Kylie, BBQs and the Royal Wedding

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Ali with Lulu and Gill at the Kylie concert Now I know why we have eyelashes! Not just to give us something to use mascara on, but to stop all those bloomin' little flies making contact with our eyeballs! 

My eyelashes, being somewhat depleted at present, have meant that I now have to sport a rather large pair of sunglasses on my walks, which makes me a tad self conscious, especially as it was raining this morning…

Greetings!! Nothing like a bit of a whinge to start with eh? But it stops there, as I've got some lovely things to tell you about that have kept me occupied and smiling over this last month. Firstly was a complete spoiley in the shape of an invitation from Lulu herself to join her and the lovely Gill (who looks after Lu and the Time Bomb range) to see the diminutive but delightful Ms Kylie Minogue at the 02 Arena!


Ali with Matt Cardle (X Factor winner) We were VIP guests, so we met up with Danni Minogue in the Green Room prior to the concert, and also chatted with Matt Cardle (X Factor winner) before being seated with them, and next to David Walliams! 

I didn't know where to look until the show started and then all eyes were on the stage, which was filled with Roman Chariots, winged Gods, fountains of water, fireworks, scantily clad men and women, and of course, Ms Minogue… all set against a backdrop of The Acropolis! Amazing! It was a great night, with a wonderful ending when Lulu and I shared our taxi back and she sang to me… just the best time :)

I actually got to wear my brand new real hair wig for the occasion, which made me feel quite glamorous although the jury's still out on whether it should be a tad shorter. I've become quite adept at tying my scarves, thanks to Breast Cancer Care's brilliant little film you can access on their website, so that's given me more options too. 

To be honest, one of the worst things about having no hair is the cold! My head is freezing at night, and so I've experimented with scarves, hats and even a balaclava… frightened myself to death when I got up in the night for a wee though!! :) 

BBQs

The days more recently have been glorious haven't they? All the sunshine we could wish for, and warm enough for several BBQs which is what I had on Easter Sunday when all the children came over. BBQs are great for me because Sam always does the cooking! He's incredibly patient (which is where I always fail) and with the exception of the asparagus ("What do you want me to do with this??") which was left to 'cook' until it resembled sticks of charcoal, the rest of the food was fab! 

We all just lolled about, ate too much, and enjoyed being together. Richard had set all the chairs and the table up, and Lucy and Ruth cleared it all away too which was kind. And then I had some amazing news on the Tuesday when Ruth texted me to say that she was watching Sam play badminton!! Can you believe it?! He hasn't been able to run at all since his accident, but with his new leg, his range of movement is far greater and has made this possible. 

He can also now ride a bike, and was even talking about taking part in a 50 mile bike ride! I have to admit to having a little cry, but was absolutely thrilled… he has come such a long way :)

A finding in my garden

Duck eggs I'm still doing my daily walk, and have also had time to work a little on the garden, and it was while I was clearing some weeds that I startled a duck – actually I don't know who was more startled in truth!! She flew out of the bush at incredibly high speed, but left behind her a nest complete with 13 eggs!! 

I was soooo excited, and immediately spoke to my neighbour, as her duck eggs had hatched only days before. Well my little duck has been patiently sitting now for weeks, but I'm told that she mustn't be there for longer than 28 days, and I am somewhat troubled as I don't know how she'll know when the time's up! I give her special duck food every day and also water and she seems happy enough, so I will let you know what happens… exciting eh?!

The Royal Wedding

But in truth not as exciting as the Royal Wedding was – for me anyway. I LOVED it! Not only did Kate look stunning, but it was clear that both she and William have eyes only for each other, unlike the rest of the male population who's eyes seemed to be glued on Kate's sister Pippa! And didn't she look gorgeous too?! A male friend told me he'd Sky Plus'd her walk up the very long aisle, so he could watch it back at his leisure… 

I was watching with a group of girlfriends, and the burning question was 'no underwear, or Slim and Lift from the bust downwards?' Quite frankly it was good to be distracted from the vast array of, in some instances, quite ludicrous hats! Many resembled satellite dishes, one looked like a canoe, but Princess Beatrice's got first prize for looking least like a hat…

I always wish I could lip read on these occasions, although the tabloids did a great job of deciphering William, Harry and Kate's whispers :) I did think that the startled look on Prince Philip's face when he entered the Abbey may well have been followed by a comment along the lines of "By jingo, I hadn't realised how run down the old place has become! There are actual trees growing indoors!" 

But for me the funniest moment was when Prince Charles, having handed his pristine white gloves over, squeezed his nostrils between finger and thumb, and then shook hands with some dignatory standing next to him!! Perhaps as it's royal bogey it's ok, but I wouldn't have been best pleased :)

Catching up with friends

Claudia with her kids Noah and Blake In between royal occasions and family barbeques, I've been to see Claire and her fab house and incredible garden that Dan is working so hard to complete :) I've also had a visit from Claudia and baby Noah and little Blake too. 

I've stayed over with Debbie Greenwood and mown my way through an enormous amount of chocolate, had lunch with dear Kathy, caught up with the lovely Mr. Biagi, and spent ages on the phone talking to Charlie who cheered me up no end on one of my not so good days :)

Pipa ordered me some of the new eyelash conditioner, Anne, Catherine and Jilly texted me and I briefly saw Julia, Ali, Craig, Jill and Debbie Flint when I visited QVC Towers. All of them, plus all of you, keep me strong and make me laugh, and continually remind me that there is a light at the end of the tunnel… I do see it most days, and I thank you for it.

Until next time, with my love,
Ali xxxx 

204 Comments

  1. angela white May 9, 2011 at 6:02 pm -  Reply

    hi ali,wow! you been a busy lady-how lovely seeing the lovely miss minogue. i really enjoyed wedding especially the choir and music they chose but what did beatrice and eugene look like! one of the presenters said they looked like the 2 ugly sisters out of a pantomine! yes beacon radio is still on tettenhall road-yow alright!:) i”ve got my 6month check up on thursday i feel fine but its always a worry isnt it? Glad your family are well,take care of yourself stay positive and keep smiling! sending love and hugs x

  2. sylvia May 9, 2011 at 6:10 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    My goodness you have been busy.I am glad to see you looking better and your long wig suits you.You look like a wee schoolgirl! What special friends you have Ali,that just goes to show you how others care about you.
    It’s so lovely to see Claudia has been visiting you.I am looking forward to her return to QVC.I am also so glad your son is doing so well.He is a fighter,isn’t he.Anyway take care Ali and look forward to seeing you popping into QVC at some time.x

  3. Martin forbes May 9, 2011 at 6:52 pm -  Reply

    your blog is excellent as always looking forward toy ou coming back to qvc when you are well enough

  4. Una May 9, 2011 at 7:30 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    FANTASTIC blog. OH WOW! you met MATT CARDLE!! I LOVE matt!!! MATT CARDLE………WOW. Never mind Danni and Kylie, who? MATT CARDLE!!!!!!!
    Isnt little Noah just gorgeous, and Blake, what a cutie. Claudia looks so happy. Im so glad you have felt up to meeting all the QVC gang. If they dont cheer you up, nothing will.
    My friend knits little teeny hats, that she hands in to the local maternity hospital for the little preemies. I remember complaining about my ears being freezing, as most of my hair loss seemed to be contained in that area! She came “to cheer me up” armed with a baby pink hat, with a huge pompom on it. It did keep my ears warm, but the pompom was so huge that I couldnt lay my head on the pillow!! I didnt have the heart to chop it off, so tried to persevere as long as I could!!!!
    Will be fab if the duck eggs hatch. They will keep you amused for HOURS! They are so cute, and very funny to watch.
    I so enjoyed watching the wedding. They make a lovely couple, and I do hope they make it work. They mustve known every word would be lipread and reported, but just didnt seem to care. Just lovely. I was cringing at some of the hats, eeeewooo, just horrid!!!
    MATT CARDLE…!!!! WOOOOHOOO!
    I did see Prince Charles and his latest faux pas. What more can you say?!!!!!!
    The BBQ sounds wonderful. Unfortunately, we still havent had weather fit for a BBQ. Well, one day, but even then, it was so windy, we would have had to chase the sausages down the street!!!
    Hope the latest treatment went well. Another one to score off the list. That tunnel is getting shorter and the light brighter.
    My love as always Ali
    Una xx

  5. Una May 9, 2011 at 7:38 pm -  Reply

    Me again Ali, sorry.
    Got so excited about MATT CARDLE, that I forgot to say. You look so beautiful. I like the long hair, why not?
    Also, FAB news about Sam. How amazing is that? He must feel so much better, and a wonderful feeling for you too, to see him. Hes come so far. A credit to you, and to Ruth.
    Love Una xx

  6. Joanna Downey May 9, 2011 at 7:38 pm -  Reply

    Dearest Ali, thank you for such an uplifting and upbeat message. How exciting to be expecting ducklings, like all babies they are just gorgeous. I too loved The Royal Wedding. Our younger Daughter was still on uni holiday and watched it with me, the other half was up a mountain in the Cairngorms and wasn’t remotely interested so Ellie and I did it properly with lots of fizz, strawberries and “picky things”. I thought it was perfect. They both looked wonderful and I loved the way their nerves melted away as the ceremony continued. The music was sublime and Westminster Abbey looked so beautiful with those stunning trees. I agreed with my Ellie who said that she looked more regal than the Royals; when they were in the carriage it was really moving to see her bow her head every time William saluted. Obviously you can’t do anything about what guests wear OR out of sorts bridesmaids but that’s life. I hope I look as calm in July when I’m MOTB as Kate’s Mum… On to other matters, I really like the longer hair look but I think you can take any style, length or colour so, if this is the time to ring the changes, go for it heaven knows you deserve all the highspots you can get. I sit reading your responses to all these messages of hope and love with tears streaming down my face, looking like a panda and having so much admiration for you. We all feel we know you and I think you’re one of those people who make life better for others just because you’re in our lives. Good Luck for the final FEC, one step closer to the end of the tunnel. Love from Jo x

  7. Edna Munro May 9, 2011 at 7:55 pm -  Reply

    Ali,your strength,optimism,determination make me feel so this humble.All the best to you and your family on this journey!

  8. Magda Chetty May 9, 2011 at 9:37 pm -  Reply

    HI ALI
    So good to hear from you, you look so good which is great, like the wig, but agree with you it needs to be a tad shorter, short hair makes you look younger.
    Amazing news about Sam, way to go Sam, lots of love and hope the new leg helps you to live your life to the full iam soooooo happy for you.
    Ali I had my op, and iam now home, I was lucky as they did not find any cancer in the lymph nodes. I will go back to hospital on 13th May to remove the stitches, then again on 24th May to be told what kind of treatment I will need and when.
    I thank you and all the wonderful QVC ladies who always ask about me and send me the good wishes, it really helps me and always put a smile on my face, Love You All very much.
    ALI finding the duck eggs and 13 of them, that is very lucky, I hope it will brings you much luck.
    I was watching the Royal wedding on the Spanish TV in the hospital (my op was on the 29th April)and just as Kate”s car arrived they came to take me to be operated on, but my husband has been great and bought me lots of magazines with all the wedding photos, and I was told a friend of mine did record it so I may be able to watch it soon.
    Lots of love Ali keep happy, and look forward so much to your next blog.
    All my love.
    Magda.

  9. Mandy May 9, 2011 at 10:44 pm -  Reply

    It’s lovely of you to keep your blog updated. You are one Amazing Lady.Sounds like you had a fab time at the O2.It’s lovely that you have such a supportive family and extended family at QVC. Stay positive. We’re all thinking of you and wishing you well. Lots of Love Mandy xxx

  10. Sue Joynson May 9, 2011 at 11:45 pm -  Reply

    keep smiling and the world smiles with you.
    You are in our thoughts

  11. Mrs Jane Smith May 9, 2011 at 11:54 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison Very glad to hear things are going well for you. I hope this continues and you are sonn back at qvc. I am sure, like myself, the qvc viewers miss you. Hope you will be well enough to come back soon. Take great care of youself. Love Jane Smith x

  12. Margaret May 10, 2011 at 12:36 am -  Reply

    Hello Alison
    I was thinking today whilst watching QVC that we hadn’t see you for while. I was wondering why the lads were doing the fashion slots. Not sure how I missed your news. Not been checking the blogs much lately. So, I hope you continue to improve and wish you speedy recovery and look forward to see you smiling face back on our screen soon.
    As I had cancer in my forty, and have been clear now for the 16 years. Keep positive is the answer. Best wishes
    Margaret

  13. Jenny Longworth May 10, 2011 at 9:08 am -  Reply

    Dear Alison!
    So lovely to read your blog!
    Your trip to see Kylie with Lulu must have been a welcome break for you and a lot of fun! Your hair looked amazing whether it be long or short. You have the beautiful face that suits everything! I bet those head scarves look fab! It’s amazing though, how much our ‘eyelashes’ matter. You never think about them keeping out dust and devris etc…. amazing!
    Lovley to hear about Sam too. He’s a brave and wonderful son to you!
    Since I last wrote to you about being sad that my Son had gone to Uni, I’ve also had to deal with my Mum’s sudden illness, nursing her and then she finally passed away on the 18th April.
    It amazes me how we cope with everything like you have had to! I so miss her!
    Yes, it’s been wonderful weather which really does cheer us up no endless! I’m pleased that you’ve been able to have all you QVC pals around to see you. I can imagine Charlie making you laugh.
    Anyway, Miss you on the tv but I’m sure that you have lots to do with your time! I hope all the treatment is going well for you! My best wishes to you and your lovely family, love Jenny May xxxx

  14. syl May 10, 2011 at 9:41 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali I so look forward to your blog how lucky are you going to see kylie did you meet her,your looking fab and love your long hair suits you keep your chin up. sylv x

  15. elaine sallis May 10, 2011 at 9:48 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    What a busy time you have had. I think your long hair looks lovely. But you look lovely all the time anyway. You really sound upbeat and I know that that and the many friends you have on your side will help to keep you going on the road ahead.
    I hope tomorrow goes ok and then that will be one corner on that road you have turned. How wonderful to hear about Sam, he has dealt with this amazingly but then he has a wonderful role model to follow!
    Lots of love Elaine

  16. Linda, Glasgow May 10, 2011 at 10:42 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    I so look forward to your blogs as they are so cheery,positive and very funny with loads of info about what you’ve been up to – thanks for thatXX I’m so jealous(but in a good way) of you going to see Kylie at the O2 and with Lulu – sounds as if you had a great time. I’ve said it to you before but you are so rich in friends and family and i bet any cash millionaire would swap places with you in a New York minute!! your blessed Ali and you deserve to be tooX. Wonderful news about Sam – sounds as if some of his mum’s courage and determination has been inherited by him – my father lost his right leg (luckily below the knee) during the second world war and he never let it stop him do anything – work,marriage and family as well as sports and social activities – he just adapted were he could and just made it work, myself and my brothers gained a great work and social ethic from both him and mum.Lovely to speak to you again Ali – keep your chin up,your wig(and balaclava when necessary) on and keep using the eyelash serum – you look so glamourous in the photo with Lulu and Gill,you go girl!! I hope your not suffering to much with the treatments but please remember on your “not so good” times wether they be minutes,hours or days that we are all routing for you Ali sending you the usual positive thoughts(keep saving them) and much much love and so much respect – your approach to this illness is remarkable you are to be commended on your bravery and upbeat manner along with your wicked sense of humour. Much love and respectXX Love Linda

  17. Linda Marshall May 10, 2011 at 10:50 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    Lovely to see you smiling and keeping your spirits up.Keep positive and enjoy the time you spend with friends and family.My husband went for a check up yesterday and the consultant has requested another ct scan as he is having a lot of stomach pain after food.Keep smiling you look lovely in your wig.
    Lots of loveto you and your family.
    Linda xxx

  18. Caroline Hawkins May 10, 2011 at 11:28 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison.
    Simply wanted to say how sorry I am to hear that you are poorly. I’m slightly miffed that I only read your new blog this morning, as yesterday having discovered you were poorly, we were so moved that my daughter Grace and I entered for one of the “Race for Life” events. Now 5Km might not sound much to most, but it sounds like a blinking long way to me! And now …I see that you’ve been having a fantastic time while I’ve been staggering around beginning my training!.
    Seriously though, we will be proud to walk/run for you and others we know touched by this situation.
    Hope you heal a little every day and soon feel better. I’m looking forward to seeing your new real hair on QVC in the future.
    God Bless.

