Keeping in touch


Hello there, and thanks to you all for keeping me in touch with your lives over the last few weeks or so, it's been lovely to read about how you've been getting on.

I can't quite believe we're in February already as so much has happened over the last month, and I'm not quite sure where to begin, but as Julie Andrews once sang, the very beginning is probably best…

On the 4th January this year I went for my six month check up at the breast clinic. It was really a safety check as my poor mum had been diagnosed with breast cancer around that time, and had to have a mastectomy at the beginning of September… you may remember me writing to say she was poorly. I'm delighted to say that she has made an amazing recovery and has been incredibly brave and positive throughout, but then she has been with every challenge she's faced in her life :)  

Sam, Jack and Lucy Following my appointment, I too was diagnosed with breast cancer and it was decided that I should have treatment during the course of the year. I had an operation last Wednesday – Jack's 18th birthday unfortunately – but we did all manage to go out and celebrate the night before.

In spite of us all feeling a little shaky, it was wonderful to be together and for me to see my boy step over the line into adulthood… hard to believe as he's always been my baby, but wonderful all the same :)

I came home from hospital on Monday, and am back in my little cottage with the rabbits hopping about in the fields and the spring bulbs pushing their way through in the garden. Some days are better than others, but in all honesty, my overwhelming feeling is one of relief, that I am ok, and I am getting better.  

Obviously my lovely colleagues here at work had to know and have been amazing, and I’ve had constant support from my family and friends.

I know I have a long road ahead of me, but so much to look forward to – particularly Lucy's wedding in October – and that is so worth getting better for. Sam has more surgery next week to help him walk more comfortably, and he has Ruth with him who’s a saint, so I know he'll be fine.  

Last thing I want any of you to do is to worry, as I am being VERY well looked after, and I will see you all again at some point in the future. The good news is the eyebrows by then will be well and truly faded! :)

My work with Breast Cancer Care through QVC has made me more aware. I have to be honest though and say that my invitation via the NHS around my 50th birthday to go and have a screening is the reason that I went. Far better to get checked out than leave something to chance… please… :)

My love to you all – please join me on the Breast Cancer Care forum where I will keep you updated from now on.

Ali xxxx


  1. Pearl Emery February 10, 2011 at 10:53 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison,Sorry to hear your news,but know that you will keep positive, and will get better, wishing you lots of love. Pearlxxxx

  2. Kathryn February 10, 2011 at 12:01 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alison,
    So sorry to hear your news. I wish you all the best with your treatment and look forward to seeing you back on our screens very soon x

  3. Nicola Rippon February 10, 2011 at 12:50 pm -  Reply

    Gosh, Ali, what can anyone say?
    What a time you’re having. I have several friends who were diagnosed with breast cancer many years ago (some as long ago as in the 1970s). It’s a long, hard road, I know, but I thought it might help you to know that all of them are now fighting fit and getting on with living life. And you know, already I hope, that our thoughts and good wishes are with you right along the way. Take care of yourself, no, let everyone else take care of you. We all look forward to hearing you news over the next few months.
    With love, and hugs,
    Nicola x

  4. Carolyne Ellis February 10, 2011 at 1:02 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison. So sorry to hear your news. We miss seeing you on QVC. It`s nice to know you have a very supportive family behind you to keep your spirits up. I think that helps enormously. Have plenty of rest and we look forward to seeing you back on our screens happy and healthy in the future.

  5. elizabeth, from Fife February 10, 2011 at 1:07 pm -  Reply

    Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Keep up with your positive approach too, it really does help. Glad that you have a wonderful care support around you. Take care.

  6. Kitty February 10, 2011 at 1:22 pm -  Reply

    Alison, I wondered where you had gone as I’d missed seeing you on QVC. I am so sorry to hear your news and just want to wish you all the best for a speedy recovery. I love reading your blog as you are such a warm and witty woman. Good humour is one of the best things to keep you going and you have that in abundance. Please take good care and keep safe. I shall be thinking of you and wishing you well. Lots and lots of love from Kitty xxxx

  7. Mary Wilks February 10, 2011 at 1:27 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, just read read your blog and couldn’t help having a little cry. I lost my mum through breast cancer last year, Unfortunately she didn’t tell any of us about the lump she had for 3 years and by then it was really too late for her. It has made me more aware obviously and I recently had a mammogram which was clear. I wish you all the best for the future. This is the first time I have ever replied to a blog but just felt I had to.

  8. Linda February 10, 2011 at 1:33 pm -  Reply

    Ali all my love and positive thoughts are sent to youXX I wish you a speedy and comfortable(if possible) recovery. I will be following you on the BCC forum.Here’s to Lucy’s wedding in OctoberXX Much Love Linda

  9. Alana February 10, 2011 at 2:04 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    So sorry to hear your news! It was such a good job that you got the invitation to go for a mammogram. So glad to hear that you are being well looked after and hope that you recover well and will be back on our screens soon!
    Take care,

  10. Anna Wheeler February 10, 2011 at 2:07 pm -  Reply

    Alison, what a shock to read the news on your latest blog – may I send you my very best wishes for a speedy recovery and return to full health.
    With love and support,

  11. Risa February 10, 2011 at 2:09 pm -  Reply

    {{{Alison}}} Will be thinking of you and wishing you well – my mother had breast cancer when she was in her fifties but she is now in her mid seventies and fully fit and well.

  12. BELINDA HUTCHINS February 10, 2011 at 2:14 pm -  Reply

    OMG! What a shock! How amazing are you to take time out from what you are going through, to update us?
    What a salutory lesson to us all to attend appointments and be more breast aware.
    I wish you a speedy recovery and hope that you take time out for yourself x

  13. margaret February 10, 2011 at 2:32 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alison,really missed you on screen do hope you are feeling a little better , sorry for your ordeal but good possitive thinking gets you through Ive been there where you are now and know just how you feel.Good friends and family are so important and you have both plus lots of us out here just invisibly driving you on we want you back on screen soon , keep your pecker up and aim for your fab outfit you are going to wear at Lucys wedding you are such an elegant lady you will stun all.My very best wishes thinking of you ,Margaretxx

  14. Mrs Janet Jones February 10, 2011 at 4:18 pm -  Reply

    My Dear Ali I was so shocked to hear your news.You are right you do have a long road ahead of you , but you WILL get through it I have every faith.Like you say you have so much to look forward to especialy Lucy’s wedding and I am glad you could celebrate you son’s 18th birthday. You know my story, this time last year I couldn’t image doing very much, this year I celebrated my 50th Birthday and have just spent a lovely couple of days with my son who is 21 today. After all my treatment I remember replying to your blog for the first telling you how glad I was be alive and how relieved I was that all the treatment had finished.You didn’t say if you were having chemo,or radiotherapy or both, but whatever you have be kind to yourself,take lots of rest and plan little treats for yourself during your treatment as it does give you something to look forward to and it does help. You will have good and bad days and you will just have to with with it. I know Colin and your children will help you through this difficult time. You know where I am if you need someone to talk to who has been through it, and I really do mean that Ali. Take very good care of yourself keep in touch when you can, and I look forward to seeing you back on our screens as you will be very much missed. Thinking of you Ali speak soon love Janet xxxx

  15. Liz February 10, 2011 at 4:21 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    So sorry to hear your dreadful news on top of everything else you’ve had to contend with. The next few months won’t be a walk in the park as I’m sure you’ll already know but you’ll get there and having Lucy’s wedding to look forward to you is great.
    Take things easy and take time for yourself and do what the doctors and nurses tell you!!
    I was diagnosed in July 07 with breast cancer and secondaries at the same time but am still very much here to tell the tale. Yes, it’s changed my life but I love my new lifestyle, have some great family and fantastic friends (many of whom have been new ‘cancer’ friends or acquaintances who have been there for me) and I consider myself so lucky to be in this position. My mum, both her sisters and cousin have all had breast cancer and come through it and I think their attitudes helped me.
    The BCC forum is a great source of support and, with the best if intentions, I look forward to ‘speaking’ on there and being of any help.
    With the very best of wishes, Liz x

  16. Gina February 10, 2011 at 4:49 pm -  Reply

    Oh Alison, my thoughts, prayers, and love, to you and your mum, and your family, keep strong, you can only look forward now, and being the confident and positive person you come over to be on QVC i know you will get through, i will miss your shows, but look forward to your return too, :) all my love and blessings, Gina xx

  17. Marian Bolton February 10, 2011 at 5:15 pm -  Reply

    God bless you Alison. You are consistently lovely and cheerful. I wish you a speedy and full recovery. x

  18. Margaret February 10, 2011 at 6:28 pm -  Reply

    Hello Alison, I wonderd where you where, My goodness what a shock. It was such a good thing you had the screening thought, (thank goodness for that). I hope you go from strength to strength, althought you say it is early days yet.
    Take care , get better soon, and the same goes for your Mum.

