Breast Cancer Care

Join us on Monday to support Breast Cancer Care

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I’m sitting here next to the radiator watching the rain lash down, and noting that I need to get Colin to fix the guttering by the dining room window! Autumn is definitely here eh? :)

Thanks to so many of you for taking part in my seasonal sound competition – lots of clever guesses, and you’ve still got another week in which to try – check out last week’s blog to have a listen and make your guess! You could win over £80-worth of Leighton Denny’s amazing nail colours and products, including his award-winning crystal nail file, and the competition finishes next week – go on, be lucky!

I’m writing to you today, though, because I really need you to join me, Craig, Charlie, Miceal, Will, a whole host of other colleagues, and some of your favourite guests and celebrities, this Monday 13th October from 6pm to 9pm.

Why? Because it’s the 15th year that we are supporting the charity Breast Cancer Care, and we need YOU to help us add to the already monumental amount of money raised. To date, that total is over £5 million, but I KNOW we can increase that amount significantly next week :)

This year’s Be Aware, Show You Care show is going to be the biggest and the best – I just feel it! We have a fabulous auction with three incredible lots and Miceal will be taking your bids for them on the night. Rather than give you too much information today, I thought you may be interested to know that one of these auction lots is called “The QVC Experience”…

You and a friend can win an amazing day here at the QVC studios where Ali Young will give you a beauty consultation and then a makeover. Kathy Tayler will use her exceptional Morning Style skill to create a fab outfit, including accessories, from some of our top selling brands. Not only will you look amazing, but you get to keep everything we dress you in! And finally, to round off the day, you will have dinner in a top London restaurant with me and Craig!!! ( I know, I think we got the easiest bit!)

I don’t know about you, but I’m very excited at the prospect already! There are two other amazing prizes you can bid for and they involve some incredibly famous people, a London show, an overnight stay and Champagne! :) Check out QGossip this weekend, and all will be revealed!

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As always, we will have an incredible number of products donated by our lovely suppliers, so not only will you be able to get all your favourite brands at reduced prices, but at least 70% of the sale price will be going directly to Breast Cancer Care! I am thrilled to have more stock of the ‘I Hope’ teardrop pendant but and also my brand new ‘I Hope’ ring, which is the most beautiful weight in solid silver and has the same inscription as the pendant…

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Another piece of jewellery that I am sure will resonate with you has been created by Charlie Brook and myself. With the word ‘Forever’ inscribed on the back, it is a beautiful sunflower pendant made in memory of Amica and Beulah, and also two other of our colleagues whom we lost at the end of last year… We decided to work with our jewellery buyers on this piece after one of you wrote to me on the blog and suggested it… thank you so much :)

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And, having mentioned our friends, it would be rude of me not to mention the lovely Lisa Snowdon, Sharon Osbourne, Julien Macdonald, Simon Wilson and Michelle Mone. They have each designed a charm that is specific to them and is attached to a stylish silver charm bracelet. At just £24 (excluding P&P) I know it’s going to be incredibly popular.

Staying with friends, we would love you to take part in the #BCCBestie campaign, which is already up and running and requires you to send in a photo of you with your best mate – one lucky winner will win a Breast Cancer Care T-shirt that has been signed by a host of your favourite celebrities – simples! Check out some besties who’ve already taken part on Pinterest!

Of course we will also be meeting three of this year’s Fashion Show models – two women and one man – all of whom have had a diagnosis of breast cancer, and finding out how they are coping. Also, my daughter Lucy has been interviewed to find out how my diagnosis affected her…

To access all these wonderful things, you’ve just got to join Craig and I on Monday from 6pm and be part of what I know is going to be a monumental night. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous – it’s been five years since I presented the show and a lot has changed for me since then, but one thing remains the same. Through my own experience (you can find out more about my experiences on my website) I know that Breast Cancer Care provides invaluable support to anyone struggling with this disease – whether they be the cancer sufferer, or someone they know.

55,000 women this year alone will be diagnosed, and although women now live longer with the disease, there are more women being diagnosed… Never have their services been needed more and, until the day they find a cure for this cancer, which robs women of their femininity, their confidence and often their lives. We must do everything we can to raise awareness and provide support. Please help me do this on Monday – thank you :)

Monday 13th October is also Secondary Breast Cancer Awareness Day, putting focus on people whose original cancer has spread to the lymphatic and blood system and the fact that, while this can be treated to some extent, it cannot be cured. You can find out more about secondary breast cancer on the Breast Cancer Care website.

Have a great weekend, and see you on Monday!

With my love,
Ali xxxx

141 Comments

  1. Doreen Bennet October 10, 2014 at 9:07 pm -  Reply

    Love you’re I Hope ring have you got the item number and price ? Many thanks

  2. Patricia jelfs October 11, 2014 at 8:00 am -  Reply

    I have just been told I have breast cancer and I will be going into hospital on Wednesday the fifteenth I think your breast cancer show is such a good thing my two daughters and I have always watched it and purchased what we could from it would it be possible to purchase one of Alis rings I had the pendant last year and would very much like to get the ring to match or do we have to wait until Monday

    • Louise October 17, 2014 at 12:14 pm -  Reply

      Hi Ally,

      I have just read the comment on Twitter about the outcome of your scan that you had this week.

      I am so pleased that all is ok. Radiotherapy does such strange things to your body.

      I had a lumpectomy and radiotherapy last year as I was diagnosed with early stages of breast cancer. I am now well again and went back to part time work just after finishing my treatment after 19 Years. What a year I had.

      Love to you and I love watching you on qvc

      Lots of love

      Louise xxx

  3. Julie October 11, 2014 at 9:30 am -  Reply

    Hi there Ali,

    I not sure if you remember me but I wrote to you a while ago about my cancer and how I had managed it all those years ago at 32. Taking the pills and doing as I’m told and fighting back which I though I had won, then on the 3rd July I had the devastating new that it was back, and back with vengeance. The original cancer although dormant for nearly 10 years has come back, in my neck, shoulder, round the left lung and in the bones in my right leg. I’m now back having chemo and will be having chemo 5 of 6 next Friday. I am still trying to stay as positive as I can be but do wonder often what I did wrong to deserve this coming back again in the way that it has. Im only 43 years old and unless the cancer can be controlled my life maybe cut short though no fault of my own – its incredibly frustrating and makes me very angry.

    I will be watching you for the breast cancer care show, and often when I see you on QVC wonder how you are and hope that all is well. You still continue to be an inspiration for woman who are diagnosed for the first time and for women like me who have a secondary breast cancer. I hope you guys raise a good amount of money for the charity because as you say lots of ladies need them and they do great work.

    You take care and I wish you well

    Julie x

  4. Andrea prophet October 11, 2014 at 9:30 am -  Reply

    Ali you have inspired me to write to you as my mum has lymphoma and my dad has skin cancer. They are both fantastic and the fact that you have been honest about how you have coped with this horrible disease made me think that we winge about little things and don’t think about the bigger picture, life itself. Il be watching on Monday and will be making a purchase or two,three or more, don’t tell hubby!!!

    • Andrea prophet October 11, 2014 at 9:34 am -  Reply

      Ali you have inspired me to write to you as my mum has lymphoma and my dad has skin cancer. They are both fantastic and the fact that you have been honest about how you have coped with this horrible disease made me think that we winge about little things and don’t think about the bigger picture, life itself. Il be watching on Monday and will be making a purchase or two,three or more, don’t tell hubby!!!

  5. Sue October 11, 2014 at 12:56 pm -  Reply

    I truly sympathise with anyone who has gone through of going thru cancer.
    Six months ago I was diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer but there seems very little done to publicise this cancer.

  6. Mary Morphy October 11, 2014 at 4:17 pm -  Reply

    Good Saturday afternoon..The sun has come out although I am still drying out from tge weekly dog walk on a very empty and wet beach. First time in ages that we had to sit inside the cafe which is dog friendly..Thank goodness! However the smell of three wet dogs..One a soggy tibetan terrier and my sister’s two English bull terriers..was quite evident. it was Eric’s first proper wet outing. he’s bull terrier number 2aand he was less than impressed. Bull terrier number 1, Phoebe had to be dragged home. Fortunately I had Scooby, my mum’s tibetan terrier and he bounced along beside me grabbing shelter from my leopard print windguard brolly. Chloe had her proper D of E expedition Thursday and Friday and unlike the practice one in the sumner when it poured, they avoided too much rain but because of strong winds spent most of Thursday night hanging on to their tent. However they arrived back to base on Friday and she has now passed her Bronze Duke of Edinburgh. I’ve been poorly this week with usual asthma, cough and everything that comes along with it but have done some tele shopping therapy and ordered the BCC charm bracelet as I can’t watch the show on Monday plus the Emu TSV today. Mind you..Lulu G is on now..one day maybe I will get my bag. Off to polish tiles in my mum’s new wet room now so only a short blog for me this week..and still typing on my phone!! love Mary

  7. Jan Blount October 11, 2014 at 6:40 pm -  Reply

    Will be there poised waiting for the strike of six xx

  8. Carolyne Ellis October 11, 2014 at 8:54 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison I am really looking forward to Breast Cancer Care night on QVC. I watch every year and always buy something because it is such a worthy cause. I bought your pendant last year and after reading your blog, I hope I manage to get your ring to match. I hope the evening goes well and you raise a lot of money BCC.