  19. Alpa May 10, 2011 at 12:55 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Thank you for another fabulous and uplifting blog! To be honest I did not think how it would be if my eyelashes were to go somewhat awol until you mentioned it! I hope the oversize shades have been helping – very VIP, you fashonista!
    You look so lovely in the photos with your long hair and I hope that Kylie’s concert and Lulu singing just for you, made for a good night. You deserve to be thoroughly spoiled! It’s so good that you have been feeling up to going out and of course seeing the QVC gang. Claudia looks so happy and content with her gorgeous children. That is such fantastic news about Sam and the new leg and I hope it has helped how he feels in himself.
    And yes, it is exciting news about the duck eggs!
    To be honest, I thought that the hats at the wedding were a separate form of entertainment!!
    Una, I confess I have not watched the X Factor properly for some time. Shame on me, I know!! And you have done it again with the image of you chasing sausages down the street in the wind! I hope that you have some sunshine and warm weather soon.
    Helen, hope you and Olivia are well and looking forward to your next shopping expedition! Thank you for what you said, I did reply on Ali’s last blog.
    Magda, thinking of you and sending my love.
    Ali, it’s the last FEC tomorrow, YAY!!
    Love Alpa xx

  20. Alpa May 10, 2011 at 1:06 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Only me! I forgot to say that I hope you find something that works at keeping your head warm, poor thing. The balaclava comment did make me smile :)
    Love Alpa xx

  21. Debz May 10, 2011 at 3:15 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    How FABULOUS do you look in that wig? Absolutely sensational!
    I am so glad that you’ve been out and about as much as possible and that you are being spoilt by those around you. Sorry to hear about your eyelashes. They are rather taken for granted by most people and I must admit I hadn’t thought about what would happen if you didn’t have any. I will never complain about my short stumpy lashes again!!
    Fantastic news about Sam. I cried too when I read about the wonderful progress he is making. You must be so proud of him.
    How wonderful nature is. I would like to think that that Duck knew that you would need cheering up occasionally and decided that she would nest in your garden and let you be “granny” to her chicks and enjoy them waddling around your garden. Guaranteed to bring a smile to your face even on your darkest day.
    Ainzley has, yet again, caused me some embarrassment this week. We have decided that we’d like some new blinds for the bedroom and had a very nice man come to see us one evening last week. He brought us some samples (heavens that word again!!) of fabric in a nice leather case. We were chatting away with him and I noticed Ainzley had come down for a sniff of our visitor. I advised the nice man not to stroke Ainzley as he can be a bit grumpy. The man looked a little nervous but carried on explaining the various material etc to us. Ainzley was busy sniffing the nice leather case and then proceeded to lie against it, put his back leg in the air and started to vigorously lick his (how can I put this delicately) tallywacker. I was mortified and looked at my other half for some help as Ainzley showed no signs of stopping. Finally, I joked that Ainzley was “doing his aerobics” and proceeded to roll him over with my foot only to be rewarded with a hiss and him (thankfully) stalking from the room (Ainzley that is not the nice man from the blind company!!) Even though I like the blinds that the man showed us, I can’t yet bring myself to ring him to accept his quote!!! I do love my cat but sometimes I do wish I’d got a hamster instead!!
    Angela, good luck with your check up on Thursday. XX
    Una, do you like Matt Cardle by any chance? I couldn’t really tell from your post!!XX
    Magda, it was so lovely to hear from you and we are all wishing you well.XX
    Good luck Ali with your next round of treatment. We are all with you, taking it in turns to hold your hand.
    Lots of love and licks
    Debz and Ainzley (=^-^=)XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

  22. Gail May 10, 2011 at 3:42 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali, you’ve tired me out just reading your blog. I’m so, so glad that life for you is going ahead as normally as is possible in the circumstances as I also know how worn out you must really feel. Lovely of Lulu to invite you out. I love the wig and, in fact, I really thought Lulu and yourself looked a lot like each other. Does anyone else out there see the resemblence? Finding a duck’s nest, how wonderful is that? Also, 13 eggs, my lucky number. Very exciting and I didn’t realise you could buy special duck food, what a lucky duck to have nested in your garden.
    So glad to hear that Sam is forging ahead with his life; such a big thing to come to terms with. I do admire him so.
    I did watch the wedding and thought Kate looked amazing. I also had a tear for Diana, knowing how much she would have loved it. I thought the Queen looked miserable and I don’t think I saw her smile once. Some of the outfits, like you said, looked comical and completely out of character for such an occasion. We are obviously on the same wavelength because I too thought one of the hats looked like an aeriel and was very worried that it may attract overhead aircraft (as in Fools and Horses).
    Lovely to hear from Magda. Thinking of you Magda, keep strong and keep in touch. Una, belated birthday wishes and unfortunatley I missed Dale having the giggles. I did catch him demonstrating the Wii the other morning. He is always such a good sport and always makes me laugh (same sense of humour).
    Sorry I haven’t any advice re the cold head Ali, but you did make me laugh out loud about frightening yourself in the mirror. Your treatment sounds very aggressive and I too didn’t know it affected the female hormones. I remember the menopause well. Whenever I was out shopping, I could often be seen dangling out of the M & S freezers. I would pretend to be looking in the freezer department but really I would be cooling off (heaven).
    Lots of love to everyone – Una, Magda, Alpa and anyone else I have missed xxxx
    Ali, keep strong and remember WHEN GOING THROUGH HELL, KEEP GOING. A big hug sent your way, take care and speak soon. Lots and lots of love,
    Gail xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  23. Jan Burnley May 10, 2011 at 4:51 pm -  Reply

    Hello Aly.
    This is the first time that I have written to you,I just had to say how great your blogs are. You’ll probably say “what’s the point of being downbeat” but I guess there have been times when it’s hard to “see the sun shine” and for anyone in the same position as yourself, it really must help an awful lot reading such positive things. Can I share my day with you? I have reached the ripe old age of umpteen(!) and I have spent the morning with my son watching and listening to, nightingales, and that’s a first! The birds I mean not the son! It doesn’t take much to please me but today I was extra chuffed!
    Love and prayers for you and your family Aly.
    Jan Burnley

  24. kay salisbury May 10, 2011 at 5:05 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali-I have been keeping up with your news and wish you the best of luck with your treatment-you have always been one of my fav presenters and I wondered why you have been absent,so read-and keep reading-your blogs.You are so brave and look really well-look for the simple things to cheer you up each day and keep your lovely sense of humour.All will soon be back to ‘normal’I’m sure.God bless you and make you well. Kay.X

  25. ali May 10, 2011 at 5:55 pm -  Reply

    I was wondering why you were not on the tv with QVC and after reading the above im still unsure what has happened.
    I have been working lots lately and unable to get on QVC website.
    Im giving you love and best wishes and speedy recovery Ali. xxxxx

  26. Linda Marshall May 10, 2011 at 6:20 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,It’s me again. When i wrote you a blog earlier i forgot to add this little verse.
    Trust in your guardian angel
    and you will surely find
    that you’ll feel loved and protected
    and will have peace of mind.
    Linda xxx

  27. Rhona Fenton May 10, 2011 at 7:35 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison where do I start you have been such a busy girl:) so good to see how much fun you are having the concert sounded amazing lucky you but you deserve it:) and what fun you were all having at your bbq it means alot to get a chance to spend time with family and friends:) love your story about your head gear at night my sides are still splitting with laughing at your fright night with your balaclava:) love your duck story too we get ducks up also just wish they would stay:) and the news about sam please pass my well done and congratulations on to him that is just fantastic news on how far he has come you will be so pleased and proud Alison:) now as for you Alison you look so well and I love the longer length hair suits you lots you go girl and just think you can try all different styles for lucy’s big day:) sorry for the delay with my Alisons wedding pictures we are working on it then I will email them to you along with news off her big day sorry for the wait! can’t get over the size of baby noah already thank you for adding that to your blog it’s so lovely to see claudia and the children we have had a little laugh in the past as her daughter is my name sake also:) well Alison keep strong you look beautiful as always and I know you will have your not so good days but we are all here for you as in all your friends family and everyone who writes to you, we love you dearly and it is good you keep us up todate on how you are doing and letting us know how your amazing little ones are doing also:) talk to you again soon and I will try and get that email to you asap keep well lot’s of love Rhona xx

  28. helen s May 11, 2011 at 10:09 am -  Reply

    Hia Ali, you look so well, I’m amazed at your energy, good on you!! It sounds as though you are being well spoiled, and why not. Yes Alpa, I had M.E. when I was 30 almost 14 years ago now, and although I am sooo much better, it never leaves you and after my recent antics over the Easter holidays, you know, painting fences, gardening etc, I do feel a little jaded, and thats the most annoying part. It still gets me down but it could be worse. Magda, I’m so thrilled that you are doing ok and the operation went to plan and Una, you are just so funny,hope the weather is being kind to you? Its pretty chilly here in good old South Wales today but the sun is out and so is the washing, which of course meens ironing, yuch!!!! Ali, I do hope the treatment is ok, you’ve done so very well so far, big pat on the back from me.
    Keep well ladies and hold hands, and of course, keeep dancing.
    Luv and hugs
    Helen S xxxx

  29. Louise May 11, 2011 at 10:32 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    I’m sure you have more important things to do other than write your blog on here, which makes it even more appreciated. I do admire your determination to get on with your life and your positive outlook on life. It’s at these trying times that one’s genuine character is revealed, and you ought to be proud of your’s!It would be nice to see you back on air but obviously you need to get well first.
    Look after yourself and take care.
    Louise.

  30. Susan May 11, 2011 at 2:08 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali!
    So great to hear from you and hear what antics you’ve been up to! You are a hoot and a half! I cannot believe that with all that you have going on you find the energy and determination to go and party with Lulu and your other ‘celeb friends’ at the O2! Good for you and my how you deserve a little fun!! You are an inspiration the way you are dealing with your goings on shall we say. I am so glad Lulu looked after you and invited you with her – I’m sure it was most welcome.
    Fabulous news about Sam! I’m sure it’s a weight lifted from your tiny shoudlers!
    Your new real hair suits you as well my dear! You would look good in a bin bag though! Your personality and beauty always shines through.
    And finally how loveyly it was of you to post that stunning photo of the gorgeous Claudia and her beautiful boys. What a treat! I can’t wait for her to come back too. Another character! She’s fab. Lovely that Charlie and Simon have kept you company too. They are good men aren’t they.
    Anyway I hope your last treatment of FEC today is ok – really stupid thing to say I know – but don’t know what else to say. It’ll be the last horrible one let’s hope though.
    You take care and thanks for the wonderful blog. You lift our spirits!
    Susan x

  31. Pam Martin May 11, 2011 at 4:58 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, you are an absolute inspiration and an extremely beautiful Lady. I sincerely admire your strength and courage. You are a star! I know many Ladies who have overcome breast cancer and are absolutely fine now. I know you will be another one. Its ok me saying this but try and keep your chin up, as we all care and love you. Love Pam an Family xxxx

  32. Pauline Johnson May 11, 2011 at 7:36 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison love reading your blogs and however bad I feel you make me feel so better love the wig think I could do with one as my hair seema to be getting thin on top. would false eyelashs be any good and dont worry about sunglasses I am wearing them all the time at the moment as I have a infection in my eye, if you want a woolly hat can send you one of my husbands that he wears over the garage when it is cold !!!!!!!
    Take care and keep your chin up.
    Love Pauline

  33. linda fleming May 11, 2011 at 10:16 pm -  Reply

    hello ali
    like one or two of the other ladies i too didnt realise you were poorly i just want to say take care
    (life is like a wild tiger-you can either lie down
    and let it lay its paw on your head-
    or sit on its back and ride it)
    wishing you a speedy recovery.
    linda x

  34. Alison Keenan May 11, 2011 at 10:43 pm -  Reply

    My dear Magda, sooooo good to hear from you, and to hear that you are recovering and that the lymph nodes were clear, that should make a big difference. All great news. I will keep everything crossed that your treatment will be short and not too tiring. I hope too that you’ve managed to watch your recording of the Royal Wedding – it was beautiful – and well worth seeing at least a couple of times :) Thank you for your kind words about Sam, and for also passing on your best to our friends here on the Blog. We have ALL been very concerned for you, and send YOU all our love – not that I need to speak for the girls, as they’ve written to you individually :) Stay strong and positive, and all will be well Magda, with my love, Ali xxx

  35. Alison Keenan May 11, 2011 at 10:50 pm -  Reply

    My dear Caroline and Grace, what can I say, except a mighty great thank you :) Every step you take on that 5k race for life will be so very much appreciated by me, and all women who are in the same position. Let’s pray that with the funds they raise, that they continue to find ways of detecting the cancer earlier and improving on the treatments. With YOUR help they will. Bless you both, love Ali xx