  19. Sue February 10, 2011 at 6:40 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alison,
    I am so sorry to hear of your diagnosis. How incredibly brave of you to tell us all & I wish you a full & speedy recovery. My thoughts & prayers are with you. Take it easy, get plenty of rest & spoil your self.

  20. Sue Smith February 10, 2011 at 7:18 pm -  Reply

    Oh dear Alison, you have been through the mangle of life in the past few years, haven’t you? You sound very positive and that is exactly the way to be. I had BC 11 years ago when I was 47, I found it whilst examining myself and whilst the treatment wasn’t exactly a barrel load of laughs I think the experience has made me a much stronger person. Like me, you come across as a happy, determined woman and it is just that outlook on life that will get you through to the other side of this. Take care and keep smiling, Lots of love, Sue xxx

  21. Patricia Kurton February 10, 2011 at 7:26 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alison, Just thought I would see if you had written a blog with up to date news about yourself and here I am after reading your very honest account of what has been happening in your life.I was so sorry to read your ‘news’ but so glad to see that after surgery you are coping and feeling better.My heart goes out to you and you will be in my thoughts. I’m sure you draw enormous strength from your lovely family.Lovely to hear that your Mum is much better. She must be an inspiration to you at this time. You have such a lot as you said to look forward to and I just want to say keep your chin up and keep getting better. I’m sure I’m not alone in saying you are really missed on QVC and look forward to seeing you back soon.
    Love and Best Wishes, Anne xx

  22. Rhona Fenton February 10, 2011 at 7:46 pm -  Reply

    Alison you have done it again and pulled the rug out from under me with your news you never even gave a hint on your emails we always talked about mum which I am glad she is doing better:) I hope all went well last week and as you say you have alot to get better for as that Beautiful daughter of yours has a big event not too far away:) now I have my outfit so look forward to hearing all about your outfit us both mother of the bride duties this year:) hope all goes well with sam and as you say Ruth will take good care off him a long with mum:) glad Jack had a lovely birthday his birthday wishes is at the end off your last page:) please email me when you are feeling up to it and we can talk better:) please take care and look after yourself and we will talk soon lot’s of love Rhona xx

  23. Magda Chetty February 10, 2011 at 7:57 pm -  Reply

    Ali Ali Ali
    I have to write to you, I have been reading the blogs but not writing back to any presenter as I did not want to tell that after my January check up, they called me last week to say that they have found a lump in my breast, I was so sick with worry, and this morning I went to see the doctor and was told I need for them to see if it is cancer or not. Now I have to wait for 2 weeks for the result to find out. I know how you feel and my heart is with you, I can”t sleep and Iam not eating much, as my stomach still not ok. But never mind I”ll keep you informed.
    You take very good care my love, and we should make the most of our lives. Keep strong and keep in touch.I”ll pray for us all.
    Much love.

  24. Christel Osmann February 10, 2011 at 8:00 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali,
    I have never posted on here before but always admired your sense of humour on air and your impeccable style.I am so sorry what a shock but pleased that you are being well cared for and managing to stay positive.I really wish you well,stay strong and motivated and know that you are in our thoughts.
    Love Christel

  25. Mandy February 10, 2011 at 8:07 pm -  Reply

    So shocked and saddened to read your news Alison. Just wanted to send my love and best wishes to you and your lovely family at this awful time. Get well soon Alison.XXXX

  26. Susan February 10, 2011 at 8:10 pm -  Reply

    Ali Ali,
    I am so very sorry to hear your news. I have to say I had a horrible feeling deep down that something was just not right though. I am so sorry it is true. You are the nicest most gracious lady I have ever seen and it has been wonderful watching you on QVC over the last few years. I know everyone will truly miss you while you are having your treatment and are already looking forward to your return! You will be so missed but obviously the most important thing is for you to get strong and get better for all your good times ahead like Lucy’s wedding. I really hope that Sam’s surgery goes ok and am glad he has Ruth for support. Your wonderful family must have been so shocked by the news but I am sure you will all be rocks for each other. You take good care and I will look forward to hearing your updates on the forum.
    Much love,
    Susan xx

  27. CaroleForster February 10, 2011 at 8:29 pm -  Reply

    Alison,sorry to read that you have breast cancer.I enjoy reading your blog and watching you present on QVC.Hope you make a speedy recovery from your treatment,take care.

  28. Helen February 10, 2011 at 8:48 pm -  Reply

    Dearest Ali,
    Sending you warm wishes for a steady recovery (we don’t want you over doing it!) It must have been a shock but at least it was caught early and you are a born fighter, so it never stood a chance!!
    Take it gently, let others pander to your whims and fancies and you concentrate on you.
    Take care lovely one
    Helen x

  29. zarah February 10, 2011 at 8:51 pm -  Reply

    Dearest Alison,
    I am so sorry to hear of your illness. I just checked on your blog as i do love reading your wonderful stories. I do love watching you and your beautiful voice is a joy. I will miss watching you. I too have 4 members of my family and my best friend from work also has breast cancer. Th ey are all doing well with lots of family support. Keep your spirits up and you will be in my toughts and prayers. I wish i could give you a big hug. Lots of love. I will go on the forum to see how you are getting

  30. helen s February 10, 2011 at 8:59 pm -  Reply

    Oh Alison, what can I say? My mum had breast cancer about 11 years ago and with her true fighting spirit, beat it. She had chemotherapy and radiotherapy and lost all her hair in the process, her pride and joy. My husband decided one night to surprise her and shaved all his hair off to join and support her. She laughed so much, especially when my other half wore her wig, we have the pictures to hold him to ransom. The point that I would like to make to you, even though things must be very raw at the moment, and believe you me, my little family had to deal with getting my mum through it without showing her how we really felt, there was a lot of emotional support but lots of laughter too. Keep your chin up and think of this saying, ‘DONT WAIT FOR THE STORM TO PASS, LEARN TO DANCE IN THE RAIN’.
    Love and so many hugs from one who knows

  31. Steven February 10, 2011 at 9:07 pm -  Reply

    Ali I’m genuinely quite shocked. I never realised thats why you were off. You are a fighter though and I’m sure have plenty of people around you to get through this. Good luck to Sam too
    All the best wishes in the world Ali and I hope you get better soon xxxxxxxxx

  32. Rebecca Robinson February 10, 2011 at 9:19 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison. Wishing you lots of love and good health. Hope you keep getting better and look forward to seeing you soon again on air. So sorry to hear your news.
    Love Rebecca

  33. Angie Dodds February 10, 2011 at 9:22 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    I dont normally write on the QVC website however I felt after reading your blog that I had to. I am so sorry to hear you news. I have been wondering why I havent seen your face on screen for a while. I wish you a speedy recovery and send my heartfelt wishes to you
    Lots of Love Angie xxxxx

  34. MissA February 10, 2011 at 9:48 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison.
    So sorry to hear your news but glad you are making a good recovery and that you are being well looked after. Best wishes for the future.x.

  35. elaine sallis February 10, 2011 at 9:56 pm -  Reply

    oh ali i am so sorry to hear your news. my thoughs are with you and your family at this time. keep your spirits up and keep in touch Elaine x

  36. Jutta Carroll February 10, 2011 at 10:06 pm -  Reply

    Dear, dear Alison,
    I AM so sorry to read about your difficult time, and simply want to send you all good wishes from the bottom of my heart. May you have a speedy recovery so that we can enjoy your presence again at QVC – I DO miss you. God bless, and much love to you. xx

  37. Diane H Smith February 10, 2011 at 10:29 pm -  Reply

    Hello Alison I am so sorry to hear about your sad news about your health, i have been wondering were you were as i love to watch qvc. I do hope you will be feeling better soon, my mum had breast cancer she was 49 we were so worried,at the time after along recovery she was fine,and she is now 85 this year,she always reminds me about my check ups!i am 60 but up to now i have had no
    sign of any thing,but it does tend to run in families,i wish you a very speedy recovery Love Diane x

  38. Pam Richardson February 10, 2011 at 10:36 pm -  Reply

    Alison just wanted to send you my love and best wishes. I will miss seeing you on QVC and reading your blogs each week. Keep strong and positive and get well soon. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. Pam Richardson xx

  39. Babs February 10, 2011 at 10:48 pm -  Reply

    My Dearest Ali I have had the most horrible feeling there was more than a sore throat but kept thinking NO it can’t be. You have had a terrible year, you are so brave. To be honest i’m lost for words, i would love to be able to give you hug. I wish you a speedy recovery as i’m sure you will with all the love and care your family will give you. You are so loving and careing you don’t deserve this. Please keep blogging and keep letting me know how you and your mum are. Heaps of love to you,your mum, and family as you say lots to look forward to.Babs xxxxx

  40. Teresa Karasavvas February 10, 2011 at 11:24 pm -  Reply

    I was sorry to hear your news but glad that you are being well looked after and can now look forward. It must have been a shock for you. I myself have had many operations for the removal of breast lumps/cysts, all being benign but I am NEVER blase about it and when I do get a new lump I ALWAYS have it checked out as one can never be too careful. I would urge every woman to do the same – never be frightened as the Consultants and all involved are there to help you and are pleased when you go to see them.
    I wish you well and hope to see you on screen very soon.
    Best wishes

