like your spirit, and hope that others who like us, know what this illness can do, will feel able to live their lives to the full. Take care, and thank you for writing, love Ali xx

  158. alison keenan August 30, 2013 at 9:35 pm -  Reply

    Dear Beth, thank you for your kind and considerate words… I too, can’t quite believe that we have lost two such beautiful women in such a short space of time, but I hope that these compassionate comments will help ease things in time for both families. Love Ali xx

  159. alison keenan August 30, 2013 at 9:37 pm -  Reply

    Dear Judith, I don’t think I ever did accept that she would not make it, and was absolutely stunned when dear Charlie rang to tell me that she had passed on… one of those conversations you will remember for always… You are so right with your comments about the children though.. Just having young souls in your life keeps you alive and happy… I try to see all our children whenever I can, and little Ethan is an additional blessing :) You’re spot on about maxi dresses too – would have been lost without mine over this last month! Do hope all is good with you, love me xx

  160. alison keenan August 30, 2013 at 9:40 pm -  Reply

    Alison your words have struck a chord with many I’m sure, and I too remember when both her daughters were born…Your belief that her spirit will live on in both her children is one that I personally share, and I know they will always have her love to comfort them. Take care, and thank you for writing, love Ali xx

  161. alison keenan August 30, 2013 at 9:46 pm -  Reply

    My dear Marcia, I am so sorry that you had to come back from your holiday to find this news… shocking for us all to lose two such beautiful women within six weeks of each other, and as you say, so very hard to ever make any sense of it.. I thank you for your lovely comments and kind words, and know that for you, as for me, this blog brings us all together as an extended family, and I hope we can find comfort from each other. I am sure that both Beulah and Amica’s families will appreciate all these sentiments.. with love, Ali xx

  162. alison keenan August 30, 2013 at 9:48 pm -  Reply

    And I remember you too Paul… There were indeed many fun times then, and both girls will be very much missed. Thank you for taking the time to write, love Ali xx

  163. alison keenan August 30, 2013 at 9:49 pm -  Reply

    Dear John and Carol, thank you for your kind words… I know that Amica’s family will appreciate your prayers… with love, Ali xx

  164. alison keenan August 30, 2013 at 9:50 pm -  Reply

    Dear Lynette, Thank you so much for taking the time to write on this blog, and to convey your sweet thoughts and words. I am feeling a great deal better than I was, and hope to be back in the next week or so. I hope that you are well, love Ali xx

  165. alison keenan August 30, 2013 at 9:52 pm -  Reply

    Paula Joy, you poor thing.. Bed rest for three weeks must have been difficult. I’ve found it very hard not being able to do anything or even drive until today, so I do appreciate how frustrating it is… I am getting a lot better each day and hope you will be too. Should be back in September, love Ali xx

  166. alison keenan August 30, 2013 at 9:57 pm -  Reply

    Dear Annette, so kind of you to write such words about Ammie and Beulah… I like to think of them together now, and at peace… And thank you for your kind words, they are a comfort.
    It was good to hear that you are now able to drive again! I too got behind the wheel for the first time in four weeks, and it was a relief :) As for the self massage thing… I don’t envy you! The Arnica and Prolagene are my life savers… although it is horrid to have to apply them onto my lumpy and bruised stomach! Luckily for me the bruising has gone on my legs now, and bless you for compliments! Colin said he thinks I may miss my corset when I have to start breathing in again!!! :D Few more tests, and then hope to be back with you in a week or so, with love, Ali xx

  167. Karen J August 31, 2013 at 10:52 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    I’ve just read your blog and devastated about the tragic news of Amica and Beulah both having passed away. So sad and so cruel. Both ladies both still looked fantastic last time I saw them on air. I thought Amica was on the road to recovery. When did Beulah pass away? I had no idea she had been ill too. The tears are streaming down my face as I write this. I have been with qvc for nearly 20 years and both ladies have become so familiar to me over the years. Amica was my favourite model on the beauty shows. My heart goes out to their families and to qvc staff. The loss is huge and they will both be greatly missed. Special ladies who radiated beauty from within. Such a total shock.
    On a more positive note, I’m relieved your surgery went well and the pain across your chest has gone. You have looked fantastic since your return to air, and no one could tell what you had been through. You are a very brave lady and we all look forward to seeing your bubbly personality back on the shows. I wish you a speedy recovery. Rest well and take care.
    Love Karen xx