  36. Alison Keenan May 11, 2011 at 10:54 pm -  Reply

    Jan I’m very flattered that you’ve taken the time out to write to me, and thank you for your love and prayers. Being umpteen (plus several) years myself, I also appreciate time spent with my son(S) but can only imagine that the birdsong was a bonus :) Hope you’ll stay in touch and enjoy future blogs. With my love and thanks, Ali xx

  37. Alpa May 11, 2011 at 10:57 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    I hope you are taking it easy after your treatment today :)
    Una, your post on Ali’s last blog literally had me laughing out loud!! I do like the way you think when you text, it makes sense to me! And you have the offer of a piggy back home, I like it!
    “Old Spice” indeed. I am most definitely in!! You are such a tonic, thank you.
    I’m sorry to hear that your sister has M.E. and so pleased that she has it under control and is keeping really well. That is so encouraging, as mine seems to be out of control at the moment!
    I had a lovely surprise when I came home after an appointment today. It was my elemis, ordered from the lovely Keeley’s salon yesterday and with me in less than 24 hours!
    Helen, hope you manage to have some rest and feel a little less jaded. If you lived closer, I would volunteer to do your ironing. Maybe DHL could help out!!
    Debz, it seems that Ainzley has no shame…. how funny!! I hope that you will get your blinds at some point!
    Magda, so pleased that your operation went well. I hope that you are being very well looked after.
    Gail, hope you are well and sending my love.
    Ali, thinking of you.
    Love Alpa xx

  38. angela white May 12, 2011 at 12:29 pm -  Reply

    hi ali,sorry me again!hope your ok after yesterday and not feeling to bad-soon be over! i”ve been for my 6month checkup today-im fine! yippeee! i”ll only have to go every 12months now cos my 3years are up.i got a mamagram next month.bc nurse was lovely she noticed my handbag (kipling)so that led to qvc and liz earle! and she uses it as well! well impressed! thank you debz for wishing me luck today! x thinking of you ali as we all are take care,love and hugs x

  39. janet groves May 12, 2011 at 2:14 pm -  Reply

    Hello Alison,
    “WOW” Looking Good Girl!!!
    Reading your blog was a real joy with your super photo’s and so nice of Lulu to take you to see Kylie as her VIP guest.
    Much love to you and your lovely family
    Janet Groves
    xx

  40. helen slee May 12, 2011 at 4:37 pm -  Reply

    Hia Ali
    Hope that you are ok after your treatment? Don’t go over doing things now! Your one step closer to the finishing line my love, look how quickly time has gone already. You are doing so very, very well.
    Alpa, I think that DHL would have a fit if I let them in charge of my ironing, which is now, all done, well except for the next 3 wash loads that are whizzing around on the line. Bless you for offering to do my ironing when you are not 100% yourself. M.E. is such a horrible thing, because people can’t ‘see’ it and if your like me, I would not be seen in public without a bit of the old make up, people don’t sometimes realise just how yuch we sometimes feel. Hay ho, life goes on!!
    Una, I didn’t realise that your sister has M.E. too, oh my what a lot we have in common, we should set up a business of our own in support and holding hands!!!! Oh and dancing, and just for you Matt Cardle could be our boss, what thought eh?
    Magda, I do hope that you are recovering well, thinking of you.
    Finally Ali, take care and look after yourself, thinking of you too.
    Oh well, off to make tea now, love and hugs to you all.
    Hold hands and keep dancing, bye ladies.
    Helen s xxx

  41. Alana May 12, 2011 at 6:27 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Sounds like you’ve had a lovely time recently meeting up with friends and family and getting to see Kyle, I bet she was amazing. I also agree its been great weather to have a BBQ, but only stuck with the usual sausages and burgers when having my BBQ, nothing as adventerous as asparagus!lol!
    I think you look lovely in your new real hair wig and the length really suits you.
    Really great to read your blogs and to be able to keep in touch!
    Sending a hug to you!!
    ax

  42. Dorothy May 12, 2011 at 7:02 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    Fisrt thing the hair looks great,you suit long and short so you can keep confusing people by wearing a diff one each day. Its good that you are having good days make the most of them, and take it easy when you dont feel up to it.Glad you had good time at 02 what a night that would have been. AS for the balaclava had a good laugh (sorry).Reallyyyyy pleased about Sam its great news he must be really proud.
    Take care and love best wishes
    Dorothy xxxxxxxxx
    UNA keep your stories coming you give us a laugh.
    Madga hope you are keeping well and sending love.

  43. mary morphy May 13, 2011 at 11:49 am -  Reply

    Hello Ali, what a fantastic few weeks you have had; its great that you are feeling well ( if not all the time ) and able to enjoy yourself. Wonderful to hear that all your QVC friends are keeping in contact with you and helping you on your journey. I thought you looked lovely in your long ‘Kylie’ look alike wig but as a personal choice, I prefer your hair shorter; you have a lovely small face and I think that the long hair possibly swamps you a little and your delicate features are lost. Thats just my opinion and don’t want to upset any feelings but you did ASK!!
    The 5K training is ongoing although the running is agony as I have shin splints which are very painful and my sisters knee that has been rebuilt is causing some discomfort. I was in Tesco’s shopping last week and read bits and pieces of Paula Radcliffes Guide to Running which was on the book stand. It seems apparent that God made me for comfort not speed and I was mortified to see a whole chapter on what training shoes to wear and what sort of gait you have.( I have lovely pink and black Nike running air shoes that cost me a small fortune and may not now be right for me!) Well i thought only horses have a ‘gait’, be it walking, trotting, galloping or cantering and whilst I may look like a horse I certainly do not do any of these, my gait is more like a plod! She encourages you to go to your local gym and ask someone to watch you run on a machine to decide what type of runner you are and what prosthetic soles you need in your shoes or what special types of trainer to buy). I would rather poke needles in my eyes than have some fit bloke watch me run (or plod) on a machine so have decided to do our hill running ( or rather up and down a rather steep slope on the seea-front) for 10 repetitions then go home and do my recently purchased Walk to fitness dvd or Zumba – both I hasten to add, purchased from QVC. The Zumba is very energetic and my sister and I have a good go; some serious sweating going on so it must be doing me good however what some of the dancers can do with their hips seems darn near impossible!!
    Like you, I watched the Royal Wedding but I coincided it with a pedicure; a lovely lady comes to my house once a fortnight so I was very relaxed. My husband didn’t seem that interested until Princess Dianas three blonde nieces arrived…he was a little more attentive after that!!! The hats were truly bizarre and ridiculous, definately worn to get noticed and be on the telly!
    Lovely to hear from you again and I hope when you next write the ducklings have hatched and are waddling about. Lots of love Mary xx

  44. elaine sallis May 13, 2011 at 12:44 pm -  Reply

    Hi Magda
    Glad the op went ok and hope you are recovering well. Some good news as the lymph nodes were not involved, hope that means your treatment will not be too arduous. Wasnt the wedding lovely?
    Stay in touch.
    Elaine x

  45. Christine Curry May 14, 2011 at 6:56 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali. Well what a shock to read your blog and realise what has been happening. I have had a pretty busy life over the last few years with my husband and hospitals, culminating in watching him go through his first six months of chemo. He responded very well but of course missed his lovely blond hair. He stopped the chemo in February and had quite a neat hair style for our daughters wedding on May 6th. Even managed to walk her down the aisle before going back into hospital this week for a massive op on his ankle. Hopefully he will keep his leg and manage to walk again with maybe a little help from a stick. Your son and you give people lots of inspiration. We have really missed you on QVC and I have only just realised why you are away from our screens. Lots and lots of love and luck and courage to you, I look forward to seeing you back on the tv in your usual enthusiastic form. Chris

  46. Alpa May 14, 2011 at 2:57 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Thinking about you and decided to share the thought :) I hope you are taking it easy and not doing too much. Sam is doing so well and so are you, Ali.
    Helen, you couldn’t have said it better. I was diagnosed with M.E. when I was 21 and that was 16 years ago. If you don’t keep going, you stop and the show must go on!! I like idea of setting up a business of our own in support and holding hands. It sounds like a very good plan to me! Don’t forget, the ironing offer is always open to you :)
    Ladies, hope you are all having a good weekend. Sending love to Helen, Una, Magda, Gail, Debz and all the lovely ‘blogmates’ Thanks for coming up with that word Una, goodness only knows what I would have come up with!
    Ali, take care and be kind to yourself.
    Love Alpa xx

  47. Alison Keenan May 14, 2011 at 7:29 pm -  Reply

    Angela, lovely to hear from you – you alright? :) So pleased to hear that your checkup was clear and that it’s only once a year from now on – that is excellent news. Your comment about the Royal Wedding leads me to a cartoon comparison of Wills and Kate, and also Beatrice and Eugenie…from Sleeping Beauty that Debbie Greenwood forwarded to me… I leave the rest to your imagination :) Have a great weekend, love Ali x

  48. Alison Keenan May 14, 2011 at 7:31 pm -  Reply

    Bless you Sylvia! So glad you like the hair, still getting used to it, but it is lovely and feminine and very lightweight, and FAR less faf than the real thing!! :) I’ll pass on your good wishes to Sam, and I thank you for taking time to write, love Ali x

  49. Alison Keenan May 14, 2011 at 7:33 pm -  Reply

    Martin thank you for continually keeping in touch, it is much appreciated. Bit of a way to go yet before I’m back on air, but half way through the chemo which is great :D Love Ali x

  50. Alison Keenan May 14, 2011 at 7:41 pm -  Reply

    Una you are funny and do cheer me up :) Yes, I met Matt Cardle!!! Wooo hoo as you say, and he is seriously delightful. Very grounded and modest, but such a talent, and gorgous smile :) How kind of your friend to knit the hat, and you are so like me, I wouldn’t have been able to chop the bobble off either! Duck is still sitting, and I’m still hoping.. Last of the FEC – pretty grotty at the mo, but at least I know what to expect now, and I can always amuse myself thinking of you chasing sausages down the street :) Thank you, as always, it means a lot, love Ali xx

  51. Alison Keenan May 14, 2011 at 7:43 pm -  Reply

    …..oh, and I’m so glad you like the hair too – trying different ways to tie it back, as I’m not quite used to having that much! It is wonderful about Sam isn’t it, and I too agree that Ruth has made such a difference to his life. They’re currently away in Mallorca soaking up the sun for a few days and having a ball. Richly deserved. Take care, love me xx

  52. Alison Keenan May 14, 2011 at 7:48 pm -  Reply

    Dear Jo, I KNOW you will look beautiful in July and the day will be perfect :) Thank you for reminding me off the music at the Royal Wedding because that too was spot on. I too sit reading all these lovely responses and they truly lift me. I guess as the treatment has an accumulative effect it’s beginning to take it’s toll and this last one has been pretty grotty, but it is the last of FEC!! Woo hoo :) You certainly all make my life a great deal better for being it…. thank you so much, love Ali xx

  53. Alison Keenan May 14, 2011 at 7:49 pm -  Reply

    Edna, thank you for taking the time out to say. Much appreciated :) Love Ali xx

  54. Alison Keenan May 14, 2011 at 7:51 pm -  Reply

    Dear Mandy, Sue and Jane, I hope you don’t mind the collective THANK YOU, but lovely to hear from you all. And you’re right, the constant support and continued contact makes such a difference :) Love Ali xx

  55. Alison Keenan May 14, 2011 at 7:53 pm -  Reply

    Margaret, thank you for writing, and I am so pleased that you are well and living life to the full 16 years on… I’m keeping everything crossed I’ll be able to say the same :) Love Ali xx

  56. Alison Keenan May 14, 2011 at 7:56 pm -  Reply

    Jenny, thank you so much for taking the time to write, when you have so much to cope with yourself. I am terribly sorry to hear of your mum’s passing, but so glad that you were the one with her, caring for her and comforting her when she needed you most. Sending you my love, Ali xx

  57. Alison Keenan May 14, 2011 at 7:58 pm -  Reply

    Hi Sylv, no didn’t actually get to meet Kylie, but watching on her stage was just as good, and chatting to Danni – who I think is very like her – was a real bonus! Glad you liked the hair :) Love Ali x

  58. Alison Keenan May 14, 2011 at 8:01 pm -  Reply

    Elaine, your words are much appreciated. Sam is a marvel to me – seeing him achieve all that he has, makes all this so much easier to handle… if he could do that, I can certainly do this :) Love Ali xx

  59. Alison Keenan May 14, 2011 at 8:06 pm -  Reply

    Linda, I loved reading your comment, and thank you for telling me about your dad. It must have been so much harder in those days without the special limbs available now, even more commendable that he was always so positive and got on with his life, and brought you and your brothers up to do the same. Your words to me have made me cry – another reason for eyelashes!! – but in a good way :) Some days are easier than others, but the road may be long, but I’m not alone, and I thank you for that….. love Ali xx

  60. Alison Keenan May 14, 2011 at 8:08 pm -  Reply

    Linda you try and stay positive too for your husband. The CT scans are very accurate, and I have no doubt they’ll spot a problem if there is one and then can treat it. I hope he’s much more comfortable very soon. I’m glad you like my wig – it’s lovely and warm too, cos it’s turned bloomin’ chilly here! Love Ali x

  61. Alison Keenan May 14, 2011 at 8:12 pm -  Reply

    Alpa I could hear you cheering in my head on Wednesday, as I finally left the chemo unit following my final FEC! YAY :) Same symptoms which is a pain, but at least it’ll be the last time, and hopefully Taxol will be easier :) Didn’t Claudia look gorgeous? I saw her last weekend too when Kathy invited us over for a barbeque and met all the children and her lovely husband Steve again, whom I’d not seen since my 50th. They are such a happy family, as is Kathy’s, and great to spend time with them all. Love to you Alpa, Ali xx

  62. Alison Keenan May 14, 2011 at 8:17 pm -  Reply

    Debz I am still snickering about Ainzley’s behaviour – he is a caution isn’t he?? (one of my Nana’s sayings), but I think you pretty much covered it with the blind fitting chap.. At least cats are small – so much worse when it’s a bloomin’ great Alsation or something! :) I had Colin with me to hold my hand on Wednesday which was nice, but it is a great comfort to think of you all there too :) Still waiting on mummy duck, but she’s eating and drinking and of course sitting, so keeping everything crossed I am soon to become a granny! Hope you have a great weekend, and thanks as always for keeping in touch, love Ali xx

