Honey with BCC number

It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

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Hello there!

Another incredible morning here in Berkshire – the sun is shining and the sky is blue, the leaves are turning and the blackberries are ripe (pictured below)! Thought I’d pick a few of these to go with my EasiYo! Thank you so much for all your lovely comments on the blog following the conclusion of my honeymoon travels! So many of you have already visited the places Colin and I went to, but it seems as though the photographs have given some others of you few food for thought when it comes to future holidays.

Blackberries

So glad you liked the pictures of little Honey – I have a few more to show you this week – she is growing up so quickly!! I really enjoyed reading about your families, your life generally and holidays too – seems like we’ve all been pretty busy. : )

Honey with BCC number

 

In fact while still on the subject, it seemed as though I’d barely unpacked our suitcases before Colin told me that his long intended visit to North Carolina was imminent! Just to put you in the picture, he has been working for some time now on his second album for The Sonny Walters Band, and as with most musicians and artists, if you’re trying to promote your work through the various media platforms, then it’s pretty essential to back it up with a film!

I had taken the talented Mat Trim’s advice and bought Colin a rather lovely camera for Christmas, which is capable of taking not just still shots but high quality film too. We had talked about returning to Nashville and North Carolina after our trip there last year, as the scenery was stunning. Well, on top of organizing our fab honeymoon, he had set in place, a 10-day filming schedule. Pathetic as it might sound – bearing in mind we have been together for nine years now – I knew I was really going to miss him but decided to fill my time not just at work, but with my family and friends, and of course Lucy and little Honey : )

Nowadays with all this incredible technology, it’s so much easier to keep in touch with someone wherever they are in the world, and so we were able to FaceTime each other most days – time difference allowing – and that really helped. Colin had an incredible time, and had shot some amazing footage involving actors and some pretty dramatic landscapes! He’d also written another song for me which is just beautiful : ) His flight home was due in at 11am on Thursday morning, and I was all set and ready to pick him up from Heathrow after a lovely day spent with Lucy and then my niece Emily. Unfortunately just as I was reaching across the table for my cup of Horlicks my back completely went into spasm.

I’d had something similar happen once before, after my surgery last October, and not only is it excruciating but renders you pretty much immobile! It took me 15 minutes to crawl upstairs where I had strong painkillers in my bedside drawer so wouldn’t have to reach up for them. After an hour or so, I felt worse, so I knew I’d have to get help. It made me realise just how difficult it must be for those of you who live on your own to deal with things like this. I managed to get the phone and call for an ambulance (the first time for me in 55 years!), and had left the door on the latch just incase… the paramedics were able to let themselves in and they could not have been kinder or gentler with me. After a fair bit of Entinox, and a lot of patience on their part, they got me to A & E, where the morphine they gave me helped to sleep a little before I had a back X-ray.

To be honest I’ve had back issues for many years now – degenerative disc disease apparently – and I had to have a spinal injection just before my wedding for lower back pain. That had worked brilliantly, and the other niggles were manageable. The problem is that since my breast cancer diagnosis, knowing that the disease can and does sometimes spread to the bones; I was frightened that this had happened. I refuse to allow these thoughts to come into my head very often, but lying there on my own, it’s all I could think of… It’s the result of ‘living with cancer’, which I have been doing for the last four years, as do the sadly large number who go on to have secondary cancers, that will eventually take their lives… I consider myself lucky, as my oncologist arranged for an MRI scan last week, and there was no cancer spread, just further disc degeneration. To say I was relieved is an understatement… So many wonderful things have happened this year, I could not bear the thought that something out of my control could change all that….

I only say this because we are rapidly approaching October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and this Friday we will have our three-hour Breast Cancer Care fundraiser, beginning at 6pm. Jackie and Miceal will be hosting this year, and Chloe looking after the donations, but I’ll be joining them as we have more of the ‘I Hope’ pendant and rings for you which I know you were asking about : ) As always, the mighty machine that is QVC is working all out to make this our biggest night ever and we wondered if you’d be happy to help promote the event?