  41. Mrs Jane Smith February 11, 2011 at 12:53 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison Please get well very soon We will all be thinking of you in our prayers Take care of yourself and enjoy everyday! Best wishes and love from Jane Smith X

  42. Jacky February 11, 2011 at 7:12 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison, I just wanted send you love and best wishes for you recovery. Life is so difficult at times so keep strong. I am glad you have your family support. Love and hugs, Jacky

  43. Mandy Nicholls February 11, 2011 at 9:31 am -  Reply

    Just had to say you are a remarkable lady and its almost as if you are part of our own family as we see you so much on QVC. Our love and best wishes to you always

  44. pauline February 11, 2011 at 10:21 am -  Reply

    Dear Ali,
    I feel for you, keep positive as I’m sure you will, my best friend had bc in 2000 and had lots of low times but she battled on with help and support from family and friends and today she’s still my best friend and cancer to her is now just a word she says it’s made her stronger and a better human being (to me she was always the best) so I know you’ll be ok but my thoughts and prayers are with you anyway (they can’t hurt) take care and let other people look after you for a change lots and lots of love and positive thoughts xxx

  45. janet February 11, 2011 at 10:42 am -  Reply

    Hello Alison,
    so sorry to hear your news but I know that because you are such a positive person you will be an inspiration to others. Thank you for letting us share the journey with you.
    Love to you and your lovely family
    Janet Groves xx

  46. Julie February 11, 2011 at 10:59 am -  Reply

    You know you’re always in my thoughts. Lily sends you loads and loads of hugs and kisses.

  47. pauline cogley February 11, 2011 at 11:17 am -  Reply

    get well soon Ali, what a terrible shock for you and your family. The breast screening is the best thing that we can be given. I am now 70 and have never missed one. I do hope everything goes well with you, you are such a lovely person. I have really missed seeing your smiling face on QVC.
    Luv and best wishes
    Pauline C xxx

  48. Mrs Sylvia Pickles February 11, 2011 at 12:12 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    I always read your blogs as you are such a warm and caring person and I love to hear about your family, so this morning I was devasted to read about your latest health scare. I just want to let you know that one of my work colleagues was called for her first mammogram when she was 50 but people had told her it was painful and not to go. However, I told her she must go as there was breast cancer in her family and the pain was only short lived. She did go and they found two lumps in her breast. She went into hospital and had a mastectomy and reconstructive surgery all at once. She was absolutely marvellous and dealt with every thing so positively. It is now 4 years since her surgery and she is so fit and healthy. She has only one more year on the tablets and hopefully all will be well. She goes on holiday and wears her swimsuit with confidence as the reconstructive surgery was so good. When I went to visit her after the surgery I could not tell which breast had been removed. So Alison I am thinking about you and know with your personality that you will deal with this head on. You have such a loving family around you to take care of you and let them do just that. Rest is all important for you just now so get plenty. I am delighted to know that your Mum is doing so well.
    Take great care of yourself
    Lots of love
    Sylvia xx

  49. Dawn Cheshire February 11, 2011 at 12:25 pm -  Reply

    So sorry to hear your sad news Ali, Keep up the positive thinking, it can work wonders. My best wishes to you and your family for a speedy recovery.
    Take Care
    Dawn X

  50. SHARRON TITLEY February 11, 2011 at 1:17 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    What a shock! My thoughts and prayers are with you, you are a fighter! God Bless….Lots of Love Sharron xxxx

  51. Susan February 11, 2011 at 1:20 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    I know you won’t mind me adding in a little comment to Magda – I hope you are reading this Magda. I will post it again in the next blog. I really cannot believe how life can be so very cruel to those of you who are so wonderful. You and ali will be in our thoughts and prayers always. You will both get through whatever is ahead. I only wish you didn’t have to suffer as you are. Neither of you deserve all the troubles you have/had. My love to Una as always also. Another star.
    Take care,
    Love Susan xx

  52. Christine February 11, 2011 at 1:39 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali,
    Well, life does throw us some curve balls doesn’t it ? I have missed you on QVC & now know why you have not been around.
    Sending you best wishes for a speedy recovery & love to & family, through this stressful time.
    In my thought and prayers until then.
    Love Christine.

  53. Gail February 11, 2011 at 2:25 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, do you know, call me perceptive or old witch, I don’t mind, but I knew something was wrong. Old witch suits me better (I’ve been called worse). Bless yer heart and lots of love sent your way. Cancer is no longer the death sentence it once was; nor taboo and it is lovely that you felt able to share. A problem shared etc ……………
    I know through experience (I’ve never been brave enough to share) that keeping positive and strong mentally is just as important as any conventional treatment. In fact I would go as far to say it is the first or, perhaps, second line of defence towards any illness or disease. I know you have a great support system and that will help greatly. Medicine has come on leaps and bounds; you’ll be fine.
    Remember one of my favourite sayings from one of your previous blogs?
    A hard time for everyone, I know, but keep strong and keep in touch. I bet there’s not one of us that life hasn’t touched in a harsh sort of way at some time or another, if we’re truthful. Keep as stress free as possible and let the body and medication/treatment do it’s work; you’ll soon be back with us.
    I will be in touch; you try and stop me !!!!!!!!!!!
    Lots and lots of love, Gail xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  54. anne bell February 11, 2011 at 2:37 pm -  Reply

    Hi alison,. take care,and get well soon.

  55. Mrs Julie Thorogood February 11, 2011 at 3:07 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali
    Just checked your blog because I had missed you on screen. I am so sorry to read you have BC. What a blessing that you had the screening. I wish you a very speedy recovery. I am sure your family and friends will take very good care of you. You are such a lovely lady and so positive that I am sure you will make a full recovery and be back with us on screen in no time. Take care. Love Julie

  56. Kathryn sheehan February 11, 2011 at 3:31 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, i am so sorry to hear of your sad news, and i’m sure you will be well very soon.You are such a sincere and genuine lady. Take good care of yourself won’t you.
    Kathy x

  57. lynn February 11, 2011 at 4:17 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alison thinking of you and wishing you well

  58. Mrs Sharon Windram February 11, 2011 at 4:20 pm -  Reply

    Well that has knocked me for six Alison, i wondered why i hadn’t seen much of you on QVC lately.
    All of the presenters on your wonderful programme become friends to us the viewers and i have to confess i did cry when i read your latest blog. Although i am only in my 40’s i have to go for yearly mammograms to the fantastic breast unit at the Glenfield Hospital in Leicester where they have a family history centre. I lost my mother & grandmother to the dreaded C word many years ago now when they were both only young women. Knowledge & treatment is sooo much more advanced now and the word cancer does not automatically mean the death sentence anymore. I hope & pray that everything goes well for you & your family Alison in the coming months & try & focus on your beautiful daughter’s forthcoming wedding. With all my love & so much more Sharon Windram. XX

  59. Margaret February 11, 2011 at 4:31 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison,
    Sending you good energy for a speedy and complete recovery. Thumbs up for screening and early detection. I think your blog may well encourage others to take up the invitation to go for a check – so well done for encouraging that. With good wishes. MQ

  60. Dorothy February 11, 2011 at 4:49 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    Love reading your blogs as you always give us a laugh, but when i read this one it was tears,I hope all goes well you will be in our thoughts ALWAYS. hOPE SAM’S OPP GOES OK,
    All our love best wishes
    Dorothy xxxxxx

  61. susie adams February 11, 2011 at 6:43 pm -  Reply

    Dearest Ali,
    I am devastated to hear of your news. You are such a beautiful lady and I love our little catch up’s in between shows. I have always enjoyed working with you, and have learnt so much from your presenting skills over the years.
    I will place you in my healing circle and send thoughts out for your full recovery.
    Stay positive and snuggle down in your featherbed and let those around you look after you for once!!!!
    Love and light
    Susie xxxx

  62. sharon whoriskey February 11, 2011 at 7:02 pm -  Reply

    Hi ali have never posted a comment before but felt I just had to today. So so sorry to hear about your illness but from reading your blogs for the last few years i know your a fighter and will be fine .I will be lighting my blessed candle for you and keeping you in my prayers.
    godbless from Sharon in donegal.

