My holiday and some big news…

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Family trip to Brighton I'm sorry I've left it so long to post up my holiday pics, and to let you know how it all went. Thanks soooooooo much though for all your lovely comments and kind words following the last blog – onwards and upwards definitely the watch words.

Well, Brighton was blustery but we had a ball :) Where we were staying was just off the seafront, but a bit of a walk to the pier and the Lanes, so we had quite a few bracing moments!! We ate well though, having devoured an Indian feast on the first night, followed by pub grub and a final night in Jamie's Italian. We toured The Lanes, and spent ages in the arcade on the pier, and even braved the beach bar on Saturday night – great fun! The next time we're all together will be at Lucy's wedding which of course is heading ever nearer… :)



Brighton Holiday On Bank Holiday Monday, the children headed home and Colin and I went first to see my mum and then to stay overnight with my sister. We had invested in a brand new Trivial Pursuit which we set up after supper, but yours truly only lasted the first 10 mins before falling asleep on the sofa – such a lightweight! Personally I blame the sea air….

On Tuesday Colin and I set off in the sunshine to Swanage. It was beautiful, and we found a lovely B&B and ate fishcakes and chips on the front. There's a dinky little pier there and on every one of the wooden slats making up the walkway is a bronze Lulworth Cove plaque with a mix of funny, poignant and sometimes romantic messages on them. Such a great thing to do I thought (heck of a job for those who polish them though!).

The next day we decided to take the steam train to Corfe Castle. It only takes about half an hour, is very bouncy and noisy, but great fun. The last time I had seen the castle was in 1972 from a field where I was camping with the girl guides. We'd pitched our tent on a slope unfortunately, and as the night was hot, and the tent brailed, we awoke to find Mai Mai Lillywhite wrapped around the flag pole in the middle of the field, having rolled out of the tent in the night :)

Portland Bill We had a guided tour around the ruins and had a fantastic view over the Dorset countryside from the top. From there we headed towards Lulworth Cove where Lucy had found us a little hotel just by the bay. The weather was corking, and Colin and I sat on the pebbles and watched the sea for several hours. 

We had a lovely meal in a local hotel, and the next morning set off up the cliff path to Durdle Door… I think I thought I was fitter than I was, because although I made it there and back I felt absolutely shattered for the rest of the day. Mind you Portland Bill was our next stop and thanks to Charlie recommending the Lobster Pot Cafe there, we were fortified by a fabulous cream tea :) 

Durdle Door
Many calories later we climbed the 900 and something steps (its 136 feet high!) to the top of the lighthouse and we could see forever. Good job they have a spare bulb at the top – wouldn't fancy hacking down those stairs to get a spare one! 

We drove on to Weymouth from there and decided to stay the night in one of the many colourful B&Bs that line the front.  I've never been to Weymouth but we both loved it. A Victorian seaside town, it still has a Punch and Judy show daily and traditional deckchairs, which require a Mensa test to put up!

Friday morning dawned and we were treated to a cobalt blue sky and gentle breezes and Colin went a golden brown colour while I dozed in my cardigan :) We left just after lunch, and although the journey home was slow, the sun continued to shine and somehow it felt as though we'd been away far longer than a week…

Fun and games I managed to get the washing out, and shopping in before Sunday when I opened my little front door to my friends from QVC :) It was so good to see them all and even though it was pouring with rain for most of the day, the sun came out for us towards teatime and everyone made the best of it. 

Simon, Pipa, Claire, Jilly, Claudia and Sara all brought their children and it was amazing to have the cottage filled with their chatter and laughter. The grown ups chatter and laughter was equally therapeutic – I've missed them all so much….

I went for my radiotherapy mapping on the Monday and have to admit to being somewhat excited when they told me I was to have a tattoo! I thought my mum had been a tad conservative in opting for just two black dots and thought I might go for an orchid or something pretty. Ok, so it's a dot for a reason… although if you joined all three of my dots you'd get a kind of short pyramid…

Simon Biagi, Claire Sutton and other QVC staff I started radiotherapy this Monday, and although it's completely painless I'm not all that keen. It so bloomin' cold in the room (cos the machine heats up) and you have to stay absolutely still for about 10 mins.

I had an itch on my nose on the first day which was torture, and today I have a fabulously huge bruise across my chest where my port was taken out the day before, so keeping my arms above my head was a tad uncomfortable. That and my right arm with its bloomin' lymphodema which would put Popeye to shame… still three down and only 12 to go…

And now for the big news!!!! I am to make a speech at the Breast Cancer Care Fashion Show on the 5th October! So flattered to have been asked, and you'll be able to see it on the night of 12th October when QVC have their own Breast Cancer Care fundraising evening. 

I'm planning to pop in that night to man the phones for a while, so do call in and we could have a chat! I'll write again before then because I may well need your help in choosing what to wear for the big night…. I'm thinking floor length hoodie at the moment :)

Sending you my love,
Ali xx

328 Comments

  1. Rhona Fenton September 15, 2011 at 2:19 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison what a fantastic and happy blog to see you all having so much fun spending time with colin and the family then just you and colin and to come back home to your QVC friends with there little ones you must have had a ball:) so glad you had a fantastic time you deserve it:) glad to hear the treatment is not too hard on you, and as for your last blog I waited till everyone was in the room one saturday night and raised a glass to you and your nurses and made my wee speech at the sametime for you:)you must be so excited to have been asked to make your speech on the 5th and like always we will be with you on the 12th with QVC are you doing your lulu again?? hope you didn’t tell her that I thought you were better at it than her and thats from a fellow scot:)looking forward to helping choose your dress again Rebecca won last time out of the two off us, see who wins this time:) will email you soon let you know how our other wedding went and get some pics to you also! thank you for sharring your lovely news with us have a fantastic weekend and keep strong:) love to you all Rhona xx

  2. Albert Millar September 15, 2011 at 2:28 pm -  Reply

    Ali you could wear a bin bag and you would still look FAB you are just that kind of a lady all the best for the future

  3. Shauna September 15, 2011 at 3:29 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Loving this blog. I can tell you have had a fab time! Your family look lovely and you and Colin look soooooo happy!!
    As for not having much energy…girl…you’ve got me shattered just reading about it and the get together at your place looked like lots of fun was had by all.
    Another coicidence although we live up north (actually where the Great North Run finishes) my hubby and son have been working in Weymouth for the last three months!
    You just hold tight Ali, this treatment will soon be over and then look what you have to look forward to. As always you are in my thoughts and prayers especially over the next few days. By the way, while you’re having your treatment to take your mind off things, try remembering all the Beatles songs and then sing them from start to finish. It seems to work for me if I wake through the night and my mind starts racing. It’s amazing how the songs and words come flooding back.
    Right, I’ll be off then. My boys are home this weekend and the little ones will be staying from tomorrow and I have lots to do to make sure they are all thoroughly spoilt.
    As usual, much love.
    Shauna xxx

  4. kay salisbury September 15, 2011 at 3:30 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali-lovely to see another blog from you so soon after the last-your holiday sounds energetic-well done!!!!! I can’t wait to see you on the television again-who better equipped and ‘qualified’ to talk than you; and you have the most relaxing and reassuring voice. Have you got your ‘mum of the bride’ outfit yet? Take care and don’t tire yourself too much-be kind to yourself. Love and the best wishes possible.K.XXX

  5. Cecilia Greig September 15, 2011 at 5:40 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alison,
    You are such an inspiration to others and I so admire your spirit. You have been missed on the shopping channel and I look forward to seeing you in the near future. You are such a lovely lady and I wish you well for the future.
    Warmest regards and a big hug.
    Cecilia x

  6. Helsy September 15, 2011 at 6:25 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    I have followed your story since March, when I had some worrying times ahead too, you are such an inspiration and thankfully i had good news in April and have since recovered after major surgery, i have wanted to write several times and on reading your blog today which you say you will be joining in Breast cancer day it made me cry, I can’t wait to see you on tv and will be thinking of you all the way.

  7. Joanna Downey September 15, 2011 at 6:37 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ali, Lovely to hear from you as always and what a super photograph of your super people, are you getting Wedding Fever? Your trip around the South coast sounds wonderful and once again you show how you do everything with so much style and energy. You really put me to shame; I’ve only been back at work for two weeks (after the long school holiday) I’m shattered, look a wreck, my tan’s gone and my voice is about to follow. After the awful treatment you’ve just endured I hope you have a much easier time and these “radio days”, as my mum called them pass quickly. I loved Shauna’s idea about Beatles songs, if I’m lying awake sorting out the problems of the World AND my finances I start making up childrens stories in my head. I have so many about the adventures of Daisy Sunshine I must get them written down before they all muddle together and then I might become the J K Rowling for the under 7s! I love, love, love your news because you’ll be back in the saddle/riding your bike/back in the groove and back with us. I’ll be watching and will turn the 12th into a party, it’ll be a school night so I’ll only be able to have one glass of fizz but it’ll be pink. Blue skies and sunshine Ali, the gloomy days belong to the past. Love from Jo x

  8. Julie September 15, 2011 at 7:34 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Such a lovely blog s usual. How on earth did you climb all those steps?? We went to Weymouth in the “Summer??!!” and noticed there was Punch & Judy. We also saw a fortune teller there- I was tempted but as you know I once saw John Edward and no-one could even come close to him,he’s put my mind at rest on a few things.
    Hope to see you on 12/10 but it’s our 20th Wedding Anniversary and are hoping to go away for a few days.
    Glad you had a lovely time with all your QVC friends and can’t wait to see you on our screens again.
    Lily sends hugs and kisses-growing really fast and talking 19 to the dozen(in her own way)-I won’t tell you her favourite word- but I think she maybe trying to say shut!!
    Take care as always and speak soon
    Julie xxxx

  9. Jayne September 15, 2011 at 8:40 pm -  Reply

    Fab blog Alison. I look forward to seeing you on QVC on Breast Cancer Care event. Take care of yourself and I hope the radiotherapy goes well for you.

  10. Cheryl September 15, 2011 at 8:48 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    So lovely to hear all your news and glad that you had a great time away, will be watching on the 12th october same as every year, never manage to order anything but always try.
    Take things easy as you don’t realise how tiring the radiotherapy is and look after your skin as it will be very red, sore and uncomfortable by the end, I found that washing in the L’Occitane Extra Gentle shower Cream worked wonders for me when I had my treatment, really calming and soothing.
    Good luck with all the wedding preparations and looking forward to seeing the photographs.
    Looking forward too you being back at QVC – but please don’t rush too soon, take it easy and don’t underestimate the tiredness.
    Love to you and all your family.
    Cherylxx

  11. Ann Graham September 15, 2011 at 9:39 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alison
    Thank you for sharing your holiday with us it shows that you truly are an inspiration and as for what to wear at the awards the lady who said you would look good in a bin bag is sooo right you are so smart in everything you wear hurry back to our screens
    Love
    Ann

  12. Margaret Upton September 15, 2011 at 9:46 pm -  Reply

    What a trooper you are, so very positive at least to all your blog followers, it must be so hard at times but so good to know it’s all nearly finished then you’ll be free. Looking forward to seeing you on air you have been greatly missed.
    Maggie
    xx

  13. Mrs Jane Smith September 15, 2011 at 10:22 pm -  Reply

    Hi ALI glad to hear you had a great holiday and everything is going well. You are so positive about everything. Keep this up and your treatments will be finished in no time at all. Lots of love and special thoughts Jane Smith x

  14. Shauna September 15, 2011 at 10:31 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Me again. Just to say I didn’t mean literally sing them, well if you want to you can. I meant to say sing them in your head.
    I also forgot to say looking forward to seeing you on 12th October, will just get back of our holidays in time and good on you brave girl.
    After being diagnosed with bc and then having my operation in September some years ago (all clear last 18 months ago if you remember) the QVC show has since always meant so much to me and I have always found I gain so much strength from it…every year.
    Tfhe boys are on their way home….supper is all ready in the kitchen and then I turn into Mary Poppins/who knows what!!!
    Take care.
    Much love
    Shauna
    xxx

  15. Julie September 16, 2011 at 12:03 am -  Reply

    So lovely to read your blogs which are always full of positivity and humour. I remember feeling so shocked by your news at the begining of this year and then today I have received the same myself. I was called on a random early screening programme and am so so glad I took the opportunity as had no symptoms. I am now awaiting surgery on 28/9, Lumpectomy followed by Radiotherapy is the expected course for me but I am aware that things could change when the little devil of a tumor is analysed. I just hope I can maintain my current state of mind which is positive and up for the challenge. Still have to tell my 11 year old son which is going to be the worst bit but we will get there as you and your lovely family and friends are doing. Look forward to reading your next inspirational and uplifting blog xx

  16. Angela Bradley September 16, 2011 at 12:19 am -  Reply

    Ali –what a great blog — I really enjoyed reading it . Have you ever seen the film `Nuts in May` –its a Mike Leigh with Alison Steadman and is set all along the Lulworth coastline –it`s so funny !
    You are inspiring so many people –more than you would know actually , many of us just love to read your blogs and marvel at your courage, I have 2 friends who are currently undergoing treatment just like yourself , and we laugh and cry together with all the ups and downs .
    Very best wishes for the wedding , and for your continued recovery
    Angela

  17. Linda, Glasgow September 16, 2011 at 12:08 pm -  Reply

    Hi again Ali
    I’m laughing and crying(happy tears) all at the same time here!! Firstly many many thanks for replying to my second comment on your last blogxx re Lucy’s big day i’m sure you,DebsG and Kathy will find something very beautiful for you to wear on the day(just remember to take lots of choccie for Debsxx – well – a girl has got to keep her energy levels up eh!!). There is a Denis Basso coat as the QVCUK tsv today and i’ve just caught some of the morning show – Kathy looks beautiful and so elegant wearing this coat on air – please let her knowxx Back to your present blog – your holiday sounds as if you and yours had such a lovely time making memories(i am always so struck by the absolute love which radiates in your family and friends circle)you are so blessed(and you deserve it allxx) Joan Rivers has a new show on the E channel along with her daughter Melissa – it was the first show last week and Joan was moving from NY to California(its a hard life ehx) anyway Joan made a statement that made me think and agree with her,she said “The most inportant thing in life is family and friends and making memories with them all,its about being in the photographs not receiving them” – so true eh. I’m like you – i can put up with most things but hunger and COLD i cannot stand – its a double edged sword re the benefits of your radiotherapy treatment and how you are feeling during the treatment eh – i’m so looking forward for this all to be behind you and i’m listening and watching you on my screen with my telephone,notebook and debit card in handx Its been lovely recently hearing your voice on QVC voiceovers – you have such a comforting voice.Its such a shame about the weather on your QVC get together day but your photographs prove you didnt let it hinder you – it looks as if you all enjoyed yourself.I was reading Claire S ‘s blog the other day and was excited and delighted about her “gypsy caravan” in her garden, it so original. I’m so excited to see you on the BCC event on QVC – how lovely that you have been asked to deliver a speech at the dinner and fashion show – hoodie,black bag or beautiful outfit, it doesnt matter as its YOU we all want to hear and see. Your a fighter Ali and such an inspiration(although i bet you dont feel it sometimes eh). On Julia’s blog a few ladies were asking for Amika – can you let her know(if you can,or maybe know a man that can) we are all thinking of her and wishing her strength,love and support and – like you – we are looking forward to you both being back on our screensxx Look after yourself Alix Speak soon – until then Love Linda,Glasgowxx

  18. Elaine Sallis September 16, 2011 at 12:29 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    What a lovely time you seem to have had. You are so energetic even when you are not feeling 100% I cannot think of anyone better to give a speech at the event, your courage, your humour and your empathy will say it all. I went to see a specialist, the lump on my leg is not skin cancer, so I feel very lucky. Hope the radiotherapy is not too bad. My friend found it a lot easier to cope with than the chemo although it did leave her sore and tired on some days.
    Can I hijack your blog and send julie my best wishes. Hopefully, you will find that Alis wonderful words on this blog and the people who respond will help to make your journey a little easier.
    Elaine

  19. alison keenan September 16, 2011 at 2:21 pm -  Reply

    Julie I’ve just found your news and wanted to strike while the iron is hot and say DO stay positive. Wonderful that they believe a lumpectomy and radiotherapy will solve the problem, and hang onto that unless you’re told otherwise :) Try not to worry about telling your son… I am certain that your positivitiy will help him to be strong for you, that way you can BOTH be up for the challenge! Please do keep in touch with me, and let me know your progress, and I am sending you my love = stay strong… Ali xx

  20. Carol Judd September 16, 2011 at 2:27 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali – I have missed seeing you on QVC so much – I am thinking of you and praying that you will soon be well again. You are a truly amazing lady and I am so glad you have managed to have a lovely holiday and see your friends. I think you are inspiring everyone who has the diagnosis of the big ‘C’ and it is this courage that will get you through. Take care Ali and take everyone’s advice and don’t overdo it – some days you just need to be kind to yourself and rest. Love Carol xxx

  21. una September 16, 2011 at 2:34 pm -  Reply

    Ali, inspirational doesnt even start to cover it. You have been AMAZING. The start of the year was horrendous for you, and must have been so bleak, but you have come through that tunnel and hurtling on as we knew you would.
    So glad you had such a lovely break with the kids, and some well needed time for yourself and Colin too. I hope Sam is feeling a bit better too.
    I can fly, yay! Well, not me personally, but the pilot can fly the plane, and I can go on it!!! Off to Gozo on Sunday for 2 weeks, and my plan is to have no plans except lounge on a sunbed and read! (Dont worry Ali Y, I have my factor 50 as we speak, and have been using my elemis tan accelerator, in fact, Im sure Im tanned already!)
    My love and good wishes to all my lovely friends on here. I hope you are all well, and please take care. Speak soon.
    I have to go pack now. i was scared to do it incase they said I couldnt go, as it would have broken my heart to have to unpack, without having been anywhere.
    Love to all
    Una xxxx
    PS. Ali, cant wait for the BCC event. You will so us proud girl, I have no doubt about that. AND, it doesnt matter what you wear, you will look FAB.xx

  22. una September 16, 2011 at 2:42 pm -  Reply

    Hi again Ali
    Thank you, I dont need the tissues, no tears or snot anywhere LOL!! I think my GP was glad to be rid of me for 2 weeks actually, plus the fact i threatened a major tantrum in the middle of reception if he said NO.
    I will definately try to call in on the 12th, would be lovely to chat properly.
    You take care lovely and will let you know how Gozo copes with the Una Effect!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    xx

  23. DianeThorne September 16, 2011 at 2:42 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alison, so glad you are enjoying life in between that awful treatment. I take my hat off to you, getting to the top of Portland Bill lighthouse. I have never managed to get all the way up. My Grandad help build that light house in the early 1900’s. He cut the hole out of the blocks for the foghorn to go in. When I was a little girl, I used to lay in bed during the foggy winter nights, and listen to the haunting noise coming from the light house and think of Grandad. I was born and bred in Weymouth and am very proud of our lovely County with its beautiful scenery and always pleased when visitors find it so lovely. Hope you will soon be free of all that treatment and you will be well enough to return to QVC. You have been missed very much. Hope your Daughters wedding goes well and the sun shines on you all. With love Diane.x

  24. CHRISTINE GALLAGHER September 16, 2011 at 2:59 pm -  Reply

    i don’t think you realise what an inspirational lady you are. Loved reading your blog, you should really consider writing a book. My Granny’s sister moved to Swanage from Glasgow and I’ve never been, you made it all come to life. HIGH 5 TO YOU

  25. Debz September 16, 2011 at 3:04 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Ali
    What a lovely blog. It was so good to hear that you’ve had such a wonderful time. I bet you almost felt “normal” for a while there without a care in the world. It must have done you the world of good. Nice to see the pictures of the QVC crowd. I bet it was so good to see them all again.
    Ainzley has just leapt up onto the sofa next to me and is rubbing his head up and down the side of my lap top so I can only assume that it’s his way of saying “Go on, tell Ali that I’m sending my love. Go on!” So, Ali, Ainzley is sending you his love!! Honestly my keyboard is covered in black fur now (and a bit of spit, which is nice!)
    I am so proud that you’ve been asked to make a speech at the Breast Cancer Care Fashion Show. Who better than you I say! I shall be watching QVC on 12 October and have warned my OH that I may cry when I see you. Not tears of sorrow you understand but of happiness and a belief that you can’t keep a good girl down for long!!
    Take it easy Ali. Please try not to do too much. You must rest as much as you can (not sure that climbing all those lighthouse steps counts as resting but I’ll let you off just this once!!)
    Love to all my other blog friends including the irrepressible Una, Alpa, Helen, Gail and Magda.
    Lots of love and licks
    Debz & Ainzley (=^-^=)XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

  26. KarenLGB September 16, 2011 at 3:25 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, You really are a true inspiration to women. Am so pleased that you enjoyed your days on holiday. Good luck with the rest of your treatment. It will be a real pleasure to see you when you pop in for the Breast Cancer Care Event. I am sure you will look as glamorous and as gorgeous as ever. I am sure I am not alone when I say how very much we miss you on QVC. Sending you much love and good wishes. Take care of yourself. Lots of love from Karen x

  27. Tracy King September 16, 2011 at 4:21 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, great blog this week, and no tears after reading it just a huge smile that you had a great wee break. Wedding fever must be upon you by now (and of course Lucy, it’s her big day after all) When I was Fronk for my cousin in May I think I was more excited and stressed than her! I was laughing today as I read her latest facebook entry as she had changed her profile picture to one of ‘the clipboard’ it was such a huge part of the whole event (it became a standing joke, “if your name’s not on the clipboard, you’re not getting in”) that the night beore the wedding I gave it a makeover – bling, marabou frou frou, the works and gave it to her at the wedding.
    Oh and we had a great idea for the wedding you may want to share with Lucy – We had a ‘baffie’ box (scottish for slippers) we got a wicker hamper and went to a well know high street store and bought loads of slippers (baffies) for around £1 each in a variety of sizes and styles (flip flops, mules, ballerina flats) and put them in the hamper and she found a poem online (with the original idea) which read:
    You found the shoes to match your dress
    but now your feet are sore
    so take a dip in the baffy box
    and dance around some more.
    We were sitting at the wedding meal and those who had heard of the idea kept coming up and asking where it was (it was supposed to be brought out in time for the eveing guests arriving, but we put it out and people were getting up from the meal to go have a rake and find their size!! it was so funny the hamper was empty by the end of the main course, even some men in kilts had pink fluffy slippers on! it was the best idea ever, every wedding should have one! the gay gordons danced in glittery flip flops will never be the same. I wish i knew how to send photos to you.
    Well enough for now, but I meant to ask does anyone know how Amika is doing? me and mum think of her often.
    Right its somebody elses turn.
    Much luv n hugz n stuff to you Ali and family
    Tracy (Fronk) and Cath by proxy xxxx

  28. Pauline Johnson September 16, 2011 at 6:30 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison glad you are still so positive,my best friend is going for her tattoos next week she is a big lady so I suggested a eagle instead of a butterfly ,so glad we can still laugh about it, she means the world to me we have been friends since we were 8 years old which I can assure you is a very long time (60 years)Also asked Julia if she would ask you about your wig supplier it looks so real would appreciate if you could let me know.
    Regards Pauline.

