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Hello there! How’s your week been? I do hope you’ve coped with the freezing cold weather the last few nights, and that you’ve also had a chance to enjoy the sunshine!

As I mentioned in my previous blog, I’ve been finding it a little difficult to type, and so it’s been an incredibly slow process trying to answer each and every one of the lovely and sometimes heartbreaking comments that I found here on this week’s blog. What an amazing tribute to you though, to share all that you have, and to contend with all that you do! I feel truly humbled.

When I’d suggested you maybe post a few words at the end of the blog so that we had names to choose from for our prizes, I genuinely hadn’t expected to have that much of a response, or to find out that SO many of you are living with cancer, nursing someone who has the disease, or missing someone who lost the fight… It has been truly inspiring and I would have loved to give every one of you my ‘I Hope’ pendant… But sadly, there can only be two winners, and picked out at random to receive a pendant each are; Diane Shaw and Dee Gill. Congratulations, ladies – I wish you the best of health and much happiness to wear it.

I’m going to keep this blog short but I do intend to write back to all of you before I’m back on air on the 21st November. My physio is pleased with my progress and although the sessions can be pretty brutal I am definitely noticing a difference in my range of movement.

Of course I’ve become pretty adept with my left hand over this last month, but my right hand still won’t allow me to wash my left armpit, pull any clothes on over my head, or brush the back of my hair! In fact I’ve got so fed up with my hair looking like a mop that I’ve decided to go for a completely different style and length. I do hope you’ll like what you see when I’m finally back on air, and fingers crossed it’ll be as dynamic a change as Claire Sutton becoming a red head!! She looks amazing 🙂

Of course I’ve been keeping up with my friends at the Q while I’ve been away, and couldn’t help but get caught up in the excitement surrounding this weekend’s Elemis Christmas TSV! You can already buy it online at qvcuk.com and there are two choices in the six-piece Face and Body Collection, one of which features a brand new fragrance enticingly entitled Exotic Blooms!

There’ll be several smiling and clear-skinned faces in my family this Christmas! Talking of which, when I return I’ll be bringing you all kinds of gift ideas in shows that include Diamonique, Lulu Guinness, Rino & Pelle Outerwear and OPI to name but a few! I hope it helps you tick a few names off your Christmas list 🙂

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As I’m still not able to drive, I’ve been going a little stir crazy at home, but Colin drove me to Dorset to see Roz and Chris and we were able to make the most of the beautiful weather there and enjoy views like these.

Stay well, and please do bear with me, as I never break a promise, and with a carefully positioned cushion and a well supported elbow and wrist to rest my shoulder, I will write back to you 🙂

Thanks, as always, for taking the time to write to me.

With my love, Ali xx

46 Comments

  1. Christine November 10, 2017 at 9:03 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali your last blog your surgery looked complicated. But doctors are wonderful.
    Just keep the physo up and be back at work.
    Take Care X

    • Alison Keenan November 20, 2017 at 5:30 pm -  Reply

      Hi there Christine, competely in agreement, yes the surgeon was lovely, and the physio’s have been working me hard, so I’m glad to be back at the Q tomorrow the 21st! Love Ali x

  2. Mary Morphy November 10, 2017 at 9:19 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison so lovely to hear from you and that you are getting improvement with Phys..these things cannot be rushed and it will all pay off in the end. I am glad you are becoming ambidextrous..a great skill very much underestimated however I have total sympathy for the hair predicament..when I couldn’t do mine when I broke my humerus..not very funny I can assure you…I was a virtual recluse!! Lovely to see that you have been out and about.. beautiful scenery is s great medicine.
    My half term break was fabulous.. Olly and Erik ran themselves ragged in and out of the caravan and we had glorious weather in Portsmouth. That seems a long time ago now as last week Jack was in his for a week with gastroenteritis and malaria..even taking antibiotics malarial drugs doesn’t mean you won’t get it, it just lessons the severity of the symptoms. He was well looked after by the ICS team, the hospital and his host family and other volunteers have been amazing and he was back to work on Tuesday and although tired in the evening he is doing well on the prescribed meds. Mum then had a bad fall in the early hours of Thurs and to cut a long story short snapped her femural head, the part of the femur that sits in her hip joint. She had surgery last Thursday evening and it was bolted together. She is making a very slow recovery and very confused. She will be in hospital for sometime and then to rehabilitate for many weeks. We are hoping she will return home. We have had to make the heartbreaking decision to re-home her dog as we are not in a position to re-home him. There have been lots of tears. He is in a foster placement at the mo but hoping a lady we visited tonight will have him permanently. Mum doesn’t know yet, it will be too much for her but I am sure there are more tears to come.
    I am doing looking forward to seeing your new ‘hairdo’. Have a good weekend and much love. Mary xx

