On the road to recovery… again


Alison in her fluffy dressing gownWell how lovely are you?! :) Thanks so much for all your kind comments, good wishes and news. You've kept me going over the last few weeks, and I've loved sitting in bed writing to you.

As you've probably gathered I'm home now after a rather extended stay in hospital, but am hopefully well on the way to recovery.

I hadn't mentioned before, but the reason my surgery was brought forward was because my oncologist found a lump in my left breast, and as a mastectomy was planned they felt it best to bring the surgery forward and do a Sentinel Node biopsy at the same time to make sure there was no cancer.

I have to be honest and admit to being very worried… as were my family and close friends. Sensibly, I knew that with all the treatment I'd had, the chances of the lump being cancerous were slim, but then again, as some of you sadly know, it can happen. 

Colin took me into hospital and I was delighted to find that many of the nurses who'd cared for me last time were still there, so I felt safe. :)  The operation went smoothly and I had implants plus some Strattice to pad out and protect the skin on the left side. Strattice is actually made from pig skin, so I will have to make sure not to use too much oil when sunbathing, otherwise I may create my own crackling! :) 

Debbie Greenwood came to see me the following day but I managed to sleep through most of her visit! I kept waking up, throwing a few random words at her, and drifting off again. Bless her, she said she didn't mind – it's probably the first time she's ever got a word in! I don't think Kathy fared much better the following day, but it was SO good to see her too. πŸ™‚

Something unexpected…

Unfortunately two days later my left breast began to swell, and they discovered internal bleeding which was also causing bruising down my side.  I went back to theatre and they drained it all, so I felt more comfortable for a while, but sadly it started to swell again, and was extremely uncomfortable. I equate it to when you've just had a baby and your breast milk comes in for the first time! Your breasts feel like boulders! How on earth my poor children could even breathe let alone feed while clamped on, was beyond me! :) 

That aside, it was decided to take me back to theatre to find out what was occurring. Unfortunately I'd had my supper at 5.30pm so needed to wait until the morning to have the procedure carried out…. it was a long night but my nurse was very kind and filled me full of pain killers so I slept little.

My dear friend Jo – who'd come up the day before – was back in the hospital at 7am and I went to theatre at 7.30am. There we played the game of 'hunt the spare vein' for my cannula, and then before I could even start counting I was asleep. 

Apparently a small piece of tissue or debris had blocked my drain and so the fluid had built up. The surgeon removed all of that and also replaced the implant, and gave me new drains! Such a treat πŸ™‚

When I awoke Jo was there and we passed the time watching television until Colin came and attempted to play a game of scrabble with me on the iPad. At 10.20pm he kissed me goodbye and told me I'd won the game! I'd slept through the entire thing but he'd used my letters and played for me bless him :) 

Praying all was well

I prayed very hard over the next two days that all would settle down, and on the 9th day I was told that if all was well I could go home the following day. Ros had arranged to visit me on her day off and so said she could sort things and bring me home which was a great help as Colin was working. 

Friday morning dawned and the doctor on shift called in to see me and said she thought it looked swollen again… I had felt it tightening up in truth but didn't want to say anything. Long story short we had to wait until my oncology surgeon could call in to see me and he was happy that the two drains I still had in would deal with it. 

He also brought me wonderful news… the breast that was taken had no cancerous cells, but did have evidence of lobular neoplasia, which is a pre-cursor to invasive cancer – the same cancer I had before. I was SO relieved that the breast had been taken, and even happier that the Sentinel Node was clear as well. 

It should have been champagne all round, but with the pharmacy style collection of pills I had with me, I was advised to stick to fizzy water for the meantime :)  Armed with that advice and my little gift bag containing my drains (necessity is the mother of invention) Ros brought me back to my cosy cottage.

Some days have been better than others

Alison's bruisingA good one was when Claire Sutton came to see and made me laugh with her stories of the children and family life. I have had had one of my drains out but have to keep the other one for a few more days – I've moved on to a single bottle gift bag now as you will see! 

As for my new chest, it's different – still very bruised and swollen but with no feeling or sensation on the skin. It took me a while last time to get used to losing  a breast, and I guess it'll be the same this time, but I know that I have been VERY lucky. Bless my oncologist for his foresight.

I had a duvet day yesterday, but Colin has washed my hair this morning (clearly AFTER this photograph was taken!) and I am about to get dressed. The Aah Bra I have is wonderful and I also have to keep a wide strap tightly across my chest to keep the implants down – after all it wouldn't be seemly for a 52-year-old to have breasts under her chin would it! :) 

Please do keep writing, and I will continue to reply. You make all the difference to my day :) 

With my love, Ali xx


  1. SUE RADFORD May 4, 2012 at 4:54 pm -  Reply

    Dearest Ali,
    I have been thinking about you often, and have just logged on to my daily check of your blog, and I have to admit reading this blog has brought tears to my eyes one minute and I’m giggling the next, as you have such a great sense of humour – I’m convinced you’ve overcome a lot of what you’ve been through because of your lovely sense of humour! You’ve been through much more than I had anticipated, but through everything that has happened it’s been a blessing in disguise hasn’t it, as they were able to sort out another problem that could have caused major problems for you – THANK GOODNESS IT ENDED IN GOOD NEWS, I’m absolutely delighted for you!! You will look back at all these traumatic times and not believe you were able to cope – none of us know how strong we are until we’re faced with any sort of situation let alone one as serious as you’ve had to deal with – YOU ARE A STRONG LADY ALI – I/WE ARE ALL SO PROUD OF YOU. Start looking forward now Ali as good times are around the corner. Hope you’ll book that holiday you’ve been discussing. I treasure every opportunity I can these days and I hope you’ll continue to take up every opportunity you can to enjoy your life with your lovely partner, children and your exceptionally good friends. I’m off to visit my dear father who has been admitted to hospital today – he’s so weak (I don’t know if you remember, but he has Alzheimers. He still remains the most lovely pleasant man – I’ve been so lucky to have a dad as wonderful as him – I must keep reminding myself of that whatever the outcome! Keep continuing to gain strength each day my dear friend – positive thoughts are always coming your way from me and all of Ali’s Army.
    Take care,
    Love from Sue Radford xx

  2. helen s May 4, 2012 at 5:29 pm -  Reply

    My dear friend Ali, I’ve been waiting for the new blog as my other attempts seemed to have gone AWOL. You very brave lady and it seems you have a very good team of Drs to look after you. Keep resting. I’m afraid, resting is something that I dream of. I had a hysteroscopy (exploration of the womb), biopsies taken and a D&C. That was on the 23rd on a Monday, I did come home the same day and was promptly sick, the journey to my en suite had never been made so fast!!! After a restless night I was back to it unfortunately. I wasnt allowed to drive for 48 hrs so had arranged for my Dad to do the school runs and hubby had to work. My lovely friends called in with flowers but to very honest I just longed for my bed. I had no tummy pains or much bleeding after just very tired. Then on Sunday, my you know whats started and OMG its been awful, SOOOO heavy. And again all I yearn for is to snuggle up……. Moving swiftly back to reality, school runs, tea, violin lessons, swimming etc. I have to go back for a follow up appointment on the 28 May for biopsy results and a plan to find out whats causing my problems. My gynie still seems to think its hormone related. If the headaches and exhaustion would vanish I think I could cope better. Anybody have a magic wand????
    So, there we are, moan over! I do realise that I have a fab hubby and the most beautiful little girl ever (of course) so not all is lost. Just my usual get up and go attitude has got up and gone!!!
    You take care now my lovely and keep us posted.
    luv and lots of hugs
    Helen s xxxxx

  3. helen s May 4, 2012 at 5:31 pm -  Reply

    Dear debz
    Long time no hear! I do hope that all is ok with you and that your hubbys job was ok after. Are you feeling ok? I hope that life is treating you gently.
    Take care now and keep in touch
    lots of luv
    Helen s xxx

  4. helen s May 4, 2012 at 5:33 pm -  Reply

    Dear Una
    I do hope that all is ok with you, I along with all the army (I know I speak for us all girls) miss your funny comments. I pray that you health is holding up and all went well in the States.
    Keep in touch if you can
    Love and hugs
    Helen s

  5. Pam May 4, 2012 at 6:17 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    I was just wondering if you were feeling better today and thought
    I’d send a message,then I noticed your new blog!My goodness you have been in the wars!No wonder you’ve had off days.My immediate thoughts are thank God you’ve got the all clear and although it’s been rough at least you are now going the right way.Those bruises are corkers!Are you using the Arnica?
    You do sound like an expert using all the medical terms.I wondered
    if you had kept notes etc on your “journey”, not my favourite term
    but you know what I mean, as maybe you could do a book or something, you have such a good way at combining fact with wit that I’m sure it would help other women.
    I’ve just been gardening,it’s so cold out there.Then it rained so I threw in the towel.Literally!
    Got a hot chocolate and was checking the weather forecast and there is a possibilty of snow showers in Yorkshire over the Bank Holiday! Think I’m going to have to check holiay websites next.Must see some sun soon ha ha .
    Planning your next holiday sounded like a good idea.Just what you both need.Tell Colin to leave his nurse outfit at home though as you could get funny looks at customs!Seriously though he does sound like a special man.
    Well I’ll leave you with hugs,give yourself time and enjoy being looked after.
    Lots of love
    Pam xx ( the numpty!)

  6. Susan May 4, 2012 at 7:07 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    What a treat to find a lovley blog from you. I am so pleased that the surgeon was able to bring your surgery forward and that the nasty cells were removed again. I have to admit that I had a suspicion that the reason was that something was not right. I didn’t like to think it but I suppose I felt it. Thank heavens you don’t have to deal with what you have so sublimly dealt with last year. I don’t know how people cope with treatment after treatment. As Sue says though I suppose we don’t know till we have to. You are an absolute legend and I am so pleased you have had Debs, Kathy and Claire – your partners in crime – around you! They’d brighten up anyone’s day! Keep taking it easy and I’m hoping your other ‘party bag’ ie drain is removed soon.
    Have a restful weekend watching Would I Lie to you etc etc – our Friday comedy night which we’ve talked about before! But don’t laugh too hard! Much love,
    Susan x
    PS Thinking about Colin, Sam, Jack, Lucy and your lovely Mum too during these hard times

  7. Susan May 4, 2012 at 7:20 pm -  Reply

    PS Ali, just read your last replies and I totally have to agree with Janet…get Colin to get you some lovely holiday brochures and put a few hours in gazing at the photos!! You soooo a million times deserve it!!!x

  8. Edna Munro May 4, 2012 at 8:36 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,So glad you are now home and recovering.It must have been unsettling going in for the op anyway,but very scary when it had to be brought forward.Despite all the knowledge you had from your first experience,we are only human,and can’t help but worry.Great that you had Australia before this op to help you relax and have good recent happy times behind you.Colin seems like a tower of strength to you,as do the rest of the family and colleagues etc.Keep smiling and being positive.This is bound to be easier than what you went through before.Looking forward to seeing you again when you return to the screen!!!Love ,Edna x

  9. Bernie Oxley May 4, 2012 at 8:59 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali, wow what a lot you have been through, you really are a survivor, lets hope the worst of it is all behind you. I had my left breast removed last July so can understand a little of what you are going through. Luckily for me I only had to have radiotherapy and am on tamoxifen for the next 5 years. I try hard to stay positive but it’s only human nature to ‘secretly’ worry sometimes. I am sending you positive thoughts with lots of get well wishes, and hope to see you back on screen very soon.
    PS this is the first time I have ever replied to your blog so does this make me one of Ali’s Army! πŸ™‚
    Love from Bernie

  10. Hazel May 4, 2012 at 9:01 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alison, I had no idea what you have been through. I will be thinking and praying for you.
    Much love,

  11. Mrs Dorothy Hollingsworth May 4, 2012 at 11:17 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali,
    I have been keeping up with your progress all along, but was totally in shock when i learned you had to go back in hospital for another op.
    Please keep your chin up, Colin does seem a good man and must love you to bits,so from the Hollingsworth family in Oldham,
    Dorothy xx

  12. Helen Griffiths May 5, 2012 at 12:35 am -  Reply

    Gosh Alison, you have been through the mill again! However as the previous writer said, your sense of humour shines through. Well done for remaining so positive and I wish you a very speedy recovery. I look forward to seeing you back on screen. Take care, you are an inspiration to us all. Helen

  13. cyl May 5, 2012 at 8:10 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali so glad your on the right road, you ARE a very strong lady such a inspiration to all of us,keep strong and carry on dealing with one thing at a time it the only way will keep you in my prayers.cyl x

  14. Linda Marshall May 5, 2012 at 11:03 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali,Just to say that i have been thinking about you and am very pleased that you have come through your ordeal with a smile on your face and your sense of humour intact.Please get well soon and hope to see you back on qvc in the not too distant future.
    love Linda x

  15. Vee May 5, 2012 at 1:16 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, I must admit I saw your last show when you said you wouldn’t be around for a while. I thought how lucky is Ali going away on a nice holiday, but how wrong was I? So sad to hear you have had to go through this terrible time again, but how wonderful your specialist saw you in time for a marvellous outcome. Hope those post-op complications clear up soon for you – looks and sounds extremely uncomfortable. Keep us up-to-date with your blogging! Thinking of you and your family x

  16. Anne Bertenshaw May 5, 2012 at 3:30 pm -  Reply

    I am so pleased Ali the news is good.You have gone through a lot but have come out of it hopefully well now. Take care .Looking forward to seeing you back at QVC soon but not to soon
    with love
    Anne x

  17. Dorothy May 5, 2012 at 3:41 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali, you have done it again made me laugh and cry at the same time. Pleased it all went well,you are one brave lady. Take it easy and noooooooooooo rushing back to work as much as we miss you, your health comes first. As for been lop sided, I didn’t notice just so proud of you.
    Ali take care, and hope for a speedy recovery, speak soon
    Love best wishes
    Dorothy xxxx

  18. ann davies May 5, 2012 at 5:11 pm -  Reply

    dear ail just to say thinking of you as the song go,s the only way is up love Ann liverpool

  19. Judith Lacey May 5, 2012 at 5:59 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alison,
    This is the first time I have written to you and am so glad to hear you are feeling slightly better. What a shock it was when I read that you were going back into hospital for when I last saw you on the show you looked really well and I must say your hair looks really good.
    Keep looking after yourself and I look forward to seeing you back soon on the screen.
    Take care
    Love from Judith Lacey xx

  20. Glynis Chorley May 5, 2012 at 6:23 pm -  Reply

    So sorry that you have had yet another terrible time. My goodness you’re a battler! A good sense of humour, fanastic friends and family can make such a difference to a very difficult time. All good wishes for the future Ali – you’re an inspiration
    With hugs
    love Glynis Chorley xx