  29. Liz September 16, 2011 at 8:40 pm -  Reply

    Ali,
    So delighted you have been out and about having such fun times. Your enjoyment shines through. I couldn’t have climbed all those steps before breast cancer and there would be no chance at all now!!! I blame all the drugs – for everything and forever so can come in handy at times…. Remember the radiotherapy will tire you out in the long run and in a strange way so rest when you need to and rest when you think you don’t need to as well. It keeps cooking for a while after the course of zapping so remember that too! I used aloe vera gel on my skin and that helped and then Liz Earle skin repair and SBC propolis gel – all with the approval of the nurses. Watch the aching arm and the lymphoedema as it may well flare up – keep doing the exercises!! I have been having deep massage on my lymphoedema recently and that has worked a treat. My arm is still the size of Popeye’s but without the muscle, although it feels less heavy. Why do you always want to sneeze/cough/itch when you can’t?? I had a bone scan the other day and had to keep completely still for 25 minutes!! Made it though. Results next Thurs…..fingers crossed.
    How quickly is Lucy’s wedding approaching??? You will be so proud on that day and I’m sure she will of you.
    Delighted you have been asked to speak at the BCC event. It will be such a great night and you will speak so well, I just know it.
    To Julie – sorry about your diagnosis. If you are up to it, why not have a look on the Breast Cancer Care website and forum for support. You may find it helpful and relate to others in the same position. The treatment seems awful (and can feel frightening) but you will get through it. Good luck with it all.
    Thanks for letting me put that bit on your blog Ali.
    Love and good times to all, Liz x

  30. Lindalou September 16, 2011 at 9:15 pm -  Reply

    As always Ali lovely to hear from you,have been waiting to see what you have been up to. As you always looked fab when you were on QV,you will look your usual beautiful self when we see you on breast cancer care{cannot wait}.Glad to hear that you have had such a lovely holiday with family and friends.Lots of Love and God Bless Lindy xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  31. Babs Dyson September 16, 2011 at 10:02 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, Great blog and sooooooooooooooooooh glad you and yours have had a great holiday. Really looking forward to seeing you on QVC’s Breast Cancer Care event and good luck with all the wedding preparations.
    Take Care and know we are all thinking of you.
    Much Love,
    Babs.xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  32. Louise September 17, 2011 at 8:13 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Last time I was in an arcade – it was at Silloth. Silloth and Allonby – don’t know whether you’ve ever heard of them – are small village-type areas which we frequented as a child. It was a penny and twopence to play the slot machines. How much is it now? More than that I’m sure.
    It will be nice to see you at QVC on BCC night. But think of yourself, and just come in if you are feeling up to it. I also hate being off work. In fact, I have been in my current job for many years, and the only time I have been absent was when my brother passed away, and then for just a couple of days. But I am epileptic and recently due to a medication change had to take a couple of days leave. I’m writing this from work, though, so all is well. Mum is going to the potteries next week on holiday, and is wondering whether she ought to be at home with me. After all, I’m only 45! I’m sure I don’t need to tell you, that’s mums all over.
    Take care, Ali, and keep well.
    Louise.

  33. Linda Marshall September 17, 2011 at 3:13 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, What a lovely blog.I’m so very glad you had a wonderful holiday on the south coast.Please keep your spirits up on the finalleg of your treatment and i wish you good luck on your speech for breast cancer.
    IF WE ASK OUR GUARDIAN ANGEL
    IN A THOUGHT OR IN A PRAYER
    TO COME AND STAND BESIDE US
    OUR ANGEL WILL BE THERE
    love Linda xxx

  34. Jackie Taylor September 18, 2011 at 1:56 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    You are an amazing lady. I have been following your story for many months, you are very brave. You have been missed on QVC, your presenting style is so professional and polished. I have made a note of the 12th October in my diary. I hope everything goes well.
    Take care
    Jackie xxx

  35. alison keenan September 18, 2011 at 8:23 pm -  Reply

    Rhona how lovely are you?! :) Thank you so much for the raised glass en famille! And I feel it would be rude not to do my ‘Lulu’ impression again :) So glad you’ll be with me on the 12th as I really want to thank you ALL for keeping me afloat over the last 8 months :) I’ll look forward to hearing about your second wedding – as it were!Love Ali x

  36. alison keenan September 18, 2011 at 8:26 pm -  Reply

    Albert bless you!! :)All the best to you too, love Ali xx

  37. alison keenan September 18, 2011 at 8:28 pm -  Reply

    Shauna fancy your husband and son working in Weymouth all that time! No doubt they told you about the fab weather there. It really was glorious :)You must miss them during the week though. Loving your suggestion re the Beatles – my favourite ever song is ‘Until there was you’… beautiful. I hope you’ve enjoyed your weekend with your boys, love Ali xx

  38. alison keenan September 18, 2011 at 8:32 pm -  Reply

    Kay thank you for your lovely comments and compliments :) It’s very kind of you to have taken the time out to write to me. I actually went shopping for the first time this weekend with Lucy for my mum of the bride outfit.. and, I’ve found a possible!! Will keep you informed. Hope you had a good weekend, love Ali xx

  39. alison keenan September 18, 2011 at 8:36 pm -  Reply

    Dear Cecilia, a big hug back to you, and I too have missed QVC! All things being even I’ll be back in November, but do watch our Breast Cancer Care fundraiser on 12th October cos I will be ‘manning’ the phones for a while :) Love to you, Ali xx

  40. alison keenan September 18, 2011 at 8:42 pm -  Reply

    Helsy, I am so glad that you had good news in April, and hope that you are recovering well from your major surgery. It will be good to be back on the 12th and will give me a chance to thank you all for your amazing support. Take care, with love, Ali xx

  41. alison keenan September 18, 2011 at 8:57 pm -  Reply

    Shauna I’m loving the ‘radio days’ analogy from your mum :) A much better way to think about the treatments I think……and you should DEFINITELY write down your Daisy Sunshine stories :)They sound like a wonderful series in the making. Do try and call in on the 12th and raise that glass for me – pink, white, green – don’t care what colour the fizz is your sentiment is what matters. Party time it will be :) Love Ali xx

  42. alison keenan September 18, 2011 at 11:19 pm -  Reply

    Julie I have to say I climbed the steps in stages!! :) Wish I’d seen John Edward – sounds very interesting! Happy Anniversary for the 12th – which is also Lucy’s 26th birthday. How sweet Lily must be… I do remember their first words tho… shut wasn’t one of them mercifully! :) Hope you had a good weekend, and thanks as always for writing, love Ali xxx

  43. pam postle September 19, 2011 at 1:10 am -  Reply

    hi ali
    glad all is going well for you. the best thing after the radiotherapy is, guess what, liz earle after sun, absolutely brill! it is far superior to the stuff they give you, they couldnt understand why my skin was so good, despite the ravages of the radiotherapy
    take care, pam x

  44. Mrs Janet Jones September 19, 2011 at 12:05 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, so glad you had a good break with Colin and your family.I know what you mean about radiotherapy, you feel so exposed lying there on your own with that huge machine hovering! But it is soooo much better than the chemo and you know that your treatment will soon be over.I used aqueous cream to start ,but towards the end I was given steroid cream.My treatment finished on my son’s birthday last year a double celebration.
    I also remember blogging you for the first time the day my treatment finished, when I was on my own that afternoon, as I wanted to share my news with you.Your reply was lovely, yet I had no idea that you too would also be diagnosed. So I hope I have been some help to you Ali as you were for me, and I couldn’t think of anyone better to give a speech for Breast Cancer Care,as it will be truly from the heart, and I will watch it on QVC’s BCC evening and look forward to seeing you’ man’ the phones. I am not confident enough to phone in, but I will be watching, wishing you well, with my hand still firmly in yours. Be kind to yourself as radiotherapy is more tiring than you think. take care speak soon love Janet xx

  45. helen September 19, 2011 at 1:19 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali and all my lovelies. Sorry haven’t written for a bit, still don’t feel quite up to the mark. Don’t know why, just so very tired all the time, bloods ok, so either its my m.e. or hormones, who knows eh? I have been under a lot of stress of late, my husbands job isn’t looking good, so perhaps that isn’t helping, my friend says that stress causes some strange things. My Gran always used to say that people always felt at their lowest at the change of seasons, an old wives tale who knows, but I do feel quite low at the moment, I really want to do things but my body is telling me otherwise. How are you doing Alpa, my m.e buddy?
    Ali, so happy that you had a lovely time away and I do hope that your Sam is back on track. I’m looking out of my window and its awful, dull and wet, yuch!
    Going to sort my girls wardrobe out know, I really don’t think that she will be needing her shorts and vest tops anymore!!!!
    So looking forward to seeing you on TV in October Ali. I’ve sent you a little photo of Olivia and I to QVC towers, hope you get it. We all know how lovely you are so know you can put my name to a face, it was taken last Xmas.
    So, love and hugs to you all, keep holding hands ladies and take care
    Lots of love as always
    Helen s xxxxx

  46. Debz September 19, 2011 at 2:56 pm -  Reply

    Hi Helen S
    I am so sorry to hear that you are felling low at the moment. My Nan too used to say that we are at our lowest ebb as the seasons change. I do believe that’s true. I always suffer most with my depression once the nights start to draw in and the days get shorter.
    Hang on in there my friend. Life throws all kinds of stuff at us but somehow we always muddle through. We are always here for you Helen, just a blog away, with virtual hugs and reassurance at the ready. I am holding your hand Helen always and sending one of the biggest hugs I can.
    Alpa my lovely, we haven’t heard from you for a while. I do hope you are OK. I am sending you a big hug too just incase you need one.
    Lots of love to you two and to all the other lovely ladies and Ali of course.
    Debz & Ainzley (=^-^=)XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

  47. sandra owens September 19, 2011 at 3:03 pm -  Reply

    hi Ali, was lovely to read your blog and to see you enjoyed your holiday….. i hope all goes well with your future treatment…… will be thinking of you and lookin forward to the day we see you back at QVC……. all the best Ali……sandra owens

  48. Mrs Jane Duff September 19, 2011 at 3:18 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    It was so good to read your latest blog, and like everyone else I sincerely believe that the worst must be over for you now, and it is onwards and upwards from hereon.
    I hope that you have a wonderful day on Lucy’s Wedding Day and that you will be able to enjoy your mother of the bride moment.
    Like everyone else I have missed you on the TV screen although I did enjoy hearing your voice on the promos a few weeks ago.
    I am sure you cannot fail to inspire and impress everyone on the Cancer Care evening.
    Meanwhile rest as much as you can and conserve your energy for these forthcoming events in your life.
    God bless you Alison
    Love Jane

  49. Sarah September 19, 2011 at 9:32 pm -  Reply

    Quite simply,I think you are an amazing human being. It’s so humbling but totally uplifting to read your blog. You’re some lady. xxx

  50. A Scottish viewer September 20, 2011 at 4:02 am -  Reply

    You truly are an inspiration. No matter what life throws at you, you always find the positive side. I am delighted to hear that you are doing so well and wish you all the very best for the future and a full and healthy recovery.
    Congratulations on being chosen for the speech. If your blog is anything to go by, you will bring sunshine and happy vibes to the occasion. I am sure you have helped countless women in a similar situation to yourself who have read your stories. Who could not be inspired reading them. Not once have I detected any negativity or any feelings of self pity. You definitely are one strong lady and the way you are dealing with this rough period in your life is admirable.
    No matter what you wear on the night you will look fantastic and I have no doubt that your speech will open the hearts of everyone present. You are such a lovely person, bright, bubbly and full of life. Bring that to the evening and you will be a hit – an inspiration to all.
    Enjoy your night, you deserve it. Keep well.
    Love and best wishes. N xx

  51. helen September 20, 2011 at 11:11 am -  Reply

    Dear Debz,
    Thank you so much for your support. If this pesky fatigue would just go away, I would feel a lot better. It could be a lot worse mind and I agree, where has our dear Alpa gone? Hope all is well with you and that your not too down these days, we’re all here for each other, isn’t that just grand.
    You and Ainsley take care now and chat soon.
    Luv and hugs and I can feel yours through the computer
    Helen s xxxxxx

  52. Irene Maley September 20, 2011 at 11:48 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, it was so nice to read your blog, and to hear all about your holiday.You are looking great,keep your spirits up,i pray that you will be back gracing our screens in the near future,you are sorely missed,take good care of yourself, lots of love and best wishes, Irene,Glasgow.xx

  53. Marian Bolton September 21, 2011 at 10:43 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Lovely blog as usual, you should write a book! Your holiday sounds great and the scenery photo’s look stunning. How wonderful that you will be speaking at the BCC event and manning the phones at QVC on 12 October. I love watching that event, it’s always very inspirational and moving – and of course the bargains are fab if you can manage to bag one! I will be on QVC myself next Monday. Keeley has asked me to be part of the Elemis mini series which I am totally thrilled about. Hope you’re watching.
    xxx

  54. E Cameron September 22, 2011 at 3:50 pm -  Reply

    Ali glad to see your on the mend. I to have lymphodema and use arnica gel, which helps with the pain and swelling. Look forward to having you back on our screens. Take care…. Emma

  55. Ann September 22, 2011 at 6:12 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    It was lovely to read your blog and I am so happy to hear you doing so well. I’m glad you enjoyed your holiday, it looked beautiful, a part of the country that I think is stunning, but have not yet had the opportunity to visit.
    Ali you are an inspiration to us all and you make all of us who are fit and well, realise how lucky we are. No matter what, you are a beautiful person inside and out and I look forward to seeing you back on QVC. Take care and God bless. Ann.xxx

  56. Liz September 22, 2011 at 7:10 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Just popping in to share my good news with you (and your followers). I went for the results of my latest bone scan today and everything is stable – yippee!! I stay on the same treatment and go back for my next check-up in January. Booked a trip to Palma at the end of Oct/early Nov to celebrate and get a bit of warmth (hopefully – it’s been a dire ‘summer’ up here in the North West) and plenty of vitamin D for my bones.
    Hope you are managing with the radiotherapy ok – remember the tiredness will suddenly appear and whack you if you don’t take it a bit easy. Ooh and not forgetting the wedding plans. Enjoy them all.
    Liz xx
    PS – My friend has asked me to go with her to QVC’s diamonique preview customer event in early October. I took all of 1 second to say yes!! We may even make a weekend in London out of it….

  57. alison keenan September 22, 2011 at 7:47 pm -  Reply

    Thank you Jayne! I too am looking forward very much to the Breast Cancer Care event, and hope I’ll get the chance to thank you all for your lovely comments over the last 9 months or so. Already half way through my radiotherapy, so that’s good. Have a great weekend, love Ali x

  58. alison keenan September 22, 2011 at 7:50 pm -  Reply

    Gosh Cheryl you are so right! I feel as though a lead weight has descended on me… I was OK the first week, but if I don’t have a nap in the afternoon I feel completely walloped…Skin holding out OK, and showering in Elemis’s milk bath which is grand, but only allowed to use Aqueous cream on my skin at the moment. Lovely to hear from you, and I’m hoping that you are now in good health, and the future is bright :) Good to know you’ll be there on the 12th, love Ali x

  59. alison keenan September 22, 2011 at 7:53 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Ann, and bless you for your kind comment :) Still trying to decide on what to wear, but feel a little too tired to start looking at present! Have found a couple of things on line, and I already have a beautiful dress that may well work, but it would be nice to wear something new :) Will be with you on the 12th October for the BCC night at QVC. See you then, love Ali x

  60. alison keenan September 22, 2011 at 7:57 pm -  Reply

    Maggie, thank you, and you’re right, some days are easier than others… The radiotherapy is making me feel exhausted already – wasn’t expecting to until it was over, but maybe I’ll get it done with early :) Been missing QVC too, and am looking forward very much to october 12th when I’ll be with you again, love Ali x

  61. alison keenan September 22, 2011 at 8:02 pm -  Reply

    Jane I think I pressed the wrong button there and lost my reply so just wanted to say you’re right – the last week and a half has passed really quickly, so only another 7 radiotherapy treatments to go… then I’ll be back on air and with you on the 12th october. Hope all is well with you, love Ali xx

  62. alison keenan September 22, 2011 at 8:04 pm -  Reply

    Shauna I do indeed remember you telling me you’ve been 18months clear, and here’s to the next 18 months – you and everyone else who takes the time out to tell me they’re well and getting on with their lives, give me hope. Thank you :) The 12th will be a corking night, and I’m really glad I’ll be a part of it… if I can stay awake!!! Love to you, Ali x

  63. alison keenan September 22, 2011 at 8:10 pm -  Reply

    Angela thanks for the heads up on the Mike Leigh film – I have loved all those of his that I’ve seen – I’m going to fish this one out now, as it’s always good to have a laugh :) I’m sending you and your friends my very best and know that with you on board they will both get through this and like me, begin to look forwards again. I pray for their swift recovery too, love Ali xx

  64. alison keenan September 22, 2011 at 8:17 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Linda, and thank you for your lovely long comment. I passed on your compliment to Kathy, and will text Amica too, whom I believe is doing very well. I love Joan Rivers, so when I read what she’d said it struck a chord with me too… whatever happens in the future, no-one can take your memories eh? I loved doing the voice overs, and hope once I’m back on board I may be able to do a few more. I’ll be there on the 12th come hell or high water, and will say hello to you if given half a chance :) Claire and Craig will be with me, and I agree, Claire’s caravan is fab! I’m planning to go and spend a day in it…! Good news is I have found the wedding outfit,plus hat, so just shoes to get! Hope you have a good weekend, and thanks again Linda, love Ali xx

  65. alison keenan September 22, 2011 at 8:21 pm -  Reply

    Phew Elaine! So pleased to hear that news, as I am sure you were too! Your friend is right about the radiotherapy, some days I feel as though I’ve been hit by a truck! Still sleeping badly cos of the night sweats which have become worse since starting on Tamoxifen… I’m somewhat tied for time when it comes to my speech, but will do my best to get the important bits in so we can raise plenty of money :) Have a good weekend, love Ali x

  66. alison keenan September 22, 2011 at 8:25 pm -  Reply

    Bless you Carol, your advice is timely. The tiredness from the radiotherapy reminds me of the pregnancy sleepiness that used to come over me like a fog… ironic really :) Your words are also kind, and it would be lovely to think that through this link I may have taken some of the fear away for anyone else going through this… all those who have written to me, and are still here, fit and well so many years later, have inspired me too :) Trying to be kind to myself and resting more than I used to… Have a good weekend, love Ali xx

  67. alison keenan September 22, 2011 at 8:27 pm -  Reply

    Una, I know you’re away in Gozo for two weeks, and am delighted that your doctor gave you a clean bill of health! Wonderful news and I’m sure you’ll be having a wonderful time. Do try and call in on the 12th as it would be amazing to talk to you at last. You have been an inspiration to me too, and it’s lovely to know you, Ali xx

  68. alison keenan September 22, 2011 at 8:31 pm -  Reply

    Diane, I was so pleased to hear about your grandfather and remember looking at the foghorn set on the side of the lighthouse… how lovely for you to have those memories. And how lucky to have been born and brought up in Weymouth – such a beautiful part of our country… they recently featured it on one of the Coast programmes so I hope more people will make a point of coming to visit there :) Not long before Lucy’s wedding – a month today infact! I have my outfit now, just need shoes, and let’s hope for a sunny day. Thanks for writing, love Ali x

  69. alison keenan September 22, 2011 at 8:34 pm -  Reply

    Christine thank you so much for your kind words about my writing… I had such plans while I was off work – one of them to write a book – learning Italian was another, but somehow I haven’t managed to galvanise my thoughts for long enough what with the treatments and all… still never say never eh? :)I hope that one day you may make it to Swanage… if you do I can recommend a fab B and B! Love to you, Ali x

  70. alison keenan September 22, 2011 at 8:41 pm -  Reply

    Debz and of course Ainzley – thank you both! I am sweating my way through another hot flush as I write and hoping I don’t drip onto the keyboard! Yes being away was sheer escapism… I felt pretty ‘normal’ for a lot of the time, and certainly being with all my friends on the Sunday was magical. I believe the speech I make at the BCC Fashion show will be broadcast on the 12th October, but that’s when I’ll be able to thank you and all the other lovelies who been so good to me all these months. I don’t think you’ll be the only one crying that night…but it’ll be grand to know you’re the other side of the camera. Lovely to hear you sounding so positive, and love to you and of course Ainzly xxx

  71. alison keenan September 22, 2011 at 8:47 pm -  Reply

    Karen thank you :) They are lovely things to say, and I too am very much looking forward to the fundraising evening, and also the Fashion Show on the 5th… I’ve been there for a number of years, but never thought I would now know exactly how all those women are feeling.. strange sometimes the journey life takes us eh? Missing you too, so do join us on the 12th, love Ali xx

  72. alison keenan September 22, 2011 at 8:52 pm -  Reply

    Tracy your Baffie Box sounds Fab!!! I think there will be a little big of a jig at the end of the evening, but as there’s only to be 40 of us, I may well be able to gather sufficient flip flops and slippers together! Infact from my own collection we’d have a few :) Shoes are the one thing I have left to find to go with the wedding outfit I bought on Tuesday! So pleased – a dress and jacket, and a beautiful slate grey hat… very elegant Colin says.. just need the killer heels :) I went with Lucy for her final dress fitting, and she’s going to look gorgeous!! Not a dry eye, oh and you should see what she’s picked out for me to read! Crikey I’ll need a big hanky :) Lovely to hear from you and love to you and Cath (by proxy) :) xx

  73. SUE RADFORD September 22, 2011 at 8:53 pm -  Reply

    Hi lovely “Inspirational” Ali,
    So lovely to hear you had such a great time with your family, work colleagues and friends. Glad you had such a lovely holiday too. It’s so strange Ali, but only recently I’ve had some childhood photos, enlarged and framed, of a very happy holiday spent with my parents and brother at Durdle Door – my mother and brother have since passed away, and sadly my father has Alzheimers and after looking after him for 5 years, I had to make the agonising decision to place him in a Nursing home, but looking at the photos of our lovely holiday at Durdle Door always refreshes those wonderful special memories. Going through dark times certainly makes you appreciate everything doesn’t it? You are going from strength to strength now Ali, and as I said before it’s “onwards and upwards” from now on for you.
    How lovely that you have your daughter’s wedding to look forward to – whatever you decide to wear will undoubtedly be perfect, as I can honestly say you always look stunning when I’ve seen you “on air”. It will be lovely to see you give a speech at the Breast Cancer care event on QVC – someone as inpirational as you will certainly get the message across that the money raised is very very worthwhile!
    Bye Ali,
    Love Sue xxx

  74. alison keenan September 22, 2011 at 9:08 pm -  Reply

    Oh and Tracy, last time i heard from Amica she was doing very well. Hoping that she will only require minor surgery following her treatment, fingers crossed. I will pass on your best to her, love Ali x

  75. alison keenan September 22, 2011 at 9:13 pm -  Reply

    Oh Pauline, bless you, you did make me laugh. I am sure you are an absolute rock to your friend, and with you alongside her, she’ll get through this I have no doubt. I bought my two acrylic wigs from a local lady, but there is a company called Bohemia Fashion Headwear who sell the same make of wigs as mine. They’re on http://www.bohemia-fashions.co.uk. The light blonde wig I have is real hair, and came from a company called Mandeville Wigs in London…. It was bought for me very kindly by QVC as the price may be a little high for most pockets! I hope this helps, love Ali xx