  63. Alison Keenan May 14, 2011 at 8:25 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Gail, always good to hear from you. I think the Royal Wedding was globally appreciated, and has made me even more excited about my Lucy’s :) I have to thank my neighbour Lorraine for the duck food and advice, and just keep hoping it’ll all turn out well. Yes the treatment is pretty heavy going, but I think I’ll be completely through the menopause by the end of it… loving the freezer idea! The night’s seem worse and my duvet’s backwards and forwards like a fiddler’s elbow! I’ll hang onto your mantra though, and thank you for reminding me of it. With love, Ali xx

  64. Alison Keenan May 14, 2011 at 8:31 pm -  Reply

    Kay and Ali, thank you both for writing to me. Ali, if you read back over the last month’s blogs it’ll make more sense, but I’m halfway through treatment, which is a bonus! Normality Kay is something I can’t wait for, and thank you for your lovely words. Take care, love Ali xx

  65. Alison Keenan May 14, 2011 at 8:33 pm -  Reply

    Linda thank you for writing back with that beautiful verse… i do feel loved and protected :) Ali xx

  66. Alison Keenan May 14, 2011 at 8:41 pm -  Reply

    Rhona, you’re right, I was well and truly spoiled with the concert, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Please don’t worry about the photos – only when you have time. It was lovely to see Claudia and the boys, and I will pass on your best to Sam too – currently away with Ruth for a well deserved break. Loving your suggestion about different ways to style my hair for Lucy’s wedding – however a very large hat is definitely on the cards – I LOVE them :) Take care and great to hear from you, love Ali x

  67. Alison Keenan May 14, 2011 at 8:45 pm -  Reply

    Helen I think you’re amazing. 14 years is a long time to have to contend with such a difficult illness – I think you’re the one who deserves a mighty big pat on the back! Treatment grotty as before, but last one of this cycle Hooray! Colette my manucurist has been on the case and made my very short finger nails look lovely which is such a treat. She’s also painted my toes which are completely unaffected, and look like little jewels! Happy days. Hope you got through your ironing ok – the only time we can let go of holding hands! Love Ali xx

  68. Alison Keenan May 14, 2011 at 8:51 pm -  Reply

    Louise, lovely to hear from you and so glad you appreciate the blog. I actually find it very therapeutic not only writing it, but also responding… keeps me in touch with reality and other people’s lives… and good to have something/someone else to think about in truth. Do keep in touch, and thanks for your kind words, love Ali x

  69. Alison Keenan May 14, 2011 at 8:56 pm -  Reply

    Susan you are truly thoughtful, and it’s not a daft think to say about the treatment. It was the last one, so a relief. Same old pattern of symptoms but hopefully the next round will be easier. Doesn’t Claudia look lovely, and yes the ‘boys’ have both been great – Charlie popped round recently and we had a good old chat – wise head on young shoulders :) Stay well and in touch, and thank you for lifting my spirits! love Ali xx

  70. Alison Keenan May 14, 2011 at 8:59 pm -  Reply

    Pam, that’s exactly what I need to hear :) thank you. Love to you too, Ali xx

  71. Alison Keenan May 14, 2011 at 9:03 pm -  Reply

    Pauline I may well have taken you up on your offer, but my friend Jo has a little hat she used to wear under her cycle helmet in the winter which she reckons will work, so I may be sorted, but thank you :) Hope your eye infection clears up soon, love Ali xx

  72. Joy padley May 14, 2011 at 11:00 pm -  Reply

    Keep smiling lovely lady. Joy xx

  73. Lisa Carter May 15, 2011 at 12:01 am -  Reply

    Dear Ali it was so nice to read your blog. You look so lovely with your long hair it really suits you. You are a truly remarkable woman and we are all thinking of you. Keep positive and enjoy life to the full with those you love and fill each day with laughter. Take care and lots of love to you and your family Lisa xxxx

  74. Marian Bolton May 15, 2011 at 1:02 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Great to read about everyone rallying round for you, just goes to show what a special lady you are.
    I love your duck story but, for goodness sake, don’t let Debs Greenwood anywhere near. Your new friend will be crispy and aromatic before you can say, ‘Shall I put the kettle on’! Same goes for Dale. He and Simon were in the QVC kitchen the other night drooling over cooked duck. Blooming barbarians!
    Our garden friends must be about the best fed in the area – on a daily menu of M&S Hot Cross Loaf, dried mealworms, mealworm crumble, raisins and, sometimes, grated cheese on top. And that’s just the ground feeders. But it’s so worth it especially at this time of year when all the ‘babies’ start to appear. We’ve had triplet blackies this year which are my favourites boing, boing, boinging around the garden like little dumpling Zebedees. Blackbirds are so dumb though. They spend all their time chasing each other round the garden laying claim to their territory whilst the Starlings merrily eat most of the food! So very amusing to watch though.
    I’m going for a facial with Keeley next week which I’m very exited about. I’ll let you know how I get on on your next blog. Until then, lots of love to you. xxx

  75. margaret toland May 15, 2011 at 2:06 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ail,
    Lovely to read that you enjoy your nite out and also your birthday and mother’s day. Miss you on qvc, and i just want to let you know that i wrote the saying down that you have on your braclets, and it helps me. You see my partner of 19 years left me and ours boys,and there are days when i find it hard, but when i read your bloggs and that saying it helps me. Take care and hope to see you soon back on air. Luv mags.

  76. Veronica May 15, 2011 at 2:20 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, Lovely to read about your very busy life.. how wonderful to not only go to Kylie’s concert but meet Matt Cardle.. Lucky you.. I too wondered about the underwear or non on the Royal Wedding but thoroughly enjoyed it. Had both TV’s on upstairs and down so as not to miss a bit as there is a delay on the upstairs one giving me time to run up the 13 steps.. talking of running I will be taking part in my 7th Race for Life at the end of June , your name will be emblazened on my back sign as one for whom i am running, along with a very brave lad called Olly aged 17 who is making a remarkable recovery, like yourself. His hair has now grown back, thicker and curlier than before so despair not.. Keep smiling and I look forward to your next update.. fondest love Veronica xx

  77. Liz May 15, 2011 at 4:37 pm -  Reply

    Ali,
    Good grief woman, how do you manage to do all you have done and are doing??? I’m in awe of the amount you’ve done. It’s great! And Sam must have inherited a lot from his mother with the way he seems to have tackled his situation. Keep it up!!
    I watched the Royal Wedding in Mallorca and thought it was just the right balance between royal pagentry and the more down-to-earth attitude. We saw Prince Charles and his little faux-pas too….Unfortunately, the weather in Mallorca was not very good while we were there and it seemed to coincide with the glorious weather everyone had back home. Sod’s law!!! Still, it was a change and we hired a car and saw lots of the island. Magda – I’m delighted to hear your good results. To think I could have visited you in hospital while I was there (and I would!).
    I had a checkup last week at the surgeon’s clinic and they were very impressed by the condition of my skin all over my body, especially as the medication has a drying effect and my skin is very sensitive. It’s all down to Liz Earle Superskin body cream and some Decleor. I’m going to need more treatment to my spine as it’s spreading a bit there but hopefully that won’t be til next year so I’m working on planning a few trips away for the rest of this year. Paris and then return visits to Rome, Florence and Venice are at the top of my list with a couple of trips to London thrown in for good measure. It’s a good excuse!!
    Well, take care of yourself Ali and now the chemo is over (I think that’s right), don’t do too much too quickly. You will need to rest more than you realise but make sure you keep up with all those fab things you’re doing and the preparations for Lucy’s wedding.
    Best wishes and love, Liz x

  78. Karen May 15, 2011 at 5:27 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alison
    So very sorry to hear your news I have only just found out from reading your blogg. I had noticed youd been missing from the shows. You look absolutely fabulous in your long wig in your picture. Why am I surprised – you always look fab! Love and best wishes to you, you are a true inspiration x x

  79. Liz Clements May 15, 2011 at 7:54 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, Wonderful to read your blog and thank you for taking the time to write it.
    Lulu sounds like the perfect Glaswegian hostess and such good fun too! We can only imagine sitting beside all the celebrities…you got the opportunity to do it. I’ll bet they all loved your company.
    Don’t worry about the sunglasses. My daughter wears hers everyday when walking the dog, rain, hail, or snow, perhaps even sunshine!!! You are looking so good anyway, they’ll think you are adding a little bit of mystique!!
    It is so heartening to hear that most of your QVC friends are supporting you through the treatment. They all love you so much and want to see you back on screen….don’t we all.
    Your family sound very supportive and why not, you have been very loving and caring to them over their lives. What wonderful news about Sam, he deserves to enjoy his life to the full. A great boost for his Mum too!!!
    Glad you enjoyed The Royal Wedding. What a special day, beautiful bride and a handsome prince…almost like a fairytale!
    Keep going Alison, you are nearing the end of the treatment and the end of a very dark tunnel. You are a star!
    Love from all my family, Liz.xxx

  80. Morag May 15, 2011 at 9:25 pm -  Reply

    HI Ali
    You are looking wonderful in the photo with Lulu – how fantastic that you are keeping so busy and so positive, even when it must be difficult to do so, it just reflects your exceptional attitude to life, and people are drawn to you because it is infectious and spreads in the best possible way. Thank you for taking the time out to tell us how you are getting on, and wishing you continued progress and looking forward to seeing you back with us very soon. Sending continued positive thoughts to you and yours – Love from Morag xx

  81. Susan Dyer May 16, 2011 at 11:21 am -  Reply

    Thank you so much for your lovely blog and your sense of determination and fun continues to shine through your comments. You are such an inspiration and so very positive even when you mention the down times. So glad to hear about your well deserved evening with Lulu and your wig really looks great. So good to know that you have been able to be out and about and also enjoying special family occasions. The news about your son is fantastic and he clearly has a wonderful role model of determination and positivity in his mum. I was lucky enough to be invited to the Theatre of Gems Customer Event last Thursday morning and was able to speak with Dale and asked him how you were. He told me that you were doing really well and being your usual cheerful and positive self no matter what you were facing. Good luck with your next treatments and continue to stay strong and positive. We all really miss you coming into our homes via QVC and it was lovely to read in your blog about your very caring and kind presenter colleagues – true friends indeed. Love and best wishes to you. Sue xx

  82. Myfanwy Brown May 16, 2011 at 1:09 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, gosh I am not very good with how the posts work and how to follow them..but I do enjoy reading your blogs and all you get up to! I hope you got to read my last post? You are so blessed to have such a loving family..and I hope both you and Sam keep going from strength to strength..I just know that Lucy’s wedding will be a wonderful day for you all too! I am looking forward to seeing a picture of ‘the hat’. You are such a lovely lady, so funny and warm, and very courageous too! As always you are in my prayers..much love, Myfanwy x

  83. Jacqui Holroyd May 17, 2011 at 2:36 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali,
    I am an avid QVC fan and you are one of my fav presenters so I was wondering why I had not seen you on TV for a while (not much gets past me – not!) even though I work full time I usually see you regularly so I decided to check your blog. I am not usually much of a blogger but felt I must write to say how sorry I was to learn that you have been so poorly and to wish you a full and speedy recovery.
    Love
    Jacqui XXX

  84. Debz May 18, 2011 at 3:23 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Just had to share with you Una and Alpa that so far this week Ainzley hasn’t embarrassed me, bitten anyone, been found to be licking himself in an inappropriate manner or any of his many other “endearing” pass times!! Yes, he is still alive and well he’s just behaving himself which is very unusual and a little un-nerving !!
    I’m sure he’s plotting something as I do occasionally spot him looking furtive and shifty but I’ll cross that bridge and blog about it when it happens!!
    Sending you a big but gentle hug Ali and I know that sometimes that light at the end of this long tunnel of yours is so hard to see, but remember that there is not enough darkness in the world to extinguish the light of one small candle. I can say, on behalf of us all, that we are all at the end of your tunnel holding a candle to light your way.
    Holding your hand always.
    Love and licks
    Debz and a very well behaved Ainzley (=^-^=)XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

  85. julie May 18, 2011 at 4:31 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    You are looking great. So pleased you have to much love and support around you, great to see Claudia too. You are so positive, don’t think I could be so strong!!
    Miss you loads, and there is light at the end of the tunnel and we all love you.
    Love and prayers Ali.
    Jules
    xxx

  86. Etta May 18, 2011 at 4:34 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali , Hope this finds you feeling well. I to had bc and came through it, I have been clear now for 10 years. My saying when I had it was….Heaven wasn’t ready for me and hell thought I might take over so they left me here to cause havoc!!!! ;D lol.
    Keep smiling and live life to the full, love and laugh every day.
    Cheers
    Etta

  87. Alpa May 18, 2011 at 8:00 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    I am sorry that you have been feeling so yuck. I didn’t know that as treatment has an accumulative effect, it’s beginning to take a toll. Made sense once you mentioned it though :)
    I hope you had a good time at Kathy’s BBQ and enjoyed yourself. Caudia does look gorgeous in the photo and Ali, you look amazing. Not only do you look amazing, I think that you are amazing as well :)
    Something to make you smile, my bright idea for keeping your head warm was a turban! Not a big elaborate turban that would get in the way of sleep, but a small cozy turban! Maybe you tried this with your scarves or not?! I do hope that Jo’s hat will do the trick :)
    Debz, I hope you are well and enjoying having a calm and well behaved Ainzley. Maybe he’s having a rest after his recent shenanigans!
    Ali, you are doing so well and we are all with you, celebrating each good day and supporting you on the not so good days, and holding your hand every step of the way. Apart from the beautiful inscription on your bangles, have faith Ali. To me faith, like hope is something that we can hold onto, whenever we may need it.
    Take care,
    Love Alpa xx

  88. Pauline May 18, 2011 at 9:19 pm -  Reply

    God bless you, miss you loads, keep smiling. There is light at the end of the tunnel. Hope to see you back you are a classy act.
    Pauline x

  89. Lynn May 19, 2011 at 12:37 am -  Reply

    hi ali this is the 3rd time ive sent you a message and it hasnt been posted :( i am so glad that you are staying upbeat and positive and things are moving in the right direction, as a fellow “sicky” my thoughts and prayers are with you, you are doing brilliantly even though i know you must have dark days but i hope the sunny days are more for you. i send you my love and prayers as always love Lynn xx