  9. heather amies October 11, 2014 at 10:25 pm -  Reply

    Alison, its wonderful to see you so well and happy. you deserve all the love that is bestowed on you. Live long and prosper . So looking forward to monday night Hope you will be wearing your Dennis basso xxx

  10. judith fletcher October 12, 2014 at 5:58 pm -  Reply

    good luck to each and everyone of you involved with fundraising on this special night. Hard to believe that 34 years ago myself and three nursing colleagues at Barts, in the oncology dept got together to set up BACUP, which directly helped spawn Breast Cancer Care and other Cancer charities. Its great to know that help IS out there, and there are many people who can offer help, support and funding.

    Congratulations, love and all good wishes to everyone,

  11. janine – twinkle October 13, 2014 at 1:13 am -  Reply

    So so proud of you my beautiful twitter friend xx you are going to be amazing on Monday shinning like the bright inspirational star that u are :) everyone is right behind you sweetie and will be with you every step of the way.
    big hugs beautiful. Love ya lots xxxx

  12. Wendy Arnold October 13, 2014 at 8:46 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali I bought your lovely pendant last year and have tried to find the I hope ring and sunflower pendant, when will they be available for purchase? The auction prizes sound fantastic but just a suggestion instead of an auction for one of your prizes have a draw instead costing perhaps £5 to enter. This would make lots of money and give someone the chance to win who can’t afford to place a high bid.
    Hope you raise lots of money, you are a real inspiration. Best wishes Wendy xx

  13. Jacqui Hand October 13, 2014 at 12:34 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali , I am so thrilled that you and Charlie listened to my suggestion and have designed a pendant in memory of Amica and other colleagues that you have sadly lost. I can’t wait to see it and to order it as it means so much to me that I have had an input although tiny and that these special people are remembered for their strength and courage and to have a piece of jewellery that represents this,and their memory will live on, and that the Pendant will raise money for this important Charity that help so many people in their quest to beat cancer.
    I have already ordered the lovely “I HOPE” ring to go with my pendent from last year.
    If possible could you let me know the item number for the pendant as I know how quickly these items sell and would hate to miss out.
    I’m really looking forward to the show tonight I hope that you and Craig and the rest of the team have a great night and that it’s a massive success as always.
    Take Care and thank you again for acting on my suggestion it really does mean so much to me Love Jacqui Hand XXXXXX
    PS It would really make my night if you could mention my name when showing the Sunflower pendant.

  14. Lorraine October 13, 2014 at 1:15 pm -  Reply

    I am also interested in the ‘I Hope’ silver ring. Could you let me have the details. Thanks.

  15. Lisa Nandi October 13, 2014 at 1:42 pm -  Reply

    Wishing everyone a successful fund raising evening later today. I would like to say a big thank you to Natalie and the QVC team who did the Hampton Court Pink Ribbon Walk back in May. They kindly invited me to join them on the walk and what a friendly, funny and generous crowd they were! (Thanks to Abbie for the Ultrasun – we needed it on such a glorious sunny day!)

    You all made a special day even more special!

    Lisa xx

  16. Julie October 13, 2014 at 6:49 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    I’m sure all will go well for BCC and loads will be raised for a very worthy cause. I will be watching as usual.
    I was just reading messages from other ladies who had written to you and just had to write to the other Julie to wish her all the best and to let her know that I (and other’s I’m sure) am thinking of her. Keep positive Julie and you will beat this hideous disease.
    Also love the jewellery Ali.
    Take Care as always
    Julie xx The Girls xxx

    • julie October 14, 2014 at 4:25 pm -  Reply

      thanks so much, it means lot when people say that to me – it makes me feel that I’m not so alone with my cancer and helps me to be positive which i sure you can appreciate is sometimes difficult – it would be much easier to give in but thats just not me, i much rather look it straight in the eye!!

      best wishes to you julie x

  17. Jilly October 13, 2014 at 8:06 pm -  Reply

    Good evening Ali -well done in the money raised so far – just wanted to say how wonderful you look this evening – the dress is the best yet and looks like you have earings to match – you just shine and this is what we all need to see – more so as we have a few new members of Ali’s Army who are going through the mill at the moment – so we welcome you all and say to you all that we are here to support and comfort when needed and know fully what you are feeling at the moment. I am recording the show so that I don’t miss any of it but have also read about your blog about the afternoon and it sounds like the most perfect time and so worth while – well done for flying the flag out there. You are just brilliant.
    My friend has seen the Commitments and had a great evening. I am green that you have a kitchen aid – I would love one and so would another friend but we both have a big Kenwood about 30 plus years old and still going strong so cannot justify a kichen aid – BUT we both so very much want one!!!! I would have red I think but my friend is more conservative so would tone hers down a bit.
    All is fine with my family at the moment – or as fine as it can be with Annie’s husband – good days and not so good but each day is taken one at a time and we enjoy the good days and remember to say a thank you.
    Julie you have never ever done anything wrong and must never think that – it does not work that way and you must put that thought away in the box and say to yourself “I am fit and well and free from all sickness and injury” even when you are feeling so down keep those words to you and don’t forget the “hope” that Ali has on her pendent. My daughter wears hers all the time and gets asked about it so often.
    Patricia just thinking of you and hope that all goes well for your hospital visit. “Hear what is good and shelve what is bad” is what I always said to my daughter. She has just had the results of her yearly tests and all is good and where they should be. She will go in January for an appointment to see about the final reconstruction.
    So very sad to hear about Liz who will be remembered by us all who have read her blogging here.
    Going back to the show now to see how much more is raised but just wanted to come and say well done Ali and looking forward to you next update. Love Jilly X

  18. Barbara Corbett October 14, 2014 at 11:17 am -  Reply

    Dear Ali I saw you last night you look lovely . I was upset to hear about your scan . I will think about you til you hear the good news and pray for you love Barbara x

  19. tracy ecob October 14, 2014 at 12:06 pm -  Reply

    hi ali,

    I never comment usually, but you looked amazing last night – you’re such an inspiration to others. thinking about all those lost to this dreadful disease – including my own mummy and the lovely ameka.

  20. Jilly October 14, 2014 at 1:01 pm -  Reply

    WOW!!! what a wonderful evening Ali – just wanted to come on again to say super well done and fantastic – it was brilliant and you were superb throughout. I have ordered the Elemis for Annie for Christmas and will be looking forward to having a sneaky peak when it arrives. I bet you were on a high when you came off air. Love Jilly XX

  21. Louise October 14, 2014 at 1:05 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ali. I am sure you haven’t noticed me missing from “Ali’s Army” posters, but I have been working extremely long hours, and have had a few issues to deal with. I watched BCC last evening, and just had to write my first post in months, to compliment you on your refined demeanour and the strength depicted at what is such a difficult and tense few days for you. I studied Emily Dickinson at uni, and couldn’t take to her at all; now I admire her talent greatly. Your reference to her, was so poignantly succinct. We hear the word “gentleman” a lot; “gentlewoman”, whilst still a word, is more of an archaic noun. It is definitely applicable to your good self. My thoughts and prayers are with you, for Wednesday, when I hope you can share some positive results with Colin and the kids. I can only imagine how much personal satisfaction, designing the ring and necklace gave you; I am an advocate of animal rights, and when I do something for the animals, I know I get a great sense of achievement. You take care of yourself and, btw, you looked beautiful presenting the show.
    Regards, as always, Louise. x.

  22. helen s October 14, 2014 at 1:38 pm -  Reply

    My dearest Ali and ‘the Army’. I must apologise from the bottom of my heart for not getting in touch sooner. After watching you last night Ali and your latest hiccup I hope that its not too late to be friends. Things haven’t been easy here, but that can wait for another time.

    I am devastated that we have lost one of our Army, Liz……..awful, just awful.

    Life is hectic here, but I don’t seem to be keeping the pace at the moment which is so annoying. Saying that, each day seems to bring a different drama or crisis, but I guess that’s just life.

    My dearest friend, you are always such an inspiration to me, your strength and beauty are inspiring. Ali, I just don’t know where you get your energy from.

    I will be thinking of you tomorrow and will hold you in my heart, along with my Mum who has a mammogram today.