  76. mary morphy September 22, 2011 at 10:20 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, not sure what has happened but I had posted a blog but it appears to have gone missing! Anyway, your holiday looks wonderful and I am sure was the perfect tonic for you and you can now count down the days to Lucy’s wedding. Having considered the fact that you are feeling a tad cold at the moment how about going for something a little different..What about a lovely Kim and Co jumpsuit, Dreamkeeper shawl, lots of tasteful bling and thermal undies? Thinking of you and can’t wait for the wedding blog. Lots os love Maryxx

  77. LORRAINE LESLIE September 23, 2011 at 8:21 am -  Reply

    Hi again from sunny (for once) Scotland,
    What a great time you have had, so much fun and enjoyment..you go girl!!
    As for the pyramid tatoos, join the amazing wonders of the world club and be proud of your pyramid !!!!
    I went for my radiotherapy on the way back from work every day for 5 weeks, it was just like popping into supermarket on way home type of thing however less expensive to the pocket !!!
    Sooooo looking forward to seeing you back on screen,
    Sending lots love & positivity XXXXXXXXXXX
    Lorr XXX

  78. angela white September 23, 2011 at 12:33 pm -  Reply

    phew! is it me or is it hot in here! hi ali, you alright? soon be over and you have so much to look forward to. how long do these flushes go on for? for *#@ ever!!!!!!! i had a funny email off my friend, “the 7 menopausal dwarfs” itchy,bitchy,bloated,sleepy,psyhco,sweaty and what was the other one…………….oh yes forgetful!!!!! hope you are taking it easy and not doing to much have a great weekend love to you your family and all ladies who blog x

  79. alison keenan September 23, 2011 at 4:35 pm -  Reply

    My dear Liz, bless you for your insight. My arm too is like a marrow today, and I have these bloomin’ pins and needles in my legs, but the radiographer said it was probably just the last of the Taxol doing it’s work – or worst!! I should have fast forwarded to check on your bone scan results Liz, but I am fingers and toes crossed for you – would be a wonderful end to the week, and so deserving :) Mum found aloe vera good for her skin too – mine has yet to flare up, but as you said it continues ‘cooking’ for a while after, so I will get myself ready. Ali Young gave me some natural oils way back in March, and so I may be able to use some of those too – will need advice tho first. The tiredness is weird – today I feel fine, although it’s probably the sunshine – always cheers me. I hope you have a lovely weekend – the weather man promises more of the same, and do keep in touch Liz, it’s always lovely to hear from you, love Ali xx

  80. alison keenan September 23, 2011 at 4:38 pm -  Reply

    Lindy thank you so much for you lovely comment. I had a friend called Lindy years ago, lived next door but one. I don’t think I’ve come across any one else with the same name since then. I too am looking forward to the BIG NIGHT. Great to know you’ll be the other side of the camera :) Have a great weekend, love Ali x

  81. alison keenan September 23, 2011 at 4:40 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Babs!! Lovely to hear from you, and yes all going ahead really well for the Wedding. I bought Jack’s suit on Wednesday, and found a Mother of the Bride outfit too!! Have dress jacket and hat, just need shoes :) Hope life is good for you, and thanks for keeping in touch, love Ali xx

  82. alison keenan September 23, 2011 at 4:43 pm -  Reply

    Louise, judging by the date you posted this, your mum has had this week in the Potteries, and so I hope you’ve been behaving yourself!! Bless her, I guess we never stop thinking of our children as children :) I’m glad that you’ve sorted the problem with your medication but was sorry to hear about your brother… sometimes the only way to deal with it, is to just keep on going.. that’s pretty much my ethos anyway.. Oh, and the slot machines on Brighton pier are still 2p! Chances of winning anything vast though are far less :) Have a lovely weekend, ali xx

  83. alison keenan September 23, 2011 at 4:46 pm -  Reply

    Linda your prayer will help keep my spirits up, and thank you for your support re the speech… bit nervous in truth, and have had to rewrite it as someone else will be saying much the same thing as I was orginally asked to say, but I am very proud to be doing it. Have a good weekend, love Ali xx

  84. alison keenan September 23, 2011 at 4:49 pm -  Reply

    Jackie, that’s a really nice thing to say :) Thank you. Just hoping I’ll remember how to do it when I finally get back in front of a camera!! Do hope you’ll be able to join us on the 12th october, love Ali xx

  85. alison keenan September 23, 2011 at 4:52 pm -  Reply

    Helen, I am sorry to hear you’re so down. Do hope that since you last wrote the stresses that were wearing you out have lessened, and that you have something nice planned to take your mind off it this weekend. I do know how that feeling of tiredness can make you feel – for different reasons but the outcome is the same! Hopefully with the sun shining and your girl home from school today will be better, and tomorrow better still. Take care and keep in touch, Love Ali xx

  86. Eileen. September 23, 2011 at 11:55 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, so glad you had a good holiday with Colin and the family. You certainly have a lot of determination climbing up Portland Bill and good on you. Doing that sort of thing gives us a sence of “normality”, and the courage or determination to carry on. Congratulation on your speech at B/C/C, cant wait to see you on there. Dont worry too much about your nails, I’m sure they will grow back as you continue to progress and the effects of the Chemo decrease. Good luck on the big night, Take care. Love Eileen. xxx

  87. Joanna Downey September 24, 2011 at 1:33 pm -  Reply

    Happy Saturday afternoon Ali, Just read your comment about doing your reading at Lucy’s wedding and having been in the same situation I know the feeling… Obviously I didn’t have the awful emotions that this past year have placed on you so nobody will mind you getting out that large handkie. I think I wrote to you that the registrar put me at ease and I just went for it; reading the words with “feeling” but not thinking too much about what I was saying. Those who know me would describe it as me being a show-off and the students at school would have recognised Miss loving the sound of her own voice! This was probably easier because it was a childrens story not something deeper. Enjoy the shoe search, I had nine pairs in the end, but as my lovely mum used to say they don’t eat or drink anything so won’t incur any further expense. Love and all the rest, Jo x

  88. Susan September 24, 2011 at 7:39 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, and Angela,
    Like Mary my post on the 16th disappeared! Bummer! Oh well. I can’t remember what I write Ali, but I’m so very glad you had a wonderful break with your family and then managed to have your gathering on the Sunday. How much you deserved that break! And many more to come once you start feeling like your old – and new self let’s hope. I have to say how fab it is to know you have your outfit for Lucy’s wedding now! Exciting! And how fun that you’re going to go and have a day in Claire’s caravan! Wonderful! I so agree with Joan Rivers comments about being in the pictures – and gosh how much you take on that philosphy. You just have such a wonderful big circle of friends and family and you deserve all the happiness that I hope will follow for you.
    My Mum will LOVE Angela’s 7 menopause dwarfs!! She’s just had a scare and on holiday – so just about getting over it – that’ll make her chuckle!
    Do take care,
    Susan x

  89. alison keenan September 25, 2011 at 7:42 pm -  Reply

    Pam thank you! I shall order some now – mum used aloe vera which of course is in the after sun, and I know it’s very cooling as my daughter Lucy found it very soothing. Hope you had a good weekend in the autumn sunshine, love Ali x

  90. alison keenan September 25, 2011 at 7:45 pm -  Reply

    Janet you have most definitely been a help to me – inspirational, kind and supportive – I have never let go of your hand, thank you :) I’m glad to hear you sounding so well and am really pleased you’ll be ‘with me’ on the 12th October, it’ll be lovely to be back with my friends again and for such a good cause! I hope you’ve had a good weekend, and I look forward to hearing from you again, love Ali xx

  91. alison keenan September 25, 2011 at 7:50 pm -  Reply

    My dear Helen, I am so sorry that you’ve been feeling so low and I’m very much hoping that as you wrote to me last week, you will by now be feeling much better. Tiredness when it comes down on you like that, is something you have to give in to. I believe it’s your body’s way of saying you need to take 5! I had a couple of days last week, where I would have fallen asleep standing up I was so tired! I very much hope things are less uncertain with your husband’s job too – that would be understandably stressful for you both. I can’t wait to see the photo you have sent to me, and I think in my next blog I may well ask if Una, Alpa, Janet, Mary, Liz, Sue – infact EVERYONE – sends me a photo so that I can make a montage of you all – my friends :) Take good care, and please do keep in touch… This feeling will pass, and I’m sure better times are ahead for you, love Ali xx

  92. alison keenan September 25, 2011 at 7:53 pm -  Reply

    Oh and Debz – I would definitely LOVE a photo of you and Ainzley – my new plan to put together a montage of you all – Ainzley may well be the ONLY feline friend :) Hope you had a good weekend, love Ali xx

  93. alison keenan September 25, 2011 at 7:56 pm -  Reply

    Sandra, thank you :) I begin my final week of radiotherapy tomorrow… such a relief… It’s been a long haul, but thank you for your continued support, love Ali xx

  94. alison keenan September 25, 2011 at 8:00 pm -  Reply

    Jane, onwards and upwards most definitely. LAst week of radiotherapy starting tomorrow and then only three weeks until Lucy’s wedding. I have found my outfit, and we also now have suits for Sam, Jack and Colin. Thank you for your kind words of support for the Breast Cancer Care night… it’s been difficult to write my speech, but am hoping that it will be alright on the night!! :) Have had a fairly restful weekend, and enjoyed the autumn sunshine – I hope you have too, love Ali x

  95. alison keenan September 25, 2011 at 8:02 pm -  Reply

    Sarah, those are lovely things to say…. you’ve made me very proud, thank you. Love Ali xx

  96. alison keenan September 25, 2011 at 8:08 pm -  Reply

    Hello there ‘N’ from Scotland and thank you so much for your lovely comments. I have been truly inspired by so many women who write to me on this blog, and have survived breast cancer – their insight and support has been invaluable. I’m hoping the speech will be OK (very nervous!) but have found a lovely dress to wear, so that helps. Just need some major QVC jewellery and all will be well :) I hope you enjoyed the weekend, and please do keep in touch, love Ali xx

  97. alison keenan September 25, 2011 at 8:16 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Irene, and thank you for your kind comments. I will be back on screen on the 12th October for the breast cancer care fundraiser and then hopefully back in November if at all possible. Love and best wishes to you too, Ali xx

  98. alison keenan September 25, 2011 at 8:20 pm -  Reply

    Marion, I will indeed be watching! Keely is such a star, and a truly kind person. I had the most fabulous massage and facial early on in my treatment, and for a while I felt human again :) Yes the holiday was great, and we were lucky with the weather. I hope you too have had chance to enjoy some of the warm sunshine this weekend, love Ali x

  99. alison keenan September 25, 2011 at 8:22 pm -  Reply

    Emma you have saved me this weekend, as my arm and hand have been really bad – they say radiotherapy can make it worse – so the arnica gel has been fab! didn’t think of it myself. I very much hope that things are good for you. Love Ali xx

  100. alison keenan September 25, 2011 at 8:26 pm -  Reply

    Well Ann, I very much hope that someday soon you will have the chance to visit the Dorset coast – you would not be disappointed :) Thank you for your kind words… it’s a little ironic for me to be making the speech this year as two years before I made one on behalf of QVC and never believed for one moment I would be where I am today – I’m just very grateful that I’m pretty much through the woods now. Take care, Love Ali xx

  101. alison keenan September 25, 2011 at 8:28 pm -  Reply

    Liz, FANTASTIC NEWS!!!! :0 SOOOOOOOOOOOO pleased for you. I hope you have a fabulous time at the Diamonique Event, and that your break in Palma will do your bones good :) You’re right about the tiredness…. Off for a lay down now… Hand and arm given up the ghost too! Love Ali xx

  102. alison keenan September 25, 2011 at 8:34 pm -  Reply

    My dear Sue, I am so sorry to hear of such sadness in your life, and to have lost both your mum and your brother must be devastating. Making a decision such as the one you have had to make for your father, is – I believe – the only decision to make. Having watched my Uncle ‘disappear’ from us over the years, it was the only option for him and also my aunt, who struggled on her own for years looking after him. I’m so glad though that the photos of Durdle Door brought back happy memories, and I hope you can hang onto those when times are hard… I’m glad that you’ll be with us on the 12th October – it should be a wonderful evening. With love, Ali xx

  103. Marg September 25, 2011 at 10:56 pm -  Reply

    Hello Dear Ali, So good to see your photographs, you are looking blooming brillant. I am looking forward to seeing you on the 12th,I’m sure you will steal the show, main thing is to enjoy yourself,We’ve had a rocky old month, wont be sorry to see October,but thats for another day,there are no free rides in this life we all have to take what comes,hopfully with the dignity you handled your testing time. I am desperate to see your dress and wedding outfit, you didnt even mention colour,stringing us along, thats what your doing. I hope Chris is feeling better, his good times will come again,perhaps they have arrived,hope so.I hope all the Ali’s army ladies are keeping well, best wishes to each of them. You must learn to sleep when your tired and laugh when your happy Ali, try not to do much in between,when your fighting fit you can take the world on,in the meantime it will go on turning all on its own as always.
    Hope you have a great month,and everything goes well, all our best wishes go with Lucy, wishig her a perfect day.
    I’ll wave at the tele on the 12th,try and wave back,ha ha,
    My hand is still there for you Ali anytime you need it,
    you show them girl, show them what they are missing, we need your style and class to brighten our days,
    Keep well dear Ali,
    Marg.

  104. Marg September 25, 2011 at 11:05 pm -  Reply

    Forgot to add I thought Angelas meno. dwarves were precious. I laught out loud reading there names, brilliant.
    Marg.

  105. Mrs. Chris Monitz September 26, 2011 at 12:06 am -  Reply

    Thinking of you Ali you are an insperation, couldn’t believe when I logged on to presenters’ blogs (quite by accident really) have wondered why we hadn’t seen you. My darling you are so lovely, and so missed, my thoughts and prayers are with you. You have an amazing family and wonderfully supportive friends, you will come through this awful time. I most certainly be tuning into BCC on QVC to see you.
    Miss you Honey and look forward to seeing you back. Lot of love Chris xx

  106. helen September 26, 2011 at 12:51 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali, I do hop that you get the photo, if you don’t let me know and I’ll send another. I do hope I got the right address. Good news, my other half has managed to secure another job, looking forward to him starting as this one is just getting so stressful, its not funny. Had a quiet weekend, well I say quiet, my dear daughter came home from school with a violin and has been ‘playing’ most of the weekend!!!! I do hope that you are well, Mum was tired after her radio therapy and aloe vera helped her arm too.
    I’m not feeling quite so tired, but every day brings a new ailment, achy now. I was reading an article on the perimenopause and all its symptoms and I believe that I have had every one on the list and I don’t think its helped the old m.e.
    Hope Alpa and Magda are ok, havent heard from them for a while. Love to Debz and hope that you are all ok too.
    Lots of love and hugs and always, keep holding hands.
    Helen S xxxx

  107. Susan September 26, 2011 at 2:11 pm -  Reply

    Hi Helen,
    I know Ali won’t mind us ‘talking’ – I just wanted to say I’m so glad your hubby has got a new job! I know how awful it is to be without work..plodding on, getting rejected or not even contacted – now that’s what I just think is so rude! A quick general email would suffice! Anyway, I’m just really glad for you because you deserve it. It can really affect your confidence being stressed or without work and I’m glad it hasn’t got to that stage with hubby. You take care,
    Susan x

  108. Mrs Janet Jones September 26, 2011 at 2:53 pm -  Reply

    My Dear Ali,thinking of you as you have your last week of radiotherapy.You are so right it is a long haul,but hopefully it will all be worth it. Don’t forget you will get those magical words on your appointment card ‘Treatment fininished’it feels like winning the lottery!!! I know what you mean about the tamoxifen making the hot flushes even worse, I seem to be permanently hot and it does make it difficult to sleep!But I like you respond well to authority so when you are told it will improve you chances, you just have to keep taking it despite the aching joints and hot flushes1 As you say you just HAVE TO KEEP GOING!So glad you have chosen your mother of the bride outfit and your BCC outfit, you will look beautiful whatever you wear. I know you will be nervous about making your speech, but i know you will do us proud. keep resting and be kind to yourself you are nearly there now, and you have your daughters wedding to look forward to. As always I am holding your hand, take good care Ali love Janet xxx

  109. Alpa September 26, 2011 at 8:40 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali,
    So good to hear that you enjoyed your time away and had a party at home to celebrate :)
    I’m sorry I haven’t written for a while. I have been so tired and feeling yuck. It’s as though all the viruses I’ve had over the last 10 months on top of the M.E. have caught up with me. I am a long way from my family and home and as I don’t have anyone near by, I have been trying to find a source of outside help as ‘doing’ seems to have gone out the window!
    Debz, thank you so much for thinking of me. The big hug you sent could not have come at a better time and was very much appreciated :) How clever of Ainzley to cusomise your laptop with black fur and a touch of spit! I hope you are feeling ok yourself and Ainzley is doing well.
    Helen, sorry to hear that you have not been very well. The perimenopause on top of M.E. must be difficult to contend with. For what it’s worth, I think you are doing so well. I’m pleased that your other half has found another job and hope that the worry you had over that is starting to lift a little. Is Olivia enjoying playing the violin?!
    Ali, I’m so chuffed you have been asked to make a speech at the Breast Cancer Care Fashion Show. You will look and be fabulous, you always are :)
    Well done on finding your mother of the bride outfit, which I am sure is beautiful as well. Any luck with the killer heels yet?!
    I hope that you are taking it easy and are not trying to do too much. We want you better :) I will be watching on the 12 October and I will try and call in. You are very dear to me, Ali.
    Lots of love to you Ali and to Debz, Helen, Una, Magda, Gail Susan, Marj and my lovely friends here.
    Take very good care and holding your hand tightly,
    Alpa xxxx

  110. Lorraine September 27, 2011 at 8:19 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison qvc is not the same without you,hope your treatment goes well and you come back soon,take care from Lorraine x

  111. helen September 27, 2011 at 10:48 am -  Reply

    Dear Susan,
    Thank you very much for thinking of me. Yes it is good that my husband has a new job, the job he has now is just getting so stressful, being a manager isn’t all its cracked up to be. I just wish I could work to help ease the pressure on him, but I just can’t. I used to have a very good job, but had to give up through m.e when I was 30, 14 years ago. It did get so much better, but the last 3 years have been horrid and I’m wondering if the onset of the ‘change’ has brought back the m.e. symptoms. The dr’s don’t even think I’m near perimenopause as my fsh blood levels aren’t that high, but something is going on!
    Hope you are ok, and isn’t it so lovely that we have so many new friends through Ali’s blog.
    Take care now and chat soon
    Keep holing hands, luv and hugs
    Helen s xxx

  112. helen September 27, 2011 at 10:54 am -  Reply

    Dear Alpa, oh my what a pair we are! I know EXACTLY how you feel, I really do. Every day has been a drag of late, just going through the motions. I’ve tried to diagnose myself, could it be hormones and stress thats caused all these horrid feelings. I’ve had every blood test done, not one box on the blood test form was left unticked and all came back fine, thank goodness, but, if your like me, what I’m looking for is answer to why I feel so grim. Oh dear, perhaps we should write a book, a best seller in the making do you think?
    Take care now and just blog away if your feeling down, I’m all ‘ears’.
    Love and hugs as always
    Helen s xxxx

  113. Kim September 27, 2011 at 11:37 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    So pleased to hear your happy news – will look forward to watching on 12th October! I could really identify with your blog, having visited all the places you mentioned, often, and am glad you had the wonderful holiday you deserve, with those you love around you. You’re such an inspiration.
    Take care and remember how loved you are, not just by your friends and family, but by all of us QVC’ers, as well!
    Love
    Kim x

  114. Debz September 27, 2011 at 2:35 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    No one has ever asked for a photo of me before! Ainzley, yes, as he’s quite a handsome chap (even though I do say so myself!!) I will certainly dig one out for you – I have quite a few Ainzley ones as you can imagine!! I hope that you are OK and that that light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter. I’m glad that you’ve found your wedding outfit – not long now eh?
    Alpa, so wonderful to hear from you. I wish that I lived close by as I would certainly be on hand to help you in any way I could but all I can do is hold your hands and send you hugs and let you know that, like Ali, you are never far from my thoughts.
    Helen I am so glad that hubby has managed to find a new job. At least that’s one less thing to worry about. I am sending you another hug and am holding your hand always.
    Love and licks to Ali and all you other lovely, brave ladies
    Debz & Ainzley (=^-^=)XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

  115. Fay Wheeler September 27, 2011 at 3:13 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali this is the first time i have written to you your blog it has made me cry and laugh.Im so glad you had a lovely time in Dorset (its beautiful is’nt it).I will be thinking of you as will your other bloggers when you are making your speech for BCC.I will write again.
    Love and Blessings
    Blessed Be
    Fay x

  116. Alpa September 28, 2011 at 6:39 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    What a lovely idea to ask us for photos and also a first time for me! I hope you are feeling ok in spite of the tiredness from radiotherapy and please rest whenever you need to and even when you don’t think you need to, if that makes sense :)
    Helen, thank you so much for thinking of me and also for understanding how I feel :) I’m pleased that your blood tests are all ok. My blood tests show that I am low on some vitamins and have slightly high blood sugar. I don’t think that quite explains why I have been feeling so yuck and I am meant to be having more blood tests done in a few weeks (which will be done when my lack of a diet is more on track!) I don’t think my doctor is quite as thorough as yours, as not every box on the blood test form was ticked! The only thing I can think of is that the M.E. has caught up with me! I think a book is definitely in order, when we are feeling not quite so grim. And yes, answers to grimness would be good!!
    Debz, where do you live as I am planning to hot foot it over to you as soon as possible!! Bless you for being so kind and thoughtful and offering to help if you were close by. Holding my hands and sending me hugs is very comforting indeed :)
    While I am sure Ainzley is quite a handsome chap, I do know that you are beautiful, my friend :)
    Lots of love,
    Alpa xx

  117. Angela Barrett September 29, 2011 at 12:22 am -  Reply

    HI ALI
    Have been following your story along the way and what an amazing person you are. It probably hasn’t been as easy to continue especially when times were bad in the beginning you have such strength and courage to inspire others to carry on and be strong. Can’t wait to see you on QVC again its not the same without you.
    Glad to read your day was a success with your family & friends from QVC.
    Love Ange Xxx

  118. helen September 29, 2011 at 9:33 am -  Reply

    My dear Alpa,
    My dr did tick quite a lot of the boxes on the blood test form, but I ticked the rest, don’t tell anyone will you, I will probably be in a lot of trouble!!! I just thought that I might as well see you be liver and kidney functions were as everything else was being checked, naughty or what? I’ve had very little appetite for the past few months, and I usually love my food, but all I can say is YUCH! I have questioned myself and the dr as I do think sometimes that they have missed something if you know what I mean. But my friend said that I’ve had so many tests done, something would have showed up and I just have to accept that I need to take it easy and slow down. Slow down, I’m hardly sprinting around the place!
    I’m always here for you and I do wish that we all lived closer, what a lovely bunch of friends we’d be, all thanks to Ali’s blog.
    Take care lovely
    Love and hugs
    Helen s xxxx

  119. Kath Vinnicombe September 29, 2011 at 3:52 pm -  Reply

    Hiya Ali – I have been reading your updates for quite a while now and wanted to let you know that I join with the huge band of people who send you all best wishes for the rest of your treatment and return to full health. I had bowel cancer in 2005 so I know some of what you are going through but want you to hold on in there because the nightmare does end. With lots of love and care from those around you, you will get through it and will look back to realise what a strong and courageous woman you are. Hold on tight Ali,take one day at a time and remember how positive thought can work wonders! God bless…….