  90. Una May 19, 2011 at 9:11 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Hope the last FEC was a bit kinder to you.
    Debz you just made me cry and laugh at the same time. Such lovely words (and we all now the problems we have with our words!!!) and Ainzley being good, hmmmmmmmm!!! Hes up to nog good, I can tell!!
    Etta, I LOVE your style!!
    Had a bit of an accidnet last week unfortunately, have my ankle and wrist all bandaged up at the moment (taken me 10 minutes to type this so far). Was changing the beds, and rather than bundle it all into the laundry basket like I normally do, I just bunched it up to take it downstairs. Yep, a little bit of the sheet broke free and wrapped itself round my foot, tumbled from the top to the bottom. Nothing broken, but badly sprained and it hasnt done my spine much good either. (20 minutes and counting, but Im stubborn and not finished typing yet!!) Was VERY lucky though, as I HAD a huge glass vase at the bottom of the stairs and when i opened my eyes, I was up close and personal with it.Could have been SOOOOO much worse. vase is now in the cupboard under the sink, cant quite bring myself to look at it yet, without feeling sick!
    I hope my blogmates are all well, and will talk soon.
    Lots of love
    Una xx

  91. Una May 19, 2011 at 9:13 am -  Reply

    ps, sorry for all the typing errors!
    UNAXXX

  92. Alpa May 19, 2011 at 11:52 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Only me! I hope you are taking it easy :)
    Debz, I meant to say how hearfelt your beautiful words are.
    Una, I had no idea that changing beds could be so hazardous!! It sounds like a horrible fall and very ouchy. Something like this does shake you up and I hope you are taking it easy and your wrist and ankle recover well. Look at you typing with your sprained wrist! Hope you are feeling better soon :)
    Ali, take very good care,
    Love Alpa xx

  93. Alpa May 19, 2011 at 12:07 pm -  Reply

    Hi Una,
    PS. There were no spelling mistakes and I didn’t check!!
    We can keep each other company as I inadvertently bruised the bones in my knee and have soft tissue damage, but I am ok!
    Hope everyone is ok.
    Love Alpa xx

  94. Magda Chetty May 19, 2011 at 2:31 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Thank you so much for your message, it did left me up iam keeping positive just by reading your blog and all the great messages Iam getting from the wounderful QVC ladies, Thank you Susan,Ellaine,Alpa,Helen and Liz thank you for offering to visit me in the hospital, and sorry the weather in mallorca was not very kind to you. Una take care and hope you feel better soon.
    Ali Iam glad Sam and Ruth are having a good time in Mallorca, the last few days the weather is been great. And Ali I wanted to tell that any time you need a break away you are more than welcome ( with collin of course ) to come to Mallorca, we have a small 2 bed rooms villa with a pool in the country, so quite and peaceful, if you feel you need a rest away from the treatment we would love to have you staying with us, please do think about it and let me know. Take very good care.
    Much love.
    Magda.

  95. Nic Danson May 19, 2011 at 5:12 pm -  Reply

    Lovely to hear your news. We miss you on our screens! Love and hugs.

  96. Gail May 19, 2011 at 7:29 pm -  Reply

    Ali, I will write again very soon (when I’ve had time to calm down) as I have just spent half an hour typing to you, only to hit a button and see it disappear. I’ve done that before!! I’m so annoyed. Lots of love to you and I will write again when I’ve calmed down. Gail xxxxxxxxxx

  97. Una May 20, 2011 at 10:29 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    How are you doing? Been hobnobbing with the stars lately?! MATT CARDLE maybe?!! I bet you have his number on speed dial, not that Im jealous or anything!! OOOOOh, my ankle and wrist need to be massaged, wonder if Matt is busy!!!!
    Magda, you sound a bit more chirpy, so glad for you. just take it easy, and enjoy the sunshine. I think we had our summer already. We had TWO nice days 3 weeks ago, and its rained and been blowing a hoolie ever since.
    Alpa, poor you. Knees are horrible arent they. very bitty and bony, like feet, I dont like feet either! Thankfully the swelling is going down in my wrist, but my ankle is still HUGE!!! I had another x ray yesterday, and its definately just very badly sprained. The Dr was nice though, and suggested it maybe would have been better if it was broken. Oh well, silly me for not doing it properly!!!!!! We just take so much for granted. As I have aproblem with my spine anyway, I have to lie down on the sofa when doing my skin care routine and putting my make up on etc, but now, I have to do it with one hand, and make sure my ankle is propped up on the arm of the sofa. What a bloomin palaver, I must look like a right big eejit!! Palaver is such a lovely word isnt it, hehe, its right up there with woogle, love it. Think Ive maybe had one too many painkillers LOL!!!!
    I got such a fright though, was shoogled about all over the place, and was shaking for hours after. I broke my glasses too, so now Im bumping into everything and bruised to pieces, I did try to wear my sunglasses indoors, but had to put the lights on all day as it was so dull and miserabe outside and depressed me even more!!!! As if THAT wasnt bad enough, I had a quote to replace them and its going to cost over £550 as they are quite specialist lenses, aaarrghhh, now THAT hurts!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Moral of the story is…..always use a laundry basket and dont be lazy!!!
    Debz, my latest word mixup. I told my Mum that I had been given a hanging basket filled with Mumminuns. She looked at me with a blank expression, then we figured out I actually meant Mimulas. Richard Jackson, your job is safe!!!!
    Have a great weekend everyone.
    lots of love
    Una xx

  98. Una May 20, 2011 at 10:35 am -  Reply

    Ali, me again, sorry.
    Forgot to say, about the sunglasses. I NEVER go out without wearing mine. The sun doesnt just cause skin damage, it causes cataracts too, thats why so many underdeveloped countries have such a high incidence of blindness. I have about 20 pairs, in my handbags, a pair at each door, and in the car, just incase i leave without them. So get yours on missy!! No point slapping on the factor 30 then leaving the old peepers unprotected!
    Love Una x

  99. Hilary Keeling May 20, 2011 at 3:07 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali, Lovely to read your blog. you are much missed. All best wishes to you and your family. Love Hilary xxx

  100. Alpa May 20, 2011 at 4:16 pm -  Reply

    Hi Magda,
    I hope that you are taking it easy. Mallorca and where you live sound idyllic :) Just to say I am thinking about you and sending my love. I think that next week you will find out about your treatment. I am keeping my fingers crossed that it will not be too taxing on you.
    Love Alpa xx

  101. Alpa May 20, 2011 at 4:25 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    I hope that you enjoyed being spoiled by Keeley yesterday and you had a good day :)
    Just want to say sorry if what I said about having faith sounded patronising, that was not my intention. Goodness knows it is something easier said than done :)
    Holding a candle to light your way and holding your hand,
    Love Alpa xx

  102. Alpa May 20, 2011 at 6:42 pm -  Reply

    Hi Una,
    Well done you for keeping your sense of humour! I have just now looked at my knee and seen what you mean by them being bitty and bony….will leave the feet for another time I think!
    I blacked out and hurt my left leg in the process. I didn’t think to look at it until sometime the next day when I found I was unable to walk without holding onto the walls and furniture! It happened about two and a half weeks ago and as the swelling has gone down a lot, my knees almost look the same size now! It does give you a fright though and leaves you very shaky. I managed to crash into everything in the kitchen before finding myself lying on the living room floor!!
    So sorry with what you have to contend with as you have a problem with your spine. Look at you carrying on as usual with your skincare and make up, you go Una!!
    Palaver is a lovely word and I also love shoogling. What does woogle mean by the way?!
    Frightening about having your glasses replaced, the cost I mean not the glasses!
    Mumminuns…. I Love it!!
    As I am keeping you company, I’m off to take some painkillers myself (for the knee that is)
    Take care x
    As always, a big THANK YOU to lovely Ali for making her blog a very special place xx

  103. NICHOLA CARLISLE May 20, 2011 at 8:49 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali.
    You have been sooooo busy !!!! What an oportunity – seeing Kylie, etc… Lucky girl!!
    Keep smiling, another one down, and one less to go.
    Have you tried a ‘buff’? I found they were really comfortable to wear at night, or even under a scarf if it was cold. They’re just a type of stretchy tube, but they do keep the ‘old baldy’ warm!!.
    I have my check up next Tuesday, so keeping fingers crossed.
    Love always,
    Nichola.

  104. Shauna Britton May 21, 2011 at 11:51 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Sorry I haven’t been in touch for a while. Been a busy time since Easter.
    Anyway, over to you. I hope you are feeling a little bit better by now.
    Well, when I say I have had a busy time it certainly is not a patch on your recent social life! As usual you look fab and I am sure you have had a wonderful time at your various events, just hope you weren’t too tired.
    While I can’t match being taken out by LULU to see KYLIE, I did (along with th rest of the family) go to a ‘gig’ at Newcastle Tyne Theatre on Easter Sunday evening to see our oldest grandson and his band perform in a ‘Battle Of The Bands’ type of thing. Unfortunately they did’t get through (I’m sure it was rigged). Anyway, we were still very proud of him and he loved having all of his family there to support him and as it was the first time we had seen him perform we thoroughtly enjoyed it. Next month the band are playing at our local Amphithearte down at our sea front and we will all be there again to cheer them on!
    Ali, like so many of your lovely ladies I find it so uplifting to read your blogs…..you make the sunshine on a rainy day and I hope we manage a few rays for you too.
    Before I sign off, can I leave a couple of messages?
    Magda, been thinking and praying for you since your op.
    Un, hope you’re ok after your fall.
    Alpa, just wanted to say hi.
    Much love
    Shauna x

  105. Gail May 21, 2011 at 3:29 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, so lovely to hear from you as always and all the lovely ladies. It’s great news that you are halfway through your treatment. You’ll get there, out the other side and eventually life back to normal. No-one said life was going to be easy; you only have to read all your lovely ladies’ blogs to know that most of us have something or other going on, but we all seem strong enough to face the challenges and continue laughing with it; always a plus point. The photo of you in your wig on Debbie’s blog is fantastic. It looks very glamourous, that style really suits you. Of course, the lovely Debbie looks lovely too.
    How are your duck eggs Ali; any movement at all? How lovely. Being an animal lover the idea of having ducks in the garden really appeals to me. Do you live near water or did they just randomly set up home in your garden? Keep us informed.
    Lots of love to Alpa, Helen, Magda and of course Una. You are a girl Una; such fun. Glad you are okay following your fall. Magda, hope you are okay and managing to stay positive lol.
    Lots of love Ali and lots of love sent to all the bloggers.
    Gail xxxxxxxx

  106. Gail May 21, 2011 at 3:31 pm -  Reply

    Ali, forgot to mention the wonderful offer from Magda. A lovely jesture Magda, you’re obviously a lovely lady. Lots of love to both of you, Gail xxxx

  107. cello08 May 21, 2011 at 9:22 pm -  Reply

    hi ali i am so glad to hear you are progressing slowly but surely also good to hear that your son is also getting about and most of all that he is not in pain as you have enough to think about at the moment. this tto will pass and we will see your smiling face back on qvc but until then god keep and bless you lots of love celia

  108. Sara May 22, 2011 at 1:43 am -  Reply

    Alison,
    So pleased to hear from you, you look really good, very gorgeous. That light at the end of the tunnel is definitely there, and we’re all cheering you on, missing your presence in our living rooms too!
    The encounter with the duck sounds very funny, imagining both your reactions. Hope all is well in the nest, it will be so cute to watch.
    Best wishes to you and your family.
    Sara

  109. Marian Bolton May 22, 2011 at 9:30 am -  Reply

    Hi again Ali.
    Sorry for another blog (heaven knows you have enough on reading all of these!) I wanted to update you on our garden activities though. We’ve had a really exciting weekend with a Woodpecker visiting us several times and, this morning, a Jay – both eating out of the ground feeder. We are so excited. Must have been the eggy M&S fruit bread mixed with chopped nuts I made! It’s becoming a full time job. xxx

  110. Kim May 22, 2011 at 11:36 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison,
    Have just read your fantastic blog; what an exciting few weeks you’ve had! Your upbeat, positive attitude puts a lot of people to shame;it’s no wonder your family and friends love you so much. Missing you on QVC, but no doubt you’ll be back with us all soon. In the meantime – enjoy the summer!
    With much love and hugs,
    Kim

  111. Debz May 22, 2011 at 5:33 pm -  Reply

    Hi Una
    I hope you’re looking after yourself after your fall. If I could, I’d get Matt Cardle to come and look after you. Seriously, you look after yourself. Ainzley is sending you a lucky lick. How is your Loops doing? Behaving I hope.
    Alpa, Ainzley is still being good. It was his 14th birthday yesterday so he may have been behaving himself so he got his usual present of a small tin of tuna. I am now bracing myself for normal service being resumed soon!!
    Magda, it was lovely to hear from you again. I echo Alpa’s words in that I am thinking of you and willing you to stay strong.
    Ali, sending you a hug and hoping that you are enjoying your good days and that your bad days pass quickly.
    Love and licks
    Debz & Ainzley (=^-^=) XXXXXXXXXX

  112. Marg May 22, 2011 at 11:04 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ali,
    hope you are finding things a little easier as the days go bye,I was so happy to see that your course of treatment had ended,I would imagine you go on to another procedure when you get yourself fighting fit again,I am sorry I really dont know what happens now,I only know I havent always been able to contribute but I follow your progress every other day. Charlie mentioned he had been to visit and the two of you had a giggiling session,he is a very nice young man,and was very pleased to speak of you. You seem to be keeping all the warm, hot, weather down there while we are not so warm up here, tomorrow 70mile an hour winds forcast. Never mind we are used to it,we never have to put our winter clothes away,we need them most days. You can always find a plus if you look for it. Well Ali., I hope things are improving and Sam enjoyed his holiday. As always my hand is there waiting for you,use it, look after yourself for us,
    warm thoughts and loving dreams,
    Marg.