  21. Linda May 5, 2012 at 7:41 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali, So glad that you have had some goods news following your op. My goodness you have gone through it though. You are an inspiration to everyone, love and best wishes to you and your wonderful family and friends, you certainly are surrounded by so
    much love Ali. Keep smiling wonderful lady.
    Linda xx

  22. hazel lilley May 5, 2012 at 9:08 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali,have just read your blog and it brings back all sorts of memories,I had breast cancer myself 18yrs ago. I had made a promise to myself at the time not to sweat the small stuff ever again but I realised after reading it that i’ve been doing just that.Thank you for helping me to put things back in perspective again.So pleased with your good news and hope that you arent too sore
    best wishes for a speedy recovery

  23. Jools King May 5, 2012 at 9:56 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali,
    You are an inspiration to many I am sure. The way you have kept your sense of humour and battled through all the surgeries and set backs is amazing. I pray you heal totally and quickly so you can get back to enjoying your life to the fullest. You have shown that determination and a smile can get you through the worst of times, God Bless and I look forward to your return to the Q.
    xxxJoolsxxx :0)

  24. Marg May 5, 2012 at 10:03 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ali, You look ab. fb. in the comfy robe with gift bag to accessorise , Gosh its not till you commit the words to stark white paper that it really sinks in just how much you were holding back. You certainly have been up the mountain and down again, how does it feel to have both feet back on the ground?
    I’m sure all the ladies on this blog have been thinking of you and remembering you in our prayers,I know you have the blessing of good kind friends and family around you so will have plenty of company to fill the days, and to watch yourself heal a little with each day will be something to look forward to. It was very fortunate that your medical team took decisive action and got on with the nessesary.From one who was never well endowed I can now say we wear the same bra, I never found it a drawback, and a size B cup was a bit of kidology on my part,so you will likley be ahead of me in that department. I am just being silly now, to see your smiling picture was so unexpected you kind of wrong footed me. I will keep you in my prayers and please remember my hand is still there for holding if things get you down. Take great care,You are a special Lady,
    Loving thoughts and happy dreams,

  25. Joanna Downey May 5, 2012 at 10:40 pm -  Reply

    My dearest, and most courageous, Alison, I cannot believe what I have just read on your blog. I suspected that what you were facing was not just “a walk in the park” but I never imagined that it would be so very difficult and demand so much from you, especially when you had been through so much this past year. I know that sentence contains a lot of “so” but I can’t think of another word at present. I’m not going to fill this response with lots of fatuous rubbish but just to say I’m delighted you’re getting better and stronger in every way and that I, and all the rest of your blogger friends, think the absolute WORLD of you. I also feel guilty for wishing you wonderful Spring weather; I’ve never seen such rain and grey skies and our garden looks like a mangrove swamp… Love from Jo xxx

  26. pauline May 6, 2012 at 8:57 am -  Reply

    Dear Ali, where to start, you are so brave and an insparation to many, you never seem to loose your sense of humour no matter what you’ve had to go through(I’m sure you’ve had many dark moments but to us you’re always cheerful and full of hope)I hope and pray with all my heart that this is the end of dark and worrying times for you and your wonderful family who love and support you daily not to mention colin and your fantastic friends. Hope to see you and that wonderful smile back on our screens when you feel well enough, rest and enjoy being spoilt good luck and for a healthly and happy future

  27. Christina Franks May 6, 2012 at 11:44 am -  Reply

    Bless your heart! You seem to have gone through so much, and yet somehow retained your sense of humour. “If you don’t laugh you’d cry” is always how I go about things, but it would seem to me that you have had more then your fair share of problems! I do hope that you make a full and speedy recovery, and that you are soon returned to our screens…….it somehow seems wrong without you!
    Very best wishes to you and your family. Christina x

  28. Christine Webb May 6, 2012 at 1:53 pm -  Reply

    Ali, so glad the treatment/surgery went well, despite the set backs. You are so brave and a true inspiration to us all.
    Lots of love hugs & get well soon wishes.
    Regards Christine W xxxx

  29. helen riley May 6, 2012 at 1:59 pm -  Reply

    HI Ali
    It is wonderful to hear your are on the mend once again, well done you truly are an inspiration, can’t wait to see you on qvc again you have been missed and i have been thinking of you, you will feel a lot better once you get back to your routine, well done Helen X

  30. karen anderson May 6, 2012 at 2:20 pm -  Reply

    hi alison, so sorry to hear that you are having such a tough time, i wish you a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing you back on qvc soon, lots of love karen xx

  31. Jane Harvey May 6, 2012 at 4:16 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison – I’ve been following your story on here and logged on today glad to see you are now home and although having had a really tough recovery, have now got light at the end of the tunnel! I am so pleased for you – thank God your oncologist brought the surgery forward and now you know you did the right thing! Once all your bruises have gone and your body recovers from all this trauma you will be back to your ‘old’ self (though now symetrical & with new boobs!). Can imagine what joy shopping for new pretty bras will be now. I thought you seemed totally immersed in your presenting the last time you were on air before the surgery and I’m sure that’s because you were trying to forget everything else! Anyway, onward and upwards now – this part of your life is now over thank God and you can begin ‘again’… this will serve some purpose, I’m sure, as nothing happens by chance. Well done for being so brave and keeping your sense of humour! Hope to see you back on QVC when you feel up to it – don’t rush back though – make sure you really have recovered completely!
    Take care and keep on keeping on! Much love, Jane x

  32. Vicky lathe May 6, 2012 at 6:27 pm -  Reply

    We have missed you so much and you have been through so muh and I admire you for that. Let’s hope the end is in sight and you can look to the future.
    My thoughts are with you during this tough time.
    Hugs and kiss
    Vicky lathe

  33. Jayne May 6, 2012 at 6:28 pm -  Reply

    Lovely to hear you are on the road to recovery Alison, you have been through so much. Please take care of yourself and heal well

  34. Risa Walker May 6, 2012 at 10:32 pm -  Reply

    Love the dressing gown pic and it looks like you found a bag to match πŸ™‚ So glad that you are out of hospital and can recover in the comfort of home. Wishing you a smooth recovery – you’ve had enough drama! Get plenty of rest and watch some silly, funny DVDs that will make you giggle πŸ™‚ Sending love and hugs to you x

  35. Adele Johnstone May 6, 2012 at 10:52 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali Keep strong My thoughts and prayers are with you I do not know you personally but I feel we are friends through the TV Over the years you have kept me company when I have had my own dark days I have not had cancer but my husband took his own life You have a lovely personality and hopefully your wonderful sense of humour will help you through the days and weeks ahead Keep safe Keep well
    Love and all good wishes
    Adele Johnstone

  36. Julie C May 6, 2012 at 11:58 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali
    Wow! You have been through the mill, thank goodness it was all good news in the end for you. I’ve been watching out for an update to your blog like I’m sure lot’s of other ladies have too. Unfortunately I’ve developed a frozen shoulder since finishing my radiotherapy, I’ve had lots of physio which has helped but it’s still incredibly painful at times. I don’t complain as I know so well how much worse things could be. I had about 6″ cut off my hair yesterday as it was very long and wasn’t helping with the dreaded Tamoxifen induced sweats! Two friends are doing the London MoonWalk on 12/5, one was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010 so she is incredibly brave to be challenging herself in this way. I sadly don’t have the energy to contemplate such things at present but maybe next year:) Take good care of yourself, I am so pleased that your results were so positive.
    Love Julie C xx

  37. Claire Downing May 7, 2012 at 1:28 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali, I am so very pleased that you are feeling a little better. You are a wonderful person and have such a fantastic sense of humour, with all you have gone through.You have a very caring family and lots and lots of us (QVC friends) who care for you dearly. Keep on smiling and take care.
    Love From Claire xxxx

  38. Lynn Hind May 7, 2012 at 2:54 am -  Reply

    Dearest Ali i am sooo pleased that you have turned another corner and hopefully now you will start to recover and the ‘dark cloud’ that has been on your mind knowing another operation was awaiting is over,and you are clear of cancer, you are one of the bravest ladies i know, you have such perserverence and good humour, alot of folks would of crumbled..not you! πŸ™‚ we that suffer with chronic illness salute you!! god speed Ali i hope to see your lovely face gracing our screens very soon but until then i will keep you in my thoughts and prayers as you rebuild your strength and health.
    Lynn xx

  39. Lyn Beverley May 7, 2012 at 5:48 am -  Reply

    Hello Ali
    I am awestuck with how you have shared your breast cancer story with everyone here and I blubbed like a baby when I saw your speech at the Breast Cancer Ball. I too have had BC, diagnosed nearly 3 years ago and made friends with a lot of special ladies on the Breast Cancer Care website. We have even managed a few weekend meet ups with hilarious goings ons as you can imagine. We have lost a few friends too, especially the younger ones with small children – which has broken my heart.
    All of us have had very different diagnosese and ops and outcomes but we have a common bond. I have had many very positive experiences too from helping other newly diagnosed girls cope and also raising awareness and money for equipment for our local hospital. We managed to raise enough to for a Sentinal Node Biopsy Analyser so that results can be seen in the operating theatre and either the rest of nodes removed or good news for the patient without having to wait for lab results.
    My big wish is that the mad professors find the CURE – or cures for ours and all the other cancers – wouldn’t that be wonderful!
    I still have a few probs from the nasty treatments we have to endure but I cherish my life and have as many holidays as I can, who knows whats around the corner. So get very well soon and book your holiday/s and enjoy life sweetie.
    Wishing you as painfree healing as possible and looking forward to seing you and your superboobs back on QVC very soon. You are an inspiration for women and I admire you for being so open with your QVC followers xxx
    Love Lyn Beverley
    ps We called the dreaded chemo ‘swamp juice’ xxxx

  40. Tina Shaddick May 7, 2012 at 10:38 am -  Reply

    Dear Ali,
    You’ve certainly been through the wars again! How you keep so cheerful is amazing.Many people have been thinking about you and praying that you will get through this and come through the other side fit and healthy once more.
    Being a retired nurse I believe it is true about the power of a positive outlook which you certainly have in bucket loads.I can only imagine how terrifying all this has been and how frightened you must have been.I had to be recalled when I had my 1st mammogram. I was absolutely petrefied, especially as my mother had had breast cancer. Thankfully they only found cysts. But that fear is always there. I dread going for my next one. It is so important that we do attend these health checks though.
    I hope you are having loads of pampering and resting after your ops.
    Stay positive and remember we are all rooting for you.
    Kind regards, Tina(South Wales, the rugby fanatic!)

  41. qvc May 7, 2012 at 12:02 pm -  Reply

    OMG-you little trouper!!!!!! you make me feel weak just reading about what you have endured but I am so glad it has all had such a ‘lucky’ result and now onwards. I hope this will be the end of all your worries and pain-it sounds so very, very painful and “ouchy”.You have wonderful family and friends who will always look out for you and be there for you. Each day and week will bring strength and recovery—just a shame the weather isn’t better—I always feel two things cheer us up more than any medicine-shopping and the sun.So, lovely Ali, keep well, rest and if the weather warms up just bask in nature to restore these draining weeks(no pun intended:-) ’til you are back to normal. Take care and thanks, as always, for replying to us all. Love K.XXX

  42. Magda Chetty May 7, 2012 at 1:35 pm -  Reply

    My Dear Ali
    What a brave lady you are, what a traumatic few days you had in hospiatl, thank God all is ok now. I never stop praying for you, and Iam sure soon all this will be behind you and you can start to go beck to Normal. I feel so humble reading what you have been through and still keep your sense of humour, and I do know that what I have been through is nothing compared to you.
    You are an amazing lady, and dont you forget it.
    Thanks to your blog, Liz and I had a great time when we got together in Mallorca, she is also an amazing lady, we had so much to talk about the first time, then arranged for her and her husband to come to our house, the two husbands also got on very well, we took some photos to send to you. And they are coming back to Mallorca in June, when we will get together to spend the day, which we both are looking forward to.
    Keep positive and look after yourself, big hug to you.
    Love to all the army, Debs great to hear from you again. All the best to Alpa, susan, Gail and Una I always pray and think of you.
    Much love Ali.

  43. Sandra Devine May 7, 2012 at 2:36 pm -  Reply

    Get well soon best wishes Sandra D xx

  44. Chris Jopp May 7, 2012 at 3:04 pm -  Reply

    Ali, I hadn’t realised that you’d been so ill again. It was so wonderful to see you back after your last op and you were looking so well.
    I do hope that you are recovering and it definitely sounds like your friends and family are being a great support and taking care of you. I can’t say how much of an inspiration you are, and look forward to seeing you back on QVC sometime soon.
    Take care of yourself.
    Chris Jopp

  45. Lorraine Leebetter May 7, 2012 at 6:32 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    I don’t know if you realise how brave and strong you are but you are an inspiration. It’s great you are now seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. You deserve a few more duvet days so put your feet up and relax.
    Take care
    Lots of love

  46. elaine sallis May 7, 2012 at 6:32 pm -  Reply

    Hi ali
    What a worrying time you have been through again. Thank goodness they brought forward the operation. What wonderful news that there were no cancerous cells. Hopefully things will all go straightforward for you now.
    You really are one amazing laday!!!
    Love Elaine

  47. It’s a Cammie,Sue Hughes from the West Mids May 7, 2012 at 10:34 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, like the last lady said what a brave lady you are,you are in the best of hands ,and that makes all the difference.
    You now need to think about the good hot summer coming your way,well let,s hope it’s coming someones way!!!! You are in my prayers and thoughts all the time,take care and love to you and your family.Sue Hughes xx

  48. michele child May 8, 2012 at 9:42 am -  Reply

    ahh i am so glad that you are back on the mend you hsve been though so much but you keep smiling
    wishing all the best
    take care
    lots of love
    michele child xx

  49. francesca bumstead May 8, 2012 at 1:47 pm -  Reply

    hi Ali
    i was wondering how you was
    i am at home at the moment recovering from reconstruction and know exactly how you feel.
    like getting your hair washed for the first time is heaven.
    i am so pleased all is well and you are once again on the mend.
    and getting all the pampering you deserve.
    you are in my thoughts and prayers
    take care

