My appearance on This Morning…


As some of you know already, I was kindly asked to go on This Morning last week to talk about my experiences of having breast cancer and how I'll be involved in the Breast Cancer Care Fashion Show next month.

But incase you missed it and wanted a peek, here it is…


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Here are some behind the scenes pictures I took, hope you like them!

Lots of love, Ali x

Ali on This Morning Ali on This Morning







P.S. There are still some tickets left for the Breast Cancer Care Fashion Show if any of you or your friends are interested in attending. You can visit our blog to find out how to get tickets or you can find out more info on the Breast Cancer Care website.


  1. Jill Wheeler September 4, 2012 at 3:20 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali.! I saw you today, Tuesday 4th Sept, and i must say, you look so well, and full of beans!!!! I too had a massive April, on my main artery in my neck, I had a double aneurysm;my God was I scared,but after months of scans etc, I had the op. at St.Georges, Tooting, and they were fantastic. I had the most amazing team looking after me. I am now well on the road to recovery. Something so frightening makes you thankful for every single day. There was a high chance that I may have a stroke,but thank goodness all went smoothly. I lost my Dad on New Years’ Day, so it’s been a rough few months, but we are now coming out the other side of the dark tunnel. Can I be cheeky, and ask you what nail polish you were wearing today, on the Kim&co show at 2pm.? It was a dark rose shimmer from what I could see.Your nails are so beautiful! Take care Ali, and it’s so good to have you on our screens more often. (Please say hello to Amecka,another brave,lovely lady) Love Jill, Purley.xx

  2. SUE RADFORD September 4, 2012 at 6:51 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Thanks for adding the This Morning interview to your blog – I’ve watched it again – it was very informative and you were just great! I wish I was able to attend the Breast Cancer Care event, but it isn’t possible this year, but I’ll be thinking of you and all the other very brave ladies, and men.
    Love from Sue Radford xx

  3. alison keenan September 4, 2012 at 10:06 pm -  Reply

    Well done you Jill! It sounds as though you have been incredibly brave, and I am mightily relieved that you are now through the worst of things and coming out the other side! So difficult for you, especially as you lost your Dad, and it’s at times like these you really need your parents with you.. so you can be a child again, and lean on them….I would be lying if I told you I knew what the nail polish was, but I think it is one of the Nails Inc Glitter ranges – so sorry, but I had to paint them myself as my manicurist has been on hols, and it was an old bottle! If I find out I promise I will let you know. In the meantime, continue to get better, and thank you for writing to me, especially after you’ve been through so much,
    love Ali xx

  4. mary morphy September 5, 2012 at 6:53 am -  Reply

    Good morning Ali, yes I watched you on Good Morning and remember watching you on the original one..just like old times. I thought you spoke beautifully, honestly and inspirationally so well done you, it could not have been easy. It’s another early blog time for me as it is my baby boy’s 15th birthday today..can’t believe how the time has gone. I got up early to wrap his pressies as time has been of the essence lately and to put the candles on his cake…birthday cake for breakfast today..his favourite which is a home made victoria sponge with jam and cream. He is a boy of simple tastes although I pushed the boat out and bought extra special extra fruit strawberry jam! He is growing into a lovely young man but I am having difficulty adapting to teenage boy moods..I have sisters and no close male cousins so its all a bit of a learning curve although my best friend who has a 21 year old said he is just like he was at that age so it must be normal! I just leave him to deal with them in his own way and he knows where I am if he needs me. I want to have an open relationship with him..about everything really which is very different to how mine was with my mum when it came to teenage matters and when I asked him casually in the car if he had any body hair he replied,” I love you very much mum but I am not comfortable having this conversation with you!”..Not a great start!!
    I returned to school yesterday after the summer; went too quickly and didnt feel like a break was had especially with looking afer mum but, we have now had more intervention agencies round so we are praying a carer will be soon available as we are all worried about her manageing her personal care when we are working. I also crammed some decorating in last week; painted kitchen and re painted bathroom and toilet celings as they are all completely tiled; I am still trying to get one coat gloss out of my hair!
    I have just ordered the Kipling TSV in taupe logo..I love it and ordered the kipling antwerp rucksack bag for my daughter’s birthday…not until Januarty but how good do I feel with early preperation. The trouble is I do this buying pressies early thing and put them in a safe place then forget where the safe place is! I tidied up the larder last week and found two Xmas chocolate variety boxes much to the kids delight.
    The kids are going to the Paralympic Athletics on Friday with their fantastic. I have been watching what I can on tv and these people are nothing short of amazing. I am so full of pride and admiration. I can hear footsteps..birthday boy is up! Have agood week. Lots of Love Mary xx

  5. Norma Smithson September 5, 2012 at 7:04 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali So glad you posted the This Morning video as I missed it, you were “smashing” anyone getting the same news as you did in Jan 2011 will benefit from the determined positive approach you adopted during your journey, letting people know that there were the low days but that you always tried to be forward thinking,well done love. Enjoyed your Nails Inc show yesterday what a hoot so much laughter and of course excellant deals. Quick update on Harold, progress slow but it’s only a week since his op, trying to walk for longer each day so that he builds the strength in his back and legs, but looking to being fit. Don’t forget to let us know about your new home I hope everything is going through ok. Have a good week Much Love Norma xx