  168. Jane Cahill August 31, 2013 at 11:09 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali.
    I was deeply saddened to hear the news of both Beulah and Amica’s passing. My heart goes out to you all – her friends, but in particular to
    their families whose loss must be devastating. I’m sure you must have been a great comfort to each other during the months of treatment and uncertainty. You have such a wonderful disposition Ali, kind and caring and with a great sense of humour. My thoughts and prayers are with you……..thing of you often. Love Jane XXX

  169. Diane gilbank September 1, 2013 at 8:25 am -  Reply

    I know there are many many replies to your blog Ali, but felt I had to comment too. It is a beautiful piece you have written and you must have felt such a rainbow of emotions since amicas passing. As what brought you together also took her away…
    It is amazing the power of emotions as I have not stopped thinking of her since I heard the news and find myself recalling her smile so often. Can’t quite believe she will never grace qvc screens again either.
    My hope is that all the lovely tributes to her can be put together some how for her family to have. They will be able to read them when ready to do so and I hope it will give her daughters a true representation on how lovedand thought of their mother was.
    Rest in peace amica. Xxx
    Much love Ali, Diane xx

  170. Esther Fowler September 1, 2013 at 3:46 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali,
    Was really upset about dear Annika’s passing, she’ll be sorely missed by all QVC viewers for her elegance and lovely smile.
    I pray you will continue in good health and wish you love and happiness always.
    Kind regards
    Essie

  171. jill rycroft September 2, 2013 at 1:46 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    What a lovely tribute to Ammi, she’ll be sadaly missed. I’ve looked for her over many weeks after her appearance on the Breast Cancer show last year when she said her cancer had spread hoping that her treatment would work, sadly she has now gone from our screen but she’ll always be remembered for her lovely smile.

  172. Annette Roberts September 2, 2013 at 2:21 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali
    I’m glad you have taken comfort from my few words, don’t ever beat yourself up about things and live for the day, because nobody knows what the following day will bring…I can remember telling Mum to spend her money because she couldn’t take it with her and Dad had worked hard all his life for it and we didn’t need anything and I like to think she had some pleasure before she went to sleep, as I put it.
    She had been in Hospital for about a week with dehydration and hated every minute of it and kept saying she wanted to be the first in her family to reach 80! Unfortunately, her birthday was spent in Hospital, but the Nurses were fantastic and had baked her a cake, which was really nice, she loved anything sweet. The following morning I got the dreaded phone call and we went to the Hospital, where the other ladies on the ward said she had had her breakfast and cup of tea, then went to sleep, a really nice way to go, but I like to think that Dad came down and fetched her, because she was in terrible pain (spine curvature) and he wouldn’t have liked to see her like that and they had never been apart for over 50yrs, until he went to sleep 5yrs earlier. That was 11yrs ago and I still miss them both!
    Good luck with your tests, hope everything goes well for you.
    It will be nice to see you back again, but take care and don’t come back too soon and overdo things!
    Great feeling to be able to drive again, although it was very nice being chauffered by Chris and when our Westie, Bobby came too, he was in the front footwell and I sat in the back, because of him knocking my ankle…should’ve bought Chris a cap!
    Chris has just set my bike up on the Trax, so I can exercise on that as well, a little bit saddle sore as they say, the new seats are more like razor blades these days and may have to invest in some padded shorts…will be more like pre-tropical moments when walking though, if you get what I mean!!!
    Take care
    love
    Annette x