  50. Debz May 8, 2012 at 2:11 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Oh my goodness haven’t you been through it again? Nothing has been straight forward for you but these things seldom go quite as you expect them to.
    I am so sorry I haven’t been in touch but have been having a bit of a battle trying to post on here as it seems to suddenly have taken against my computer for some reason. I have been trying every day for nearly 3 weeks to no avail. Managed to use my friends computer last week to leave a note on your last blog but still having trouble with my own.
    Anyway, enough of cyber stuff and on with my post!
    You blog has made me feel so proud of you and your resilience and it also made me cry too – it was the bit about Colin playing Scrabble with you whilst you were asleep and still letting you win. What a truly dear sweet man he is. Please give him a kiss from me. I’m sure we would all love to pop round and kiss him to show our thanks but a coach load of women arriving and queueing for a kiss may be a tad to much just at the moment eh??
    I do so hope that this is you last mountain to climb Ali and can I just say that you have dealt with everything this dreaded disease has thrown at you with grace and dignity and, I know we all use this word but, you have been a true inspiration to everyone going thorough their own personal battles, not just with cancer but all the other stuff life throws at us. God bless you my lovely and I hope that soon you will be able to put this wretched experience behind you and start looking forward to the future.
    Lots of love and licks

  51. Debz May 8, 2012 at 2:21 pm -  Reply

    Hi Helen
    Thank you so much for asking about me. I hope you are as well as can be expected and that this vile weather isn’t getting you down too much. Is Alpa Ok as she hasn’t been on here for a while?
    Like I mentioned in Ali’s post my computer just wouldn’t let me post on here for some reason. I have been quite upset about it as I so wanted to wish Ali well for her operation and ask about you all but couldn’t. Customer services couldn’t help me sort the problem out either. Last week I used my friends computer and it worked. Tried mine today and it just let me post so am going to try to make up for lost time!!
    Hubby’s job is safe for now but every month it seems like it could be the last one he works so no certainty at all. Still never mind I know a lot of folk are in the same boat and I have to be grateful for what I have.
    I do wish I had a magic wand my lovely and I would put it to good use I can tell you. I would sort us all out and we’d all have a nice lottery win to boot!!
    I’d like to send my love and good wishes to Alpa, Magda, Marg and everyone else in Ali’s Army fighting the fight every day.
    Lots of love and licks

  52. Lyn Hale May 8, 2012 at 3:15 pm -  Reply

    Oh you dear dear lady – how wonderful that you keep smiling even when times are tough, although I am guessing there are a few times when the tears flow – you are human after all.I pray for your full recovery – may you be blessed with better health and much happiness in the future. God bless you Ali, you are a true inspirarion!
    my love
    Lyn xx

  53. Annette Roberts May 8, 2012 at 3:44 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    There was me thinking you’d hit the bottle and was trying to cover it up with a bag…well after reading your latest blog and all that you have endured with your ops, I wouldn’t blame you in the least!! Sounds like the worst is over and every day ahead will be more special than before.
    I hope Colin was as good a shampooist whilst washing your hair, as my Chris wasn’t when I was on crutches. I dreaded the whole hair washing thing, me balancing with head hung over the kitchen sink and jugs of water poured over me…I lost count of the times it took my breath away and I was soooo glad when it was over! I was also glad that I opted to inject myself in the stomach for the first 28 days after the op, rather than Chris if his hair washing was anything to go by…we certainly had a few laughs together and out little communication routine was hilarious. You see, we have an oak staircase in our little cottage which I daren’t even try to get up, so we converted the dining room into a bedroom and everytime I needed the bathroom I used to ring his mobile and he arrived downstairs half asleep, all because he wouldn’t let me hobble on my own, bless him.
    Then the best bit…we have our cottage on the market, so a few viewings were made whilst in plaster and I lost count of how many times I told people that I didn’t come with the house, when I was there propped up on the bed. Must admit I did feel awkward sat there whilst they were trying their hardest to envisage their table and chairs in the room and not me on the bed!!! That seems like a very long time ago now.
    I had my neck x-ray last Wednesday and have to wait 2 weeks for the results to see if that is the cause of my head pain etc.
    Hope every day get easier for you…I know my little westie ‘Bobby’ has helped me tremendously over the past year, as have the birds that visit our garden, especially the pheasant that pops in for his breakfast and tea, although this morning ‘Bobby’ did set him going a bit… he’s such a softy that he wouldn’t know what to do with him if he caught him!!
    Take care Ali, will be thinking of you!
    Annette x

  54. martin forbes bucksburn aberdeen May 8, 2012 at 4:06 pm -  Reply

    heres hoping alison you more operstions for you and you are 100percent on the mend

  55. Michelle Penwarden May 8, 2012 at 8:02 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alison,
    I have just read your latest blog and admire you so much for the courage you have shown through all your traumas. I hope and pray that the bad times are behind you now and wish you many happy and healthy years to come.
    Love from Michelle xx

  56. Alpa May 8, 2012 at 10:41 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali,
    Sorry it’s taken a while to write to you. I am so sorry to hear of the complications during your surgery and I am thankful that your oncologist brought your surgery forward and that there were familiar faces to look after you. You look lovely in your fluffy dressing gown complete with ‘gift bag.’ I was in tears when I read your blog and then laughing, what a fab sense of humour you have. You looked gorgeous in your photo on your last blog at the speech for BCC and as for being lop sided, I did not notice. You are truly beautiful Ali, inside and out and I do mean that. I hope you are doing nothing more taxing than thinking about where you and Colin are going on holiday. A big thank you to Nurse Colin for taking such good care of you and to your dear friends Ros and Jo. It’s good news that Debbie and Kathy and Claire have all been to see you, as well as your Lucy πŸ™‚
    Well, my appointment with the neurologist has been moved to the 23 June instead of next Friday. It seems as if the original appointment was an overbooking. Never mind! I did wonder about admitting myself into hospital last week as I have been feeling dreadful and then I got scared as I couldn’t see a way to get through this. It sounds dramatic but I did not know what else to do! I had another moment over the weekend but that will be a last resort and I am still at home at present. I can’t complain as I am grateful for all I have but at the same time I have found it hard to deal with it all on my own. I had a repeat of what felt like another shock in my head and a tremor last night when I was asleep. Will try and get to the doctor at some point!
    You are such an inspiration Ali and we are so very proud of you. Please don’t rush back to work and try to rest and take it easy. I hope that your mighty bruise is slowly getting better and your other drain will be removed soon. You are very much loved, by all of us in Ali’s Army and your friends and family. We think the world of you and you are very much in my thoughts and prayers during your recovery.
    Magda, hope you are feeling ok. How lovely for you and Sue to meet up and spend sometime together x
    Marg, lovely to hear from you. You are always in my thoughts. Take care x
    Una, thinking of you and sending you lots of love x
    Debz, hope you are feeling ok and that all is ok with your hubby’s job. Sending you a big hug and a special stroke for Ainzley from his Auntie Alpa x
    Love to Gail, Susan, Liz, Elaine and all in Ali’s Army x
    As our lovely Magda says, KEEP THE LOVE GOING ROUND xx
    Ali, holding your hand tightly,
    Lots of love, Alpa xxxx

  57. Julie Thorogood May 9, 2012 at 9:58 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Just got back from my hols and logged on to see how you are. Got such a shock but I am so glad that all seems to be going well. Your courage and sense of humour are an inspiration to all of us.I sincerely hope that this finds you continuiing to improve. We all miss you BUT we want you to take time to get fully fit before you rush back to our screens. You are a very special lady. Don’t ever forget that. Your family and friends sound wonderful and Colin is one in a million. Love to you all Julie xx

  58. Louise May 9, 2012 at 4:55 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Sorry it’s been so long since my last post; life can be so hectic sometimes! Mum and I were involved in a car crash – don’t know how the van didn’t see us. I didn’t think it would affect work, but there was no way I could have offered to go in, although I am – thankfully for my sanity – back now. Honestly, you have to drive for other motorists on the road these days, don’t you? Still, that’s nothing compared to the trauma and ordeals you have been experiencing lately. I’m so pleased you have come through it successfully; my respect and admiration for you and the way in which you manage to sope with all of this stress knows no bounds – and I do mean that.
    You take care and rest up – work will be waiting for you when you’re ready to come back. If you’re anything like me, being at work will be like therapy, we wouldn’t do it gratis though, would we?
    Speak soon, Ali.

  59. chris nicol May 9, 2012 at 5:05 pm -  Reply

    hi Ali, i am so glad you are on the right side of recovery, you have had to go through so much, but all will be on the up now, hope Colin has got his pinney and rubber gloves ready for all that work he has to do :)))))
    take care lovely, love Chris xxx

  60. alison keenan May 10, 2012 at 8:43 am -  Reply

    Dear Sue, as always, so good to hear from you, and thank you for your lovely long message and incredibly kind words πŸ™‚ I am feeling a little better each day, and having had my last drain out, can finally stop taking the penicillin after three weeks! The strong painkillers I’m weaning myself off over time..it’ll be good to cut back as my poor tummy doesn’t like them πŸ™ Colin and I are thinking of a couple of days away – maybe in Norfolk – but will wait until the summer to have a proper week’s break. I think the strength you talk about is something I would attribute to you, and all that you have to bear with your dear father….I lost a very close family member to Alzheimers seven years ago, and it was devastating to watch his decline…Stay strong and cherish the memories you are still making – You can still hold him and talk to him even though he may not remember all that you are to him. Take care Sue, and keep in touch, love Ali xx

  61. alison keenan May 10, 2012 at 8:46 am -  Reply

    My dear Helen I am desperately waving my wand, and praying that whatever your results bring up on the 28th, there will be solution available to you. It all sounds pretty awful, but I am very relieved for you that your lovely man, and dear little girl are rallying and looking after you, but BE KIND TO YOURSELF!! Keep in touch, and I’m keeping everything crossed for you, with love, Ali xx

  62. alison keenan May 10, 2012 at 8:48 am -  Reply

    Dear Debz and Ainzley, and Una….. Not just Helen’s prompting, but also a conversation with my mum means that I too would love to hear from you, and hope that whatever life has brought you over the last month, it’s been bearable… Drop us a line whenever you feel able, and know that all of us in Ali’s Army are thinking of you, love me xxx

  63. alison keenan May 10, 2012 at 8:53 am -  Reply

    Hello there Pam, thanks for writing, you made me smile πŸ™‚ I do hope you didn’t have the threatened snow showers over the weekend. It was pretty wet here, but is a tad warmer although damp now. I guess my blog is the only ‘note taking’ that I’ve been doing over the last year or more, but am seriously contemplating writing a book about my experience… but definitely with a smile, as I have found the positive in pretty much all the different episodes I’ve experienced so far – although sometimes it’s been a lot harder than others if I’m honest πŸ™‚ Yes, the arnica gel has been very useful, and the bruise has now completely gone. I just have bruising across the chest and around where the drains were, but that too is dissipating. I told Colin what you said about his nurse’s outfit, and he said ‘spoilsport’! πŸ™‚ He is a very special man. A big gentle hug to you too, and do keep in touch, love Ali xx

  64. alison keenan May 10, 2012 at 8:57 am -  Reply

    Susan, delighted to be able to tell you that my ‘party bag’ has now been removed!! Took a nurse and a doctor to pull the bloomin’ thing out, but so much more comfortable without it πŸ™‚ Yes, a huge relief to know that all the nastys have gone, and fingers crossed it’ll stay that way until I’m in remission – and from then on! We had a few friends over at the weekend, and watched the three shows on Friday, including Would I lie to you, and finishing with Not Going Out! I think Lee Mack is brilliant πŸ™‚ Lucy is working hard, Jack about to finish his foundation course at college, and Sam getting fitter and stronger by the week πŸ™‚ My mum is actually here for a couple of days now which is lovely, so we’re planning to make rice pudding a little later! I do hope all is well with you, and sending you my love, Ali xx

  65. alison keenan May 10, 2012 at 9:01 am -  Reply

    Edna, you’re absolutely right… I was very scared in truth – however many times I told myself that all the treatment I’d already had should have made it impossible for the cancer to come back.. It was wonderful to get the news, and a huge relief to us all. In some ways this has been easier, but strangely I’m finding once again that it’s difficult to get used to losing a breast…I think once the surgery settles down it will become easier though. I hope that all is good with you, and thank you for writing, with love, Ali xx

  66. alison keenan May 10, 2012 at 9:04 am -  Reply

    Bernie, I’m so sorry to hear of your diagnosis and subsequent surgery , but relieved that you didn’t have to go through chemotherapy. I very much hope that as the months roll by you will get stronger and stronger, and like me, that the Tamoxifen will do its work πŸ™‚ I am delighted that you’ve made this your first time to reply to a blog, and of course you automatically become one of Ali’s Army! Delighted to have you join the ranks – please do keep in touch, and stay strong, love Ali xx

  67. alison keenan May 10, 2012 at 9:05 am -  Reply

    Hazel, thank you for your thoughts and prayers, with love Ali xx

  68. alison keenan May 10, 2012 at 9:07 am -  Reply

    Dear Dorothy, and the entire Hollingsworth clan from Oldham, Thank you for your kind words, love and hugs. I’m feeling a little better each day, and the bruising has pretty much all gone now. Yes, Colin has been very kind and I consider myself exceptionally lucky to have him and so many of you to care for me. Love and gentle hugs to you and yours, Ali xx

  69. alison keenan May 10, 2012 at 9:10 am -  Reply

    Hello there Helen, yes it’s been a bit of a rough ride, but the worst is definitely over, and I am looking a lot less bruised these days, and weaning myself off the incredibly strong pain killers. I too look forward to being back at work in the next month or so, especially as we will be in our new and very swish studios! I hope you have a wonderful weekend, and thank you for writing, love Ali xx

  70. alison keenan May 10, 2012 at 9:11 am -  Reply

    Cyl, you are a woman after my own heart πŸ™‚ Dealing with one thing at a time is the ONLY way! And as my dear friend Ros always says, with Grace and Dignity (and a bit of a laugh where possible :)! You take care and thanks for writing, love Ali xx

  71. alison keenan May 10, 2012 at 9:15 am -  Reply

    Linda, so very true!! And I think you know pretty much all there is to know about me, so that makes us true friends πŸ™‚ I’m getting there slowly and will be back with you as soon as I feasibly can. Have a great weekend, love Ali xx

  72. alison keenan May 10, 2012 at 9:17 am -  Reply

    Yes Vee, I am very lucky that we were able to bring things forward and eliminate the worry πŸ™‚ I’m feeling a lot better than I did three weeks ago, and am taking it slowly. Less medication over time will help a lot too! Thank you for taking the time to write, with love, Ali xx

  73. alison keenan May 10, 2012 at 9:26 am -  Reply

    Hello there Anne, Thank you for your kind words and good wishes. I’m taking it a little slowly at present as seem to have very little energy, but getting stronger each day. Enjoy the weekend, love Ali xx

  74. alison keenan May 10, 2012 at 9:28 am -  Reply

    Dorothy, you are a sweetheart πŸ™‚ thank you for your lovely message, and no, I won’t be rushing back to work… can’t even drive yet, so will be a while before I’m back with you, but will keep in touch this way in the meantime. Take care, love Ali xx