  6. Liz Yuille September 5, 2012 at 4:52 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    I have been reading your blog for the past few weeks, and catching up with the previous entries. I am sad to say that I had not registered that you had been diagnosed until very recently and had wondered why you were not on our screens. Under normal circumstances I would not have time to check the QVC Blogs, but I too have been diagnosed with Breast Cancer, so between operations and hospital appointments have found myself looking at parts of the web I would not normally.
    I received the news on 4 July, the 20th Anniversary of my wonderful man and I getting together; some anniversary present! I have now had a mastectomy and Sentinel Node Biopsy, which was positive so was followed two weeks later by Level II clearance. Happily the Level II nodes were all clear, as are all the numerous other scans and tests that I have had in the past two months. Who knew how many tests you go through as part of this journey, I swear there is not one part of my anatomy which has not been poked, prodded or scanned. Getting the clear results of all of these tests has been amazing; I paced for about 10 minutes after I got the all clear following the CT Scan, I just could not settle down.
    Tomorrow I am having a portacath fitted ready to start Chemo next Friday. I would be lying if I said that I was not dreading the next six months, but to see how well you are looking is inspirational. I know there will be some rough days ahead and that it is a different experience for each of us, but I have so much support around me that I also know that I will get through this. I keep reminding myself that it could have been so much worse. I am going to try the cold cap to see if I can hold on to my hair, or at least some of it, but I have a wig and scarves standing by ‘just in case’.
    I am not enjoying the temporary implant much, particularly on the days following an inflation, but I know that it is there for a good reason and is allowing me lots of time to think about what reconstruction options I have. I am also living in dread of Lymphoedema, but have been so pleased to see that your arm seems to have recovered well, but this does seem to be an area that could do with some more research and information, so little seems to be known about why some people get it and some don’t and is a horrid side effect of this cruel disease; I had no idea until I was diagnosed that there was such a thing.
    Thank you for being such an inspiration to all of us, enjoy the Fashion Show, I am sure you will and that you will look fab. Keep up the good work of inspiring the rest of us.
    Love Liz xx

  7. Susan September 5, 2012 at 5:59 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jill,
    I just felt I wanted to say I really admire you for coping with all that you obviously have had to go through the last 8 months. You are an inspiration yourself. Keep well.
    Love Susan x

  8. Susan September 5, 2012 at 6:07 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali and Liz,
    I just want to say to Liz if I can that I cannot believe how mightily positive you are being!! You are wonderful! You are also an inspiration. What lovely ladies Ali in your Army! I have to say Ali that I saw you on This Morning and you were fabulous. Truly human. Lovely to see you looking so healthy. I am looking forward to hearing about your latest antics in your next blog…there always are some social gatherings!!
    Take care,
    Susan x

  9. Joanna Downey September 5, 2012 at 6:46 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ali, I was at the hairdressers when the lady next to me told her stylist that she’d just seen you on This Morning. I got involved in their conversation and told everyone about your blogs – QVC and BCC- and how we all think you’re an inspiration. I found the interview later on the TM website and your positive attitude must have made such a difference to so many who are dealing with this awful disease. I’d always thought that I knew everything there was to know about an examination but I didn’t; the squeezing and checking around the base of the neck were new to me and I showed the OH while we queued at the garage, the neck bit NOT the other… I was grateful to that cheeky Eammon for his final comment because your laughter was a delight. I’d also like to send Liz best wishes and support for her journey, her bravery and honesty shone out from her post. Love from Jo x

  10. alison keenan September 5, 2012 at 10:38 pm -  Reply

    My dear Liz,I was so terribly sad to read about your news, but very glad that you have felt able to write to me. Firstly it is wonderful that you have had the all clear with regards your lymph nodes, and I will keep EVERYTHING crossed that you don’t contract Lymphodeama following the clearance – there’s only a 10% chance, so I pray you will be lucky. That said, it’s not painful, just a bloomin’ nuisance, and I often have a forearm Nadal would be proud of! There are however many skilled therapists out there whom Breast Cancer Care or your GP will put you in touch with I’m sure. Although I’ll bet the portocath is at present uncomfortable, and yet another ‘unknown’ for you, it will be blessing in the long run, and something you will come to be very grateful for as it saves endless prodding about to find a vein, which personally I would have found very difficult! :) You have my sympathy as the expander is not very comfortable – I found it felt like a rugy ball sitting on your rib cage – but it serves a purpose, and you will definitely be happier with the end result. As for your fears for the next six months, my dear Liz, you have to believe you will be OK. Everybody reacts differently to the treatment, and what you have to hang on to is that it is a Curative treatment – your best chance of getting better. Not everybody reacts the way I did – Amica, one of our models, got through all her treatment with nothing worse than a cough! I wish you the very best of luck with the cold cap too, and hope that it saves your hair (although I’m rather pleased with the way mine has grown back :) Bottom line: I would give anything for you not to be going through this, but would urge you to make BCC’s website one of those you look at. They are at or you could call their free helpline on 0808 800 6000. PLEASE let me know how you get on, and know that I’m thinking of you. Stay strong and positive, and remember, this is just 6 months out of the rest of your life…..
    With my love, Ali xxx