    • Alison Keenan November 20, 2017 at 5:35 pm -  Reply

      Dear Mary, so sorry to know that your your poor mum had a fall and has badly damaged her hip. I am sorry this means that her lovely dog will need to be re-homed. It is understandable, and in the long run kinder for him but I understand your upset at having to do this. By the time you read this, your mum will no doubt have been told. I do hope she coped okay? Relieved to know that Jack is feeling much better and out of hospital. It sounds as though you’re having a worrying time generally! I’m back at work tomorrow, new hairdo and all, and have been practising with my hot brush! Been up with Lucy and Honey as Lucy had a hernia operation, and has needed a little help. Thanks for keeping in touch, and do let me know how your mum is getting on won’t you. With love, Ali x

  3. Diane shaw November 10, 2017 at 10:42 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali really pleased to have won one of you gorgeous necklaces I will always think of you while wearing it Thank you take care love di xx

    • Alison Keenan November 20, 2017 at 5:36 pm -  Reply

      Many congratulations Di – I wish you health and happiness to wear it! Love Ali xx

  4. Sandra Morgan November 11, 2017 at 7:24 am -  Reply

    Lovely to read your blog Ali and to know you are making progress if slowly and I’m looking forward to seeing you back at QVC with your new hair style!

    • Alison Keenan November 20, 2017 at 5:37 pm -  Reply

      Hi Sandra, the physio reckons I’ve turned a bit of a corner and the ‘frozen’ element is now thawing! Just got to keep it moving! I’ll be with you Tuesday at 8pm, 9pm and 11pm with my new hair style. Hope you approve 🙂 Love Ali xx

  5. Margaret Ann houston November 11, 2017 at 10:04 am -  Reply

    Glad your on the mend xx

  6. Pearl Emery November 11, 2017 at 10:51 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali,glad your shoulder is improving,i had impingement syndrome in my left shoulder ,and had the op on the 29/08/17 and i now have complete range of movement back .
    Just been grandchildren sitting while my daughter and her husband flew to Spain to see her dad who is dying of a brain tumor.But at least she has had the chance to say goodbye to him.Ali do keep well and look forward to seeing you back on air soon. Love Pearl xx

    • Alison Keenan November 20, 2017 at 5:39 pm -  Reply

      Pearl so sorry to know of your daughter’s sad journey… I like you though, am glad she will get the chance to say goodbye… It’s good that you can care for your grandchildren as I’m sure they miss their mum and dad. I’ll be back with you Tuesday night 21st at 8pm – Looking forward to it, and greatly encouraged to hear about your shoulder op! Onwards and upwards! Love Ali x

  7. martin forbes November 11, 2017 at 11:30 am -  Reply

    Hi alison hope you are on the mend iam well hope you are too

    • Alison Keenan November 20, 2017 at 7:53 pm -  Reply

      Hi there Martin, Yes feeling a lot better than I have done, and glad to know that you are good. See you soon! Love Ali x

  8. Margaret Upton November 11, 2017 at 1:48 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison,
    Really looking forward to seeing your new hairstyle! It’s funny how much different it can make you feel, mine is always short and a bit messy being naturally wavy and fluffy and I get so fed up with it, I can never get it to a decent length before it drives me mad and I give in once again.
    I hope your shoulder continues to improve, it won’t be long until you’re doing the ironing!
    Take care,
    Love,
    Maggie
    xx

    • Alison Keenan November 20, 2017 at 7:57 pm -  Reply

      Hi Margaret, yes it’s nice to have a change, although it’s taken me five years to feel brave enough to change the length! I hope you like it. Shoulder definitely Improving, so my mile high pile of ironing can be tackled soon! Lovely to hear from you, love Ali xx

  9. Chris Yates November 11, 2017 at 2:22 pm -  Reply

    So pleased to hear how well your recovery is progressing and looking forward to seeing you back on QVC soon.

    • Alison Keenan November 20, 2017 at 7:58 pm -  Reply

      Thanks Chris, I’ll see you Tuesday 21st at 8pm if you can make it! Love Ali x

  10. Joanna Downey November 11, 2017 at 5:32 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ali, How lovely to hear from you & to find out that you will be returning before the end of the month. I never expected to get a reply, especially as so many wrote to you but knowing you that was a tad daft because we know that you always respond to us. Dorset looks particularly beautiful & I’m sure you were well looked after when you visited Roz. I’ve had a very strange few weeks, firstly because I’ve resigned from school which seems so odd & secondly because I’ve been scared beyond belief by a FY1 doctor doing her placement at our GP surgery. Needless to say there is a strongly worded letter of complaint waiting to be handed over; not just to inform the practice of my distress but to advise this young lady about how to talk to people in the future, especially those who are not as pragmatic as me or don’t have the support of family & friends. Phew! Take care lovely. Love from Jo.

