Happy middle of the week to you!


Ali and Craig before 'Anything Goes'Happy middle of the week to you and thank you for all your comments on this last blog :) It seems we're all quite alike when it comes to our children, and I thank you for sharing. That's one of the lovely things about this way of keeping in touch, realising that you're not alone in your thoughts, which to me is a comfort :)

Something though that is not a comfort is my bloomin' right arm at the moment, and it's a good job I'm long sighted as I am having to type with my arms out straight and the computer seems miles away! I had to have all the lymph nodes removed at the same time as the mastectomy because they were malignant, and unfortunately lymphoedema set up while I was still having chemo.

It's a very strange condition that causes the arm to swell up because the lymph fluid can't drain away – only 10% of patients get it – guess I was one of the lucky ones :) To be fair it's a lot better than it was initially – the entire arm was huge – I reckon I could have taken on Nadal with my forehand!

In the last year the swellng seems to have been just around the elbow and lower arm, and I was seeing a Manual Lymphatic Drainage nurse about once a month, but didn't continue as the swelling was so random that none of the sleeves that were measured for me ever fitted, so I was naughty and gave up!

Anyways… long story short, it's not been getting any better and so I have found a new nurse locally, and she has begun a two week course of massaging and bandaging my arm. If you saw me on Monday then you will have seen this enormous appendage that used to be my right arm, but now looks like the leg of a small adult!

Cleaning my teeth is hilarious as I can only manage it with my left hand, and I can't hold my fork in my right hand either – I can still cut my food I just can't get it into my mouth!! Last night I turned over in the bed and nearly rendered Colin unconcious with a right hook, and apart from wearing a ring there's no chance of getting any other jewellery on..! Luckily I have the bandages changed every two days and so I can remove them, and shower and hair wash before seeing the nurse, which is a definite relief :)

It's not that easy finding dresses with sleeves – although I have a couple from Lesley Ebbets' 'With Sleeves' range on order, and will possibly resort to a Harry Worth type stance on Thursday at midnight when I'll be with Kim Mendelson who has a terrific new TSV! Of course the bandage is only temporary, and if it all works, which I have every faith it will, then I will finally have an almost matching pair of arms again :)

It does make me appreciate though how incredibly difficult it must for be anyone with their arm in plaster, or those who struggle with arthritis in the joints – I'm thinking of you :) Infact when I was at junior school, my friend Joanna Banting fell out of an apple tree and broke BOTH her arms! Nightmare! I'm sure some of you could match that though, so do drop me a line and we can all empathise :)

Craig with the Zumba crewI have to say I was glad to be unbandaged for last Saturday's 'Anything Goes' show with Craig. I don't know if you saw any of it, but he was awesome in the Zumba! I always knew he could dance having watched him gyrate around the dance floor at several Christmas parties, and he didn't disappoint in his version of the rumba!

I was rather sorry to have missed the gorgeous boxer David Haye (who made those jungle moments in 'I'm a Celebrity' a tad more special !) but he will be with Miceal this Saturday at 8pm.

Well, I think that's all I can do for today, and I'm afraid I'm rather short on photos apart from this gorgeous picture of the Orchid that my friend Jo bought for me in January 2007 when I moved into my little house. It has flowered constantly since then, but I think this house move was a bridge too far… these two blooms are the last, but it has brought me deep joy over the years :)

Ali's beautiful Orchid The last two blooms

I hope wherever you are you're warm and healthy and if you get the time I'd love to hear your news. Oh, and I now tweet so you can keep in touch that way too! @alikqvc is my address if you fancy :) Sending you my love, Ali xxxx


  1. BabsQ February 6, 2013 at 11:31 am -  Reply

    Bless you, Ali,I do hope your arm soon gets better and you can do all the every day things we need to do. I can relate to how you are struggling, Sept 2007, how the years fly, it only seems like a few months away, i fell and smashed my wrist, i was coming in the door and fell, to save myself i put my hand out on the radiator but the force of impact of my hand against steel, wow, i bounced from wall to door several times. to cut a long story short 8 days later i had an operation , i had 3 wires put in. Lots of morphine and the strongest pain killers for 4 months, the physiotherapy was horrendous, they thought i was going to be left with a useless arm but i kept doing the excercises even during the night, as i could not sleep.Even now i have problems.You are a fighter so i’m sure you’ll get the better of it, no one would know what you have gone through and still coping with, you always are smiling and have a great sense of humor.I do watch you on screen, you are a pleasure to watch and you make me laugh.The weather here is very cold, snow and icy cold winds.Take care, keep warm.Love BabsQ xxxx

  2. Gwen Tugwell February 6, 2013 at 12:00 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Thank you for another lovely blog,I always look forward to them,it really is like reading a letter from a friend, sorry to hear that your arm has been troublesome, but I am sure you will soon overcome this as you have with everything else,lots of good luck and love to you and the lovely Amica, I hope things are going well for her.
    Very best wishes.