    I promise to keep in touch now, and will fill you in on all that’s been going on. Love to all the army and I feel the need to hug you all, so big squeeze from me………

    Don’t wait for the storm to pass, learn to dance in the rain………………(I’m an expert now)

    Love and hugs as always
    Helen s xxxxxxx

  23. Jackie Elliott October 14, 2014 at 1:50 pm -  Reply

    HiAli

    Just wanted to say I saw you on the Breast Cancer show and thought you looked fab – you’re hair looked gorgeous. Just wanted to wish you all the very best for Wednesday. Positive thoughts for the happiest results :)
    Big love Jackie xx

  24. Maya Fox October 14, 2014 at 2:01 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, liked the BCC show, however is it possible to do a general cancer care show? My husband died 8 years ago of lung cancer. I feel that QVC can contribute even more to the fight against cancer if they widen the scope of the show and do it perhaps over longer time with celebrities who are concerned with the disease. Anyway, take care and best of luck on Wednesday. Maya, from France!

  25. Mandy Downs October 14, 2014 at 2:15 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison. I watched the fund raiser last night and it was amazing. Even though I have never met you I feel that I know you through your blog and QVC and I just want to send you all the love and best wishes in the world – I pray that you will stay strong and hope with all my heart that you have good news today. Bless you and yours xxx

  26. martin forbes October 14, 2014 at 3:41 pm -  Reply

    hi alison hope you are well iam not bad

  27. Dee J October 14, 2014 at 4:20 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, I watched you on the Breast Cancer show last night. I am so so very sorry to hear that you had bad results what a bummer!! I hope Wednesday goes well for you as you come across as such a nice lady. God life can be so utterly cruel after all this time I thought that you had kicked the rotten C. I am sure with your determination and will you will beat this horror that seems to be everywhere these days. Best of luck for tomorrow xx

  28. Elaine sallis October 14, 2014 at 4:47 pm -  Reply

    DearAli, you looked fabulous last night and you were so brave. I will be thinking of you tomorrow. Love elaine x

  29. Alpa October 14, 2014 at 5:02 pm -  Reply

    My Dear Ali,

    Congratulations on a fantastic evening. I watched the show and recorded it as well. You looked stunning in your gorgeous mermaid dress :) I was in tears more than once; when you talked about hope, about dear Liz and when Lucy gave us a glimpse into what you have been through.

    I am so sorry about the latest news you shared :( I hope with all my heart all will be well tomorrow. I hope you know how much you are loved.

    Best wishes to all the new members of Ali’s Army, who are struggling. Lovely to hear from Jilly and Helen.

    Ali, I will write properly later on.

    Take care
    Lots of Love, Alpa xxx

  30. Claire Downing October 14, 2014 at 6:14 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, I wanted to say how beautiful you looked last night, you are one very special lady, I send you all my love and pray that you will have good news on Wednesday. God bless you Ali. Me and my family have been going through the dreaded disease !! my brother was diagnosed with throat cancer earlier this year, so we have all been supporting him as much as we can. He has now finished all his treatment and things are looking good. So we are looking forward to good news when he goes to see his consultant. Once again Ali, I send you my love take care. Claire xxx

  31. Julie October 14, 2014 at 6:39 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    You looked amazing last night. The jewellery looked beautiful with so much meaning too-did I detect a tear in your eye? and well done Lucy for speaking from the heart but with such confidence about her.I particularly like it when you “interview” guests who are unfortunate to be suffering/suffered from Cancer. You always seem to ask the questions that I’m sure others would like to know answers to-I know I do anyway.
    Hope all goes well and I don’t have to tell you I’ll be thinking of you-keep in touch.
    Girls are fine but Isla has been quite poorly and after intense tests she has a water infection-difficult to detect at such a young age. Ali everyone thinks she looks like me-poor thing!!
    Just a quickie too to say thanks to Julie for replying to my message too.
    Take care and speak soon
    Julie xx The Girls xxxxxxxx

  32. Margaret Hills October 14, 2014 at 6:42 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, you looked amazing last night. You are one extremely brave lady and I wish you and your family all the best for tomorrow. Take care. xx

  33. Sue Radford October 14, 2014 at 7:13 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,

    You looked so lovely in that gorgeous dress (which was my favourite). It’s such a beautiful colour!

    I only saw an hour of the BCC show last night, so missed the comment you made about your recent results. Oh Ali, you have been in my thoughts all day – I’m keeping everything crossed that your scan will bring good results today.

    Love Sue Radford xx

  34. Julie Price October 14, 2014 at 7:48 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Just want to say you are an amazing lady a truly inspirational, very best wishes for tomorrow, will be thinking of you.
    Julie xx

  35. Patricia Coulson-wood October 14, 2014 at 8:15 pm -  Reply

    Just to say Ali you looked stunning and the whole evening is a credit to you all,very well done. New Patricia we all understand your feelings and fear of the unknown journey you are on. Please draw strength from all of us who have experienced personal involvement with self or close loved ones. I was at my whits end when my daughter was diagnosed with both ovaries cancer.I found Ali and all the wonderful girls and boys who have been a great life line to in helping us to get through all the different stages. Surgery, chemotherapy,side effects AND many success stories coming forward. So don’t feel alone keep in touch with Ali she’s a remarkable woman who has a Great capacity to help alleviate your fears.
    My daughter was selected for an award and was whisked off to London last month along with several other women after being nominated for her bravery as I like to look at it. It’s a magazine out at Xmas with the initials G H. (Lots of domestic content). I am not sure i could mention it by name. You know she’s called Janette.
    It was fabulous for them as they were made over with hair,makeup,clothes,meals and a show. She felt like a star!. The funny thing was that every two mins her makeup was being touched up. Also I told you her hair had become curly when it started to grow again. Well the hair stylist straightened it for the photos but she didn’t actually like it and wished afterwards shed kept it curly.
    I can’t wait to see the article.
    Thanks for your good wishes to me, regret I have been diagnosed with a rare lung condition ABPA which has caused Bronchiectasis which is much worse than bronchitis. Don’t know why it’s happened?. Only to say it can affect immunosuppressed people.
    I did say out loud that if anything secondary should happen to my daughter whilst she was vulnerable please let me take it on for her!. I feel I have, might seem an odd thing for me to say but it’s what I would want. I am being referred to Wythenshawe hospital which is a national lung centre. I am on meds and now started long term steroids which I am not happy to take.
    . Enough of me lots of love to you Ali and your wedding plans, also jilly Annie,and one and all.
    Tricia.

  36. josie October 14, 2014 at 8:48 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, will be thinking about you tomorrow. Stay brave xxx

  37. Carol S October 14, 2014 at 8:50 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison. Watched the show last night and was very touched by it all .will be thinking about you on Wednesday and hope all goes well for you. With love carol.x

  38. Alison keenan October 14, 2014 at 9:26 pm -  Reply

    My dear Julie, I am so sorry that it’s only now I have found your comment, but am thankful to Jilly and many other members of The Army for writing to you already.. I do indeed remember you writing to me as I said your story gave me hope for my future. I do not believe for one moment that the return of your cancer was because of something you did.. none of us are singled out, I truly believe it is just some of us will have to cope, and others not. And you are coping, you have got through another bout of treatment, and I am sending you all the love for this Friday. I would be lying if I said I know how you must be feeling, because you are living with what I fear the most, but you are living…. Please try to stay strong, keep in touch with all of us, try to believe in the medical professionals who have given you your best chance with the chemo, and take each day at a time. Frustration and anger are feelings that tire you and make you feel hollow… Hold onto hope, as I do, because where there is life there is always hope. Thinking of you Julie, love Ali xx

    • julie October 15, 2014 at 10:01 pm -  Reply

      thank you so much for your response to me. I do hope from the bottom on my heart that all was well with your scan today, I have been thinking about you today. I bought your hope ring on monday for myself and my mum so I’m really looking forward to it arriving. if you are able please let me know how you got on today,

      you take care

      Julie xx

  39. Alison keenan October 14, 2014 at 9:31 pm -  Reply

    Dear Patricia, I am so terribly sorry to hear your news… and to know that you will be going into hospital tomorrow… I will be thinking of you and sending you prayers and strength, but know that your daughters will be there for you as my Lucy was for me. It’s not an easy path you will find yourself on, but it does get easier with time, and I found the best way of coping with things was hanging onto the fact that now they know what the problem is, the medical professionals will do all they can to make you better. This is the beginning of that happening. I so hope you managed to get hold of the ring before it sold out? If not, when you find this message, please get one of your daughters to get in touch with me and I will try to help. Stay strong, and please let me know how you get on. With my love, Ali xx

  40. Alison keenan October 14, 2014 at 9:34 pm -  Reply

    Dear Andrea, you have inspired me, reading about your family situation, and I am sure your mum and dad are so grateful to have you there to care for them, and to be strong when they feel worried. It’s not easy at times, and I am glad that my honesty about this has helped you, but I know that I am very lucky compared to some. I hope you enjoyed the show, and found a few treats for yourself :) With my love, Ali xx

  41. Alison keenan October 14, 2014 at 9:36 pm -  Reply

    Dear Sue, gosh so many of us having to cope with this wretched illness, and just so sorry to hear that you too have been receiving treatment for ovarian cancer. I agree that Breast Cancer is far more publicised, but hope that this situation will change and more support will be offered to you and other women in your situation. Do take care, and keep in touch, love Ali x