  173. Barbara Cowen September 2, 2013 at 4:31 pm -  Reply

    HI Alison
    I was so shocked to read your post about Amica, I am so so sorry to hear that tragic news, she was a beautiful model with a wonderful smile and my heart goes out to her family. I also wish you well, I follow your blogs and think you are an inspiration to many who suffer with this awful disease. Take care

  174. Hazel Campbell September 2, 2013 at 4:45 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali – Just needed to say how sorry i was to read of Amica & Beulah’s passing…my sincere condolences go out to both of their families. Having lost my own mother to cancer just after Christmas last year i know how devastating it is for those left behind. Hope you are feeling better Ali and will be back on our screens soon as you are one of my favourite presenters. Thank you for sharing your memories.
    Thinking of you all
    Have a long & peaceful sleep Amica & Beulah.
    With love Hazel

  175. Claire September 4, 2013 at 9:49 pm -  Reply

    Just read this – shocking. I had no idea. So sorry for their loved ones. Sorely missed but never forgotten. They both had such a calmness and inner beauty – gems of ladies. Love to all CX

  176. Jill September 5, 2013 at 12:45 am -  Reply

    What a lovely tribute to a lovely lady. Oh this is such sad news both regarding Amica and Beulah. They were both such professional ladies with beautiful smiles. I will surely miss seeing them both and my thoughts and prayers go out to their families. To Amica and Beulah, you are resting safely now in God’s hands. Jill x

  177. Happyshopper September 5, 2013 at 12:25 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alli
    Very shocked to hear the sad news of Amica loosing her fight. She fought so long with professionalism and came across as a very positive woman. I did not know her but, felt through her work at QVC that i was close to her.
    Sincere condolences to all the team at QVC, her family and friends.

  178. Debz & Ainzley September 5, 2013 at 2:46 pm -  Reply

    Thank you Ali for putting into words how we all felt about Amica.
    She was always my favorite model as she seemed like the woman next door who you’d invite round for coffee and end up being really good friends with. Not at all aloof or standoffish at all and a smile that would brighten your day and, I’m sure, light up any room she walked into.
    My thoughts and prayers and with her family who must miss her so dreadfully. She really was someone very special and we all feel proud to have known her albeit via a TV screen.
    Rest in peace you brave, beautiful lady.
    Love
    Debz XXXXXXXXX

  179. Mayada Fox September 5, 2013 at 7:30 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, coming back from holidays, I just knew about Amica’s passing, I don’t know her except from QVC, I was surprised and saddened… I thought she was doing well… my thoughts are with her daughters. My husband died of cancer years ago, so I do understand… Love, Mayada

  180. wendy baldry September 5, 2013 at 10:21 pm -  Reply

    dear alison, im wendy 20012 july i found out i had breast cancer,one year later my lifes hell from the side effects of the tablets i have to take, to keep the cancer at bay, iv age 5 years in a year!i was a model when i was younger i have blown up on my feet and legs i have a baby bump and hot sweats also they have slowed my thinking down and i have pain in my hands and legs i dont feel human any more im not happy with my surgery i had on my breast i dont know who i am any more and feel very much alone in this, im lucky that i have a daughter who was a nurse so she helps me as best she can,i dont feelgood any more i feel like a freak and im a strong person, but this is one fight i cant seem to get on top of,I HATE WHAT CANCER HAS DONE TO MY BODY AND MY MIND!! and by the way i aways watch you on qvcand you are a very lovely looking lady and i would kill to have your beautifull hair you have not lost your looks,and im so so sorry about poor amica, shes at peace now bless her and shes happy,keep up the good work alison its helping a lot of people love wendy

  181. alison keenan September 7, 2013 at 4:24 pm -  Reply

    Dear Karen, I am so sorry that you had to learn about both Amica and Beulah on this blog page, but I know that your kind words and sentiments are shared by so many of us… I realise how much the girls will have meant to you, as you have been with QVC for so many years, but I am sure that both their families will take comfort from the special words written here. Yes, I am feeling much better now, and back at the Q this week, although not on air until the weekend. I hope that you will have had a good week, and thank you for writing to me, love Ali xx