  3. Christine Jones February 6, 2013 at 1:19 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Just read your blog and I am saying a prayer that the odeama disperses so that you are not debilitated in that right arm… I remember having a really swollen arm after 14 hours surgery to remove quite a list of stuff from my abdomen 9 years ago now.. Because of the length of time and the fact my arms were outstetched so long it was affected.. Anyway. I couldnt feel it for ages or do much with it, but over time it has got much better.. I can knit again now (so determined was I to make little garments for my granchildren, born 5years 3 years and 3 months ago now… such a blessing are they!!!)also I can even click my fingers again…(I lost my ability to click!!!) I am just trying it again as I type this to make sure its not done a runner!! Yep.. its still there.. little things and all that.. I am sure then that your arm will improve to full service again, I praying very hard as I did for you every day last year XX
    As I write Ali, I just looking into the garden, I have 3 small eucalytus I planted last year, Each look vey different today, theres a very sad bent over droopy one obviously not up to par, then there s the one that s getting battered about but when the wind blows a certain way, it seems to cling to my washing line pole, then there the last one, that s full of leaves standing strong not beeing affected by the strong wind or cold, in fact its kind of waving to me.. with outstretched arms.. That just reminds me of the stages we go through, bent over with trouble, then getting comfort and strength to hold us up from a reliable strong solid source when we still a bit wobbly and we reach out knowing they are there to keep us upright… then, stronger, enough to gather both our arms up in the air and say ” Hey, Here I am again, Lets go…Been a bit bent over but NOT broken!!! Ooo, thanks to the trees for that little message for you and me and all our friends and family out there.. Love and hugs Ali, my arms outstreched!!! Great to see you back and all the best of blessings in abundance in your new home XX New beginnings… LOve to your beautiful mum and family..
    X X

  4. Magda Chetty February 6, 2013 at 6:31 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    I hope the arm is better. I do know how you feel, God when I hurt my arm in January I could not do much. Eventhough it was my left arm, like you said eating was a problem, getting the food to my mouth was the worse part. Doctor order was not to use it at all for 3 weeks, it is better now but when I use it, it hurt as it is not used to the movements.
    The local hair dresser was very happy to have me there every 4 days to wash and dry my hair, but I think I can do that myself this week.
    The weather here is been a bit mad, we had a few very cold days around 20th January, for Mallorca 3 and 5 degrees are not the norm.
    Then around the 28th it was back to 17 and 18 nice and warm, but now it is back to cold, rain and wind.
    Still we should start to think that by March we can look forward to Spring.
    I hope all the army ladies are ok, have not heard from a few of them for a while. Love to you all, and keep well and happy.
    Keep the great blogs coming Ali, you are the best.
    Much love.

  5. Joanna Downey February 6, 2013 at 6:52 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ali, I nearly always start my replies by saying how much I love your latest photos and this one is no exception because black and white shots are so elegant and the two of you could be from an art house film AND you look wonderful wearing another gorgeous floaty dress. The West Midlands seem to be back in the middle of the Winter again, it has been iron cold this week and my hair has responded by generating enough electricity to light a room. I am deaf in my right ear and this could continue for a few weeks, the students think it is hilarious with some speaking slowly and miming their questions/answers. I am currently doing a mood board for a garden at school in memory of a student we lost last year, I have lots of ideas but it is such a sad task and I really want to get it right so that we can honour him. We now have the bedrooms decorated and I know just how the guest room will look, complete with Kelly Hoppen cover on the bed and a beautiful painting in exactly the same shade to complement it. Planning these rooms has lifted some of the “rattling around in an empty box” feeling I have had since Ellie left, the downside is that I have lots of ideas for other rooms so the smell of paint could linger for some time..! Your arm sounds a real misery and I hope this latest lady can help and limit the chances of Colin needing medical help! Blue skies and sunshine, love from Jo x

  6. Julie February 6, 2013 at 7:27 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Sorry to hear you’re having problems with your arm again. Hope all else is well. For some strange reason everytime(nowhere else abroad) I go to Cyprus my joints swell. I went to the Dr who said I had Viral arthritis. I had to wear a support on my right wrist for months so I know how difficult it can be.Until it happened, it didn’t dawn on me that by using your left hand all the time how awkward it is. Certain things you have to do in the opposite direction(if that makes sense!!)now I know how my brother feels-being left handed-isn’t Lucy too?
    I told you last time about my massage- I found out that due to the car accident my neck,body etc is out of line so should see a physiotherpist or chiropractor-it’s done more damage than originally thought.Talking about my birthday I forgot to tell you my main present- Clogau Gold necklace- no surprise there then as you know I love the range and coming from Wales!!
    Take care as always, speak soon
    Julie x Lily xxxxx