We would love you to create and post your own pictures and videos showing BCC’s helpline number – 0808 800 6000! Our campaign this year is help raise awareness of this amazing Support Line that Breast Cancer Care provide. Baby Honey thought you might like this as an example : )

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You can make your pictures and videos as individual as you like – and there is a prize too! One of our favourite British beauty brands, Elemis, will give you a massage at their House of Elemis spa! How fabulous would that be?! You can start posting now and right up to the end of the night, when we’ll randomly pick a winner. We have a hashtag #QVCBCC which you should use when you post your pics so that we can easily find them! You can post on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Can’t wait to see what you come up with! : ) Here’s another set of pictures from my friend and her dog Avicci!

Avicci collage (2)

My back is much better now, but I am going to make a few changes to my diet and my lifestyle – my beautiful car will have to go as it’s a very bumpy ride and not good for my old bones any more! Calcium tabs daily and high heels only for on-air, high days and holidays, and I’m also working fewer days for the moment. However, I’ll be back with you this Thursday 1st October when it’s our 22nd Birthday! We have many special shows for you, and this stunning TSV on the day from Links of London!

necklace

My 9pm Diamonique show will be back the following Thursday when I will have amongst other things a brand new Jewellery Icon – A beautifully crafted sterling silver Ear Cuff featuring our fabulous clear Diamonique stones. Ear cuffs are proving to be such a popular way of wearing jewels in your lobes and these are a mere £16 a pair!

Diamonique 0.25ct tw Leaf Ear Cuff Sterling Silver - 664104

 

Diamonique 0.25ct tw Leaf Ear Cuff Sterling Silver - 664104 model

And staying with jewellery, the delightful Italian designer Roberto is back with his beautiful RFM range of designs this Friday at 11pm after our BCC event.  He premiered back in June with sell-out shows, and this incredible bangle is just one example of his high-end styling, but minimal price tags! It’s going to be a Bueno Serra!

Roberto by RFM Maglie D'Amore Metal Bracelet - 305255

 

I do hope you’ve been blessed with the sunshine this week, and that all is well in your world. Do let me know how things are, and thank you in advance for helping us support our chosen charity. It means a lot to me…

With love, Ali xxx

41 Comments

  1. Judith Lennon September 30, 2015 at 2:30 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    I’ve just come to our room after another beautiful day in the sunshine here in Cyprus. After the disappointment of Mexico ( I was poorly if you remember me mentioning) this is just what I needed. I feel so much better for the rest and sunshine. Our resort is right on the beach and we wake each day watching the sunrise. Just glorious. Anyway enough about me. I heard on one do the shows that both you and Charlie had hurt your backs so S not surprised to hear of you absence from the screen. Backs are huge problems as I well know. Always happens when you have no one around to help. Colin’s trip sounds great, and I’m sure spending time with Lucy and Honey helped the time go quicker. She is beautiful. I have missed my babies whilst on holiday but have facetimed them and it’s wonderful seeing their reaction when we speak. So sorry to be away whilst breast cancer is one but will check the web so see what catches my eye! I know it will be a huge success as usual. People do pull together when needed. Well I ‘m off for dinner soon and wonder what great delights await us tonight. My poor stomach groans at the sight of food but it would be very rude not to try!!!!! As always take good care of yourself and so pleased with the outcome. Love and hugs always. Judithxx

  2. Anne Sewell September 30, 2015 at 5:07 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison,I have a degenerative back condition and know how difficult just day to day living can be,it’s funny but you suddenly notice every body walking round and doing things you can’t.Please may I recommend acupuncture,it has got me through many a difficult time,unfortunately it’s not long term relief but short term is better than nothing.I hope you feel better soon.Anne Sewell

  3. Sue Radford September 30, 2015 at 5:24 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,

    So sorry to hear you’ve been suffering with back problems. I can imagine how worried you were! Thank goodness all is well. I too suffer from back problems, and my back just “goes” doing the most simplest of things! Just recently, I sat on a chair and the seat pad fell in resulting in a jolt to my back – I suffered sciatica for three weeks – I was in agony, and couldn’t find comfort from sitting or laying down. I find using the Hoover or brushing the patio etc seems to set things off – I suppose it’s the sudden jerks which cause the problem. I also think back problems are worse while going through the menopause, as so many of my friends are suffering too – too much of a coincidence me thinks!! It was much worse in your case as you had other things to worry about – what a relief it must have been for you to have good news from the doctor – I’m so glad for you. As much as I love high heel shoes, I can only wear 2inch ones now. It’s funny, I find wearing flat shoes also cause the same problems as wearing very high ones, so I always try to look for shoes with a 1.5″/2″ heel, which seems to be doing the trick so far. At one time my back ‘went’ a week before I was due to go on holiday, I found it SO difficult to get off the aeroplane, and the holiday was a difficult one to say the least!