  75. alison keenan May 10, 2012 at 9:30 am -  Reply

    Ann, it’s a great song, and my hair looks pretty much like Yazz’s – except maybe a tad longer now!! Crazy curls πŸ™‚ The only way is up – the alternative isn’t worth thinking about… Have a good weekend, and thank you for writing, love Ali xx

  76. alison keenan May 10, 2012 at 9:31 am -  Reply

    Hello there Judith, yes I was feeling pretty good before the surgery, and know that in time I will again. A case of needs must, but all behind me now, and at least no more treatment, so I can hang onto my curls!! (I actually rather like them now) πŸ™‚ I hope all is good with you and thanks for writing, love Ali xx

  77. alison keenan May 10, 2012 at 9:34 am -  Reply

    Glynis, you are so right, family and friends make ALL the difference to an otherwise very difficult time. As for the sense of humour – a must! πŸ™‚ I am feeling a great deal more comfortable now that the final drain is out, and the bruising is fading. Thank you for taking the time to keep in touch, it is much appreciated, love Ali xx

  78. alison keenan May 10, 2012 at 9:36 am -  Reply

    Linda, I feel so very fortunate for so many reasons, not least to be surrounded by so much love – thank you for sending me yours πŸ™‚ Take care, and do keep in touch, love Ali xx

  79. alison keenan May 10, 2012 at 9:41 am -  Reply

    Dear Hazel, firstly I am delighted to hear that 18 years on you are fit and well and feel I must say please don’t be hard on yourself. It is so very easy to take on these positive ideals, but much harder to live by them. I too have down days, times when I am genuinely worried, but it’s usually talking to someone else, or reading a comment here on the blog that puts things in perspective for me. I am so very glad that reading this page has helped you. Take care, and stay well, with love, Ali xx

  80. alison keenan May 10, 2012 at 9:43 am -  Reply

    Jools, thank you so much…. your support and kind words, along with everyone else who takes time out of their day, makes a heck of a difference to me, and has helped me no end to crack on through this. You take care, and do keep in touch, love Ali xx

  81. Gail May 10, 2012 at 10:26 am -  Reply

    My dear Ali,
    By the time I got to the end of your blog my jaw had dropped down to the floor. You can’t imagine the big sigh of relief I let out when I read that the results of the lump were negative xx
    It was at that moment that I realised that my mouth was open like a fish.
    Of course you must have been worried; it’s only natural. Who wouldn’t be worried about any type of lump, especially with your history. I’m so, so glad that you are on the mend now and even thinking about a few days away. I’m so glad to read that the children are doing okay; we mustn’t forget that this illness must have an impact on them too.
    The bruising looked horrendous but I read that it’s almost gone now. You’re a real trooper and I sincerely hope that you go from strength to strength. Keep yer chin up (good practice in case them implants start to rise!!) xx
    Take care and thank YOU for keeping in touch. Lots of love coming your way,
    Gail xx

  82. alison keenan May 10, 2012 at 12:04 pm -  Reply

    My dear Alpa, I am sitting here with mum, and we’ve both just read your message, and feel very strongly that you should call NHS Direct and tell them exactly what you felt last night – it’s 0845 4647 – short number I know but that is correct. They will put you through to someone who will be able to advise you properly and alleviate some of this worry. As you have been feeling this desperate then there’s no way you should wait until the 23rd June, that’s crazy my love. Sometimes our bodies send these warnings to give us a bit of headway… please give it a try and let us know. You are never truly ‘on your own’, although I’m it feels like it sometimes. I will wait to hear from you, and know that EVERYONE on this site sends you their love, Ali xxx

  83. Pam May 10, 2012 at 12:55 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Glad you are feeling a little better. You “sound” perkier in your replies which is reasuring to us.
    We didn’t get snow, just webbed feet,so much rain and it’s so cold .Still haven’t put my winter coat away!
    Pleased that you are considering a book,the wealth of experience and tips you could suggest etc, I’m sure would be beneficial to others.
    Have a good break if you do get away,take your wellies and sun cream and you’ve covered all bases.Oh and Colin, you can take your outfit!lol
    Much love and a hug
    Pam xx

  84. Debz May 10, 2012 at 2:45 pm -  Reply

    My dear Alpa
    I have been so worried about you and was so glad to here from you but not so glad to hear what you have been going through. I agree with Ali and her mum. You really can’t wait until 23rd June and think that calling NHS Direct is a good idea.
    I am so sorry that you are alone and frightened by what you are going through and we on this blog, although only a post away, aren’t physically with you but you are in our thoughts and prayers. You are very dear to me and to others on here and we are all willing you on to get well.
    I am sending you strength and love and by the way Ainzley did so enjoy his special stroke and tickle from his Aunty Alpa.
    Please take very good care of yourself my love.
    Lots of extra love and licks

  85. martin forbes bucksburn aberdeen May 10, 2012 at 6:10 pm -  Reply

    hope you are 1oo percent better now alison hopfully no more operations

  86. Annie Turner May 10, 2012 at 7:37 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    You will not remember me as I havent written since before you had your breast Ca diagnosed. You were struggling to get over an upper respiratory infection(sorry cant remember exactly what now)and I had given advice for echinacea and some homeopathy I think !! Anyhow all that is in the vain hope that you might remember who’s writing. You were obviously fighting the onset. Well you did good girl – well done.!! I’m very sorry to hear about the latest setback but its obviously under control and you sound like you need lots of girly chat and support so I’ll add mine to the sterling bunch you have. I am currently at our house in the sun so have time. My partner has dumped me here (sorry – kindly escorted me) and beggared off back to work. Actually its a shame, every day he asks wots the weather like – every day I say hot and sunny “Oh Bl**** Hell” is what I get back – honestly you’d think it was a hardship to work your butt off all day in a rainy country wouldn’t you! Aaah poor thing. Never mind he gets to come back for 8 days at the end of my 5 week stay. Hoorah! Anyway enough about me, but just wanted to say you are
    strong and smart and beautiful in every way and I am so SURE our lovely world has good things in store from now on Ali K. A multitude of blessings Ali,
    In Gassho, Love Annie xxx

  87. Mrs. Christine M. Hindle. May 10, 2012 at 9:34 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alison, Wondered what had happened to you after not seeing your happy face on T.V. I knew that you were having a mastectomy soon but wasn’t aware of the current circumstances, Oh! how you have gone through it once more but nevertheless back home and on the mend. My prayers for you and your family have been answered and I pray you continue to improve. Our thoughts are always with you. Keep improving and rest and sleep it works wonders!!! Love to you and yours, you are a trouper. Christine Hindle Mrs. avid QVC member over 18 years. Lots and lots of love.

  88. Chiara May 10, 2012 at 10:13 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali, I have never written before but I have been following your blog. I can’t believe how brave you have been and how you have kept such a good sense of humour through all your tough times – I honestly think you are an inspiration to us all.
    I am so pleased that you are now on the road to recovery, you are my favourite presenter on QVC and I really miss you when you are not there, so hurry back! In the mean time, rest, pampering and love- you deserve them all! xxxxxxx

  89. SUE RADFORD May 11, 2012 at 12:42 am -  Reply

    Dear Ali,
    I’m so glad that with each passing day you’re feeling much better and hope it won’t be too long before all the bruises and scars have healed. It will be great if you are able to take that short break with Colin – it will do you the world of good.
    Thanks so much for your very kind words Ali, but sadly my Dad passed away five days ago. To be honest it’s a blessing and such a relief as he was so very weak and frail – it was breaking my heart to see him deteriorate at such a rapid rate. I’m one of the lucky ones Ali, as he was a very loving, caring and wonderful father – I must always be very grateful for that.
    To read that you are getting better each day has made my day!
    Take care Ali,
    Love Sue Radford xx

  90. Mrs Norma Smithson May 11, 2012 at 6:41 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali Glad that though the way forward has been tough for you, the
    very special doctors and nurses of yours have got you through and now you are on the way to a lasting recovery. We miss your friendly face on the screen and of course your wonderful repartee you have with all the guests that appear with you on QVC, but want you you to take time to recover fully before you come back to us in the summer, lots of love Norma xx

  91. alison keenan May 11, 2012 at 7:38 am -  Reply

    Hello Marg, good to hear from you, and yes it does feel good to have both feet on the ground again! Your comments made me smile and although it’s the same time of year that I’m home from work again, I don’t now have the fear of chemotherapy looming πŸ™‚ My mum has come to stay for a few days and so we’re hoping to have another short walk today in between the showers! Thank you for continually keeping in touch, and for holding my hand… it is very much appreciated, with love, Ali xx

  92. alison keenan May 11, 2012 at 7:43 am -  Reply

    My dear Jo, My garden, and the little road outside the cottage, also look like a mangrove swamp – will the rain never end?! πŸ™‚ That said, I’ve found where Dilys, my duck has made her nest, and have counted 10 eggs! The rain seems to suit her πŸ™‚ To be honest, I never expected to have the same fear surrounding this lot of surgery as I’d had last time, but I am now moving on, and getting a little better each day… Please do keep in touch, and I very much hope that you, your daughters and husband are all well, love Ali xx

  93. alison keenan May 11, 2012 at 7:49 am -  Reply

    Dear Pauline, thank you so much for your kind and thoughtful words, and I will be back with you as soon as I’m able πŸ™‚ I think the anaesthetics have knocked me back a bit, and as you say I’ve had my dark moments, but try and fill each day so that I’m not alone too often. The sun is shining this morning, and from my bedroom window I can see a couple of rabbits in the field, so never mind spring, I feel that summer is on the way!! πŸ™‚ I hope you have a great weekend, and do keep in touch, love Ali x

  94. alison keenan May 11, 2012 at 7:54 am -  Reply

    Christina, we are clearly like minded women πŸ™‚ Your philosophy is very much mine, and it’s carried me this far, and am sure it will continue to get me through. This time next month I shall hopefully be back with you, but until then, take care and thanks for writing, love Ali xx

  95. alison keenan May 11, 2012 at 8:02 am -  Reply

    Hello there Christine, yes, most of the bandages are off now, and I’m seeing a ‘new me’ take shape! It’s takes a bit of getting used to, but I am so very grateful that the results were positive. Love and gentle hugs to you too, Ali xx

  96. alison keenan May 11, 2012 at 8:05 am -  Reply

    Dear Helen, you are so very right! It’s having a ‘normal’ routine that helps you move forwards, so am taking each day at a time, but hoping that this time next month I should be back ‘with you’! Enjoy your weekend, love Ali xx

  97. alison keenan May 11, 2012 at 8:05 am -  Reply

    Karen, you are very kind πŸ™‚ Thanks for writing, and do keep in touch, love Ali xx

  98. alison keenan May 11, 2012 at 8:12 am -  Reply

    Hello Jane, and thank you for your positivity. Yes I am definitely looking forward to my ‘girlie’ shopping in the future, but am looking more than a tad misshapen at present, so am sticking to the lovely Aah bras for comfort and support πŸ™‚ I agree with you and also believe that nothing happens by chance – as I’ve often said, I don’t believe we’re ever given anything we can’t truly deal with, although there have been times when I’ve struggled if I’m honest! I’m keeping in touch with all that’s happening at work, and will be back once I’m stronger. You take care too, and thanks for writing, Love Ali xx

  99. alison keenan May 11, 2012 at 8:13 am -  Reply

    Vicky thanks for taking the time to write, and I am most definitely looking forwards! Have a great weekend, love Ali xx

  100. alison keenan May 11, 2012 at 8:15 am -  Reply

    Jayne, I am definitely stronger than I was this time last week, and am gradually weaning myself off the painkillers, so with the drain gone, and last penicillin taken, I’m hoping my tummy will settle and then I’ll feel a lot better πŸ™‚ Have a great weekend, love Ali xx

  101. alison keenan May 11, 2012 at 8:17 am -  Reply

    Hi Risa, yes the dressing gown is one that Jack bought for me some Christmases ago, and it’s very cosy – glad you liked the bag, although it raised a few eyebrows when I arrived at the hospital carrying it! I am resting as much as I can, and did start to watch The Hangover 2 with Lucy, but admit to falling asleep half way through – I think Dinnerladies would keep me awake though πŸ™‚ Love and hugs to you too, Ali xx

  102. alison keenan May 11, 2012 at 8:21 am -  Reply

    My dear Adele, I have only just found your comment, and am so very sorry to learn of your loss. I have made a friend over the last year or more, who lost her husband in the same tragic circumstances, and I understand that the grieving process is so very difficult… I send you love and wish you strength, and hope that this year will bring you peace… You too keep safe and well, love Ali xx

  103. alison keenan May 11, 2012 at 8:26 am -  Reply

    Dear Julie, how horrid for your to be struggling with a frozen shoulder, having suffered radiotherapy too! My poor sister had this for over a year, and I know it was incredibly difficult for her to continue working and to stay positive. It’s all better now though, and so I wish the same for you. Please do pass on my best to your friends who are taking part in the Moon Walk – my friend Suzanne told me how far it is!! I don’t think it’s something I’d be contemplating for at least another year!! You have my complete sympathy re the Tamoxifen induced hot sweats – I had seven in as many hours yesterday! At least my curly hair shows no sign of lengthening – just widening – so my neck is still bare! You take care, and I hope that you will soon find a satisfactory cure for your shoulder. With love, Ali xx

  104. alison keenan May 11, 2012 at 8:28 am -  Reply

    Hello Claire, and thank you for writing to me and for your kind words and good wishes. It’s because of my friends, family and you lovely folk who keep in touch with me here that I am getting a little better each day. I switch on my computer and there’s always something here to make me smile πŸ™‚ I hope you have a great weekend, Love Ali xx

  105. alison keenan May 11, 2012 at 8:32 am -  Reply

    Hello Lynn, thanks for writing again, although I’m so sorry to learn that you are struggling with chronic illness… I have to say the lovely little photo of that pops up in the corner of your message belies the fact you are poorly, as you look gorgeous! As for the chap in the picture with you, he looks suspiciously like Johnny Depp!! Clearly you are moving in far wider social circles than I πŸ™‚ Do look after yourself, and keep in touch, love Ali xx

  106. Michelle Penwarden May 11, 2012 at 10:29 am -  Reply

    Dear Alison,
    This is the first time I have responded to a blog but I wanted to say how much I admire the courage you have shown over what has been a horrible time for you. You have the hopes and prayers of all ladies who watch you on QVC. Looking forward to seeing you back again when you are ready but take great care of yourself. You are truly an inspiration to us all.
    Love Michelle xx

  107. helen s May 11, 2012 at 10:48 am -  Reply

    Dear Sue
    Im ever so sorry to hear about the loss of your precious Dad. My thoughts and prayers are with you, take care lovely.
    Love and hugs
    Helen s xxx

  108. Mrs Janet Jones May 11, 2012 at 11:57 am -  Reply

    My Dear Ali,I have been having a few technical problems with my computer and I think my message to your previous blog has come up twice and my newest one has been lost in cyberspace! so apologies if I repeat myself! I can’t tell you how relieved I am for you that no cancerous cells were found and your lymph nodes were clear it’s the best possible news you could receive, I could hear the huge sigh of relief from you blog. It’s only onwards and upwards now. I hope you have been looking at some holiday mags to make plans for a lovely, restful, sunny holiday with your lovely man Colin as you sooo deserve it. You have been so brave throughout all your treatment and like me your sense of humour has helped you through.Be proud of yourself and and take things gently and enjoy waiting for the 10 baby ducklings to arrive and think of names for them all!
    I am doing the Race for Life this weekend with my friend I am slightly nervous about it as I’ve not done anything like this before, but from what you’ve told me it will be emotional and hopefully fun. My husband will be there at the finish line but my son is unable to make it as he is working. I hope you don’t mind Ali, on my page I have used the Emily Dickinson quote that has come to mean so much to me, have a look if you’ve a moment. wwww.raceforlifesponsorme.org/janetjones38 how did they know my age!!(lol)
    How lovely for you that your mum is staying with you for a few days, as she will know more than most what you are going through. Glad all is well with your children especially Sam.
    Take it easy Ali and rest,rest and more rest as your body has been through so much.As I said onwards and upwards now and the future is looking so much brighter for you.
    Take care my friend love and hugs Janet xx
    p.s I hope you received my card.