  7. lindalo February 6, 2013 at 8:08 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali,
    I have not written for some time as there has been some much going on in my family, none of it good. Christmas was not to good my sister was in hospital for ten weeks and then in a hospice. She’sout now but is still poorly. Other members have been in hospital as well, but their are on the road to recovery thank goodness. All in all I have had two sisters and two nephews all in hospital one after another.
    Hope that your arm gets better soon. I know how you must feel as I have cronic arthritis, I have had it for nearly 24 years. You will find ways around it. God Bless you and your family.
    Luv lindalou

  8. Jill Foster February 6, 2013 at 9:58 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ali
    how lovely to have your catch up again and so good to hear your arm is having some tender loving care. I have to admit that I had not noticed any swelling or bandage of any sort when you have been on and thought on Saturday night how brilliant you were looking. So refreshing and just fab. It may be like so many of us when something is not quite right that we think everyone notices the imperfections but actually what one does notice are the good things – like the smile, fab hair and bright eyes (all of which I noticed on Saturday with you) etc and not the things that we feel are not right with us. A friend had to have all her lymph nodes removed in one arm about a year ago and she said it is really not very nice. She had 13 removed first and then the rest in a second operation. My daughter has just had her fourth chemo and feeling quite “done in” at the moment but this should soon improve as the days go by. Good news in that after the chemo and radio she will not need the hormone tablets as first thought – that is a very long story which I won’t bore you with but suffice to say the breast surgeon we have is really on the ball and a godsend.
    Looking forward to your next update
    Love Jillyxx

  9. Sue Jennings February 6, 2013 at 11:11 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali….I am sorry to hear about your arm I did see you on the fashion show last week and you mentioned your arm and it looked swollen…you cope so well..my colleague has the same problem and her hand is bad too…the Orchids look beautiful ….I have a broken bone story for you…I work for Asda and one of our charities is Tickled Pink for breast cancer so we do lots of fundraising each year and this particular one we all decided to have random sprays of pink put into our hair…me being blonde my streak was very distinctive…so picture the scene I finish work and rush to our town centre Saturday afternoon for an appointment very busy town centre lots of shoppers I get my toe caught in some block paving fall headlong spread eagled on the floor and I’d put my two hands out instinctively to break my fall…by this time a crowd had gathered I’d broken my right radial head clean across and my humerus I was almost passing out with the pain when the crowd started shouting “she’s split her head open and there a lot of blood call for an ambulance”. Of course it was my Tickled Pink hair …it was amazing how no one bothered about my real injuries …anyway I’ve laughed about it many times since but at the time I was in agony so I spent 6 weeks in a cushioned arm brace as they couldn’t plaster may arm due to the radial head brake it was terrible not being able to do things that I’d taken for granted all these years…I must tell you that tonight I am burning Waikiki Melon one of the newYankee fragrances ..I got the last TSV on auto delivery but was one of the unlucky ones that missed out on the large jar auto delivery so I bought the single item ones…but the lovely Craig has been working behind the scenes for us all and he kept us informed on Facebook that they are being brought back on auto delivery hopefully soon so I can’t wait as I am addicted….I am now off to prepare myself for my 5am alarm call (another day another dollar) have a great rest of the week Ali and take good care
    Sending much love
    Sue Jennings

  10. Sue Joynson February 7, 2013 at 1:14 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    I know exactly what you are going through with your swollen arm.
    My mom suffered with this problem after having her mastectomy back in the early 60’s, but unfortunately they did not have the medical knowledge then as they do now,she had to do exercises for her arm, by crawling the hand up the wall, so try and stretch it and perhaps get some kind of relief, it was quite funny to see, although not for her, and the whole family used to make funny comments to her, but she did see the funny side of most of them, especially if we said…. we always knew Dad drove you up the wall…. so she suffered with a very swollen arm until she passed away early 70’s. You are an inspiration to all the ladies that have suffered and still are suffering with breast cancer as well as to the ones who havent. keep strong x

  11. Chris Page February 7, 2013 at 7:40 pm -  Reply

    Poor you, Ali – I thought you’d damaged it by trying to Zumba in those skyscraper heels you were wearing!