    Honey is so cute, and as you say, growing so quickly. Good luck with the fund raising, and take it easy.

    Love Sue Radford xx

  4. Joanna Downey September 30, 2015 at 7:31 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ali, I am relieved beyond words to read that your back problem was because of disc degeneration which sounds uncaring but I did have a few uncertain moments and dreaded hearing ominous news. I can only imagine your thoughts as you were lying in hospital and hopefully your planned changes will make life easier. The weather has been so beautiful for the last week, I love September and though I find it difficult to say goodbye to Summer, even more since I have got older, these golden days are to be treasured and the sunshine has “reactivated” my tan! I have taken out my glorious nasturtiums, replaced them with wallflowers and have placed terracotta pots filled with pansies in the gaps that have appeared in the borders now that the flowering shrubs have sung their song. My absolute treat this week was the blood super moon and lunar eclipse, I got up at 4am and stood out in the garden with Sox, our little cat who stared at me in total bewilderment, and looked up; the stars were diamonds on a sky of black velvet and the moon was a russet sphere – perfection. Honey is gorgeous and looks so happy in her Jumperoo complete with cushion underfoot, she obviously is a source of much joy. It is lovely to see you back on our screens. Love from Jo x

  5. Hazel September 30, 2015 at 9:52 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison I’m sorry to read you’ve had a really bad back and glad you’re on the mend. The photos of honey are lovely she’s beautiful .as always iv enjoyed reading yore blog.you take great care of yourself and Colin .I shall be watching breast cancer show on Friday and will be making a purchase.love always hazel xx

  6. Christine Auchterlonie September 30, 2015 at 11:38 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali ..I had missed you on air and wondered if you were not well and now I understand ..back pain ..infact any pain is very troublesome, my husband has suffered back pain on and off for many years with degeneration of the discs and I know how difficult life can be and the things you have to do to change a life style … And yes you are right high heeled shoes are one of the changes for women (pride is painful) I’m so glad you are feeling a tad better and taking things a little easier.I have read with interest your blog about Colin and all that is happening in your world and lovely little Honey every minute spent with our granddaughters are precious and bring so much happiness. I will be watching shows on Thursday for the 22nd birthday with the Links of London TSV and of course the BCC event on Friday.I am so pleased the outcome of your MRI was positive so take care of yourself and the back !! With my best wishes to you and yours .. Till next time Ali xxChris.

  7. Tina S October 1, 2015 at 12:10 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    So glad you are on the mend following your episode of back pain /spasm. I have every sympathy as I have Degenerative Disc Disease also. I don’t know if you remember me but I was a nurse for 25 years and had to take early retirement because of my back problems. After suffering for many years, and working on a Care of the Elderly Unit for many years I was finally sent for an MRI Scan. Funnily enough there was an article in the Daily Express today about the number of people with back problems and days lost from work through it. It gave some good advice on how to cope with back pain. But I do get annoyed when it always says that we should keep as active as possible when back pain strikes. Like you, my back goes into spasm and I can’t straighten up let alone walk .The only relief I get is by sitting or lying down with a pillow between my knees to ensure the spine is in the correct position. I find the only relief I get is either Acupuncture or manipulation. I have managed to find a really good physiotherapist thank goodness. Sorry to go on and on. I always think that these people who give out advice about back problems have never suffered with it themselves or they would know how debilitating it is! Anyway end of rant, sorry.
    I hope everything goes well for the Breast Cancer Care event. I breathed a huge sigh of relief after having my usual check -up / mammogram last month. I always get anxious as my mother had Breast cancer and we lost her when I was only 12 years old.
    It was so sad about Jackie Collins. Apparently she did not heed the advice of her sister to go for regular screening. It just brings it home how important these checks are.
    Anyway on a happier note as a Welsh lass and of course a rugby fanatic, I am so happy that my home team are doing well despite terrible injuries . We have never seen Warren Gatland so animated as when we won our last match ( against England, sorry….) It’s been a very exciting World Cup so far. I just love watching the All Blacks doing The Haka !
    Well all the best, and I hope you raise lot’s towards Breast Cancer Care. I’ll be watching.
    Love, Tina S (S. Wales, where the sunshine has been absolutely glorious this week. Lets hope the weather continues like this for a bit longer).