  182. alison keenan September 7, 2013 at 4:26 pm -  Reply

    Dear Jane, thank you for responding to the blog in such a kind way… it is always very hard to see the positive side of such a loss, but wonderful to know that so many of you cared so much. Take care, love Ali xx

  183. alison keenan September 7, 2013 at 4:29 pm -  Reply

    Diane, your beautiful expression ‘a rainbow of emotions’ is a perfect description for the way I have been feeling since Amica’s passing… I too can’t quite believe I won’t ever see her again. I have spoken with my editor with regards your suggestion of putting all these tributes together, and this is something they are considering. The best thing about this form of media, is that all these beautiful messages will be here for always, so that maybe in time Amica’s daughters may feel strong enough to read through them also. Love to you too Diane, Ali x

  184. alison keenan September 7, 2013 at 4:31 pm -  Reply

    Dear Essie, thank you for your kind words and prayers… to all those of you who have responded in such a wonderful way, I am very grateful. Love Ali xx

  185. alison keenan September 7, 2013 at 4:32 pm -  Reply

    Jill, I know that this year’s Breast Cancer Show will be even more poignant because of our loss, but Amica will always be remembered by all of us, Thank you for taking the time to write, love Ali xx

  186. alison keenan September 7, 2013 at 4:36 pm -  Reply

    Oh Annette, your lovely message made me cry, and I can understand completely why there is still such a hole in your life having lost both your parents. I like you though, believe that they are together, and not in pain any more, and I am glad that you had a chance to make things right for your mum in those last few month too. I am glad also that you are feeling much better these days, and like me, are able to drive again. As far as the cycling is concerned, I would invest in a heavily padded saddle rather than padded shorts! :) You take care too, love Ali xx

  187. alison keenan September 7, 2013 at 4:41 pm -  Reply

    Dear Barbara, I am sorry that you also had to hear of Amica’s passing on this blog, but then I am also comforted to know that you will have been able to see everyone else’s tributes to this beautiful being, and know that we all feel the same way. I am glad that you follow and enjoy the blogs, and thank you for taking the time out to write, love Ali x

  188. alison keenan September 7, 2013 at 4:43 pm -  Reply

    Dear Hazel, I was so very sorry to hear about your mum… such a difficult time for you, and particularly around Christmas, when there is so much focus on family… I hope that you are coping through these months, and have the support of those who love you. Thank you for your kind words to me, and I am happy to say that I will be back at the weekend – into work for some prepping and sorting out earlier in the week, and then with you on Sunday :) Have a good week, love Ali xx

  189. alison keenan September 7, 2013 at 4:45 pm -  Reply

    Dear Claire, Jill and Happyshopper… your kind words will be, I am certain, a comfort to those others grieving for both Beulah and Amica. Thank you for writing your tributes, with love Ali xx

  190. alison keenan September 7, 2013 at 4:47 pm -  Reply

    Dear Mayada, I think we all believed that Amica was doing well, but this wretched disease has a way of taking over, and then there is very little left to be done in the way of treatment.. I am very sorry to hear that you lost your husband in this way, and hope that you are supported by others who love you, and are not lonely. Love Ali xx

  191. alison keenan September 7, 2013 at 4:52 pm -  Reply

    My dear Wendy, I was so sorry to read about his last year – it sounds as though you have really been through it. I know it’s not easy, but please do talk to someone about your fears, anger and upset. There may well be a way of helping you with medication and possible further surgery. I completely understand about the hot flushes, and the strange physical changes, but hopefully your GP or breast nurse at the hospital where you had your treatment will be sympathetic and pro-active. Your daughter may be able to point you in the right direction… Don’t be hard on yourself though.. 12 months is hardly any time at all since you were diagnosed and it’s early days really for your recovery. Try to take each day at a time, and stay strong and positive.. You are still here, and hopefully the treatment will mean you get stronger and healthier each day. Take care, and do keep in touch, love Ali xx

  192. Kath Vinnicombe September 7, 2013 at 5:52 pm -  Reply

    Oh my goodness! I have just read about Amica – my heart aches to think she has gone from this life. I am so very sorry. I didn’t know her personally,only through QVC, but I was drawn to her smile and her apparent serenity. A lovely lady taken too soon. ‘God Bless You’ Amica.

