Race for life, Wimbledon and nibbling fish!


Ali K and Debbie Greenwood passing the finish line Yay July!! AND the sun is shining this morning! I believe that bodes well for more balmy breezes and Factor 30! And before I depress all of you who are currently having to make do with grey clouds and unseasonally heavy rainfall, I will admit that there's a bank of grey cloud heading this way :) 

Time to reminisce though as it's nearly a month since I last wrote to you… and this morning takes me back to June 11th, and our Race for Life at Milton Keynes Bowl. Those of you who read Debbie Greenwood's blog will know that she came up on the Friday night and along with my daughter Lucy, her sister Hannah, and a few of my girlfriends from the village. 

Ali K and the girls We were all walking the 5K distance, but Ros, (who had a back strain hence not walking) her Chris, Colin, Richard, Sam and Jack all cheered us on. Sam's Ruth also joined us and RAN the whole way round!

I'd been up at 3am making food and getting the table ready for all those who were coming back – not because I am an obsessive hostess, but just because I couldn't sleep! 

Trying to get into the car park at The Bowl was a slow process and then I had a call from Julie (my village friend) who was already in the arena, telling me where they all were, and to head for the Information Stand, oh and they were the ones wearing pink!!!! (along with everyone else) I had to chuckle… I wasn't laughing much though trying to keep up with an incredibly flexible fitness lady who was there to do a warm up with a raft of exercises! 

Starting the race Lucy, who by her own admission doesn't normally exercise AT ALL, was very displeased, hissing through gritted teeth, "Isn't it enough that we've just turned up?!" That said, she and Hannah did a corking time, and, as you'll see from the photographs, looked very perky at the end having arrived a good 25 minutes before I did.

I nearly didn't get there at all as Julie decided we should stop for a photo opportunity just before the finishing line, and my legs gave up on me. They were like a couple of Rowntrees jellies, but I did manage a sort of 'fast' walk over the line before flaking out on the grass 🙂 I think the guy rope like appearance of the tendons make me look a tad like Deidre Barlow, but it was with immense pride that I hung my medal around them 🙂

Ali K and the girls after the race I'd like to thank ALL of you who sponsored either Lucy or Deb and wrote such lovely messages on the Just Giving pages. I think Milton Keynes beat their estimated target for the day which is fab!

I was treated to exercise of a different sort last week when Ros took me to Wimbledon. She'd entered the ballot they run every year which anyone can put their name and address into, and got two tickets for Court 1! 

I have never in all my 51 years been there, and although it bucketed down til 3pm, we saw an Andy Murray match and the beginning of a ladies match with Kvitova (I read as Kitoff!) and her opponent whose name even the lineswoman was having trouble pronouncing!!!

We were under cover but even so could see perfectly and I couldn't believe how fast the game was! How on earth does anyone return a serve travelling at 132 miles an hour?! My only pet hate is the somewhat suspect noises the players make every time they hit the ball… leads you to muse about all sorts of other things doesn't it? No?.. That's just Ros and I then 🙂

Fish nibbling Ali K's feet All that said I am ashamed to admit that I was witnessed whimpering and swearing under my breath in a public place when I went with Jack and my sister Jenny to a fish foot spa – these places where tiny Garra Rufa fish suck the dead skin off your feet to make them soft and pretty!! It was hell!!! Seriously NOT my idea of a good time. 

It doesn't hurt, but there are so many of them flipping around and attaching themselves to you, and worse still they sucked off my fake tan, so I had a kind of tide mark around my ankles. Jenny and Jack didn't like it much either and we had the added trauma of trying to unroll the legs of Jack's skinny jeans! He had to go into a clothes shop and lay down to get the swelling down. If you're not squeamish, have a look at the photo – I will look away!

Well in the time it's taken me to write this the sun has gone in an so I'm going to head off for my walk, but I hope you like my poppy photo (below). I discovered them on a walk with my sister and then felt the need to go back with Colin to catch the vision forever – beautiful eh? 

Poppies Had my 5th Taxol treatment yesterday and am sporting a rather fetching red face and distended stomach – think Father Christmas 🙂

Only another seven to go and then I have a break before radiotherapy… hard to believe the summer will be over by then, but I hope that you'll have some good times planned and that the sun will shine for you. 

Thank you as always for keeping in touch, for making me smile and feel 'connected'… the light at the end of the tunnel is definitely getting a little nearer. 

With my love, Ali xxx


  1. Sue Joynson July 1, 2011 at 3:13 pm -  Reply

    Dear Dear Ali,
    Everytime time I read your ‘blogs’ you always sound so cheerful, although that is probably on the outside and inside you are going through hell!
    You are an inspiration to others, and you always make me smile. It is always nice to know how you are getting on, its not because people are being plain nosey it is because they care about you.
    Keep up the Positivity, you will get there, and hopefully the ‘NUMBERS’ are going down everytime you see the Consultant. Having watched my son go through radiotherapy and the side effects, I shall be thinking of you and JUST KEEP SMILING OK.
    You have a great family and lots of good friends to be by your side and do not be afraid to ask them for help when you need it!
    Take care, love to all your family
    Sue xx

  2. kay salisbury July 1, 2011 at 4:05 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali-good to see your new blog-that photo of the poppy field made me soooooooooo jealous-i have always has an obsession for poppies-my house is full of anything ‘poppy’. It must have been a fantastic sight-it looked very ‘Monet’. You sound very well and happy in your blog-you are amazing.Keep going with the treatment(which must be gruelling)-the end of this difficult time will soon be over.God bless. KAY.XXX

  3. Magda Chetty July 1, 2011 at 6:43 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    So good to hear from you, you did a great job finishing that race and you and debbie look fab in the photo. So happy that you went to Wimbledon and manage to see a game, I used to go every year when I lived in London, but now just watch it on TV.
    I am still waiting for the call from the hospital to start the treatment, but need a blood test for my heart to see why it races every now and then and gets me worried.
    The summer here started 3 weeks ago, very hot, sometimes too hot for me, as I started to take the cancer tablets, I feel the heat more, and like you have truble sleeping, but like you said the light at the end of the tunnel is getting nearer.
    A doughter”s friend who had cancer has been told that they can”t do much more for her, and as a few of my friends have kept away as they can”t deal with my cancer, I have been a bit down. But now all I do is Just read your blog and the massages from the lovely QVC ladies and that cheer me up to no end.
    Sorry ladies if I did not write for a while, I promise to do it more often.
    Darling Ali Keep strong, much love, hope you have a great summer.

  4. Julie July 1, 2011 at 6:56 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    A lovely blog and as always your great sense of humour despite everything. Well done you for finishing the race.
    Oh how I envy you going to Wimbledon! As you know it’s my favourite fortnight of the year. We didn’t get tickets this year much to my dismay! I totally agree about the ladies grunting-I much prefer the men playing esp Federer and Nadal (saw them playing last year at Wimbledon) and boy are they fast!
    Had to laugh at you story about the foot fish spa. Rebecca loved it and wants me to go with her-don’t recommend it then Ali??
    I’m so pleased you can see light at the end of the tunnel,hope you’re ok after the treatment yesterday.
    Have a lovely weekend with your friends and don’t work too hard.
    Love as always
    Julie and Lily xxxxxxx

  5. Tracy King July 1, 2011 at 7:40 pm -  Reply

    Alison well done on your efforts, me and 2 friends did the walk last year and the sense of pride and achievement as you cross the line is immense! Another friend did this years one and said she cried as she crossed the line. It is a very emotional experience I think, everyone should try it. I laughed when you said you didn’t enjoy the fishy experience – I love it but cant get anyone to go with me, they all cringe at the thought!! its fab.
    My mum, who doesnt have a computer, said yesterday “how’s Alison Keenan getting on?” I keep her up to date with your progress, its funny how you feel like a friend and dont even know us!! I said I hadnt seen a post from you for a wee while so now I’ll be able to tell you’re no bad! I hope your treatment passes quickly and you get back to fighting fitness soon. Today is the first day in the rest of your life!!
    Luv n hugz n stuff
    Tracy (& Cath by proxy haha) xxx

  6. Susan July 1, 2011 at 9:16 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    What a truly lovely blog – as always let’s face it! I can tell that you can feel the light at the end of the tunnel (finally you say!). At least I think I can tell that?! I am sure it has been a truly hellish and oh so long road for you. It is amazing how well you have coped and continue to cope. You really are fabulous. I’m also so glad that your lovely Mum is doing so well. I read your reply in another blog to another blogger friend to learn that piece of news. I also adore your photo of the poppies! Lol I just made a typo there before I re-typed it..use your imagination (think poppies wrongly spelt!). Really glad you got to Wimbledon…what a fab day that would have been! You’re always socialising lady! Great to ‘see’! Wimbledon isn’t my bag really as I can’t sit still long enough but I love the start and end!
    You take care and will be in touch.
    Susan x
    PS Loving Ali’s Army!
    PPS Do pass on to your bessie mates that Kathy looked gorgeous in her pink/coral dress with Peter Andre, as did Debs in her pretty dress today.

  7. Alpa July 1, 2011 at 10:33 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Thank you for another uplifting blog and the lovely photos! Not sure about having fish suck off the dead skin on my feet, especially after your vivid description. It doesn’t appeal to me and I think I’ll stick to my microplane, although I did look at the photo!!
    Another BIG WELL DONE for doing the Race for Life and well done for all that was raised in sponsorship. I think you are amazing to have done it while undergoing chemo.
    Yay indeed for July, although would be good to see the sun and feel its warmth!! Wimbledon sounds like an experience. I loved the name of the player you read as ‘Kitoff’ sounds like somnething I would have done! And it’s not just you and Ros, all the very suspect noises they make do make me wonder as well!!
    Una, thank you for thinking of me. I hope you are well and have a good weekend yourself. I am ok, although feeling somewhat jaded and struggling to do anything….bloomin M.E. Never mind, one day at a time eh?!
    Debz, have been thinking of you. Hope Ainzley is making you smile with his antics!
    Helen, hope you and Olivia are both well and the sun is shining on you!
    Ali, that is a beautiful poppy photo. So sorry about the distended tummy and red face. It’s not Christmas yet you know!! Seriously, the catalogue of side effects must be rather trying. Well done for always keeping your sense of humour! I am happy that Colin is with you and hope that he is taking very good care of you, for us. You do mean a lot to us Ali.
    Take care,
    Lots of Love, Alpa xx

  8. Mrs Jane Smith July 2, 2011 at 2:33 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison Glad to hear you are ok. Hope you have a good summer and feel much better by Septmber. Miss you on qvc. Love Jane Smith x

  9. sue bayley July 2, 2011 at 8:29 am -  Reply

    I’ve just been told my growth was benign but I can imagine how you felt Ali. Waiting for the result was a nightmare in itself!
    I wish you all the very best in your ongoing ‘battle’. Isn’t it wonderful to have good friends who support you all the way. I read your blogs with interest and am amazed at your cheerfulness and positivity. Good luck
    Hugs Sue Bayley

  10. Babs Dyson July 2, 2011 at 11:47 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison, I was looking forward to this blog and thank you very much for sending all your news to us to keep us up todate on your recovery. Very Well Done to you All on the Race For Life. You look amazing and as lovely as ever. Really WELL DONE TO YOU ALL. Take Care and Much Love Always.
    Babs Dyson.

  11. Linda Marshall July 2, 2011 at 12:21 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, Congratulations on your race for life, you must be very proud of yourself.My husband has finished chemo and feeling a little better.He had another CT scan a few weeks ago and they found a few more lumps on his pancreas but are not sure if they are cancerous as yet,fingers crossed.Another OP and he will have nothing left.Enough sad stuff here is a little verse for you
    Love, Linda xxx

  12. Kim July 2, 2011 at 12:50 pm -  Reply

    Congratulations, Ali; sounds like you had a great day and managed to raise money for such a good cause into the bargain. Looking forward to seeing you on TV again soon x

  13. Ginny Spring July 2, 2011 at 6:29 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Just found out why we have nt seen you for so long on QVC-for some reason i thought it was Jack that wasn t well,not you.
    So sad to find out this news, but glad that you are still managing to live life to the full.
    My husband had cancer of the gullet in 2009 (one of the worst cancers), had an op in January last year and was given the all clear in the May. Unfortunatly we found out in May this year that ‘The Devil’ has come back in his liver and his lungs so it is inoperable this time. I am saying this because. like you, he is getting on with it and not letting it win. He is 57, no age, and i dread the thought that i may lose him before we had planned but you can only live for the day and make the most of it. I am so gutted to learn that you are fighting this, but i know that you will win Ali because you are a feisty little thing. You ll be back on our screens full of life and laughter before you know it. Remember, when life keeps throwing c*** at yer, you just keep throwing it back hun. We learn so much from adversity, so when you come out the other side your life will be even more enriched than it was before.
    Lots of love and healing thoughts.