  120. helen September 29, 2011 at 3:56 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alpa, me again, i’ve just read my message to you and one bit makes no sense at all. I meant to say ‘I just thought that I might as well see how my liver and kidney functions were’ not ‘I just thought that I might as well see you be liver and kidney functions were’!!!!! What a lot of mumbo jumbo!!!
    Had a very tired afternoon, just picked my babe up from school and I could go to bed, but sadly I have to make tea etc…..
    Hope that your ok
    Love and hugs,
    Helen s xxxx

  121. helen September 29, 2011 at 4:05 pm -  Reply

    Hia Ali, I must first say that I’m sorry for pinching your blog and chatting away to my chums. I do hope that you are ok and taking it easy for a change. You have amazed me right the way through your treatment, you’ve had energy and drive that puts me to shame. I don’t know how you do it. Perhaps if I didn’t have a little one to look after I could just take a few months off to get back on track, hey ho!
    I’m looking forward to seeing you on tv in October, have you chosen your outfit yet. I do hope that sam is better?
    Love and lots of hugs as always
    Helen s xxxx

  122. Julie September 29, 2011 at 11:19 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali
    Happy to report that I am now post surgery (yesterday) so now I just have the wait the 3 weeks for my results. Thanks so much for the personal response, it was not my intention to hijack your blog I just wanted you to know how inspirational you are to people like me who are new to the game! 48 hrs after I was told my news my son broke his leg so that threw everything into chaos, it did however take the concentration off of my troubles and on to his. Eventhough I ended up in hospital with him on the 2 days running up to my op I view this as definite positive as we were able to spend so much time together. I was thrilled to be sent one of the random customer invites to a Diamonique event for next Fri but as I live in Devon I think it will be too much for me to cope with at present so I am hoping that this will be able to be deferred for a future event. I hope life is treating you & yours well and that you are able to enjoy this marvelous indian summer. Love Julie x

  123. alison keenan September 30, 2011 at 8:16 am -  Reply

    Mary loving your wedding outfit suggestions!! However, I’ve found a fab dress and bolero jacket and also a hat…. still trying to get the shoes tho! Thermal undies may not be required if we continue with this unbelievable weather eh? Do hope you and yours are well, love Ali xx

  124. alison keenan September 30, 2011 at 8:20 am -  Reply

    Lorr I am indeed proud of my pyramid – even prouder of the radiographer’s eyesight that each day she can see the dots! I take my hat off to you for keeping up with it all and working, that’s very impressive, and I hope that you are now fully recovered :) Love and positivity to you too, Ali xxxx

  125. alison keenan September 30, 2011 at 8:23 am -  Reply

    Hello there Angela :) Loving your seven menopausal dwarfs – very true! At the moment I just appear to be suffering with the weather – looking slightly sunburned and sweating profusely – happy days :) Have a great weekend, and thanks for keeping in touch, love Ali x

  126. alison keenan September 30, 2011 at 8:25 am -  Reply

    Hello there Eileen, lovely to hear from you, and thank you for your kind words. I now have a new dress for the BCC night, and the speech I make at the Fashion Show will be shown on QVC’s FundRaiser on the 12th – wish me luck!! Feel very nervous just at the thought :) I hope you’ve been enjoying this beautiful weather and will have a good weekend, love Ali x

  127. alison keenan September 30, 2011 at 8:28 am -  Reply

    Hello there Jo, and thanks for your words of encouragement :) I was talking to Kathy about it the other day, and she said just keep on reading it until you can do it without faltering…. have started to practice already. Your mum sounds a treasure – love the shoe comment, but sadly haven’t even found one pair yet! Hopefully this weekend. Have a good one, love Ali x

  128. alison keenan September 30, 2011 at 8:31 am -  Reply

    Hi there Susan, so sorry your blog entry disappeared too – I like you can never remember what I’ve written either. I’ve also found that if I write a comment and then leave it a while before posting it, the computer freezes and I have to cut and paste the words and open a new blog page! The wonders of technology, but won’t complain as this site has introduced so many of us to each other, and I’m loving it :) Hope your mum’s OK after her scare and enjoying her break, and that you will have a good weekend, love Ali xx

  129. alison keenan September 30, 2011 at 8:38 am -  Reply

    My dear Marg your kind words and philosophy have made me teary… in a nice way.. And you’re so right, the world will keep on turning anyway :) As far as the outfit for Lucy’s wedding is concerned it’s silver grey with a random pattern of light and charcoal grey. The dress is fitted, and sleeveless but I have a little bolero jacket, and a very big hat! :) As all the boys are wearing various shades of grey it should work well, and I managed to get Jack’s shoes but not mine, at the beginning of the week. so much easier for men isn’t it?!! I’ll definitely wave to you on the 12th – with my big arm so it has more impact! Love to you Marg and thank you for your wonderful insight, Ali xx

  130. alison keenan September 30, 2011 at 8:42 am -  Reply

    Chris, bless you and thank you for having taken the time out to write having read the blog. Yes the 12th will be a very special day and will hopefully mean a big of a practice before I come back to work properly in November… which would be wonderful. You’re right, I’ve been very well looked after and cared for and feel very fortunate. Have a fab weekend in the sun, and do keep in touch, love Ali x

  131. alison keenan September 30, 2011 at 8:46 am -  Reply

    Helen, I’m sure I will get the photo – I’ll ask Kathy to check the pigeon hole! Thank you again for sending it. Sooo pleased to hear that your husband has found another job – I do hope this will lessen the stress levels for you both. I’m sorry though that you’ve been under the weather, and hope very much that if you are indeed perimenopausal you will find something that will help. Oil of evening primrose is helpful with the flushes, and sage tablets too… just a thought :) Good luck with the violin! My sister had one and it was the most awful sound – almost as bad as my brother and his trumpet… that didn’t last long either! :) I hope you’ll feel well enough to enjoy the weekend – it’s meant to be warm and sunny. Love Ali xx

  132. alison keenan September 30, 2011 at 8:52 am -  Reply

    Dear Janet, I thought I’d drop you a line before I head off for my final radiotherapy :) It’s doing its work and I have a large red patch on my chest with a very neatly defined line to it – remarkable what this stuff does isn’t it :) I had to see a neurologist yesterday as the numbness in feet and hands still bad – I have ‘mild neuropathy’, which is just a side effect but could take up to a year to wear off – hey ho, the worst is done, and so I’ll keep on holding your hand and continue to move forwards, as you have done so well :) Only 23 days until Lucy’s wedding – not that I’m counting! Love to you, and have a great weekend, Ali xx

  133. alison keenan September 30, 2011 at 8:56 am -  Reply

    My dear Alpa, I’m so sorry to hear you’ve been feeling poorly, and even sorrier that you don’t have anyone with you to help with things.. I wish I could teleport myself over as I’m a dab hand at cleaning etc! Hopefully as it’s been a few days since you’ve written, the warm weather will be helping you to feel a little better and that you will have some company. I’m still looking for my ‘killer’ heels. Tried a wedding shop in the hope I could buy a satin pair and dye them to match, but nothing.. still time though. Yes BCC is looming ever closer and I have my words ready… just hope they come out clearly! Thank you for getting in touch, and know that we all want you better too Alpa :) Take care, love Ali xx

  134. alison keenan September 30, 2011 at 8:58 am -  Reply

    Bless you Lorraine. My life’s not been the same without QVC either – roll on the return to work :) Hope all is well with you and thanks for writing, love Ali xx

  135. alison keenan September 30, 2011 at 8:59 am -  Reply

    Kim, as I wrote many months ago ‘Love is all you need’ and ALL of you who take the time out to keep in touch have kept me going. Can’t thank you enough, love Ali xx

  136. alison keenan September 30, 2011 at 9:02 am -  Reply

    Debz – thank you!! Can’t wait to see the photo. I’m hoping that more of the gals will follow suit and then when I have a montage put together I can put it on the blog and you can all see each other!! Perfect – or purrfect in Ainzley’s case :) Love to you, Ali xx

  137. alison keenan September 30, 2011 at 9:06 am -  Reply

    Well Fay, I’m delighted that you’ve decided to write having read the blog, and hope that you’ll keep in touch in the future :) Yes Dorset was lovely, and I can imagine lovelier still with this beautiful weather we’re currently having. I will be thinking of you all too when I make my speech, but will hopefully get the chance to thank you when I’m on QVC on the 12th October. Have a lovely weekend, love Ali x

  138. alison keenan September 30, 2011 at 9:17 am -  Reply

    Hello again Alpa, and I’m delighted that you’re going to fish out a photo for me! Debz is on the case (beautiful girl as you so rightly point out!) and hopefully it will work over time. I am sorry you don’t seem to be getting the care and medical support you need at this time… Sometimes you have to shout a little louder, and insist (so my mum tells me!) Answers to grimness…. Look up at the sky and feel the warmth of the sun…. always works for me :) Please take good care of yourself my friend, and I’ll be in touch, love Ali x

  139. alison keenan September 30, 2011 at 9:21 am -  Reply

    Bless you Ange for your kind words. Yes there have been days when it’s been difficult, but when I read what some of the other girls are continually going through with various illnesses or a follow on from this, I feel lucky that I’m getting there – last radiotherapy today! I’ll be back on QVC on the 12th october for the BCC night, so will see you then. Love Ali xx

  140. helen September 30, 2011 at 11:17 am -  Reply

    Dear Ali, last treatment today, yehhh!!! You brave lady you, well done. Please let me know if you get the photo, I can’t even remember what address I put on the envelope. If you can put the address on your blog next time, if the original does’nt turn up, I’ll send another. Had to cancel my dentist appointment today, just haven’t got the strength to get there, Alpa and I did say that we could write a book between us.
    Don’t think I’ll be doing much this weekend, just had good cry to my Mum and feel a bit better now.
    Take care and love and hugs as always
    Helen s xxxx

  141. elaine sallis September 30, 2011 at 1:00 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Well, you have got there. How proud of yourself should you be? You have been amazing through all this. A shining example to all of us and through it all you have kept in contact and made us feel important to you in our own small way.
    Thank you for counting us amongst your friends.
    Elaine

  142. Debz September 30, 2011 at 3:17 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Last radiotherapy today! I bet you thought this day would never come! I can’t tell you how proud I am of you and also how proud I am to call you a friend. I know we’ve never met but, me and others on here, have shared so much of ourselves and bared our souls it feels like we’ve all been friends forever.
    You can now concentrate on Lucy’s wedding and perfecting your Mother of The Bride look. As others have said, you’d look good in a bin liner but maybe that’s not the look to go for this time!! Keep looking in that mirror Ali and a new, beautiful butterfly will be emerging I promise. I am still holding your hand now and always and I so hope that you will now have more bright days than dark ones. Remember, me and your other blog friends will always be here for both.
    Alpa and Helen, I wish I could package some of Ainzley’s energy up and send it to you both as he is currently tearing around the house like a loon. He has an enlarged heart and a poorly liver but it’s like no one’s told him! He has also managed to chew the sequins off one of my Quacker tops so heaven only knows what his litter tray will hold tomorrow – not for the faint hearted I can tell you!
    Let’s all dig out a photo for our Ali so she can put a collage of them on her blog. A bit like a rogues gallery!!
    Lots of love and licks
    Debz & Ainzley (=^-^=)XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

  143. Mrs Janet Jones September 30, 2011 at 3:23 pm -  Reply

    TREATMENT FINISHED1!!! just thought I would would write it down for you in case it gets forgotten at the hospital.Well done Ali you have done so well be proud of yourself.You will still need to take it easy for a while yet, so be kind to yourself. Sorry to hear that your pins and needles are still bad.The soles of my feet became painful during chemo, they are much better than they were, but they still give me problems.
    23 days to Lucy’s wedding I bet you can’t believe how quickly it has come round. Good luck finding the shoes and your outfit sounds very elegant.
    Enjoy the weekend knowing that when Monday comes you can go shoe shopping rather than going for any more horrid treatment.
    I look forward to hearing your speech,I know you are very nervous, so I be will holding your hand very tightly through it and look forward to seeing you back on our screens on the 12th.
    Take good care Ali and have a good weekend, speak soon love Janet xx

  144. Marg September 30, 2011 at 8:35 pm -  Reply

    Well that was a trip and a half, but you made it, what a wonderful sense of achievment you must feel,I feel it with you, you have been a real trooper taking the good with the (mostly) bad,with each blog we would find another hurdle on the path,but you managed to take it. I’m sure there have been ‘why me’ moments you have had but I think in the coming days you will find the why me answer, the whole experiance will have made you a stronger person,in the kindliest way possible,gosh I have to watch, I’m begining to sound like a Kenny Everett character.In the best possible taste.
    I can only add a yippee,youve done it, hope you get your shoes, your outfit sounds gorgeous, my fav, shades.
    I wonder how near you are getting to The Bridges of Madison County, remember we talked a few times about Clint,and changing the ending, you said you were not ready the last time I stupidly brought the subject up, I wonder if things have changed for you.I will know exactly where you are at by your answer.Well I will be watching for that pansy potter wave, Take care Ali.
    Remember hands are there to hold and take courage and comfort from, I remember you every night with all my loved ones,hope it helps a little,
    Sleep well,that was a big day,
    Kind Thoughts,
    Marg.

  145. Alpa September 30, 2011 at 8:37 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali,
    Last radiotherapy over and done with, YAY!! I am so very proud of you, Ali. There are no words enough to embrace how truly exceptional, incredible and amazing you are :)
    I would love it if you were able to teleport yourself over :) It would be lovely to see you and not just because you are such a dab hand at cleaning etc! I think your mum is right although I might have to invest in a megaphone! Sometimes we have to make noise to be heard (so my dad says!) The warm weather does help and thank you for an answer to the grimness. It sounds good to me and I will certainly look up to the sky and feel the warmth of the sun next time I am out.
    I haven’t had any company at home, never mind. Just as well we can talk/text/blog, whenever need be!
    You have such a lovely voice and I am sure that your words will come out clearly at BCC, I know they will :)
    Take very good care,
    Lots of love, Alpa xx

  146. Alpa September 30, 2011 at 9:03 pm -  Reply

    My Dear Helen,
    Thank you for your message. I think it’s a brilliant idea to have ticked all the boxes on the blood test form, just to check everything is ok. I would have done the same if I had thought about it/ been able to get away with it!
    My last blood tests were done at my doctor’s surgery, although they are now starting to do them somewhere else. I said if that was the case, there would be no blood tests for me! A friend who is a nurse asked if my thyroid function had been checked, which I have to find out.
    I do know how it feels to want answers and not to get any. I am definitely going to do as Ali suggests and find the sun. I found myself crying earlier as well and I really do feel for you. I have an appointment next Thursday that I have to try and get to. That should be fun!!
    Hope you are able to get some rest over the weekend x
    Lovely Debz, just reading of Ainzley tearing around has made me smile and how kind to offer to package some of his energy for Helen and I. I hope his litter tray is not too scary after the consuming of the sequins. He certainly put the CAT into ChAracTer, don’t you think?!
    Have a good weekend x
    Lots of love,
    Alpa xx

  147. Alpa September 30, 2011 at 9:08 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali,
    Sorry for hogging your blog! I hope that you are raising at least a glass this evening, to the end of treatment!
    Well done you :)
    xxxx

  148. Marie Greenhalgh October 1, 2011 at 3:53 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Will be fab to see you on Qvc again, have really missed you and can’t wait for you to return full time !
    Hang in there, girl ! x x

  149. Debbie Lyttle October 1, 2011 at 11:58 pm -  Reply

    hi alison,glad to her your in good spirits and thing have improved for you . hope you sessions passes quickly and that there is good news at the end of treatment.Wishing you good health and happiness and my prayers are with you xxxxx

  150. jane October 2, 2011 at 1:23 am -  Reply

    I know I don t know you, but from what I have seen of you on QVC you seem such a lovely lady x

  151. Gwen Tugwell. October 2, 2011 at 9:44 am -  Reply

    Hello Aison,
    Tried to write to you before,but obviously did’nt do something
    right, all I really want to say is you are a truly inspirational
    person, I love reading you blogs and keeping up with your
    progress. Looking forward to seeing you on air at the Breast
    Cancer evening, keep up the good work.
    Very best wishes to you and your family.
    Gwen in very sunny Brighton.

  152. Bridget Lobley October 2, 2011 at 10:58 am -  Reply

    The true test of a person’s character is how they cope with adversity. You have proved to be a star. Good luck with your radio treatment and along with many others look forward to seeing you on 12th.
    Love and Hugs
    Bridget

  153. mrs chris burns October 2, 2011 at 7:15 pm -  Reply

    Thank you so much for sharing your story with us since March. You are so brave & positive. Looking forward to seeing you.
    Love & hugs.

  154. Eileen. October 2, 2011 at 8:07 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    I wish you all the luck in the world with your speech but I’m sure you will be your usual very professional self. I did enjoy the weekend, we went to visit Brians sister & family in Bracknell. Hope you have a really enjoyable day/evening at the fashion show, we will all be there in spirit willing you on. Try and relax before your speech either by deep breathing or by massaging a bit of SBC lavender gel into your temples or feet. I use the lavender gel when my pains are bad and I cant relax and must say it really helps. Take care, hope the tiredness eases up soon. Eileen. xxx

  155. Liz October 3, 2011 at 8:35 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    I tried to post last night but it wouldn’t let me actually post it so here goes again !!
    Woo-hoo, you’ve made it Ali !!! Well done on getting through all the ups and downs with such an upbeat outlook. Remember you will still be cooking for a while and you’ve had major treatment so you will need to rest when you feel you need to but also when you don’t think you need to !!!! You may well also feel a bit ‘lost’ at times after having the routine of hospitals and appointments so much over the last few months and that there is an odd feeling of being abandoned – that’s normal. Just be gentle with yourself.
    That’s my bossy bit over with! Have the most fab time at the BCC event. I’m sure you’ll be a star and have a ball. Will look forward to seeing the event on the 12th, although I will have to record some as I will be out at my silver jewellery class at my local cancer centre. Then THE wedding – you must all be sooooo excited. I hope it is a truly wonderful day for every single one of you and a chance to celebrate you all having made it through some ery, very difficult times in recent months and years. May it be the starting point for much better times for all.
    Like the idea of us sending photos in, even though I hate having mine taken. I may make an exception in this case and perhaps get my friend to take one of me at the Diamonique event on Friday. That would be appropriate I think!!
    Anyway, take things easy Ali and everyone else too of course.
    Love and hugs, Liz xx

  156. Susan October 3, 2011 at 1:56 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, Alpa and Helen,
    Sorry Ali, I just felt I wanted to add a little bit of ‘something’ to the girls re: the tiredness and all that they’re going through. I know I don’t talk about myself too much girls but I do really identify with what you’re going through – lot of similarities, including social circle. And I feel for you a lot. I found that having to insist that tests be done, only to come back negative etc etc, didn’t help me. In the end I took it into my own hands. Acupuncture, counselling and good old fashioned walks when you can, preferably in the parks or seaside is good. Just do what you can when you can. I think going to a voluntary community group for counselling/CBT is a good idea if you feel you would benefit – and I wasn’t sure about it!! Can be good to have someone to listen though. And if and when you can, choose something you love doing/would like to try and get to a night class! Just like Anne says – it’s great social fun and people are friendly!
    You take care and please don’t think I’m interfering. It just breaks my heart because I can identify with you. Take care girls,
    Susan x

  157. helenslee20@gmail.com October 3, 2011 at 4:41 pm -  Reply

    Dear Susan, Your not interfering at all my love, your just being our friend. I was thinking of going back to the dr’s today and thought what for now? more bloods, oh my i’ve had so many done. I got i.b.s symptoms for the past few days, back belly, back, feeling sick, no appetite…….
    I really am so fed up with myself at the moment and I just know that Alpa is to. I’m just managing the school runs, although I did feel rather odd standing in the yard this afternoon, just odd! I woke up at 5am this morning and I was soaking with sweat, nice eh, and then I was sick. Oh my what a mess. I hope there is going to be light at the end of this very long tunnel? I do hope that you haven’t got m.e. and it is ok to talk to us about anything, we’re all used to each others little ways now.
    Thank you for being you
    Love and hugs
    Helen s xxx

  158. helenslee20@gmail.com October 3, 2011 at 5:03 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali,Debz and Alpa, just wanted to check in on my buddies. Alpa, how are you feeling today? I am so sorry that you are by yourself, this m.e thing is so annoying. I got over it once in my 30’s and never expected it to return so badly. I do wish that you were nearer, I don’t even know where you are, then we could at least have a moan to each other, sorry Ali, we’ll have to pinch our blog instead. Debz, how are you these days, I do hope that you feel a little less alone in the world now you have all of us. And Ali, I hope that your ok and taking a rest after all your treatment.
    Luv and hugs to you all,
    Helen s xxxx

  159. Pam October 4, 2011 at 12:21 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali,Tried to post a couple of weeks ago but it disappeared without trace!! Anyway moving on, I’m thrilled you’ve finished your treatment, hope you had a little celebration!
    Just wanted to wish you well with your speech,remember, you’ll be among friends so don’t be nervous.You’ve been amazing these last months and will be on the night.
    Looking forward to seeing you on the 12th and hope Lucy’s wedding day goes exactly as she dreamed of.I don’t know who will be the proudest ,mum or daughter…..
    It’ll be great when you’re back on QVC, love your humour, but make sure you don’t overdo it too soon.
    love to you and your family,
    Pam x

  160. SUE RADFORD October 4, 2011 at 12:27 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Just a short note to wish you the very best with your speech at the Breast Cancer Care event, and to say that I’m looking forward to seeing you “On Air” on the 12th. Don’t be too nervous Ali, you will have so many proud people watching you – me certainly being one of them, but most importantly your Family who will be bursting with pride, that’s for sure!! Good luck Ali!!!!
    (P.S. Thanks for your kind words with regards to my Dad.)
    Love Sue Radford xx

  161. Julie October 4, 2011 at 10:06 am -  Reply

    Dear Ali
    Just wanted to wish you all the best for the Breast Cancer Fashion Show-know you will do extremely well. There’s so much coverage about it on TV this week it just goes to show how many people are affected by it-and not just women.
    Just a message for Helen, know what you’re going through,also have IBS symptoms and have done for 2 weeks. Treatment from Dr has made it worse and to cap it all have come down with a virus too. Never rains does it??
    Take care Ali
    Julie xx Lily xxxxxxx

  162. Debz October 4, 2011 at 4:18 pm -  Reply

    Hi Helen and Alpa and Susan
    I do so wish that I could do something for you ladies. I spend so much of my day alone that I would love to sit with you all and maybe while away an hour or so, putting the world to rights and helping you with all those chores that just seem so impossible to do when you are low with no energy. All I can do however, is let you know that I’m thinking of you and, especially you Alpa, when you feel all alone and you think that no one cares, well, I do. I am so sorry that you were crying the other day and so wish I was there so I could have given you a proper hug and an hankie!
    I am sending you all a huge hug and I am only ever a blog away so no matter how desperate you feel I am always here to listen.
    Take good care of yourselves ladies
    Ali, sorry for hijacking your blog but I know you won’t mind.
    Lots of love and extra special licks
    Debz & Ainzley (=^-^=)XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
    P.s. Ainzley’s litter tray certainly caught the early morning light after those Quacker sequins – it would have made a good Christmas card (maybe not eh?!!)