  63. Joanna Downey February 11, 2011 at 8:56 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alison, I’m trying desperately to find words, the right words, to convey my feelings about your news and for once I’m completely at a loss to come up with anything. I think you know how much you mean to all who read this blog; “Ali’s Army” is what we should be called and so I’ll just send you lots of love and positive thoughts. You will come through this, stronger and more beautiful, an inspiration to others. I’d really like to know why you and yours have had to face so much but I imagine you would too, so I’ll concentrate on my mantra of ‘Blue Skies and Sunshine’ for all of you. Love from Jo in Stourbridge

  64. Denise February 11, 2011 at 9:27 pm -  Reply

    Oh Alison what a shock it was to read your news. I had missed seeing you on screen you always seem to have a sunny disposition and also love reading your blogs and everything going on in your world. I’m wishing you a speedy recovery and want to let you know that you are in my thoughts – stay stong and postive.
    God bless
    Sending you much love
    Denise xx

  65. Sue February 11, 2011 at 10:06 pm -  Reply

    Ali, you are a wonderful caring humorous girl, who has given me many a giggle reading your blogs when I was at my lowest, I truely truely know you will pull through this challenge you are facing cos you are one gutsy lady, you take care much love Sue xx

  66. SUSAN HULL February 11, 2011 at 10:18 pm -  Reply

    inDear Ali I have never posted on here before but love watching you on Q V C and reading your blog. When I read your news I just had to send you my love and support.I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in 2003 at the age of 53 treatment was hard butit changed my life I am a much more positive person and I try to enjoy each you I had a very supportive family they were my rock.I also like you had much to look forwood to ,,,two young grandchildren so stay positive get lots of rest and take care. Sending you much love and hugs.Get well soon Susan X

  67. jacqui stephenson February 11, 2011 at 10:57 pm -  Reply

    dear alison
    just wanted to say how sad i am to hear your news .stay positive ,you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers .
    love jacqui.

  68. Jeannie February 11, 2011 at 11:08 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali – so, so sorry to hear your news. I just want to say that you will get through this, Ali, as you are a very positive person. I have just had my 5 year check-up and am pleased to say all is well. I honestly believe that 60% of the cure is to remain totally positive. The chemo is quite challenging but you will have many more good days than bad and it is at a time like this that you find out who your true friends really are, and I’m sure, like me, you will be overwhelmed by everyone’s kindness and support. I will be following you on the BCC blogs. Take care, Ali.

  69. Carol Sprague Nailsea Bristol February 11, 2011 at 11:21 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Miss seeing you on QVC hope it will not be too long before that is put right take care.

  70. jennifer February 12, 2011 at 12:03 am -  Reply

    so sorry to hear your news. i wish you all the best for you and i hope you have a speedy recovery.

  71. sylv February 12, 2011 at 10:35 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali really sorry to hear your news and how very kind of you to share it with us,wishing you well as soon as possible keep you chin up and remember a lot of people will be thinking and praying for you.luv syl.

  72. Daphne Dean February 12, 2011 at 11:51 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison,
    Your Mum told me you had ‘blogged’ so here I am adding to all the other ladies to wish you well. I should have gone to visit her yesterday but the friend who was going to drive me to see her only had her car broken into overnight and spent most of the day either with the police or talking on the phone to insurance people, then waiting to have her window replaced. We were all gutted as had waited till now to go and have a chinwag. So we will arrange to visit Mum again hopefully without any disaster.. you will do well as you know if your Mum can do it and so can you. We are all rooting for you. Lots of love, Daph xxxx

  73. Carrie February 12, 2011 at 12:15 pm -  Reply

    I was so sorry to read this Alison and would like to send you loads of get well wishes and I look forward to seeing you back on QVC and raring to go very soon. Hugs xx

  74. Caroline Plant February 12, 2011 at 2:15 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison so sorry to hear about your news I know you have a long way to go but can I tell you a little story: My mother in law had been told she had breast cancer a few years ago she had a mastectomy and got on with things, she went back for her check up expecting the all clear and got told she had cancer now in the other breast so she now had had a double mastectomy (she is not a young woman 75) she is now cancer free and she is so good it is hard to beleive (she is on tues going down south to visit her identical twin great grandsons who are 8 weeks old) so what I am trying to say you have a long road but you have a good family and great friends who will help you through. Take care and get well soon.

  75. Ginny February 12, 2011 at 3:30 pm -  Reply

    Oh Ali, I have watched you so many years on QVC that I feel I know you and your family. At this time my thoughts and prayers are with you always and will be looking forward to seeing you on air again very soon. Bless you Ali, Ginny xx
    Magda, I am praying hard for you too. xx

  76. Sue February 12, 2011 at 4:53 pm -  Reply

    I was so sorry to learn of your illness Alison and wish you a very speedy recovery-your positive attitude will go a long way towards that!
    I am recovering from surgery for bowel cancer so know a little what it feels like to be hit with such news. I am grateful for every single day and want to see my 9 year old grow to adulthood-we have the very best motivation in the world to get better.
    Look after yourself and keep accepting whatever help you are offered-it’s amazing how tiring ‘ordinary’ everyday life is when you are going through this.
    Sue x

  77. Eileen Archibald February 12, 2011 at 6:21 pm -  Reply

    Ali, so very sorry to hear your news. What an up and down life you lead- more downs than up this past few years. You put me to shame when I have a bit moan about something silly, but I suppose we are all human. I hope you manage any treatment ok and all the best to your young son for his forthcoming operation. Good job you have a wedding to look forward to. To all the Keenan family take great care and fingers crossed for positive results xxx

  78. Linda Duffy February 12, 2011 at 6:35 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, So sorry to hear your news, you are a very brave lady to post this news so early but I’m sure you have done this to make us all aware that it can happen to any of us and to keep a check on our health. Love watching you on QVC you are such a great presenter. Wishing you and your mum and family lots of blessings.
    Love Linda

  79. lee etheridge February 12, 2011 at 8:08 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali
    My thoughts are with you .. you are so strong … Leexxxx

  80. Tina February 12, 2011 at 8:17 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, I was beginning to wonder where you were and decided to go to your blog. I am shocked, but I know if anyone can get through this it will be you!! I work as a volunteer at our local hospital and transport cancer patients to and from their appointments as it can become quite tiring. They are the most uplifting people I know and still keep in touch with many of them when treatment finishes. I have to say cancer nowadays touches all our lives in one way or another, there seems to be no boundaries, either genetic or age wise and trust me I see so many patients of all walks of life. What astounds me even more is that they are all so positive, forever smiling, joking with each other, but truly very special people. You will get through this as you have a fantastic outlook in life, always looking after others and very positive in all you do. Take care and wish you all the best for a very speedy recovery, keep your chin up Tina x

  81. dawn rogers February 12, 2011 at 8:18 pm -  Reply

    so sorry to hear your news. keep strong and positive.
    lots of love and best wishes.get well soon xx

  82. Joanne Davis February 12, 2011 at 8:29 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alison,
    All the best to you and your mum. We know you’re a fighter and you will come out of this stronger. Keep your chin up girl. xxx
    Joanne Davis

  83. Louise February 12, 2011 at 10:49 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Just found out today on about your traumatic experience and would like to offer you my most sincere best wishes for the coming few months. I am pleased the prognosis is positive and, as you say, the wedding is reason enough to get well, for both your children. It is so ironic that you present from BBC and now you have the disease yourself. How unfortunate is that? I am so looking forward to seeing you back on air as soon as you are well enough. Until then, take it easy and just allow yourself to be pampered by those who love you. My thoughts are with both you and your family. Let work take a back seat, and think of yourself and your own well-being. My brother in law recently was diagnosed with prostate cancer and, via a pioneering form of robotic surgery, he has the all clear. It does make you consider your own mortality.
    Get well soon, Ali. and take care.

  84. margaret February 12, 2011 at 10:53 pm -  Reply

    ali….. i just miss you ….love maggie xxxxx

  85. dilys gray February 13, 2011 at 10:04 am -  Reply

    Wow was not expecting to read this when i clicked on your blog as i always do, Please get well soon stay strong good news about your mum now you have to do the same abnd get better. please keep un informed of how you are doing and look forward to hear the news that you are all clear and going back to work xxxx

  86. Juliane Troeger February 13, 2011 at 3:40 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, hope you get better soon. I am very sorry to hear all that. Many hugs from Germany
    Juliane and Jonas

  87. Susan February 13, 2011 at 4:14 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali, Really thinking of you at this time and your family. So pleased to hear that you are getting a great deal of love and care from your family and also support from your QVC colleagues which is not surprising as everyone at QVC seems so kind and caring. We really miss you presenting and will look forward to your recovery and being able to return to the job you are superb at. Look forward to your daughter’s wedding as you will be a stunning mother of the bride and hope all goes well for Sam in his operation too. You are a strong lady and please know that yoy have a great deal of love, warm and friendship out there amongst all your very many QVC viewers and you and your family will be in all our thoughts and prayers. Stay strong and focus on the future. Love Sue xx

  88. Pam Martin February 13, 2011 at 5:05 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    I am sincerely shocked and gutted to hear this. Get well soon Ali, we wish you all the love in the world. Loads of love Pam and Family xxxxxxxx

  89. Cheryl February 13, 2011 at 8:54 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    I was shocked to read your latest blog and I am afraid that the tears flowed for you and your lovely family. I was diagnosed myself 3years ago and have had a lumpectomy, chemotherapy and radiotherapy and I am now on Tamoxifen, catching it early is so important and I have been very lucky, it has been hard but it definitely makes you stronger as a person, there will be many up days and even more down days but you will get through it with the support of your lovely family. I only wish that I could give you a hug and talk to you because when I was going through it I felt like the only person and the kindness of strangers never ceased to amaze me and lift my spirits.
    I just want to send you my love, I feel as if I know you so well from your lovely blogs.
    Love and best wishes to you and your family and I hope that your mum is ok.