  8. Pearl Emery October 1, 2015 at 10:24 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali.
    I really do hope your back is on the mend or at least as mended as it is possible for it to be. I know about having a bad back as i pulled my sacroiliac joint 20 years ago which according to the doctor at the time then lifted and sent all my back muscles into spasm which didn’t half hurt,so i can sympathise although i didn’t have to go to hospital.
    I can’t imagine how scared you were thinking that the cancer might have spread to your bones.
    On a more cheerful note we went to friends in Nothern Cyprus in June and i jumped off a mountain,idid a tandem paraglide which was fantastic i would go back and do it again tomorrow. I have also done a 6k walk for the Alzheimers society,and if i have done the maths correctly i will have raised £543.00 for them. Ali you write such interesting blogs they are always such a good read. Ido hope your back is better. Take care. Love Pearl xx

  9. helen s October 1, 2015 at 11:11 am -  Reply

    Well hello there Ali. Forgive me for being a ‘stranger’ for a while, but life here has been hectic as always. From summer holidays in Dorset, which we loved, to lovely lunches and girlie shopping trips. Although my gorgeous daughter is only 12, we have the most lovely days out together. I am afraid my other half, although comes on our shopping outings, is almost relieved when the lawn ‘needs’ cutting or the car ‘needs’ washing. Bless him too.
    So it was back to school and back to after school activities!!! Yesterday, I did manage a haircut – Mum time at last! Today, its the school run, home, washing, ironing and then a quick dash back to school to take my young lady to an orthodontic appointment, half way across town! As you do….

    And now to you…..I know only too well how you must have felt with your back. As you know, my Mum has had cancer twice and also has degenerative discs. Every twinge that is not the normal sends a panic look across her face that breaks my heart. My Dad deserves a medal as he has looked after her so very well. I wish that finances would allow me to treat them to something nice……

    Anyway, cuppa finished, washing machine just finished, so peg out in this glorious weather and then back in ‘Mum Cabs’……on the road again!!!

    Until next time my lovely

    Luv and hugs as always and little Honey is just beautiful.

    Helen S xxxx

  10. loraine October 1, 2015 at 1:56 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison so pleased your up and about again after your painful back you will be able to play with honey again now she’s taking notice of everything all is still good with Clare she’s not feeling as queasy now . I’m having a few problems with my elbow on one arm and shoulder the other side it’s golfers elbow and could be repetitive strain on the shoulder it’s all the lifting I have done being a waitress for twelve years that’s one reason I cut my hours right down seems like you do the job of 2 people on you’re own all about saving money I think most companys are the same these days your just a number wasn’t like that when I first started anyway don’t k now if I told you in previous blog but we are having a long weekend in Cheltenham in 2weeks isn’t that near Jamie Lawler and then we have boomed Sorrento in May les has always wanted to see Pompeii the baby will be here end of March beginning of April so will be able to relax then hope you continue to keep good health love loraine xx

  11. loraine October 1, 2015 at 2:02 pm -  Reply

    Sorry Alison just read blog back don’t know why it says Jamie Lawler instead of Jackie kabler and boomed instead of booked sorry it’s not my spelling ha ha xx

  12. Elaine sallis October 1, 2015 at 5:40 pm -  Reply

    Hope you are feeling better. Can imagine how worried you were and horrible that you were on your own. Colin must have been so worried being so far away. we have family problems at moment not something I can discuss but really has knocked me for six. Life certainly has a way of slapping you in the face when you least expect it. X