  113. Eileen. May 22, 2011 at 11:36 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, so good to see by your blog that you are keeping yourself busy and gettin out and about. I know at times it must be really hard to keep positive and to keep telling yourself there is light at the end of the tunnel. Hopefully with the support of family and friends you will find something to look forward to each day and you will be back at QVC towers before long. Take care of yourself, love and best wishes, hope to see you smiling on the screen soon. Eileen. XXX

  114. helen May 23, 2011 at 9:31 am -  Reply

    Hia Ali, hope that you are picking up okay after the last treatment. My Mum was the same, every treatment she had, she was a little longer getting over it. But that she did, twice, and is forever a shopaholic, thats my girl!!!!! It must be genetic then, I blame my clothes ‘problem’ on my Mum, hee hee.
    Una I have great sympathy with you. After preaching to my daughter that you must never run down the stairs, always hold on etc etc, you know the one, I was a little swift coming down the stairs last summer carrying all and sundry and yes, I flew through the air and not with the greatest of ease as the song goes, and landed with an almighty plonk on the bottom, with Olivia standing there saying ‘you shouldn’t run down the stairs you know’. I badly bruised my back and I still have twinges now. What are we like.
    Magda, I do hope that you are okay, take it easy, you to Alpa, dont go doing too much now.
    Well, the weather is awful here, such a wind, do hope that summer happens soon.
    Love and hugs to you Ali and everyone else, hold hands and keeeep dancing.
    Helen s xxxxx

  115. Mrs Janet Jones May 23, 2011 at 1:49 pm -  Reply

    My Dear Ali,I think my last 2 replys must have got lost in cyberspace!!!! but not to worry. Hope you are feeling a bit better after your 4th and final fec(weyhey!.You’re so right it has a cumulative effect, by my 6th one I was on my knees and needed a blood transfusion!I pray that this other type of chemo you will need will not be as vicious. You look absolutely gorgeous in your wig it looks so real, and I am glad you had a lovely busy time before your fec. Also glad to hear that Sam’s quality of life is so much better now, that must put your mind at ease.
    We have just come back from a week in Cyprus. I can tell you I was so worried I think I lost confidence after all my treatment. I’m so glad I went, I even went deep sea walking to feed the fish, something I thought I would never do!Before you know it Ali you to will be off on your family to Fiji. I know sometimes on the down days you think you will never get through the treatment , but you will, your’re a strong lady, with so much support, you will come through it all.
    A tip for your cold head, I used to wear a buff (something skiers wear) it’s a soft tube shape and it fits very comfortably on your head, it kept my bald head warm on many a cold night!
    Well I am thinking of you Ali, take very good care and be kind to yourself, hope to hear from you soon, when you’re feeling a bit better, love Janet xx

  116. Ann May 24, 2011 at 9:11 am -  Reply

    Gosh Ali, I wondered where you had got to, I don’t usually read the blogs, but as I had not seen you on QVC for some time I thought I would have a look to find out what was going on.
    Now I get it.
    Ali, I wish you all the very best and hope everything goes well and you are back on our screens pronto.
    Good luck with all the treatment. You do look glam with your long hair by the way.
    Take care Ali,
    and God Bless
    Ann
    xxx

  117. alison keenan May 24, 2011 at 8:54 pm -  Reply

    Joy and Lisa – lovely to hear from you both, and thanks for your kind words and messages. Have turned a corner and apart from a bloomin’ cold am feeling much better. Your words keep me positive, Love Ali xx

  118. alison keenan May 24, 2011 at 8:57 pm -  Reply

    Marian, I know who to come to for Sunday tea!! :) Your bird table sounds like a gastronomic delight – far more interesting fare than I offer up, and I love your blackbirds! Yes, I will keep Dale, Simon and Debbie away from the ducks – they are currently sharing a field with the sheep so bloomin noisy as well as entertaining. Lovely to hear from you and do keep in touch,love Ali x

  119. alison keenan May 24, 2011 at 9:01 pm -  Reply

    Mags, firstly thank you so much for taking the time to write when clearly you have plenty of other things on your mind, and secondly chin up pet… I know of many women who have been where you are and come out the other side…. these challenges are often set for us to overcome, and then we are stronger and better able to deal with whatever else may come our way. As long as you and your boys know you’re there for each other, the rest will come….Take care and stay strong, love Ali xx

  120. alison keenan May 24, 2011 at 9:05 pm -  Reply

    Veronica – bless you and thank you :) I wish you strong legs and a following wind! I would also like to wish Olly well too…he’s given me hope for my follicles!! Did you manage to get one of the glossy magazines with pictures of the wedding? I couldn’t get one for love nor money :( Still, no doubt we’ll get plenty of recaps over the years to come. Have a great week, and good luck with your Race for Life, love Ali xx

  121. alison keenan May 24, 2011 at 9:09 pm -  Reply

    Dear Liz, so sorry to hear that further treatment will be necessary, but delighted to hear that you’ll be able to travel in the meantime and visit some of THE most beautiful cities in the world! I have been lucky enough to visit all four, and count them as my most favourite, although Barcelona was mighty impressive last October :) Please look after yourself and enjoy the summer. I’ve finished my first lot of chemo, but begin the second, once weekly lot on June 2nd… fingers crossed it will be a little easier. Love to you, Ali xx

  122. alison keenan May 24, 2011 at 9:12 pm -  Reply

    Karen, thank you! So glad you like the long wig. I think I may have to get it trimmed just a little as I’m not really used to that much hair, but it does feel feminine. Hope to hear from you again,love Ali xx

  123. alison keenan May 24, 2011 at 9:18 pm -  Reply

    Morag, those are lovely things to say, and mean a lot :) This last treatment knocked me for six and it has been such a relief to feel better again, so positivity is never far away when there’s a break in the proceedings. You sending your positivity also helps hugely and thank you. Love Ali xx

  124. alison keenan May 24, 2011 at 9:44 pm -  Reply

    Sue, so glad you enjoyed the Theatre of Gems – I remember it well and i’m glad that you met Dale. You’re right about my friends there – they have been fab and constantly in touch – which is so important as it seems like forever since I’ve been working! Sam is currently on an Adventure Rehab event and has been canoeing and rock climbing can you believe! So proud :)Thank you for your kind words and for your good luck wishes. Do keep in touch, love Ali xx

  125. alison keenan May 24, 2011 at 10:00 pm -  Reply

    My dear Myfanwy, I’m sure I did see your previous post, but am not certain that I replied to it!! IT was lovely to hear from you and I have a shameful admission… Years ago, when I worked in Radio I had David Essex’s album to play and the track that was chosen was ‘Myfanwy’ which I introduced as My Fanny…!! Amazingly I kept my job :) You’re right about my lovely family – I feel very blessed to have them so close by too. Please keep in touch, and thank you for writing, love Ali xx

  126. alison keenan May 24, 2011 at 10:02 pm -  Reply

    Whether you’re much of a blogger or not Jacqui, it was lovely to hear from you, and I really appreciate you taking the time. Keeping on with the treatment and hoping to be back in the Autumn. I hope you have a great week, love Ali xx

  127. alison keenan May 24, 2011 at 10:06 pm -  Reply

    Dear Debz (and a very well behaved Ainzley!!) lovely to hear from you and I’m particularly touched by your kind, thoughtful and moving words. You’re right, this time the tunnel has been pretty murky, but I could see your candle light at the end, and I know it’ll never blow out… makes all the difference…Thank you so much, love Ali xx

  128. alison keenan May 24, 2011 at 10:08 pm -  Reply

    Julie, I’m certain you would be strong if you were lucky like me and had this amazing support network :) Claudia did look fab didn’t she… she’s a very special and kind person :) Thank you for your prayers and kind words,love Ali x

  129. alison keenan May 24, 2011 at 10:09 pm -  Reply

    Etta, I am LOVING your mantra! I think I should adopt it :) So glad to hear your positive news – it has renewed my hope. Thank you, love ALi xx

  130. alison keenan May 24, 2011 at 10:11 pm -  Reply

    Alpa, lovely to hear from you and you’ll be pleased to know that Jo’s hat has done the trick. Keeps me warm when I’m cold and can be whipped off when I have a hot flush!! That said, I love the idea of a small turban…may just work on that for daytime use! I do hold onto hope Alpa, and have faith too, but your words are a timely reminder, so thank you for them. I hope you have a good week, love Ali :) xx

  131. Karin Whittaker (Beading Buddy) May 25, 2011 at 11:54 am -  Reply

    Hello Ali,
    I am glad that you have had such a good time with Lulu and enjoy yourself with all of your friends. I send you my warmest wishes and hope that you will get through this with flying colours.
    I had a good laugh when I read your comment about Prince Charles, I was thinking exactly the same at the time. hahahaha.
    Big Hugs and hopedully you will be back on the Q in no time.
    Karin XxX

  132. Fiona Williams May 25, 2011 at 1:14 pm -  Reply

    Hi ALI, What a wonderful blog. So glad your treatment is proceeding well. My sister has been through it too and has come out the other side with renewed love of life and a hunger to do everything she maybe shouldn’t at her age!!! Lol.
    Great news about your duck. I had a similar experience a few years ago when I rescued a baby duck and raised it. Didn’t know what sex it was until an egg appeared under the sideboard! She was called Georgie and was white. Was with us for 3 years before she swam off with the other local ducks.
    Keep smiling and come back soon, your impish humour is much missed.
    Best wishes, Fiona Williams

  133. Elaine Sallis May 25, 2011 at 8:56 pm -  Reply

    HI Ai
    Hope you have got over your last treatment a little. I went to Butler and Wilson with my daughter last week and we bought the most fantastic necklace for her wedding. She had her final dress fitting this week and the necklace looked absolutely fabulous. I was lucky as my husband bought me a bracelet whilst we were in the South Molton Street store. Poor him, he spent all day driving to London going to Butler and Wilson in Fulham Rd and South Molton Street and then driving home again, not only that but we really hammered his credit card.
    NEWSFLASH: I have plaster on the ceiling, the electrician has been and I have lights, now it just needs painting.
    Keep your spirits up and I am holding your hand very tightly whilst wearing my stunning bracelet. Hope the sparkle cheers you up!!!!
    Lots of love Elaine

  134. anita mckimm May 26, 2011 at 11:00 am -  Reply

    god bless you allie,i am in the same situation as you watching and waiting hoping for good news,so chin up xx

  135. GINA May 26, 2011 at 10:16 pm -  Reply

    hi ali sending you my best wishes missing you big hugs.x

  136. Jan May 27, 2011 at 7:08 pm -  Reply

    You put all of us non sufferers to shame – I am now determined to make more of my life thanks to you. If anyone deserves a break its you – all the very best of health and happiness Jan XX

  137. Susan May 27, 2011 at 7:17 pm -  Reply

    Anita,
    Just want to say thinking of you too and take it easy and enjoy the good days you have between treatments.
    Susan x

  138. una May 28, 2011 at 11:37 am -  Reply

    Hello to all my blog friends. I hope you are all well. Havent been around much this week. Any of you who read Debbie G blog, will know that my gorgeous friend Allikka has been in a coma for quite a long time now. Very sad today as we lost her in the early hours of the morning.
    Love to you all
    Una xx

  139. Beverley Taylor May 30, 2011 at 2:26 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    I would like to offer my support, you have the right outlook to get through as I did 5 years ago to the day as I write this. You have lovely family and friends supporting you wich is key. I wish you all the very best.
    Bev x

  140. Eileen. May 30, 2011 at 3:33 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    have tried three times to post a message but perhaps fourth time lucky!!. I loved the photos of your night out, I am so glad you have the determination and the strenght to live life to the full, being positive is a large element of the battle. Hope everything continues to go well for you and you lovely family. Fingers crossed it won’t be not to long before we see you back on QVC. God bless & take care.
    Eileen. xxx

  141. helen s May 31, 2011 at 3:00 pm -  Reply

    My dear Una, how very sad to hear your news. Take care now, I’m thinking of you.
    love and hugs
    Helen S xxx

  142. Alpa May 31, 2011 at 5:09 pm -  Reply

    Dear Una,
    I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your gorgeous friend. How very sad and how caring and loving you were to help look after her. I am sending lots of love to you and Joe. If you need me, I am only ever a blog away.
    You take care,
    Love Alpa xx

  143. Marg May 31, 2011 at 7:23 pm -  Reply

    Be strong Una, your friend is at peace, its for the ones left behind to find peace in the knowledge you knew and shared time with a lovely person. Be assured her peace will come into your life and you have a new Guardian Angel at your shoulder.
    From a fellow Scot,
    Marg.

  144. Alpa June 1, 2011 at 12:05 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Thank you for replying :) I hope you are feeling a little better and the bloomin cold has left you. So pleased that Jo’s hat has done the trick and look forward to seeing a picture of you in a turban :) I think you begin the second lot of chemo tomorrow, Ali and I am keeping everything crossed and hope that it is a little easier on you.
    Una, thinking of you and sending love x
    Debz, hope you and a very well behaved Ainzley are both well! x
    Helen, hope you are ok and not over doing it! x
    Shauna, hi, hope you are well x
    Love to Gail, Magda, Una, Debz, Helen and everyone else.
    Ali, take good care,
    Love Alpa xx

  145. MRS B FLETCHER June 1, 2011 at 1:04 pm -  Reply

    hi ali first time i have sent an email but just had to tell you i think you are an absolute diamond say no more all my best wishes angel love bea xx

  146. Debz June 1, 2011 at 3:25 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Just a quick message to let you know that I will be thinking of you tomorrow when you start your next round of chemo. I’m sending you strength and love and cat hair as Ainzley is moulting again!!
    I’m sure you know that we would all be there with you if we could. As others have said it’s another tick against your treatment list – the countdown to being well and back with us all again. We miss you so very much.
    Una my lovely, I am so sorry that you’ve lost your friend but remember, the people we love never truly leave us, they live on in our hearts. You take care Una. Life seems to have thrown so much at you but, like our Ali, you deal with it all with such grace and courage and still find time to make us all laugh.
    Take care everyone.
    Love and licks
    Debz & Ainzley (=^-^=)XXXXXXXXXX

  147. Liz June 1, 2011 at 9:21 pm -  Reply

    Good luck for tomorrow’s new chemo and hope it will be manageable. It will seem quicker having it weekly rather than 3 weekly and that’s always a bonus! My second type of chemo mix was 2 weekly and it (almost) seemed like it had finished before it started.
    Hope Sam is progressing nicely too. Take care all,
    Liz x

  148. Alison Keenan June 1, 2011 at 10:04 pm -  Reply

    My dear Lynn, I’m sorry it’s taken me so long to reply – at least I don’t think I have – am suffering with what my oncologist very sweetly calls ‘chemo brain’! I am sorry that you too are fighting to combat this, but I hope that like me, you have plenty of support and kindness surrounding you. Very many thanks for writing, and I send you my love, Ali x

  149. Alison Keenan June 1, 2011 at 10:05 pm -  Reply

    Pauline – a classy act! I’m liking that :) Thank you, and do keep in touch, love Ali xx

  150. Alison Keenan June 1, 2011 at 10:09 pm -  Reply

    Una, I’m so sorry I’ve not been in touch, and that you’ve been bandaged!! Crikey you were lucky, and having looked at the date of that last post I would imagine you are now much better and hopefully out of the bandages… infact having read further through the comments I am also hoping that you are coping with the recent loss of your friend. I am so terribly sorry to hear that news, and I know that all your friends here will join me in sending our love and prayers. Stay strong, and keep hold of all those precious memories. I will hopefully be posting a new blog at the beginning of next week… You take care Una, love Ali xx