  193. Hazel September 7, 2013 at 8:58 pm -  Reply

    A lovely tribute to Amica, I was so shocked when I heard. She was a lovely, lovely lady, whose eyes DID light up the TV screen when she was on. I too lost a lovely, dear friend over 3 years ago, aged 35, married with 2 young sons. It’s a deep loss which I feel yet. Alison, I still think of you and wish you every blessing. xo

  194. Maggie September 7, 2013 at 11:36 pm -  Reply

    What a beautiful lady, what sad news it also ways so hard when some one passes away, my love goes out to her husbands and her two daughters, i sure amica will be sadley missed by the qvc view as well s the qvc team, my love goes out to beulah that sadley pass away my thoughts are with her family,i hope that you are feeling better in yourself as we miss yourself , i thought charlie said some lovley words ,when i read your blog i had tear running down my face,i hope that when you do your breast cancer day that these great two ladies will be rememberer on the day,my thoughts are with yourself and hope that you get stronger each day and look forward to see you back soon,
    Love and thoughts are with you
    Maggie xxxx

  195. Trisha-Ann September 9, 2013 at 11:04 am -  Reply

    Dear Ali, This must be so hard for you but you are so brave and gracious. I had the privilege to meet Amica at a QVC fashion show and we spoke about my Mother who was ill, I sadly lost her to the dreaded cancer recently, and feel very alone having also lost my Father. Amica was SO very kind and caring and I warmed to her immediately so I feel her loss like everyone else. It makes no sense. She was extremely caring and thoughtful and I will always remember her kindness to me. I think it would be lovely to preserve these comments for her family, she was a special lady. I was so sorry to hear about Beulah too although I was not fortunate enough to meet her, she too had a lovely smile. Thank you Ali for taking such time and trouble with this blog as it means a lot to us QVC family You are AMAZING xxxxxx

  196. Alison Keenan September 9, 2013 at 1:58 pm -  Reply

    Dear Hazel, I was so sorry to hear you lost your friend and that in turn her sons lost their mother… It is the ripple effect of this terrible disease which affects so many but I thank you for your kind words and blessing.. I take each day as it comes. Love Ali x

  197. Jenny September 10, 2013 at 10:56 pm -  Reply

    Alison, so touching to read of your memories of Amica. When I heard she’d gone, I just couldn’t believe it. I can’t explain it, she was just one of those people you just cannot imagine is really dead, & I still keep expecting to switch on & see her on screen. Such a waste. Bless you, keep well Ali.
    Jenny x

  198. Gilly September 12, 2013 at 9:17 pm -  Reply

    Ali
    I have just read your blog and I am utterly shocked and devastated. I tend not to “write in” to blogs etc but I can’t believe that Amica is gone – it seems no time since I saw her happy and smiling on QVC.
    What a wonderful support you were to her and I just hope that you receive and received as much kindness and thought in your dark days as you gave
    Gilly x

  199. Diane smith September 14, 2013 at 2:42 pm -  Reply

    Ah Ali I have just seen the passing away of Amica,I have been out of touch with Julia and I have passed my good wishes on to both of you my husband was diagnosed with kidney cancer, just after he retired, we just take each day as it comes, but was really upset to hear about Amica I have watched QVC since it started, I am so sad a nice lady, I ,m sure you must all miss her, I see things have not been going well for you, hope you are feeling better. xx