  11. alison keenan September 5, 2012 at 10:44 pm -  Reply

    My dear Mary, as always lovely to hear from you, and I can SO understand and empathise with the situation and your teenage son :) My Jack was such a sweetheart, and would talk to me about anything, but there are certain boundaries that I guess we can’t cross! So long as you keep talking then all things are possible – it’s when they won’t communicate that it becomes difficult, and I doubt with the close relationship you seem to have, that this will ever happen. I hope he appreciated his cake and the special jam, and that you all had a lovely day. I am so sorry to hear though that your mum is still struggling, and consequently you are too…You certainly deserve the Kipling bag and a week off by the sounds of things! Lucky children going to the Paralympics! I’ve been talking to Craig and Deb G who went along, and they both said it was unbelievable. Do try and enjoy some of this glorious sunshine and keep in touch. Thinking of you, love Ali xx

  12. alison keenan September 5, 2012 at 10:46 pm -  Reply

    Dear Norma, you are kind to take the time to write, when I know you must be very busy caring for Harold. So pleased to hear that he is ‘mending’! Thank you for your kind words, and having just read a comment from Liz it seems as though talking about my experience has definitely helped some folk, and I’m hoping it will continue to do so..House still going through, but don’t want to tempt fate by talking about it, until I have at least exchanged! My love to you both, and have a great week, love Ali xx

  13. Liz Yuille September 7, 2012 at 11:45 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali and Susan
    Thank you both for your thoughts, it really makes a difference.
    Ali, particular thanks to you for your reply. The Portacath was fitted yesterday and is a little uncomfortable at the moment, particularly the small incision in my neck, which pulls a bit. The real positive from yesterday’s op was that we had to play ‘find the vein’ again, so it confirmed that having the Portacath really was the way to go. I am really trying to see the next six months as a means to a positive outcome for all this and I am sure that once I have complete my first Chemo cycle I will be able to deal with it better; it is the unknown that is difficult as I am sure you will appreciate. My man is being very supportive and very good at putting all of this in perspective, he is such a rock.
    I am getting used to the temporary implant and it is settling a bit after the inflation this week, I totally agree with your comparing it with a rugby ball, and it certainly stands to attention!
    Thank you again for your thoughts and enjoy your trip.
    Lots of love Liz xx

  14. alison keenan September 20, 2012 at 8:00 pm -  Reply

    Liz, wonderful to hear from you, and to know that the Portacath is now in place. I had mine fitted and was worried by the tightness around my neck and so called the hospital to explain my fears but said that I had had a ‘Portacabin’ fitted!!! That would have been a mean feat :) I am delighted that your lovely man is being your rock…. Colin still is to me…The six months will pass my love, and within a year you will find it hard to believe it happened. I hope very much that your reactions to the treatment will be slight, and that the cold cap works for you. Thanks again for keeping in touch – you have been in my thoughts, with love, Ali xx

  15. alison keenan September 20, 2012 at 8:02 pm -  Reply

    Jo, you did make me laugh – as did Eamonn! And yes it was wonderful to be back there again- if only for a moment in time :) I’m so glad you found the interview useful – one lady actually was referred to a consultant following the show, and is now awaiting surgery! What a relief she found it. I very much hope that you and your other half are well, and I KNOW that Liz will be touched by your kind thoughts and comments. She is a VERY brave girl. With love, Ali xx

  16. alison keenan September 20, 2012 at 8:04 pm -  Reply

    Susan, so glad you enjoyed the interview – I really enjoyed being there again, and everyone was so kind. Fingers crossed it will not only inform, but also help BCC sell a few more seats for the big night! Lovely to hear from you as always, and hope you enjoy my blog on Crete. With love, Ali xx

  17. Chris September 30, 2012 at 12:39 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali, missed the This Morning show as I was on holiday in Turkey. Kadikale. You are an inspiration to other women just like my mum was. She too had breast cancer and was affected with lyphodema. She took everything in her stride and like you she was very positive. She had a saying “there is always someone worse off than you” She lived another 25 years after her diagnosis and to this day she is a source of inspiration to me! I am sure you are an inspiration to your family too. I watched with tears streaming down my face your speech last year at the BCC awards. My daughter and I always watch the QVC breast cancer event and always donate. I wish you well and am so glad you are back on QVC looking so well. Love Chris xxxx

  18. Anne Clements October 3, 2012 at 12:52 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali…Just watched you on this Morning.You are an inspiration and just showing the world how strong we all can be!Have got my yearly check up in 2 weeks time so fingers crossed! But whatever the result i will think of you and be strong!I never miss you on QVC you are a wonderful lady and god bless you,your family and your partner Colin.Huggles.xxxx

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