  12. Rhona Fenton February 7, 2013 at 8:06 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, you poor thing you do have a time off it don’t you, but I hope you will be feeling better soon and thanks to your nurse am sure you will have your arm back as good as new:)as you know my illness can make it hard to do things even things as easy as washing hair can be a no no and it gets to you, which I know is way different to what you are going through so I can only imagine how you are feeling, but I know you won’t give up as you are a strong beautiful women, but I do hate to hear off your suffering and can only hope you will be feeling much better soon:) on another note your sam was right I did ask Rebecca and yes it is sore having a tattoo done on the bone but the tendons is worse so you might want to let sam know that reply from Rebecca and please let us know if he is going to go for another one? and I told Rebecca that you loved the sound off her tatoos, which ended in a huge smile over her face, she’s off for number 7 on valentines day just a small one this time:) as for your orchid, don’t give up give it some Richard Jacksons Root Booster, followed by his flower power every two weeks, I have had amazing results with plants that looked like there was no hope left, and Richard will back me up on that one as he is proud off my past results:) hope you have a lovely weekend, luv to colin and the family also, love Rhona xx

  13. Sue Radford February 7, 2013 at 10:31 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali,
    Hope your arm is behaving and you’re not feeling too uncomfortable – it must be awful for you. I’m sure it will improve with time. Some years ago my friend broke both her ankles (oh I’m having a funny turn just thinking about it). She had her 9 month old niece in her arms at the time having just taken her out of the bath, her foot went right through a rotten floor board on the step leading out of the bathroom and in her struggle to save the baby from harm she twisted sideways – she actually heard the ankles crack aaaargh! She reminds me of you Ali as she was so brave and hardly complained about it. The worst fall I had was two summers ago – I remember telling you about it. I fell flat on my face having caught my foot in a pothole while on a short break to Cornwall with my friend resulting in a broken nose and three deep cuts on my face having to be glued back together. All has since healed, apart from a small scar above my top lip. I looked as if I’d done 10 rounds in a boxing ring.
    Have just returned from a lovely holiday to Mexico. Had a great time and enjoyed every minute of it (apart from trying to manage my hair – I looked like the wild man of Borneo most of the time as the weather was so humid – glad I took my hairpiece LOL). I couldn’t believe how pleasant and helpful the hotel staff and locals were. Will definitely visit again!
    Despite the problems you’re having with your arm Ali, you’re looking great as always.
    Bye for now,
    Love from Sue Radford x

  14. Del Nur February 7, 2013 at 11:09 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali. Just saw you on the Bare Minerals show and was sorry to see you had the bandage sleeve back on again. I hope now you are seeing a nurse locally that you will soon be feeling better and your arm will be ‘normal’ again. I always enjoy reading your blogs and you amaze me that you stay so positive with all that happens in your life. Take care of yourself. Sending love xx

  15. mary February 7, 2013 at 11:30 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, I am typing this on my tablet so spelling may be compromised! Poor you and your arm it must be so uncomfortable. Your arm misdemeanors did, I am afraid, make me giggle but I am sure with massage etc it will be back to normal soon..Arms are funny things; sometimes they just hang either side of our bodies and in moments of awkwardness we just don’t know what to do with them yet when one is not functioning it causes all sorts of problems. I broke the bone that goes from shoulder to elbow..sorry but for the life of me I can’t remember the biological terminology.. but it basically snapped in half with a diagonal cut. Much to my horror they can’t plaster thst part of the arm as its impossible to immobilize so instead it was trussed like a turkey with Velcro strapping and a sling so the diagonal break was pulled together in opposition. How painful and how vulnerable I felt. So how do you shampoo your hair leaning over the bath with the shower attachment or do up jeans or do the things you need to do at certain times of the month? Its impossible!
    Anything goes was hilarious ( I recorded casualty and watched it Sunday morning!) And Craig’s surely a contender for the next Strictly…he has snake hips and lots of rhythm. It looks like so much fun.
    Only a week and a bit until half term. I have made the curtains for my daughter Chloe’s room in between batch baking lasagne for the freezer on Saturday and managed to line them with some thermal blackout lining fabric which has made them woderfully thick and luxurious. Whilst sewing I realised that my electric Singer sewing machine was 26 years old and it still goes like a dream; I certainly have got my money out of that, it was truly built to last.. My daughter was very impressed with my sewing skills…a definite compliment from a newly crowned teenager. Photo s of her cake are on the way but my printer is having a tantrum and decided to only print half a picture so my sister is giving me her old one as she bought a new printer when it was the tsv a few weeks ago.
    Mum had hospital at Kings this week and good news is that her brain tumour is finally shrinking. Relief all round although there is more scar tissue on the left hand side and there is damage to the right hand side confirming that she did have a stroke in the summer but the news of her tumour was the best ever.
    Finally, I made a chocolate sauce sponge in my slow cooker..one where you make the sponge then make the chocolate sauce with cocoa and milk then pour over sponge. When its cooked the sauce is under the sponge. Its a Simon Brown recipe and is delicious. Give it a try. Have a great week. Mary xx