  200. ANNETTE MINGAY September 14, 2013 at 8:40 pm -  Reply

    Good evening Alison,
    For a few weeks now whilst watching QVC I had been wondering why I hadn’t seen Amica as she was my favourite model, and I loved watching her lying back getting her beauty treatments which she loved, such as Decleor and Gatineau.
    For some reason tonight, I came on here to read your blog and that’s when I discovered why I hadn’t seen the model with the lovely nature and smile. I didn’t know her but I’ve been with QVC for 20 years, so I know that even not meeting her, she had a beautiful inner being as well as outer.
    I am so sorry to have read that the lovely Amica has passed away, i’m sitting here in tears. I had just assumed she was working elsewhere or, at the worst, she was having further treatment. She looked so vibrant when I last saw her, and now I don’t know when that was, I had thought it was around June, but perhaps I’m wrong.
    She was such a lovely person.
    Annette

  201. Sally patmore September 16, 2013 at 1:52 pm -  Reply

    Just cannot believe that we have lost 2 beautiful models whom I simply adored. They will both be greatly missed.
    My heart goes out to family and friends and may they both rest in peace together.

  202. wendy moppett September 17, 2013 at 12:05 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison, I have only just heard of the loss of Amica, I couldn’t believe what I had read as I did not realise she was so ill. I read your blog and you gave her such a lovely tribute as you have also been through so much and I admired you for what you have gone through. I still cannot believe that she has passed away, very brave lady as are you

  203. Patricia Mellor September 19, 2013 at 9:38 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Oh gosh I have only just read about Amica and how shocked and sad I am.
    What a lovely lady and how brave she has been to come on screen and smile and laugh and carry on as if she had not had any illness what so ever.
    Let’s hope one day the awful ‘C’ word is wiped out as it takes too many lovely people!!
    I too am recovering from the ‘c’ word (womb cancer) but Amica has shown me how to get on and enjoy life as you just don’t know what is round the corner, perhaps a good job we don’t!!
    My heart goes out to Amica’s family.
    Ali, you look amazing and and so pleased to read you are ok now until the spring.I look forward to seeing you again live on air!!!

  204. wendy baldry September 19, 2013 at 7:00 pm -  Reply

    dear alison many thanks for your reply was very pleased to hear back from you, thankyou for your comments they did help, normaly im a very strong person and cope with most things but i think this has just started to hit me that iv had breast cancer,but i will get strong again and i will be fine.Ihope you are still keeping fine from what is see on qvc your looking very glam and i do admire you!! your a lovely lady alisonand a grt roll model for other cancer suffers keep up the good work its helping so many of us by emailing you i know its help me many many thanks for that and god bless,im sure amica is watching you and all the lovely things you have said about her what a good friend you were to her bless you for that lots of love wendy xx

  205. Suzanne Gulliford September 19, 2013 at 10:33 pm -  Reply

    What a beautiful Soul Amica appeared to be,thinking of her daughters at this sad time.R.I.P Amicaxxx

  206. Samantha Hudson September 27, 2013 at 4:05 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alison
    I was so sad to read that Amica has passed away. What a tragedy for her family too, especially her young daughters. Obviously I didn’t know Amica apart from regularly seeing her modelling on QVC but she has been in and out of my thoughts since I read the news on your blog yesterday. Can’t really think of anything else to say, just very, very sad. I wish her family anything and everything that will get them through this terrible time.

  207. Brenda October 3, 2013 at 5:23 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali. I was very shocked to hear that Amica has passed away. I thought that her treatment was going well. Your tribute to her was beautiful just as she was. I too have had breast cancer and have gone through the chemo radiotherapy and had a small op to remove the lump but am now in the clear although having the regular check ups. My thoughts are with Amica’s family and friends. I hope you are progressing well in your treatment now and are feeling more comfortable after this last op. I must say you are looking extremely well and your hair is amazing