  14. Wendy Pigott July 2, 2011 at 7:01 pm -  Reply

    You are an extremely brave and wonderful person. Keep going and looking forward to seeing you on QVC very soon. XX Wendy

  15. ann cain July 2, 2011 at 8:37 pm -  Reply

    Alison i am so pleased you are feeling better,and hope it wont long before you are back with all of us.Take care, god bless and take care,x

  16. Sarah July 2, 2011 at 11:42 pm -  Reply

    Ali as always you are a girl that whatever happens you’re half full!. My 23 yr old has been having chemotherapy for 2 years so whilst all our journeys are our own, I can empathise with you and your family. Keep strong and positive and let your friends support you with the love that you have shown them. Lots of love

  17. mary morphy July 3, 2011 at 6:48 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison and WELL DONE for everyones fantastic effort at The Bowl, you have done brilliantly. Our walk is the of July so the pink wigs will be coming out of their bags soon to be aired! Dierdre Barlow or not, a super achievement for you and you must be incredibly proud of yourself.
    I am glad you spoke about the fish eat feet thing as there is now one in our little parade of local shops and I have been conremplating it with some trepedation; I will also have to have my nail polish removed as I believe the fish don’t like it even though its an exceptional brand like OPI, Leighton or Nails inc!
    The field of poppies looks amazing. I love the way they just grow and mis with anything in the countryside; in meadows, fields, alond the sides of the roads. I had poppies, albeit silk, in my bridemaids baskets when I got married as I love them so much.
    I am glad your treatment is progressing well. I keep up to date with your blog on the breast cancer web site and it sounds horrific; Everyone going through any sort of cancer treatment have my admiration as, like you, its taken head on with determination,
    I have had laryngitis for over a week now, totally unable to speak much to the delight of my husband, kids and those kids that I work with at school however, it didnt stop me trying to belt out the Take That tunes at their Wembley concert on Friday. Simply Superb!!!
    Must go and sort out today’s pic nic. Daughter has a Kent cricket
    tournament and we need to leave at 7.30am, so I hope while I am writing this at 6.30am you are still in bed. Sun is shining here, hope it is where you are. Lots of love Mary x

  18. Gillian L Grater July 3, 2011 at 10:08 am -  Reply

    Darling Ali you are an amazing lady. You have such a positive attitude and continue to maintain an active lifestyle so much so that you are an inspiration to all women. I have huge respect for you. I follow your blog avidly and lack patience waiting for the next which is when I start to worry whether you are well. No doubt you’ll have realised that you have a hugely extended circle of friends because when we’ve had you in our homes several times a week it’s like having a good friend actually visit. Chemo can and does really take it’s toll yet you still keep us informed with your humerous stories. Keep it up Ali.
    Love Louise in Solihull

  19. Roanne Bell July 3, 2011 at 10:20 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison,
    I was very sorry to hear of your illness, and have been reading all of your blogs. I have not written before but just wanted to wish you well with your ongoing treatment. You are an inspiration to us all. Here I am thinking on a cosy Sunday evening ugk work tomorrow but I have nothing to moan about. I miss seeing you on QVC and wish you and your family the strength to see this to the end, and to see you back with us on the TV. Take care and keep up with the blogs.
    Love and best wishes
    Roanne xx

  20. elaine sallis July 4, 2011 at 12:10 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    What a lovely blog. I have to say I feel the same about those fish, we have one of those shops in Cheltenham and every time I see the fish it makes my stomach churn. Loved the pictures of the poppies of course Poppy has a special place in my heart!!! She stayed with me on Saturday night and we were up five times between 12 and three but each one was a pleasure. Not sure I said that when mine were little. My daughter gets married on August 28th and that is coming really quickly. I have gone from excited to very nervous but have an outfit. The trouble is the more nervous I get the more Red Wine is being consumed so will it still fit?!
    Hope the next treatment is not too bad and that the light at the end of the tunnel is shining very brightly.
    Magda – hope things are getting a little better for you. The hospital really keeps you on your toes doesn’t it. Remember when it all gets you down, the people on here are only an e mail away.
    Love to all Elaine

  21. Susan July 4, 2011 at 2:57 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, so good to hear from you and as always with such uplifting news about what you are achieving. You are terrific and I hope that you are able to continue to fight your way through this awful time, as I am sure you will, as you show us such a strong personality, even if you may have your more down days. So lovely to have your wonderful family supporting you and many friends such as Debbie and Kathy from QVC as well as your army of many other friends. So glad you got to Wimbledon. I love it and would go every day of every year if I was able to as I have watched it avidly on television since being aged 11 and even came to do my training to be a teacher down here so as to enable me to visit Wimbledon, which I have been fortunate to do on many occasions, but not as often as I would like to. Keep counting down regarding the treatments and you will get there. What a celebration there will be for you at QVC when you are able to return and quite rightly so, but the best celebration will be with your lovely supportive family. Thinking of you and you really are an inspiration. So saddened to also hear that the lovely Amica has also been diagnosed too, but I am sure that you will be a great source of help and inspiration to her as you are to the rest of us. Love Sue x

  22. Joanna Downey July 4, 2011 at 5:47 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ali, lovely to hear from you as always. I never fail to be amazed at your joie de vivre despite the effects of this awful treatment. I was going to write Dunkirk spirit and I started humming “The Dambusters” – wrong conflict, right war, but the French is much more stylish, therefore more you. I agree that fish pedicures are revolting, poor Jack I can imagine how he felt with his jeans situation. Several years ago I was caught in a torrential Summer storm. I was bringing Ellie home from school and we were soaked, she went into the bath “I’m wet enough Mummy…” and I tried to get out of my jeans, after 20 minutes I was contemplating taking scissors to them as the ever-tightening denim wouldn’t move over my knees. I loved your poppy photo, I think it must be a vintage year for them. The best ones in this area are close to Bewdley in a field owned by a local conservation society. Every year them leave one field fallow, this time it’s a swathe of scarlet that’s so stunning it made me cry. On the evening we went to view the sandwich van in the lay-by opposite was doing a roaring trade and there were so many people taking photos, painting or just standing gazing at the beauty of it all. I know how much you love the sunshine so I found your comment about the Summer being over by the time you finish chemo really sad. You have been cheated of this year’s Spring and Summer but we have September, WEDDING MONTH and the possibility of an Indian Summer. I’ve ordered a 1976 sizzler for next year so start planning! Stay strong and full of your usual grace. Love from Jo x

  23. Dorothy July 4, 2011 at 6:57 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison.
    Well done doing the race, you and Debs looked as if were having good time, bet you were shatterd you just dont slow down.SOOOOOOOOO jealous about Wimbeldon love the tennis, was gutted when Federa went out he is such a GENT.Pleased the treatment is getting closer to the end, you wont be sorry when its over. Keep smileing and enjoy those poppy’s they look gorgeous. Laura went and got her feet done with the fish she loved it, but dont fancy it myself, can think of better things to do. Hope all goes well and take it easy.
    Love best wishes.

  24. Alpa July 4, 2011 at 11:08 pm -  Reply

    Dear Magda,
    How lovely to hear from you when you are going through such a difficult time. I will keep my fingers crossed that your blood test for your heart will be ok.
    I am sorry to hear of your daughter’s friend. I really do feel for you that some of your friends have taken their distance, especially when you need them most. It can be disheartening but rest assured that we are all here for you, only a blog away whenever you may need us.
    Thinking of you and sending my love,
    Alpa xx

  25. Christine Curry July 5, 2011 at 7:27 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali, managed to catch up with your blog and can only say well done. Well done for the race and for the fish on feet thing!!
    You are such a fighter I know you will come out at the other end of this and show the world how to do it. My husband is having a good break from his chemo at the moment and has had an op on his foot that will hopfully mean he will be able to walk without crutches or a frame by the next time he starts chemo. His leg is in plaster still so I am still chief cook, bottlewasher and housemaid so to speak.
    Sounds like Spain was very enjoyable, maybe we should try that before his next treatment, especially if this op is successful. He hasn’t been able to do anything much because of this foot problem for almost three years now, and then fate gave him the cancer too. We will see it through though and know we are not alone. Take care. Lots of love, miss you on QVC

  26. helen July 5, 2011 at 10:04 am -  Reply

    Hia Ali, well, after a lovely, dare I say, almost ‘summery weekend’ its back! The rain! Good for the farmers I know, but my garden has just began to bloom and we’re back to normal!!!!!!!!!! Had a busy weekend, Olivia went swimming on Saturday and was out in the garden for the rest of the afternoon and on Sunday, she had a wall climbing party. Was thinking of your Sam in the last blog. All partied out, it was home and back out to play for my little one whilst I had to make lunch, even though she’d just eaten in the party. I think she’s on a growth spurt again as she’s always hungry and her sleeping is very wrestless, growing pains my mum said.
    How are you feeling? Has the weather been kind to you?
    Magda, I’m so glad that you are ok and weathering the ‘storm’, fingers crossed for the blood test.
    Una, hope the weather has been kind to you?
    Alpa, I do hope that your ME has settled a bit. I know its awful for me to say, but I do feel so relieved that I’m not the only one with this ‘thing’. I don’t want to sound as though I’m glad you have it, but sometimes I do feel that I really am the odd one out and I’m sure that you know what I mean.
    Debz, how are you my blog friend? I’m so glad that you count me as one of your new found friend, us girlies are here for you always.
    Going to do some ironing now, its out of control again. Hey ho, it will get done. Ali, got a ticket for the lottery, have you seen the jackpot this week. Ladies, if I win, the holiday is on me, promise!!!!!!!
    Luv and hugs as always
    Helen xxxx

  27. alison keenan July 5, 2011 at 3:16 pm -  Reply

    Sue, so lovely to hear from you, and yes you’re right, some days are better than others so to speak! 🙂 It’s lovely for me too to have everyone else’s news because I too like to hear how it’s all going. I am SO sorry that you have had to watch your son go through radiotherapy, and I can only pray that it did its’ job and he is now well, and you are no longer spending every waking hour worrying – as I did with Sam. You’re spot on about the friends and family: my world would be a very lonely place without you all 🙂 Have a good week, and please do keep in touch, love Ali x

  28. alison keenan July 5, 2011 at 3:19 pm -  Reply

    Kay, so glad you liked the photo – I’m sure if you send in a post asking for a copy of it to be mailed over to you that could be done. I felt very privileged to have seen it – knowing it would only be there for such a limited time made it even more special. I wonder what it is that draws you to these lovely flowers as they did me? Sixth Taxol on Thursday, so that’s my half way stage on the second leg of the journey. Today’s a better day after a couple of rough ones, so your words mean a lot. Thank you, love ali xx

  29. Debz July 5, 2011 at 3:24 pm -  Reply

    Hi everyone.
    Ali, fantastic blog as ever. Sounds like you’ve been busy again. I am so proud that you completed the Race For Life even though your legs were like jelly towards the end. What a fantastic achievement. So what if you walked most of the way, next year I’m sure you’ll be off like a gazelle!!
    I know what you mean about the noises that some of the women tennis players were making. I think they could have another career once their tennis plying days are over, involving films where some bloke comes to “fix your fridge” if you know what I mean!!
    I’m with you on the nibbling fish. Can’t imagine putting my trotters into a fish tank for them to munch away at my hard skin. Makes me shudder just thinking about it!!
    Another Taxol treatment done and crossed off your list. I’m so sorry that it’s given you a red face and a big tummy but Ali, we love you no matter what colour you are or how big your tummy may be, it just means there’s more of you to love!
    Hi lovely Magda. I’m so sorry to hear that some of your friends have drifted away since your cancer diagnosis. Sometimes it’s difficult for people to know what to say but in my experience the worse thing is to say nothing. You need friends and people around you who care when you’re at your lowest. As Alpa has already said, we are all only a blog away anytime. You may not be able to see us but we are all here for you as your friends and are willing you on and holding your hand. It doesn’t matter that you don’t write often, just do it when you can but please know that you are always in our thoughts.
    Alpa, how are you my lovely? Have been thinking of you too and hoping that you are feeling a little better. Like you say, one day at a time. You must have read my mind as I was only thinking the other day about Colin and hoping that he is taking good care of our Ali for us all. Great minds eh?
    Hope all the other ladies are doing OK. Hugs to you all. Ainzley is being good at the moment (touch wood) but he does have a vets appointment looming so watch this space!
    Lots of love and licks
    Debz & Ainzley (=^-^=) XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

  30. alison keenan July 5, 2011 at 3:26 pm -  Reply

    Dear Magda, so lovely to hear from you, and I am so sorry that you have been feeling down – not surprisingly considering your daughter’s friend’s news…. You know that we’re all here for you, and that although you haven’t started your treatment yet, at least the tablets will be doing their work. Perhaps it’s those and the waiting that’s causing your heart to flutter – not that I’m a doctor – but I do hope you won’t have to wait much longer, as once it’s done, you’re on the home stretch 🙂 Keep in touch, as we all think of you often. With love, Ali xx

  31. alison keenan July 5, 2011 at 3:30 pm -  Reply

    Julie I seriously wouldn’t recommend the fish thing!!! Unless you have feet like leather and like a fright!! 🙂 Yes Wimbledon was far more enjoyable, and how amazing for your to have seen the Federer Nadal match last year – I wanted Nadal to win this year… think it was his little speech beforehand that swayed me… those Spanish eyes possibly 🙂 Am ready to send off my own address for the ticket ballot next year, so will keep everything crossed. Treatment was OK just rotten on Sunday and part of Monday, but much brighter today 🙂 Give Lily a hug for me, love Ali xx

  32. alison keenan July 5, 2011 at 3:33 pm -  Reply

    Hi Tracey and Cath by proxy (strange name but who am I to question…) 🙂 Well done you for the Race for Life last time – it is very hard not to shed a few tears on the way round isn’t it, as some of the messages on people’s backs are heartbreaking, but definitely a day worth being part of, and I am determined to do it all again next year…. may have to bribe Deb with chocolate! Cath – thanks for asking after me, and all things being even, I hope to be back on air late autumn.. missing you all too! Love Ali x

  33. alison keenan July 5, 2011 at 3:37 pm -  Reply

    Susan, lovely to hear from you, and yes the countdown will begin after Thursday this week – only 6 more to go then! So glad you liked the poppy photo – my editor will probably shoot me for suggesting you post another comment asking for it to be forwarded, but I don’t know how you can lift it from the blog otherwise! i was very fortunate to find the field on the right day in truth :)Also lucky to have been to Wimbledon too – as my mum, she’s very envious of all that I’ve had chance to do thanks to my lovely friends :)Will definitely pass on to Kathy and Debs your compliments. Love Ali xx

  34. alison keenan July 5, 2011 at 3:46 pm -  Reply

    Alpa, glad to know you are a woman of the same ilk as Ros and I – she too is relieved it wasn’t just us!! 🙂 It was great that Lucy and Deb managed to raise such a huge sum for BCC through the Race for Life wasn’t it – soooo many thanks to everyone who contributed. I’m sorry your ME is getting you down, and bearing that in mind I certainly wouldn’t recommend the fish thing!! Stick to your microplane – I intend to! (oh and that’s a special foot file incase anyone reading this thinks we are both aviators!). Red face and big tummy have gone to be replaced with mouth ulcers and minor nose bleeds – keeps life interesting!! 🙂 And yes Colin is doing an excellent job of being there for me, in spite of my often very odd appearance 🙂 He assures me it bothers me but not him. Thank you for continuing to keep in touch Alpa and I hope your ME will improve for you this week, love Ali xx

  35. alison keenan July 5, 2011 at 3:47 pm -  Reply

    Hello Jane, and thank you for taking time out to write. I hope you too have a lovely summer, and fingers crossed I’ll be back with QVC by the autumn. Love Ali xx

  36. alison keenan July 5, 2011 at 3:56 pm -  Reply

    Dear Sue, I too am very relieved that your growth was benign… yes the waiting is probably the worst part… I was told two days after the biopsy that they had found abnormal cells and then had a lumpectomy 5 days later with the results 5 days after that…they did keep in touch with me, but remained completely certain it was nothing until the Monday…I seem to have been fast tracking since then! 🙂 And you’re right about my friends – I am VERY lucky. Stay well Sue, love Ali xx

  37. alison keenan July 5, 2011 at 3:57 pm -  Reply

    Dear Babs, lovely to hear from you, and sorry to have kept you waiting so long for my blog! I hope that life in Liverpool is still good for you, and that you maybe have a trip away planned for the summer? Love Ali xx

  38. alison keenan July 5, 2011 at 4:02 pm -  Reply

    Dear Linda I really appreciate in the midst of all you’re going through that you have taken the time to send me some positive words and thoughts…. I am so sorry to hear your husband is unwell, and hope beyond hope that the results of his test will be clear…Try and stay strong for each other, and believe in your angels too, love Ali xx

  39. alison keenan July 5, 2011 at 4:04 pm -  Reply

    Kim, thank you! 🙂 It was a fantastic day, and one I hope to take part in next year too. Sending you my best and hoping that all is good with you and yours, love Ali x