  90. Marie Murphy February 13, 2011 at 9:13 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alison,
    I have Just read your blog and am shocked and lost for words at your BC diagnosis. I wish you and all your family the very best of everything for the future and will remember you in my prayers.
    Take care.

  91. elaine sallis February 13, 2011 at 10:10 pm -  Reply

    HI Ali
    Hope you dont mind me writing again. I have been thinking of you all week end. Just wanted to let you know that my friend was diagnosed with a very aggresive breast cancer she had a mastectomy and chemo, radiotherapy and herceptin. She got through it all, as well as being an MS sufferer and she is now on her third year after the treatment. We have great times together and she has made me realise that you can never take anything for granted. I will follow your blog and hope that all goes well. I hope sams op makes life a bit easier for him. Take care of yourself. Love Elainexxxx

  92. Jools February 14, 2011 at 3:50 am -  Reply

    Dear Alison my Husband and I will keep you in our prayers and thoughts willing you to a full and speedy recovery.
    Jools and Ged xxx

  93. Lisa Carter February 14, 2011 at 10:26 am -  Reply

    Dear Alison
    I was so sorry and saddened to hear about your news I had to post this comment which is the first I have ever done. Wishing you a full & speedy recovery and my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Take care lots of love Lisaxxx

  94. elaine sallis February 14, 2011 at 10:56 am -  Reply

    I know Ali wont mind me sending this on her blog. I would just like to thank you for your kind comments about the problems we are having at the moment with poppy etc. Its good to know that people can take time out from their problems to think of others. The fact that this has happened on a blog dedicated to Ali says it all she is such a wonderful, warm, caring person.

  95. Daphne Wallis February 14, 2011 at 12:21 pm -  Reply

    So sad to hear your news, hope you make a speedy recovery and that we see you back on QVC later in the year. Take care.

  96. Veronica Dennant February 14, 2011 at 3:20 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alison, I read your blog with tears streaming down my face. Why do these things happen to such lovely people? I know you will be fine and be well looked after but you will be missed whilst you recover. A very dear friend of mine knows she has the cancer gene as does one of her sisters. So far she has had a hysterectomy and regular mammograms but is very aware. I know when I run my 6th Race for Life you will also be in my thoughts as the fighter you are .
    I wish you a really speedy recovery. Love to you and your family.

  97. Kim Egan February 14, 2011 at 4:13 pm -  Reply

    So very sorry to hear your news; however I am sure that someone with such a lovely sunny, positive approach to life as yourself will be bouncing back again very soon. Please look after yourself and, along with all other QVC’ers, I look forward to seeing you back when you are fit and well.
    Best wishes and God bless,

  98. janice reeves February 14, 2011 at 4:32 pm -  Reply

    Hello Alison,Just a line to wish you well, and have missed you so much on QVC but now know the reason for your absence, I can tell that you are being cared for really well, just take time out, get well and look forward to seeing you somewhen, but as always enjoy reading your blogs, but was taken aback by this last one, wishing you much love Janicexxxx

  99. janet gwynn February 14, 2011 at 8:57 pm -  Reply

    Haven’t written on a blog before but just wanted to say , hope all goes well with everyhting you have and will be going through, be kind to yourself and looking forward to seeing you back as you are always so cheerful . Let yourself be looked after and try and stay positive. Take care. janet

  100. Gillian L Grater February 15, 2011 at 11:49 am -  Reply

    Hello Ali. I’ve missed seeing and hearing you on QVC (I’m addicted). Your smiles and laughs light up our screens and brighten our lives. As others quite rightly say you are a strong person which is brilliant as you need a positive mental attitude. However you will have times when you want to screem, shout or shed a tear and thats ok too as its a normal reaction to not normal circumstances. You have much to endure with your treatment over the coming months so be sure to cosset and pamper yourself because you are worth it. Looking beyond this I’m sure I join many others in looking forward to your healthy return. With sincerest Best Wishes Louise x

  101. Julie February 15, 2011 at 2:13 pm -  Reply

    So sorry to hear your news, sending lots of love & hugs xxx

  102. jean mullen February 15, 2011 at 2:35 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    So sorry to here that you have cancer. Hope you get better soon as I miss your chat and very freindly face on our screen.
    Take care

  103. MRS M. SEFTON February 15, 2011 at 5:56 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison was beginning to wonder were you were I was about to enquire when I read your blog thank goodness you went for that mammogram take care and all my best wishes to you your Mum and your family hope to see you back soon.

  104. deborah stubbs February 15, 2011 at 6:55 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, i am so shocked at your news but with the support of your family and friends you will get through this
    Sending you lots of love
    Debi x

  105. janice reeves February 15, 2011 at 9:41 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, Just had to write back and wish you a good recovery, and say that I was very shocked about your news and that I am thinking of you, I had missed you from QVC recently and wondered where you had got too, am sure you are being cared for very well and can only wish you all that is good, take care until we see you again, Love Janicexxxx

  106. kaz February 15, 2011 at 11:33 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alison, so sorry to hear this, you must have been devastated…but u seem a very positive person so I am sure this will help you through this rocky time. Look forward to seeing you back on QVC sometime soon, take care x

  107. A Cheesewright February 16, 2011 at 12:04 am -  Reply

    Hello Alison, I hope you are feeling better now that your op is over and done with and whatever treatment you have in the future will set you on the road to recovery.
    I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer a few years ago and had radiotherepy for five weeks – it was not so bad, and I am keeping my fingers crossed.
    I, too, went after receiving my 50+ invitation, although I had found a lump almost six years before and gone to the doctors about it. He made me feel like a complete neurotic fool and said it was nothing and yet my cancer was exactly where I had felt the lump all those years ago. I was so lucky that it was a slow moving variation, as if it had been a faster spreading one I would have died because I trusted the doctors judgement, when all along I was sure there was something not right.
    All I can say to all of you out there who are worried – you know your body and if you think it’s something insist on having a scan. I know it is frightening, but the earlier you catch it, the better your chances of survival, so don’t leave it – be brave and go and sort it out. Life is worth living!
    Alison – I will be thinking of you and you will be in my prayers – good luck to you.

  108. valerie blake February 16, 2011 at 10:00 am -  Reply

    Dear Alison
    I feel like everyone else shocked after reading your news.
    life just deals us these blows,you will, i am sure bounce back,
    there are so many people thinking of you.
    lots of best wishes

  109. June Davies February 16, 2011 at 11:29 am -  Reply

    Dear Alison,didn’t find out until last night about your awful ordeal,you are in my thoughts and

  110. Elaine Dobson Higgs February 16, 2011 at 6:32 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,very sorry to hear your news.As your my favourite presenter,i wondered why i hadn’t seen you on air for some time.Now i know,wow what a shock.A lady i work with was diagnosed last year,she is returning to work next week. I am so looking forward to seeing her,and giving her a hug.So Ali stay positive,and all the very best for a speedy recovery. Elaine x

  111. Louise February 16, 2011 at 8:45 pm -  Reply

    I’m so sorry to read this Alison I can only wish you my very best, don’t worry about QVC spend time with your family and focus on getting well – love to you and your family – get well soon xx

  112. Sandra Bown February 16, 2011 at 8:51 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, I wish you a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing you back on our screen soon.
    Sandra xx

  113. Sue Rogers February 16, 2011 at 11:00 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alison. I was so sorry to read about your news. I had been wondering why I hadn’t seen you on our screens recently !
    I miss seeing you as you are one of the most natural presenters on QVC. I will be thinking of you. Best wishes and prayers for a good recovery. Take care.