  163. Alpa October 4, 2011 at 7:19 pm -  Reply

    Dear Susan,
    Thank you for thinking of me :) Please don’t think you are interfering, you are writng as a friend and it is very much appreciated.
    Love Alpa xx

  164. Alpa October 4, 2011 at 8:00 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali, Helen and Debz,
    Ali, I hope you have been taking it easy over the weekend and resting. I will be thinking of you tomorrow as you make your speech and holding your hand tightly :)
    Helen, how are you doing today? I am so sorry that you have been ill on top of not feeling right. I know how horrible it is and I really do feel for you. If you are having tummy cramps as well(which I hope you are not) try buscopan. It was recommended by a friend who is a nurse when I had gastroenteritis and it may offer some relief.
    I am feeling much the same. I do wish that we lived nearer each other as well. I am in middlesex, which is not too far from central london.
    Debz, I hope that you are feeling ok, my lovely. I am not liking the shorter days either and cannot say the ‘W’ word yet until we get there! Never mind, we will get through it. You are never far away from my thoughts, my friend. I hope that Ainzley is well after his encounter with the sequins.
    Take care,
    Love Alpa xx

  165. alison keenan October 4, 2011 at 9:42 pm -  Reply

    Dear Kath, thanks so much for writing to me. I have to be honest and say that bowel cancer is something I think you need to be very brave to be able to handle. So glad that you are now better and over the worst – clearly the power of positive thought helped you enormously, as it has helped me :) Do keep in touch, and stay well, love Ali xx

  166. alison keenan October 4, 2011 at 9:45 pm -  Reply

    Helen, please never feel as though you have to apologise for writing to our other girlies here! That’s what the whole ‘blog’ thing is about! I’m delighted that it works so well :) As far as the energy and drive is concerned, I remember all too well what it’s like looking after little ones, and I have had the luxury of convalescing pretty much on my own! :) I plan to wear the same evening dress I’m wearing tomorrow for the 12th – and hopefully my wig will stay pinned up too, so you can see how fab it looks!! Hoping you’re feeling a lot better, love Ali xx

  167. alison keenan October 4, 2011 at 9:48 pm -  Reply

    Julie that is wonderful news!!!! Yours, but I was sorry to hear about your son! All that said, it would have no doubt kept you both occupied and best of all together. Now you can do your ‘getting better’ together too :) I will keep everything crossed for your results, and rest assured just because you weren’t able to make the Diamonique special event this time, doesn’t mean to say you won’t be asked again! something to look forward to eh? Take good care of yourself and your boy, love Ali xx

  168. alison keenan October 4, 2011 at 9:56 pm -  Reply

    Hi Helen, yes, last treatment all done and dusted, and on such a beautiful warm and sunny day – it gave me strength – although I had to cover my chest completely on the way home as the sun was so hot! I will hopefully know if you’re photo has arrived or not by tomorrow, but QVC’s address is Marco Polo House, 346 Queenstown Road, London SW8 4NQ. so sorry you’re still struggling – I had a dentist’s appointment too today! Fingers crossed you’ll start to feel better soon, love Ali xx

  169. alison keenan October 4, 2011 at 9:58 pm -  Reply

    Elaine, you ARE important to me, and in a BIG way! Reading your stories and hearing about your lives has been the saving of me – truly. Thank you, love Ali xx

  170. alison keenan October 4, 2011 at 10:05 pm -  Reply

    Bless you Debz, you always know what to say :) Yes, I can’t quite believe the 7 months of treatment is now over…and I most certainly do consider you a friend! You’re right about us knowing so much more about each other, and I think that’s helped us all in our own way, to be glad of what we have. This form of contact being one of the most positive things I have seen grow over the last 9 months :) I now have my wedding outfit for the big day and with just the shoes to find (may end up in my slippers which are actually a rather fetching shade of grey) I feel quite excited by it all. AND I have tomorrow night’s big event, and then our brilliant fund raiser on the 12th October. Sooooooooo much to look forward to eh? I hope you know that I too will be there for you whether the days be dark or bright – we all will :) Looking forward to starting my ‘Rogues Gallery’!!! Lots of love, Ali xx (stroke for Ainzley) xx

  171. alison keenan October 4, 2011 at 10:09 pm -  Reply

    My dear Janet, you are so thoughtful….. No, I didn’t get any card or piece of paper that said “Treatment finished” so I truly value your confirmation :) doesn’t seem quite possible really…. I feel a little in limbo…. that said, there are so many things happening during the build up to Lucy’s wedding, that my days will be full, and mercifully not of hospital appointments! I shall hang onto your hand tomorrow… have read my speech many times here at home, but it’s very different in The Great Room!! I will see you on the 12th, much love, Ali xx

  172. alison keenan October 4, 2011 at 10:19 pm -  Reply

    Marg, I feel I can almost hear you talking to me about The Bridges of Madison County, and even Pansy Potter! I love your theorising about life, and yes this ‘journey’ has made me more determined to make the most of what I have… and to try to take nothing for granted… As far as the ending of the film is concerned…. I so wanted her to be with him, but see now that perhaps by having had what they’d had, the only way forward was to leave it in the past..no-one could ever take her memories, but the destruction her leaving would have caused, would have spoiled all they’d shared…. It’s all about moving on eh Marg? :) I’ll give you that Pansy Potter wave on the 12th, and thank you for continually making me smile Love Ali xx

  173. alison keenan October 4, 2011 at 10:24 pm -  Reply

    My dear Alpa, Teleporting would be fab! I wish we lived nearer, I spend a lot of time on my own, and so we could keep each other company :) I shall think of you and try not to gabble my way through the speech tomorrow – nerves make me speed up! I hope you managed to get outside and feel the warmth of the sun on your face before the weather changed… might be a tad soggy tomorrow! Take care, and I’ll be thinking of you, Love Ali xx

  174. alison keenan October 4, 2011 at 10:25 pm -  Reply

    Marie, I can’t wait either… working towards it a little each day. Thanks for writing, love ALi x

  175. alison keenan October 4, 2011 at 10:27 pm -  Reply

    Debbie good news would be brilliant, but I think I may have to just be content with taking the tablets and keeping a watchful eye out for anything untoward. They’ve done everything they can, and I feel much better in myself, so here’s to the future eh? :) Love Ali x

  176. alison keenan October 4, 2011 at 10:28 pm -  Reply

    Jane thank you! Lovely to hear from you and do keep in touch, Love Ali xx

  177. Ann MacDonald October 5, 2011 at 12:11 pm -  Reply

    Ali, I just wanted to add my good wishes for the BC event and more importantly to wish you a complete recovery and a welcome return to QVC. Like so many others, I’ve cried and laughed with you over the past months as you and the girls have shared your stories and gained strength from each other. Thank you for sharing your thoughts at such a tough time, it’s a priviledge to ‘know’ you.
    Wishing you a wonderful time at the BC event and, of course at the wedding!
    Take care
    Ann xxx

  178. Debz October 5, 2011 at 2:10 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Just wanted to wish you luck for tonight. I’m sure that you will be fantastic. You have been a real inspiration to us on here and now you get to share your very special brand of optimism and courage with more people.
    Go on Ali and shine like the star that you are my lovely.
    Lots of love, licks and luck
    Debz & Ainzley (=^-^=)XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

  179. Kate Stewart October 5, 2011 at 7:27 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    good luck for tonight. You are an inspiration to so many women. When I had my radiotherapy, was lying there (cold like you) when a fly flew in!!! I really wanted to laugh as I thought “how unlucky to fly into a megakilovolt beam!” After wards the radiographer wanted to know why I was laughing. I am 22 yrs on so….keep smiling and be optimistic. Will be watching on 12th and trying to buy as much before it sells out! take care Katexxx

  180. Alpa October 5, 2011 at 8:55 pm -  Reply

    Dear Debz,
    Bless you for your kind words and thank you for the mighty hug and for caring :) How I would love to spend an hour or three with you and my lovely friends here. That sounds like a good plan to me!
    I hope you know that I am also always here for you.
    Take care my lovely friend,
    Lots of love, Alpa xx
    P.s. The comment on Ainzley’s litter tray made me smile!

  181. Una October 6, 2011 at 10:17 am -  Reply

    Morning All!
    Ali, my lovely, how are you? I feel like Ive been living on Planet Zanussi or somewhere equally weird! I think by now, you will have finished your treatment, yay. (Havent had a chance to read all the comments yet) Its been a long year hasnt it. I think a lot of us will be glad to see the back of 2011. You have been so amazing through all this. Keeping us updated with everything that was happening, we would all have been so much more worried otherwise, and we thank you for that. I know, sometimes it was really difficult for you to even type, but you did it, and its so very much appreciated. The one thing that upset me the most, was when you said you were glad the kids were grown up, and would be able to take care of themselves. That brought back some memories for me too, but we are still here, and have a lot more damage to do before we toddle off anywhere!!!!!
    Gozo was just FAB. We stayed in a lovely penthouse apartment, which my friends own. They also recently bought a farmhouse, and although its had a lot of work done, there are changes they still want to make. I think I have been offered the job of going over there again in March, to “project manage” as they are both too busy with work to be able to do it. Its a hard life, but someone has to make tea for the builders while sitting in the sun. Well, thats my version of preoject managing anyway!!!!!
    Ive decided I must have some weirdy type of hobbit mutant turtle skin. I used my Elemis tan accelerator faithfully, twice a day for 5 weeks before we left, then had my Ultrasun slapped on. I STILL managed to get prickly heat. Whats that all about?! It just looks so manky and was really painful. I had taken some gorgeous dresses with me, then couldnt wear any of them as my legs looked like they belonged to some 375 year old wizzened old witch!!
    Alpa and Helen. Im SO sorry to hear that you are having such a horrible time. Not sure whats happening, but as I said before, my sister also has M.E and although the symptoms have been easier to cope with for the last few years. Hers has come back with a vengeance too. She hasnt changed anything, and her lifestyle is still healthy, but she is really suffering badly again. I just wish I could pop down and help you. Even just to put the kettle on and bring you tea and chocolate digestives, and do a wee bit of ironing. My love to both of you.
    Magda, i hope you are doing ok too.
    Ahhhhhh, i just received a letter from the hospital. I have to go in for a couple of days next week so they can sort out my medication. Its been a bit difficult getting my blood sorted out since the stroke. I had a mini one while we were away, nothing drastic, but it gave us a fright, and meant that the dosage has to be sorted out again. Im such a pain in the butt sometimes, and dont make anything easy!! Oooooppps!! Hehe. Oh no, Im going to miss the BCC show.
    Ali, I will send you a photo for your rogues gallery!!! I have one that my husband loves, he says I look full of cheek and devilment in it. i honestly have no idea what he means!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    OK, just a short one today. Havent typed much since I was away, and my wonky arm is playing up a wee bit. Will sit down with a cup of tea (and a chocolate digestive) and read all the comments Ive missed.
    My love and very good wishes to all of you.
    Susan, Marg, Shauna, i hope you are all keeping well.
    Love Una xx

  182. Una October 6, 2011 at 10:27 am -  Reply

    Debz and Ainzley
    I had a wee P.S for you two, but pressed send too soon, oops!
    Anyway, i hope Ainzley is being his usual well behaved, loving little self. Not bothering anyone and being the little angel we all know he can be! he just hides it well LOL!!!!
    My boy Loops was very good while we were away. My friend came in twice a day and spent time with him. Every night she put his toys away in the toybox, and when she came in next day, the box was emptied, the cushions were sacttered everywhere and it looked like hed had his friends in for a party every night!!!!
    I hope you are well Debz.
    Its weird, but I decided not to take the netbook, and just concentrate on getting some rest, but I really missed you all.
    My love to you and Ainzley.
    Una xx

  183. Debz October 6, 2011 at 2:35 pm -  Reply

    Una my lovely it’s so good to hear from you. I do miss you when you haven’t posted for a while.
    I hope you enjoyed your holiday despite the prickly heat. I am sure your legs weren’t that bad but even if they were, they are part of one of the nicest people I have ever “met” and so that makes them OK in my book!
    Ainzley is fine, if you call racing around the house like a loon and developing a taste for sequins “fine” !! I think he’d have liked a career on the stage as he is so drawn to sparkly things!! Your boy sounds like an angel with a bit of the devil in him just like mine!!
    You take good care of yourself Una and try to behave in a ladylike fashion around those lovely young doctors. Mind you, what the heck, you oggle them if you must!!
    Lots of love and licks
    Debz & Ainzley (=^-^=)XXXXXXXXXXXX
    P.s. You could NEVER be a pain in the butt!! X

  184. Lorraine Devlin October 6, 2011 at 8:12 pm -  Reply

    I only realised a couple of months ago that you had been ill (although I had missed you from QVC) and want to wish you the best for the future. I have just read through your blogs form this year and am amazed by the amount you manage to do. I am particularly impressed with your details of your treatment and know you have helped many. I have a personal interest at present as my friend from college days (early 80’s) who has just had a mastectomy and been told today she has to have chemo and radiotherapy. She is very apprehensive and I feel that I will recommend she reads your blog when she feels able to as you give details of some of the side effects but are always so possitive. I want to be of what assistance I can be but most of all I want to be her friend no matter what.
    Thank you Alison

  185. Gail October 6, 2011 at 8:42 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali, just because I haven’t blogged lately doesn’t mean that I haven’t been thinking of you, because I have. I am definitely looking forward to seeing you on the 12th (with a tear in my eye I’m sure). I sincerely hope the journey back to your old life is a quick one with no obstacles in the way. Fingers and everything else crossed for you xx
    Lots of love to all the girls; I know how many are struggling at the moment. I also hope that your Sam is in a good place at the moment. I know Lucy’s wedding is coming up and I can imagine the excitement; I do so hope you are feeling well on the day. Can’t wait to see some photos if Lucy allows of course.
    Sending lots of love, Gail xxxxxxxx

  186. Marg October 6, 2011 at 9:09 pm -  Reply

    Hello Una, wonderful to be in touch, you sound just like Una as I read the words of your blog in my head,a bad habit I’m sure I share with many people I give people voices in my mind, then I find I was totally wrong,they sound nothing like I imagined. So your going into the building business, gaffer? Are there any comely tradesmen for you to boss around? Really,it would be lovely for you to get away especially at that time of the year,lucky you.I see your back at the hospital in a few days to create more havoc, chasing doctors and cheeking the nurses, do you think they know your coming?
    Joking aside please go gently, we want you fighting fit for ST Andrews day, then the C word, I wont use until Dec. and then of course Hogmanay, so no taking chances, do as your told, you have a full calender ahead.
    Lovely to have you back,my best wishes to all the ladies, hope things improve for you, lets try the power of positive thinking and set a little time aside each day to wish for all the things we wish for each other, it cant do any harm, how about 10pm till 10-15pm, lets try,
    Love to all the lovely ladies of Ali’s Army. please be kind to yourselves, GAIL where are you.
    Kind thoughts,
    Marg.

  187. Susan October 6, 2011 at 9:48 pm -  Reply

    Hi Una,
    I’m so sorry you had a mini stroke while you were away – you don’t have it easy. But on the other hand I’m very glad you got away! I used to get prickly heat. According to some people I’ve talked to in the Med years ago – it’s to do with how close you are to the equator too and it helps to buy the local suncream. I don’t know. Just a thought. It did help me the year after. And Aloe Vera. My Mum was also ill on holiday with Dad recently and it gave them a shock too. Not nice being ill away – or at all let’s face it!
    Take care
    Susan x

  188. Paula Price October 7, 2011 at 12:57 am -  Reply

    You will look gorgeous whatever you wear. You are inspirational and will have helped a lot of other people with your upbeat blogs.
    Hope you are back to good health soon.
    God bless.
    Paula x

  189. Denise Austin October 7, 2011 at 2:30 am -  Reply

    Hello lovely lady,
    Sounds like you had a lovely break away.
    So glad to hear we will see you on the 12th-you are my favorite presenter and I have missed your sunny smile and cheerful manner.
    Love Denise x

  190. Gail October 7, 2011 at 9:35 am -  Reply

    Marg, bless yer heart for thinking of me. I am struggling at the moment but I’m an always down, never out sort of girl, though very difficult with this very painful and destructive disease, as you well know xx Although I hadn’t blogged for a while, please don’t think I don’t often think of you all because I do. Alpa, Helen, Una, Magda, Debz, Ali of course and any one else I may have overlooked, I always hope that you can all find the strength to keep positive and push forwards regardless. Thanks again Marg, it means a lot, lol.
    Lovely to hear from Una of course, but where is Magda? Hope you are okay Magda, lots of love. Also lots of love sent to Amica xx
    Love to everyone, Gail xx

  191. Una October 7, 2011 at 10:12 am -  Reply

    Marg, you know me sooooo well!!! Hehe, funnily enough, i met one of the guys who will be involved in the project, and hes a bit nice. If only i was 5 years younger!!!!!!!!!!!!! 25 years more like!!
    Thats so weird, I do that too, try to imagine what people look like too, and i never get it right. i once had this image in my head that this guy called Tony was very tall and slim, with blonde hair and blue eyes. Turned out Tony was actually TONI. I had spoken to her for abour 4 weeks, and always thought it was a man. OOOPS, luckily, i didnt put my huge feet in it, which is very unlike me!!!
    I will make no promises about behaving myself when in the hospital. especially if my george Clooney lookylikey is there!! I may have to invest in one of theses baby bibs, drool can be a bit of a problem and its not a good look LOL!!!!
    I will behave myself, have a few events coming up, nothing drastic, but I still have to be organised and well, so i can cause chaos!!
    I love the idea of setting aside time to think of each other at a specific time, and sending positive thoughts. Love it. Count me in.
    Thank you for thinking of me marg, it means so much,
    Susan, hi to you too. Thank you for the tip. i will DEFINATELY try the Aloe vera next time. I hadnt heard that before, but it makes sense really. Thanks for that.
    Wasnt so nice being poorly when i was away, but luckily, I had some really good people around me, and they took excellent care of me. i hope your Mum is on the mend Susan.
    Gail, Hi to you, I hope you are well.
    Debz. i love your boys style. Hes a boy after my own heart, anything sparkly and Im there!!! How funny is he.
    As i said to Marg, Im making no promises regarding my behaviour, good or otherwise! In fact, Im going with what you said, Im oggling, and making no apologise for it. I will oggle on your behalf and sene mental images your way, so be prepared hehehe!!!!
    Thank you for the kind words about my legs!!! They were REALLY bad. I even asked my husband if he thought they were as bad as I was imagining and he just wrinkled his nose, and said “yup, theyre a bit scabby lookin” and made a puky noise, then he grinned and ran fast when I threw the hairbrush at him!! Men eh!!
    Ali, I am gutted that I cant call in on the 12th, I might try to sneak out of the ward, but if I cant. I will be there holding your hand anyway, as I was the other night. We are all so proud of you Lovely. Its such a pleasure and a privilege (spelling??!!! I can never get it right!) to be part of this special group of lovely ladies. Alis Army is getting stronger by the day. Especially if we do as Marg suggested and take a little time out every day to send some good thoughts to each other.
    My love to you all
    Have a great weekend, be good and be safe.
    Una xxxx

  192. angela white October 7, 2011 at 12:59 pm -  Reply

    hi ali,you alright!? isnt it lovely no hospital this week although i know what you mean about feeling lost its like being abandoned it sounds mad but i felt like i was just left to get on with it-take the tablets,see you in 6months!of course i got over it and even rang the bcc phone line a couple of times for leaflets and a chat so looking forward to the 12th when i can show my support. so glad you,marg and susan enjoyed menpause dwarves joke,wish i could sent it to you because the caricatures are brilliant especially psycho-hair standing on end,bulging eyes.manical grin and a chopper in her hand!!!! hope your getting plenty of rest, have a lovely weekend love to you,family and ladies who blog x

  193. Linda, Glasgow October 8, 2011 at 11:28 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    I have just viewed your speech at the BCC fashion show(via youtube) and had to leave you a comment to say – you looked fantastic(loved your dress) – your speech was inspirational – You are one gutsy and beautiful(inside and out) lady – i am so proud to be able to count you as one of my real special cyber friendsx Lets hope for that day when a cure is found to allow all people with cancer to live forever(at least to 100 eh!!) especially you as i know the world(certainly mine) would be less brighter and positive without youx With sincere love and respectxx Linda Glasgow

  194. Martin forbes bucksburn aberdeen October 8, 2011 at 4:03 pm -  Reply

    hi alison good to hear you re well on the way to erecovery.
    looking forward to seeing you on qvc on wenesday and as you said hopefully back in november.you have been missed.i did my xmas shopping today in 20 minutes .i always do it this early .cant be annoyed doing it at the last minute.

  195. Liz October 8, 2011 at 5:30 pm -  Reply

    Ali,
    Have just seen the clip of your BCC speech on youtube. Absolutely amazing and that dress is fab!! You looked so glam and so well. Because of the extra weight I put on, I resemble the old sack of spuds!!!! At least I’m still here and enjoying myself which is the most important thing. Don’t know how you made the speech but am very glad you did – such eloquence.
    I was at the diamonique event yesterday with my friend and we had a great time, meeting Debbie Flint, Tanya and Beth (those girls are tall, aren’t they?!). Everyone was lovely and down-to-earth and the designs for Tuesday are gorgeous. I may have to indulge in a piece or two….To top off a great event, my friend won a diamonique bangle in the raffle but she says we can share it!! I had my photo taken with all the girls and even though I don’t like myself in it, I’ll try to print it off and send it to you. It’s not the best shot but perhaps the most appropriate.
    I hope you are enjoying the mounting excitement for Lucy’s wedding and have a truly fab day. Look forward to seeing you on screen on Weds evening.
    Thank you so much again for your wonderful speech.
    Lots of love, Liz xx

  196. Louise October 8, 2011 at 7:17 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    How impressive was your speech on BCC night? You did look amazing. Your selflessly deserving attitude encorporates your – character perfectly. I know how much you must be missing work and all your colleagues, no friends. I am on the sick right now. Let me explain; I have been epileptic since birth and, although I have been well lately, recently I was in hospital with seizures. Please don’t think I am comparing my situation to your’s; I’m not. But I also cannot wait to get back to work. I’ve only been off a week or so and am in touch with my workmates. I think I live to work – wrong! – and when your health hits a snag you do start to re-prioritise, or you should. I don’t need to tell you this. So, Ali, think of yourself first and, as much as we would love to see you back on our screens permanently, and I’m sure you’d love to be there, do what is best for you and your family. Good luck and I hope all goes smoothly for the wedding. Enjoy the day as mother of the bride. Have you tried the double sided tape crafters use? Don’t know whether it will be strong enough, but who knows.
    Take care. And can I just reinforce the admiration I feel for you?
    Speak again.
    Louise.

  197. Marg October 8, 2011 at 10:11 pm -  Reply

    My Dear ALI, I have just gathered myself after having watched you on you tube, I was saying we all ask the question ‘why me’ well I think you got part of your answer that night. You must have given so much hope to so many with your lovely speech, what a time for your nose to run, who did you think you were kidding, each of us shared a tear with you,it was so touching.
    I got a little surprise when you went on to speak of your further surgery next year, being able to accept this is proof of how much stronger you have become, its part of the big plan that was laid out the day we came into the world, isnt it wonderful not to have forsight.
    I must say you looked beautful, even my other half said you look lovely,a touch of the young Joanna Lumleys about you, he remembers you from Morning Television and think you are so much lovlier now.Well I am still looking forward to Wednesday,hope you enjoy meeting everyone and having a great time,
    My hand is there for you, sleep well,
    Marg.