  16. Mrs Janet Jones February 8, 2013 at 10:23 am -  Reply

    Dear Ali,I hope your arm is improving. I have had a very emotional week It started with us going to see Donny and Marie Osmond for my birthday,he was my teen idol and I can’t believe I finally got to see him, at 52.They are both fabulous singers and it was a wonderful show. Marie dedicated a song to her son who had died, it was so moving.
    The following day we helped move my son and his girlfriend into their flat and my son asked could he have the tv from his bedroom at home, and I said what will you do when you come to stay, to which he replied I won’t be staying as much now mum, and gave me a big hug. He will have his own little family now, and I realized that he has really left home now. When we got home I went to his bedroom and sobbed, I know you can relate to this Ali and I am so glad that things are back on track for you and Jack, Family is everything,and so very soon we will have another member of ours to love and cherish.
    The to top it all of we went to see Les Mis on wed, more crying. So this weekend we will have to visit a science museum were no emotion is involved , I am drained!!
    The 18th is fast approaching, no sign of baby yet, but can’t wait.
    Take good care Ali, speak soon love Janet xx

  17. Mrs Janet Jones February 8, 2013 at 11:23 am -  Reply

    forgot to say Ali, when I got home from a friends on my birthday, there was a beautiful bouquet of tulips (one of my favorite flowers)
    in my porch. They were from my son, as you can imagine that set me off again!! What a wuss!! Can you imagine what I will be like when the baby is born. Note to self, must get in lots of boxes of man size tissues!!
    Speak soon Ali love Janet xx

  18. alison keenan February 8, 2013 at 2:30 pm -  Reply

    Babs you are my hero! That fall and the subsequent operation sounds HORRIBLE! Physiotherapy a necessary evil, but hell when you’re going through it I know… I think you’re a star to carry on with the exercises even tho they hurt, and I hope that although you still have some problems they will recify themselves. I remember the nerve pain I had in my arm after the mastectomy could make me weep, but the physio had to get me to stretch it until the ‘cords’ snapped….ouch! This is far less uncomfortable, but the itching under the bandage last night kept me awake :) I’m glad I can make you laugh…a sense of humour is what gets most of us through most things! Take care and stay well, Love Ali xx

  19. alison keenan February 8, 2013 at 2:32 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Gwen and thanks for writing. Yes I only have another week of the bandaging to go, so hopefully all will be well and I’ll have a sleeve that fits at the end of it :) Lots of love and luck to you too, Ali xx

  20. alison keenan February 8, 2013 at 2:37 pm -  Reply

    Christine you write so beautifully, and your analogy of the eucalyptus trees was very moving…. and very true… It sounds to me as though you’ve been through it in your own way too, but I take my hat of to you for perservering and I thank you also for your prayers – so very much appreciated. I saw my mum just yesterday and passed your good wishes on to her too – thank you Christine, and I hope that you stay well and healthy and busy with your family and gorgeous grandchildren.Love Ali xx

  21. alison keenan February 8, 2013 at 2:40 pm -  Reply

    Dear Magda, I am sorry to hear that your arm has taken this long to heal… I hope that with continued use it will stop hurting. I am sure your local hairdresser was thrilled to see you there so often… I am lucky that I can take the bandages off every two days and so shower and wash my own hair! The weather in Mallorca sounds as weird as ours here, although I think we’d be hard pushed to get 18 degrees and warm at the moment :) Take care and rest, sending you my love, Ali xx

  22. alison keenan February 8, 2013 at 2:45 pm -  Reply

    Dear Jo, always good to hear from you and loving the expression ‘iron cold’…. have had a few days/nights like that here too! I admire you very much for taking on the task of creating a mood board in memory of a student from your school…. as you say so important that you get it right, but I am certain you will… Keeping busy so that you adjust to not having Ellie with you is a good idea – it’s incredible how quickly the weeks pass, and I’m sure she’ll be back to visit any time soon! Yes the arm is a nuisance and quite sore and heavy now, but only a week to go and then bandages off and sleeve on! You take care, and keep in touch.. always here, love Ali xx

  23. alison keenan February 8, 2013 at 2:48 pm -  Reply

    Julie what a bloomin’ nuisance especially when you’re meant to be away enjoying yourself! I agree completely about using your left hand – mascara was all over the shop! And yes Lucy is left handed as is Jack, and my brother Peter! Perhaps you should try Pilates to straighten up your alignment problem – it’s excellent for central core stability :) Very glad you got the Clogau Gold necklace and I wish you well to wear it. Love to you and Lily, Alixx

  24. alison keenan February 8, 2013 at 2:51 pm -  Reply

    Sue, what a trooper!!! Your fall sounds horrendous, and worse still that your real injuries didn’t come to light until the ambulance arrived! 6 weeks in a cushioned arm brace puts my fortnight in sponge and crepe bandage to shame! I am glad that you get such pleasure from the fabulous fragrance of Yankee Candles – I do think our Craig is as much of a fan as you are! We had fun together on Anything Goes last Saturday – he’s one heck of a dancer as I said! Take care sue and enjoy your lie in tomorrow – well at least I hope you will have one. Love Ali xx