  40. alison keenan July 5, 2011 at 4:10 pm -  Reply

    My dear Ginny, I don’t know quite what to write…… so I will give back to you what you have given to me….Tell your man that he will win because HE is a feisty thing, and that 57 is too young to be heading off without you, and that together you can fight this…. do that for me, and I’ll keep praying for him and you. take good care Ginny and try to fill your life with love and laughter as you have advised me.. it’s the only way sweetheart,Ali xx

  41. alison keenan July 5, 2011 at 4:12 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ann and Wendy thank you both so much for your positivity and kind words. Love to you, and do keep in touch, Ali xx

  42. alison keenan July 5, 2011 at 4:16 pm -  Reply

    Sarah, I am so sorry to hear that your child has been going through so much over the last two years, and your words have struck a chord…our journeys are our own, but they would be so much harder were it not for those around us who continually love and support us, as you are doing for your child. I hope very much that the treatment will soon end, and that you can both look forward to happier and healthier times. Love Ali x

  43. alison keenan July 5, 2011 at 4:24 pm -  Reply

    Mary I hope very much you have the same kind of weather as we did for your walk, and that your pink wigs aren’t too musty!! :)Good luck and enjoy. Yes, I would advise against the fish thing, and most certainly if they insist you remove your nail polish – how very picky of them!! (the fish I mean) How beautiful to have included poppies in your wedding flowers. Good job they were silk as I picked some the other day and they lasted all of an hour and a half indoors! I hope your daughter’s Kent cricket match went well, and that inspite of your screaming in excitement at the Take That concert you were still able to vocalise some encouragement on Sunday! Thanks for keeping in touch Mary, always appreciated, love Ali xx

  44. alison keenan July 5, 2011 at 4:28 pm -  Reply

    Hello Louise, and how kind of you to write, with such lovely words too 🙂 I often visualise you all the other side of the camera, and imagine where you live, or what you look like, so it’s nice to know that it sort of works!! My hugely extended circle of friends is what inspires me to continue writing this blog, and the fact that all of you take the time out to respond makes it so worth while. Yup Chemo isn’t the nicest, but it has it’s place in the fight, and I’m keeping everything crossed that it will have done its worst, and I’ll be well again 🙂 Have a good week, Love Ali x

  45. alison keenan July 5, 2011 at 4:36 pm -  Reply

    Gosh Roanne – no mean feat reading all the blogs! A bit like War and Peace!, but very glad that you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read, and that you’ve now taken the time out to write back – I very much hope it won’t be the last time 🙂 Bit of a way to go before I can get back to the old routine at QVC Towers, but am working hard towards it 🙂 Have a good week, and thanks again for getting in touch, love Ali x

  46. alison keenan July 5, 2011 at 4:49 pm -  Reply

    Dear Elaine, I think you’re either a fish nibbler or not – a bit like marmite!! Clearly we both aren’t! 🙂 How exciting that your daughter’s wedding is coming up so soon…. The red wine alone is never too much of a problem calorie wise I find, it’s the snacks you eat with it that crank it up! How lovely that you are getting time to spend with your Poppy – although I agree that the night feeds etc. were never as easy when they were your own children!! Take care Elaine and do keep in touch, Love ali xx

  47. alison keenan July 5, 2011 at 5:01 pm -  Reply

    Gosh Susan you sound as addicted to Tennis as my brother who lives in Australia and records all the matches or stays up overnight to watch them! Good on you for managing to tie in a passion with your job. I hope that you’ve seen many a corking match over the years 🙂 Thanks so much for your lovely kind words. Yes, a celebration there will certainly be when I finish this bloomin’ treatment and can get on with life as it used to be…. well almost 🙂 I can tell you that Amica is cracking on thru her treatments and with hardly any side effects which is wonderful. We’re keeping in touch and I will of course pass on your best wishes. I hope you’re not too bereft now that Wimbledon has finished and will be getting your name in the ballot for next years’ tickets! With love, Ali xx

  48. alison keenan July 5, 2011 at 5:36 pm -  Reply

    Joanna always good to hear from you, and such a lovely coincidence in your choice of words “joie de vivre”… my dear friends Ros and Chris visited this last weekend and brought me a rose bush called “Joie de vivre” for that very reason.. you’ve given me another reason to smile 🙂 The denim situation sounds dire, and far more dramatic than my crazy choice of wearing jeans so tight that they used to bruise my hip bones!! I think you’re right about this year’s poppies, and extraordinary how something like a poppy field can move us to tears… nature is amazing…:) I will be eternally grateful to you for arranging the Indian summer for Lucy’s wedding, and even more so for sorting out a 1976 style sizzler for next year – wasn’t that the best? It was the year I left school, and makes me realise how many summers I’ve already had, so one out of the equation isn’t much to grumble about I guess 🙂 In truth can’t grumble much about anything at present as have a mouth full of ulcers, but root ginger is meant to help so I am grating it into everything! I hope life is good for you Joanna, and thanks again for writing, love Ali xx

  49. alison keenan July 5, 2011 at 5:45 pm -  Reply

    Dorothy I couldn’t have put it better myself…. can think of many other things I’d rather be doing than having my feet nibbled… Actually just writing that down has made me laugh out loud, and at the risk of plagarism I shall share one of my favourite lines from Victoria Wood’s Dinner Ladies series… as uttered by Julie Walters’ character: “As Gerard Depardieu once said, what is the point of having a large nose if you can’t shove a banana up it?”… Crazy but hilarious 🙂 I was sorry that not only Federa went out, but that Nadal was beaten too. There’s always next year eh? 🙂 With love, Ali xx

  50. alison keenan July 5, 2011 at 5:50 pm -  Reply

    Chris it sounds as though you and your husband are both having to fight pretty hard at present! I very much hope that the op on his foot is a success, and I’d thoroughly recommend a trip away – however short and to wherever – before the next lot of treatment starts. It’s the endlessness of it all that’s hard, and no doubt YOU could do with a break too! Sending you my love and very best wishes for better days to come, ali xx

  51. Susan July 5, 2011 at 8:06 pm -  Reply

    Hi to Sarah, Linda, Ginny and Sue,
    Sarah I’m so sorry your ‘child’ is going through this awful battle – just too young.
    Linda, Chris and Ginny, really thinking of you and your husbands.
    Sue, I’m so glad you’ve been given the all clear.
    Lots more people I’m thinking of but just wanted to say those things to you girls.
    Much love to you too Ali,
    Susan x

  52. una July 6, 2011 at 9:36 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Brilliant blog as always.
    You know how i was bemoaning te rubbish weather, well, sunshine arrived at the weekend. Did I enjoy it? Did I heck as like!! I slipped on a leave and have been flat on my back since last Friday evening. I missed it all. BOOOOHOOOOO!! I still cant walk any distance, have to crawl to the loo, and cant sit for more than 5 minutes. GP thinks Ive damaged even more discs, happy days!!!!!!!!!!
    My featherbed has taken up residence on the floor, its the only place im comfy.
    Hope my lovely “army” friends are all well.
    Lots of love to you all.
    Im away back to the floor!
    Una xx

  53. Alpa July 6, 2011 at 4:23 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali,
    Thank you for replying 🙂 I’m sorry about the mouth ulcers and minor nose bleeds, poor thing. Ali, easier said than done but whatever your appearance may be, you are still as lovely as ever. Thank you to Colin for looking after you for us 🙂
    I forgot that not everyone might know what a microplane is, although I can see you as an aviator, why not?!
    I confess to having times when I am a grumplestiltskin (a mixture of grumpy and rumplestiltskin, as I love my fairy tales!!) about the M.E. Thank you for your kind words, they are much appreciated.
    Helen, hope you are feeling ok. I understand exactly what you mean and it’s not an awful thing to say at all. Although I would not wish you to have M.E. I am also relieved that there is someone who understands what it is like. We can be the odd ones out together! It was raining here last night and I did think of ‘don’t wait for the storm to pass, learn to dance in the rain’ and imagined us all outside dancing in the rain! It did make me smile and I felt very much uplifted!
    Debz, bless you for thinking about me. I have been thinking of you as well. One day at a time and keep on keeping on, eh! I am ok, just finding it a shock not to be able to do as I always did. After feeling rather disheartened, I have pulled myslf together and I am feeling somewhat more in control. Thank you for your care and concern, it means a lot to me. I agree that Ali’s blog has been a godsend, having also experienced the drifting away of friends. It can be hard when you feel somewhat isolated and just as well we all have each other, a privilege of being in Ali’s Army 🙂 I do hope that Ainzley’s next visit to the vet goes well!
    Love to you Debz and Helen, and to Una, Gail, Susan, Shauna, Elaine, Magda and everyone else x
    Ali, I hope tomorrow does not bring any untoward side effects. I am ever the optimist!
    Take care,
    Lots of Love, Alpa xx

  54. elaine sallis July 6, 2011 at 7:40 pm -  Reply

    Well ladies have had a bit of a shock. Went to the Drs about an unrelated matter and showed him a mark on my leg I am worried about. He has told me he thinks it is a skin cancer. Not got a hospital appt. until August. So will try to put it out of my mind. Poppy will help!!! What is so annoying is that I have never been one for sunbathing.

  55. Sara July 7, 2011 at 1:15 am -  Reply

    Hello Alison
    Well done for the race! I’m so glad you made it to Wimbledon, I think I watched that Murray match and I do find the rallies baffling – when I was at school just getting the ball over the net was an event, if it was returned it was a staggering rally. Just very lacking in talent, had private lessons and everything but nothing was to be done. The worst thing was that the court was right next to the bushes of Nottingham arboretum, meaning that if you are prone to hitting the ball off court you had to try and retrieve it without being ‘exposed’ to some of the characters who made those bushes their home. Not pleasant, God bless them! I enjoy watching it though, the tennis I mean!
    It is good to hear what you’ve been up to. I know the treatments must seem to stretch out a long way ahead. I suppose the old cliche of one day at a time does have some truth, you just keep going and doing things like you are, and all of a sudden you will be through it and find it is all behind you. I hope you will get some benefit from the break in treatments. The writer of a blog I have read for some time has been going through some similar experiences, you might enjoy her blog in general at http://mypeartreehouse.blogspot.com/.
    best wishes of course, Sara

  56. Sue Gammack July 7, 2011 at 12:29 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Have missed seeing you on QVC,trust you are feeling better and
    see light at the end of the tunnel.Well done for finishing the race.You seem to have wonderful friends and family.
    Lots of love
    Sue in Penkridgexx

  57. Mrs Janet Jones July 7, 2011 at 3:26 pm -  Reply

    My Dear Ali thinking of you today as you have your 6th taxol.Only 6 weeks to go before all your chemo is finished whey hey!!Then a well deserved rest and onto the radiotherapy(a walk in the park compared to chemo!)
    I had my second mammogram this week and all seems to be well I am not out of the woods yet and they still want to see me every 6 months, but it was such a relief as I have had quite a few sleepless nights waiting for this appt and results. I hope my news gives you hope and strength that this will be you in the not too distant future, and as you say the chemo is part of the fight, it has to be endured, but hopefully with the results that we both want.
    I too tried the nibbly fish, I didn’t mind it but not sure if I would try it again! If we had been going through our treatment at the same time and out together what with you looking like Father Christmas and me looking like uncle fester(or his sister) we’d have looked a right pair!
    Hopefully the effects won’t be as bad for you this time,keep fighting Ali you will get through this. Take good care of yourself speak soon love Janet xx
    p.s love your picture of the poppies

  58. Marg July 7, 2011 at 5:20 pm -  Reply

    Hello ALI,
    love your poppy picture, it took me right back to the young lady in the poppy field with her water colours being further helped by a shower of rain,she wasnt bothered because she had her flake,remember’only the crumbliest flakyest chocolate tastes like chocolate never tasted before’, she had super red hair, and was my young sons first crush.
    So sorry about the mouth ulcers, they can be mind bendingly painful,I hope you find something that works for you to calm things down, I dislike ginger,my cure all is barley water,each to their own.
    Well we have had fairly good spells of weather,between downpours but havent gone far from home because my little dog is poorly,nothing too serious just antisocial, so we can take her out in the car, like all things it will pass, just hope we get a little sea air while we have the long evenngs.
    I hope everything is moving smoothly towards the big day, are you thinking of outfits yet, let us know when you have decided on the look. All best wishes to the family, keep going, your well along the road to freedom from what must be the unknown,You know you can do it Ali,my hand is still here.
    All my best wishes to the Keenan Ladies Club. Hope your back is improving Una, thinking of you Gail, keep your chin up,

  59. Denise July 7, 2011 at 7:01 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison,
    Lovely to read your blog as always and to catch up on all your news. Congratulations on Race for Life – you’re a star. Wimbledon eh? Lucky girl – how jealous am I? Every year I say I will enter the ballot but never do – its one of my ambitions to make it one day.
    Don’t think I could brace myself to succumb my feet to those fish pedicures!! Well done again Ali!! Would you have it done again – thats the question!!
    I wish you all the very best in your fight and the rest of the treatment – I cannot say highly enough just how much of an inspiration you are.
    Lots of love
    Denise xx

  60. Pam Rosa July 7, 2011 at 11:12 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    I was missing you on QVC and that’s why I read your blog. You sound so strong and positive in what is a difficult time. My thoughts go to you and your family – may God bless and watch over you all.Your strength shines through in all your posts, you are truly inspiring. Looking forward to seeing you gorgeous smile back on TV. Take care of you. Lots of love

  61. Christine O’Connor July 8, 2011 at 11:37 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison always read yr blog Im glad im not the only one who find the fish eating feet thing awful I was almost hysterical when I tried it but some people enjoy it but I could not get it out of my head that all these fish were “eating my feet” Loved your pictures of the race for life you are doing so well your a real trouper this is an awful time for you but keep chin up take care xxxx

  62. Alpa July 8, 2011 at 1:38 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali,
    I have been thinking of you and hope you are taking it easy after treatment yesterday. I hope the side effects will not be as horrendous as before. Half way through Taxol, YAY!! 🙂
    Have a relaxing weekend and no superwoman antics, unless you want to of course!!
    Love Alpa xx

  63. Martin forbes bucksburn aberdeen July 8, 2011 at 6:43 pm -  Reply

    hi alison how are you getting on .
    i am not bad.