  109. patricia pelham May 11, 2012 at 2:03 pm -  Reply

    dear ali i have missed you and wondered where you was
    i know how you feel i had breast cancer then skin cancer had to have another op but then got mrsa and like you had 2 drains it was awful so i understand where you are coming from.and with the help of my breast care nurse family freinds and my wonderful husband of 45 years you get through it i lost my dad brother and mum all with cancer you think it will not happen to you but i was also lucky by chance i whent for a mamagram and got a call three days later to go into ospital they said i would never ever find it myself and i urge anyone to have a check up.
    may god bless you and keep you safe
    Our friends are like angels,
    who brighten our days.
    In all kinds of wonderful,
    Magical ways.
    Their thoughtfulness comes,
    As a gift from above.
    And we feel we’re surrounded,
    By warm, caring love.
    Like upside-down rainbows,
    Their smiles bring the sun.
    And they fill ho-hum moments,
    With laughter and fun.
    Friends are like angels,
    Without any wings.
    Blessing our lives,
    With the most precious thing
    take care alison bless you
    love patricia

  110. Susan May 11, 2012 at 5:52 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, just a quick comment as I read an above reply of yours re hot flushes…had to share the comment in our loos!! I’m still hot, it just comes in waves now! Hehe. Have a great weekend with your Mum xx

  111. Heather May 12, 2012 at 12:56 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    I had missed you and scared to look for a blog. You are amazing and a example to us all.
    Look after yourself and we all look forward to watching and listening to you again – QVC are very lucky to have you
    In my thoughts and prayers.
    Much love, H

  112. Jane Bridger May 12, 2012 at 7:06 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alison,
    I am writing this two years down the line after my most wonderful mum was luky to move to a new area and was just in time for the momograms for that area and it picked up her breast cancer, so just before christmas she had the lump taken out but when she went back for a outpatients visit hoping for good news but was told she had a lot of evidence of lobular neoplasia and needed a mastectomy.
    So back into hospital she went, when she come around she told me that every after she would link fo my pink raincoat coming down the corrider and would feel happy. She is much better after the last op but it took her a long time and in the last month she has been told to wear a compression bandge becuase she now has fuild building up in her right arm. I am so glad that you are feeling better and wanted to tell you my mums story and glad that QVC supports breast cancer care.
    Best Wishes

  113. mary morphy May 12, 2012 at 9:25 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, this is my second attempt at blogging having got all the way to the end of the first attempt then hitting a wrong button and it all dissappearing…very frustrating! Anyhow, I hope you are mending well and that hoffific bruise is turning yellow like they do when they are getting older and healing…I am watching Britains Got Talent final, the last act the opera singers have made me pause for a mo…….amazing!!
    Back nbow…I hope you are being well looked after by Colin and all your lovely friends and family and that you are soon feeling well again. It’s lovely to hear you acknowledge the dedicated nurses and doctors; my had her cyberknife radiotherapy over 5 days and the staff at Harley Street were incredible. She had to have 5 daily doses instead of 3 due to a smaller gap between the optic nerve and tumour than they wanted so she had a reduced dose over a longer time but she has had no side effects and we hope that the scan in 6 months will show shrinkage..fingers crossed.
    In between this my sister nmoved so we hired a rather posh large transit van with all mod cons and moved her over a period of 24 hours..never a dull moment but thankfully no mishaps and, more importantly, I didnt break a nail!!
    Hope the sun is shining in your area like it has been in Westgate..at last the kids have been able to play their cricket matches as the waterlogged pitches are thankfully drying out but we have been watching wrapped in slankets because its a bit chilly here on the coast…A 9am start for us in the morning so no Sunday lie in for us….Chloe has a match at 9.30 am locally then its over to Whitstable for Jack’s match at 2pm so a busy Sunday. I hope yours is a little nmore peaceful!
    Looking forward to hearing from you soon. Love Mary x

  114. Pauline Johnson May 13, 2012 at 12:22 pm -  Reply

    God bless you Alison,you are so brave and forthright about your illness I am sure it helps a lot of women in the same position,but I still want to cry when I read your blogs there, but for the grace of god.you are a inspiration to all women.
    I know it helped me understand when my best friend was going through the same thing,she like you is on the road to recovery.Speak soon Pauline XXXXXX

  115. Sue Jennings May 13, 2012 at 4:49 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali its me again….having just read your latest update the thought (going through the mill) came to mind. You definately have been through the mill and its a good job you are a strong woman with gritted teeth determination to get well. The news from your Oncologist is fantastic and im sure the Champagne can be kept on ice for a little while. I hope you continue to feel better each day with the weather hopefully improving you will have the long days of June to do all sorts of nice things with Colin and your family. Take very good care Ali…sending carefull hugs from Sue Jennings xx

  116. ROSEMARY PERRY May 13, 2012 at 5:19 pm -  Reply

    Dear ALI, I had no idea that you were unwell again. Just missed you on screen, been watching and enjoying your presenting skills for years. So glad that things are going well for you and that you have the wonderful support of close family and friends. Keep up the positive attitude and get well soon. Look forward to seeing you back when you are well. Rose, Somerset

  117. Babs Dyson May 13, 2012 at 8:34 pm -  Reply

    Hey Alison, I have been thinking of you Sooooooooh often and I think you are a lovely and a very brave lady. My thoughts are always with you and yours. Keep getting better and stronger.
    Much Love Always
    Babs Dyson

  118. tracy king May 13, 2012 at 9:02 pm -  Reply

    Hiya Ali
    I must say your glass is always half full never half empty (or not that you let on) I always say smile and the world smiles with you, complain and nobody wants to listen!! Think my theme tune should be always look on the bright side of life! although reading other people’s problems on here it cant always be easy!
    So glad your ordeal is nearly over, you’ve had a time of it again but your positive outlook and support network have helped enormously.
    Wedding fever is setting in now – nephews wedding is 3 wks on Fri woohoo! Hen party done and dusted, stags are away to Newcastle this weekend then its all systems go! Biggest news of all is I got mother in a hat – finally, she was resisting to the end!! She is having a freaky about what her hair will look like when she takes it off haha. Gok recommends if the hat is big enough you should have foam rollers in underneath and then when you take it off just take them out and joozsh (is that even a word?) it up and hey presto! Hope its not a windy day or she might end up looking like hilda ogden haha!!
    Again I ramble!! – take all the time you need to build up your strength and get back to your gorgeous self Miss New Boobs (Friends)sorry couldnt resist!
    Luv n hugz n stuff
    Tracy (aka Fronk) and Cathy by proxy

  119. alison keenan May 14, 2012 at 6:57 am -  Reply

    Hello Lyn, how lovely to hear from you, and to know that you are a couple of years further down the road than me, but are doing so much to make your experience of Breast Cancer a postive one by helping so many other people! The BCC website is a wonderful way of making friends and sharing experiences, but well done you and your girls for raising enough money to get the Sentinel Node Analyser. So much better not to have to wait for the results. Your big wish is definitely mine too… and maybe one day they will find a cure not just for ours, but for every other form of Cancer. I hope that you stay strong and continue to enjoy life, because as you say, NONE of us know what’s around the corner! πŸ™‚ Thank you for writing to me, please do keep in touch, love Ali xx

  120. alison keenan May 14, 2012 at 7:02 am -  Reply

    Hello there Tina, good to hear from you again, and I think you should be proud of yourself for being so brave and keeping up with the mammograms – especially after your mum’s struggle with cancer – and no doubt in your work as a nurse too, you’ve watched other women battle with it too. It is really important though, and I know that if I hadn’t have had my National Health invitation for a mammogram, even though I knew there was a lump there, I’ve had so many false alarms over the years, I would probably have left it….I’m getting there slowly, and the bruises are fading, and I am being very well looked after πŸ™‚ Enjoy the rugby, and do keep in touch, love Ali xx

  121. alison keenan May 14, 2012 at 7:06 am -  Reply

    Yes K, it was definitely a bit ‘ouchy’, but feeling a lot less sore these days, and managing to walk a little further each day which is good. It’s been a beautiful weekend too, and I had a snooze in the sunshine on Saturday which recharged the old batteries! πŸ™‚ I’ve actually been doing a bit of shopping too – online! Ordered a lovely new bedcover from QVC, and have been sourcing presents for Colin’s big birthday at the end of this month…! I hope that you’ve had a good weekend, and also had the sunshine, and thanks for keeping in touch. It’s always great to hear from you, love Ali xx

  122. alison keenan May 14, 2012 at 7:11 am -  Reply

    My dear Magda, thank you so much for your prayers and kind words, and I am definitely feeling better than I did. The weeks seem to fly by, without me doing a great deal, but I still don’t have a great deal of energy. I am so glad that through the blog you and Liz have been able to meet up. Great too that your husbands got on, and I’m delighted that you will be meeting up again in June. I look forward very much to receiving the photos. Best of all though is that you continue to feel well, and are getting stronger each day. My love to you, and do keep in touch, Ali xx

  123. alison keenan May 14, 2012 at 7:12 am -  Reply

    Sandra D – always think of the film Grease when I write that! – thank you for your kind wishes. Hope all is good with you too, love Ali

  124. alison keenan May 14, 2012 at 7:16 am -  Reply

    Hi there Chris, I am definitely getting better, and altho some days it’s more of a sideways move than forwards, I am off all the major painkillers now and so my tummy is a lot better too πŸ™‚ Still not driving, or allowed to lift anything heaver than 2lbs in weight (!) but as well as my friends and Colin, mum came to stay for a couple of days, and Lucy is forever popping round, so I’m well looked after. I hope all is good with you too, love Ali xx

  125. alison keenan May 14, 2012 at 7:18 am -  Reply

    Hello there Lorraine, yes, light definitely at the end of the tunnel, and more than a bit of sunlight this weekend, which warmed the cockles of my heart πŸ™‚ Definitely in the mood for a duvet day today – had a rotten night’s sleep, and it looks pretty chilly outside, so am sitting up in bed writing to you, and trying to decide if I want to leave to the warm to get a piece of toast!! Decisions, decisions….Hope you had a good weekend, Love Ali xx

  126. alison keenan May 14, 2012 at 7:20 am -  Reply

    Dear Elaine, thank you for your kind words and good wishes. I think things will be far more straightforward now, and the worrying bit is over πŸ™‚ Thank you for writing to me, love Ali xx

  127. alison keenan May 14, 2012 at 7:23 am -  Reply

    Oh Sue, I so hope you’re right about a good hot summer. The last two days of sunshine and warm breezes cheered so many of us, and yet it’s grey and chilly this morning… Never mind eh – good job I didn’t ever back away my winter wardrobe! Love to you and your family too, Ali xx

  128. alison keenan May 14, 2012 at 7:24 am -  Reply

    Michele, very much on the mend, and determined to keep smiling πŸ™‚ I find that folk are more inclined to want to spend time with you if you look cheerful!! Thank you for writing, and I hope that you had a chance to enjoy the weekend, love Ali xx

  129. alison keenan May 14, 2012 at 7:28 am -  Reply

    Dear Francesca, I very much hope that you are recovering well from your reconstruction, and that you are getting stronger each day. I’m hoping that once I see the consultant on Wednesday the scar will have healed sufficiently for me to have the dressing off, and then I can start showering again! As you say, not being able to wash your own hair isn’t good, but I very much hope that you have plenty of people around you who can help make things easier for you. Take care, and rest up! Love Ali xx

  130. alison keenan May 14, 2012 at 9:27 am -  Reply

    Hi there Lyn, and thank you for taking the time to write to me. Yes I am definitely on the mend, but will admit to having a few ‘weepy’ moments…. bandages off are never very good for me, but I hope very much for better health as you say, and look forward to a time when I will be ‘uninteresting’ to the medical profession!! πŸ™‚ With love, Ali xxx

  131. alison keenan May 14, 2012 at 9:32 am -  Reply

    Hi there Anette, you did make me laugh with your lovely long comment, and I am also delighted to hear that you’re doing so well after what sounds like an horrendous couple of months! Your Chris sounds like an angel, but I think it’s because men’s hands are so big that washing our hair is problematic! Colin’s not done too badly, but I am bound up in a towel like a mummy to stay dry and even my ears were filled with water πŸ™‚ I hope that you will be successful in selling the cottage, and I’m sure those who visited whilst you were in your bed in the living room will have lived off the tale for days πŸ™‚ My friends mum once opened the loo door where her youngest son was sitting, and announced that although small it was functional!! πŸ™‚ I have everything crossed for your X ray on Wednesday and please do let me know how you get on. With love to you, Chris and ‘Bobby’ – who sounds delightful πŸ™‚ Ali xx

  132. alison keenan May 14, 2012 at 9:33 am -  Reply

    Hello there Martin, thank you for posting to me, and I’m happy to tell you no more operations for the forseeable future, and I am definitely on the mend. I hope all is good with you, Love Ali xx

  133. alison keenan May 14, 2012 at 9:34 am -  Reply

    Michelle you are very kind, and I hope and pray too that this is all behind me now, and I have a much healthier future to look forward to! I also hope that life is good for you, love Ali x

  134. alison keenan May 14, 2012 at 9:36 am -  Reply

    Hi Julie, thank you so much for your lovely comment, and I too hope that I will be able to come back to work in the not too distant, but I have to admit to taking it pretty slowly this time around. Your advice has been echoed by many, and I intend to be fully fit before I head back to our plush new studios and return to doing what I love most πŸ™‚ Many thanks for writing to me, love Ali xx