    • bobbysgirl November 16, 2017 at 12:26 am -  Reply

      Joanna – thank you so much for your kind words of encouragement when I was so down – I am much happier now . However I was hospitalised 2 weeks after my 1st chemo – I lost 5 kilos as very dehydrated. They reduced the dose for the next 2 sessions and no severe reactions since thankfully. Still feel pants physically but mentally I am back to my old self. The baby may put in an appearance this weekend as daughter is being induced on Friday as baby is already weighing 8lb 10oz. I am so lucky to be here to meet her. Thanks again for your kindness. Shirleyx

    • Alison Keenan November 20, 2017 at 8:02 pm -  Reply

      Dear Jo I’m so sorry to hear that you’ve been through it emotionally these last few weeks. I’m sure although you resignation was something you’ve given a lot of thought to, but still means big changes ahead, and if you’re anything like me, change is unsettling… As far as the scare at the GP surgery is concerned, reading between the lines, I am glad you felt about to advise the surgery of it. I know that with a lot of things in my life I have not had a kind of support network I am blessed with I would’ve found things very difficult as well. You take care too, and thanks for keeping in touch Jo. Love Ali xx

  11. Christine Auchterlonie November 11, 2017 at 10:53 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali…. I’m sure when you return on the 21st we will be pleased to see you …you have been missed . It’s amazing what can be achieved with a strong will…albeit not being able to manage your hair but I’m sure whatever it is you do with it you will look good…. I’m so pleased you are doing ok and getting there it just takes time! Once again where would we be without our families love and support …Pleased Colin took you to see your friends it would have been a welcome break and change of scenery which I always think does you good and gives you a lift …I known things like that do help when I’m feeling down…. Hope to hear from you when you can…. In the meantime I’m just going to purchase the Elemis TSV …. But which flavour… Maybe one of each why not….with love Chris x

    • Alison Keenan November 20, 2017 at 8:06 pm -  Reply

      Chris, lovely to hear from you, and I hope you decided on which Elemis TSV to go for or was it both? I bought both, and have managed to tick a few more names off the Christmas list! You’re right about the change of scenery, it was lovely to go to Dorset and is always going to see friends, and I was going stir crazy looking at the four walls. I didn’t feel very safe going out walking alone incase I fell, and the weather hasn’t been too kind either. I’m able to drive again though now, and looking forward to seeing you again tomorrow at 8pm. Love Ali x

  12. Geraldine Crowley November 12, 2017 at 5:39 pm -  Reply

    Alison you are very much missed I hope you get better soon you are truly inspirational to a lot of people take care.

    • Alison Keenan November 20, 2017 at 8:06 pm -  Reply

      Dear Geraldine, your kind words are much appreciated and I am pleased to say I will be back with you tomorrow night at 8 PM. I’ve missed you too! Thank you for writing to me, love Ali xx

  13. Betty Smith November 12, 2017 at 9:56 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison so glad you are on the mend you really have been through it but you still find the time to care about others. Look forward to seeing you back on our screens .Wonder what your new hairstyle will be like – short and pixie like ??? xx

    • Alison Keenan November 20, 2017 at 8:08 pm -  Reply

      Hi there Betty, I’m looking forward to seeing you too! It’s seems such a long time since I was at work, and I’ve missed everyone very much. Can’t believe we’re only a month away from Christmas 🙂 Hairstyle definitely shorter…. so I hope you’ll approve 🙂 Love Ali xx

  14. Judith Lennon November 13, 2017 at 12:16 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ali
    Well what a wonderful,response to your last blog. I hope you enjoyed reading all the lovely comments from your followers on the blog. You are one special lady. It’s very cold here today and I have both my little ones with me today. Early morning HELP mum from my daughter. Katie has been seeing the hospital for nearly a year with bowel problems. They have at long last found the right consultant to see her and we are slowly moving forward. She has irritable bowel syndrome. Today she is poorly so I have the pleasure of lots of TLC and cuddles. Rosie is finding it hard that her cousin cannot play full on as normal. Happy days. Hope you are feeling better by the day. You have been missed. Must go now and get back to my nursing duties! Take care and love and hugs as always. JUdith xx