    Love Elaine x

  13. Julie October 1, 2015 at 7:29 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    A lovely blog as usual. You can’t be trusted can you? Colin goes away for a few days and what do you do?? You know me too well to know I’m only joking. I am so relieved all is well with your back now but please take it easy. I can imagine how worried you have been but stay positive ( says she!!)
    I haven’t had the results from my scan yet but have to see a Consultant Monday week so fingers crossed.
    Have just come back from Spain. You know how nervous I was- we just arrived at the airport and over the tannoy our flight was delayed nearly 3 hours due to an emergency landing at Cardiff. Just my luck!? We had a lovely time and weather was fabulous just like it is in Wales at the moment- I know- don’t faint as it won’t last!
    I too have been watching the rugby world cup like Tina from Wales, we caught the second half against England on Saturday as just arrived home.
    The girls are fine and Lily has just started Rainbows. Honey is gorgeous and as always happy and laughing.
    All the best for Breast Cancer Care tomorrow night I’m sure a lot will be raised as usual for such a good cause. My daughter is running 10k in November to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Care.
    Take care as always and love to you family.
    Speak soon
    Julie x The Girls xxxxx

  14. Marion October 2, 2015 at 8:37 pm -  Reply

    Alison, you are a true inspiration . At the end of May this year I was diagnosed with breast cancer and am a quarter of the way through chemo. When I told my son who is 20 his first words were ‘you’re not gonna die are you?’ Luckily you were on the tele at the time and I said ‘see that presenter there, well she had breast cancer too’. I, like you, am very positive of the outcome and have found an inner strength that I never knew I had. I wish you and everyone that had, has or knows someone who has breast cancer hope, strength and love xx

  15. Pauline Wilson October 2, 2015 at 9:54 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali sorry you have had problems with your back but I too have the same problem and when it strikes is so painful and disabiling but happy you are now on the mend. we as you may recal on a previous blog have just returned from Ischia and it was wonderful and the thermal parks at Poseidon and Negombo were were wonderful and therapeutic just what the doctor ordered. Loved the pics of your gorgeous granddaughter Beatrice and we also look forward to our second granddaughter and fourth grandchild on 25 December . Stay healthy Ali you are truly a beautiful person and I wish you well for the future and hope you have many years with you lovely hubby Colin as I have with my hubby Colin 41 years in August this years gosh where does the time go.

  16. Teresa October 3, 2015 at 3:30 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Sitting in the lovely sunshine here on the south coast reading your blog. So sorry to hear how bad your back was, when they mentioned on Q that you were off with a bad back I never imagined it was so bad. Thank goodness it is not as bad as you were thinking it must have been terrifying for you. Hope Colin got home to you fast I’m sure you needed is love and some hugs.
    I know what it is like to have a bad back as I suffer with this sometimes I just go to move and nothing happens I’m stuck. Then the pain can last for days And I don’t know we’re to put myself.
    So hope all will be well with you soon.
    What a great show last night I managed to get the B&W brooch and the Honor Pearls so was very pleased. I already have your hope pendent and ring which I love and where on many occasions.
    Little Honey is growing so fast and she is just adorable bring you and your family much joy I am sure.
    Take care Ali love to you and Colin xxxxx

  17. Mary Morphy October 3, 2015 at 9:18 pm -  Reply

    Good evening..its Saturday evening and I know you will be watching a Sinatra show with Colin at The Palladium.. I hope its fab.
    I ache a bit today. Took advantage of the dry weather..the fog from this morning lifted finally and the sun tried it’s best to warm up the damp air to dry the washing hanging limply on the line. Anyway.. We have a ceonothus bush that’s huge and now tree like. It’s taken over a place at the start of the garden and is dead under the main canopy so it was time to go. My neighbour owns the fence it grows over and as we cut it..well my sister did with her electric saw, it was clear the fence panel was damaged so that will be replaced. After four hours of cutting and shredding, the huge tree was confined to five sacks and taken to the tip. I have kept the thicker trunk pieces and built a sculpture thingy for the insects and decorated with some fab lights from the Q, they look like light bulbs. When they came on tonight I was delighted.. Looks great and the garden looks bigger.
    The BCC event was very informative, emotional and entertaining.. Kept me company in the kitchen while I was icing the giant cupcake.
    Work is going really well but I am finding working five days very very hard. It’s also upset mum’s routine as I was her Friday girl and mum and I were both in tears last weekend but we will get there; I am however, shattered!!!
    Honey is certainly growing fast..my kids loved their wheely activity centres just like Honey does.
    Hope you have a lovely evening. Much Love Mary xx