  135. alison keenan May 14, 2012 at 9:39 am -  Reply

    Louise, I was so sorry to hear that you and your mum had been involved in an accident, but very glad that you are well enough to have returned to work. You’re right when you say that work is like a kind of therapy – I know that when Sam was ill, and also during the two weeks I had to wait before surgery this time, working kept me focused and helped keep the stress levels down by taking my mind off things! I hope that your mum too has recovered well, and thank you for writing to me, love Ali xx

  136. alison keenan May 14, 2012 at 9:41 am -  Reply

    Hi Chris, yes definitely on the right side of recovery, and Colin has indeed got some rubber gloves, although the last time he used them was to unblock someone’s drains!!! Not mine, I hasten to add!! πŸ™‚ You take care too, and thanks for writing, love Ali xx

  137. alison keenan May 14, 2012 at 9:46 am -  Reply

    Dear Gail, you are a sweetheart and made me laugh out loud with your ‘chin up’ comment πŸ™‚ Yes, the bruising has all but gone, and there just the main scar on the left to finish healing although I feel as though I am carrying two rather heavy weights on my chest, rather than them feeling as though they are a part of me… very odd. Thank you for mentioning the children too… Jack was quite emotional when he popped round the other day, and Lucy has been very kind in looking after me in spite of all her school work. I hear from Sam probably four times a week, and we had a lovely conversation on Friday when my mum was here. He’s riding a bike now, and goes to the gym every other day… he told my mum that he realises now that there’s nothing he can’t do, he just has to find a different way to do it…. I could have wept. Very proud of him. Lots of love being sent back to you, and I hope that all is well in your world, Ali xx

  138. alison keenan May 14, 2012 at 9:51 am -  Reply

    Pam, you are funny! Lots of comments making me smile and laugh out loud this morning, and I thank you for your suggested holiday items, wellies, suncream and of course Colin’s pinney and nurses outfit!! I am thinking seriously of combining my blogs and adding to them to write a book, and will let you know how I get on with the idea of the next few months. Much love to you too, and I hope you were treated to some sunshine this weekend, Ali xx

  139. alison keenan May 14, 2012 at 9:57 am -  Reply

    Hi there Annie, how good to hear from you again! You have a great memory, I did indeed have a chronic chest infection just before I was diagnosed, which I think was my body’s way of telling me things weren’t right, but I did get the echinacea tablets that you suggested and had pretty much cleared it before I ended up in hospital πŸ™‚ I’m delighted that you are out in the sunshine and hope that the weather remains beautiful for your five weeks out there. I think your partner’s response to the weather forecast is somewhat reserved! I am openly churlish if I can’t be out in the sun when others are πŸ™‚ I hope I’ll be forgiven for that though, and am loving your suggestion that the world has good things in store for me from now on. Thanks for writing, and enjoy your holiday – oh, and could you tell me whether Gassho is a place or a term of endearment?! Love Ali x

  140. alison keenan May 14, 2012 at 10:02 am -  Reply

    Christine I thank you for your prayers for me and the family, and they’ve certainly been answered as I do continue to improve πŸ™‚ 18 years a QVC fan! That’s phenomenal! I shall look forward to ‘seeing’ you again, once I’m back and in our new studios. With lots of love to you and your family, Ali xx

  141. alison keenan May 14, 2012 at 10:04 am -  Reply

    Chiara, what a beautiful name! Thank you so much for taking the plunge and writing for the first time on this blog. Your words are very kind and mean a great deal, and I will indeed be back with you, once I am fit enough. I’m still not driving, so I think it’ll be a while yet, but I’m getting there slowly πŸ™‚ With love, Ali xx

  142. alison keenan May 14, 2012 at 10:12 am -  Reply

    My dear Sue, I am so sorry to hear about your Dad’s passing…. I know from reading all your posts over the last year or more, how much he meant to you, but how difficult it was for you to cope with his Alzheimers…I hope that the lovely memories you have of your father when he was well will bring you comfort in the coming months, and to know that you were able to continue caring for him all the way through his life was a gift… I lost my dear Dad 25 years ago on the 27th May, but my memories of him are still clear and always make me smile. I am sending you my love, and hope that you will be able to lean on all those who love you. Stay strong.. Ali xxx

  143. alison keenan May 14, 2012 at 10:14 am -  Reply

    Dear Norma, thank you for making mention of the lovely doctors and nurses who looked after me during my stay in hospital, and for those who still do with the outpatients appointments! I am very lucky to have been cared for so well. I certainly feel a great deal better than I did initially, and am taking everyone’s kind advice to take it easy! I do hope all is good with you, and you had the chance to enjoy the sunshine this weekend, love Ali xx

  144. alison keenan May 14, 2012 at 10:34 am -  Reply

    My dear Debz and Ainzley of course! I am so relieved that it was a computer glitch that kept you away from us – I have been worried! I hope that you haven’t had any more problems since, although I wrote a very long missive to you this morning and thought I’d posted it, but it disappeared… Reading on, I think Mary did the same! But bless my editor, for taking away that crazy security system, that was almost as confusing as the enigma code!! Your words once again have made me a tad teary, and then you made me smile with your suggestion of a bus load of women arriving to kiss Colin – he actually thought it was a cracking suggestion!! πŸ™‚ I have to admit to finding it’s taking me a lot more time to rally, but I managed two short walks in the sunshine this weekend, and even found some cowslips while out walking with mum. She was faster than me even with her walking stick! πŸ™‚ I hope that all is good with you, your lovely man (so pleased that he still has his job) and agree that if only life didn’t get in the way of life, we’d all be far less stressed! You take care my lovely, and do keep in touch. With love, Ali xx

  145. alison keenan May 14, 2012 at 10:37 am -  Reply

    Michelle, I am very pleased that you have chosen to write a comment for the first time on this blog site, and hope that it will be the first of many. Thank you so much for your kind words, and I will be back with you as soon as I’m able. I hope very much that all is well with you. Love Ali xx

  146. alison keenan May 14, 2012 at 10:43 am -  Reply

    Janet I do remember reading your comment about your Race for Life, but am delighted that you’ve reminded me it’s this weekend! I will be thinking of you and your friend, and just remember to take a big hanky! Reading the messages pinned to everyone made me cry, and I think you too will find it emotional. So glad though that your husband and son will be there at the finishing line. I will indeed visit your site, and am thrilled that you have used the Emily Dickinson quote – we are clearly like-minded women. Sad news of my ducklings… a rat or fox got to the nest and ate the eggs, so Dilys has understandably gone elsewhere πŸ™ On a good note though, I had a long conversation with Sam at the end of last week, and he’s doing very well indeed. He spoke to my mum too which was good. I am going to ask Kathy to post your card on to me, as I’m sure it’s probably still in my pigeon hole at work! Thank you though for thinking of me. You take care, and don’t overdo it next Saturday, Love Ali xx

  147. Eileen P. May 14, 2012 at 10:48 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali, so glad to see you are home and the worst part in now over. It must have been an awful shock for yourself, Colin and the family to find out you had another lump. You really have been through the mill this last 18 months but hopefully the light is shinning brightly at the end of the tunnel. I expect you will have good and bad days for a while given the major op you have just had. Keep having the duvet & dressing gown days. So glad you have very supportive partner, family & friends it makes such a difference. Will keep saying a little prayer for you and hope that everything well for you.
    Love &(gentle) hugs. Eileen P. xxx

  148. izzie May 14, 2012 at 11:13 am -  Reply

    Dear Ali
    Was just feeling a bit sorry for myself – did the Moonwalk last night and feeling SO ACHY – Logged on to see how you were getting on – My heart goes out to all of your family and of course to you – what a terrible time you are having again – did laugh about the bacon comment though – Got to laugh haven’t you!!
    Life is such a bummer sometimes! My own daughters are both going through their own traumas – both have mental health problems – Never mind =- sun is finally shinning today so washing is on the line and must now negotiate the supermarket although am not walking straight yet – should be interesting!!
    Loads of Love and prayers
    Izzie xxxx

  149. Debz May 14, 2012 at 2:50 pm -  Reply

    Hi there beautiful Ali
    Just thought I’d ask how you were doing. In your reply to me you said that it’s taking you a bit more time to rally this time. Ali my love, it takes as long as it takes. What you have been through, twice, would take most folk years to recover from. Please don’t be too hard on yourself. Be kind to yourself and take your time, have your duvet days you deserve them.
    Life will catch up with you soon enough once you are well enough and strong enough to live it to the full once again.
    Take care Ali and you snuggle into that duvet and dream about all the wonderful things you can do when you’re back on your feet again.
    Lots of love and licks

  150. angela white May 14, 2012 at 3:49 pm -  Reply

    hi ali you alright? hope your taking things easy and not overdoing things! hope your feeling abit better and getting stronger every day i had no energy when treatment finished things were such an effort (still are sometimes!) i have my checkup this thursday with bc nurse its 4years this year well the builders are doing really well with extension this is the 4th week so will be knocking into old kitchen this week oh dear the mess!!! still will be worth it (keep telling myself!) well take care ali,love to you and family and ladies who blog xx

  151. Liz, Morecambe, Lancs May 14, 2012 at 6:23 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali,
    This will be short but hopefully sweet! I tried 5 times over the weekend to post but they all disappeared…….gggrrrrrr to say the least!
    Am sorry to hear you had all those problems but glad everyone was on the ball and hopefully have sorted them for you. You look a million times more glam than I did in hospital and my drain bag was a regulation hospital plastic number! It is good to hear you had a nice time with your Mum and that all the kids are getting on with things – Sam has obviously inherited your grit and determination! Like his attitude a lot!
    It was wonderful to meet up with Magda. She and her hubby were so hospitable and we are very much looking forward to our next meet-up in June. If you can send one of us your QVC email address, we can send photos of our last meeting to you while QVC move home by email rather than in the post.
    I am delighted with my new boobs and having the choice to go either flat-chested or with a cleavage! The scar has healed wonderfully and I have a routine checkup next week with the surgeon or one of his underlings and then my next appointment with the oncologist is in mid-July, 5 years to the day from my original diagnosis – spooky, eh??
    To Sue – I am sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. Even though it was a ‘blessing’, it will still leave a huge hole in your life, I’m sure.
    A little saying I heard recently that may help – ‘When someone you love becomes a memory, that memory becomes a treasure’
    Off now, thinking of you all and TAKE IT EASY ALI!!!!
    Love and hugs, Liz x

  152. Chris Page May 14, 2012 at 7:43 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali
    Sorry you had to have yet more surgery, but I’m glad it all went well. And I also bruise very easily, so I can empathise on the bruise on your side. When I had a drain in after my kidney stone op, the nurse taking it out got an eyeful of my claret and had to go to A&E herself for an HIV test. I felt really guilty about that!
    Looking forward to seeing you again when you’re fully recovered.
    Chris xx

  153. Sue Fuller May 15, 2012 at 7:28 am -  Reply

    G’day Ali,
    This is the first time I’ve written as I’m currently living in Adelaide South Australia at the moment and occassionally log onto qvc uk. I’ve been shocked and humbled to learn about all that you’ve gone through. Your courage and sense of humour shine out from your blogs.My mum was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was 57. She too has had several setbacks and like you put all her trust in her oncologists. She will be celebrating her 80th birthday in October.Take time to recover and a holiday when you feel ready will be medicine thats good to take! Before I go I must just add that I was so surprised to see Lee Bradley the philosophy guy popping up on tvsn here as a presenter!!! It’s not a patch on qvc though!!! God bless and get well soon. Love Sue xx

  154. Kim May 15, 2012 at 12:37 pm -  Reply

    Ali; thank you so much for yet another wonderful blog. Your spirit and positivity is such an inspiration. May you continue your road to recovery and be back with your QVC ‘family’ soon.
    In the meantime, take care; my thoughts, love and prayers are with you.

  155. Helen Bright May 15, 2012 at 1:03 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Thank you for keeping us up to date with your progress. My heart goes out to you & I wish you a speedy recovery although I know these things take time.
    Your sense of humour is amazing. I am sure you are an inspiration to others who find themselves in a similar situation.
    Love from
    Helen xxxx

  156. Mrs Janet Jones May 15, 2012 at 3:21 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali, I too like Liz have tried to post you , but it seems to have been lost in cyberspace, and my other post has been repeated twice!!Not to worry, hopefully this post finds you feeling a bit better and more comfortable. I was so relieved for you that no cancerous cells were found, I could feel your relief from your blog, the best news you could have received. I completed the Race for Life on Sunday, the weather was perfect and I was surrounded by a sea of pink!! You’re so right it was an emotional day but it also reminded me of how far I have come. Sadly my son couldn’t make it as he was feeling unwell, but my husband was there, and it really was a memorable day. They were playing Take That ‘greatest day’ and my husband says I was humming it in my sleep!!
    I am so sorry to hear that all the duck eggs have gone poor Dilys!! But so glad that Sam is feeling more like his old self and feeling much happier, that must be a load of your mind.
    I sympathise with the tamoxifen induced sweats, after 2 and a half years I am still getting them, but if please God it keeps the cancer away then it’s a small price to pay!
    So it’s onwards and upwards for you now Ali, but take it easy and hopefully you will feel start to feel stronger day by day.
    I do hope Kathy can post on my card as it has a small token inside it for you. Take care my friend and get plenty of rest. Love and hugs Janet xx

  157. Helen Cheadle May 15, 2012 at 5:39 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison,
    I have never written to you before but your story made me want to write, you seem to be coping amazingly well. I was diagnosed with BC in 2006 and thought I was in the clear but now 6yrs later I have been diagnosed with Secondary BC in my sternum 6weeks ago. There is no more operations and no cure so am devastated, it will now be controlled by drugs. I am trying to be positive and get on with living but some days its hard. I’m sure you must get days like that but your blog comes across as so positive and is good to read. I think I live near you in Bedfordshire and would love to keep in touch.
    Yours hopefully
    Helen xx

  158. Karen Whenman May 16, 2012 at 11:20 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali, I am so sorry to hear you have been through the wars again, but very pleased to read that you are now on the mend. What a lovely lady you are, truly inspirational, and how deserving that you have Colin, who also is a knight in shining armour!! I read through tears your scrabble story…. I pray that you will now look forward to a fantastic future, with good health and happiness truly deserved. Keep happy and know all your qvc watchers are wishing you well. Lots of love Karen.xx

  159. Kim Egan May 16, 2012 at 3:02 pm -  Reply

    Just to say thanks for yet another wonderful, inspirational blog – you truly do put others to shame. So sorry to hear that things haven’t been so good for you, lately but, with your positive attitude, you will no doubt be back with your QVC ‘family’ very soon.
    My thoughts,prayers and love are with you,
    Love from Kim