  114. Jean February 17, 2011 at 11:15 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison,
    Am sorry and shocked to read your news, I wish you a speedy recovery and hope everything goes okay for you. I am glad to hear your Mum is okay now. You are right, the check up offered is essential, I made sure I had mine. I have friends who have had breast cancer and also my sister in law, it is an awful thing.
    All the best and hope to see you back on QVC soon. Take care.
    Love Jean XX

  115. sylvia February 17, 2011 at 2:02 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    I wondered why we hadn,t seen you on screen for a while and was shocked to read your news.Please take care.I am sure your lovely family will look after you and also through your blog I would like to wish Magda a clean bill of health.Take Care both of you lovely ladies.much love x

  116. catriona brown February 17, 2011 at 5:44 pm -  Reply

    What a lady you are, a true inspiration for others who are dealing with this disease . I did have a cry when i found out you had brest cancer but i soon stopped when i heard how brave you are . Keep positive a i will talk to my angels to look after you and give you strength.
    Keep positive Alison lots of love Catriona

  117. alison keenan February 17, 2011 at 6:20 pm -  Reply

    You are all so lovely :)!!!! I have read and re read all these incredibly kind and moving comments (thru my tears :)) and in truth, they have lifted my spirits hugely. Thank you!! I just wanted to respond to Sylie “so glad your friend is now better and that you were there to support her, Love Ali”: Susan – thank you for supporting me and so many others on this blog site, it’s great that you keep in touch, Love Ali x”: Susan ” 2003 must seem a long way back for you, but so glad that all is well and that you have time to spend with your two grandchildren. Many thanks for writing to me, Love Ali xx”:
    Jeannie “Excellent news that all clear on your 5 year check up. I think challenging is a good word for the chemo – have stopped reading about it! It will be what it will be :) Take care and stay well, love Ali “: Caroline “So sorry to hear about your mother in law, but wonderful that all is good and she is able to spend time with her great grandchildren. Thank you for writing to me, love Ali xxx”: Sue “You are incredibly brave and strong, and in 9 years time when you celebrate your son’s 18th, as I just have, this will be but a memory :) Stay strong for him, love Ali xx”: Louise “Excellent news about your brother in law, may he stay healthy. thanks for writing, love Ali xx” Cheryl “I send you a hug, and thank you for writing. Sounds like your treatment is the same as mine will be, so it’s wonderful to hear you are doing so well. My mum’s pretty well recovered now, so thank you for asking, love Ali xx” Elaine “Sam’s doing really well – will be blogging tomorrow – and I am so glad to hear that your friend has been clear for the last three years…may that always be the case, love Ali :) xX”: Veronica “All my very best to your dear friend, and keep on running those races :) I only managed two Races for Life, but have done several walks – the last in the peak district with Claire Sutton was exhausting, but so worth it :) And you’re right, I am a fighter….Sam’s doing really well so thank you for asking, Love Ali xx”: A Cheesewright “Thank you for writing, and I am so glad that you are better now :) Great that the NHS 50th invite persuaded you to go, and that’s excellent that you are so breast aware. Take care, and keep in touch, love Ali xx”.
    Thank you again, ALL of you……. I will of course be in touch again really soon, Love Ali xxx

  118. Jane Sewell February 17, 2011 at 10:50 pm -  Reply

    Aly, you are a strong and wonderful woman and you will come through this the same as I have done. I had my reconstruction at the same time as my mastectomy which was difficult and then had problems with radiotherapy but it has all made me a better person because of the experiences and the people I met all through the time. My surgeon and support in Portsmouth is excellent as I am sure yours will be.
    Keep positive is my motto….. and I know you will
    All my thoughts are with you. God Bless

  119. diane burgess February 18, 2011 at 12:48 am -  Reply

    wondered why i haddent seen you on screen for a while and as your blogs are always the most fun to read just checked in, so sad to hear that times are not good at the moment. Alison i dont know you personally but i do know you are an amazing lady and will take this set back on the chin, wish you all the best in your recovery, sending you loads of love at this difficult time. good luck and speedy recovery god bless xx

  120. Violet Ruby February 18, 2011 at 4:23 pm -  Reply

    Hello Alison
    Thinking of you, wishing you a very speedy recovery. I miss your lovely smiley face and fantastic personality you always make me laugh!So sorry to hear your news. Stay positive
    Love Violet x

  121. Dave February 19, 2011 at 8:49 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alison
    I am so so sorry to hear about your recent illness and operation! :-( We wish you a very speedy recovery.
    Cancer seems all around us at the moment – two friends with breast cancer and I am having chemo now for a (low grade, nothing to really panic about) leukemia. Not curable, but very controllable, thankfully!
    With all our love
    Dave & Rose xx

  122. Diana Boa February 21, 2011 at 8:37 am -  Reply

    Dear Ali—what a time you are going through at the minute–keep positive and I am sure that with all the love from your family and friends you will get through this—- I look forward to seeing you on air again and I hope your treatment is going well. May God surround you all with his love and take care of you. Love Diana x

  123. Debra Ward-Harris February 21, 2011 at 4:05 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison,
    I just read your blog and was shocked to hear about your diagnosis. I really hope you get well ‘fast’. I am glad you have two grown up children who can help you. I read of Sam’s operation and I hope he is getting well too. It will be a ‘happy’ occasion for you when Helen gets married. I hope all goes well. I really hope we can see you on QVC again after you get better. I wondered that I hadn’t seen you.
    I am the lady who is going to Greece for a holiday about the beggining of May and I will be out there for two or three months. I am so looking forward to it, as I haven’t been for about six and a half years! I will send you a get well card and I will send you a postcard from Greece. I will carry on reading your blogs up to date.
    Take care now and get better ‘fast’. I will be thinking of you.
    Love Debbie

  124. Shirley Evans February 22, 2011 at 11:15 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, have only just spent time catching up with blogs. I am so sorry and shocked to hear your news. Not at all surprised though by the way you are handling it. I have always said you are a very classy lady and that is all too clear in the brave and positive way you are facing this latest challenge, you are an inspiring person. I hope your dear son is well on the way to recovery , also your Mum. All your QVC fans will be willing you to make a speedy recovery and sending you much love and best wishes. Take care of yourself.
    My love and admiration to you, Shirley xx

  125. Janice Gilchrist February 23, 2011 at 12:28 am -  Reply

    Dear Alison , was just saying to my daughter I hadn’t seen u on tv and wondered were u were!!!!
    What a shock reading your blog! Do take care, you are a great presenter and miss u so are in our thoughts and prayers.Get well soon and best wishes to your family. Love Jan xxxx

  126. Sophie Jackson February 24, 2011 at 8:18 pm -  Reply

    hello Alison. I am very sorry to hear your news. I have not read your blog in a while and I am writing this on my birthday (24/02/11) I turned eleven today and really hope that you are ok. you are my favourite QVC presenter and am really missing you while you are away. really hope that you feel ok soon.
    best wishes from Sophie Olivia – age 11 – England xxxx :)

  127. Caroline Mullings February 24, 2011 at 9:20 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ali,
    I’ve only just read you’r blog because i’ve missed my favourite presenter lately and wondered where you’d gone. Alison i’m so very glad to hear that you are on the mend and well on the to recovery, please take good care of you.
    best wishes to you and you’r family. XX

  128. Ann Kane February 24, 2011 at 10:07 pm -  Reply

    Love your shows shows so much on QVC.Hope all is going well for you as you have your treatment.
    Love to you and your family.

  129. Nora Tisdall February 26, 2011 at 12:10 pm -  Reply

    Thinking of you. Stay positive and each day you will be better. before. Remember though, it is often two steps forward and one back – but it is not a race, just steady progress. I look forward to return to QVC but remember, there are a large number of ‘friends’ out there willing you on.
    Best wishes,

  130. carol griffiths February 26, 2011 at 11:49 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali i too like a lot of people was shocked to hear your news i have never posted on a blog before but felt i had too i wanted to tell you to take care of yourself and hope you are starting too feel much better good luck to you all sam all the best too you and lucy enjoy your forthcoming wedding ps happy 18th jack

  131. Alyson Eddon February 27, 2011 at 3:20 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison,
    Good to hear that you are starting to feel a little better.
    It was my mum who mentioned to me that you were poorly and you have been on my mind for some weeks now.
    Remember that you don’t face anything alone and I pray God’s blessing upon you and your wider family as you face the future together.
    Take care and much love and best wishes

  132. Hilary Keeling February 28, 2011 at 9:19 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali, I wish you all the best for a speedy recovery. I met you at one of the Harrods events and you are such a lovely friendly person. Take care and God bless.

  133. Suzyb March 1, 2011 at 1:05 am -  Reply

    Dear Alison,
    I have just clicked onto your blog to see were you were as I was missing you on screen. I am so upset to read what has happened, I have shed a few tears as your are one of my favorite presenters such an lovely warm person.
    I wish you all the best, keep strong, look after yourself and I look forward to seeing you back on QVC very soon.
    Take care, much love

  134. jo March 1, 2011 at 2:36 pm -  Reply

    hi ali,
    i am so shocked to hear your news,i was just thinking its been a while since i saw you on television, i just want to say my thoughts and prayers are with you for a speedy recovery,
    take care jo

  135. Debbie Lavery March 1, 2011 at 4:34 pm -  Reply

    Hi alison you are a beautifull person inside and out youre strong character will get you through this you are such a ray of sunshine when you are presenting honest and down to earth we will all miss you while you are away so get better soon bonnie lass plenty rest and do as you are told and come back to us as soon as you can lots of love and sunshine thoughtsxxxxxxx.

  136. sheila law March 1, 2011 at 9:03 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer just over 3 years ago a month after having a clear mammogram, so it really does pay to examine Breasts on a regular basis. I had a masectomy and radiotherapy and have made a good recovery. The recovery rate is so high nowadays especially if caught early. I wish you all the very best,you have lots of lovely friends and family battling with you. Love Sheila xx

  137. margaret toland March 1, 2011 at 9:12 pm -  Reply

    Just want to send you all my love and prayers missed you on qvc, stay strong and postive, and you have the love and support of a loving family and friends. God bless Alison and look after yourself.Love Margaret.