  18. martin forbes October 5, 2015 at 12:05 pm -  Reply

    by the way alison you look 45 not 55 you are looking well iam enjoying my holiday so far

  19. Alison Keenan October 6, 2015 at 10:25 pm -  Reply

    Did you just lovely to hear from you as always, and delighted to know that you had such a fabulous holiday in Cyprus. It is a country I have yet to visit, maybe one year. Collins trip did go very well and you’re right spending time with Lucy and Holly helped me enormously. She is such a sweetheart. I hope that you will be home safely now, and will not be too downhearted by the English weather! It’s been raining for about 48 hours! Thank you for keeping in touch, love as always Ali xx

  20. Alison Keenan October 6, 2015 at 10:26 pm -  Reply

    Judith apologies, the first part of my message to you seems to be missing!! Suffice to say, I hope that you had a cracking time away in Cyprus! Love Ali xx

  21. Alison Keenan October 6, 2015 at 10:28 pm -  Reply

    Dear Anne, I couldn’t have put it better myself. It is most definitely the inability to do the most ordinary of things that becomes a problem. Your recommendation of acupuncture is gratefully received, and as I had great results from this with my lymphoedema I think it is something I should pursue. Please do keep in touch, and I’ll let you know how I get on, love Ali xx

  22. Alison Keenan October 6, 2015 at 10:30 pm -  Reply

    My dear Sue, sciatica! How awful for you! It really is agony, and there seems to be very little relief from it. I think you are right, the high heels do not help… Maybe choose to wear them only when you’ll be sitting down mainly! :) Interesting that you have noted these problems seem to be exacerbated during menopause. I will keep my fingers and toes crossed that this may be the worst of it, but that it will get better. Thank you for keeping in touch, and I will pass on your sweet words to Lucy re Honey.Love Ali xx

  23. Alison Keenan October 6, 2015 at 10:34 pm -  Reply

    My dear Jo, you and me both.. Daft as it sounds, I too had been worrying that the results wouldn’t be good. So glad that you also have had such a beautiful September. I too find it difficult to say goodbye to the summer and these golden days as you rightly say I desperately to be treasured. I cannot believe the torrential rain that we’ve had over the last 48 hours, although I know it will be good for the garden. I was gutted to miss the lunar eclipse, although I have heard about it and was determined to see it. Well done you for recognising that Honey was in her jumperoo! Such a great idea, and better for the little ones to be bouncing around rather than sitting still. We’re hoping that the increased activity Will mean that she will sleep through the night sooner rather than later. Love to be back at the Q, and will see you on Thursday. Do take care, Love Ali xx

  24. Alison Keenan October 6, 2015 at 10:36 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Hazel, I hope you enjoyed our breast Cancer care fund raiser on Friday? It was wonderful to be a part of it, and I thought that Miceal, Chloe and Jackie all did a brilliant job. I am glad you enjoy reading the blog, and I hope to hear from you in again. See you Thursday at 9pm. Love Ali x

  25. Alison Keenan October 6, 2015 at 10:37 pm -  Reply

    Dear Christine, thank you very much for taking the time to write to me although I was sorry to hear that your husband also has suffered with back pain for many years. Obviously high heels are not a problem for him, but sitting walking and just generally getting on with life is a great deal more difficult when you are struggling with pain. I do hope you enjoyed our breast Cancer care fund raiser on Friday, and thank you for your support. It was wonderful how much money we were able to raise. Take care and enjoy the rest of the week, love Ali xx