  64. Mrs Norma Smithson July 8, 2011 at 7:00 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali It seems strange to me that you can build a relationship with someone selling product(absolutely excellantly on TV. But I felt a bond with you straight away, and since the news of your illness I have waited for each of your blogs, your courage, cheerfulness and positive courage is truly inspirational. Keep strong Ali you have so many people wishing you well, I hope you can feel the love we send. My love and regards Norma xx

  65. caroline wessels July 9, 2011 at 11:25 am -  Reply

    Ive accepted a teaching job in Bahrain at the age of 52 and Im taking you with me in my heart. My children are now 22 and 24 and although I will miss them, I have to find something for me. We are still young Allison and have loads still to do. I hope I can carry on reading your blog. xx

  66. Marian Bolton July 10, 2011 at 11:49 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Well done you for doing Race for life. I knew you’d get there. Great news that the estimated target was beat. I’m sure you and your group played a big part in that. I never fancied that fish nibbling thing and by the sounds of it, I did right never to give it a go. Thank heavens for foot files, Margaret Dabbs and the new Elemis foot cream I say! Beautiful poppy field, thanks for sharing. I don’t have any specific summer plans, just some time off work and enjoying being at home and in my garden – hopefully! We don’t holiday much these days as my eldest puss, Suki-pie is 18 so don’t like leaving her now. Take good care Ali. xxx

  67. Susan July 10, 2011 at 1:05 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali (and Una),
    How are you? I hope that a couple of days on you are feeling a bit more like your self. It hasn’t been great weather to lift your spirits this weekend but hopefully Colin and the kids will have their knack and manage that one! I don’t know if you like Graham Norton but I was having a good old chuckle at his highlights show on Friday night, along with The Chatty Man and Miranda. I love comedy to lift my mood!
    You take care, and Una I can’t believe your ‘luck’ with your back now.
    Susan x

  68. Pam Richardson July 10, 2011 at 11:36 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, I am very jealous of your day at Wimbledon I have never been but have always wanted to. I have loved Wimbledon since my teenage years, the era of Borg, Connors and Nastase. I love watching Nadal,Fedrer, Murray and co. but i do miss the humour of the past especialy when Jimmy Connors and Ilie Nastase played doubles together.
    I am so glad that you are seeing some light at the end of the tunnel,I feel it is a privelege to share this journey with you and if I was ever to go through anything similiar I would take heart from your dignity and positivity.
    I must say that it is lovely to hear your voice on voice overs on qvc. A sign that you are on the path back to our screens.
    Take care Alison

  69. DEBBIE WARRINGTON July 11, 2011 at 1:23 pm -  Reply

    oh ali how brave are you,what else can i say go girl. well done for doing race for live. my darling mum is on a break from chemo at the min,she has her cancer on her ovary and liver.siw chemos down and hopefully after wednesday we will have a date for her op.her tumour had got smaller after 3 chemo,so we are hoping after the last 3 its even smaller.she is fighting so hard like you and being soo brave.everyone that is fighting this horrible thing need to have lots and lots of love and support.keep smiling ali lots and lots of love xx

  70. maureen keating July 12, 2011 at 9:36 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    I have been reading your blog I was not aware that you were unwell. I am sure you will get there you are such a lovely person even though I don’t know you personally you always come across as such a warm person. I have to say you are one of my favourite prseenters even though they are all good. Keep your chin up I am sure you have great support from your family and I hope you are back on qvc soon. Good luck with your next round of treatment.

  71. Debz July 12, 2011 at 3:00 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, Una, Alpa, Helen and all the other members of Ali’s Army.
    I have been doing a bit of wandering down memory lane of late, some happy memories and some sad one’s too. I came across a poem that we found after my dear Grandad passed away. He’d had it copied out in beautiful script writing and framed. It struck a chord with me and I thought I’d like to share it with you all:
    Do not let your faith be shaken by the touch of sorrow.
    Remember, God is good and there will be tomorrow.
    All must strive and suffer, that’s the way it has to be.
    Life’s a skein of twisted threads, joy, laughter, tragedy.
    Never doubt, hold on and hope, though hope seems all in vain.
    Sooner than you think perhaps,the sun will shine again.
    Troubles and misfortunes come to put you to the test.
    Proving strengths and weakness. Bringing out the worst and best.
    No one wants to weep with you if you are always sad.
    Lonely you will never be if you are brave and glad.
    Search the clouds, you’re bound to find a gleam of light to follow.
    Though today is grim and grey remember, there’s tomorrow.
    Patience Strong.
    I think that is such a lovely poem and must have stood my Grandad in good stead for all the hardships he must have faced in his life. He died 7 years ago at the grand old age of 93 and I miss him every day.
    Ainzley, usually not one to bother about age or anything like that, never bit my Grandad and was always very gentle with him. A minor miracle you might say. I just reckon Ainzley knew a great man when he saw one!
    Hope you are all well and sending a special hug to all my blog friends.
    Love and licks
    Debz & Ainzley (=^-^=)XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

  72. una July 12, 2011 at 6:34 pm -  Reply

    Dearest Ali
    How are you? Do you have a break from treatment this week? im confused with the days!
    Writing this to you from my hospital bed, i had to sneak in my little netbook!!!! Hehehe, busted by my lovely nurse Sonia!!!
    I was taken in blue flashy light style on sunday morning. I havent been able to breathe properly because of the back thingy, and as i had a cold, its gone a bit haywire, and Ive now ended up with a horrible lung infection. Was given very strong antibiotics , and had a DREADFUL reaction to them.
    Hoping to be home in the next couple of days. Ive been on my bestest behaviour FAR too long!!!!!!!!!!!
    Hoping my little marching soldiers are all well. love to you all.
    Susan, thank you for your kind words. Alpa, Helen, Magda, Gail, Marg, my good wishes to all.
    My good wishes to the family Ali.
    Saluting like the brave little soldier I am!!!
    My love as always
    Una xxx
    P.s. May want to stay here an extra couple of days. I just spotted a new Dr, whos been off for a couple of days, and he is just GORGEOUS! picture George Clooney, George Micheal, and Russell Brand all rolled into one LOL!!!! i feel SO much better this evening, sigh, sigh!!!! x

  73. Gail July 12, 2011 at 6:59 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali, how are you? This treatment seems to be going on and on and sounds absolutely horrendous. My heart really goes out to you. My mother had treatment for Lung Cancer but it wasn’t no-where near as intense. Crikey, thank goodness you were really fit before all this started; I’m sure that must have helped in some small way. Now, the fish thing. Is it only me or does anyone else feel sorry for the fish? I can’t imagine that this is a natural thing they do in the wild. I don’t fancy it at all, but that is only because I would be worrying about the fish. One day I will tell you about the ‘Greenfly’ story (if you didn’t know me you would never believe it). I totally agree with you about the noises made by the tennis players. I have to switch off as it really irritates me. Also, I really miss the likes of Martina, Billie-Jean and McEnroe; real characters that you just don’t see anymore. Martina, what a great sports player. I really miss watching her play.
    How are the plans for the wedding going? How exciting. Have you got your outfit yet? Are things on track? Sorry if I sound so nosey but I love weddings and find them so exciting, even when they are nothing to do with me. Whenever it is possible, I always stop when I see a wedding. There is nothing quite like the sight of a bride on her wedding day.
    Alpa and Helen, keep battling on and hope the good days outweigh the bad xx
    Lots of love to Amica and hope things are going well for her xx
    Debz, we are all here for you so you never have to feel alone. Hope you are okay and enjoying the nice weather we’ve had recently xx
    Magda, hope all is well with you and that they have sorted out the fast heart beat. Keep us informed as to how you are. Chin up and take care of yourself xx
    Una, you do make me laugh even though I know ‘disc’ trouble is no laughing matter. I was unable to move due to a disc problem and had to have an emergency operation for a prolapsed disc. The pain is unbearable so I really sympathise. You are a girl; I thought I was the one with all the back luck, ha ha xx
    Marg, thank you for thinking of me. Sometimes it is very hard to keep my chin up, but I do. I refuse to lay down and die, so to speak. Sometimes it is very hard, but I must come from very strong stock, ha ha. Hope you are well xx
    Ali, keep strong and positive and keep in touch. Sending you lots of love, Gail xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  74. Gail July 13, 2011 at 4:20 pm -  Reply

    Dear Una, you are a girl!! So sorry to hear that you are in hospital but I do love your ‘carry on regardless’ spirit. It really is the only way Una, I know from experience. I do hope they sort you out and please keep us informed. We’ll all keep marching forward, come what may, it really is the only way. My nan use to say creaking doors last the longest so that’s you and me Una sorted for a long life, ha ha. How is the back? Are they sorting it out for you? You must get home for the L’occitane TSV this Sunday (I think). Lots of love, keep laughing and hope to hear from you soon. LOL Gail xxxxx

  75. alison keenan July 13, 2011 at 7:21 pm -  Reply

    Love reading about your life Helen – so many parallels to mine and no doubt others (well some years back in my case apart from the ironing!!) We used to blame everything on ‘growing pains’ but having watched Jack shoot up from 5’8″ to 5.10″ some years back I think there’s a lot of truth in it 🙂 Now the burning question Helen, are YOU the winner of untold millions, in the UK, who has yet to claim their bounty???? I’ll be watching this space 🙂 Lovely to hear from you, and I hope that the sunshine will show it’s face, at least for a day, over the weekend for you, with love, Ali xxx

  76. alison keenan July 13, 2011 at 7:27 pm -  Reply

    Debz, you are what my gran would have called ‘a caution’!! I laughed out loud at your man who comes to ‘fix the fridge’ analogy – it’s usually the tumble drier or the dishwasher!! (know what you mean though 🙂 You’re so right in what you say about some not knowing quite what to say when someone’s poorly…. saying nothing is so much worse… luckily for me my friends are all as chatty as I am so it hasn’t really happened – although it’s been quite a leveller when those you really thought would be there haven’t been. Just want to reassure you that Colin has been there – constantly – and when I had a complete meltdown last night, he was there mopping up the tears. I am keeping everything crossed that Ainzley will behave himself at the vets – can’t wait to hear the next instalment. Stay strong Debz – we’re all here for you, love Ali xx

  77. Alpa July 13, 2011 at 8:03 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali,
    How are you doing? I think tomorrow is treatment and I will be thinking of you. I do hope the mouth ulcers and nose bleeds have started to calm down and this last week has not been too horrible for you.
    Una, sorry to hear that you hurt your back and were laid flat by slipping on a leaf! I did wonder how you managed to blog at all and now look at you sneaking your netbook into hospital. You are unstoppable!! I hope that you will be feeling better soon and not just because of the gorgeous new doctor, although I hope he helped! Yes, you are a brave little soldier and you always bring a smile to my face!! x
    Debz, I hope you are feeling ok my friend. Thank you for sharing your poem. It is beautiful and struck a chord with me as well x
    Gail, the battle continues! And no, you are not the only one who feels sorry for the fish! x
    Helen, hope you and Olivia are well and you are not overdoing things x
    Magda, thinking of you and hope the blood test for your heart was ok x
    Love to you all,
    Alpa xx

  78. alison keenan July 13, 2011 at 11:48 pm -  Reply

    Una, I’m very much hoping that as a week has passed since you wrote to me that your back will now be much improved! How miserable for you. I hope too that your featherbed is back to its normal – and slightly elevated – position off the floor 🙂 Sending you my love for a better week, Ali xx

  79. alison keenan July 13, 2011 at 11:53 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alpa, loving your comments to all of us, and also your grumplestiltskin creation! I know a couple of people – myself included on occasions – that this title would fit perfectly! I also like the thought of us all dancing in the rain – and heaven knows there’s been enough of it around just recently!! No untoward side effects from the Taxol, just same old same old.. 7th treatment tomorrow.. hate the ulcers though. Am going to try fresh pineapple… meant to work wonders! will let you know. Do hope your ME isn’t being too worrisome. Love from me, xx

  80. alison keenan July 13, 2011 at 11:55 pm -  Reply

    Crikey Elaine, a little unprofessional of your doctor to say the least!! I hope that you may be able to scrape together sufficient for a private consultation before August just to get a second opinion and I wish you the VERY best of luck with it…. Keeping everything crossed for you, love Ali xx

  81. helen s July 14, 2011 at 11:17 am -  Reply

    Dear Ali, no I’m not the secret winner!! Not a number, not one!!! Hey ho, life goes on and trying to keep up with my daugher I don’t have the time to dream of all thay shopping, the diamonds, the Jimmy Choo shoes…….. Whoops, went into a bit of a daydream there.
    Another hectic weekend last weekend, wall climbing the week before and back to the LC2 for swimming on Sunday aswell as her swimming lessons on Saturday. Mind, the Leisure Centre was all about the water slides etc and I don’t know who enjoyed it the most my hubby or Olivia.
    Last day in school for us tomorrow, I do hope that my darling daugher does not feel the need to spring into action at her usual 6.30am, an early bird to say the least.
    I do hope all is well with the treatment this time, my Mum had the ulcer trouble, really uncomfortable I know.
    Una, what next? I do hope that you have left hospital, even though you have found solice in eyeing up the dishy docs, hee hee! I do hope that you are better though.
    Magda, hope the blood test results were ok and you are doing well?
    Debz, lovely words, brough tears to my eyes. Hope you are doing ok lovely, don’t forget we’re all here for you.
    Alpa, thanks for your words, we’ll be M.E. buddies forever!!!
    All the other blog ladies/chums, take care and have a lovely weekend.
    Love and hugs as always.
    Helen s
    ps hold hands remember!

  82. Alpa July 14, 2011 at 8:41 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali,
    Lovely to hear from you and I hope you are taking it easy after taxol today. I’m happy you like ‘grumplestiltskin’ I thought you might! It is very reassuring to know that Colin has been there for you constantly and I hope that after your tears last night, you may be feeling a little better. Sometimes it helps to get things out 🙂
    I’m ok, just feel as if a vampire has sucked out all my energy and I am finding it a struggle to do anything! Never mind eh, on the bright side I do tell myself it won’t always be like this!
    Una, I hope you are safely at home home and were able to see the gorgeous doctor again. No more shenanigans until you have recovered! Seriously, hope your lung infection has cleared up and your back is feeling a little better x
    Helen, last day of school for Olivia tomorrow, YAY!! I hope you enjoy your time together over the school hols. M.E. buddies forever, sounds good to me! x
    Debz, thinking of you my friend and I have just read your beautiful poem again. Take care x
    Hope everyone has a good weekend x
    Ali, fingers crossed that the fresh pineapple works for the ulcers, which sound very painful.
    Take very good care,
    Love Alpa xx

  83. j. Fields July 15, 2011 at 10:46 am -  Reply

    I must be so out of touch it was an age before I found out why we had’nt seen you. Read your blogs and keep my ears open now, you are such a brave lady, so glad you have such a lovely family and lots of friends. Your friends must realise how lucky they are to have you in their lives, friendship is not just one way as you know. I feel tongue tied now but it my sincerity is real when I send you lots of love and continued progress with the treatments, and though I wish you strength aplenty. Small weakness when with you dearest are excused you know!
    Love to you Ali look forward to seeing you asap FIT AND WELL.
    jeanne fields

  84. LINDA HOULDEN July 15, 2011 at 12:57 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Havent sent one of these before but just felt i just needed to say `i send you all my very best today and always`.
    Very much love Linda, XXXX.