  25. alison keenan February 8, 2013 at 2:54 pm -  Reply

    Gosh Sue reading your comment took me back to the Physio’s room and doing the very same exercises your mum did… climbing the wall with your hand… not as easy as it sounds, and I’m just sorry that all her perserverance never alleviated the swelling.. I’m equally sorry that she lost her battle – I am sure you miss her… Have to admit to struggling a little at the moment what with the arm and lack of sleep, but reading all these comments puts my situation in perspective – always :) You take care and thanks again for writing, love Ali xx

  26. alison keenan February 8, 2013 at 2:55 pm -  Reply

    Chris I wish that had have been the case – didn’t do too badly did I considering!!! :) Have a good weekend, love Ali x

  27. alison keenan February 8, 2013 at 2:57 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Rhona I am seeing Sam and jack tomorrow so will definitely ask him re the tattoo! I hope her new tattoo brings her joy :) Thanks for your tips re the orchid, but sadly as all the leaves had died back I sent it to Orchid heaven in the cuttings bin, and only have the stem with flowers left… it was outstanding though and I believe only lasted that long BECAUSE of Richard jackson’s flower Power :D Love you you and yours from me and mine xxx

  28. alison keenan February 8, 2013 at 3:00 pm -  Reply

    Ooooh Sue, your tale of your friend who broke both her ankles at the same time has brought me out in a hot flush!! The sounds of bones cracking is just ghastly! Thank heavens though her neice was unharmed – she would never have forgiven herself I’m sure… I do remember you telling me about your fall as it was the summer I was having treatment and thought at the time that a broken nose and three huge cuts on your face was far worse than losing my hair! so glad it healed well and that you’ve had a lovely time in Mexico. You should try the OJON frizzy hair shampoo and conditioner – it really works! Percy and Read have a fab spray too so check it out online :) You take care and relax this weekend, love Ali xx

  29. alison keenan February 8, 2013 at 3:01 pm -  Reply

    Dear Del, thank you for your kind words. I am indeed seeing a nurse locally and she is fab – I’m certain that this fornight of targetted treatment will sort it and hopefully the arm will be ‘normal’ again – something it’s not been for nearly two years now! I’m glad that you enjoy reading the blogs, and really appreciate you taking the time to reply. Love Ali x

  30. Denise February 8, 2013 at 10:17 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, So sorry to hear about problems again with your arm. We had quite a busy weekend so I didn’t catch seeing you on screen. My Mother in law had or should say has similiar problems but with her legs after a knee replacement op and she really has had a terrible time with it so I can very much understand how you must be feeling. Like someone else replied you would never know as you are always like a ray of sunshine on the screen.
    I’ve had quite a busy week – my sons 25th Birthday,zumba classes,2nd time of seeing Les Mis,start of the new Rugby season,doctors and blood test appointments and a day out shopping in Leeds – phew! Then typically my diary for next week is empty – not even sure what Valentines Day holds yet! Its my evening for my Zumba class which I am addicted to so I told my hubby I’m still going! I said he can cook a meal for when I get in. Then tonight he saw an advert on TV that looks like his team has a game (football that is) the same day – oh well after 28 years I guess we don’t need a special day ha ha. I hope Colin and yourself have a lovely Valentines.
    Take care Alison,
    Lots of love

  31. Claire Downing February 9, 2013 at 12:38 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali,wanted to say, although you must be in pain with your poor arm, you are such an inspiration to us all. You are always so cheerful,I am always pleased when I see that you are presenting.
    Wishing you and your arm :-) a speedy recovery.
    Would you please pass my thoughts onto Amica. x
    Claire xx

  32. Elaine sallis February 9, 2013 at 5:16 pm -  Reply

    Hi ali
    So sorry to hear your arm is causing you problems. Hope they will be able to get it right for you. Elaine

  33. angela white February 10, 2013 at 1:01 pm -  Reply

    hi ali you alright!? saw you on tele and you looked really well i hope your arm gets better soon i had 6 lymph nodes taken away 4 were good 2 bad i was lucky really though under my arm is numb and arm does ache sometimes if i do to much,so i dont! haha!! we went to see steves daughter and 3 girls last week for the first time youngest is 3 called jessica, she has cystic fibrosis oh ali its such a shame she is lovely and so lively and happy you wouldnt think there was anything wrong looking at her! the other 2 girls are 14 and 17 it was lovely to see them and will see them again soon. well my kitchen was delivered friday-yippeee! its in garage at the mo and will be started tomorrow (monday) its light oak and grey worktops cant wait for it all to be done! i have to go to doctors on tuesday i had blood test and sugar was up from last time so he wants to see me the meds im on for bc is anastrozole and it can affect liver function but that was ok thank goodness!!well take care ali love to you and your family and all of ali”s army! xx