    • Alison Keenan November 20, 2017 at 8:11 pm -  Reply

      Dear Judith, you’re absolutely right, I have been overwhelmed by the response on the blog, as have others at QVC including our jewellery team and the BCC team too. I’ve tried to get back to as many folk as I can, as their comments mean so much. It sounds as though you’ve been pretty busy too, and I am so relieved for you that your daughter Katie is now being properly cared for, and I know how uncomfortable irritable bowel can be. So nice that you can be there for each other, and provide the love and support that every family needs. Good luck with your nursing duties, and sending you my love and hugs too. Ali xx

  15. Teresa L November 13, 2017 at 7:35 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali really pleased that you are on the mend. I am so sorry I have not been touch for a while but life has thrown a few curve balls at us just recently, all seems to be on the up now.
    My brother in law has been having his treatment at first he was quite ill but seems to be getting along well now except that he scared us all by having a mild heart attack, thankfully he is now on out of hospital and seems to be very up beat at the moment.
    So glad that you were able too get down to our neck of the woods to see Rob I know how much you love it down here.Paul and I have had some fabulous walks along the coast and out in the forest while the weather has been nice been chilly at times but we wrapped up warm.
    I love your new necklace and am so proud to wear it and tell people all about it when I get compliments on it which I have had many.
    Well dear Ali I think that is all for now, take care and we look forward to your return.
    Love Teresa

    • Alison Keenan November 20, 2017 at 8:17 pm -  Reply

      Do you Theresa it’s always good to hear from you, but I was sorry to know that your brother-in-law has been struggling with his health. So relieved that he is out of hospital now and on the mend. I feel very lucky and relieved to be improving, and back to work tomorrow. Can’t believe it’s been six weeks since I was last at the Q. I was wearing my I Hope necklace just this weekend, and it was spotted and admired – so glad you like yours too 🙂 Great that you and Paul are able to get out and about on that beautiful coastline, and I hope there will some nice days as we get closer to Christmas. Take care, and keep in touch, love Ali xx

  16. theresa November 13, 2017 at 8:32 pm -  Reply

    Alison it’s so nice to hear your doing well and physio is working. Look forward to your return on the 21st till then you take care x

    • Alison Keenan November 20, 2017 at 8:19 pm -  Reply

      Dear Theresa, I’ll be looking forward to seeing you too, and to being back at work. I had physio again this evening, and he is definitely seeing an improvement so that the stiffness and soreness is lessening. I should be able to wave at you at 8pm! Love Ali xx

  17. Diane Robinson November 13, 2017 at 10:19 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali sorry to hear ur not well hope you come back soon miss you

    • Alison Keenan November 20, 2017 at 8:22 pm -  Reply

      Bless you Diane. I’m back with you tomorrow at 8pm with my favourite range of jewellery Diamonique! I’ve missed you too, so I hope you can join me then 🙂 Love Ali xx

  18. Loraine Plumb November 14, 2017 at 1:58 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison thankyou for your reply glad you are a bit better although physio can be painful it will be good in the long run yes Clare is feeling much better thankyou still nothing happening next door will take weeks to sort out I suppose still no funerals anyway on a lighter note we are looking forward to Florida and with regards to my feet I was given orthotics by the podiatrist but because it’s arthritis it may not do alot he said I also went to my hospital appointment and was prescribed a thick sock ( not very becoming ) still waiting for it to come they are made in Germany and specially measured for me I will wear it to work under trousers the doctor said the swelling is slight lymphoedema but my blood flow and circulation are good and because it goes down overnight is good news so although it can’t be cured I’m thankful lots of people worse of as you well know you have been so brave in the past and still are be glad to see you back on air . I’ve finished my Xmas shopping this year just buying for my son in law this year it’s his name I picked out of the bag and of course Willa will get her usual things we are all keeping the extra money for America . Hope your little granddaughter is ok arnt they funny Willa makes us laugh so old fashioned . Oh looking forward to seeing your new hairstyle by the way I have a graduated Bob so needs trimming regularly to keep the shape .Anyway take care love Loraine xx

    • Alison Keenan November 20, 2017 at 8:26 pm -  Reply

      Dear Loraine, I am sure you are looking forward to going to Florida and nice to have something special to save the pennies for 🙂 The thick sock you are describing sounds similar to my Lymphedema sleeve, and although they’re not very fetching, they do help! I won’t wear mine on air, and haven’t been able to wear it all over the last six weeks which hasn’t helped! Well done for getting your Christmas shopping done – I’m a bit further forward than I was. Your hairstyle sounds a little similar to mine… ! And yes it will need trimming I would imagine. Thanks for keeping in touch, love Ali x