  138. Ann Holford March 3, 2011 at 12:40 am -  Reply

    Hope you are feeling well and on the way to recovery. Missing your lovely smile on the TV screen. Hope to see you back soon.
    Love and Best Wishes from a loyal scouser.

  139. Patricia Chapman March 5, 2011 at 4:31 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alison,
    I too have wondered why you have not been on QVC recently and am sorry to learn of your news. Praying that your positive attitude will help you with all you have to face over the next months.However you have so much to look forward to and that will help in dark days you may have.Thinking and praying for you and all your family.Stay positive. With love,Patricia.

  140. Louise Curts March 5, 2011 at 5:08 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali
    I too was so shocked to read your blog. I join with everyone in wishing you a full recovery. Keep strong, and never lose that wonderful sense of humour of yours; it will help see you through. You are missed on QVC and I will be listening for news of you. Lots of love, Louise xx

  141. Ann Blakey March 6, 2011 at 7:38 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali, Oh my goodness, I am so shocked to hear about your diagnosis, its like hearing from a friend. I am wishing you a speedy recovery,keep posivitve and keep smiling, you have so many kind thoughts coming your way, and keep up with the chocolates and champagne with Debbie Greenwood
    with love

  142. Joanne Robinson March 8, 2011 at 1:44 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,I am so sorry to hear your news,wishing you a full and speady recovery,Best wishes Joanne x

  143. Selina bone March 10, 2011 at 3:38 pm -  Reply

    OMG Ali I just told my Grandma and we feel really really sorry for u and your Mum coz my Grandma has been wandering where u are but now we know just be positive and u will get though this.So get well soon
    kind regurds
    Selina and her Grandma xxxxx

  144. Maggi Upton March 13, 2011 at 7:46 pm -  Reply

    I’m so pleased you are ok and recovering well, I suddenly realised that I hadn’t seen you for a while and decided to look on qvc not very good on these computers! I just wanted to send you my best wishes, you will be in the thoughts and prayers of so many qvc customers without a doubt, just stay as strong as you are that positive outlook is the best weapon of all.
    Lots of love
    Maggie xxxxxx

  145. Julie March 13, 2011 at 10:13 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Just heard Pippa make a comment on air, had no idea but thought
    had’nt seen you for a while.
    I was diagnosed last March, my hair, eyebrows and eyelashes are
    all coming back now and I’m waiting for my reconstruction surgery
    date which will be about June time.
    You are an amazing bubbly person and I know you will do just
    fine, some days are not so good but later they will seem less
    memorable and the good days take over.
    Love & Best Wishes to you and yours x

  146. christine nicol March 13, 2011 at 10:28 pm -  Reply

    hi Ali, i’m sorry to read about your’e health, i am only just going thru the blogs, i hope you have speedy recovery and back on our screens soon, hope sam goes on alright, and preps for Lucy’s wedding go to plan, as you say that’s a reason to be possitive. take care xxx

  147. Miss Jennifer Harris March 14, 2011 at 7:44 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison, so shocked to hear your recent news. My family and i send you all our best wishes and we hope to see you back on screens very soon. Take care, keep your chin and most of all keep smiling, love from Jenny and family.xxxxx

  148. Gillian Smith March 14, 2011 at 7:38 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali,
    I wondered where you were and then I read your blog.Oh dear Ali,you are such a lovely lady, and I was so sad to hear your news.Life can certainly throw some bad things our way and I just wanted to send you my very sincere wishes,I hope and pray that,with the help and love and support from others,you will continue to make good progress and we will soon see you back on QVC.I know,like me,you love the sun,so am hoping the thought of good weather and your daughter’s wedding will keep your pecker up.God bless you and yours.Gill x x x x

  149. Diana March 18, 2011 at 4:39 pm -  Reply

    Alison – like many QVC customers I have missed you & today took the time to look at your blog for a clue as to were you had gone. I want wish both you & your Mum all the very best for your recoveries. It is a shattering thing to be told you have BC & you have had such a tough time. Many thoughts & prayers will be with you & your family in the days ahead & may your vibrancy be back on our screens in the future to brighten up our days & nights as you surely did. Kind regards – Diana

  150. Irene March 19, 2011 at 12:10 am -  Reply

    Dear Ali,
    Have just read your blog and was wondering why you had not been on QVC lately and was
    so sorry to read that you were diagnosed with having breast cancer. I am actually a trained nurse
    and have seen so many positive outcomes. Get well soon and I send you love and wish you a speedy
    recovery and look forward to seeing you back on QVC
    Love Irene x x

  151. julie hartley March 19, 2011 at 2:37 am -  Reply

    so sorry to read your news Alison,my thoughts are with you as i am now 4 years post diagnosis and like you i had such a lot going on with familly life,no time to cope with illness, but you are a strong person with a loving family.take care and looking forward to seeing you back on our screen when you have recoverd.hoping to do the race for life this year and give support to to you and your family from

  152. sharon wilson March 20, 2011 at 9:31 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, at the grand age of 50 i have come into the 21st century and got a laptop. and so glad i did, as an avid qvc fan i have started to read the presenters blogs. came across yours and found we had something in common. ie breast cancer. i was diagnosed 3 years ago had the usual chemo, radiotherapy and in my case i needed herceptin. the trick is to take one step at a time. its wonderful how we all get through it. the very best of luck, lots of love from Sharon xx

  153. Trish Wilkinson March 21, 2011 at 4:25 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ali,
    Wishing you all the best, miss you on screen, take care,
    Maori saying
    Turn your face to the sun and your shadows fall behind you xx

  154. Arlene Feeney March 26, 2011 at 1:36 am -  Reply

    Dear Alison,I missed you on the TV and I had a feeling so I looked up your blog and can empathise with your very candid words.I was diagnosed in July after finding a lump as I showered.At first I told myself I was imagining things but not so.I have finished chemotherapy without nausea and little fatigue.Don’t look for side effects if you are having treatment as we are all different.Initially I was full of anticipatory anxiety as my lump was supposedly very small but not the case after a lumpectomy.I then proceeded to six treatments and then mastectomy.I viewed each treatment as another one down and one nearer to the end.My family and friends have been instrumental in giving me courage and the strength to face what was to come.We all get the strength and the love which surrounds which I likened to a big warm comforting blanket.Some days are tough depending on the mood but nothing lasts and keep telling yourself that.Keep focusing on things which make you happy, and waht you have to look forward to.If you are to receive treatment see it as your ‘hercules’ You are a very intuitive person and you will be equipped to help others along their path. I wish you all the very best and will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Arlene.xx

  155. PAULINE March 26, 2011 at 7:03 pm -  Reply

    hi ali i am so pleased you are getting better, i have missed you on qvc and wondered what had happened to you. so you hurry back its not the sme without you luv from polx

  156. Sandra Hood March 30, 2011 at 2:19 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali I miss your pretty smile and wonderful presenting, I send you all my love and positive thoughts, speedy recovery, we need you on our screens again, looking fit and well.
    Im due for my mammogram in May, it was reading your story that prompted me to make an appointment, as last year I didnt go when I was supposed to!Best wishes to you Ali.
    Love from Sandra xxx

  157. Freda April 6, 2011 at 12:52 pm -  Reply

    You are a great inspiration to all who read your detailed blogs Alison. Keep writing please… are a help and a comfort to all frightened sufferers of BC and also to all women who dread the routine tests and the wait for results. By the way your sense of humour is great.I had to laugh at your expanding experience. You have a career lined up there! You will be alright and back working before you know it. With thanks for your obvious concern for us women ..and your fun.God bless.

  158. Doreen Eggleton April 8, 2011 at 4:13 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, Just saw you pop in on Debbie’s show. Your looking really well. Power to you girl. I have got both family and friends who have been affected by breast cancer. Being possitive is the key thing. It has gotten me through many a tough day ( I have leukaemia)
    You will be in my prayers, your bubbly persona has been missed on QVC.
    Take care much love Doreen

  159. April 12, 2011 at 1:56 pm -  Reply

    Wow ,it’s amazing what happens over a few months, been so busy haven’t had the time to sit and look at blogs but today I had and Alison. your news has left me quite speechless (that doesn’t happen very often ). From a personal point of view … been there ,got the T-shirt, year 7 in remission.It’s a bit of a struggle at times but the journey is enlightening and character building and as you say family and friends are the foundations of inner strength which I know you have from watching you year after year on the TV. Sending the very best wishes to you and keep smiling …. there is always someone worse off somewhere in the world ! Gell well soon gal ! Lots love , Lorr XX

  160. Eve April 13, 2011 at 7:07 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alison,
    I too wondered why I hadn’t seen you on our screens. Clicked on presenters blog for the first time ever, to try and find out why. I was really shocked and saddened to find out that you’re having a hard time of it at the moment. I work with a lot of ladies around my age (I’m 52) and a lot of us had our breast check around the same time. Two of us were unlucky, and had breast cancer. Both ladies where very brave, and had their treatments and are both back at work. I don’t think there is anyone out there who doesn’t know someone who has had this terrible disease. But us ladies are tough (we have babies don’t we?) so keep strong and surround yourself with people who love you. I really hope we see you back to work soon too. xxx

  161. Morag Cade April 13, 2011 at 9:41 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    Missing you on QVC. Always look forward to your shows, and really look forward to your return. Glad to hear you have strong support of family and of your QVC colleagues at this tricky time. Thinking of you, take care.