  26. Alison Keenan October 6, 2015 at 10:40 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Tina always good to hear from you, although I was sorry that you also are struggling with back problems. I do indeed remember you writing to me and telling me that you were a nurse for 25 years, but had forgotten it was problems with your back that I’ve caused early retirement. Acupuncture sounds as though it may be worthwhile looking into. I think I must’ve been very lucky, as walking does not trouble me now, it is only sitting for any length of time it gives me pain. I do remember also are you telling me about losing your mum when you were only 12 years old, and it still makes me sad. Very sad also to hear about Jackie Collins, I am sure that Joan must be devastated. I’m glad you have enjoyed the rugby, I must be completely honest and tell you that I don’t watch any of it. Colin is an avid football fan, but I truthfully only enjoy the tennis. I hope that Wales has managed to miss the torrential rain, and you are still basking in sunshine! Love Ali xx

  27. Alison Keenan October 6, 2015 at 10:43 pm -  Reply

    Dear Pearl, thank you very much for your kind words about my back. I have to say your sounds a great deal worse, and I only hope that you haven’t had a recurrence of this particular problem! How wonderful for you to visit Northern Cyprus in June. A tandem paragliding sounds incredible – I did one of these with my friend Jo years ago off the island of Corfu, and it was amazing. You sound pretty amazing raising money for
    Alzheimers and having lost a very close family friend to this disease, I will be happy to sponsor you if you just send me the link. So glad you enjoy the blogs, love Ali x

  28. Alison Keenan October 6, 2015 at 10:46 pm -  Reply

    My dear Helen, what a lovely surprise to hear from you, and please don’t apologise for being a stranger. It sounds as though your life it’s been more than busy, and I find it incredible to know that your daughter is now 12 years old! How wonderful for you both that you manage to spend so much time together, and you sound like a completely dedicated mum. Obviously you know the worry that comes with cancer, and I keep my fingers and toes crossed that your mother will remain healthy. I know you wrote me a couple of days or so ago, and the weather has now completely changed! I will be drying my washing on the radiator…! Do keep in touch, and stay well, love Ali xx

  29. Alison Keenan October 6, 2015 at 10:49 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Loraine, so pleased to know that Clare is no longer feeling as sick, and will now enjoy the remainder of her pregnancy. You’ll be surprised how quickly the end of March comes around, and then you will be able to relax. Cheltenham sounds fun, and you will absolutely love Sorrento in May. The weather when we were out there was absolutely stunning, and definitely Pompeii was one of the highlights of our trip. I was sorry to read hear about your problematic elbow and shoulder, but it does sound as though that is down to the job itself. I do hope you can take it easier in the future. thanks as always for keeping in touch, love Ali xx

  30. Alison Keenan October 6, 2015 at 10:51 pm -  Reply

    Elaine, I am so very sorry to hear that you are struggling with family problems at the moment, and they have not due for six. You’re right, life does have a way of slapping you in the face when you least expect it. I was very worried about my back – always worse when you’re on your own, but luckily Colin didn’t realise there was a problem until he landed at Heathrow, and then he was with me within two hours so it wasn’t too bad. Please do keep in touch, and I’m keeping everything crossed that your situation at home resolves itself. With love, Ali xx

  31. Alison Keenan October 6, 2015 at 10:53 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Julie, so good to hear that you manage to get to Spain, and that you had a lovely time with fabulous weather. I can imagine how worried you must of been when your flight was delayed for nearly 3 hours, but obviously the break did you a power of good. Lovely to hear that Lily has started Rainbows, and I hope that your daughters training for her 10 K run in November for Macmillan Cancer Care will go well. Speak soon, love Ali x

  32. Alison Keenan October 6, 2015 at 10:56 pm -  Reply

    My dear Marion, I was so sorry to hear of your diagnosis, and so recently too. Well done you for being a quarter of the way through your chemo, that means you have made a huge hole in your treatment program, and are definitely on the winning side. My youngest son was only 18 years old when I was given my diagnosis, and although he never articulated that he was scared I would die, I have found out since that is what he was thinking. Do you tell your son to stay strong, as you need him to be, and if he needs any advice he can always write to me, or look back over the last few years worth of blogs. Stay strong, and remember this is the beginning of you getting better. Please keep in touch, love Ali xx