  85. Susan July 16, 2011 at 2:33 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    How are the ulcers? I hope that the pineapple helps? I am sure you aren’t feeling your sparkly self just now but not long to go now! I hope you saw gorgeous Pip and Ali’s show the other night by the way? They mentioned you and sent love. They are on fire together! I loved their show! Such wonderful ladies.
    You take care,
    Susan x

  86. alison keenan July 16, 2011 at 5:55 pm -  Reply

    Hi Sara, lovely to read your comment, and I think we must have been on a parallel when it comes to our skill at tennis. I remember calling a friends’ mum to say that the score had been 9 games to 2, and she asked if we’d won – “yes two games!!” we trilled in reply, so pleased 🙂 Thanks too for forwarding me the Peartreehouse link – a beautifully written and presented blog site. Hope you have a great weekend, and thanks for writing, love Ali xx

  87. alison keenan July 16, 2011 at 5:57 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Sue – remember visiting Penkridge when I was living in Shropshire! Hope all is good for you, and yes I am VERY lucky to have such a great support group in family, friends and all those of you who take the time out to write to me on my blog. Much appreciated 🙂 Ali xxxx

  88. alison keenan July 16, 2011 at 6:12 pm -  Reply

    Janet I am so pleased to hear that you have that worry behind you, and that altho they want to see you again in 6 months time, you can enjoy and relax again 🙂 Your news does indeed give me hope – I’m not sure how my check ups will work as this cancer doesn’t show on a mammogram, but I am being very well looked after so know they’ll do whatever is best 🙂 I cannot imagine for ONE SECOND you look anything like Uncle Fester’s sister, or ever did even when you were receiving treatment, but it’s very much a visual win double, so thank you for making me smile 🙂 Full of cold this weekend, but having a cosy time in my cottage with colin. Lovely to hear from you and stay well, and keep in touch, love Ali xx

  89. alison keenan July 16, 2011 at 6:18 pm -  Reply

    Marg, I do indeed remember the Flake advert – how sweet of your son to have a crush on the girlie 🙂 I do hope your little dog is now better and you can enjoy the longer evenings by the sea. No, I’ve decided not to look for outfits until the chemo is finished – my body weight shifts up to half a stone each week so it could be tricky to find the right size!! 🙂 However, Lucy has just received the bridesmaids and her own headdress – very original and pretty… so exciting! Thank you for your constant support Marg and words of encouragement, they are much appreciated, love Ali xx

  90. alison keenan July 16, 2011 at 6:22 pm -  Reply

    Denise I’d like to help you achieve your dream so here is the address you need to write to to get your name in the ballot for next years’ Wimbledon tickets: AELTC, P.O. Box 98, London SW19 5AE and you need to send a stamped self addressed 4 x 9″ envelope… best of luck!!! Who knows, we could end up sitting together if I remember to post my envelope too! 🙂 And in answer to your fish nibbling question – an emphatic No! Have a great weekend, love Ali xx

  91. alison keenan July 16, 2011 at 6:26 pm -  Reply

    Pam, your words have made me smile, and thank you for taking the time out to write. I do hope that all is well with you and your family, and do keep in touch, love Ali x

  92. alison keenan July 16, 2011 at 6:29 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Christine, I think that was my problem with the fish thing, although they don’t actually have teeth, and are sort of ‘hoovering’ your dead skin, so I’m told! I too was nearly hysterical and Jack was really struggling too, so not something I’d ever feel the need to do again 🙂 All that said, it’s things like that which take my mind of the rest of it for a while, and that is always a good thing.. Love to you, ali xx

  93. alison keenan July 16, 2011 at 6:32 pm -  Reply

    Aaaw thank you Alpa. Treatment much the same, but full of a cold and cough this weekend, so a bit of a diversion from the other side effects! Grey and cold so heating on and keeping cosy in the cottage, so no superwoman antics planned – but you never know! I hope you’re having a good weekend, and thanks as always for keeping in touch, love ali xx

  94. alison keenan July 16, 2011 at 6:33 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Martin, I’m not doing too badly thank you, and have just passed the half way mark with my second lot of treatment, so reason to smile. I am glad that you are OK too. Take care, Ali xx

  95. alison keenan July 16, 2011 at 6:35 pm -  Reply

    Norma, I can indeed feel the love, and it’s most definitely that, and the continued enforcements of positivity that are helping me through this tricky time… missing very much my old life/routine, but knowing that as time passes I get closer to returning to it – and all of you too!! Have a good weekend, and thanks so much for writing, love Ali xx

  96. alison keenan July 16, 2011 at 6:38 pm -  Reply

    Caroline I am 100% with you on your decision and I think it’s a terrific thing for you to be doing 🙂 The world is a much smaller place, and with long haul flights you can always get to your children, or they to you, without too much trouble. I hope you find all that will make you fulfilled and happy in Bahrain, and thank you for taking me with you – it’s a country I’ve never visited!! 🙂 I am sure with SKY etc you’ll be able to stay in touch, and I’d love to hear how you’re getting on. Take care, love Ali x

  97. Joanna Downey July 16, 2011 at 7:30 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali, I’ve just read your comment that you’d had a “complete meltdown”. I’m delighted that Colin was there for you; friends are wonderful but a man who knows you at another level can reassure you, as a woman, and that is what is needed. You WILL come through this because, given time, everything becomes a memory; the wonderful things grow and the awful moments fade. My admiration for you knows no bounds, my family always wants to know how you’re doing and my colleagues, who are a strangely non-emotional group, have started asking “How’s your friend?” WE ARE ALL WITH YOU. Love, as always, from Jo x

  98. alison keenan July 16, 2011 at 7:41 pm -  Reply

    Marian I am so in your camp on the foot files and treatments rather than the fish! Suki-Pie would probably like the fish more than us, and she’s lucky to have you as a mum 🙂 I hope the summer gives you plenty of chance to enjoy your garden, and to have a relaxing time in the sunshine. Thanks for writing, love ali xx

  99. alison keenan July 16, 2011 at 7:48 pm -  Reply

    Susan, clearly we have EXACTLY the same sense of humour! Colin recorded the Graham Norton highlights for me and I loved it – particularly Kim Cattrall and the guys from The Hangover 🙂 Alan Carr’s chatty man has for a long time been a favourite of mine, and I’m warming to Miranda. I seriously believe laughter is the best medicine, and if you’re ever at a loose end, I highly recommend Dinnerladies – it’s priceless 🙂 Have a great weekend, love Ali xx

  100. alison keenan July 16, 2011 at 7:56 pm -  Reply

    Pam what lovely things you write and I too remember the great days of Wimbledon with Nastase and Connors 🙂 I pray you never have to take the same journey as I’m on, but with all the support I have been priveleged to have, it’s been a jolly sight easier than it might have been. Thank you 🙂 Love Ali xx

  101. Edwina Rothwell July 17, 2011 at 12:51 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    I missed you on QVC and thought you were off for your son. You obviously have a good frame of mind which will get you through. My friend tried the fish and thought they were OK, but not for me.
    Keep positive and you will win in the end. Look forward to seeing you again on THE shopping channel.
    Best wishes from Edwina.

  102. belinda coffey July 17, 2011 at 5:18 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, really hope you are feeling a little better and reading your blogg makes me think how inspiring are you. And the poppy picture is beautiful ….Really miss you on Qvc and wish you a speedy recovery…all my Belinda x

  103. Sylvia Bowman July 17, 2011 at 7:34 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alison
    I just wanted to write and say I was sorry to read of your being diagnosed with cancer. I met you at one of the jewellery shows when you very kindly spoke to my daughter Elaine when she was in hospital after having her left big toe removed. She was so pleased. My thoughts will be with you in the coming months and look forward to seeing you grace the tv screen in the near future. All the best and keep your spirits up.
    Sylvia from Raynes Park

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  105. julie July 17, 2011 at 8:29 pm -  Reply

    Ali, you are sooo brave! I have nothing but respect for you and you are doing so well!
    Just want to remind you my thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Lots of love and hugs.

  106. Mrs Janet Jones July 18, 2011 at 11:12 am -  Reply

    My Dear Ali,hope your ulcers have improved, I know how miserable and painful they can be. My chemo nurses gave me a mouth wash and Difflam spray, which eased them, hope this helps. You are on the countdown now with the chemo so keep fighting. You are always in my thoughts and my hand is always there for you to hold.A cosy weekend in your cottage sounds lovely, we to put our wood burning stove on last night, sooo cosy.I hope wedding plans are going well and your cold improves, take plenty of rest and take good care of yourself, speak soon Love Janet xx

  107. Susan July 18, 2011 at 1:14 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    I knew we had the same sense of humour! I absolutely agree with you that laughter is THE best medicine! It is my choice of ‘therapy’ shall we say when I am feeling down. That and a nice walk to divert the brain. Oh and of course little furry friends are amazing!! I actually haven’t seen dinnerladies much so will put it on my ‘to do’ list. I am glad you’re cosying up in the cottage to get over the cold. Lots of ‘summer’ colds around – this blooming weather I bet! You really are a beacon of light in all our lives you know. You and Debs G have THE best comments and conversations with us over the blogs. Take good care and so glad you’re OVER half way there!!
    Susan x

  108. Debz July 18, 2011 at 2:33 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    I am so glad that you have Colin. He sounds like a wonderful man – definitely a keeper eh? I hope he know that us ladies are relying on him to be our hugging arms as we can’t all be there with you. It’s a big responsibility but I think he is the man for the job!
    Sorry that you’re full of cold at the moment. You just snuggle up and take it easy – well, try to anyway!!
    Una, I hope you are out of hospital and on the mend. Honestly, you’re just not safe to be let lose on your own without close supervision! Please take care of yourself. I hope you enjoyed oggling those hunky doctors as there has to be some benefits to being in hospital!
    Alpa, I do hope your M E is a little easier and that you had a good weekend.
    Thanks to all my other blog friends for thinking of me. I have been overwhelmed by your kind words and I now feel a little less alone in the world. You are all like the sisters I never had! Thank you so much.
    Just to let you know, Ainzley has his vet’s appointment on Wednesday so watch this space for his next calamity!!
    Lots of love and licks

  109. Shauna July 18, 2011 at 5:45 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, haven’t wrote for a while but I have been following your blog as usual.
    By the sound of things you are doing well and it’s all going to come together soon…end of treatment…wedding etc…soooo
    It’s ten years since our daughters’ wedding and our son got married last July, two joyous occasions that I will never forget. It was tinged with sadness as my Dad has recently died and then Mum became seriously ill and couldn’t make it, what a big miss! They were both so looking forward to it. Anyway on the day the tears for them were shed in private not to spoil the young couples day. On the other hand tears of pride and joy were in ambundance as you can imagine.
    Anyway Ali, you keep on keeping on and with the help of your lovely Colin and family you’re going to be alright.
    Well girls, here goes…..
    Una you poor thing, I do hope you are home and on the way to recovery.
    Magda I hope your treatment is going well.
    Alpa, Debz and Helen I hope life is being kind to you all.
    Ali could you please pass on my best wishes to Amika?
    Well that’s all for now Ali and the girls.
    Much love (and fizzy water)
    Shauna x

  110. alison keenan July 18, 2011 at 6:09 pm -  Reply

    Dear Debbie, so sorry to hear that your poor mum has been struggling, and I very much hope that the chemo will do its job and she will face a far more positive outcome and no more surgery…I am certain you are her driving force, and that she – like me – will continue fighting… some days it’s harder than others, but it’s people like you who will make it worthwhile 🙂 Take good care of yourself and your mum and stay strong. Sending you my love and positivity, ali xx

  111. alison keenan July 18, 2011 at 6:12 pm -  Reply

    Maureen, bless you for your kind words! Glad you enjoy watching QVC and seeing all my friends – can’t wait to be back with them again, hopefully in the autumn. And yes I do have great support, which makes all things possible. 🙂 Thanks again, love Ali xx

  112. una July 18, 2011 at 6:19 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debz
    How right you are! i really shouldnt be allowed out on my own!!
    Thought I was going to be kicked out on Friday, but due to me not behaving myself, and passing out every time I stood up, they kept me in, booohooo!! Fortunately, the GORGEOUS Adam was on duty all weekend, and made it so much more bearable!!! Yes, we are on first name terms!! IF, my blood pressure starts to behave I will be home on Wednesday. At the moment, its either through the roof, and my head feels like its going to explode, or it drops suddenly, and so do I!!!!!!! I have an amazing bruise on my cheek now, its a lovely shade of yellow now, LOL! Yellow isnt even my colour, it makes me look ill, oh the irony!!!
    Anyway, Ali my love, i hope you are feeling better. Hopefully the cold and cough are on the way out, and your cosy time in your little cottage has had the desired effect. In my head, your cottage is like the one that Iris lives in, in The Holiday. Then again, as we have discussed before, its like a haunted house in my head, so its probably nothing like that!!
    Alpa and Helen, i hope you guys are coping. Is the weather nice where you are?
    Marg, Susan and Gail, hi to you too.
    Magda, how is the treatment going, I truly hope you are doing well and like Ali, are being well cared for.
    I better go now, was only meant to be out of the ward for 10 minutes, and Little Miss Bossy is on guard tonight! shes actually lovely, shes not bossy in the least. Dont think I would like to get on the wrong side of her though, she can run faster than me!!
    My love to all of you.
    Ali, my love to all the family too.
    Una xx

  113. Linda, Glasgow July 18, 2011 at 6:58 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    I just wanted to leave another comment to let you know i’m still wishing you the best and your in my thoughtsxx Glasgow is awash with heavy rain and your “dancing in the rain” philosophy made me smile and it really cheered me up – thanks for that.I hope your still saving up all your positive comments for when you need them – they come in handy at timesXX I hope the treatment is going well and is not taking too much out of you – your QVC posse is always here for you Ali and we are all wishing you the best and looking forward to seeing you back on our screens as soon as you are able. I hope all the other QVC posse members going through treatment are as good as they can be and having more bright rather than dark daysXX Look after yourself Ali lovely to speak to you again Love Linda GlasgowXX