  42. Alison keenan October 14, 2014 at 9:42 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Mary, and I am sorry to hear that you’ve been under the weather again with a return of your asthma – you should be lolling about watching TV no polishing tiles in your mum’s wet room!
    Thanks for painting such a lovely picture of a cup of tea by the sea – even if it was raining! I have to admit tho to being somewhat put off imagining the smell of three wet dogs – one would be enough to make me run! :) Congratulations to Chloe for getting through her Duke of Edinbugh award and I’ll keep hoping that your hubby will buy that elusive Lulu Guiness bag for you : With my love, Ali xx

  43. Alison keenan October 14, 2014 at 9:45 pm -  Reply

    Dear Judith what an honour to know that you were one of the kind caring oncology folk who set up the original BACUP from which BCC was born! Thank heavens for you and your colleagues, and I do hope that we did you proud last night. The support and services provided are invaluable, and as it was down to your insight and understanding that we are able to access such help, I’m sure everyone who reads this blog will join me to thank you. With love, Ali xx

  44. Alison keenan October 14, 2014 at 9:47 pm -  Reply

    Wendy, I am loving your idea, and will make sure the fundraising committee hear of it when they look back over last night’s show. Did you manage to get the sunflower pendant and I Hope ring? Do hope so. Thanks for writing to me, take care, love Ali xx

  45. Alison keenan October 14, 2014 at 9:50 pm -  Reply

    My dear Jacqui, I think I replied to this message on my previous page, but suffice to say we are all TRULY grateful to you for your original suggestion of a sunflower pendant in memory of Amica. I hope that not only you were pleased with what we designed, but that you managed to buy one? I am very sorry we didn’t mention you by name, but I hope those reading this will now know that if it hadn’t have been for you, the pendant may never have been made. Sending you love and thanks, Charlie and Ali xx

  46. Pauline October 14, 2014 at 10:02 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ali, You looked beautiful last night I was so sorry to hear your news about your scan,I will be thinking of you tomorrow keep strong. Love Pauline. X

  47. Rebecca October 14, 2014 at 11:06 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, I don’t usually comment but I am an avid reader of your blog. You looked stunning last night. I just wanted to wish you the best of luck tomorrow and I hope you’re results are on the positive side! I know what it’s like to wait for results but there is no such thing as bad news, once you know you can work forward with it. Whether it is good or not so good. Thinking of you. x

  48. Patricia Coulson-wood October 15, 2014 at 2:28 am -  Reply

    Hello Ali, I wish you all the love in the world today when you receive your results. I missed hearing you saying that you were experiencing further problems. I know I am not alone in saying all of your army of followers will be with you in mind and spirit today.tricia x

  49. Amanda Austin October 15, 2014 at 3:38 am -  Reply

    Dearest Ali…. I just wanted to wish you all the very best fir today (Wednesday 15th October) and pray its good news for you. With love Amanda

  50. Amanda Austin October 15, 2014 at 3:39 am -  Reply

    Dearest Ali…. I just wanted to wish you all the very best fir today (Wednesday 15th October) and pray its good news for you. With love Amanda

  51. Amanda Austin October 15, 2014 at 3:40 am -  Reply

    Dearest Ali…. I just wanted to wish you all the very best fir today (Wednesday 15th October) and pray its good news for you. With love Amanda

  52. Rachel October 15, 2014 at 8:02 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali, You are such a brave and inspirational lady. Will be thinking of you all day today. Hope all goes well. Keep us posted.
    Much love and a huge hug for you. xxx

  53. Alison a Keenan October 15, 2014 at 3:09 pm -  Reply

    Rebecca, I love your philosophy and will hang onto it! Thank you for writing here in the blog as a first timer – I hope it won’t be the last, and that all is well in your world, love Ali x

  54. Alison a Keenan October 15, 2014 at 3:10 pm -  Reply

    My dear Jilly, I had intended to write back to you last night, but felt exhausted so apologies for the delay! It is as always great to hear from you and I am delighted to know that you were with me, Craig and the team on Monday night, and that you loved the choice of dress. Yes, the earrings were Diamonique (no surprise there then) and they had that lovely anniversary blue/green stone in the centre. It was such cracking night and the entire team worked so very hard – many of them of course the other side of the cameras, but I believe the total has increased hugely since we finished at 9pm Monday night. You made me laugh with your comments about getting a Kitchen Aid. I like you still own a fab Moulinex mixer thing, and it has always done me proud with my cakes, but I just decided to go for the Kitchen Aid, and as it’s out on the side, I do use it a great deal more. Please do remember me to your Annie and her husband, and thank you for supporting dear Julie who I know is struggling at the moment. I’ve just got back from the hospital where I had my scan, and have to livid red welts down each side of my face where I had to lay motionless and face down for 45 mins. Worse still, because I was trying not to cry, my nose ran and I had a dew drop I couldn’t touch! Hey ho, it’s done now and results next week, so that’s one less thing to worry about :) My friend Ros has just called to say she has a spare ticket to see Made in Dagenham, and so I’m going to go and tidy up before heading off into London – exciting eh? Take care, and fingers crossed for the competition draw at the end of the week, love Ali xxx

  55. Alison Keenan October 15, 2014 at 3:54 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Martin, good to hear from you, and yes, I am fine thank you. I hope you enjoyed our BCC night? Love Ali xx

  56. Alison Keenan October 15, 2014 at 4:03 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Dee, thank you for taking the time to write to me, and yes, it was a bit of a disappointment to have to have yet more scans, but fingers crossed the results will come back clear. Thank you for writing to me, love Ali xx

  57. Alison Keenan October 15, 2014 at 4:03 pm -  Reply

    Bless you Claire – Thank you for writing to me, although I was very saddened to hear that your brother has had to be treated for throat cancer. I know it is particularly unpleasant treatment, but that is wonderful to know that is now feeling so much better. Please pass on my very best wishes to him. So glad you were able to watch the show and liked my outfit – I have to say I felt wonderful in that dress – everyone said I looked like a mermaid! :) Do keep in touch Love Ali x

  58. Alison Keenan October 15, 2014 at 4:10 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Julie, and pleased to hear that they have found out what was making Isla feel poorly. Hope she’s on the mend now? Yes, you certainly did detect a tear in my eye, on several occasions during the Show on Monday… If Craig hadn’t have been with me, I doubt I would have held it together quite so well. And yes, I was incredibly proud of my Lucy – she is strong beyond her years and has always been a huge comfort to me. I hope all is well with you Julie, and thanks also for writing to lovely Julie who is going through it at the moment. Love Ali xx

  59. Alison Keenan October 15, 2014 at 4:13 pm -  Reply

    My dear Patricia, your words have truly touched me, and made me feel really happy to know that the Army and I have helped you and Janette over this last year or so. How marvellous she has been featured in GH Magazine, and I for one, will most certainly be buying it at Xmas. I completely understand about her curly hair though – this last time mine was cut, all the curl vanished, and I really miss it! I’m sure your girly looks gorgeous either way though. I was very sorry to hear about your rotten diagnosis though Tricia – I’ve never even heard of your condition, but obviously it’s pretty serious if you have to attend a national lung centre.. I will say a prayer for you and am sending you a big hug. Look after yourself, and stay strong, and please do keep us in touch with your progress. Love Ali xx

  60. Alpa October 15, 2014 at 4:47 pm -  Reply

    My dear Ali,

    It seems my message to you yesterday afternoon has disparued. Never mind :) I have been thinking of you all day today. I hope with all my heart all will be well. I hope you know how loved you are.

    Congratulations on a fantastic evening. I watched and recorded the show. You looked stunning in your beautiful mermaid dress :) I was in tears more than once; when you talked about hope, about dear Liz and when Lucy gave us a glimpse into what you have been through.

    Best wishes to all the new members of Ali’s Army who are struggling. Lovely to hear from Jilly and Helen.

    Ali, I will fill you in on my news soon.

    Take care,
    Lots of Love, Alpa xxx

  61. Alpa October 15, 2014 at 4:50 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali,

    After I typed the first message, I found the original one which I didn’t spot before! I blame my brain :)

    Alpa xxx

  62. Susan October 15, 2014 at 6:31 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, I just wanted to add my own best wishes message to the above lot! I missed you saying that your had had not so great news recently. I see though you are home from the hospital and are on your way (if not there already) to the theatre! Fabulous! Lovely Ros again. She seems she is a gem of a friend. How is Colin by the way? Sometimes those men get forgotten about don’t they! I hope you post Lucy’s speech as I missed it. Please do! Lots of love, Susan x

  63. loraine October 15, 2014 at 6:48 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alison how lovely you looked the other night and hope your results are good next week I’m sure they will be spent know if you remembered I was having a few days away in Spain it was lovely hasn’t stopped raining since we got back I don’t think anyway chin up for next week all will be ok love Loraine xxx

  64. Christine October 15, 2014 at 10:15 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    I have been thinking of you since the show on Monday night. I do hope the tests went ok and were negative. I have my 5 year check up in a couple of weeks, you know that feeling I am sure. I know I have to have a biopsy in the next couple of years to make sure that some of the fat transfer that has died has not turned malignant – bummer, but nothing like the worry you must have been going through. Hope you are OK xx

  65. Debz October 16, 2014 at 9:57 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali

    Just to let you know I was thinking of you all day yesterday and am so very sorry that you’ve had to deal with this at such a happy time in your life what with your wedding to plan and everything. Let’s hope the results are good news but, whatever they are, the Army and I will be right there with you, every step of the way.