  208. Jayne Cox October 4, 2013 at 1:45 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    I had been wondering how Amica was and I have tried to find out some information. I am totally shocked to hear that our beautiful Amica has left us. I am cold with shock. Amica was such a warm person and came across as so loving and caring. I am so upset. Amica was so young. Why oh why does this happen I keep asking . Bless you Amica, you were a beautiful person inside and out. Rest in peace dear Amica. with much love Jayne in Kidderminster xxx

  209. Heather Visram October 12, 2013 at 6:37 pm -  Reply

    DEAR ALI I AM VERY SAD I HAVE JUST FOUND OUT ABOUT AMICAS PASSING.I HAVE SHOPPED ON QVC FOR A LONG TIME.I WILL MISS HER WONDERFUL BEAMING SMILE AND GRACE.AND BEAULLA AS WELL SUCH BRAVE COURAGIOUS LADYS.MY HEART GOES OUT TO THEIR FAMILYS.MAY GOD BLESS THEM IN HEAVEN.

  210. Joan Shaw October 13, 2013 at 1:39 am -  Reply

    I was so sorry to hear about Amica, I will always remember her lovely smile.

  211. Annie October 13, 2013 at 10:49 am -  Reply

    Dear Ali,
    Only just read the blog where you speak of Amica’s passing. And Beulah too! What a shock it was to me. I am a staunch follower of QVC (and shopper) and all of you there are indeed like “family”. I wanted to add my most sincere condolences on this to Amica’s family and Beulah’s family too. Also to you and all the other QVC staff who were friends of these two lovely women. Sorrow is SO difficult to bear isnt it? Amica and Beulah both were such beautiful models, but beyond beauty, they were graceful and gracious, bringing us regularly warmth and happiness while we sit alone in our little homes with the TV. It is such an important part of life to share smiles, be pleasant and kind and this radiated from them as it does from you, Kathy, Debbie, Catherine and so many others of you too. I am SO SO sad and I send love and light (in my heart) to the families and to you and yours Ali. Your recent good news is a ray of sunshine for all of us who follow and care about you.
    Much love
    Annie

  212. susan olley October 14, 2013 at 3:57 pm -  Reply

    i have been dianosed with 3 brain tumours and seicures after cappasling and blacking out at home,memory loss i s nt good,and suffer with unbearable tiredness ,i ve had radiotheraphy ,but it made my hair all fall out and the scalp fry,so i wonnt recommend that ever again,anyway what will be will be ,anyone watched the big c on the tv,its very inspiring,gives you food for though,no chemo for me as it equals sickness daily so also no radiotheraphy as the mask andtiredness are brain fryers i m afraid,soits best to just blank it all out andbe as calm as you can as cancer is a depressing illness i m not lying on that ,wellgood luck everone.

  213. Linda Malcolm October 16, 2013 at 8:25 pm -  Reply

    Dear ALi,
    An avid QVC viewer & customer for many years, I was so very sad when I watched the Stacey show many months back when Amica was one of the models & Stacey made a comment which touched all who saw it.
    I have for so long watched for her & wondered how she was doing?
    Charlie’s tribute to her on tonight show was perfect, but broke my heart ~ God love her & keep her safe.
    I know you have been on this difficult journey yourself & you are looking amazing, bless you.
    This disease knows no boundary & has touched many, my family included, my sister was only 27, devastating.
    QVC is a special family; so I can only imagine how loosing Amica has affected you all.
    God bless, stay strong.
    Best wishes Linda Malcolm

  214. Pamela Wilson October 16, 2013 at 11:28 pm -  Reply

    Ali
    I’ve just watched the terrific breast cancer evening and I Thank-you for your collective individual approach and positivity. i have been unwell myself and although I had missed her beautiful presence on qvc – I hoped to hear of good things for Amica whom I would say – was my favourite model ever and especially since I started watching qvc some 18 years ago. I saw beautiful Amica’s face & some family walked in, so I immediately pressed record. I am now truly sad to learn through the special tribute for Amica that she has passed and I am upset for her husband and daughters. Whenever she came on to my tv screen, the room lit up with her smile, her humility and goodness – and her inner beauty shone through too. Ive just read your blog and I am posting for the first time. Thank-you for your kind words Ali and I am sorry to learn about Beulah too – another treasure – we viewers were lucky to witness and share – within our homes.
    Thank-you Very Special Ladies!
    Pamela