  34. Louise Curtis February 10, 2013 at 2:05 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, you are truly inspirational. I read all your blogs. I hope your arm will soon be better; you always seem to soldier on so bravely.
    Let’s hope this year will be a good one for us all,
    Louise xxx

  35. Margaret Onions February 10, 2013 at 7:04 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali so sorry you are having problems with your arm and I hope between you and the nurse it gets back to normal quickly. I have just had my last chemo session and thought I was doing ok compared to some of the poor women in the cheno suite(there is always someome worse off than me)only to find that I have a clot in my arm that the chemo was put in and now the veisn are thickening and shortening which is very annoying as I cannot straighten the arm. I have blood thinning inj and hope will sort itself out along with the rest of me now the chemo is finished. You have been my inspiration throughout this treatment and I want to thank you for being so open and honest about what has happened to you. I think you look fabulous now and can only hope my hair returns so well, yours is fabulous. Please continue to improve and look fab xxxx

  36. Judith Lennon February 12, 2013 at 9:11 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Must say I was rather concerned to see you bandaged up the other day. I hoped you hadn’t hurt yourself in the snow and ice and fallen over. I then read your blog and found out why. You poor thing you seem to be a magnet for things happening to you. As always you get on with life with such a brilliant attitude to facing the world and what it throws as you. Hope things soon get better for you and take care as always. I often think of you and how well you are doing. love Judithx

  37. Dee February 13, 2013 at 2:12 pm -  Reply

    It’s the first time i’ve seen your blog and i loved it. Keep up the good work x

  38. Norma Smithson February 13, 2013 at 2:18 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    I watched you on Kim & Co ‘s show and I remaked to Harold that I thought you were having problems with your right arm again, I thought you managed really well to keep it out of sight, I bet your arm was aching by the time you had finished, I hope this new nurse will soon get you on the right path. A long time ago, I was in long leg plaster for 16 weeks, and I remember waking up with Harold panicking as my plastered left leg was lying across his throat, this was in the days when the cast was made of plaster of paris and not the lightweight bay cast that they now use. We thought it was like a scene out of a Carry On film. How funny but my orchid is now on it’s last legs and we have had it flowering eighteen months, not as long as you Ali but it’s sad when they go, although they seem expensive when you buy one they are worth every penny. We got to know this week that my grandaughter Harriet has got into her chosen university which is great, my daughter says they seem to have to do so much more work than what she did. Have you and Colin got any holidays planned yet, I know sometimes you like a break early in the year, I don’t know whether we will go abroad this year but we will cetainly be taking soome breaks. Hope you get this Ali as the one I sent ten days ago didn’t appear to have arrived. Always in my thoughts Much Love Norma x

  39. alison keenan February 13, 2013 at 5:22 pm -  Reply

    Dear Lindalou, my failsafe method of answering these messages has failed!! :) So sorry I missed you on my last round, and especially as you’ve been going through such a hard time of it…please give my very best to your sisters and nephews – let’s pray that there will be some respite for all of you. I am sorry that on top of all this worry you have to struggle with arthritis… I have the beginnings of it in my hip and so completely commiserate. I hope very much that you’re able to stay warm in this chilly weather and that things are improving for you all, with my love and best wishes, Ali xx

  40. alison keenan February 13, 2013 at 5:26 pm -  Reply

    My dear Jilly, as with Lindalou, I seem to have missed your lovely comment this week, so please forgive my late reply! Your kind words are much appreciated as I am finding this bandaging a little tiresome now, and will be glad to get it off, but….. the arm looks smaller than it has done for at least a year, so I am well pleased! That is such good news for your daughter that she will not need the hormone tablets afterwards, this should mean she avoids the awful hot flushing and tiredness – I do hope so. I’m sorry that she’s struggling tho at the moment after her fourth chemo… it does tend to have an accumulative effect. Please send her my best and remind her that it’s four less treatments that she has to face – best way of looking at it I found, and that she is well on her way to getting better now :) Love to you Jilly and thank you for keeping in touch with me, Ali xxx

  41. alison keenan February 13, 2013 at 5:31 pm -  Reply

    Janet I think we must have been separated at birth! I too was such an avid Osmond fan – I had all their albums, singles, posters, magazine, you name it, I bought it! The first time I saw Donny performing live I burst into tears….! It was as though I was 13 again… I have never seen Marie though, and had no idea she had lost a son… how terribly sad. I am sure the song was beautiful. Your comment about your son and his words to you made me cry though… I do completely understand, and really feel for you, but trust me, he won’t ever be far from you, and the baby will be even more reason to visit regularly – you will no doubt be the perfect Grandma :) I don’t think I could have coped with Les Mis as well – it seemed to collect a fair few BAFTAs as well as those Oscar nominations, so perhaps one day I will brave it. Roll on the 18th for you, and DO let me know when you get the news. Lots of love Janet, Ali xx