    You looked a million dollars on Monday night and you shone like a star. Your Lucy is a very special, brave lady. You must be so proud of her. You sometimes forget the toll it takes on loved ones when someone is give this awful cross to bear but Lucy gave us all an insight into this and am sure she helped others to realise that they are not alone.

    My love to all in Ali’s Army and for those of you that aren’t on here often for what ever reason, please don’t feel you need to apologise. Life takes over sometimes and we lose our way a bit. You’re here when you can be and that’s what counts.

    Alpa, my friend I hope you are as well as you can be and Ainzley sends you a special lick as always for his favourite Auntie. Stay strong my lovely.

    Lots of love and licks
    Debz & Ainzley (=^-^=) XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

  66. Kim October 16, 2014 at 2:38 pm -  Reply

    Ali; just to say you looked, as ever, amazing on the BCC show, and your strength and positivity shone through, no doubt helping those going through the same experiences as you more than any amount of money. I hope and pray all went well with your scans, and send you my love and best wishes

  67. alison keenan October 16, 2014 at 2:41 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Lisa, and thanks for your good wishes for last Monday’s show. I do hope you were able to watch and enjoyed the film we made of your Pink Ribbon Walk at Hampton Court? I was working that day, but am determined to make it next year :) So glad you had a good day. Love Ali xx

  68. alison keenan October 16, 2014 at 2:43 pm -  Reply

    Dear Tracey, I am glad that you felt able to write a comment, although I was sorry to know that you had lost your mother to breast cancer.. I very much hope that you are in good health, and thank you for your kindness, love Ali xx

  69. alison keenan October 16, 2014 at 2:51 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Louise, and I although I know now that you have been working extremely long hours, I am very glad not only that you were able to watch on Monday night, but that you felt compelled to write to me… and so kindly :) I have to admit to never having read Emily Dickinson’s poetry before, but my daughter is a genius at finding just the right words at the right time… and your choice of word to describe me is a huge compliment – thank you. Being given the chance to design both the ring and pendant was indeed satisfying – although as I mentioned on the night, Colin was very much at the forefront – but I hope these pieces of jewellery won’t be the last! Please do keep in touch, and I hope the issues you hint at will be resolved for you soon. Take care, love Ali xx

  70. alison keenan October 16, 2014 at 2:54 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Helen, how lovely to hear from you. I think we’ve all been thinking of you, and hoping that life wasn’t too manic, although it sounds as though you have been struggling… Do what you are able rather than what you think others feel you should do, and hopefully everything will fall into place. I am so glad you were with me on Monday for the show, and thank you for all your support and kind words. Fingers crossed for your mum and her mammogram, and I am definitely still dancing in the rain – bless you, love Ali xx

  71. alison keenan October 16, 2014 at 2:55 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jackie, and thank you so much for the compliment re my hair. I have to thank our fab make-up artist June for creating the style – not something I could have managed on my own at all! Thanks too for your positive thoughts re the scan. I will of course let you know, love Ali xx

  72. alison keenan October 16, 2014 at 2:58 pm -  Reply

    Dear Maya, I was very sorry to read of your loss, and will definitely take your suggestion of a general cancer care show to our decision making team. Each of the four colleagues we lost last year had different cancers, and it would be good to help those too. Very many thanks for writing to me, and I hope that you are happy, love Ali xx

  73. alison keenan October 16, 2014 at 2:59 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Mandy, and thank you so much for getting in touch. It’s a funny thing with this blog and working at QVC, I feel I know so many of you although we have never met, and I thank you so very much for your kind wishes. I won’t have the scan results until next week, but will keep in touch. Have a great weekend, Love Ali x

  74. alison keenan October 16, 2014 at 3:01 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alpa, I am sorry I missed you off the last raft of replies, but I am finding the new system of posting a little confusing to keep up with! Probably just me rather than the system! So glad you loved my mermaid dress – just need another special occasion to wear it! :) The show was quite emotional at times, but you know, it gave me such a boost, and I have never been so touched by the overwhelming support people like yourself have shown me. Thank you, with love, Ali xx

  75. alison keenan October 16, 2014 at 3:03 pm -  Reply

    Dear Sue, I thought you would like the teal option! I had considered the gold, and Claire Sutton would have looked STUNNING in it, but I felt it was a little too ‘red carpet’ rather than event, so that’s I why went for the green. Thank you for your good wishes, and I will be in touch as soon as I know. With love, Ali x

  76. alison keenan October 16, 2014 at 3:04 pm -  Reply

    Dear Julie, how lovely to hear from you again, and to know that The Army are supporting you already :) Delighted too that you managed to get the I Hope ring for yourself and your mum before it sold out, and I will be hoping it brings you continued courage and positivity. I will let you know my results as soon as I do, but thank you for your kind concern, love Ali xx

    • julie October 17, 2014 at 8:45 pm -  Reply

      Hey Alison,

      I am totally over the moon and it bought a tear to my eye that you are ok – I have been thinking about you a lot as I mentioned over the past few days and was crossing everything I have for the news that you have actually given. You go lady and get on with all your wonderful wedding plans as you absolutely deserve to do. My Chemo went well today and like you I also had some good news – the lumps I have in my neck, shoulder and around my lung are all shrinking to being insignificant (in the words of my lovely oncologist) I have some fluid around my lung too which is also on its way which is absolutely in the right direction. I have one more chemo to go now as you know and then I will be choosing and discussing hormone treatment but they way I feel today and the news from my oncologist has I guess told me what I already new if I have my positive head on over the past few days – I think I just hit a bit of a down time – and I know I was feeling a little fed up with having no hair and having problems with my skin – vain I know but I’m usually such a ”finished” girl that it has a tendency to knock me from time to time.

      So now I’m focused on having a word with my self and starting bit by bit to get my self past this last chemo to come in Nov, and back to work in the new year with my hormone treatment. I have been working through this period which is nice to keep in touch with normality and I think I work for a fab company and have a great job I love which has also really really helped. I work for Global radio owners of Classic FM, heart, Capital and so many more radio stations so as you can imagine is quite and fast moving media company which is what I love.

      I didn’t mean to message you the other day with all doom and gloom – but I am very grateful for your reply to me, woman like and your army give woman like me when we are all together strength that maybe was always there you just have to have the right trigger to find it again!!

      You take care and continue to look fab when I see you on OVC and I wish you happy wedding planning and will write again soon.

      Again I am so pleased for you I really am

      Love Julie xxx

  77. alison keenan October 16, 2014 at 3:06 pm -  Reply

    Alpa, not your brain that’s in question, my eyesight! :) Thank you though for following it up, and for your sweet words – Lucy is amazing isn’t she?! so proud. Hope things not too difficult for you at present, love Ali x

  78. alison keenan October 16, 2014 at 3:11 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Susan, Yes scan was done yesterday morning and indeed I had a call from Ros whose husband Chris makes the curtains for all the London theatres, and they had preview tickets for Made In Dagenham. You’re right she is an absolute star – they both are – and have always been incredibly kind and caring. Can I just say that WHOEVER won the auction to go and see the show will LOVE it! I haven’t laughed or been entertained so much in a theatre for ages, and would highly recommend it to anyone. It was the perfect end to what had been a difficult day. Colin is grand, but working very hard in his music studio to get a song out in time for Christmas, that’s why he didn’t come with me last night. I never forget him, and I wouldn’t be where I am, or who I am without his constant love and support. I am very lucky :) You can see Lucy’s speech – indeed the entire three hour show – by heading over to our Q Gossip page and watching it on YouTube there. She was incredible and i am very proud. Take care love Ali xx

  79. alison keenan October 16, 2014 at 3:12 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Loraine, glad to hear you had a good time in Spain – shame you couldn’t have brought the sunshine back with you! It’s pretty damp here again today :) Thanks for your love and support – chin definitely up, love Ali x

  80. alison keenan October 16, 2014 at 3:14 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Christine, and thank you for your kind thoughts and concern. I will be thinking of you over the next couple of weeks and hope very much that your 5 year check will reveal nothing sinister. The old fat transfer does have its downside doesn’t it, but I’m sure it will be fine for you. Do let me know how you get on won’t you. Love Ali x

  81. alison keenan October 16, 2014 at 3:17 pm -  Reply

    Dear Debz, your words have definitely struck a chord with me, and thank you for them. You’re so right – it’s not always possible to be there for everyone all the time – but to know that whenever you need us, we are here, is such a comfort. I hope that things are good for you and Neil and of course Ainzley (=^-^=) xxx And yes I have to admit to having seen the film of Lucy prior to the show, otherwise I would have been in ribbons… Love to you, me x