  162. Jill Cope April 21, 2011 at 12:50 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    I decided that I would try to find out why I hadnt seen your lovely smiley face on QVC for a while. I was very sad to hear that you have breast cancer.
    My sister in law was recently diagnosed we were all shattered. Its very difficult to know what to say or do, I find whitty / charming cards that I send her before every session of chemo. She tells me that she looks forward to receiving them, they make her laugh. We have our own little code I sign it on my cards emails and texts, PMA (positive mental attitude) I firmly believe in it.
    Kind thoughts to you Ali, I wish you a speedy recovery, and I look forward to seeing my favourite QVC presenter back on the box soon.
    Jill xx

  163. Tree April 21, 2011 at 11:09 pm -  Reply

    Hello Alison,
    just want to send best wishes from me & my mum to you & yours. Take care & we really are all rooting for you. God Bless, Tree :-)

  164. Charmaine Lynch April 22, 2011 at 2:20 pm -  Reply

    Miss you on QVC stay strong and get well soon.
    Charmaine xx

  165. Marie Greenhalgh April 25, 2011 at 10:30 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    Just to send love and best wishes, my Mum and I both enjoy watching you on Qvc, you are our fave presenter, and a joy to watch.
    We were both shocked and saddened to hear your news, but you are on the right track now, and lots of positive thoughts and lots of tlc will help I’m sure
    With every good wish
    Marie and Mum, Burnley, x x

  166. Nicola April 27, 2011 at 2:50 pm -  Reply

    Go Girl!

  167. Myfanwy Brown April 28, 2011 at 9:17 pm -  Reply

    Dearest all the other viewers, I was really concerned that I had not seen you in ages..but in my heart, I knew the answer why, before I even came on here and checked. I really miss you..all the QVC presenters feel like family to me! I have been very unwell for 5 years now, not due to cancer, and sometimes just having QVC on, even just in the background, has helped me through some pretty grim is great to have a giggle with you all! I want you to know that I am praying for you and your family in this difficult time,and I thought I would remind you of some of the Prayer of Serenity..God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change..courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference; living one day at a time,enjoying one moment at a time, accepting hardships as the pathway to peace..

  168. Susan Smith May 5, 2011 at 7:48 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    I felt I had to send warm loving wishing to you, I apologise I am an avid qvc shopper & I suddenly realised last night I had not seen your lovely smile on my tv screen for a while now. So imagine my horror when I blogged you on qvc’s website today & discovered what you have been through.
    I cannot begin to understand what you have been through & are still facing, I myself had a terrible car accident some 32 years ago, lost both my legs & had 40% burns but I survived, then 10years ago I had major stomach/bowel surgery & ended up with a permanent stoma bag, I know quite an ordeal, I am saying stay strong & positive thinking & I am sure you will win this battle & it won’t be long before you are back at qvc telling us all how well you are feeling. STAY STRONG, HAVE SELF BELIEF and I am sure life will treat you right!!

  169. Isabella Duncan May 6, 2011 at 7:39 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alison, have just read your blog and am so sorry that this has happened to you. I had wondered what had happened to my ‘favourite presenter’ but couldn’t find out (I am fairly new to the internet so don’t know all the ins and outs of reviews) You give such a professional presentation but manage it with humour. You always manage to look so smart and you are a joy to the viewers. I wish you good luck and hope it won’t be too long before you are back. Isabella.

  170. Anne May 22, 2011 at 5:00 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, I had missed your lovely company on tv and wondered where you were so check your blog. What a shock, you always look so wonderfully healthy. I know life will be a bit bumpy for a while, but you will come out the other side. Think yourself well – positive mental pictures of you well and happy can work miracles and speed your recovery. Keep busy thinking about Lucy’s
    wedding and the boys plans and the time will wizz by and you will be well again soon. Take this as a warning not to work too hard and make time for yourself more. You and your family will be in my thought and prayers, as from personal experience I also know how hard it is for the whole family to deal with illness like this. Lots of love Anne

  171. WENDY CLEWS May 23, 2011 at 3:25 pm -  Reply

    Oh Ali l have just found out about you journey after a routine mammogram! I had 2 ops last year followed by Chemo and Radiotherapy and am very much here to tell the tale. Please take care and keep your chin up you WILL get through it and you have a goal to aim for with the wedding in October.
    Take care Wendy Clews xx

  172. susan nisbet and natalie dickson May 26, 2011 at 9:29 am -  Reply

    Take care Alison. xx

  173. June 1, 2011 at 10:55 am -  Reply

    What can I say, yes im a little late in seeing whats going on, but I had been missing you on QVC and thought I would have a look at see.. my god… I wa totally gobsmacked when I heard your news. My thoughts are with you and your family and this time, and also you mum. I have a very dear friend who is going hrough the same at the moment, and she is an inspiration to us all. I have been ill myself and she just cheers me up with her cheery smile… please take care ang god bless…xxx

  174. ann cain June 3, 2011 at 7:38 pm -  Reply

    Get well soon Ali you are a lovely lady. xxxxxxxxx

  175. SarahJane Lambert June 21, 2011 at 7:47 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison I was deeply saddened to hear your news , but after reading your blogs you have made me smile . You are handling this with dignity and truth . I hope that you make a full and great recovery . I know myself although not though cancer how illness can change the way you feel about everything .December 2010 I was taken ill and just thought I had a cold , by January 5Th I was on a life support machine which I needed for 8 weeks ( I had double Pneumonia and swine flu ) I stayed in hospital for 5 months .I have along road ahead as you do . You are being so brave and you true beauty shines though . Take Care Ali Love Sarahjane Lambert

  176. Jummai Yusuff July 5, 2011 at 10:23 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, wishing you better i’ve being poorly too over the past 18 months if i can recover from my illness then i know that, you can get through this with the help of mighty God. i’ll be praying for you to get better and keep your hopes up high and stay bless (Amen) can’t wait to see you back wait to see you back on Qvc
    Good Luck! XXXXXXX
    God bless
    Jummai Yusuff

  177. Paula Daniels July 10, 2011 at 3:12 am -  Reply

    Dear Ali – so sorry to hear of your news – my best friend has had breast cancer twice, reconstruction etc etc and has made a complete recovery – apart from getting drunk, falling off the bed and breaking her leg shortly thereafter. I have spoken to you a couple of times when I rang in and you were the nicest presenter I had spoken to. Thanking of you and looking forward to seeing you back on QVC very soon. Love from Paula xxxx

  178. sandra simpson July 15, 2011 at 11:32 am -  Reply

    Hope you are getting better . You are a loveley lady ALL my love and best wishes to

  179. wendy pope August 27, 2011 at 4:41 pm -  Reply

    Alison What a shock, I realised just the other day that I had not seen you on QVC for a while and thought I would look in the presenter list to see if you were still working at QVC. Oh my god what a shock to see your news. I dont know what to say apart from get well soon, my best wishes are with you and your family.

  180. sarah gray October 12, 2011 at 9:49 pm -  Reply

    Just tuned into the Breast Cancer Care show..where I saw a radiant & stunning wasn’t until you started talking about your treatment that I was aware of your battle with cancer…I would never have guessed looked so well!! Have noticed that you hadn’t been on screen of late..but thought I’d must have just missed your shows. Your positive outlook..personal strength & the love & support of those who love you will no doubt enable you to beat this terrible disease! Love & best wishes Sarah xx

  181. Marian Pinfold October 13, 2011 at 11:03 pm -  Reply

    Alison, I too wondered where you were, missed your style and presentation on QVC.
    We met some few years ago stranded on the tarmac of Minniapolis/St Pauls airport delayed for hours en route home from USA , you had been visiting Suzi B in California!!!!!
    I do hope all your treatments are successful, and I wish only good things for you.
    You were kind enough to talk to me at the airport and it was lovely to meet your youngest son Jack(??) who had been on holiday with you. Take care and spoil yourself, you sound like you have the perfect set of supportative freinds and family that will see you through, good luck with Lucy’s wedding day , enjoy yourself. Love Marian.

  182. Ms Ann Portas October 20, 2011 at 8:26 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali,
    You are such a strong,bright lady and I was stunned to read and watch the awards and seeing you look so radiant.
    You have been through such a great deal and now hopefully you are out of the dark and can start slowly to enjoy life with your family and friends.
    I thought you had left QVC and it was a shock to know you were so poorly.
    Love and best wishes to you .
    Ann xxxx

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