  160. Liz, Morecambe May 16, 2012 at 4:50 pm -  Reply

    To Helen – I am a secondary breast cancer lady and have had it in my spine and ribs since primary diagnosis in July 2007. I manage quite happily for 95% of the time and am on drugs to keep me as stable as possible. I go on the BCC website usually but it has been revamped and there are a few teething issues. If you post on there or want to get in touch with me, although I am in the North of England, I would be happy to give any support possible.
    Hang in there, you will get used to a new ‘normal’ – honest!!
    Liz x

  161. Julie May 16, 2012 at 7:05 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Hope you’re feeling loads better and received the photo’s.
    I like many other’s have had problems posting on here-I must have tried about half a dozen times.
    Hope you receive this ok.
    Take care,speak soon
    Julie xx Lily xxx (who’s feeling better)

  162. Alison Preedy May 17, 2012 at 8:06 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    You brave, brave lady. A true inspiration to all of us! I wondered where you have been again, as I look forward to seeing you on our screens.
    I was wondering, and I always tell everyone, nurses and midwives included about Arnica cream and tablets. It ia amazing stuff for bruising and would make you feel more comfortable. The tablets help with internal bruising and the cream for use on your skin. If you haven’ t used it Please give it a go. It is all homeopathic so nothing harmful in it. I have used it after having my 5 children and for all of their bumps and bruises.
    Take special care of yourself and take things easy!!!
    Love and hugs
    Alison Preedy

  163. Tina S. May 17, 2012 at 10:02 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    I sent you a previous e mail but it seems to have got lost in the “ether” so I just thought I send another!
    I hope you are feeling much better and well on the road to recovery.
    You have such a positive outlook which I’m sure will see you through these hard times again along with the love and support of your family and many friends.
    Life can seem so hard and cruel at times but you always seem so cheerful and positive. We should indeed count our blessings and live for the moment. I can’t think of what else to say without sounding trite and glib. But my thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Take care of yourself and let others spoil you. Take time to healing and don’t hurry back to work. You need time to restand recover ( I’m a retired staff nurse so take heed!!! LOL)
    Regards and sending you every good wish for the future.
    Tina S.( From South Wales)

  164. Judith Lennon May 17, 2012 at 1:25 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    I have been keeping undated with your blog since you first went into hospital last year. I haven’t contacted you before but that doesn’t mean you haven’t been in my thoughts. I just didn’t know what to say to you but after reading all the lovely messages from other people I thought why not! You really have had a tough time of it but what a courageous and brave lady you are. Just reading other peoples comments would give many other women out there so much hope and inspiration. I hope you continue a good recover and I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Keep smiling as you do
    Kind regards
    Judith x

  165. alison keenan May 17, 2012 at 1:48 pm -  Reply

    My dear Patricia, firstly thank you so much for writing to me, and although I am so sorry to hear how Cancer has affected your family, and I am very glad that you are still fighting, and have the love and support of your husband, family and friends. I too, would be lost without that too πŸ™‚ Thanks also for sharing your beautiful poem with us all. The words certainly strike a chord…Sending you my love, and hoping that you stay strong, and well, Ali xx

  166. alison keenan May 17, 2012 at 1:49 pm -  Reply

    Susan, loving your humour – made both mum and me laugh πŸ™‚ I hope you are having a good week, love Ali xx

  167. alison keenan May 17, 2012 at 1:50 pm -  Reply

    Dear Heather, I am glad that you checked out the blog, and will know that I’m on the mend now… Thank you for your kind words and prayers πŸ™‚ I’ll be back at work as soon as I’m able – lots to look forward to what with the new studios and all! Take care, Love Ali xx

  168. alison keenan May 17, 2012 at 1:54 pm -  Reply

    Gosh Jane, I am so relieved for you and your mum that our wonderful medical services picked up the evidence that led to her rapid treatment. I am sure that your visits were the highlight of her day, and that you are a constant source of comfort to her. If she had some or all of her lymph nodes removed, it may well be lymphodaema in her arm, and the compression sleeve is what I also wear to keep the swelling down. I hope so very much that she continues to improve, and thank you for sharing her story with us. I too, am very glad that QVC support Breast Cancer Care – they do a great deal of very good work πŸ™‚ Love Ali xx

  169. alison keenan May 17, 2012 at 1:58 pm -  Reply

    Mary, it seems as though we’ve all been struggling with gremlins in the interface!!! Thank you for rewriting though, as I had been wondering how your mum got on with her surgery, and am delighted to read such a positive report! I am sure that her scan in 6 months time will be good too πŸ™‚ Glad too that you were able to help your sister with her move – and didn’t break any nails – your are funny! I hope that Chloe and Jack’s matches went well, and that Whistable (which i LOVE) was sunny for you. Keep on keeping on, and do keep in touch, as always, great to hear from you, Love Ali xx

  170. alison keenan May 17, 2012 at 2:01 pm -  Reply

    Pauline, I seem to remember you writing to me before, and I am so glad that your best friend is well on the way to recovering fully. It’s strange, but this time around, I suddenly thought about terrible it would be if it was one of my friends who had gone through this and not me – I don’t think I’d have coped half so well! I am glad though that reading this blog has helped, and I am just beginning to put together a rough idea and way to maybe write the last year up… it’d be great if I could help in any way. Every cloud and all that πŸ™‚ Take care and love to you and your friend, Ali xx

  171. alison keenan May 17, 2012 at 2:03 pm -  Reply

    Hi Sue, yes it has been a bit of a long haul this time around, but the good news has helped carry me over the worst bits πŸ™‚ It would be lovely if we saw a little more sunshine and fingers crossed that it will be a truly ‘blazing’ June. All the very best to you and your family, and thank you for the ‘careful’ hug! Feels like a have two small children sitting on my chest at present! Ali xx

  172. alison keenan May 17, 2012 at 2:05 pm -  Reply

    Dear Rose, I do hope it’s been sunny in Somerset, and thank you for your kind words. It seems to be taking a long while to get my energy back this time, but I’m definitely getting there albeit slowly!! Had a good time when mum came to visit last week, and we had a few short walks out inbetween the rain showers! Love Ali xx

  173. alison keenan May 17, 2012 at 2:06 pm -  Reply

    Hi Babs πŸ™‚ Bless you for your lovely comment – always good to hear from you, and I hope that your work is still keeping you happy, and that you are keeping busy with friends and trips out. Take care, and keep in touch, love Ali xx

  174. alison keenan May 17, 2012 at 2:10 pm -  Reply

    Tracy, I was thinking about you just last night, having had a conversation with my Neice Emily who is to be married on the 26th May! Exciting times along with your nephew’s wedding in three weeks time eh?! Well done for getting your mum to wear a hat! I love the suggestion from Gok Wan about keeping foam rollers in so that when you take the hat off you still have waves! I shall be praying that my curls are softened by keeping my hat on! See, none of us are ever happy are we πŸ™‚ Your suggestion of Always look on the bright side of life was actually the last song I played on my last BBC Radio Show – definitely my anthem too πŸ™‚ As for Miss New Boobs – the jury’s out on that one… maybe in a few months πŸ™‚ Love to you and Cath by proxy, Ali xx

  175. alison keenan May 17, 2012 at 2:13 pm -  Reply

    Dear Eileen, thank you for keeping in touch, and yes it was an awful shock to find another lump, and the two weeks prior to surgery seemed interminable but… all sorted now πŸ™‚ Certainly I’m a bit up and down… it’s mainly the lack of energy that’s difficult, but I’m getting there slowly. Thank you for your prayers and good wishes, love and a gentle hug back to you too, Ali xx

  176. alison keenan May 17, 2012 at 2:16 pm -  Reply

    Izzie CONGRATULATIONS!!! That’s no mean feat to have completed the Moonwalk, and bless you for all the awareness and money you’ve raised by doing this. I hope that your visit to the supermarket wasn’t too disastrous with your legs playing up! I’m happy to say that the bruising has gone so have the drains, and I’m pretty much off the worst of the painkillers. Very strange sensation having the implants, but no doubt I’ll get used to it… the look of them I think will take longer πŸ™‚ Love and prayers back to you and your daughters – I hope you’re getting some respite every now and then, Ali xx

  177. alison keenan May 17, 2012 at 2:18 pm -  Reply

    Debz and Ainzley, I just want to say thank you …. thank you… and thank you again πŸ™‚ Up and dressed today which surprised my postie when he delivered my latest purchase from QVC! Usually I’m in my dressing gown πŸ™‚ I’ll let you know how the holiday plans work out, but hope that all is good with you, your husband, and of course the adorable Ainzley πŸ™‚ Love Ali xxx

  178. alison keenan May 17, 2012 at 2:19 pm -  Reply

    Hi Angela Y’am awright! Thinking of you today and hoping that your check up will be routine and that you can come home and only have to worry about the mess from the builders! πŸ™‚ It will be SOOO worth it I’m sure. You take care too, and love you and yours, Ali xxxx

  179. alison keenan May 17, 2012 at 2:24 pm -  Reply

    Oh Liz, I know the feeling when the old computer plays up! I get so used to bashing away on here for hours, and then when some goes wrong, I have no patience!! Clearly you do having tried five times to post this! πŸ™‚ My drain bottle was the same regulation plastic sort you had, but I believe it was the gift bag that gave it Kudos…! So glad you enjoyed your time with Magda, and I will sort out with my editor a safe way to get photos to me during the big move! I’m thrilled you are delighted with your new boobs – so good to have a choice… I’m just keeping mine under wraps at the moment! Five years for you in July – wonderful news Liz, and Love and hugs to you too, Ali xx

  180. alison keenan May 17, 2012 at 2:38 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Chris, Rather wish I hadn’t been eating my lunch when I read your comment, but glad you’re all better now! πŸ™‚ I shall look forward to ‘seeing you’ again once I am, as you say, fully recovered! Take care, love ali xx

  181. alison keenan May 17, 2012 at 2:44 pm -  Reply

    G’day Sue, and how lovely to hear from you all the way from Adelaide!!! It’s great you’ve made this the first time to write and I think you must be our MOST foreign correspondent πŸ™‚ Thank you for telling me about your mum… I have to admit to feeling a bit wobbly at the moment so to learn that your mum was close in age to me when she was diagnosed and will be 80 this year has cheered me πŸ™‚ Yes I feel a short break beckons, and some sunshine would definitely help the healing process. Sorry to hear that TVSN isn’t up to much – keep watching us online instead πŸ™‚ Take care, with love, Ali xx

  182. alison keenan May 17, 2012 at 2:46 pm -  Reply

    Kim, my greatest pleasure to keep in touch with you and all my friends here on the blog. Looking forward very much to being back with my QVC ‘family’ as soon as I can, and thank you for your love and prayers, Ali xx

  183. alison keenan May 17, 2012 at 2:51 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Helen, and my thanks to you for your kind words and good wishes. I feel very much that the worst is over, and I am getting stronger by the day. As for the sense of humour – it’s kept me going for year. When I was 13 a complaint in my school report was that I laughed too much… perish the thought! πŸ™‚ Love Ali xx

  184. alison keenan May 17, 2012 at 2:54 pm -  Reply

    YAY JANET!! Well done you πŸ™‚ So pleased that you completed the Race for Life, and that the sun shone for you and the thousands of other women who took part. I knew it would be emotional, but I am glad that it reminded you of how far you’ve come – and I’m only a year behind you! It’s a shame your son couldn’t be there, but I’m sure he was in spirit, and I hope he’s feeling better soon. Yes, it is a big relief to me that Sam is doing so well – I think I probably am in touch with him more now than when he was living around the corner! πŸ™‚ I’ll keep taking the pills as you say, it’s the only way. Take care Janet, and lovely to hear from you, Ali xx

  185. alison keenan May 17, 2012 at 2:56 pm -  Reply

    My dear Helen, thank you so much for taking the time to write to me when you are going through such an incredibly difficult time… Your situation is the one we all pray won’t happen, but you must try to stay strong and believe as I do, that each day, they are getting closer to finding not just better treatment for cancer, but hopefully a cure. Keep fighting, and please do keep in touch – thinking of you and sending you my love, Ali xx

  186. alison keenan May 17, 2012 at 2:58 pm -  Reply

    Hello Karen, and what lovely words you have written for me. Yes, Colin is my knight in shining armour (although he’s not a keen horseman πŸ™‚ and we are both hoping against hope that this is the last setback, and I’m truly on the mend now. You keep happy too and do stay in touch, love Ali xx

  187. alison keenan May 17, 2012 at 2:59 pm -  Reply

    Kim bless you, things are definitely looking better than they were. I do hope all is good with you too, love Ali xx

  188. alison keenan May 17, 2012 at 3:00 pm -  Reply

    Liz, thanks for writing to Helen – you are all the inspiration ANY of us need πŸ™‚ God bless, love Ali xx

  189. alison keenan May 17, 2012 at 3:01 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Julie and Lily – I know that my lovely editor has been working her socks off to resolve the ‘posting’ issues, and I’m certain all will be well now – she’s a very bright lass!! πŸ™‚ Will watch out for the photos. Thank you for thinking of me, and love to you both, Ali xx

  190. alison keenan May 17, 2012 at 3:03 pm -  Reply

    Alison, not only do we share the same name, but clearly you are a woman after my own heart! Arnica is my middle name! No, seriously, rather than cream I use the Arnica Gel we sell at QVC cos I find it more soothing to apply and it’s become a firm family favourite. The tablets are good too I know. Am trying to take things easy – not too hard today as I feel exhausted when I have done virtually nothing!! Do keep in touch, and thank you for your kind words, love Ali x

  191. Jane Barber May 17, 2012 at 4:14 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alison, thank you for the lovely reply you sent me a few weeks ago.It was so nice of you take the time to do that. I hope your recovery is going well and that you’ll soon be up and about.
    I’ve had another operation since my mastectomy three weeks ago but I’m taking my lead from you and managing to keep my sense of humour. I particularly enjoyed your presentation the other week of the denture holder disguised as a candle. The thought of that made me smile while I was waiting to go into theatre. As you say, it’s the small things in life that keep your spirits up at times like this.
    Wishing you lots of love and hoping that the soreness is easing quickly for you.
    Jane xxxx

  192. GINA TONKIN May 17, 2012 at 4:18 pm -  Reply


  193. Pam Davies May 17, 2012 at 9:34 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali
    Just a little message to send you much love and a big hug…. you are much loved and an absolute star! You take care and look after yourself…..
    lots of love

  194. Rosie Francis May 17, 2012 at 10:47 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali,
    You are such an inspiration to all women. You have been through so much but your sense of humour never seems to desert you! Wishing you a speedy recovery.