  82. angela white October 16, 2014 at 3:40 pm -  Reply

    hi ali you alright!? you looked simply stunning on Monday night out of the 3 dresses that was the one I thought ali will look beautiful in and I was right of course! im sure your scan results will be good news I was thinking of you yesterday so sorry to hear about liz and ladies who are now part of the army because of their diagnosis we are hear for you girls if you need advice a moan or a laugh! well we decided we wanted a new fire and surround and knew our floorboards were rotten and needed replacing so decided to have new wood floor so got the builders in and all was going well until getting skirting up etc and found it was only the wallpaper keeping the plaster on walls!!!!!!! so we have had to have the whole room and ceiling replastered what a nightmare!!!!! at least its done now and today I finished undercoating walls so no more wallpaper! we may get furniture back in weekend yippee! not much fun watching tele on laptop especially when screen freezes! well that’s my moan over with! I carnt believe its October already and I have another birthday end of the month soon be Christmas!!!!!!!!!!!! take care ali sending lots of love to you and colin and the family and to the army xxxx

  83. Jilly October 16, 2014 at 8:11 pm -  Reply

    Dear darling Ali just sending you the biggest hugs possible to go all round you and to let you know that we are all with you here. White lights all round you for next week and special thoughts for a very special lady. I had wondered if all was ok last week and am just gutted beyond for you to have to have the scan – more so with a dripping nose … big massive hugs my dear Love Jilly XX

  84. Karen October 16, 2014 at 10:50 pm -  Reply

    Ali I don’t know you personally but I’ve watched you with pride since your return to QVC. Cancer is an awful thing to cope with and I truly hope your results will be good. Your strength and determination are weaponry in your armour to fight. Keep strong and we are all rooting for you xxx

  85. angela white October 17, 2014 at 10:40 am -  Reply

    hi ali me again! ive just seen your twitter thingy on page and im so pleased for you its such a relief im so happy for you!!! onwards and upwards! have a great weekend lots of love angela xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  86. Elaine sallis October 17, 2014 at 10:45 am -  Reply

    Ali. What wonderful news? So pleased for you and your family.
    Open the champagne! Love Elaine

  87. Elaine sallis October 17, 2014 at 10:47 am -  Reply

    Oops that was meant to be an exclamation mark not a question mark. I have dyslexic fingers today x

  88. Alison keenan October 17, 2014 at 11:20 am -  Reply

    IT’S GOOD NEWS! My oncologist called me and I am delighted to tell you that there is no further spread of disease, the lumps are fibrous tissue and encapsulation around the implant! Next check up six months time! PHEW! I have to say that I have been overwhelmed by your kindness, support, compassion and prayers, and feel humbled by your kindness. Sharing times like these eases the burden, and the joy when you get good news is definitely magnified :) I can crack on with my wedding plans now, choose the flowers and my shoes, and breathe a little easier… Of course there are those of you reading this who are struggling, and that my news bittersweet, but I hope you will find the support and strength needed to help you. I send you my love and a big hug. Remember we’re all here for each other and as Thomas Moore wrote “To the Soul, there is hardly anything more healing than friendship”…. Ali xxx

    • Julie October 17, 2014 at 6:37 pm -  Reply

      Hey Alison,

      I am totally over the moon and it bought a tear to my eye that you are ok – I have been thinking about you a lot as I mentioned over the past few days and was crossing everything I have for the news that you have actually given. You go lady and get on with all your wonderful wedding plans as you absolutely deserve to do. My Chemo went well today and like you I also had some good news – the lumps I have in my neck, shoulder and around my lung are all shrinking to being insignificant (in the words of my lovely oncologist) I have some fluid around my lung too which is also on its way which is absolutely in the right direction. I have one more chemo to go now as you know and then I will be choosing and discussing hormone treatment but they way I feel today and the news from my oncologist has I guess told me what I already new if I have my positive head on over the past few days – I think I just hit a bit of a down time – and I know I was feeling a little fed up with having no hair and having problems with my skin – vain I know but I’m usually such a ”finished” girl that it has a tendency to knock me from time to time.

      So now I’m focused on having a word with my self and starting bit by bit to get my self past this last chemo to come in Nov, and back to work in the new year with my hormone treatment. I have been working through this period which is nice to keep in touch with normality and I think I work for a fab company and have a great job I love which has also really really helped. I work for Global radio owners of Classic FM, heart, Capital and so many more radio stations so as you can imagine is quite and fast moving media company which is what I love.

      I didn’t mean to message you the other day with all doom and gloom – but I am very grateful for your reply to me, woman like and your army give woman like me when we are all together strength that maybe was always there you just have to have the right trigger to find it again!!

      You take care and continue to look fab when I see you on OVC and I wish you happy wedding planning and will write again soon.

      Again I am so pleased for you I really am

      Love Julie xxx

  89. Elizabeth and Alexandra October 17, 2014 at 12:53 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alison,

    I have just seen your tweet about the results of your scan on wednesday and I cannot tell how happy, over joyed and emotional my Mum and I are for you. We’re actually crying as we were so worried about you and upset as you’ve already been through so much!

    Many blessings for you with continued good health and we hope that your operation at the end of the month is successful and we’ll be thinking of you.

    Much love and Best wishes for the future,

    Elizabeth and Alexandra Courtney-Hayes

  90. Joanna Downey October 17, 2014 at 1:05 pm -  Reply

    Hello Alison, I am delighted that your test results have come back clear, that you know the what the issue is and that you were told so soon after your scan – the wait for results is always so awful. I haven’t posted a response on your blog since Summer 2013 when two of my replies were missed. I read what I had written and wondered if my words were too trivial and it seemed that I had a “pink and fluffy” life compared with some of the awful situations others were facing. I have continued to read all about you and yours and, as always, I am in awe of your shining bravery and positive attitude. It is my birthday on Monday and your news is my first present. Love and best wishes, Jo x

  91. Alpa October 17, 2014 at 1:24 pm -  Reply

    My Dear Ali,

    Just seen your message on twitter. Best news ever indeed! :) So very thankful that there is no further disease. I hope you do something special this weekend. Will write soon.

    Lots of Love, Alpa xxx

  92. Tricia Coulson- wood October 17, 2014 at 3:54 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali. Thank goodness for your wonderful news.. All your army of supporters can breathe again. It’s great. The thoughts of you having to have more treatment before your wedding was too much . Great you can now continue with your arrangements for your wedding. My youngest daughter is starting to think about dresses. She loves the 60s calf length dresses with lots of nets!!. Who knows..
    Love to everyone who is into treatments, it’s unbelievable that taking a day at a time helps. Also my mantra when I was a nursing sister to my patients was – – Everyday in every-way I am getting better and better… Tricia.

  93. Barbara Corbett October 17, 2014 at 5:41 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali what wonderfull news .I feel so happy for you. I recevive my ring today I will wear it until I have my last but one check up in November for luck . Love Barbara x

  94. Janet Jones October 17, 2014 at 7:34 pm -  Reply

    My Dear Ali, I am so very pleased to hear your very, very , very good news. Cancer is such a roller coaster ride, unfortunately a ride we can never get off. I had no idea you were going through all this as we were away for a couple of days in the Lake District(Heavenly) and I missed the BCC evening with you. As you say you can breathe easy now and plan your wedding to the lovely Colin.I just wanted to share your joy. We are having Alfie over the weekend, so can’t wait to pick him up tomorrow. Hope you will celebrate over the weekend. Take good care my friend love Janet xxx

  95. julie October 17, 2014 at 7:44 pm -  Reply

    Hey Alison,

    I am totally over the moon and it bought a tear to my eye that you are ok – I have been thinking about you a lot as I mentioned over the past few days and was crossing everything I have for the news that you have actually given. You go lady and get on with all your wonderful wedding plans as you absolutely deserve to do. My Chemo went well today and like you I also had some good news – the lumps I have in my neck, shoulder and around my lung are all shrinking to being insignificant (in the words of my lovely oncologist) I have some fluid around my lung too which is also on its way which is absolutely in the right direction. I have one more chemo to go now as you know and then I will be choosing and discussing hormone treatment but they way I feel today and the news from my oncologist has I guess told me what I already new if I have my positive head on over the past few days – I think I just hit a bit of a down time – and I know I was feeling a little fed up with having no hair and having problems with my skin – vain I know but I’m usually such a ”finished” girl that it has a tendency to knock me from time to time.

    So now I’m focused on having a word with my self and starting bit by bit to get my self past this last chemo to come in Nov, and back to work in the new year with my hormone treatment. I have been working through this period which is nice to keep in touch with normality and I think I work for a fab company and have a great job I love which has also really really helped. I work for Global radio owners of Classic FM, heart, Capital and so many more radio stations so as you can imagine is quite and fast moving media company which is what I love.