  198. Nikki October 9, 2011 at 1:26 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison,
    I’ve just seen your BCC speech on YouTube and this is the first time I’ve ever wanted to respond to a blog. I was shocked when I learned of your diagnosis earlier this year and have been keeping my fingers crossed for you and reading your blog since. My family has been heavily touched by breast cancer; on Mum’s side one of her sisters didn’t survive it but thankfully her other sister did; on Dad’s side, his Mother and his sister both suffered it and survived. Recently, one of my cousins (male) was diagnosed and is undergoing treatment. Obviously, my sister, Mum and I are all checking diligently and will continue to do so. My sister and I have taken part in the Race For Life in the past but my health now precludes this but I will be watching and trying to order during the QVC BCC event. Your BCC speech was refreshingly honest and very touching and the way you have dealt with all that you have been through has been an inspiration.
    My thoughts and hopes for ever improving health are with you.
    Take care and don’t overdo it!
    Nikki

  199. alison keenan October 9, 2011 at 11:15 am -  Reply

    Hello there Gwen, I’ve left it so long to reply, I doubt it’s still sunny in Brighton – bloomin wet and windy here today! Thank you for your kind words and I too am very much looking forward to this Wednesday – our BCC fundraiser. Hope you’re having a good weekend, and thanks for writing, Love Ali xx

  200. Ali G October 9, 2011 at 11:20 am -  Reply

    Dear Ali,
    I’ve just watched your speech at the Breast Cancer Care event – it was the most inspirational speech I have heard & brought me to tears! You are truly amazing & I am humbled by your courage, strength & good humour throughout. I wish you well & keep smiling :) xxx

  201. alison keenan October 9, 2011 at 11:47 am -  Reply

    Bridget, that is a very kind thing to say… you never know quite how you’re going to deal with things until you have no choice but to crack on! :) That said, it is wonderful not to have to have any more treatments left. Love and hugs to you too. Ali x

  202. alison keenan October 9, 2011 at 11:50 am -  Reply

    Hello Chris, and thank you for taking the time out to write to me. While I’ve been sharing my story it’s been wonderful to find out about everyone else’s lives, so definitely a win win situation, love Ali xx

  203. alison keenan October 9, 2011 at 11:52 am -  Reply

    hello Eileen, I’m glad you enjoyed yourself in Bracknell – was fairly close to you the other day when we went to Ascot with Richard and Lucy! The speech went well, although I had to resort to Rescue Remedy just before!! Then a large glass of red afterwards :) It was a wonderful evening as I know the 12th will be too. Love ali xx

  204. alison keenan October 9, 2011 at 11:58 am -  Reply

    Liz I don’t think you’re at all bossy! thank you for the kind words of advice, and boy were you right…. I am definitely still cooking – it’s like prickly heat and bright red, but I’m finding the Liz Earle After sun with aloe in it really helps, as one kind blogger suggested! And as for feeling lost….. very much so in a strange way.. Thursday was a strange one after such a fabulous Wednesday night, and I went to bed at 8.45pm but couldn’t get warm. Electric blanket required as no Colin! :) Your silver jewellery class sounds exciting, and I very much hope you enjoyed the Diamonique event. I spoke to Charlie just before it on Thursday, and having hosted it before I know it’s great! I am very much looking forward to seeing all the photos on Wednesday when I’m in – seemed safer than having them forwarded to me at home. Having a quiet day today just blogging and then maybe going to Colin’s for supper. Here’s to Wednesday, and lovely to hear from you, Big hug, Ali xx

  205. alison keenan October 9, 2011 at 12:06 pm -  Reply

    Dear Susan, As Helen says, you’re not interfering at all, and I am personally delighted that you are all able to help, advise and comfort each other through this site. There is NOTHING better than knowing someone truly understands what you’re going through…I just hope that for Alpa and Helen, and all the others who are struggling, it will get easier. Take care and thank you, Ali xx

  206. alison keenan October 9, 2011 at 12:16 pm -  Reply

    My dear Helen, I’m feeling really upset reading all that you’re going through and I so wish there was something I could do, or that the medical profession could help with. As always, I just hope that as the days pass it will ease, and you will feel better. As you have always told me, there IS light at the end of the tunnel, just a few bends along the way before you find it eh? :) Do take care, with my love, Ali sxx

  207. alison keenan October 9, 2011 at 12:21 pm -  Reply

    Hello Pam, thanks so much for your good wishes, which carried me along on the speech night!! You are right tho, having my friends and Lucy there made all the difference, and I believe they’ve posted it on QVC’s YouTube page, so you can see me, looking quite unlike my normal self!! :) Very much looking forward to the 12th (Lucy’s birthday coincidentally) and then of course THE WEDDING!!! Stil don’t have my shoes!! Searching on line now having exhausted most of the high street shops and myself! Love to you, ali xx

  208. alison keenan October 9, 2011 at 12:23 pm -  Reply

    Hello Sue, I just wanted to thank you for your kind words regarding the speech. Luckily I was at the beginning of the evening so didn’t have too long to wait and get nervous. I did need a drop of Rescue Rememdy beforehand though, but everybody clapped so I was thrilled :) Here’s to raising a huge sum of money on the 12th. See you then, love Ali x

  209. alison keenan October 9, 2011 at 12:25 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Julie, sorry to hear about your IBS – my mum has it too – and I very much hope that by now, you’re feeling a lot better. Perhaps go back to the doctor and see if there’s an alternative to the medi you’ve been given if it doesn’t agree. The BCC event was a fabulous night, and the speech was very well received which was a relief, here’s to the 12th eh? :) Love to Lily too, Ali xx

  210. alison keenan October 9, 2011 at 12:30 pm -  Reply

    Debz, never apologise for ‘hi-jacking’ the blog. Your comments are always so kind and thoughtful, AND funny (loving the cat lit sparkle :) you put into words, what the rest of us are feeling anyway. Perhaps we should devise a way of you getting each other’s addresses and then you could visit and make the best of the time you would normally spend alone! I will speak to my editor :) I do hope you’ve had a good weekend, and that it’s not too chilly where you are. Bloomin’ freezing here – have had to have the heating on! Love to you and of course the handsome Ainzley –^-^– xxxx

  211. alison keenan October 9, 2011 at 12:59 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Alpa, thank you for ‘holding my hand tightly’ – I definintely felt the support and love, and the speech went very well – can you believe I got a standing ovation!!! :) I didn’t quite recognise the woman looking back at me once my makeover was done, but it felt fab to be glamorous and dressed up for the occasion. Here’s to this Wednesday eh? Love Ali xx

  212. alison keenan October 9, 2011 at 1:10 pm -  Reply

    Ann so lovely to hear from you, and to know that you’ve ‘been there’ with us. I have actually found it really therapeutic writing over these months, and also a great leveller – there’s always someone else who has it tougher :) I hope life is good for you, and that you’ll be able to tune in on the 12th. Love Ali xx

  213. alison keenan October 9, 2011 at 1:13 pm -  Reply

    Kate, first of all DELIGHTED to hear you are 22 years down the line and feeling good, but have to say you did make me laugh about the fly! Not the most hospitable of habitats for insects or humans!! Stay well, and thank you for writing, love Ali x

  214. alison keenan October 9, 2011 at 1:23 pm -  Reply

    Una, how lovely to hear from you!! Not so good to hear you’d had a bit of a scare while you were away – very much hope they will sort out your medication asap, so you can rest easy. Yes, treatment all done, and so glad you had a great time in Gozo. Not a place I’ve ever visited, but I’m loving the sound of your friend’s apartment! The project management is a must – would be rude not to!! :) Sorry about your skin – it sound the same as my patch of radiotherapy skin! Liz Earle’s after sun is helping although I may move to pure aloe vera which mum recommended. I cannot imagine for one minute that your legs looked anything like you described, but how annoying to feel self concious about them, especially when you’d brought lovely things to wear! I’m truly looking forward to seeing your photo – I will pick them up when I’m at QVC Towers on Wednesday. You’ve done well with your wonky arm and the typing… I’m finding the compression sleeve and glove a little cumbersome when typing especially the fourth and little finger!! Shift key’s a pain :) Love to you and I hope that your health continues to improve. Thanks for writing as always, Ali xx

  215. alison keenan October 9, 2011 at 1:27 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Lorraine, thank you for writing, and may I say how sorry I am to hear about your friend, and I wish her all the very best, and if I can get through it, then with your love and support I know she will too :) Being with people or even just that ‘one’ special person who truly knows you, makes all the difference, and I hope that thru reading the blog she will see all those of us who have been there, have come out the other side! Anything you’re worried about or don’t have answers to then I would recommend you visit BCC’s website or Macmillan – both are incredibly helpful. Take care, and stay strong, love Ali xx

  216. alison keenan October 9, 2011 at 1:41 pm -  Reply

    Dear Gail, lovely to hear from you and thank you for your kind words as always. Sam’s doing OK – we have another consultant’s appointment next week – and hopefully this can move things forward a little more.. Yes Lucy’s wedding is looming ever closer and very exciting… just need the shoes AAARGH! I’m feeling a little better each day thank you… arm a nuisance with the lymphodema and skin pretty burned with radiotherapy, but all good otherwise.. hair starting to grow back – yipee! You will of course be seeing photos of the wedding – it will be lovely I just know it. Love to you, Ali xx

  217. Wendy Ashworth October 9, 2011 at 6:48 pm -  Reply

    Hello Alison,
    I’m not sure I am posting this in the right place but I have just seen your BCC fashion show speech. Please accept my sincere congratulations on looking so beautiful and well ! I was particularly inspired to see you wearing your sleeve and not covering it up. A major triumph!
    You can do so much as an ambassador for the treatment of Lymphoedema when you have recovered from your further surgery. It is often known as the Cinderella of the NHS and we can all benefit from the bravery of people like you who publicly announce you are a victim of this often misunderstood condition.
    Thank you for helping us all in this way.
    October is the 8th anniversary of my diagnosis,and like you my Lymphoedema struck quickly.
    When you are feeling stronger can I urge you to join the Lymphoedema Society Network and learn as much as you possibly can about this condition ? It is very worthwhile to become the expert of your own body.
    All the very best to you and sincere thanks for being so courageous.
    Wendy

  218. Pam October 9, 2011 at 7:38 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Just watched the BCC video,( yes with a tissue or two!)and thought you looked FAB-U-LOUS.That dress was gorgeous and you looked beautiful as ever.Until you mentioned it, I thought you were just wearing long evening gloves.Your speech emphasised just what you’d been through,hard to believe when you look back to last years BCC event that all that was to come.But that’s all behind ,here’s to raising lot’s on wednesday and a speedy recovery for you.Well done Ali,like I said you would be,amazing.
    Love Pam x

  219. Rachel Hunter October 10, 2011 at 12:21 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison – just watched the footage of your wonderful speech. It was great to see you looking fabulous and I am so happy that inspite of the nasty side effects your treatment is working. You have travelled a long hard road since January and you still have a bit of journey to complete – so glad you are being accompanied by beloved family, friends and colleagues.I hope you know that the QVC family extends beyond its staff members – I am sure you have had countless messages from customers like myself who miss seeing you on our screens every week – and cannot wait until you are well enough to return.
    Keep up the good work and I wish you a return to health that is quick and complete. I admire your strength and courage so much – and you are tackling your breast cancer with a fighting spirit which is truly inspirational. I think of you often and send you my very best wishes,
    Rachel x

  220. Mrs Janet Jones October 10, 2011 at 11:42 am -  Reply

    My Dear Ali, WELL DONE, have just seen your BCC speech, it was moving, funny,and brave.You looked beautiful,I know you were nervous,but it did’nt show.I liked the bit about chemo being good for hair removal, you have to laugh or you would go mad!!When you said there are no promises at the end of all the treatment it brought a tear to my eye, as I can remember my oncologist saying that very thing to me. But Ali we have been through the mill and I hope and pray that the treatment has done
    it’s work for us, and everyone else going through it. In the meantime we have to be vigilant and keep taking the tablets, hot flushes,tiredness and aching joints
    to contend with as side effects, but as you said as least we are still here, and I am soooo grateful for that.
    Not sure what your endocrine treatment is(hope you don’t mind me asking).
    In the meantime enjoy looking for your wedding shoes,and the run up to Lucy’s wedding.I am so looking forward to seeing you on the 12th. I must dig out a mugshot of myself to send to you to put with your other bloggers!! In the meantime take it easy and be kind to yourself, speak soon love Janet xx

  221. angela white October 10, 2011 at 12:04 pm -  Reply

    hi ali you alright!? i left a message yesterday but looks like its gone! you looked absolutely stunning and your speech was so moving you DESERVED standing ovation! what a wonderful lady you are. you have been through so much and shared with us and i hope we have helped with advice,humour and friendship. remember what i said “we aint going anywhere!” to much to do and see yet! take care ali look forward to seeing you on wednesday xx

  222. helen October 10, 2011 at 12:58 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alison, your speech was awesome and really moved me to tears, you looked lovely too. My, your a brave lady!! What what a horrid weekend its been, the autumn is here to stay. My other half took Olivia swimming and I just felt too tired and I just potched around the rest of the weekend although I did manage to make a beef dinner as requested by my two, the things you do for love. Just met my sister for a coffee and done a bit of shopping even though i felt bit odd, hey ho, my cupboards were empty and would so hate the thought of my two starving!!!
    Did you get the picture, if not I’ll send you another. Wouldn’t it be fab if all us girlies lived by each other, not one of us would ever have to feel lonely.
    Hope all my other chums are ok? How are you this week Alpa? Una I do hope that you are ok and also Debz, Susan and Magda.
    Take care ladies, keep holding on
    Love hugs as always
    Helen s xxx

  223. Debz & Ainzley October 10, 2011 at 3:14 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ali
    Watched your BCC speech with a really big lump in my throat trying not to cry because I knew you wouldn’t want me to get upset! I thought you looked fantastic. A real inspiration to anyone who feels that because they’ve had a mastectomy that they are less of a woman and can’t look or feel beautiful again. You looked sensational.
    A standing ovation too eh? I am so, so proud of you Ali for telling it like it is. That’s my girl!
    I know that there are no certainties or guarantees with your condition but if hope, courage, love and inspiration count for anything then you certainly deserve to get better forever.
    Looking forward to seeing you on the 12th.
    Have sent my pictures to you so I do hope you get them for your Rogues Gallery!!
    Lots of love, licks and happy tears
    Debz & Ainzley (=^-^=)

  224. Kim McCallum October 10, 2011 at 3:21 pm -  Reply

    I felt really bad recently because I did not realise you had been diagnosed. Although I watch QVC all the time I had been a little lazy in keeping up to date with things recently. I recently watched a post recently of your speech at the Breast Cancer Awareness Fashion Show and it was so close to my heart because I am in the same situation as yourself. I was diagnosed in July 2009 and unfortunately after chemo, radiotherapy and removal of my lymph nodes I have secondary liver cancer. You spoke so well and I sat and watched it with my daughter who was also touched by your words. She was also very impressed with your wig as “it looked so good”. I personally never wore a wig, just a scarf but had a short crew cut for some time!! I just felt I had to send you a message and hope your journey is not too long but my journey has certainly put alot of things into perspective. Love Kim , Northern Ireland.x

  225. Debz & Ainzley October 10, 2011 at 3:30 pm -  Reply

    Hi Gail
    It’s so nice to hear from you again. I am sorry to hear that you are struggling a bit at the moment. Glad to hear that you are a down and not out kind of a gal. Life can certainly take it’s toll on us from time to time but I am sure that you will find your way once more and I hope that things will improve for you soon.
    Even if you’re not up to writing a blog on here just read some of the other messages and I for one will mention you in mine each time so that you know someone is thinking of you.
    Take care lovely lady. Sending you a big hug and a special lick from Ainzley.
    Also, love to all my beautiful blog friends including Alpa, Helen, Susan, Marg and, Magda if you are reading this, I am sending you a hug and am thinking of you.
    Lots of love and licks
    Debz & Ainzley (=^-^=) XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

  226. SUE RADFORD October 10, 2011 at 4:42 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    I think, because I posted my latest blog on the page that showed your speech, it may not have got to you – so I’ll send another just in case.
    Well you did it – what a great speech! You lit up the stage Ali, you looked so beautiful, and what a great choice of dress – stunning! Your speech was so touching – I started blogging quite late on, so I really didn’t know the full extent of your illness – making it even more remarkable that you have replied to my/all our blogs, especially after seeing how much restriction you have in your right hand! You truly deserved that standing ovation for giving such an honest account of what you’ve been through!
    I’m sure you must be really looking forward to Lucy’s wedding – the last part of your speech certainly brought a tear to my eye. You will be a proud mother that day, and Lucy will be the proudest daughter ever! Have a wonderful day.
    I will try and send a photo this week, I hope you’ll receive it when your in on the 12th, if not I hope it will be passed on to you.
    Love
    Sue Radfored xxx

  227. angela white October 10, 2011 at 5:29 pm -  Reply

    hi ali, sorry me again! just to say ive printed menpause dwarfs email and a couple of others and posted to you at qvc towers today. i hope they make you laugh! also a poem my auntie sent me when i was going through chemo then radiotherapy. i didnt put a photo in for the rogues gallery! didnt want to frighten the kids!!!! suppose you could have put it on mantelpiece-keep em away from the fire!!! sending love to you and ladies who blog xx

  228. Gail October 10, 2011 at 5:45 pm -  Reply

    What a beautiful speech Ali. So sincere and straight from the heart; you spoke beautifully. You looked amazing too, as always xx I was okay until you mentioned Lucy and then I just broke down. There couldn’t have been a dry eye anywhere on the premises that’s for sure xxxx
    I too have picked out a photo to send you of me and the dogs; actually taken in Swanage which I know you visited recently. I’ve spent many, many a happy holiday in Dorset. I’m so looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday. Lots of love, Gail xxxxxxx

  229. Marg October 10, 2011 at 6:12 pm -  Reply

    Hello Una, dont know exactly when your taking over the hospital just that you would be there on WED.gosh I’d give anything to see the faces of the staff, just imagine the whispers(she’s back I’m off) only kidding Una I’m sure you give them lots of laughs.
    I hope someone will record the show on WED. I have been sending positive thoughts, hope your back home soon,please do as your told and take care,
    Marg.

  230. Alpa October 10, 2011 at 8:34 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali,
    I watched your speech with tears in my eyes and it was an incredibly moving speech. An awesome speech from an awesomely special lady :) I’m not surprised that you received a standing ovation…. it was so very well deserved :) You looked so beautiful and your dress was fab. I am so looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday.
    Una, you are back…. YAY!! I have missed you :) I’m so sorry that you had a mini stroke and hope that your meds will be sorted out, while you are in hospital. Sorry to hear that the pesky prickly heat dared to attack your legs and although we have not met, rest assured that they will be back to being gorgeous! The only thing I could come up with when you ‘project manage’ was maybe a hardhat and a clipboard! And as you know, tea making is a very important task. Feel free to oggle any doctors that catch your eye, for me of course!! x
    Helen, thank you for thinking of me. How are you doing today? No changes here and and I hope that better days are on the way. I have an appointment to get to tomorrow and after that, I will get some groceries to feed the fridge and cupboards! Just wish that there was something to make us better. Thinking of you x
    Debz, hope you are feeling ok and that Ainzley is doing well. Sending you a big hug :) x
    Angela, thank you for sharing the meno dwarves with us and how I laughed at the description of ‘psycho dwarf’ It would be good to see them all x
    Magda, I hope you are feeling a little better everyday. Sending my love x
    Gail, lovely to hear from you and sorry that you are struggling at present. It really is not easy at times x
    Marg, I love your idea of setting time aside each day to send each other positive thoughts. That, I can do :)
    Susan, hope you are doing ok x
    Love to you all in Ali’s Army xx
    Ali, take care and see you on Wednesday. Also wishing Lucy a very Happy Birthday :)
    Lots of love, Alpa xx

  231. Su Berry October 10, 2011 at 10:39 pm -  Reply

    We all seem to have battles to fight.
    My partner Jack suffered a severe stroke on Boxing Day and nine months down the line he is begining to find his feet but still has a long way to go before he can come home.
    I know ts always hard for the victim but it is just as hard on the partner/family.
    I wish you nothing but the very best and a good recovery.
    I remember you on Radio Shropshire!
    Sue

  232. alison keenan October 10, 2011 at 11:06 pm -  Reply

    Paula I have to be honest and say that Colin spotted the dress and yes I did feel fab wearing it. That and my wig which had been very cleverly pinned up made me feel a million dollars..! ‘ve had some lovely comments from girls in the same position or who know those who are, and they have also said that the blog has helped…. that makes me really happy :) Thank you for writing, love Ali xx

  233. alison keenan October 10, 2011 at 11:08 pm -  Reply

    Denise I have missed you too!! thank you for taking the time out to write, and I will look forward to the 12th when I can give you a wave :) Take care, love Ali xx

  234. Fay Wheeler October 10, 2011 at 11:08 pm -  Reply

    hi Alison i’ve just seen your speech on youtube and you looked amazing.i’m writing this while drying the tears away you made me cry again but this time they where proud tears your speech was brave and beautiful and any one going through the same as you will take comfort in your beautiful words and we will live forever because just around the corner there will be a cure for this disease if we just keep giving it will be there.You shone like a true star and we are all proud of you.
    with love and blessings
    Blessed be Fay xx

  235. Fay Wheeler October 10, 2011 at 11:23 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison just seen your speech on youtube you looked a knockout. What a beautiful and brave speech you made it will be a comfort to everybody who is going through the same as you have. I hope we will all live forever if we just keep on giving we will find a cure.You shone just like a beautiful star and you should be proud because i know that we all are.
    love and blessings
    blessed be Fay xx

  236. Eileen. October 10, 2011 at 11:38 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, I sent you a message on Saturday but the gremlins must have eaten it. I watched your speech on the QVC link, you looked gorgeous and your speech was fantastic. I was sat reading with tears rolling down my face, not with sadness but emotion I suppose. Your courage,frankness and honesty all the way through your treatment and side effects has been an inspiration and your sense of humour and determination to get well were evident all through your speech. I really admire your spirit.
    Love. Eileen. xx

  237. Jeannie October 11, 2011 at 9:07 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali –
    Just had to write to let you know I thought you looked fabulous for your speech at the BCC event. Your speech was so moving and I have to admit, I shed a few tears as I know only too well the journey you have and continue to be on, as I too have been there and, thankfully, have come out the other side.
    You now have ‘the wedding’ to focus on and look forward to seeing some photos of you all on the day!
    Take care, Ali, and remember don’t do too much and get plenty of rest!
    All best wishes
    Jeannie x