  42. alison keenan February 13, 2013 at 5:32 pm -  Reply

    I just got your second comment Janet… not surprised you shed a few more tears.. he’s a good lad, and never underestimate how much you mean to him… I think boys find it difficult to say sometimes… Take care, love me xx

  43. alison keenan February 13, 2013 at 5:37 pm -  Reply

    Gosh Denise I felt quite exhausted reading about all that you’ve been up to! I hope your son enjoyed his 25th birthday – we have Sam’s 24th in March! I hope that all your tests have come back OK and that you enjoyed the Rugby at the weekend. I too had a week of waiting – found a new lump and enlarged lymph nodes, but an ultrasound yesterday said it was OK and they won’t need to take a tissue sample until I have my next lot of surgery…relief :) Thank you for all you say about my work at QVC – to be honest it’s lovely to have something I enjoy doing so much, plus time with my friends, and all of it gives me less time to even think about other things. I do hope your Valentines Day is fun whatever you end up doing…. if you get my drift!! :) As you say after 28 years you don’t need a special day to know you love each other. Take care and thanks again for writing, love Ali xxx

  44. alison keenan February 13, 2013 at 5:39 pm -  Reply

    Claire thank you so much for saying so – I do enjoy my days at QVC, and it’s always a pleasure to work with new and regular guests! Great too to hear from you and know that you’re the other side of the camera. I will certainly pass on your wishes to Amica when I next see her – she is doing very well, and the treatment is working thank heavens. Love to you, Ali xx

  45. alison keenan February 13, 2013 at 5:40 pm -  Reply

    Hi Elaine, yes the arm is a bloomin’ nuisance, but having had it unwrapped and rebandaged today it really has reduced in size quite dramatically so hopefully with the correctly fitting sleeve I’ll be able to keep on top of it :) I hope all is good with you and you are keeping warm in this chilly weather, love Ali x

  46. alison keenan February 13, 2013 at 5:42 pm -  Reply

    Sarah how very kind of you! I think my mum mentioned this to me once, but I forgot all about it! Once I have the right sized sleeve these would look beautiful over it – you are very kind :) I hope you are having a good week, and thank you for writing, love Ali xx

  47. alison keenan February 13, 2013 at 5:47 pm -  Reply

    Hi Angela Y’am awright :) Arm well on its way to recovery, but delighted to hear that you haven’t had to put up with this! I had 5 taken from under the left arm but that seems to be OK at present – the sleeve will no doubt help. Thank you for asking :) Sorry that you’re having to have more tests and hope the sugar levels as well as your kidneys are OK. I am sure though that your visit to see Steve’s daughter and her three children was wonderful, although I am sorry to hear about little Jessica… such a difficult condition to have to live with, but she sounds a delightful soul :) I am delighted that your kitchen has finally arrived, and I hope that work started as planned on Monday – let me know how it looks once it’s done eh? Enjoy the rest of the week, and thanks for writing, love Ali xxx

  48. alison keenan February 13, 2013 at 5:51 pm -  Reply

    Dear Louise, I so very much hope you’re right, and that this year will be a good one for all. Not much longer to put up with the bandage, and then hopefully there will be an improvement. It has been a nuisance at work though, but has taken my mind off thinking about my breast clinic appointment yesterday. All was fine though, but it’s silly really how worried you can get about it beforehand even though you know it should be OK. Thank you for writing to me Louise, and do keep in touch, love Ali xx

  49. alison keenan February 13, 2013 at 5:55 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Margaret, and thank you so very much for writing to me when you sound as though you are really going through it at the moment! I am so sorry that a clot was found in your arm, but I very much hope that the blood thinners you are having will sort the problem pretty swiftly. All the other bits and bobs you’re having to contend with will right themselves, and surprisingly quickly I found i.e. mouth ulcers, nose bleeds etc. My hair started growing back just weeks after my last chemo, and altho my nails took longer they are fine now. They do say most people’s hair is thicker and curlier so I will pray yours grows as mine did – I love it! Well done you for getting through your treatment, and you too continue to get better – the hardest part is over now :) Take care, love Ali xx

  50. alison keenan February 13, 2013 at 5:58 pm -  Reply

    Dear Judith thank you so much for your concern and kind words. The arm is definitely improving, and I hope to have the bandaging off by the beginning of next week. The arm already looks a lot slimmer so it wil have been worth it :) Lots going on here – we lost all heating and hot water last weekend – but all sorted now! I do hope all is good with you and that you enjoy the rest of the week. Love Ali xx

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