    I didn’t mean to message you the other day with all doom and gloom – but I am very grateful for your reply to me, woman like and your army give woman like me when we are all together strength that maybe was always there you just have to have the right trigger to find it again!!

    You take care and continue to look fab when I see you on OVC and I wish you happy wedding planning and will write again soon.

    Again I am so pleased for you I really am

    Love Julie xxx

  96. Jill October 17, 2014 at 7:47 pm -  Reply

    Fantastic news Ali! I’m so pleased for you. Enjoy the weekend!
    Best wishes to you and your family.
    Love Jill x

  97. Liz Clements October 17, 2014 at 8:12 pm -  Reply

    Wonderful, wonderful news Alison that call is well with you. We have all had our fingers crossed for a good result and here it is!!!

    Love from all the family, Liz xxx.

  98. loraine October 17, 2014 at 8:26 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alison just read about your good news so pleased for you it must be such a relief it puts all other things in perspective doesn’t it having our health is the most important thing happy wedding planning love Loraine xxx

  99. Jilly October 17, 2014 at 9:33 pm -  Reply

    Tears, Tears and more Tears of delight – Dear Ali I cannot tell you how thrilled beyond that I am feeling in reading your twittery thingy (don’t know how to reply to that!!) Oh my dear celebrations tonight all round – the best news for a long time – and I see Alpa has also said how thrilled she is – we all are – have a brilliant weekend my dear Ali Love Jilly XXX

  100. Mrs B Bowman October 17, 2014 at 10:13 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alison,
    Just read your amazing news on your Blog I am so pleased for you. Have a wonderful happy weekend and enjoy getting on with your wedding plans. Best Wishes Barbara x

  101. Pauline October 17, 2014 at 10:47 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, Just read your note on twitter what absolutely wonderful news, you have been through so much,now you can look forward to a worry free weekend glad the hospital didn’t let you wait until next week. Note to Colin spoil your lovely lady she so deserves it. Take care Pauline. X

  102. Gail October 18, 2014 at 1:42 pm -  Reply

    I can’t tell you
    how thrilled I
    am to hear your good
    news Ali xx. I was really
    worried there for
    a moment I can tell yer.
    I’ll raise a glass, or two
    to your future having no more
    hiccups. Just enjoy every
    second Ali and don’t give
    this bloody disease
    a second more than need
    be.

    Sorry to hear
    the very sad news of
    Liz. Thoughts are
    with her family.

    Lol xxxxx

  103. Gail October 18, 2014 at 1:55 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Hooray, I’ve finally
    learnt how to use
    new style blog. Don’t
    like it though.

    Hearing your good news
    has really made my
    weekend Ali, I was so
    worried about you xx

    Saw the show on Monday
    and you looked divine,
    as per usual. Lucy
    talking brought a
    tear to my eye as
    so many of us
    know that our
    illnesses impact
    on so many of
    our near and dear
    ones.

    I’m so happy for
    you all Ali. Enjoy, enjoy,
    enjoy xxxxxxxxxxxx

  104. Debz October 18, 2014 at 3:16 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali

    I am so happy it was good news about your scan. I must confess to a few happy tears when I read your tweet yesterday.

    As you say, I know your news will be bittersweet for some but, it may bring hope to others who are facing similar circumstances. For those who are struggling at the moment your news may just give them a ray of hope.

    Enjoy your good news Ali. Maybe with something cold and fizzy!

    Love to all in Ali’s Army.

    Debz & Ainzley (=^-^=) XXXXXXXXXXXXX

  105. Sue Radford October 18, 2014 at 5:47 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,

    What wonderful news! I’m so happy and pleased for you. It must be such a relief for Colin and the family – they must be jumping for joy!

    Lots of love Sue Radford xx

  106. Norma October 18, 2014 at 6:18 pm -  Reply

    Hello!

    So pleased to hear your good news. I am delighted for you!!

    Here’s to continued good health. With very best wishes to you and your family.

    Norma x

  107. Jilly October 18, 2014 at 11:28 pm -  Reply

    Oh I just had to come on again this evening to say how happy I have felt today with your news Ali – and reading all the bloggers it has lifted so many of us – as well as you and your family for sure. Yes, now you can take enjoyment from planning your wedding and finding shoes etc – just wonderful. I have watched some more of the show again and loved it all. Lucy was brilliant but then you know that already. I had earlier said Annie had her yearly check up – it was a six month one of course but still good news for her.
    Delighted to hear that Julie has had better results and managing this last chemo – onwards and upwards Julie and one step at a time but we are all here to hold your hand on good and bad days so don’t think you cannot let us know when you are feeling down as we are here to share the ups and downs.
    Tricia so good to read the wonderful news that Jan is to be in the GH – I am as proud as if it was Annie in it and cannot wait for it to come out. I will be telling everyone “I know Jan” but of course I don’t really – but sure you all know what I mean!! Just very sorry to hear you have not been too well. Lets hope that things will pick up when you get your appointment at the lung centre.
    Janet do enjoy this weekend with little Alfie – we had our grandson (ten now) for a sleep over on Thursday and Friday this week and fab that you were in the Lakes for a jolly – we will be going in November for a few days.
    Hope you are not struggling too much Alpa and you are only surrounding yourself with people who understand what you are going through and don’t drain your energy.
    Onwards and upwards to all of us and so good to read everyone’s news. Looking forward to your latest update Ali and have a good Sunday Jilly XX

  108. Margaret Hills October 19, 2014 at 3:17 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    That is great news! I was so pleased to see your twitter comment about your results.
    Also, very happy for you when I saw the plans you are making for your wedding. You will be a beautiful bride. Upwards and onwards Alison.
    All the Best
    Margaret xx

  109. Judith lennon October 19, 2014 at 5:38 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ali _ it’s been quite a while since I last blogged you but have been following all your news. I can’t tell you how thilled I was to hear the excellent news of your latest scan. I had everything crossed for you and you were in my thoughts and prayers. I have been ‘off the scene” for sometime as I have been between London and home over the last 6 weeks caring for my sister who had terminal and rare Lymphoma. It’s been quite horrendous what’s been going on but I won’t bore you with it. Anyway after waiting three weeks for the funeral I am now back home feeling very emotional, angry and exhausted all at the same time. It has all knocked me sideways. On the bright side I have been visited by my two beautiful grand daughters today who make me feel so good and smile. Life now must go on as hard as it is. Once again thrilled with your news lovely lady and congratulations on a super show. Lots of love and hugs. Judith xx

  110. Tina S. October 19, 2014 at 11:57 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Fantastic news about your latest scan. You have so many people following your blog it shows how many are out there rooting for you. It is great how you manage to reply to all those that leave comments on your blog. It must be a full-time job in itself. I hope you realise what an inspiration you are to others particularlly those who are also undergoing treatment such as yourself.
    It is nice of you to reply to my last comment when I said we had come up to London for the Chelsea Flower Show and were outside the QVC (old) studio’s. It would indeed be great to visit the new studio’s in Chisick and meet for coffee when we next manage to come up to London, if we could.
    The jewellery range brought out for the Breast Cancer Care is really lovely and I can’t wait to order it in memory of my mum.
    I wish you continued health and every happiness in your forth coming arrangements for the “Big Day”.
    Love and best wishes, Tina (S. Wales)

  111. helen s October 20, 2014 at 11:17 am -  Reply

    My dearest Ali, just seen your tweet and all I can say is…..Yayyyyyyyy!!!!!!!! Thank goodness. You have been on my mind so much, I am soooooooo pleased for you. My life has been busy but my energy levels aren’t great and that makes me so annoyed as my body just wont let me do the things is so desperately want to do. I have had one thing after another, UTI’s, aches pains – all peri menopause related apparently. Cant wait for it all to be over.
    Olivia has started comprehensive and has settle in so very well. Her last couple of months in Primary weren’t easy. Some girls just cant contain their nastiness can they? My girl is by no means perfect but she’s not nasty or confrontational either. I hope that new friendships will be formed and she can move on – fingers crossed.
    I have also had to revaluate some of my friendships as some are not quite the friends I thought they were, very sad, but by taking a step back from the clicks I have found life a lot calmer.
    I believe in strong family values, but at times, I feel I am the only one that can see the wood from the trees. I don’t like people being used or taken for granted, but there we are, we are not all the same, mercifully. Saying that, I am by no means perfect either and my truthfulness and straight forward approach are not always welcome,
    Right, enough moans from me. Off to make a coffee now to celebrate your good news.

    Take care my lovely, luv and hugs and always
    Helen s xxx

  112. Rebecca October 21, 2014 at 12:12 am -  Reply

    Ali, I am so so glad to hear your good news! Thank you so much for letting us know, I’ve been thinking of you all week. You must be over the moon. I am absolutely thrilled for you.