  151. Alison Keenan June 1, 2011 at 10:13 pm -  Reply

    Alpa, I hope very much that your knee is improving – big ouch! Always lovely to hear from you, and I apologise if I’ve missed any of your more recent postings. Not done so well at keeping in touch this month, but am planning to have a new blog for you by Monday. I hope you have a lovely weekend – the sun is meant to be shining :) Lots of love, Ali xx

  152. Alison Keenan June 1, 2011 at 10:23 pm -  Reply

    Magda so good to hear from you, and I very much hope that you are well on the way to recovery. How incredibly kind of you to offer your villa :) I can tell you that I’ve just returned from a surprise 4 days away with Colin in spain which was fab – even though we had the storm half way through – it was just the best medicine! I start my new treatment tomorrow which is once a week (two days for blood test then chemo) but if there is ANY chance of escaping for a few days, then I will be in touch :) Take care, Love Ali xxx

  153. Alison Keenan June 1, 2011 at 10:24 pm -  Reply

    Hi Nic – not related to Ted Danson by any chance??! :) Lovely to hear from you, and will be back to QVC just as soon as I possibly can be, love Ali xx

  154. Alison Keenan June 1, 2011 at 10:27 pm -  Reply

    Crikey Una, what a Palaver indeed!! Just read your next comment re: your glasses, sprain, make up routine etc, and I though I had problems!! :) Try and rest up, and I very much hope that all will be well again soon. Try claiming for your glasses on the house insurance – it was an accident after all! Please take care! Lots of love, ali x

  155. Alison Keenan June 1, 2011 at 10:30 pm -  Reply

    Dear Hilary, lovely to hear from you, and thank you for your kind comments. I hope that life is good for you, and do keep in touch, love Ali x

  156. Alison Keenan June 1, 2011 at 10:34 pm -  Reply

    Alpa, you’re right, I was COMPLETELY spoiled by Keely, and after an amazing facial, I was given the most fab spray tan!! By jingo I looked like I’d had a month in Barbados! :) Not only is she an awesome guest, but a truly lovely woman. I felt very lucky :) Ali xx

  157. Alison Keenan June 1, 2011 at 10:37 pm -  Reply

    Nichola, I was thinking of you yesterday, and hope very much that your check up went well. Had blood test today and have come home with my lovely clip and tube necklace attachment! First Taxol tomorrow so hopefully a bit easier :) Do keep in touch, and thank you for writing, love Ali x

  158. Alison Keenan June 1, 2011 at 10:39 pm -  Reply

    Oh, and no I haven’t tried a buff, but I think Janet also wore one too. Luckily my little hat is doing the trick and when it was warmer I managed without it. Must be dreadful if you lose your hair in the winter! xx

  159. Alison Keenan June 1, 2011 at 10:42 pm -  Reply

    Dear Shauna, lovely to hear from you, and how proud must you have been!! Good luck to your grandson, and I’m certain he’ll be even better received in the Amphitheatre! I went recently to see Lucy’s fiancee Richard playing at The Horns in Watford and he was awesome!! He’s got another gig next Saturday after our Race for Life, so plan to hobble there and then sit and cheer :)I am so glad that you enjoy reading the blogs, and I love the fact that you are all keeping in touch with each other! We’ve created our own social network :) Love Ali xx

  160. Alison Keenan June 1, 2011 at 10:45 pm -  Reply

    Gail, I so know how frustrating it is to lose what you’ve written, and thanks for having another go, and bringing me up to speed with your news. I hope to have a new blog for you by Monday, but in advance, my ducks have gone!! I had a very brief 24 hours from hatching to leaving, and I still am none the wiser as to which pond/stretch of water they went to :( Sorry not to have them here, but delighted mummmy duck did such a great job – I think the special duck food helped :) Hope all is rosy in your garden, love ali xx

  161. Alison Keenan June 1, 2011 at 10:47 pm -  Reply

    Celia, lovely to hear from you, and yes, it is great news about Sam. I will have a few photos of him from his adventure weekend in my next blog – rockclimbing has to be seen to be believed! Half way through my chemo now… fingers crossed this is the downhill stretch :) I hope very much all well with you, love Ali xx

  162. Alison Keenan June 1, 2011 at 10:49 pm -  Reply

    Sara, bless you :) Your kind words have made me smile, and I thank you for them. If you’ve just read my comment to Gail, you’ll know that my ducks have flown the nest… well waddled away from it! I did manage to get a few photos before they disappeared, and will include them in my next blog. Look forward to hearing from you again, love Ali x

  163. Alison Keenan June 1, 2011 at 10:53 pm -  Reply

    Marian, never apologise for blogging!! I LOVE catching up with all the news. How exciting to actually see a woodpecker. I have many holes drilled in one of my apple trees, but never saw the bird! It clearly has to be your culinary delights that are drawing them in :) Keep up the good work, love Ali x

  164. Alison Keenan June 1, 2011 at 10:58 pm -  Reply

    Kim, that’s very good of you to say :) I think a lot of my positivity comes from all of you, my friends and family! I’d be fibbing if I said I don’t have the odd miserable moment, but to keep on keeping on is the best way I find. I hope that life is treating you and yours well, and thank you for keeping in touch, love Ali xx

  165. Alison Keenan June 1, 2011 at 11:00 pm -  Reply

    Debz, lovely to keep in touch, and I’m hoping that you and Ainzley are in fine form. Very clever your little symbol of Ainzley at the end of the comment :) Deb Greenwood sent me a thing at the end of a text that looked worryingly like a dog’s bottom! It was meant to be a hug…! :) Have a good weekend, love Ali xx

  166. Alison Keenan June 1, 2011 at 11:10 pm -  Reply

    Dear Marg, it’s always good to hear from you, and I’m so glad that you keep in touch whenever you can. Yes, Charlie is a sweetheart, and once we start laughing about something it’s very difficult to stop :) Sam had a great holiday, and is really coping so much better with his new prosthetic. You’re right about moving onto the next step in the treatment – new once weekly chemo starts tomorrow… fingers crossed ‘cos it’s meant to be a little easier :) Thank you for your warm thoughts – may all your dreams be sweet too, love Ali xx

  167. Alison Keenan June 1, 2011 at 11:13 pm -  Reply

    Eileen, thank you for taking the time out to write, and yes your words do strike a chord..some days are easier than others. That said, it’s a means to an end, and I’m extremely lucky to have such an incredible network of friends plus my family to support me through it. I hope all is well with you, love ali xx

  168. Alison Keenan June 1, 2011 at 11:17 pm -  Reply

    Helen, your mum sounds amazing! Twice thru this and still a shopoholic – awesome :) Sorry to hear about your fall – must be catching! Una, you and me! Although I snagged a high heel on a paving slab and fell off my shoe – somewhat humiliating :)Lovely bruised ankle but mercifully not broken heel! I hope your back’s improving, and that we will see a little more of the summer VERY soon. With love, Ali xx

  169. Alison Keenan June 1, 2011 at 11:23 pm -  Reply

    My dear Janet – so good to hear from you and catch up on your trip to Cyprus. How wonderful for you! It’s a country I have never visited, but it’s on my list of things to do :) I know what you mean about the confidence thing, having just come back from a few days in spain…What to wear? Bikini or gaberdine mac? Wig, bald head or paper bag?? :) I have to say you were very much in my thoughts as we had a lovely night out being entertained by a ‘Michael Buble’ soundalike…. Had a few tears when he sang “Hold On” though. Starting Taxol tomorrow so it’s a kind of half way mark, and I’m assured this will be easier – fingers crossed! Thanks for the tip about a buff – my little hat is still working well, but I’ll keep it in mind for the autumn. Keep in touch Janet, and I hope that your son will be home soon for the summer, love Ali xx

  170. Alison Keenan June 1, 2011 at 11:25 pm -  Reply

    Ann, thank you for taking the time out to write to me, and for your kind words of support. Getting quite used to have the longer hair, and can even wear it up in a bun now! :) Do keep in touch now you’ve found us! Love Ali x

  171. Alison Keenan June 1, 2011 at 11:27 pm -  Reply

    Karin, if it hadn’t have been for my friend Ros I would have missed the Prince Charlies episode altogether! I think we should club together and buy him a hankie! Hoping to be back on the Q autumn/winter time. Have a great summer, and do keep in touch, love Alixx

  172. Alison Keenan June 1, 2011 at 11:29 pm -  Reply

    Fiona, I’m liking the sound of your sister, and shall take a leaf out of her book!! :) I also loved your story about Georgie. Sadly my ducks waddled out of my life within 24 hours of hatching! I think they’re heading to the lovely Gail and her wonderful food table :) So pleased for you and your sister that things turned out well for her, and do keep in touch, love Ali xx

  173. Alison Keenan June 1, 2011 at 11:32 pm -  Reply

    Elaine – I am speechless! Plaster board, lights and paint planned! To think the DIVORCE word had been mentioned, only to be lost in the mists of time because your man is prepared to drive half way round London and back with a crushed credit card!! I am delighted that you now have light in your hallway, a necklace and a bracelet and marital harmony :) And I thank you for holding my hand – it’s been a bumpy few weeks, love Ali xx

  174. Alison Keenan June 1, 2011 at 11:33 pm -  Reply

    Anita, I’m praying that you will have been given your good news…. please let me know, love Ali xx

  175. Alison Keenan June 1, 2011 at 11:34 pm -  Reply

    Gina, thank you. A big hug back to you, and all being well, I’ll be back in the Autumn :) love Ali x

  176. Alison Keenan June 1, 2011 at 11:36 pm -  Reply

    Jan, life is for living, and I love your attitude :) I’m very much hoping that this next lot of treatment will be a break from the side effects of the first! Please do keep in touch, and thank you, love ali xx

  177. Alison Keenan June 1, 2011 at 11:38 pm -  Reply

    Bev, so glad that everything has turned out so well for you, and here’s hoping that in five years time I’ll be here to add my name to those of you who’ve come out the other side :) And you’re right about friends and family… crucial. Love to you, ali xx

  178. Alison Keenan June 1, 2011 at 11:39 pm -  Reply

    Eileen, clearly fourth time lucky!! Thank you for persevering, and for your lovely message. It was good to hear from you, and I hope that you continue to keep in touch over the months, love Ali xx

  179. Mrs Janet Jones June 2, 2011 at 12:30 pm -  Reply

    My Dear Ali,so glad you managed to get a way for a few days,just what the doctor ordered to help you feel ready for the next cycle of treatment(I have everything crossed this next treatment is a bit kinder to you!) Aah chemo brain I remember it well, sometimes I still think I am suffering from it along with the tamoxifen and enforced menopause, like you I am still having my own mini heatwave!! I remember going to the cinema to see a 3D film, I had my wig on, I also wear glasses and I was trying to put the 3D glasses on over my own and through the wig, my husband and I just burst out laughing,wondering if anyone was watching did they think I was a celebrity trying to be in disguise or just someone slightly bonkers! my guess is the latter! You have to laugh about it sometimes or you would go mad.
    It was so lovely of you to remember the Michael Buble song it brought tears to my eyes reading your blog.
    Hope all is well with your family, and don’t forget to be kind to yourself.Be proud you are doing really well, take good care of yourself Ali speak soon love Janet xx

  180. angela white June 2, 2011 at 6:44 pm -  Reply

    you alright! how are you ali? hope today wasnt to bad for you,soon be over! i read that you and debs doing the race for life and i have sponsered you both! im thinking it will be a slow dawdle rather than race! good luck anyway. sending love and big hugs to you x :)

  181. Gail June 2, 2011 at 8:07 pm -  Reply

    Phew Ali, I must admit I was getting a bit worried about you, thank goodness you are okay. How lovely that you got a few days away with Colin. I did have a feeling that you and Colin were no more, so very glad to hear that you are still together. Sorry that your ducks have gone, but glad that all went well with them. Funnily enough I passed a small pond today with geese and goslings. They were so cute and fluffy, but sitting right next to a main road – CRINGE…………… I felt an overwhelming urge to jump out of my car and put a ‘diversion’ sign up in order to re-direct the traffic!!! I’m feeling a bit bruised at the moment as I had a nasty fall on Sunday in Watford Shopping Centre. I slipped on what I now know to be orange juice and my left leg went straight out and my right leg went behind. My husband and a very nice man helped me up. How I got away with only bruises I don’t know. My joints aren’t in the best condition (I have Rheumatoid Arthritis), so I feel very sore but extremely lucky to have got off so lightly. I am very sore though. The funny thing is it was my teeth that hurt the most when I fell. I’ve never experienced that before, but they hurt for at least 5 hours – very strange. Carry on regardless, eh. So nice to hear from you; hope you are enjoying this nice weather. Hope Magda is well and hello to all my blog friends xx
    Stay in touch and I look forward to your new blog. Much love, Gail xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  182. Alpa June 3, 2011 at 11:08 am -  Reply

    Dear Ali,
    Lovely to hear from you :) I am so pleased that you and Colin were able to escape for a few days and I hope the change of scenery did you good. It sounds just like my idea of a break, taking a plane, leaving the country and getting away from it all! You did make me smile at the dilemma of what to wear and rest assured Ali, you look fab in whatever you wear.
    My knee is still rather ouchy and seems to change in size as to how much I am on my feet. I have made a note to myself not to go charging into things like an angry rhino!! It will get better in time though, so that’s good!
    I am so pleased that you had a facial with Keeley and she is lovely. I have been looking at all the treatments they do and they sound delicious! Look at you with your spray tan and just think that in the not to distant future you will be sunning yourself on a beautiful beach and enjoying the tropical waters of Fiji, magical :)
    And a gold star from me for hoping to take part in the Race for Life, given all you have to contend with. I loved those little gold stars we were given at school when we were little and I still love them! I will be cheering you and Debbie on every step of the way. I am cheering you on anyway through each and every treatment :)
    I had very sad news. A close family friend at home was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and despite treatment was given six months to live and we lost him in April after five months.
    I don’t know of anyone who has been untouched by this and it is heartwarming to see people come together to raise money to save lives :)
    Take very good care,
    Lots of love, Alpa xx

  183. Alpa June 3, 2011 at 11:17 am -  Reply

    Hi Una
    You are very much in my thoughts and prayers and I am sending you my love x
    Gail, that sounds very ouchy! I have no idea of what is going on as we seem to have had quite a few mishaps between us all! I hope that you are taking it easy and feeling better soon x
    Magda, thinking of you and sending love x
    Love to everyone
    Alpa xx

  184. una June 3, 2011 at 3:24 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, and all my lovely friends who have left such nice messages on here for me. Thank you so much. You have no idea what a difference it made to me, when I came on here today for the first time in a week.
    The funeral is on Monday, and to say Im dreading it is a vast understatement. Ive lost so many people in the last year, but none has affected me like this. I think that I wont ever smile again. Ive been asked to do a reading, and hope that I can stay strong enough to do Allikka proud.
    Ali, i hope you are keeping better, and treatment is being kinder to you.
    My love as always to you all.
    Thank you again for being there.
    My Love, Una xx

  185. Marilyn Singer June 4, 2011 at 4:13 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali – just another QVC member who misses your lovely smiley face and wonderful sense of humour. So glad you are getting out and about more. Can’t wait to see you again on QVC with your new very short own hair. I loved your hair short and ‘flicky’ and tried to copy it myself. You always look lovely no matter what length your hair is, but I think the wig could be a little shorter. So glad also that Sam is running around. You must be very proud of him too. Both keep up the good work and I’m sure I speak for all QVC customers when I say “speedy recovery and come back soon”.