  238. Una October 11, 2011 at 11:08 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    I left a message on the link to your BCC video but its gone missing!
    the jist of it was. I am SO SO proud of you. I was laughing, crying at the same time. Tears and snot everywhere.!!
    Inspirational does not even begin to cover it Ali. Its been a slog, i know that only too well, but you have been wonderful. To take the time out to reply to us lot too, just wonderful Mrs.
    Now you have to concentrate on the big day. I hope you all have a BALL. Cant wait to see the phtos and hear all the news.
    My husband will record the show for me tomorrow, but Im so upset that i cant be part of it properly. i will be thinking of you and holding your hand, although you have actually done it already, but you know what i mean!! THAT dress is just beautiful, I LOVE it. very much my style. Well done Colin for finding that one. Also, Colin, thank you for being there and taking care of our girl.
    Gail my lovely. sorry to hear you are having ahorrible time. As Ali said, we are all here for you, we are all still holding hands, dancing in the rain, and you are very much part of our lovely group here.
    Alpa and Helen, hello you two, I hope you are behaving!!!! LOL, maybe not! Seriously. I hope you are both feeling a bit stronger.
    I will ogle for all of us Alpa, dont worry!! If Im arrested for harrasment, please send me lots of Lily Obrien chocolates, oh and a nail file of course!!!!! My tea making duties will be taken very seriously i can assure you. I will have my hard hat and clipboard at the ready, “calculating” the tea bag to water ratios. VERY important during farmhouse renovations!!!!!
    I LOVE the menopausal dwarf story. OH SO MANY IMAGES AAAAAGGGHHH!!!
    Marg, im sure they are all scurrying trying to change shifts as we speak!!! My friends brother is on the ward at the moment, and he is NOT looking forward to work for the foreseeable!!! Hmmmmmmm, I have LOTS of stories I can tell his workmates, ooohhh, I am going to have so much fun LOL.
    P.s. marg, thank you for the positive thughts, i really needed them yesterday. just one of these days, nothing specific, just a bit of a day. thank you.
    Lots of love to all my lovely Alis Army friends.
    I hope you all enjoy the BCC show tomorrow. I will be there in spirit. Oh no,, maybe not in spirit!!!!!!!!!! I read a message from, i think it was Linda in Glasgow. I recently had a message form Tony Stockwell at one of his shows. It was AMAZING. (plus, hes GORGEOUS)
    lots of love
    Una xx
    Lucy, Sam and Jack. You have been so strong too. Its been a hard time for all of you and we have all been thinking of you.x

  239. Una October 11, 2011 at 11:28 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    me again, sorry.
    My Hubby has just informed me that he “forgot” to post the envelope with my photo. Its still sitting in the car apparently. he WILL post it on his way to work later, but i dont think you will get it by tomorrow. (dont get me started about the postal service!!)
    Bloomin men, what do we actually need them for anyway?!!!! Oh ok, they arent so bad. hes going to order me a surprise during the show tomorrow night. i love you Mr husband!!!!!
    Love una xx

  240. helen October 11, 2011 at 12:07 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alpa, I do hope that you will be able to make your appointment ok, oh I so wish that I could come and be with you and keep you company. I don’t feel that much better either, a little less tired maybe, but my tummy still bad, bloated and just no appetite, so I’ve been taking Colofac for that. Dont’t know whether to go back to the dr’s again and insist on some scans or something just to put my mind at rest. I really do think that they must be saying ‘oh here she comes again’!! I haven’t been dr’s so much as i’ve been in the last 3 years.
    I do hope that we will both be better soon my lovely, i’m thinking of you and holding your hand. Let me know when you get back safely from your appointment on Thursday.
    Take care
    Luv and hugs
    Helen s xx

  241. elaine sallis October 11, 2011 at 1:39 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali
    You looked wonderful, your speech was fantastic, I cried when you mentioned Lucy and my husband asked what was I watching and he too had tears in his eyes when I showed him. You have been so brave throughout this and I hope that now you can move onwards and upwards and that life will only give you good things from now on. You have had more than your fair share and you certainly deserve some of the sunshine you spread amongst the rest of us. Have asked my husband to take a photo of myself and poppy so hopefully that will be winging its way to you soon.
    Lots of love Elaine x

  242. helen October 11, 2011 at 4:32 pm -  Reply

    Dear Una, hope that you are doing ok in hospital, make sure that they treat you well, you deserve it. Your another lady who has been through the mill but always upbeat and positive, I admire you. I’m behaving myself, unfortunately, don’t have that much energy to be naughty, boo hoo!!!!
    Take care lovely and look forward to hearing from you soon
    Love and hugs
    Helen s xxxx

  243. alison keenan October 11, 2011 at 4:50 pm -  Reply

    My dear Una so sorry to hear that you’ve to go back into hospital, but it sounds as though you will have plenty to divert your attention! :) Please do send mental images to us all – George Clooney look alikes don’t pop up that often! It’s a privilege to know you too, and I am DELIGHTED that Ali’s Army has become a force to be reckoned with :) I will be sending good thoughts and my love to you, and wishing you a speedy recovery and return to your home and your lovely husband (!) hope your aim was good with the hairbrush :) Holding your hand with my unbandaged one, Ali xxx

  244. alison keenan October 11, 2011 at 5:02 pm -  Reply

    Angela Y’am alright!! :) Lovely to hear and yes different week with no hospital, but been seeing my lovely Lymphodema nurse who’s been doing a cracking job reducing my arm, although the size of the bandage is major comedy value! So glad you’ll be with me tomorrow night = and that you’re better and with us all generally. Love Ali xx

  245. alison keenan October 11, 2011 at 5:06 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Linda my cyber friend :) Love that!! You’ve made me cry with your lovely comments and I can return the sentiment – my world would be a very much emptier place without you in it too – all of you have made such a huge difference, and when I said “my wonderful friends” in my speech, it was to include you all. Love and respect to you too, Ali xx

  246. alison keenan October 11, 2011 at 5:08 pm -  Reply

    Martin I am so envious!!! How well organised are you?! You’re right it’s far better to get it done early, but I think I may wait until November as the wedding is taking over at the moment :) I shall wave to you tomorrow, love Ali x

  247. alison keenan October 11, 2011 at 5:12 pm -  Reply

    Liz I can’t think of anything further from a sack of spuds than the way you no doubt look!! And I will have confirmation of that when I receive my photo – thank you that’s very kind of you. Such lovely things you say about the speech – thanks to everyone there bolstering me up and a last minute drop of rescue remedy from Roz, I was OK. I hope you enjoyed the Diamonique event – my necklace was Diamonique that night, and I will wear it again tomorrow – it’s on loan, but I love it!! Great to hear from you, and I’ll see you tomorrow, love Ali xx

  248. Marg October 11, 2011 at 5:16 pm -  Reply

    Hello Gail, I typed out a piece of nonsense the night I sent a note to Una but it has taken off somewhere in cyber space,I was so pleased you let us know you were still staying in touch. I am really sorry if using the key board is causing problems for you, do you feel better when the weather is dry or wet, my Dad was a little more supple when it was raining,I dont know whether it was what he wanted to think as we get a lot more rainy days than dry ones, as long as it helped him a little.
    Have you ever tried acupuncture, Dad had his shoulders treated with this and at first he thought it was marvelous but by the third session he had no benifit at all. I am sure there are much more effective treatments today.
    You will have to remember to send Ali a photograph for her board of reprobates, should be interesting dont you think. I dont know whether you have any pets, I am a dog person, I think you are a cat person,you must let me know. Well if you believe in the power of positive thinking I hope you will join in and send some good thoughts to the ladies,I hope it will help a little to know others are thinking good thoughts for you,there are some people on this blog who are so brave, I feel like a cheat sometimes as I complain to Joe about silly little things and then I think of the ladies who are really having to work at getting through everyday,I am so full of admiration for them, yourself included,keep in touch Gail, will try to find Magda its been a while,she was supposed to be coming to London before Christmas, anyway please be kind to youself and be sure to stay warm if the weather turns wintery as it surely will,
    Keep well Gail,
    Marg.

  249. alison keenan October 11, 2011 at 5:17 pm -  Reply

    Louise, you sound like a very strong woman to me. Epilepsy is something I know very little about, although a work colleague of mine years ago was quite ill with it, and I know how difficult it was for her to hold her job down. QVC have been fab in so far as I am to only do what I can manage and to take it slowly, so I will. Feeling much better though, and keen to ‘get back to normal’…. whatever that is now :) I will definitely look for some of the double sided the crafters use – may be just the ticket. Thanks again Louise, and you take good care too, love Ali xx

  250. alison keenan October 11, 2011 at 5:24 pm -  Reply

    My dear Marg, my nose is running again…. :) That is such a lovely thing to say… If nothing else, to make this illness a little easier for someone else to cope with, and to be less frightened of, would be amazing, and if I’ve managed to do that, then I would be really happy. I too agree that our lives are laid out beforehand, and I also believe that we aren’t given anything we can’t handle… Coping with Sam’s accident and subsequent rehab was harder in some ways for me emotionally, because I couldn’t make it better for him… this I could do for myself… with a GREAT deal of help from you my friends, “my wonderful friends” as i referred to you in my speech. And bless your husband for mentioning me and Joanna Lumley in the same breath – such an honour!! Love to you Marg and I will indeed be holding your hand tomorrow. Ali xx

  251. Marg October 11, 2011 at 5:32 pm -  Reply

    PS. GAIL, I just read back a few posts and found that you are a dog person, and that you have the photograph situation in hand, sorry, feel like a real Mrs Know it all, really sorry.
    Keep well,
    Marg.

  252. Julie October 11, 2011 at 7:33 pm -  Reply

    Ali,
    There’s only one word to describe you and your speech-phenomenal. You are one courageous,generous,caring person and I could go on! Your sense of humour throughout all of this is second to none. You call us all your friends but I’m proud your mine too.
    Will be watching Wednesday night.
    Take care my lovely as always
    Julie xx Lily xxxxx

  253. Kate H October 11, 2011 at 8:21 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali, What an inspiration you are, a real trouper. I can’t tell you how brilliantly you’re doing, I’m sorry if that sounds patronising, it’s certainly not meant to and as a nurse for more years than I care to admit I know something of what you’re enduring. I miss seeing you on screen and hearing your velvety. voice. Sending lots of love, strength and happiness your way.

  254. alison keenan October 11, 2011 at 9:50 pm -  Reply

    Nikki my thoughts and hopes are with you and ALL your family too. Thank heavens those affected by this disease have fought and won, and I so very much hope that you, your sister and your mum will manage to avoid it completely. Do keep checking as you say, and stay diligent! I am so glad that you wrote to me because it’s history like your family’s that gives me hope for the future. Thank you Nikki, love Ali xx

  255. alison keenan October 11, 2011 at 9:53 pm -  Reply

    Ali, what a lovely thing to say – in fact thank you for all your kind words…. I feel humbled. Keep in touch, and stay well, love Ali xx

  256. Joanna Downey October 11, 2011 at 9:58 pm -  Reply

    Alison, you’ve done it again managed to touch all our hearts; in your BCC speech you talked, as you’ve previously written, with such eloquence and showed that you’re still the person we all know even though you’ve had to find a “new normal” this year. Plus you looked stunning! I watched you with my daughter and I was determined not to cry because it was a happy time not a sad one, I didn’t cry instead I sobbed. I’ve written before about how much I admire you and how humble you make me feel but never as much as when watching you give this speech. It was totally uplifting, honest, funny, warm and inspirational. I love the idea of your photo montage, I hope you received the ones I sent you of Bex’s wedding, no problem if you didn’t I can always print off some more, there are 784 on the discs… If we don’t hear from you before Lucy’s wedding I wish you all a perfect day. Love from Jo x

  257. alison keenan October 11, 2011 at 10:00 pm -  Reply

    Wendy my sincere thanks to you! I had no idea there was a Lymphoedema society (or that I’ve been spelling the word wrongly all this time!!) :) I will most definitely join its numbers as having spent the last seven days having intensive treatment – MLD and heavy bandaging – am just beginning to realise that this is a lifelong commitment….not exactly what you want to contend with having got through the chemo etc., but necessary. My therapist is wonderful, and together she says we can manage it really well.. onwards and upwards eh? As you say the more I learn the better it will be, so I will look out the website once I’ve finished writing to you. Delighted that you have reached your eight year marker and are well – love and continued good health to you, Ali xx

  258. alison keenan October 11, 2011 at 10:06 pm -  Reply

    Kim, I don’t know quite where to begin…. thank you so much for writing to me with such grace and dignity. Your story is the one that wakes me up in the night; runs through my mind when I’m with the children or alone on my walk. I hope so very much that you can stay positive and that your daughter, family and friends make each day a good one for you. I send you my love and prayers and hope…. Ali xx

  259. mary morphy October 12, 2011 at 5:17 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison, just a quick message of CONGRATULATIONS! Just watched your speech at the BCC event..I know its 5am but couldn’t sleep and was browsing the web! You firstly,looked stunning, a beautiful dress to match a beautiful lady and your speech was truly from the heart. I was in tears. Well done you and all the other wonderful brave ladies who took part. I hope you have a fantastic wedding with your daughter Lucy. Much love. Mary xx

  260. Eileen Archibald October 12, 2011 at 12:56 pm -  Reply

    Alison you are absolutely amazing. I have just heard your speech and apart from looking great you sounded great. I and I am sure lots of other people did not realise how badly affected you were by this awful illness. You are always so chearful and optimistic in your blogs you have managed to fool a lot of people a lot of the time. I must say you look a lot better than the last time you were working on QVC as then I thought you were just fading away. I read your blogs with tears in my eyes but you always bring a smile to my face. You have had such big loads to bear (Sam, who I hope is ok) but always with a cheery smile, you put a lot of us to shame. Looking forward to Wednesday evening on QVC, finger on the button as I know from experience one has to be quick… Good luck for Lucy’s wedding, looking forward to seeing a photo of “Mother of the Bride”. Take great care and hopefully you will be able to obey Lucy’s order of being “here for ever”.

  261. sharon brown October 12, 2011 at 4:20 pm -  Reply

    hi ali, hope ur doing ok, tonite its bcc on qvc, and im so excited, i also watched the video of ur talk in london and was truly moved, me myself am going thru bc as well, i have 2 chemos left roll on 10 nov, then surgery then radio, so still bit to go,but gettin there, i have just had 1 tax after 3 fec, and this tax has completely floored me , dont like this one want to go back to fec as i was fine on that, anyway u looked lovely ay bcc london and bet u will be beautiful tonite on qvc. was wondering how these ladies become models on bcc nite either on qvc or in london , if u know can u please let me know..
    take care ali, lots of love
    sharon.xxxxx

  262. Angelat October 12, 2011 at 4:32 pm -  Reply

    Oh lovely Alison, I too have just watched your Breast Cancer Care Speech with a tear or two in my eyes. It’s taken me a few days to pluck up the courage to watch as I knew I’d cry! You are such an inspiration to everyone and I thought your speech was just perfect, I wouldn’t have been able to hold it together like you did! I’m looking forward to seeing you return to my living room tonight and hope you are soon back on our screens more often.
    Keep fighting the fight and I wish you a lovely day for your daughter’s wedding a week on Saturday and to hopefully seeing some pics on your blog?!
    Take care lovely one.
    All my love
    Angela xx

  263. Gail October 12, 2011 at 7:06 pm -  Reply

    Dear Debz, it was lovely to hear from you and I am coping fine but thank you so much for asking. I want you to stay positive and as stress free as possible. I’m a great believer that stress is the foundation for most illnesses. I want you to stay positive, keep pushing forwards, never give up, stay as stress free as possible, believe you will get better, make plans for the future and remember, always, that you are so much more than your illness. Hope that wonderful Ainzley is behaving. I have two cats Debz; one is 21 years young xx You stay strong and focused and look forward to the future xx I will speak to you soon.
    Marg, lovely to hear from you. I had to come off the tablets I was on because my liver was struggling. The tablet is quite toxic as it is a chemo drug and one of the effects is liver toxicity. Fantastic drug though; did the trick while I was on it. They have now started me on a smaller dose of the same drug now that my liver enzymes have returned to normal, but until it kicks in again I’m struggling. That’s enough about me though; I sincerely hope your dad had the benefit of these new drugs in later life, bless him. I know how painful and destructive this disease is. I am a dog person, but I also have two cats. I love all animals and one of my cats (the younger one) is named Sui after Steve Irwin’s dog (Steve Irwin being the big love of my life, on a par with my hubby of course). Lots of love xx
    To all the ladies who are struggling – it’s okay to be down but we must never be OUT. This is our allotted time on the planet and we must make the most of it come what may. What is the old saying? What cannot be cured must be endured. We are all so fortunate that we live in this moment in time, where treatments for so many illnesses/diseases are available. Cancer at one time would have almost certainly been a definite death sentence and people with Rheumatoid Arthritis would eventually have been told to go to bed and stay there until they literally ceased up. There has only been advancements in the treatment of RA in the last 30 years. So girls/boys, by all means feel down, but never out xxxxxxx
    Must rush as I’m off to watch our Ali on the Breast Cancer Show. Lots of love Ali xxxx
    Woooooooooooooooooooooooooooohooooooooooooooooooo, just seen our Ali on the tele. Kiss, kiss, kiss. Your hair looks beautiful Ali. What am I saying, you look beautiful Ali xxxxxxx

  264. janet carney October 12, 2011 at 9:02 pm -  Reply

    lovely to see you tonight on qvc breast cancer care keep smiling xxx

  265. lou October 12, 2011 at 9:26 pm -  Reply

    Hi ali just had to post to say how beautiful you looked tonight so lovely to see you on air again lots of love and best wishes lou xx

  266. Leanne Edwards October 12, 2011 at 9:28 pm -  Reply

    I’ve just been watching the Breast Cancer Care night and found out that you’d been ill. I was diagnosed Jan 2008 with breast cancer when I was 32 and my identical twin boys were 2 1/2 years old. As you said tonight it is a journey but we get through it and support each other. Love and support to you I’m going into hospital 26 th Oct for some reconstruction work. You are an inspiration I look forward to seeing you back presenting on qvc were you belong from Leanne,Wales xx

  267. Julie Cekalla October 12, 2011 at 10:22 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali
    What a night! You looked beautiful and the phone auction’s looked great fun to be involved in. So glad to see the total surpassed last year’s and no doubt will rise even further. I managed to get some things which I am very much looking forward to receiving. I couldn’t believe Joe McEldrey’s choice of song at the end, my husband died 7 years ago when my son was just 4, Steve Brookenstein had released this beautiful song at the time and it touched both of us. A most fitting end to tonight’s show. This time next week I will have my results, fingers and toes are firmly crossed. Good luck to all for Lucy’s wedding. :)xx

  268. Marg October 12, 2011 at 11:13 pm -  Reply

    ALI, I have had a lovely evening watching the BCC hours tonight, you did it again you remembered your friends on the blog, I just about fell off my chair when you included my name in your list,I am sure each one of us feels so happy to know you took the trouble to include us,I know it will go down in my diary as a highlight of my very ordinary life. Thankyou.
    You looked lovely tonight,and seemed to enjoy the bidding along with Claudia,she was looking great too,but I always thought she looked her best with her hair up,she is a stunning lady any way, and I think a very genuine person. I think you will be glad to get back home, sometimes too much excitment with lots of people can tire you as much as a hard physical days work.
    Still just got time to wish Lucy HAPPY BIRTHDAY.
    I was so touched to see Ali Young give you the lovely bouquet of flowers, do you keep flowers, I press a flower from Joe and Tony at birthdays and special days,just a habit.
    Well some rest days and then full steam ahead to the big day,have you got shoes or are you doing the barefoot contessa look,I was really chuffed when I read that your hair is growing, that is wonderful, well I have to go and help with the supper now, thankyou once again for your generous spirit including us in you big night,
    Sleep well ALI may the angels watch over you and keep you safe,I am still there for you with my hand ready to help,
    Kind thoughts,
    Marg.

  269. Helen Liddell October 13, 2011 at 12:09 am -  Reply

    Hi there Ali. It was only when I was watching the BC show tonight that I discovered you too had been through this experience. I had my operation in December 2006 and so far all is well.I am due for a checkup next week. I had just been diagnosed when my daughter was accepted to emigrate to Canada. She wanted to postpone her date for leaving which was in August. I did not want her to put her life on hold ,as it were so she made me promise to go over at Christmas. I spoke to the consultant when I finished my treatment at the end of September and he said it was the best thing I could do.So I did and so enjoyed the lift it gave me to spend time with her. I have gone over for three weeks every year since. I am so glad you had such a lovely time away with your partner.Families mean such a lot at times like this. Sadly my husband died 13 years ago I wish he could have been here with me but I know he is in spirit.
    Sorry if I have gone on too long but I will have you in my thoughts and prayers Take care of yourself .
    with love Helen from AYR

  270. Barbara Dagger October 13, 2011 at 1:40 am -  Reply

    Ali
    I was so pleased to see you on 12th October. I have missed you so much and only became aware of the blog when you mentioned it last evening. Glad you are at the end of the radiotherapy and I send all good wishes to you for a full return to health as soon as possible.
    With Love
    Barbara

  271. Jeanie October 13, 2011 at 8:26 am -  Reply

    You looked amazing on the QVC Breast Cancer Care show and you seemed to be having a good time. I honestly hope that you will be back on our screens presenting when you feel well enough. Your infectious enthusiasm has been greatly missed.

  272. lou October 13, 2011 at 10:24 am -  Reply

    only stumbled upon this blog recently felt compelled to post last night as ali looked soooo beautiful :) just want to say how inspiring ali and this blog is love as always lou xx

  273. Liz October 13, 2011 at 10:39 am -  Reply

    What a fantastic evening it was last night raising all that money for BCC and Ali, how very touching of you to mention some of your ‘army’ on air – I nearly fell off my chair when I heard my name!!!! xxxx
    PS I have posted 2 photos to you at QVC but they only went yesterday so it may be a while before you get them, especially as you have the small matter of a certain wedding to concentrate on!!
    Love and hugs to you Ali and all the other ladies here who are struggling xxx

  274. Sarah Platt October 13, 2011 at 11:27 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    I have followed your blog since you diagnosis in January and was so thrilled to see/hear your speech at the Breast Cancer “do”. It made me cry! You are a complete inspiration to all and I can’t wait to see you back at QVC Towers – you are sadly missed.