  33. Alison Keenan October 6, 2015 at 10:58 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Pauline, it sounds as though you had a wonderful holiday, and that the break definitely did you good. How exciting to be expecting a fourth grandchild on Christmas Day! I wish you all the luck in the world. And how marvellous for you to have celebrated 41 years of marriage this summer… As you say where have the years gone? Thank you for keeping in touch, and I hope you have a good week, love Ali xx

  34. Alison Keenan October 6, 2015 at 11:00 pm -  Reply

    Gosh Theresa it sounds as though you really struggle with your back. I have to be honest and say this is only the second time I’ve ever had anything quite this bad, but the problem is I don’t know what set it off. It sounds as though you don’t either, I guess it’s just good to keep strong painkillers to hand! I am so glad you were able to join us for the breast Cancer care fund raiser on Friday, and also managed to get the Butler and Wilson brooch as well as her Honora pearls. I was very flattered to know that you have already bought the ‘I hope’ pendant and ring and I’m glad that you wear it when you can.

  35. Alison Keenan October 6, 2015 at 11:01 pm -  Reply

    .. Sorry Teresa, that one fired off without me finishing it! I was going to add that I am glad you enjoy reading the blog, and I will look forward to hearing from you in the future. With love, Ali xx

  36. Alison Keenan October 6, 2015 at 11:07 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Mary, and thank you as always for keeping me up-to-date with all that’s happening in your world. There was me enjoying my Saturday afternoon and then evening at the Sinatra show, while you were crucifying yourself cutting and shredding an enormous tree! In my defence, our evening out was a wedding present, and it does sound as though you as always have made the best of a difficult job! I’m sure your garden does look bigger now. I’m so glad you enjoyed the breast Cancer care event – I thought Jackie and Miceal did a great job as did Chloe. It’s a shame you can’t post photographs of the cakes that you create on this website. I was blown away by your giant cupcake. I wish you lived nearer, as I have to make a cake very soon myself for Honey’s naming ceremony, and I could probably do with your help! I was glad to know that your new job is going well, but sorry to hear that he has upset your mum. When elderly folk get used to a routine, it’s very difficult to change it, and I’m sure you both miss each other. I hope this week isn’t too stressful, and I look forward to hearing from you in the not too distant. Love Ali xx

  37. Susan October 10, 2015 at 5:54 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    How are you now? I’m so sorry you had to go through that on your own but yes as you say it’s scary and not nice for a lot of us on our own. It’s sad but true. Lucky Colin was back the next day. So glad the cause was not sinister for you.
    How is honey doing? And the kids? Look forward to next blog x

  38. Alison Keenan October 12, 2015 at 6:52 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Susan, thank you for writing to me, and for your kind words. I’m sorry that you don’t have someone to be with, but I do hope that if not a partner, you have friends and relatives fairly nearby should you need them. I was lucky that Colin was back the next day, because Lucy who came with Honey to bring me home from the hospital, would probably have had to stay! Honey is doing very well thank you, and little Henry and George are being excellent big brothers. My two boys are also doing well, and we have a family photoshoot on Sunday the 1st November which they will all be coming too – exciting! I am hoping to have a competition in my next blog where you could be in with a chance of winning Diamonique jewellery – do hope you’ll join in. Take care, Love Ali xx

  39. Sahrah October 14, 2015 at 11:25 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali,

    Please can you tell me if your beautiful Hope necklace will be coming back into stock. I bought one last year for my daughter and it was very poignant as her grandmother was suffering from breast cancer at the time. Unfortunately she loved it so much that she took it into school in her pocket as a lucky charm during exam season. She was really upset to tell me that she had lost it. I tried looking before and at the start of the BCC show but it was not available online. Unfortunately I could not watch the whole of the show so recorded it. I then saw that it was for sale and then sold out. I would dearly love to replace it for my daughter. Am extremely grateful that her grandmother, after a mastectomy, is doing as well as she could be. I was very moved by your welling up when speaking about your experiences on the show and wish you good health and happiness.

  40. Cheryl Hanks October 14, 2015 at 11:38 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison, Thought you would like to know while i was in TK Max, they had a set of 4 triple milled scottish soaps in a box, the name on the box was HONEY B lovely little box to, just in case you wanted to buy some. Kind Regards

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