  195. angela white May 18, 2012 at 11:14 am -  Reply

    hi ali thank you for thinking of me on thursday but i had a phone call from hospital on the wednesday to say appointment had been cancelled!!!!!!! all that stress and worry for nothing! so i have to wait for new one now glad to hear your taking it easy and resting best thing to help you recover and body to! well i have never done so much dusting this week! the dust is everywhere! like you say though will be so worth it as have had a shoebox of a kitchen for 16years! have a lovely weekend love to you and family and all of ali”s army we fight on!!!!!!! x

  196. Joyce from hampshire May 18, 2012 at 11:52 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Sorry to hear you have had such a ruff time again. You sure have had you fair share of problems. Lets hope that is the end of them and that you can now look forward to a happy future with all your family and friends.
    You are surely missed on QVC your smile and sense of humour is grately missed.
    All the very best wishes for the future.
    Love from

  197. Alpa May 18, 2012 at 3:26 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali,
    I thought I would share the beautiful poem that the inscription on your bangles is taken from with Ali’s Army.
    Hope is the Thing with Feathers By: Emily Dickinson
    “Hope” is the thing with feathers
    That perches in the soul
    And sings the tune without the words
    And never stops at all,
    And sweetest in the gale is heard;
    And sore must be the storm
    That could abash the little bird
    That kept so many warm.
    I’ve heard it in the chillest land
    And on the strangest sea,
    Yet never, in extremity,
    It asked a crumb of me.

  198. LINDA HOULDEN May 20, 2012 at 8:58 am -  Reply

    HI ALI,
    my love( hope you dont mind me being so `whatever`)!!
    I send you hugs and more, heres waiting to see your beautifull smiling face again as soon as possible.
    Very much love Linda.

  199. Sandra Hooman May 21, 2012 at 8:37 am -  Reply

    Dear Ali,
    Just wanted to say how amazing I think you are. I remember you saying you would be returning to hospital for another operation but didn’t realise it was so soon. Time flies and I have been going through breast cancer also but mine was only a lumpectomy and a sentinal node biopsy but I also have recently undergone surgery for skin cancer on my face which need 48 stitches, but compared to some its a walk in the park. lol. As many have said to you, your sense of humour helps and I find that is one of the ways to cope even when you are feeling low. I know having read your blog you are an inspiration to us all. Love Sal xx

  200. Carol Robinson May 21, 2012 at 11:13 am -  Reply

    Dear Ali
    I had missed your sweet, smiling face on QVC and was so very sad to hear via your blog what you have been through yet again. So very pleased though that you are now safely back home in the loving care and companionship of your wonderful family and friends, with your ever-present wit and sharp S.O.H undiminished !! Please don’t worry about how you will look ‘up top’. All we see is a very beautiful (both inwardly – yes that DOES show – and outwardly), elegant and amazing woman – and this, Ali, always comes shining through.
    All good wishes to you and yours. Hope you feel better day by day. Ali’s Army are all present and correct and right behind you !
    God bless and much love,
    Carol XXX

  201. Joan Murdoch May 21, 2012 at 7:51 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    You truly are an inspiration to others with all the battles that you have endured – and won.
    I am so pleased for you that you have received the good news that you are clear and that you are on the road to recovery. We miss seeing you on QVC and your lovely smile – it may be a bit presumptious but we feel that you are a friend of the family. I wish you a full and speedy recovery and that we see you again in our living room soon.
    Take care – put your feet up and enjoy the sunshine.
    Love from Joan in Glasgow xxx

  202. julie macdonald May 25, 2012 at 1:55 am -  Reply

    my thoughts and prayers are with you alison, you have been through the mill, but you will overcome this with your loving family and friends close by to lend a hand when needed , i was sadened to hear this news , but your determination shines through and through, please god willing you will be back on our screens with your lovely smile, you were very much missed so here’s to a speedy recovery and to anyone else out there it gose without saying you are all sent good wishes and thoughs for a speedy recovery too, take care my lovely , rest well ,and then some ,
    kind regards julie macdonald

  203. Barbara Dunleavy May 26, 2012 at 7:13 pm -  Reply

    Dearest Ali, What a shock I got when I saw your news. I knew I hadn’t seen you on any of the shows but thought you must be on a lovely holiday. I am very sorry to hear all that you have been through again but what a relief to know that they found it before it became anything ‘nasty’ and took it away. I so hope you will get stronger every day and your family, friends and your fans will carry you through – I know how it can be trying to be brave and strong all the time. 2 years ago I had to have a hysterectomy for Uterine Cancer and have been going to my 3 monthly checks. On my last one, this last Wedesday, my consultant said I can now go every 6 months. It’s a weird thing because even though I hate going – suddenly the thought of only going 6 monthly scared the you know what out of me.
    I am sending my warmest wishes and hopes that you will soon be home and enjoying the sunshine – (your remark about making your own crackling really made me laugh). I think I will have to let my husband play with my Scrabble pieces too – perhaps then I will win for a change! (Oh dear, that sounds faintly rude) Warmest wishes Barbara Dunleavy

  204. Judith Lennon June 3, 2012 at 10:00 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    I have read all your blogs and updates during and since your bout of ill health and wanted so badly to write to you myself. I never really new what to say but thought ah well why not! It is great to hear you are on the road to revover again and your determination will get you there. How you keep smiling and so positive never fails to surprise me. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers and look forward to your updates and eventually your return to our screens, Take good care and get stronger each day.
    Kind regards
    Judith x

  205. Ann Wilson June 4, 2012 at 11:16 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alison
    I would just like to wish you a very speedy recovery. You will certainly be remembered in my prayer.
    Lots of love

  206. christina lomas June 6, 2012 at 1:32 am -  Reply

    Dear Ali
    I am very sorry to hear that you have had to go through this again I understand as I worked in a hospital and the nurses on my night shifts two of them had this they took twelve months off work take care and have a nice relaxing holiday with your family when you are up to it you deserve it
    Love from Christina xx

  207. Polly Heathcote, Mottram-in Longdendale. Cheshire. June 7, 2012 at 7:26 am -  Reply

    Dear Ali, Sorry to hear your latest news.I too have been thro similar surgery 15 years ago when a tramflap operation left me with a ruptured abdomen. I have had lots of surgery over the past 15 years and even traveled down from Cheshire to the Royal Marsden. When I was in hospital in Manchester we had little cotton bags with handles for our drains but at the Royal Marsden none. The girl in the next bed to me asked if anyone had a posh carrier bag as she was determined to get dressed and go into London. She finally agreed an M&S bag was good enough which I had in my locker and off she trotted to Harrods.I am writing this having just had a wrist replacement because I fell on the lawn whilst feeding the birds. I seem to have an operation every year but hey I’m still here. I am sure you are going to be fine. I wish I had a Colin as I have been alone now for over 20 years.I will remember you in my prayers. Hope to see you back on QVC but make sure you are fit and strong. Take care with love to you and you family, Polly X

  208. Carol MacDonald June 10, 2012 at 8:28 am -  Reply

    Alison, you are so upbeat and inspiring and all I can do is send you my very best wishes and admiration for your bravery and for maintaining your wonderful sense of humour through these difficult months. Hope and pray that your health problems are now over and you can enjoy every minute of the rest of your life. xx

  209. Elaine Baker June 18, 2012 at 9:57 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alison,
    I am so sorry that you are going through such an ordeal – as if you haven’t been through enough already!!! I am 51 years old and was diagnosed with breast cancer when I was 42 in 2003. I had chemo, lumpectomy and full lymph node clearence, then mastectomy and radiotherapy and continue to take daily medication. I have never had reconstruction but would dearly love to be brave enough to go ahead with such a procedure. I just feel like I have been through so much already and I am not very good with anesthetic.
    I am so pleased that you are making good progress and hope you will take as much time as needed to get well and strong again. I feel certain that your lovely personality and sense of humour will get you through the frustrating times and that you will be back on the TV soon enough.
    Sending you my love and very best wishes for a speedy recovery. Keep smiling Alison……

  210. KAY PRICE-HERBERT June 24, 2012 at 9:23 pm -  Reply

    Thought I had missed you and looked you up as I thought you may have had another op. I do not have BC but have just supported by boss through BC so have a clear idea of the treatments and the strength that is needed not to mention the support from friends and family. You sounded as though you had great support and care from everyone and that is wonderful but only you provided the courage and determination to carry yourself through this horrible frightening time. Bless you! You are a lovely lady whom I follow with interest.You will be fine now – so look forward. Kay

  211. Alison Keenan June 24, 2012 at 9:35 pm -  Reply

    Dear Jane, I’m sorry to hear that you had to have another operation and am very much hoping that you are fully recovered from that now. I’m delighted that you are able to keep your sense of humour throughout – as we both know, it’s the only way…. Sending you my love and hoping you too are well on the road to recovery, Ali xx

  212. Alison Keenan June 24, 2012 at 9:36 pm -  Reply

    Gina, thank you for your kind words – I’ve had some lovely feedback on the blog, and it does seem as though writing about things has helped quite a few who are going through a similar time, which pleases me πŸ™‚ Hope all is good with you, love Ali xx

  213. Alison Keenan June 24, 2012 at 9:38 pm -  Reply

    Pam, thank you, your love and hugs are very welcome! Feeling a lot better than I have done recently, and back to work on the 1st July, so please do join me then, love Ali xxx

  214. Alison Keenan June 24, 2012 at 9:40 pm -  Reply

    Oh Rosie, there have been many times when if I hadn’t have laughed I’d have cried, but it’s all behind me now (fingers crossed) and so much to look forward to including a return to work on the 1st July. Do hope you’ll be able to join me πŸ™‚ thanks for writing, love Ali xxx

  215. Alison Keenan June 24, 2012 at 9:46 pm -  Reply

    Angela you poor thing – what a nightmare! Nothing worse than building up for something and then having it cancelled at the last moment. I hope it’s not too long before they give you another appointment. In the meantime enjoy your new kitchen! It sounds fabulous, but I do remember the dust when I had mine extended years ago – took forever for it look properly clean πŸ™‚ Keep up the good fight and thanks for writing – as always πŸ™‚ Love ali xxx

  216. Alison Keenan June 24, 2012 at 9:49 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Joyce, and thanks for your very kind words which mean a lot. Yes I very much hope that this last 18 months are now truly behind me, and I can move on with life as before. I’ll be back on QVC on 1st July so will look forward to seeing you then :). Take care, love Ali xx

  217. Alison Keenan June 24, 2012 at 9:51 pm -  Reply

    Alpha how very kind of you to find all the words of that beautiful poem. I shall write them out and keep them. I do hope all went well with your hospital appointment and that you’ll write and let us know how you are, love Ali xxx

  218. Alison Keenan June 24, 2012 at 9:54 pm -  Reply

    Linda you can be ‘whatever’ you like! :). Thank you for your love and hugs and I will be back with you on the 1st July :). Love back to you, Ali xxxx

  219. Alison Keenan June 24, 2012 at 9:58 pm -  Reply

    Dear Sal, so sorry to hear all that you’ve been through… Very difficult to have stitches in your face I’m sure – you are very brave. I’m glad you were saved a mastectomy and hope that you are now fully recovered from both these things. Lovely to hear that you , like me, can still see the funny side of life inspite of all that comes our way πŸ™‚ it is the best medicine I know of. Take care and thank you for writing to me, love Ali xxx

  220. Alison Keenan June 24, 2012 at 10:01 pm -  Reply

    Dear Carol, how lovely are you πŸ™‚ thank you very much for all your kind and inspirational words, they really do mean a lot. I’m feeling far better than I have done for ages, and am looking forward to returning to work and putting all this behind me. I hope that life is good for you, and thanks again for writing, love Ali xxx

  221. Caroline Manby-Broome June 26, 2012 at 12:04 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, i had wondered why i hadn’t seen your happy face for a while, and now i know why. I hopeyou are feeling much stronger now and all is well and that your holiday did you the world of good. Besst wishes Caroline x

  222. :Lyn July 3, 2012 at 8:42 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali, It was great to read your blog. I had a full mastectomy 11 April and now had 2 lots of chemo. Had to reconstruction as it was very aggressive cancer and 6 nodes were found under my arm. Having terrible trouble with post operative pain and feeling tired. Having a Hickman line does not help. The most painful procedure I have ever had. I know there is light at the end of the tunnel, but when does it oome???? I am so fed up with pain and discomfort, but you have to put on a sunny smile for family and friends. At least I am saving on the hairdressers, but making up for it on pedicures!!!
    So glad its going well for you and wish you much luck for the future. Sorry if I sound miserable but its helped to write. Thank you.

  223. Jane Barber July 17, 2012 at 10:11 am -  Reply

    Dear Lyn
    I hope you don’t mind me writing to you.
    I was sorry to read that you are having such a tough time with your treatment at the moment. My mastectomy was also in April and recovery has been slow. It’s still sore and I hate doing the exercises they say you should do.
    It’s hard to keep cheerful I know but one thing I would advise is NOT to read the cancer forums or google stuff online. The nicola jane website is quite nice though. It’s an online store especially for post surgery patients and has lots of helpful information and features models who have had breast cancer. The website includes information from the models themselves on how they have coped with treatment and how they have moved forward after completing treatment. There’s a link on there to ‘The Haven’ which offers support and complementary therapies- there are centres in London, Hereford and Leeds. Although I don’t live near any of the Haven centres, I’ve found the website quite interesting and uplifting. Amica French from QVC has written on there about her own experience.
    It must be hard having chemo after surgery- mine was the other way round and it’s taking a long time to recover. You must be worn out. One of the things I’ve found hard is trying to accept that, at the moment, I can’t do the things I used to do. It’s hard having to let other people do the things that I used to do without thinking. I try to think of it as taking time out to recover but It’s not easy.
    I think the light at the end of the tunnel is going to sneek up on us eventually! If there is anything I can do to help please let me know. Lots of love, Jane xxxx

  224. h August 22, 2012 at 10:26 pm -  Reply

    Hi to all of you who are going through sad times or really scary times – I was told I had advanced ovarian cancer around Christmas 2011, a full hysterectomy in Feb 2012 and had to wait until June for the cancer all clear – now waiting for bone density results. All of it is so very very scary, unless you have been through it you cannot even imagine. Dear Ali and anyone going through scary times we are with you every step on the way. Hxx

  225. h August 22, 2012 at 11:00 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali and to all of you going through really awful scary times – I understand because I was diagnosed with advanced ovarian cancer in January (a cruel blow for my husband & I – we really wanted children and went through IVF but it wasn’t meant to be – although we have a lovely doggy now!) – I underwent a full hysterectomy, time on a cancer ward and 6 months before I was given the “all clear”. I am getting back to normality but one of my dearest friends has also been “battling” (I hate that word) breast cancer.
    But remember we are with you – every step – hand in hand.

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