  275. Linda, Glasgow October 13, 2011 at 11:34 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Like all the rest of Team Keenan(AKA Ali’s Army) i nearly choked on my Horlicks last night when i was included in your list of cyber friends – you’ve made my year,thank you so muchxx You looked absolutely fantastic last night – its not just your beauty Ali but it is also your poise and sincerity – your specialxx I cried,laughed and shopped!! for the whole three hours – many many thanks to Debbie,Simon,Claire and Craig and all the other lovely people that make this event happen every yearx – you all did a sterling job this yearx Now – i mentioned shopping – i managed to solve a few Chrissie pressie dilemmas and a couple(well maybe a few) items for me. Can i wish Lucy a very happy belated birthday(how’s the wedding prep going?). I loved it(and cried buckets) when you thanked your famiy and especially Colin – the words you used to describe how you felt were so special – i think above all other things with this terrible illness its so important that ladies can still feel feminine and loved as a woman – and you clearly do – Bravo Colinx Ali as always i send my sincere love and to the rest of Ali’s Army(love that) hope your all well and life is bright,love you allx Speak soon Ali – Much cuddles(not to tight though) and kissesx Linda Glasgowxx

  276. helen October 13, 2011 at 1:36 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali, oh my I’m famous, I’ve been mentioned on QVC, thank you, thank you. What a wonderful friend you are. You looked fab, my Mum has a ‘sleeve’ like yours and always looks just as fab, well she is my Mum after all. My parents, myself and my sister have all been to Olivia’s and my nieces harvest festival concert this morning (they’re in the same school) and we sobbed right the way through, seeing them all sing their hearts out, bless them.
    I’m feeling a little better but far from right, but the ‘face’ went on this morning and off I went, I daren’t got out bare faced, people would think Halloween had arrived early!!!!
    I do hope that you’re taking time out now and having a little rest before ‘the wedding’.
    Una, I hope that you are doing ok? Also, Debz, Susan, Gail, Alpa and Magda.
    Going to try and have something to eat now before the school run. Hope you got the picky.
    luv and hugs
    Helen s
    xxxxxxxx

  277. angela white October 13, 2011 at 2:21 pm -  Reply

    hi ali.you alright! what a great show last night and you looked absolutely gorgeous as usual! how lovely to mention “ali”s army “i nearly choked on my large glass of wine when you said angela wasnt sure if it was me cos theres a few of us but thank you if it was me! i hope you got stuff i sent you at qvc towers and it makes you smile. take care lovely lady love to you,family and ladies who blog xxx

  278. Debz & Ainzley October 13, 2011 at 2:31 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Ali
    You looked stunning last night and, when you were helping Simon with some jewellery, just for a moment, it was like you’d never been away.
    Thank you so much for the “roll call” for Ali’s Army. Ainzley has now become something of a prima donna due, we think to his 5 seconds of fame. I put his whiskas down for him this morning and he looked up at me as if to say “Excuse me, I shall require smoked salmon now at the very least. I’ve been on the telly you know as a very special friend of a very beautiful lady!”
    I too was really chuffed that you mentioned my name. Like Marg it will be a highlight of my very ordinary life. Thank you so much for thinking of us all when you must have had so many other things to think about.
    I’m glad you mentioned Colin as he is the forgotten hero who is happy I’m sure to be in the background. So, Colin, thank you for making Ali feel so special and for being there at 3 in the morning when the world is a scary place for her and for never making her feel any less of a woman when the very essence of being a woman has been so cruelly taken away. You have comforted her and loved her and have made her journey that bit easier just by being there.
    You are truly a very special man. Plus I hear you look very good in a pinny!!
    Lots of love and diva-like licks
    Debz & Ainzley (=^-^=)XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

  279. Debz & Ainzley October 13, 2011 at 2:40 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Gail
    I hope you are having as good a day as you can. Thank you for those words of positivity. Life does seem like an endurance test sometimes but, like you say, we just have to get on with it.
    Lovely to hear about your cats. I wish I had two cats but Ainzley is such a jealous boy that we couldn’t have another one. Mind you, at times it’s like having a house full of cats when Ainzley has a mad half hour!! He keeps me going some days when I’m really low. He seems to know and comes and sits next to me and looks up at me with those big eyes of his and suddenly the world doesn’t seem quite so bad. Stay strong my lovely and big hugs from me and Ainzley. XX
    Alpa & Helen I hope you are both doing OK. Sending you both big hugs and I am holding your hands and willing you on. XXX
    Love to all my other blog friends and didn’t our Ali look sensational last night? Wow what a stunner!
    Lots of love and licks
    Debz & Ainzley (=^-^=)XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

  280. Christine Carr October 13, 2011 at 2:43 pm -  Reply

    Hi
    Alison what a wonderful insperational woman you are to all women out there going through what you are, Your speech at the Breast Cancer care Fashion Show was warm,funny,very emotional and truly amazing and you deserved the standing ovation.
    Last night you looked so wonderful and a true role model to all women out there with breast cancer going throught the same as you. My mum lost a breast many years ago so now I have to take greater care in checking my breasts and like all women dread the tiny lumps and bumps that you think you might find, mum had to loose her breast but was lucky not to need further treatement apart from the 5 years she took tomoxofen and she is now clear and is the ripe age of 81 lol.
    Your daughter must be so proud of you Ali and with the love and support of your family and friends thats all you need from what you said last night you have a wonderful supportive partner who loves you for you and thats all that counts so I hope you have a wonderful day at the wedding and I do hope we can stay in touch good luck with the reconstruction but you are beautiful now just the way you are.
    love Christine x

  281. Mrs Janet Jones October 13, 2011 at 3:17 pm -  Reply

    My Dear Ali,I was so touched when you mentioned my name last night on the BCC show, with the rest of ‘Ali’s Army’. I thank you for that
    and have been so very glad to have been able to help you in my own small way.You looked right at home on the QVC sofa,as if you’d never been away!!It was very moving when you thanked Colin for being there for you as I don’t think I could have got through it without my husband Peter.
    You are truly inspirational and have inspired me to try to get fit again.I have been to the gym today for the first time in many years ,it has been organised by my local hospice so they take good care of you and do it to your own individual needs and they are aware of what you have been through.Yes I got VERY hot and I ache but I am so glad that I went and I met other women with similar issues to me.So I will go there for the next 5 weeks and see how I get on!
    Hope you have found the shoes for Lucy’s wedding and your pins and needles continue to improve. I bet you were really tired after last night so I hope you are resting today.As always my hand is there for you to hold, take good care Ali and speak soon love Janet xx

  282. Marg October 13, 2011 at 5:38 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ladies, I know we all enjoyed last night, did you hear, I think it was Debbie, who was giving ALI a list of well wisher messages and included was MAGDA, I hope she saw the program, it was so good to hear her name.
    Hoping you are doing well Magda, we have been thinking of you,remember to send ALI a photograph for her ‘Rogues gallery’ I havent been one of the group who became close, but I kept up to date with your blogs,mabye we will hear from you soon,
    If you need another hand, mine is there just waiting to hold, to help and to let you know your friends are all thinking good thoughts for you,
    Be good to to yourself Magda,
    Loving thoughts,
    Marg.

  283. Morag Bradley October 14, 2011 at 8:31 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    I write this note to you after seeing you on your speech you made at the Breast Cancer awards, I had missed you recently but was unaware that you had been ill. My mother has had breast cancer at 74 had the same treatment as yourslf and has been great she is now 77 and still enjoying life, she remains positive just as you are and takes each day as it comes. I wish you well and hope your daughters wedding goes well all the very best and I look forward to seeing you on our screens in the very near future. What an inspiration you are.
    Lots of best wishes
    Morag in Glasgow

  284. Gail October 15, 2011 at 9:59 pm -  Reply

    Dear Debz and Ainzley, lovely to hear from you. I didn’t actually intend to have two cats but about 2 years ago in all that snow, a little black and white cat kept appearing at our patio doors. In the end it was less stressful to bring her in out of the cold than see her watching us through the patio doors. She’s a big hunter though Debz, which at times can be quite upsetting but that’s what cats do so I have to accept that. I did finally find out that she had a home though, but that’s another story. xx

  285. alison keenan October 17, 2011 at 2:05 pm -  Reply

    Hello Pam, funny you should say that about the long evening gloves as Debbie Greenwood suggested getting a lace cover to go over the top :) I’m getting quite used to wearing the sleeve now and it’s good in the cold weather. Thank you so much though for your kind words and compliments, love Ali xx

  286. alison keenan October 17, 2011 at 2:06 pm -  Reply

    Rachel, thank you! It does seem a very long time since I was first diagnosed, and having watched the lane I live in move through the seasons, it’s incredible to think we’ve reached the autumn. Here’s to a healthier 2012 eh?! :) Thanks for writing, love Ali x

  287. alison keenan October 17, 2011 at 2:10 pm -  Reply

    hello Janet, lovely to hear from you as always, and I hope you got your mention on Wednesday :) The endocrine treatment is the follow on from Tamoxifen as by then I should definitely be post menopausal… happy days! Please do dig out that photo as I’ve had a few already and will be able to show it one air so you can all see what the other person looks like!! Have my shoes, so now just the final search for the last bits of Lucy and Rich’s wedding present. I do hope this finds you well and not too achey now it’s colder, Love to you, Ali xx

  288. alison keenan October 17, 2011 at 2:11 pm -  Reply

    Angela you have no idea how much you’ve helped – all of you – with your continued support and kindness. As you say, we’re not going anywhere just yet… let’s hang onto that :) Cornwall beckons at the end of the week and I finally have my shoes. Lotsa love, Ali xx

  289. alison keenan October 17, 2011 at 2:15 pm -  Reply

    Dear Helen, how gorgeous are you?? And of course beautiful Olivia :) Thank you so much for the photo – it’s one of the first along Jo’s, so I have a beginning, just need the middle and the end. I hope your beef stew was appreciated and that the shopping trip didn’t wear you out. Always here, Love ali xx

  290. alison keenan October 17, 2011 at 2:18 pm -  Reply

    Another gorgeous girlie – Debz!!!! and of course the incredibly handsome Ainzley :) Thanks so much for the photos and kind words… such an incredible response, I was overwhelmed – still am in truth, and trying to get to write to as many of you as possible, although bloomin’ hand bandage is a bit of a b*&%^%&(!! Lots of love to you too, and great to hear from you xxxx

  291. alison keenan October 17, 2011 at 2:22 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Sue, I do hope you read back to this blog as I wanted to thank you for saying you’d post the photo. I have three to date, and am hoping for many more :) So lovely to actually SEE who I’m writing to after all this time. Bless you for your kind words about the speech and also Lucy’s wedding – I can’t believe it’s nearly here, or that I finally have my shoes!!! Love Ali xx

  292. alison keenan October 17, 2011 at 2:24 pm -  Reply

    Angela thanks so much for your post – Debbie Greenwood was in stitches with the menopausal dwarfs!! I really would love a piccy though, so be brave and post one for me……go on :) Love to you xx

  293. alison keenan October 17, 2011 at 2:26 pm -  Reply

    Gail, bless you. Looking down and seeing kathy Tayler and Colin with tears streaming down their faces set me off!!! But tears aside it was a cracking occasion, and thank you very much for your kind words. I’m looking forward very much to receiving the photo of you and the dogs in Swanage, thank you.. Love Ali xx

  294. alison keenan October 17, 2011 at 2:29 pm -  Reply

    Alpa thank you for checking in with us all – I love reading all your other comments too!! :) Glad you liked the dress – Colin actually spotted it, as I was about to wear one that I’d had for a number of years – fab chocolate satin, but I’m very glad that we found something new instead. Sending you positive thoughts, and thank you for Lucy’s birthday wishes. Love Ali xx

  295. alison keenan October 17, 2011 at 2:32 pm -  Reply

    Hello Sue, so sorry to hear about your partner Jack, but glad that he is now on the road to recovery. I remember how difficult it was for me and the family when Sam was getting used to life after his accident… I hope that it’s a little easier for you now. Maybe take a trip out to those “Beautiful Blue Hills” in Shropshire, love Ali xx

  296. alison keenan October 17, 2011 at 2:35 pm -  Reply

    Fay, I pray every day you’re right……. love and blessings to you too, Ali xx

  297. alison keenan October 17, 2011 at 2:37 pm -  Reply

    Eileen thank you for your lovely words, and I appreciate you taking the time to write to me.. There’s funny and sad in most situations in life..it’s the living bit that’s most important :) Take care, love Alixx

  298. alison keenan October 17, 2011 at 2:41 pm -  Reply

    Jeannie I am so relieved to hear that you are safely out the other side of the all the treatments and worry, and pray that you will continue in good health. Still trying to come to terms with and manage the lymphoedema and hot sweats – worry about them and coming back to work, but am determined :) Stay well, love Ali xx

  299. alison keenan October 17, 2011 at 2:47 pm -  Reply

    Una so good to hear from you, and I am very much hoping that by now you will be a great deal more comfortable, infact even home! So glad you liked the dress – I wore it again last Wednesday, and it’s a lovely fit and I had the front sewn up a little cos I looked lop sided. You’re so kind to think of the children in all this… I think the boys have dealt with things in their own way… sadly from some distance, but Lucy has been in touch and over to see me quite a bit, and of course we’ve had a fair few things to work on together for the wedding!!! soooooooo exciting, and I even have my shoes now! I would love to see Tony Stockwell – so much good written and spoken about him. You take care and get better Una, with love, Ali xx

  300. alison keenan October 17, 2011 at 2:49 pm -  Reply

    …………and a photo of you too Una!!! EXcellent, I’ll ask Kathy to post any letters/pics on to me at home, as I won’t be back in for a couple of weeks now, although hopefully then on a regular basis :) Say thanks to you husband for me, love Ali xx

  301. alison keenan October 17, 2011 at 2:52 pm -  Reply

    Elaine my thanks to you and your husband – that’s very kind of you to say… This has been a tough year, but I have had worse, as most of us at some point do, but this has been such a positive experience too, and has openened up a whole network of friendship and support that I see as much more of a positive than negative. I will look forward very much to seeing the photo of you and Poppy…. was a shame that my delegated poppy prints plan didn’t materialise for BCC night, but you could always print it off from the blog page. Love Ali xx

  302. alison keenan October 17, 2011 at 2:56 pm -  Reply

    Julie – glad to be considered one! Love to you and Lily. xx

  303. alison keenan October 17, 2011 at 3:00 pm -  Reply

    Kate it doesn’s sound patronising at all, and thank you very much for taking the time to write. I am certain all the patients who are lucky enough to be cared for by you will appreciate your kindness and empathy as I do. Love Ali xx

  304. alison keenan October 17, 2011 at 3:26 pm -  Reply

    Jo I have indeed received the lovely photos you sent me of you at Bex’s wedding and what a beautiful mum you are!! Your daughters too look stunning and I will have at least one photo of you all on my ‘gallery’. Your words have touched me, and I’m so glad that you felt the speech ‘worked’.. I’ve been overwhelmed by all the wonderful responses. You take care, and please do keep in touch, always lovely to hear from you, Ali xx

  305. alison keenan October 17, 2011 at 3:32 pm -  Reply

    My dear Mary, sorry to hear you’re up at 5am, but thank you for using that time to write to me!! It was an amazing night, and one made even more special because of those who were there with me. Only 5 more days until Lucy’s wedding – I have the shoes, the rose petals, the outfit and the hat… getting my wig ‘styled’ on Wednesday, so all will be well. Trying to gain the same resolve for my reading on the day “I will be Here” it’s entitled…. haven’t managed it yet without snuffling… wish me luck :) Love to you Mary, Ali xx

  306. alison keenan October 17, 2011 at 3:45 pm -  Reply

    My dear Eileen, so good to get your comment, and thank you very much for all that you wrote. Funnily enough last time I was on air I was hiding the rather large plaster covering where I’d had the lumpectomy. Was presenting a Lola Rose hour, and still hanging onto the hope that the results would be clear… But here we are, onwards and upwards, and very much looking forward to being back with you all, love Ali xx

  307. alison keenan October 17, 2011 at 3:53 pm -  Reply

    Dear Sharon I really hope you enjoyed last Wednesday, and that it helped you to hear the other girls talking about how they’d got through it all. I’m so sorry you’re having a struggle with the Taxol… but hopefully with only a couple more you’ll be able to put it all behind you… Just rest up and gather strength for the surgery.. Radiotherapy is so much easier i can assure you :) As far as the models at the show are concerned, I think you need to write or mail Breast Cancer Care, and tell them that you’d be interested in taking part… Good Luck!! I’m hoping to possibly take part next year too! Stay strong Sharon, and hope you feel much better very soon, love Ali xx

  308. alison keenan October 17, 2011 at 4:01 pm -  Reply

    Dear Angela you will most definitely be seeing photographs of Lucy’s wedding on the blog asap…. I now have my shoes so all is virtually ready. My car just failed its MoT though so my last minute shopping trip may have to be postponed! Thank you for your lovely words… they mean a lot. Keep in touch, love Ali xx

  309. alison keenan October 17, 2011 at 4:04 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Janet and Lou – I hope you don’t mind a shared Thank You – no less genuine. It was very kind of you to write, and your words mean a lot, love Ali xx

  310. alison keenan October 17, 2011 at 4:06 pm -  Reply

    Leanne, how incredibly strong you must be…. to have such small children and to go through all that you have must have been a nightmare. I am so happy to hear that you’re doing so well, and good luck with the reconstruction… mine’s in 6 months! Sending you my love and suppport, Ali xx

  311. alison keenan October 17, 2011 at 4:17 pm -  Reply

    Julie I honestly don’t know how you managed to get through that time… I hope very much that you and your son had the love and support you needed… I have to say I shed a tear when Joe sang…. 23 years on I still miss my Dad.. I have everything crossed for you for your results next week, and please let me know how you are won’t you? Sending you much love and hope Ali xxx

  312. alison keenan October 17, 2011 at 4:39 pm -  Reply

    Marg it would have been of me rude not to mention you after all the times you’ve written to me! :) It was a fab night and lovely to see Claudia again and everyone worked really hard, but what a result! Yes I have to admit to being shattered when I got home, but with my beautiful bouquet and all those memories I did sleep a little better than I normally do. You’ll be glad to know I’ve found my shoes and so am almost ready for the big day… just a few little things to do now :) Let’s keep holding hands Marg, and I’ll be in touch after the wedding. Love Ali xx

  313. alison keenan October 17, 2011 at 4:42 pm -  Reply

    Helen you’ve been really brave to cope with all this without your husband, and with your daughter being so far away, but I think your positivity and enthusiasm for life will keep you well and I am certain your daughter truly appreciates your visits. I hope you sail through your check up and that perhaps you’ll be going over to your daughter this Christmas too. Take care, and keep in touch, love Ali xx

  314. alison keenan October 17, 2011 at 4:44 pm -  Reply

    Jeanie, Barbara and Lou – hope your don’t mind a joint yet very genuine thank you to you all for the lovely comments you made. How nice to know you’re the other side of the camera :) Stay well, and keep in touch, love Ali xx

  315. alison keenan October 17, 2011 at 4:47 pm -  Reply

    Liz thank you for sending the photos through! I will ask Kathy to post them on to me. So glad you got your mention, but that you didn’t fall off your chair. I’ll be in touch again once the wedding has happened!! :) Love Ali xx

  316. alison keenan October 17, 2011 at 4:54 pm -  Reply

    Linda you are more than welcome, and now I know we’re even more alike with the Horlicks!! :) Yes it was a wonderful evening, and although I couldn’t see a lot of the broadcast, I did get to chat to three of the models including the immensley brave Alex, and they are the first women I’ve talked to since I was diagnosed…. It is this awful thing of feeling that every element of feminity has been destroyed or removed with the cancer, and trying to adapt to living without what before was a given, can be hard. But the great news is my hair, and eyelashes/brows are all coming back and i feel so much better. Definitely turned a corner, and wanted to thank Colin for that… :) Cuddles and kisses to you too Linda and do keep in touch. with love and thanks again, Ali xx

  317. alison keenan October 17, 2011 at 8:24 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Helen! Now everyone knows you and I even know what you look like!! Thanks again for the photo, and I’m so glad you heard your mention. Glad too that Harvest festival passed without a hitch, and that your mum continues to do well. Look after yourself, and keep in touch, and of course I’ll post photos of the wedding as soon as :) Love Ali xxx

  318. alison keenan October 17, 2011 at 8:27 pm -  Reply

    Hi Angela, yes it was for you “Y’am awright” :) So much a girl after my own heart with your large glass of wine in hand…. we girls had to scrabble round for the last dregs on Wednesday night, but it was lovely :) Thanks again for keeping in touch, love Ali xx

  319. alison keenan October 17, 2011 at 8:28 pm -  Reply

    Debz what you wrote brought a tear to my eye and I’ve had to call colin and read it out to him…. thank you… you are very perceptive. I hope that things are good for you at the moment, and life is positive with plenty to look forward to. I will of course post photos of lovely Lucy as soon as! Love Ali xx (strokes to Ainzley)

  320. alison keenan October 17, 2011 at 8:37 pm -  Reply

    Christine so glad to hear that your mum is doing well, and that all these years on she’s been given the all clear. You’re right to keep up with checking yourself…early detection is always best. Yes plans for the wedding are all on course, and I finally found my shoes, so here’s to Saturday at 3pm! Keep in touch, love Ali xx

  321. alison keenan October 17, 2011 at 8:51 pm -  Reply

    Janet you are more than welcome, and I always think of you and your husband whenever I hear the Michael Buble track ‘Hold On’…still makes me cry :) So glad that you too have had the kind of essential support I’ve had, and that you’re doing so well – and going to the gym now too! I think I’ll have to start again in the next month, as my walk/run around the quarry may not be as hospitable in the winter!! Yup I found my shoes.. not planning to walk far in them though – so pretty much set for the big day… exciting eh? Pins and needles much the same, and bloomin’ arm really tricky and difficult to keep the swelling down, but keeping up with the compression sleeve so all should be well for Saturday. Love as always, Ali xx

  322. alison keenan October 17, 2011 at 10:37 pm -  Reply

    Marg thanks so much for giving me the heads up on Magda! Where I was in the phone room i didn’t see or hear any of the show other than the bits I was in, so had no idea she had called in!! Wonderful news. And yes I too hope very much Magda that you send a photo in to me. Love Ali xx

  323. alison keenan October 17, 2011 at 10:42 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Morag, so glad to hear that your mum is doing well. She was the same age as my mum, who has just had her first year’s all clear which is great news :) It helps to have something lovely to look forward to like the wedding, I have to admit :) I look forward also to being back at QVC as soon as I’m less tired and more able!!! :) Love Ali xx

  324. Dawn Dunlop October 27, 2011 at 4:46 pm -  Reply

    It was so nice to see you having such fun in Dorset. Dorset can be so uplifting. Four years ago I had been very ill and spent months in hospital. I have severe COPD and was recovering slowly, my niece took me for a few weeks in Dorset and we went to all of the places you mentioned. I came home feeling very positive and feeling very well. Judging by how beautiful you looked at the Brest cancer fashion show, Dorset worked its magic again. I look forward to seeing you back on QVC you were and still are the prettiest presenter. I loved your shows and I miss your frank and honest presentation. God bless, and keep well.
    Dawn Dunlop

  325. Jane Type October 27, 2011 at 7:49 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    I am a long standing Q.V.C shopper and I would like you to know that I had my first mastectomy 24 years ago. I taught P.E. for a long time after. I had my 2nd mastectomy 4and a half years ago and am looking forward to stopping taking medication in April.Keep positive and live an active life.
    Please will you pass this message on to Amica(?)
    Jane Type aged 69

  326. Eleanor Conway December 4, 2011 at 2:30 am -  Reply

    DEAR ALISON,SO HAPPY TO HEAR HOW WELL YOU ARE COPING AND I SO ADMIRE YOUR COURAGE.WILL KEEP READING YOUR LOVELY NOTES. I AM NEW TO MY COMPUTER AND ALL THE NEW JARGON ETC. SO I HOPE YOU WILL FORGIVE ANY MISTAKES ETC.BE KIND TO YOURSELF ALLISON AND DO ALL YOU CAN TO KEEP AS WELL AS YOU HAVE DONE SO FAR. A STRONG WILL TO LIVE AND LOVE IS BETTER THAN ANY MEDICINE .LOVE AND POSITIVE THOUGHTS TO YOU I WILL LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING HOW WELL YOU ARE DOING ELEANOR.XXX A NEW BLOGGER.??/IS THIS THE CORRECT TERM??

  327. Judy Clements March 4, 2012 at 10:43 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison,
    You really are such a beautiful lady, inside and out. I have enjoyed reading your blogs, you are such an inspiration. I send my very best wishes to you now and always,
    Judy, Cheltenham

  328. michele child July 1, 2012 at 8:51 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison it was lovely to see you back on the show to night! looking very well and lovely as always hope you are keeping well take care
    Michele child

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