  215. Elizabeth October 17, 2013 at 1:39 pm -  Reply

    So very sad to realise that Amica has passed away. I had been wondering how she was, but it wasn’t until Charlie’s tribute last night that I realised she had gone. She was a beautiful person inside and out and I can’t imagine how her family will learn to live without her. I found this video link this morning and think it truly sums up her up as a beautiful and inspring person: http://vimeo.com/66024806
    RIP Amica.

  216. Patricia October 28, 2013 at 12:52 am -  Reply

    Hello Alison just read your blog so very sorry to learn of Amica untimely death she was a beautiful person on the show always smiling lovely looking person I lost my mother too ovarian cancer so my heart goes out to Amica husband & two daughters hopefully in time the many wonderful memories they help will help in so e way too ease their pain they are all in my thoughts & prayers
    I am delighted too see that you are doing so well thank God you are an inspiration to us all I love too see you on the show your smile lights up the room keep positive & thanks for brightening all our days

  217. Carolyn Jones October 28, 2013 at 2:16 pm -  Reply

    Dearest Ali
    I was looking at your blog and it is with a heavy heart i read about Amica and Beulah,s passing . The tribute you have give will be in my heart alway,s.
    As a QVC customer for a long time you do feel you a part of a family.
    Ali stay well
    Remember to live in our heart is to never die. xx

  218. carol Embleton October 28, 2013 at 5:04 pm -  Reply

    hi alison
    I can remember seeing you on the previous Breast Cancer Show and discovered we both shared finishing our radio therapy on the same day. Soon afterwards I discovered Armica had also battled with B.C. I watched you both together along the way so high spirited and positive. Watching the recent B.C. event I was so upset for Amica and her family and words can only imagine what you must be going through. Smily Arnica will be sadly missed – stay strong Alison

  219. Sherry Sanderson October 31, 2013 at 12:12 pm -  Reply

    My mum, an avid QVCer told me on Tues about Amica’s demise. I didn’t really give it a second thought as to y I hadn’t seen her recently. Now………? Don’t really know what to say, but, really, my thoughts are filled with her presently.

  220. Jo December 12, 2013 at 6:29 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    I’m so sorry to hear of Amica & Beulah’s Passing, I was watching the YBF show today when Stacy and Ali Young mentioned about the memory of Amica, I did wonder why she hadn’t been on Air for a while, I read your tribute on your blog which brought me to tears, I hope your well! and I feel for all of you that worked with these two beautiful models, I know I didn’t know them personally but watching the show for years you feel you know them, I lost a close work colleague in October after a two year battle with secondary liver Cancer, I generally feel for people going through this terrible disease and losing people close to you. Love to all at QVC Jo x

  221. Harriet December 13, 2013 at 12:33 am -  Reply

    I do not now what made me read your blog as I do not very often read the presenters blogs. I was in shock to hear of Amica’s passing, I was taken back and upset at the same time,I have been wondering for some time why I have not seen her on QVC. I did not like to ring up to speak to customer care, asking where she was. I am so glad that you had one another for support, and also that you are making a excellent recovery. God Bless you.

  222. Diane Smith December 14, 2013 at 3:25 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, what a fabulous tribute to Amica. I have been a customer for many years, and loved to watch her. She was beautiful on the inside as she was on the outside and she will be sadly missed. I have to say that I didn’t know about Beulah; that was a shock. My heart goes out to both families and my thoughts are with you for your continued recovery from this cruel disease.
    love and special thoughts
    Diane xx

  223. pat July 18, 2014 at 12:28 am -  Reply

    I’m so sorry to hear a mica passed away beautiful lady inside and out will be sadly missed her beautiful smiling face god bless her x

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