  114. Liz July 18, 2011 at 8:50 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali (and everyone else of course!)
    I have been catching up with all the latest news and woohoo, Ali, you’re on the home run now!! I’ve been to London for a family get-together and was lucky enough to go to an event at Liz Earle’s London store where the lady herself spoke and I was able to speak to her and spend loads. She was lovely and it was a very pleasant hour or so. I also went to have afternoon tea at Claridges with my parents and that was superb – a real treat but something that should be done if you can. I’ve also had a couple of nights in Bath and Torquay. The Bath hotel was not good to say the least but we survived. The Torquay one was lovely though – shame it’s the other end of the country from me or I’d be there a few times a year I reckon!!
    Reading the fish visit, Ali, reminds me of the time I tried it earlier this year. Or should I say conned into it by my partner…I can’t stand my feet being touched but some friends had said the fish were great for giving you smooth feet, so my OH said he would have one of the pedicures with me. He then got me to go first and he chickened out. I should have known better!! It was a very wierd experience and I wouldn’t repeat it no matter how smooth my feet were. A funny story though with these fish. A friend of ours took over the lease on a shop that was a fish pedicure place so his girlfriend could run it. She was away and left him in charge of the fish. After a couple of days, he found some fish were dying even though he had been feeding them. Someone suggested perhaps he had overfed them so he stopped for a couple of days but each day he went down, more fish had died and disappeared. He then spoke to someone who knew about fish and who came to look at them. Yep, you’ve guessed it, they had been eating each other in the tanks!!!!! Urrrggghhh. Apparently they weren’t the right sort of fish. This sort grow larger after a month and grow teeth….need I say any more?? Anyway, there was only one large fish left in the end. The shop has now been turned into a coffee shop but no fish and chips on the menu!!
    I was at the hospital for a 3 month check last month and go back in another 3 months unless there are any issues in the meantime and I get a bone scan before my next appointment so it’ll be fingers crossed for no more progression in the old bones. I feel fine anyway so that’s always a bonus!
    I hope all the rest of you with problems/issues etc are managing as well as poss and get good outcomes. Ali – keep looking forward to that wedding and a great family day.
    Love to all, Liz x

  115. Alpa July 18, 2011 at 9:02 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali,
    Bless you for replying when you are full of a cold and cough. The last cold I had a few weeks ago wiped me out! I hope you are feeling a little better now and please try and take it easy. Even a superhero needs time out! Your cottage sounds lovely and cosy and I am so pleased that Colin is there with you 🙂
    Debz, I hope you are well. I am ok, still very much on go slow at present! You do have a way with words and I love the idea of a sisterhood. Hope all goes well on Wednesday with Ainzley’s appointment. Sending you black bags and newspapers just in case! x
    Una, I hope you are back home and feeling a little better. Take care now x
    Ali, I missed the Graham Norton highlights and the Chatty Man and Miranda! There is nothing quite like laughter is there?! I am watching Dinner Ladies as I write this. Haven’t watched a full episode before and yes, it is very chucklesome!
    Love to you all,
    Alpa xx

  116. Alpa July 18, 2011 at 10:53 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Brain like a sieve at present! Dinner Ladies is very funny and I did catch Miranda on Friday night, which made me laugh! 🙂
    Take care xx

  117. alison keenan July 19, 2011 at 2:06 pm -  Reply

    My dear Una, can’t imagine how I missed your comment, but been a little off kilter and now find that you’ve been stuck in hospital!! Bearing in mind you wrote that on the 12th and I’m trying to keep up in date order, I am very much hoping that you’re now home and completely better, although I feel as a matter of national importance you name the hospital and the doctor you wrote of, so that should any of us in future feel a little low, we could get him to warm his stethascope for us!! 🙂 Seriously tho, do take care of yourself, and know that you are very much cared about, love Ali xx

  118. alison keenan July 19, 2011 at 2:10 pm -  Reply

    Dear Debz and Ainzley, thank you so much for the Patience Strong poem – I think the words will resonate with many of us. How lovely that you have this as a reminder always of your grandad, and here’s hoping we all live to see 93 years 🙂 – clearly your Ainzley is a good judge of character….. I’m hoping for the vet’s sake he will feel equally kind tomorrow when you take him for his appointment! Take good care and remember those words “Search the clouds, you’re bound to find a gleam of light to follow…” – it’s always there if you look hard enough. with my love, Ali xx

  119. alison keenan July 19, 2011 at 2:31 pm -  Reply

    Helen, never mind about not winning the lottery – I think with your busy life you’d never have time to spend the money!! 🙂 I’m hoping that now Olivia is home for the summer holidays you at least get a lie in – I can imagine the mayhem at the leisure centre with the water slides… I used to secretly hate the water parks cos I always got cold! The kids loved it though, so always worth making the effort in truth 🙂 Ulcers still here in spite of pineapple etc., but it’s the flu like aches I seem to have started with that are a pain… my walk felt like a hike up Ben Nevis!! Take good care and enjoy your girl, and thanks as always for writing, love Ali xxx

  120. alison keenan July 19, 2011 at 2:34 pm -  Reply

    Jeannie, your sincerity, kind words and lovely sentiments are very welcome, and strength too…. am finding the once weekly treatments are beginning to sap my energy which is most frustrating, but keeping in touch with you all is something I very much enjoy doing, so please do write again when you have a moment. With love, Ali x

  121. alison keenan July 19, 2011 at 2:35 pm -  Reply

    Well Linda, I thank you very much for making my blog the place you made your first comment 🙂 Very sweet of you. Do keep in touch, as it’s always lovely to hear, Ali xx

  122. alison keenan July 19, 2011 at 2:38 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Susan, Keeping up with the pineapple, salt rinses and various mouthwashes, but the ulcers are very stubborn! At least where they are this time, doesn’t make it so painful to talk 🙂 I missed Pip and Ali on Sunday, but know they make a formidable team – and very entertaining. You’re right, I’m feeling a tad washed out at present, but only another 5 weeks to go, and then a little reprieve 🙂 Do hope all good with you, love Ali x

  123. alison keenan July 19, 2011 at 2:41 pm -  Reply

    Jo, thank you so much for your kind, understanding words. Deb Greenwood was talking about a comment you made on her blog the other week, and how you always seem to find the right thing to say 🙂 Hello to your colleagues, your family and of course yourself, and I look forward so much to a time when this will be the past – a dim and distant memory… the future can’t get come soon enough for me. Sending you my love, Ali xx

  124. alison keenan July 19, 2011 at 2:43 pm -  Reply

    Edwina, lovely to hear from you, and luckily Sam is doing pretty well at present, as are Jack and Lucy too. Looking forward to being back with you – hopefully in the autumn – but do keep in touch in the meantime won’t you? Love Ali x

  125. alison keenan July 19, 2011 at 2:45 pm -  Reply

    Belinda – so glad you liked the poppy picture – it seems to have been a hit with quite a number of people 🙂 Am thinking of having it enlarged and framed to put in my bedroom – the colours make me smile 🙂 Missing the old QVC Towers too, but hope to be back as soon as I’m able, with love, Ali xx

  126. angela white July 19, 2011 at 8:19 pm -  Reply

    you alright!? hi ali how you doing? just read your blog on bcc site. i can say no one actually tells you it wont return but my oncologist said “you had breast cancer BUT you dont have it now! so i was so happy to hear that! my sister got me a fan from spain a few years ago which i use every day! i had my mammagram 1st july -not had results yet so irang and was told theres a back log-poor souls as worried as me but my partner said if any probs they would soon be in touch so im hoping for the best! weekends used to tire me out as well and of course you having chemo everyweek will wear you out! not many more to go then you get a rest for a while. ilove dinnerladies to and have it on dvd victoria and julie are brilliant! take care of yourself ali sending love and hugs to you,your family and ladies who blog! x

  127. Marg July 19, 2011 at 10:00 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali, I hope by the time you read this you are feeling a little better.I hated to see you write that you were feeling down,I could tell by the choice of your words before you said to one of the ladies how sore you felt when walking, I know it sounds trite but please dont give in,get angry get mad but get going.Please, I was thinking of you wrapped up in your cottage,hoping you had some mad DVD’S to lighten your mood.Mabye next week the side effects will be gone. I really pray for that, the first half are the hard ones.
    I saw Terry Christian on 5 this morning and he said something so true but funny, he comes from a large family and he said he had found out that the only thing money cant buy you is poverty.Almost but not quite true, a very smart young man.I am glad to hear the family are all well,the wedding will be a great boost for you,your weight will steady,regardless and you will look beautiful,you just cant help it.
    Keep holding on to us,to all the hands extended in caring love,we are all rooting for you, bless you Ali, I hope this will all soon be a bad dream,
    Thinking of you Gail, stop trying to corrupt the young doc’s Una, leave a few for the others, hope you are at home by now anyway,you are just a bad influence,
    Love to all the Ladies in Ali’s Army,

  128. Marg July 20, 2011 at 4:33 pm -  Reply

    Just a thought ALI, how about getting some people together to produce some good size prints of the poppies, then selling them for breast cancer care? If you can organise it I have one booked.
    I hope you realise I’m not asking you to do it, delegate.I think it could be a winner.
    Take great care,

  129. Magda Chetty July 20, 2011 at 7:51 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali ( and all the other great QVC ladies)
    Sorry it has been a while, I did not want to write when iam down, but Ali after reading your blog, I feel 100 time better. How nice all of you asking about me. Sorry to hear about your ulser Ali, I do have them a lot and find drinking warm water when I get up first thing helps a lot. Ali my love God bless you and help you get better soon, what you are going through make me think that my treatment is nothing and I should be strong and carry on, all my love to you,I do pray for you every night.
    My blood test was ok, I have to now take a tablet every day to stop my heart from racing. I had 9 treatment so far, only another 11 to go. Ali the only good thing about the radiotherapy is that it makes you sleep a lot, so I have been sleeping 8 and 9 hours some nights which helps to get rid of being tierd all the time.
    Thank you all for asking about me, you are sisters to me now and I wish you all the best. Una get better soon.

  130. Alpa July 20, 2011 at 9:13 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali,
    How are you feeling? I do hope you may be feeling a little better. Like Marg, I really did feel for you when you mentioned that going for your walk was like climbing Ben Nevis! Look at you Ali, although you were feeling so yuck, you still went out for your walk 🙂
    Marg, hope you are well. Although your words were not addressed to me, they are a timely reminder to keep fighting despite what ever we may be going through x
    Una, I think we may have to hire a bodyguard for you, just to keep an eye on you and keep you safe from any mishaps!! I hope you were able to tear yourself away from your doctor and are safely at home, recovering x
    Debz, hope Ainzley’s visit to the vet today was without incident! x
    Helen, hope you are enjoying the school hols with Olivia and are able to have a lie in x
    Gail, thinking of you x
    Love to you all in Ali’s Army x
    Ali, another one down tomorrow, more than half way through taxol now. You are doing so very well, to keep on keeping on and we are all with you every step of the way. Love to you and your family and so pleased that plans for THE wedding are going well, very exciting! 🙂
    You take care,
    Love Alpa xx

  131. sharon brown July 20, 2011 at 9:40 pm -  Reply

    hi alison,
    was so sorry to hear about u, and hope things r going as good as can be, i myself have just been diagnosed 2 weeks ago, and am starting chemo next thurs, i am v scared but this has to be done, im really stressing about losing my hair, and am tom going to see about a wig, which im a bit excited about. hope ur well and i will keep in touch. lots of love.x xxx

  132. Debz July 21, 2011 at 12:59 pm -  Reply

    Hello everyone
    Now, as some of you know, yesterday was Ainzley’s vets visit. An event which fills everyone concerned with dread (including the nurses at the vets!!)
    Ainzley was very quiet on the way there which is unusual as he usually serenades us with a variety of howls, high pitched meows and a few growls thrown in!! The vet decided that he was going to give Ainzley a feline M.O.T which would mean an ECG for his poorly heart, a blood test and a liver scan as he said that Ainzley’s liver readings had not come down following his course of medication.
    We left the vets to the sound of Ainzley meowing his head of and a rather nervous looking nurse assuring us that she would look after him!
    We went to collect him in the afternoon. Before we could take him home the vet talked us through all of Ainzley’s scans. His heart is a little worse (he does have a progressive heart condition) but nothing really to worry about. His liver, however, was rather enlarged and so he has to now take another tablet for this and also has to be put on a special diet of low protein food. Thsi was going to be fun as Ainz doesn’t like anything that has the word “low” in it at all. Watch this space for how THAT turns out!
    As the vet was putting all the scans back into Ainzley’s file a rather large red laminated sign fell out of it which said “CARE” and underneath “EXTREME ++++” The vet looked rather sheepish and explained that this has to be stuck to Ainzley’s carrier each time he visits as he has bitten everyone in the practice so this is a special warning sign so the staff know what they’re up against!!
    Apparently, even tough he has a dicky heart and a dodgy liver, he can still strike fear into the heart of vets and nurses alike!! That’s my boy!!
    Anyway, we got him into his carrier and on the way home he decided to wet himself TWICE!! He couldn’t do that when I needed to get a wee sample from him could he?? We got home and I put a towel down next to his carrier as his feet and undercarriage were soaking wet and I would need to dry him off before I could let him into the lounge. I opened the carrier and Ainzley just bolted out. Now, we have laminate flooring in the hall and, watching a cat skating across it with wet feet looking like Bambi on ice was so funny that I just sat and laughed. It wasn’t so funny later when I had to steam clean the hall floor and the lounge carpet mind you!!
    We have to take him back in a month for another blood test so we will have to go through the whole thing again! I love cats!!
    Lots of love and licks

  133. Susan July 21, 2011 at 7:48 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Aw you missed a treat with Pip and Ali. They were great. Spo relaxed…just 2 friends. Nice. Didn’t know Pip was half Spanish! Exotic! So sorry the ulcers aren’t shifting. Pure liqourice (?spelling!) is supposed to help them. You could ask Colin to get you some from a health shop – worth a go perhaps. You’ll keep them in business if it helps you! I’m glad to read the ‘kiddies’ are well too. Must be a bit of a weight off your mind that they’re ok. I’m soo pleased you’ve only got another 5 treatments!! The light is in sight! If you want to take another tablet – I’m sure you don’t though – a B vitamin complex could provide you with a bit more energy. Helps relase the energy from food we eat. I know you’ll have to say QVC doesn’t endorse this though – but just thought I’d suggest it. You’ve possibly heard/tried it all before though so I do apologise if I’m rabbiting on! I hope you and Debs G and your fellow presenters don’t get fed up or annoyed with me/us on here!
    Take care,
    Susan x

  134. Susan July 21, 2011 at 7:56 pm -  Reply

    Hi Marg, Ali, Magda and Sharon,
    I just had to write and say what a fab idea it is of yours to get the poppies printed!! I’d buy that too! Hope you get that delegated Ali! Will be a lovely sentiment for your return in Oct in time for BCC! They’d fly out.
    Magda, so glad you’ve got so many treatments out of the way now and that you’re keeping chipper by reading Ali’s blogs. Take care.
    Sharon, so sorry about your diagnosis. You are in the company of fabulous ladies though and will do just as well. You take care and keep in touch with Ali’s Army!
    Love Susan x

  135. Marg July 21, 2011 at 8:30 pm -  Reply

    Hi Sharon, I am so sorry to hear of your news, there is no rule that says bravery comes with this diagnoses,I think its only human to be scared of the unknown. All the ladies on this blog will reach out to help,even if its just to listen,I am a great believer in the power of positive thinking and by reaching out and holding someones hand it does give a feeling of strenght, so just imagine you have friends here who will help you find strenght to beat this.Please keep in touch, I am sure when Ali is feeling up to it she will answer your blog, in the meantime we are all here for you,
    Loving thoughts,