  186. helen s June 4, 2011 at 5:53 pm -  Reply

    Hia Ali, hope the treatment went ok, I’ve been thinking of you. We’ve take our daughter to the beach for the last couple of days, both my other half and Olivia love it. I sat in a fab brasserie overlooking the beach with a coffee and magazine and let them boogie board and rock pool to their hearts content. If you have never been to Gower here in South Wales, you should make a trip when you are able to. I was talking to a lady who has just come back from holiday and she said that if she had known what the weather had been like and what a lovely beach we were at, she wouldn’t have bothered. Back to the reality of school next week, boo hoo!!!!!
    Hope all you other ladies are doing ok, Magda how are you? Una, hope things are a little easier with you after your news and Alpa, hope you aren’t overdoing things. I haven’t had a good week really M.E. wise, as soon as my arm starts to ache, thats my warning sign.
    Well off to make tea. Take care ladies and Ali all my love and hugs as ususal.
    Helen s xxxx

  187. mary morphy June 5, 2011 at 7:38 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali, I hope you managed to read my last blog…can’t see a response however appreciate that you have a massive following and all credit to you for continually updating and responding and at times when you are probably feeling unwell. Thought i would write a few words just before i order the lovely lily TSV ( I have a perfect spot in the garden around part of the old chimney stack that I have made a feature out of!) I have suddenly realised; did I offend you with my wig comment, it was actually a compliment but hope it wasn’t taken the wrong way!!! You mentioned Sam’s achievement in your blog and what a wonderful time for him and you…on a different achievement level, my daughter played her first Kent Under 11 cricket match yesterday and got a wicket in her second over, hitting middle stump; a very proud moment and a credit to all her hard work. Hope treatment is going well; how are the ducklings? Lotsa love Mary x

  188. Sue June 5, 2011 at 8:32 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali, I am another viewer who missed seeing you on screen and did not realise why, so thoughts wishes and prayers go out to you. I have so enjoyed reading your blog and wanted to let you know of a possible solution for the cold head! My dear friend Gill printed off a pattern for a ‘no hair day chemo cap’ from http://www.headhuggers.org. Once you have picked yourself up off the floor and have wiped the tears of laughter away I know you will be hunting out those knitting needles! I have promised Dad one (he’s overwhelmed with excitement). Should it be Arsenal red or Norwich City green and yellow though? Enjoy and don’t frighten the ducklings.x

  189. Marg June 5, 2011 at 4:58 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ali, hope you are finding your new treatment easier to put up with and with the longer spells between it should help you store extra strenght to cope with the following one.
    Gosh time is running away from me ths year, it will soon be time to do the serious work for your daughters wedding, like dresses,hats,flowers, all the real important things that men think the elves and fairies do while we sleep, the trivial bits and pieces they dont bother with.We have to make sure our shoes are the right heel height and exactly the correct shade for our outfit, they polish their black ones,oh should it be so simple,well I suppose as long as they remember all the things they have not to say we regard ourselves lucky. I got a lovely expensive body lotion, and the other night after a shower I decided to treat myself and used it liberaly and then went into my bedroom, Joe had closed up the house with my son and as he was climbing the stairs I heard him say,’ your mum has been using that Pledge spray again,open the stair window or I’ll never sleep.’ I cant win.
    Take good care Ali,you are doing sooo well,regards to Sam hope he is still enjoying his new pain free mobility.
    My hand as always is there ready to reach out, my thoughts are
    with you when you come into my mnd during a quiet moment,
    Stay well and strong,
    Marg.

  190. Alison Keenan June 6, 2011 at 3:18 am -  Reply

    Angela, you’re a sweetie, thank you on behalf of Deb and I. Just wanted to reassure you that it’s the 5k and not the 10k we’re attempting… think the latter would definitely be a bridge too far :) Keep in touch, love Ali xx

  191. Alison Keenan June 6, 2011 at 3:25 am -  Reply

    Gail, so sorry to hear about your fall, and hope that the bruises, aches and pains are all better now! No doubt with your arthritis it takes you a lot longer to recover, so sending you a hug. I have visited that same shopping centre many times, and the floors are pretty shiny with or without orange juice!! Yes Colin is very much with me, and together things are a lot easier than they would have been if we were apart :) I hope you enjoy the new blog, and do keep in touch, love Ali xx

  192. Alison Keenan June 6, 2011 at 3:29 am -  Reply

    My dear Janet, I don’t think I can blame everything on my chemo brain, cos I was pretty addled before!! :) Mercifully, so far, Taxol does seem to be a lot kinder… just aching joints and funny tummy. Yes, I could certainly do with a break from the hot flushes though – watched Sleepless in Seattle last night, and here I am Sleepless in Sewell this morning!! My oncologist recommended Oil of Evening Primrose and they do seem to have helped, so that’s something else I now take religiously every morning. Thanks for keeping in touch, and i hope you enjoy the new blog, love Ali xx

  193. Alison Keenan June 6, 2011 at 3:31 am -  Reply

    Oh and Janet, your comment about the 3D glasses reminded me of the time I tried to squeeze my sunglasses under the sides of my wig and ended up looking as though I was wearing a Biggles flying helmet!! As you say, you have to laugh though :) xxx

  194. Jeannie June 6, 2011 at 11:12 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali –
    I hope your recent holiday in Spain has cheered you up and helped you to go forward to your next treatment. This little saying helped me during my treatment –
    “Sometimes life gives you a wake-up call
    It’s how fast you get up – not how hard you fall”
    All Best Wishes.

  195. una June 6, 2011 at 4:19 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Hope you are coping with the new treatment, and feeling a bit more human. I was so glad to read that Colin had taken you on a wee surprise break. I was thinking he wasnt around too, but glad that hes there for you.
    Colin, thank you for taking care of our Ali.
    Marg, you have no idea how your words got me through today. I was awake every hour, on the hour last night, and eventually got up at 6, with a feeling of dread and utter despair in the pit of my stomach.
    I had been worrying all weekend about what poem I could use for Allikka. I settled on one, but this morning, it just seemed so wrong, but there wasnt really time to find something else. Being me, I just decided to wing it.
    The service was nice, but it just felt like it wasnt really our girl. I got up there, opened my mouth and nothing came out. I suddenly remembered what you said about an angel on my shoulder, and had this image of a VERY naughty Allikka angel hanging around my neck making big old fish faces at me! It was all I could do to stop myself giggling.
    I thought I would just tell a few stories about her instead of the poem, and the sombre feeling just left.
    I told them about the time, the “infamous 5″ as we call ourselves, halted an army training session for over an hour! We had decided we would go “mountaineering” AKA, walking up a wee hill! We took a picnic, and had a lovely couple of hours enjoying the great outdoors! Started our “descent” and Alli and I were gibbering so much we totally fell behind. Almost at the foot of the hill, theres a wooded area. We were probably about 500 yards from it, and we thought we would give Julie Andrews a run for her money, and started belting out “the hills are alive”!!! All of a sudden, she grabbed me, and started screaming at the top of her voice. I had NO idea what she was screaming about, but thought the best form of attack, would be to scream louder than she was!!! She started to run, dragging me behind her. We got back to the car to find the other 3 in hysterics, and in deep conversation, with a very fit looking soldier type person!! looking highly amused, he informed us, that 30 uniformed people had just been witness to our little concert!
    Alli had looked into the trees, and had just seen all these eyes, but the guys were in camouflage, and she couldnt figure out what it was, so she started screaming!
    Apparently, there were 2 teams, and this lot had to stay in the trees till we were out the way, or the “opponents” would know their whereabouts. they had seen us while we were still halfway up the hill, and just had to sit it out!
    My other story, was when the 5 of us had a girly weekend away, in a log cabin. 2 bedrooms, one had twin beds. Alli & I claimed that room, the other room had a double bed and a single. Had dinner, as you do, with a couple of glasses of red, as you do! Conversation got around to war, and that if Saddam or Bin Laden dropped a bomb on us, we should put sellotape on the windows! Then, what would be the one thing you couldnt live without. The list was. Tomato ketchup, Salad cream, salt & vinegar crisps, tampons, and deodorant!!!!
    We all headed to bed, BUT, we decided that someone might drop the bomb that night. we got up, and taped the window in the other bedroom. Not content with that. We criss crossed the entire room with tape. It was like a spiders web! There was a little bit of tape left, so we taped Saras left foot, to Carons right foot. While they slept I hasten to add!! We then got out a bottle of ketchup, salad cream, tampons and salt & vinegar crisps, (about 10 packets), and stuck them to the criss cross tape!!! It was SO funny. The last laugh was on us though. They made the 2 of us clean up the mess in the morning!!! I just couldnt believe that we were so quiet, and they didnt know a thing about it till Caron got up at 6 to go to the loo, and fell flat on her face, dragging Sara with her!!!
    Marg, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I know I couldnt have been able to just stand there reading a poem, but making everyone remember how cheeky and lovely she was, made it so much better.
    Helen, Alpa, Gail, Debz and Magda, thank you so much too. Alpa, thank you, its nice to know I can call on you through this blog. Helen, I hope you feel a bit better this week. Debz, thank you for your kind words. (Not sure about the grace bit though!!!!!)
    My love and thanks to all of you.
    Una xx

  196. NICHOLA CARLISLE June 6, 2011 at 9:30 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali.
    All the very best with your next round of chemo. and have a lovely day on 11th June. Keep smiling.
    Lol
    Nichola. xxx

  197. Alpa June 7, 2011 at 1:44 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    I hope that taxol is not too taxing on you and you are feeling a little better. I don’t know if you’ve tried arnica for your aching joints? I have a lot of pain in my body from M.E. My bones hurt, at least that’s what it feels like! It’s like some creature has stuck its fangs into me and is holding on for dear life! It’s not a pretty sight but it does make me smile!! I talked to Emma, the lovely therapist at Keeley’s salon and she suggested musclease for that and also for my knee. As you say, to keep on keeping on is the best way :)
    Lovely photos of you on Deddie G’s sponsor me page. I was another who was not sure whether Colin was around and I am happy that he is there for you :) My prince charming is so mysterious, I have no idea who he is yet!!
    I hope you are up to taking part in the Race for Life and if you are not, that’s ok too. I’m sure that you will be supporting Debbie either way and we are all supporting you both :)
    Take care,
    Love Alpa xx

  198. ann bacon June 7, 2011 at 2:10 pm -  Reply

    hi ali
    have just read your blog wondered where you were,and was sorry to hear about the reason why,hope you are on the road to good health now and have joined the 6 monthly club,keep your chin up and remember asmile uses more facial muscles than tears,and friends are more precious than diamonds [even though they are a girls best friend lol] glad your son is doing good to,many blessings,
    ann,notts

  199. Heather McMillan June 15, 2011 at 8:21 am -  Reply

    Dear Ali Thank you for all your news , I really Miss You and hope you are soon feeling much better. I wondered if you are going to be one of our Breast Cancer Care Models this year because in the past you’ve been so supportive of everyone and it would be Lovely to see you up there strutting your stuff. Anyway keep up with the messages Sending Lots of Love Heather x

  200. cello08 June 16, 2011 at 7:00 pm -  Reply

    hi ali i must say that you really looked fabulous in your wig and don’t cut it it isn’t true that short hair makes you look younger. I have been growing my hair for the last eight months and i love it cannot think why when i reached sixty i thought it would be better shorter i think longer hair gives your face a softer look.I am so happy for your son and very glad to hear that he is progressing so well he gets his strength from you no doubt what a joy he and lucy must be for you. I do admire your strength and your positive outlook i will light a candle for you and say a prayer for your when i go the westminster cathedral on saturday. Keep strong ali we are all out here rooting for you god bless and keep you love and hugs to you xxxx

  201. alison keenan June 23, 2011 at 9:27 pm -  Reply

    Gosh, I only looked back at this blog by chance, but Cello8 thank you so much for my prayers in Westminster Cathedral…. I remember lighting candles in various Cathedrals over the years and amazingly when I went to put flowers down for my Dad last month the church was open and so I was able to pray…. in between rather a lot of tears…. so much to catch up on … but I find them the peace and deep quiet so comforting. do you know I think you’re right about the longer hair being a softer look… I’m going to have my real hair wig trimmed, but keep it long.. I may never be able to grow hair that long again myself. Love and good wishes to you, Ali xx

  202. alison keenan June 23, 2011 at 9:29 pm -  Reply

    Heather it was suggested to me to be a model this year, but as I’ll still be having radiotherapy it was decided to wait until next year. I should hopefully have my ‘new and balanced’ look by then say will feel more confident in the clothes. all that said, I am to make a speech this year – nervewracking or what – but it will be a huge honour at the same time. thank you for taking the time out to write to me, love Ali xx

  203. alison keenan June 23, 2011 at 9:32 pm -  Reply

    Jeannie, Nichola and ann – I hope you don’t mind me replying to you together, but I just wanted to thank you for your lovely words! I’m endeavouring to keep on smiling :) Some days a tad harder than others especially when the face in the mirror doesn’t seem to be mine at present – but yes my friends are diamonds, and I am very well loved and looked after by you all, so have the best chance of getting better. Love to you all, Ali xx

  204. Deborah Jackson June 30, 2011 at 9:27 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    First of all I would like to say how much I admire you, I have been fortunate in the sense that I have not had chemo/rads as part of my treatment but you are amazing and an inspiration to all ladies and men with breast cancer. I will be thinking of you all through your journey and never more so than when I step on to the catwalk at the breast cancer care show this October, just sorry that I have never accessed your blog before, keep smiling you are a star! x

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