  19. Sue Holverson November 15, 2017 at 8:29 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali I to have had my shoulder done December last I still cannot do my hair it really gets to me I’ve had it cut short so cannot wait to see yours.
    I may have to copy if it’s easy to do.
    Xx

    • Alison Keenan November 20, 2017 at 8:28 pm -  Reply

      Oh dear Sue, that sounds rotten! I’ve invested in one of the hot brushes as it can be used with just one hand, but the physio has told me to just keep up with the exercises even though they aren’t that comfortable! It’s the main reason I’ve had mine shorter, and is definitely easier to do 🙂 Hope you feel much better soon, love Ali x

  20. Elaine sallis November 15, 2017 at 7:57 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali glad you are feeling a bit better. Geoff having an allergic reaction they think to the nickel in his hip. How nice it would be if we did not lurch fron one setback to the next. He is now on the list to have his other hip done,this will be nickel free and they are hoping his body will eventually accept the nickel in his other one. Love Elaine x

    • Alison Keenan November 20, 2017 at 8:29 pm -  Reply

      Gosh that sounds unusual! Poor Geoff, not very nice at all. I will keep my fingers crossed that his body accepts the nickel and the reaction will cease. Hope too that he doesn’t have too long to wait for the next replacement. I hope you’re well Elaine, and thanks for writing to me, love Ali xx

  21. Rachel November 16, 2017 at 11:36 pm -  Reply

    Hi I hope you are recovering well. I am sending you Reiki. I don’t know if you believe in complimentary therapies, but this has helped me so much.
    Touch wood I don’t have cancer, many of my family have, when my dad died my mum bought me your ‘I hope’ necklace & following year earrings. I have been wanting ring to complete the ‘I hope’. I hope this doesn’t sound wrong. Since my dad died & I started wearing your ‘I hope’. A lot of positive things have happened. Like me learning Reiki & becoming a Reiki Master.
    Keep on fighting. I want to give you so much inspiration, as your jewellery has me. Just wanted ring x

    • Alison Keenan November 20, 2017 at 8:33 pm -  Reply

      Rachel your commet has really touched me, but I was so sorry to hear about your dad – I know how difficult that is to come to terms with.. I am very happy though to know that the I Hope jewellery has bought you comfort and that through your Reiki you are now helping others. Lucy got me a Reiki treatment once and it was lovely, and I have recently been introduced to Cranioscacral therapy which is great too. I will keep on fighting, and will always be grateful for the future I’ve been given. You take care, love Ali x

  22. Brenda Watson November 17, 2017 at 5:46 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali Glad to hear you are improving try to chill snd enjoy your time off. Looking forward to seeing your new hairstyle you always look so glamorous xx

    • Alison Keenan November 20, 2017 at 8:35 pm -  Reply

      Well Brenda, I do hope you like the new style! Colin thought it was much nicer and so did my daughter Lucy. It’ll be good to have some makeup on and look a little less ordinary tomorrow night at 8pm 🙂 It’s been a long six weeks but I’m finally feeling more like myself. Love Ali xx

  23. bobbysgirl November 18, 2017 at 11:08 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali, Thank you for your prompt reply 2 blogs ago. I ended up in hospital for 5 days as side effects from my first chemo made me very dehydrated and I nearly developed neutropenic sepsis. I have recently had my 3rd dose and as they have reduced the dose by 25% I can cope better with the side effects. I am feeling much happier now – my daughter is in hospital being induced and hopes to give birth before the weekend is finished. Our granddaughter is tucked up in her bed upstairs here -she is so looking forward meeting her new baby sister. I will have 3 more chemos and then CT and MRI in January. I think I felt what is the point before when I wrote to you but both your and
    Joanna Downey’s kind comments really helped me focus on the positive side of life. Your kindness and understanding helps everyone on your blog and I am very thankful for that. I cannot wait for you to be back at the Q! And next time I write I should be a very proud Nanny of 2 granddaughters! Lots of love Shirleyx

    • Alison Keenan November 20, 2017 at 8:41 pm -  Reply

      My dear Shirley, So sorry to know that you’ve been back into hospital, but relieved that your oncologist has reduced your dose which is helping you cope with your side effects. I had to have my dose reduced too and it made such a difference. How exciting that you will have a new baby to love and to cuddle. I’m wishing your daughter all the very best with the delivery, and I hope that the joy this will bring to your family will help you to get through your next three treatments… Nearly there… You have nothing to thank me for, and I’m sure that Jo and all those who read your story would say the same. You are the inspiration most of us search for in life, and you have so much to be proud of. Thank you for keeping in touch with us all, and I am sending you love and strength to get through this next part of your treatment. Ali xx

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