  136. Jasmine July 23, 2011 at 10:21 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, I have watched you on QVC over the years and always thought what a warm and lovely person you are. It has come as a real shock to know you are unwell and also to know that you have been so for a while and that I’ve only just realised! I hope that your treatment continues to go well for you and that before you know it you are back on our screens again doing what you do best.
    Sending you love and light xxx

  137. alison keenan July 23, 2011 at 10:38 pm -  Reply

    My dear Sharon, so sorry to hear about your diagnosis, but think you’re doing amazingly well. Please don’t be scared… the care you will receive, the treatment and the expertise will mean you’re in safe hands and if you just allow the doctors, specialists, nurses and everyone else in the caring profession to do what they do so well, you will get through it 🙂 Have fun choosing your wig – get a couple! Variety is after all the spice of life 🙂 Stay brave sweet Sharon, all will be well….Trust in your angels. With my love, Ali xxxx

  138. alison keenan July 23, 2011 at 10:44 pm -  Reply

    Sylvia, lovely to hear from you, and I very much hope that Elaine is now completely healed and over her surgery. I hope too that life has settled for you and that you maybe have a summer holiday to look forward to. I’m aiming to be back in the autumn, so fingers crossed it will go according to plan. Love to you and Elaine, and thanks for writing, ali xx

  139. alison keenan July 23, 2011 at 10:46 pm -  Reply

    Hello Kath, Bless you for your lovely and kind words. I really do appreciate you taking the time out to write. Yes, I am being very well looked after by family and friends – truly spoiled. I hope that life is being good to you too, love Ali xx

  140. alison keenan July 23, 2011 at 10:47 pm -  Reply

    Jules, your thoughts and prayers are very much appreciated 🙂 thank you, love Ali xx

  141. alison keenan July 23, 2011 at 10:52 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Janet, you’re so kind to keep up with the recommendations 🙂 yes Difflam I have – in mouthwash form – which is great after the salt washes and the bonjela paint on stuff!! I am actually on anti biotics now to try and get rid of the cough and I think that will help the ulcers too 🙂 Wedding plans moving along nicely and Lucy and I actually looked at a couple of outfits for me today on line – the one I liked had sold out!! &%$$ Law eh? 🙂 wood burners are great aren’t they. Already putting logs into store for the winter…. can’t believe how quickly we seem to be motoring through the months… My love to you, Ali xx

  142. alison keenan July 23, 2011 at 11:03 pm -  Reply

    Susan lovely to get your comment – could almost see you smiling while I read it… do perservere with Dinner Ladies – it’s sheer brilliance 🙂 I’m now on antibiotics to sort out the cold and cough and they’ll hopefully work their magic on the mouth ulcers too – getting rather tired of pineapple!! You and all my other bloggers are definintely the beacon of light in my life – I love reading through them – a source of sheer pleasure. Have a great weekend, Love Ali x

  143. alison keenan July 23, 2011 at 11:10 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Debz and Ainzley =^-^= (I copied you there!) Yup I think Colin is the man for the job – very big arms 🙂 On anti biotics for the old cough so I sound less like I smoke 50 Marlborough a day now! I loved reading your account of Ainzley’s visit to the vet – I have this secret feeling that the vets draw lots to see who has to treat him when an appointment comes up 🙂 I am sorry to hear that he wee’d in the car. You may remember when my Dodge wee’d in my car on my new leather seats. Well, the smell has lingered but seemed to be stronger more recently, and I discovered that when I last visited Lucy, Willows (who now lives with her) had got into my car as the roof was off, and left a puddle behind the passenger seat!! Lovely!! There was me, bottom sticking out a mile trying to soak it up with blue paper towels at the petrol station… not a pretty sight! Take good care, chin up and keep in touch, with love, Ali xx

  144. alison keenan July 23, 2011 at 11:16 pm -  Reply

    Dear Shauna, Thank you so much for writing to me… I have thought so often about Lucy’s big day, and how it’s going to be, and am so glad that all those of us who need to be there will be… In contrast I can really imagine how difficult it was for you to be there without your Dad or your mum…. my Dad died three years before I married for the second time and was sorely missed…I admire your bravery for doing your grieving in private… although I am certain a few tears will be shed on October 22nd this year – joy and relief that we made it being a part of it :)!! I will of course pass on your best wishes to Amica – whom I believe is doing very well. Love to you Shauna xxx

  145. alison keenan July 23, 2011 at 11:23 pm -  Reply

    Una, you should write a book! You did make me laugh, but I am also hoping very much that you are now safely back at home and that your blood pressure is behaving. It sounds awful! I remember fainting just the once – the floor came up to meet me, it was ghastly.. That said, I’m sure your yellow cheek will now be a far more flattering shade of purple so you can blend your blusher in – as Ali Young would no doubt advise you!! 🙂 Now for the surprise, my cottage is EXACTLY like the one from the film The Holiday. MY dear friend Jo and I took Jack, Sophie and Phoebe to see it when it was released and both said how fab it would be to live somewhere like that – and now I do!! How lucky am I eh? 🙂 Please do take good care of yourself, and I hope when I next hear from you, it will be from your own home. Much love, Ali xx

  146. alison keenan July 23, 2011 at 11:27 pm -  Reply

    So glad Linda that you’ve been cheered by our “Dancing in the Rain” philosophy – wish I could lay claim to it, but it was from one of the posse who write regularly and whose name escapes me, but it has been a constant source of comfort to me and am very glad it is to you too.. I also hope that they like me are seeking out those brighter moments, cos they make the rest of it so much more bearable 🙂 Love to you, and thanks for writing, Ali xx

  147. alison keenan July 23, 2011 at 11:34 pm -  Reply

    Liz you are a legend 🙂 Bless you for keeping in touch, and for taking each step of your journey with your best foot forward…. so glad that you are feeling well, and I very much hope that bodes well for your scan. As for your fish story….. EEeeeeuw!!! Was actually looking online with Lucy for possible Mother of the Bride outfits!! Her dad’s wife already has hers, and it’s gorgeous! I’ve decided to wait until after my chemo finishes before I look properly – but a bit of window shopping never hurt anyone eh?? 🙂 Love to you too Liz, ali xx

  148. alison keenan July 23, 2011 at 11:55 pm -  Reply

    Alpa, my pleasure to reply, but was sorry to hear you’d been so poorly with your cold 🙁 Hope you’re feeling much better now, and glad that you’re enjoying Dinner Ladies. I feel we should campaign to get Victoria Wood to write more! I’m on antibiotics now which will help my cough and also my ulcers, so that’s good. Oh, and another comedy series to watch out for is Not Going Out… Lee Mack – very funny man. Tonight, by way of a change, I have numb feet and one numb hand… this may be my last missive tonight 🙂 God bless and talk soon, Love Ali xx

  149. Gaynor July 24, 2011 at 4:13 pm -  Reply

    I think I’ve missed something. Sun 24 Jul and Alison Young has just mentioned you saying you have a new wig? Oh Alison have you been ill? If so, I hope you are on the mend. Don’t want to be too nosy but I didn’t know until AY mentioned it today.

  150. Marg July 24, 2011 at 4:36 pm -  Reply

    I’m Just sitting here in my room watching QVC and Allison is doing the’Beauty Awards Nominee’s spot. She has just told us you have been into QVC towers and you were looking great,now you’ve got the extra tips for eyeliner it will give you a bigger boost, I dont know if there is a reason for staying away from false lashes,mabye you just dont like them,but I did like the inner lining tips. I have very sensitive eyes and have never dared to try,but I’m going to give it a shot, why not.
    I hope things have improved a bit this week,keep taking your strolls as moving is always a good therapy for what ails you, its helped me dodge a few bullits in my life, if they cant catch you they cant hurt you.I just responded to ALLISON mentioning you and had to say how good it was to hear that you are looking great.
    Keep going ALI we’ll get there,hold my hand with the others and we will take on anything thrown at us,and win.
    Hi Gail hope you are still going strong,bless you.
    Hi to all the other Ladies, Una where are you?

  151. Angela July 25, 2011 at 12:32 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali, good luck with your treatment, glad that the end is in sight for you, I know that’s a great feeling which at the outset, seems such a long way off. It’s 19 years next month since my diagnosis, and glad to say I’m about to celebrate another birthday this week and have also recently been blessed with another grandchild. Even when the going is tough, keep your positive outlook and will look forward to seeing you back before too long, God bless xx
    PS Love the poppies, reminded me of my wedding!

  152. mandy July 25, 2011 at 12:36 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison,
    i always kept an eye on the blogs but since emigrating to Australia i am just getting round to updating myself with QVC and i just wanted to say well done Alison on your fanastic achievement raising awareness and well needed money for charity you are an inspiration to all as was my mother who lost her battle last october to secondary breast cancer but the fight goes on with every race run walk and donation made to cancer charites you are in my thought and prayers
    mandy x

  153. Alpa July 25, 2011 at 5:43 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali,
    Thank you for replying and so late at night, too 🙂 I do hope the antibiotics clear up your cough and cold and mouth ulcers. My cold has gone… yay! I couldn’t beleive how something so small could have wiped me out! Just this horrible feeling of weakness and no energy at all, which started a few months ago after a black out. Never mind, eh!
    Ali, how fantastic to find a cottage like the one in ‘The Holiday’ It is gorgeous and sounds perfect for you 🙂 Fingers crossed that the next outfit you find online will be there for you!
    Watching dinnerladies as I write and will keep an eye out for Not Going Out…Lee Mack. A very funny man sounds good to me!
    Una, how are you doing? I hope your blood pressure is behaving itself and there have been no more fainting episodes and bruises. It is horrible and unsettling and I do hope you are safely at home now and being very well looked after x
    Debz, hope you are ok. Thank you for making me laugh with Ainzley’s latest antics. I think he has the heart of a tiger at least!! x
    Helen, hope you are well x
    Magda, thinking of you and sending my love x
    Love to you all x
    Ali, I hope the numb feet and one numb hand have passed and you can feel your fingers and toes 🙂
    Take good care,
    Love Alpa xx

  154. Gail July 25, 2011 at 9:20 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, just wanted you to know that I had written to you (you must have missed it; not surprising considering how many replies you write). Not hinting for a reply, just didn’t want you to think that I hadn’t written. I know how terribly hard life must seem at the moment and I’ll say what I always say and abide by, and that is, “When going through Hell, keep going.” The only way my friend. For you this horrible journey will hopefully end at some point and I’m sure all you have gone through will have a very positive impact on your future. I feel years of illness and various operations have revealed who I am, rather than changed who I am. I always say that in a funny sort of way I’m rather glad I have had so many experiences as I feel if I hadn’t, I would never have met me. I am so glad that I have met the real me; hope that doesn’t sound too conceited and I do hope you understand where I am coming from? We are all only as good as we feel today, nothing more and nothing less. ‘Today is the tomorrow we worried about yesterday’. Oh dear I’m sounding a bit serious, aren’t I, ha ha. Keep positive and keep going my friend, you are in my thoughts xx You are a much braver person than I; I really don’t think I could go through what you and so many others are going through, not now any way. I know how excited you must be about the wedding; I so hope you are feeling well on that day. LOL XX
    Alpa and Helen, I do so hope you are both well and that the ME isn’t ‘winning’. Keep strong and keep going forward. Yes, the battle continues but I’ve won ’em all so far. I don’t lie down so easily, neither must you xx
    Hello Debz, lots of love and hoping you are well. I’m so glad you’ve found many friends on Ali’s blog. We all love reading your news, keep it coming xx
    Magda, so so glad they have sorted your palpitations out, they can be very frightening. You sound very positive which is good. Keep strong and sending love your way xx
    Marg, thank you so much for your kind words. I’m fine, thank you. The new tablets seem to be working, for now, but I never try to look too far into the future. One day at a time is good enough for me. LOL XX
    Una, how are you my friend? How is your back? Are you out of hospital yet? Oh dear, hope you don’t think I’m asking too many questions. Keep us updated, we all love to hear from you xx
    Ali, lots of love sent your way and hope the anti biotics do their job quickly. Never mind the salt rinses; I want to still be hearing from you when you are having the ‘blue rinses’. How lovely would that be?
    All my love, Gail xxx

  155. Debz July 26, 2011 at 3:00 pm -  Reply

    Hi everyone
    Ali, I do hope your numbness has gone now and that your cold is better. I hope you are in good spirits and if not get some good spirits inside you! I find vodka and cranberry juice does it for me!
    Seriously though, you take care of yourself. I know these weekly treatment sessions are getting you down but stay positive as the end is nearly in sight. We are all willing you on. Imagine us as cheerleaders and we are all shaking our pom poms and cheering you home!!
    Alpa, I am so glad your cold has gone. Hopefully you are now feeling a little better. You are so wonderful to keep sending us messages when you yourself must be feeling poorly. Thank you so much my friend. I think you too have that Keenan Fighting Spirit!!
    Una, I do hope you are out of hospital now if only to give those hunky doctors a rest eh? I do hope that you are on the mend as we do miss you on here.
    Hello too to my good friends Helen, Helen S, Shauna, Gail and Magda and everyone else on here. I hope you all had a good weekend. My OH painted the kitchen (finally) and Ainzley is now sporting a “melon sorbet” stripe now his one side and we have cat hair stuck to the skirting board!!
    Lots of love and licks

  156. Mrs Janet Jones July 26, 2011 at 3:13 pm -  Reply

    My Dear Ali,it warms my heart to think of you living in a cottage just like the one from The Holiday, were you can rest and get well with Colin looking afetr you. I am turning a dark shade of green as I love that cottage(lol).I have also just stocked up on some logs for the comimg Autumn(my favourite season).I would love to downsize but my husband says he’s not ready yet! So we have decided to knock through the playroom into the kitchen to have a open plan kitchen/dining room. Well that is the plan! Some of my kitchen cupboards have already gone and my food store is now a bookcase in the hall(which is quite small) I must admit I did shed a tear as we have emptied the playroom.We live out in the sticks so it used to be the meet and general hanging out place for my son and his friends. But as he is now 21 and living away the room became a bit of a dumping ground!Time to move on my husband says but I think we mother’s have a hard time doing that!
    You are on the countdown now Ali, so keep strong and I hope your ulcers and cough have improved. Enjoy this warm weather, take good care Ali, speak soon, love Janet xx

  157. Debz July 26, 2011 at 3:51 pm -  Reply

    Hi Sharon
    I am so sorry that you have been diagnosed with this horrible disease. The fact that you’re scared is only natural. We are all afraid of the unknown and when the word “cancer” is used everyone automatically fears the worst.
    I remember when they told me my Dad had colon cancer I thought that was it but he is alive and well and now has been given the all clear. He was so brave and refused to let it beat him and I am sure that you will do the same. The ladies on here who have been where you are now were probably just as scared as you but they made it through. Be strong my lovely and we will all be thinking of you and holding your hand.
    We are only ever a blog away whenever you need us.
    Love and licks