    Now you can enjoy planning your wedding, it’s so exciting. (If you need any help picking shoes let me know)! I am bridesmaid for my best friend who is getting married next year in Ireland and I am loving all the planning. I’m giving my boyfriend a nudge in the right direction because there are too many beautiful dresses out there and I want one. ;)

    Thanks for taking the time to reply to my message. Was really touched. All is well with me and I am so glad all is well with you. Take care and speak soon.

    xxx

  113. Alison keenan October 22, 2014 at 7:39 am -  Reply

    Dear Julie, after a weekend away in Stratford with friends and celebrations, I hadn’t even looked at the blog – been busy writing the new one – but was so pleased to read your wonderful news! That is marvellous that the tumours have shrunk so significantly, and that the additional fluid is draining. No wonder your oncologist is happy – as we all are too! You will certainly feel more like cracking on with your life once you finish the treatment and get back to work. I completely understand about the hair/skin issues.. Try Elemis and Decleor as they are very gentle – particularly if your skin is sore… You could always write to Ali Young on her blog, she was a trojan when I was going through it.. Your job sounds great – having worked for Beacon Radio many moons ago, I know of Global and a little of what a fab and successful company they are. I am delighted to know that they are supportive of you and will make it possible for you to get back to work as soon as possible. QVC have always been very understanding of my situation too, and as I head to hospital today for hopefully the last step on a long road of surgery, I have the emotional support I need. As you have here – which I knew you would have – and am thrilled that you plan to keep us all in touch with how you are getting on. Thanks so much for your good wishes, and stay well and strong! With Love, Ali xx

  114. Alison keenan October 22, 2014 at 7:41 am -  Reply

    THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR WONDERFUL CELEBRATORY GOOD WISHES! You are such an incredible support and comfort to me. I promise I will write back to all of you in the days ahead, as I will be off work for a week or so. Just wanted to drop you a line though before getting ready for final (hopefully) op today. Sending you my love as always, Ali xx

  115. Alpa October 22, 2014 at 10:32 am -  Reply

    My Dear Ali,

    Thinking of you today. We are all with you holding your hand :)

    Lots of Love, Alpa xxx

  116. Claire Downing October 22, 2014 at 6:31 pm -  Reply

    Fantastic News Ali !!!!!!!!!! I have only just seen your post, I had been thinking of you and praying that your result would be clear. Once you have the Op out of the way you can focus on all the good things that you have to look forward to. I hope that everything goes well. I will be thinking of you. Sending all my Love Ali. Take care xxx Claire xx

  117. Alison keenan October 24, 2014 at 6:33 pm -  Reply

    Dear Angela, I think I’ve fallen behind a bit with these replies, but it was so good to hear from you, and I’m delighted that not only did you like the dress I chose to wear last Monday and enjoyed the fundraiser. Sorry tho you’ve been having a bit of a time with the decorating! Nightmare when you think you just have one thing to contend with and it turns into all sorts extra. I do hope though that you managed to get the furniture back into the room for the weekend! Not sure exactly what day your birthday is, but I hope you are spoiled

  118. Alison keenan October 24, 2014 at 6:38 pm -  Reply

    Dear Jilly as I’ve just said to Angela I think I’ve fallen behind with these replies, but as I’m tucked up safely in bed now I thought I’d try and get to you via the iPad! Thank you so much for your good wishes re the scan – it was particularly unpleasant, but as you now know the results were what I needed to hear so all worth while

  119. Alison keenan October 24, 2014 at 6:41 pm -  Reply

    Karen I thank you so very much for your kind words. Cancer is a terrible thing, and the one thing I never really believed I’d have, but you’re absolutely right when you talk about strength and determination… Essential in your armoury . Please do keep in touch and I look forward to hearing from you again. Love Ali x

  120. Alison keenan October 24, 2014 at 6:43 pm -  Reply

    Elaine, thank you! Yes we are all mightily relieved, and a few glasses were raised at the weekend. Do hope all good with you, love me x

  121. Alison keenan October 24, 2014 at 6:48 pm -  Reply

    Dear Elizabeth and Alexandra, I am so sorry that you we’re both so worried, but thank you very much for your caring and kind response to my good news. I’m happy to tell you that I am now home after what I hope to be my final surgery. Was meant to be a day case, but the skin grafts weren’t quite as expected so had to stay on for three days! Surgeon very pleased with results tho and I am sure I will be at the unveiling next wednesday! Love to you both, and do keep in touch xxx

  122. Alison keenan October 24, 2014 at 6:51 pm -  Reply

    My dear Joanna so lovely to hear from you after so long. I don’t think for one second your replies would have been edited out, so can’t think where they have gone, but I am so glad that you’ve decided to write again, as I feel I’ve known you for years and have been thinking about your daughters and how things are? I hope you had a very happy birthday and were truly spoiled – please don’t be a stranger, and never think that anything you wrote would have been received in any way negatively by me

  123. Alison keenan October 24, 2014 at 6:54 pm -  Reply

    Alpa, thank you so much! Didn’t know you tweeted as well! I must get you involved in my Diamonique shows on a Thursday! If you read my new blog, you’ll see that we did indeed do something special last weekend. I do hope that things are easier for you at the moment? Keep in touch, love Ali xx

  124. Alison keenan October 24, 2014 at 6:58 pm -  Reply

    Dear Tricia, you are kind :) your response was so generous, and yes, I had mentally thought through how I would feel if I had to face my own wedding with a wig and no eyelashes or brows… It was ok with Lucy but I think I would have struggled myself… Phew! Indeed! I am so excited for you and your younger daughter’s wedding…sounds like she and I have similar ideas ! I bet you can’t wait to be mother of the bride, and I’ll be interested to hear what you’re going to wear too! And thank you for your mantra from your nursing days… I will definitely stick to it. Have a brew weekend, love Ali x

  125. Alison keenan October 24, 2014 at 6:59 pm -  Reply

    …and that should have said have a great weekend – think the co-codamol is getting to me! :) xx

  126. Alison keenan October 24, 2014 at 7:00 pm -  Reply

    Barbara, so glad you got your ring today, and I will be thinking
    of you in November and wishing you the very best of luck. Take care, love Ali xx

  127. Alison keenan October 24, 2014 at 7:03 pm -  Reply

    Dear Janet your words are very prophetic.. Living with cancer is certainly a roller coaster ride and once again I’m on the level rather than the terrifying downward track :) how was your weekend with Alfie? I do hope you enjoyed your time together. Take care and keep in touch. I’ll be off work for a fortnight now, so will look forward to hearing from you, love me xx

  128. Alison keenan October 24, 2014 at 7:04 pm -  Reply

    Jill thank you for taking the time out to write to me – good news indeed, so I can breathe easy for the next 6 months – then it’s only 10 weeks til my wedding! :) exciting times ahead love Ali x

  129. Alison keenan October 24, 2014 at 7:05 pm -  Reply

    Dear Liz and family, thanks so much for keeping your fingers crossed for me! Clearly it worked! :) I hope you have a great weekend. Love Ali x

  130. Alison keenan October 24, 2014 at 7:07 pm -  Reply

    Dear Loraine, indeed a mighty relief, and does put everything else In perspective. If the beautiful card was from you, thank you so very much. Have just confirmed the venue and flowers etc for wedding, so definitely moving in the right direction – exciting! Love Ali x

  131. Alison keenan October 24, 2014 at 7:10 pm -  Reply

    Hi there’re Jilly, and bless you – I am so thrilled to be sharing this news with you. As I wrote earlier, I had mentally thought out where I would be treatment wise regarding the wedding, and couldn’t bear the thought of being bald for my special day…we certainly celebrated last weekend, and am glad as this week has been a bit grim with surgery, but home now and healing so all good, love Ali xx

  132. Alison keenan October 24, 2014 at 7:11 pm -  Reply

    Dear Barbara, thank you so much. It was good news and colin and I have been sorting out flowers for the venue this week which has been fun. Hope you have a great weekend, love Ali x

  133. Alison keenan October 24, 2014 at 7:14 pm -  Reply

    Dear Pauline, I know how very lucky I am that I never have to wait long for my results… It can be purgatory! Colin did spoil me as did my friends when we went away for a weekend break – great fun! Love Ali x

  134. Alison keenan October 24, 2014 at 7:18 pm -  Reply

    Dear Gail, you and me both! And I like your outlook – my plan is never to give this wretched disease any more time than is absolutely necessary, which with so many other things going on, won’t be much if at all! I’m glad you were able to watch the show, and yes I agree Lucy spoke very well about the ripple effect that cancer can have on a family altho it didn’t really show how brave she was :) Thanks so much for keeping in touch, and I’ll look forward to hearing from you soon, love Ali xx

  135. Alison keenan October 24, 2014 at 7:25 pm -  Reply

    My dear Judith, I am so sorry that I’ve only just spotted your post, and picked up on your desperately sad news… I knew something was wrong, but had no idea it was your poor sister who was so Ill. I can’t begin to imagine how hard this time is for you, but how much it touched me that your family and beautiful granddaughters have made you feel good about life again.. Also that you have taken time out to write to me and congratulate me on my good news… You are a true friend. I am sure there will be difficult days ahead, but don’t forget we are all here for you. With my love, Ali xx

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