  158. helen s July 26, 2011 at 5:38 pm -  Reply

    Hia Ali, well our little group of friends is simply just getting bigger and better by the minute. Hope your cold and ulcers are a lot better, you poor thing. Only a quickie, Olivia has her friend over so its hot dogs in the garden for tea, yes, the sun is out woo hoo!!!! 🙂 🙂
    Gail, that you for a mention, the old ME is still lurking and I thing that my age isn’t helping much, 44 in a few days time and hormones everywhere. I did have a brief respite with the ME thing, but I definately thing the hormone things have triggered thiings off again. Just go with it I think, my hard work sometimes keeping up with my little one.
    Una, I do hope that you are out of hospital, if you were a little closer, I imagaine that your nowhere near wales, I could keep an eye on you, hee hee.
    To all my other blog friends, must dash, 2 hungry young ladies are waiting to be fed.
    Take care and chat soon
    Luv and hugs as always
    Helen S
    Ps do any of you live near Wales or am I the only Welsh blogger? ha ha xx

  159. Elaine Garner July 26, 2011 at 11:03 pm -  Reply

    Dearest Alison, I have only just realised how ill you have been. I am not very good at the facebook sort of thing, but looked up your blog to see if you were either on a long holiday, or had left.! I have been moved more than I can say at your courage and am sure all the deeply felt thoughts from other cancer patients have held you strong and brave. I cannot begin to understand what you have been going through, so please just take this as another “we miss you, be well soon” message. Fondest love and praying this ghastly thing will be behind you soon. God bless dear lady. Elaine Garner

  160. alison keenan July 26, 2011 at 11:13 pm -  Reply

    My dear Gail, a blue rinse would be the best – and with my own hair to colour!! 🙂 I am SO sorry I missed you last time your wrote, but as you say, the more comments, the harder it becomes to keep up to date!! I do have a system which clearly failed me that day, but thank you so much for writing again and keeping me in the loop. I’m very glad that your new tablets are working for you and hope that each day is better than the last 🙂 I love your words and how you describe your journey of self discovery…. I think I’m still learning – a great deal of time with just myself, when I have all my life so preferred to be with friends and family. Having to deal with uncertainty is probably the hardest thing for me – I very much like to research everything and be confident of where I am going and what the outcome will be… no guarantees with this or promises… but hope is something I hold dear, and reading so many positive stories from so many of you compounds my faith… I particulary like your statement that today is the tomorrow we worried about yesterday…. so true. This is what it is, and I hope that in the years to come, I can sit back and put it in its rightful place…. behind me. Much love Gail, and thanks for writing – AGAIN!! 🙂 xxx

  161. helen s July 27, 2011 at 10:57 am -  Reply

    Hia all, only me again, I’ve just re read my blog yesterday and omg there are so many spelling mistakes, I do appologise, it was written in haste.
    The sun is out again, yeh! So washing maching on the go and my babe out playing already.
    Ali, I do hope that you are ok, there are no guarantees for anything in life, some of lifes issues are a little more difficult to cope with, but my Mum has overcome nasty breast cancer and non hodgkins lymhphoma. It still niggles away in her mind if she gets an ache or pain but on the whole, she’s grand. We’re all here for you and every other dear person who has to contend with this horrid illness. Do you know, I’m certain someone, somewhere has the answer to all this and there is something/someone stopping the cure. Call my cynical or what?
    Anyway, enough doom and gloom, the sun is out!!!
    My love and hugs as always to all my buddies
    Helen s

  162. Susan July 27, 2011 at 4:18 pm -  Reply

    Hi Gail (and Ali),
    I just wanted to say that is what I say to myself too!! Today is the tomorrow we worried about yesterday! So true. I’m also particularly fond of my newer one –
    “Worry is a like a rocking horse, it uses up a lot of energy but gets you nowhere!!” Priceless…and so very true.
    At least we’ve had some good sunshine girls! Well i hope we all have?
    Take care,
    Susan x
    PS I’m so sorry to hear that gorgeous Claudia isn’t coming back! And Sara too.

  163. Aisling July 27, 2011 at 9:25 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison,
    So lovely to read your blog and see how positive you are being. My Mum beat breast cancer nine years ago and is still doing well and she always said that cancer is a bully and you can’t let it beat you. She like you is an inspitation and lives life to the full. Wishing you a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing your smiling face back on QVC soonest. Best wishes, Aisling

  164. Alpa July 28, 2011 at 12:18 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    I hope that the antibiotics are doing their work and you are well on the way to being cold and cough and mouth ulcer free 🙂
    Debz, lovely to hear from you my friend. I did find your ‘if not in good spirits get some good spirits inside you’ very chucklesome and I think it is classic! How funny Debz, vodka and cranberry juice used to be my drink of choice, and I may have to get some cranberry juice in and hold the vodka! So pleased that your Dad has been given the all clear 🙂 Cold all gone now, so just the old M.E. which is one thing less! If I have even a measure of that Keenan Fighting Spirit, I consider myself very lucky indeed 🙂
    By the way, Ainzley sounds very fetching with a melon sorbet stripe down one side!
    Helen, you do very well to do all that you do when you are not feeling 100 per cent, yourself. I am pleased to hear that your Mum is doing well. And you are not cynical at all, I too think that someone, somewhere has an answer to it all and it is being stopped for whatever reason! Unfortunately I don’t live near Wales and remember the offer to do any ironing for you is always open 🙂
    Gail, thank you for thinking of me. It’s good to know that your new tablets are helping and as you say, one day at a time. Your words certainly gave me food for thought and I love your saying, ‘when going through hell keep going!’ It is the only way and makes a lot of sense to me!
    Una, we are missing you and thinking of you. Hope that you are recovering at home now.
    Sharon, so sorry to learn of your diagnosis. We are here for you whenever you need us.
    Love to you all and to Susan, Magda, Elaine, Shauna, Liz, Marg and everyone else here.
    Ali, I too very much like to do my research and know where I am going and what the outcome will be. Uncertainty is one of the hardest things to live with. Saying that, (without having a crystal ball to look into) I do have faith that you will be well and hold you to a blue rinse with your own hair to colour 🙂
    You are a vision of grace and courage, beauty and strength and I do love your unfailing sense of humour 🙂
    Take very good care,
    Love Alpa xx

  165. alison keenan July 28, 2011 at 8:49 pm -  Reply

    You alright Angela?? Lovely to hear from you, and am hoping that as it’ll be 10 days since you wrote that your results will be through and it will all be good 🙂 Your partner is right – bad news travels a great deal faster than good… my consultants 7.30am call is a perfect example! Yes the once weekly treatment has become quite difficult to deal with, but today was my 9th so only 3 to go!!! YAY. The numb feet and hands have become a little tiresome but we’ve decided to carry on rather than dropping the dose at all, because so close to the finishing line. You are of course right saying that NO ONE will tell you that you can never have breast cancer again – I found that out by reading the BCC and Macmillan sites – but I’ll go along with your adage once I’ve had my radiotherapy. Thank you so much for it :)So glad you love Dinnerladies – script writing at its very best. I hope you have a great weekend, love me xxx

  166. alison keenan July 28, 2011 at 9:31 pm -  Reply

    Marg you are an angel 🙂 Love everything that you write, and your intuition as to how I’m feeling right now… I think of us all holding hands as I walk my walk, and think of Christmas when I can ‘talk’ to you properly ‘cos I’ll hopefully be back at QVC by then. Decision made today to continue with current dose of Taxol at least for this week inspite of side effects ‘cos I’m so near the end … only 3 more to go. Lucy’s bouquet arrived today – it’s buttons shells and lace and is gorgeous 🙂 Each day is a step nearer – very exciting 🙂 I send love to you all my girls who make up Ali’s army…. so much strength in numbers eh? Yours, Ali xxxx

  167. alison keenan July 28, 2011 at 9:35 pm -  Reply

    Marg, am going with Colin on Wednesday to see a friend of his who owns a gallery and thinking of getting a number of prints made up… CRACKING IDEA! 🙂 Thank you so much. I will let you know how I get on. Bless you, and I will delegate… brain too frilly to do much else!! Much love, Ali xx

  168. alison keenan July 28, 2011 at 9:41 pm -  Reply

    Madga, so good to hear all your positive news, and a relief too, as I have in truth – along with your other sisters – been thinking about you and praying that everything was going ahead according plan. Great that the tabs have stopped your heart from racing and that you are nearly thru your radiotherapy 🙂 Your treatment is to you exactly what mine is to me – invasive, unwanted, uncomfortable, but needed, so please don’t feel what you are going through is measured in any way by anyone. You are and have been very brave. So pleased for you 🙂 MY mum has told me to expect to get into bed about a week after radiotherapy finishes and stay there for at least 5 days!!!! Will have to coerce Colin to join me for at least one of them!! 🙂 Stay strong dear Magda and keep in touch. with my love, Ali xx

  169. alison keenan July 28, 2011 at 9:45 pm -  Reply

    Alpa, definitely more than half way. had treatment number 9 today, so only 3 to go!! YAY 🙂 Lucy’s bouquet arrived today too….. not fresh flowers you’ll be relieved to hear, but buttons, shells and lace… not one to be weighed down with tradition my Loob… so beautiful though, and matches the headbands the bridesmaids are wearing too. So very exciting, and just that little bit closer too 🙂 I really hope you’re coping Alpa and that you’re not too worn down, also that the sun shone for you today. I saw all three of my children today – Lucy came for treatment, Sam cleaned my car and I took Jack out driving for a short while… a very good day inspite of treatment. Love to you, ali xx

  170. alison keenan July 28, 2011 at 9:50 pm -  Reply

    Susan, if you scroll up a tad you’ll see that I have taken Marg’s suggestion seriously and with a little help from Colin’s friends I hope to make it into something tangible 🙂 Maybe a limited edition – either way raising money for a really good cause. Thank you yet again for your promised support. Do hope you’ve had a touch of the glorious sunshine we had today, and that you’ll have a great weekend. With love Ali xx

  171. alison keenan July 28, 2011 at 9:51 pm -  Reply

    Jasmine, beautiful name and beautiful sentiment 🙂 Thank you. Sending you love and light too, and keeping everything crossed that I’ll be back with you come the autumn. Love Ali xx

  172. alison keenan July 28, 2011 at 9:57 pm -  Reply

    Dear Gaynor, thanks so much for taking time out to write.. yes I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer and have been off work since mid January. If you get a few minutes you can have a look back over the blogs and that will fill you in 🙂 Only two more chemotherapy treatments to go before a months gap and then radiotherapy. Not doing too badly thanks to all the support, so do keep in touch, and we can update each other 🙂 Love Ali xx

  173. alison keenan July 28, 2011 at 10:00 pm -  Reply

    Ali Young is a sweetheart Marg, when infact I looked pretty ropey!! However her tips are sound, and the only reason I haven’t really perservered with the false eyelashes is because I don’t feel confident they won’t fall off – a bit like hold ups falling down! Disastrous!! Claire Sutton bought me some beautiful lashes though and I will have a go at sticking them on before I next visit QVC Towers. Ali Young has a heart of gold and TRULY deserves her title of Beauty Expert – a world of knowledge there. Lovely to hear from you and I hope you have a great weekend. Love Ali xx

  174. Mrs Janet Jones July 29, 2011 at 10:50 am -  Reply

    My Dear Ali,it warms my heart to think of you living in a cottage just like the one from The Holiday, were you can rest and get well with Colin looking afetr you. I am turning a dark shade of green as I love that cottage(lol).I have also just stocked up on some logs for the comimg Autumn(my favourite season).I would love to downsize but my husband says he’s not ready yet! So we have decided to knock through the playroom into the kitchen to have a open plan kitchen/dining room. Well that is the plan! Some of my kitchen cupboards have already gone and my food store is now a bookcase in the hall(which is quite small) I must admit I did shed a tear as we have emptied the playroom.We live out in the sticks so it used to be the meet and general hanging out place for my son and his friends. But as he is now 21 and living away the room became a bit of a dumping ground!Time to move on my husband says but I think we mother’s have a hard time doing that!
    You are on the countdown now Ali, so keep strong and I hope your ulcers and cough have improved. Enjoy this warm weather, take good care Ali, speak soon, love Janetxx

  175. angela white July 29, 2011 at 1:08 pm -  Reply

    hi ali,just read your reply to me, yes i had my results-clear! phew! its the best letter i have every year! so relieved! you will feel the same when you get yours too. ali you are doing so well, soon be over you have had more to contend with than most i think a strong will and i said to my family “im not going anywhere!” got me through saw dinnerladies other night the xmas one dolly said who has sex xmas eve? jean-the dalilama, well says jean he must do his sprouts xmas eve!!!!!!!!!! priceless! have a good weekend love and hugs x

  176. elaine sallis July 29, 2011 at 1:30 pm -  Reply

    HI Ali
    Hope things are not too bad after your latest treatment. Was interested to read about the bouquet. My daughter Jodie is like Lucy anything but traditional and is making her own bouquet out of brooches she has been buying over the last 12 months. Only a month to her wedding and am getting both excited and nervous. Have had my hospital appt for the suspected skin cancer postponed and it is not now until September. It has however, persuaded my son to go to the drs. with some moles that I have been nagging him for months to get checked. He goes on Tuesday so will see what they say. My friend could not cope with false eyelashes or wigs when she was having chemo. She always looked lovely in scarfs though and became very creative with the styles. She did lose her eyebrows and used to draw them in. I was always surprised how well she managed as she has MS which affects her arms and legs.
    Its lovely to hear your voice again on the voice overs you did Ali. Think about you and the other lovely ladies on here a lot.
    We have become quite a little family haven’t we?!
    Hope you can now see the light shining very brightly at the end of the tunnel Ali.
    Love Elaine

  177. Alpa July 29, 2011 at 1:37 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali,
    Bless you for replying. We all really appreciate you taking the time to keep in touch with us when you are going through so much yourself. More than half way through, so only 3 to go before your break!! YAY indeed 🙂 Lucy’s bouquet sounds beautiful and unusual as well and it is very exciting!
    Yes, the sun did shine on me yesterday and that was good! It makes such a difference doesn’t it?! So pleased that you had a good day inspite of treatment and you saw all the children 🙂 I am trying my best to cope although it doesn’t always feel like it at times, if that makes sense. As you say, to keep on keeping on is the best way forward 🙂
    Fab idea of having poppy prints made to raise money, look forward to that! And thank you so much for mentioning Dinnerladies, I love it!
    Holding your hand,
    Love Alpa xx

  178. Gail July 29, 2011 at 2:24 pm -  Reply

    My dear Ali, I was thrilled to read that you only have 3 more Chemo sessions left. I’m sure we will all be counting them down with you. I know you have the Radiotherapy after, but so much closer to the finish. What a journey eh!! Lucy’s bouquet sounds very different and must admit I can’t quite picture it in my mind. Hopefully you’ll share some photos after the wedding. It sounds beautiful though. Please, please, please don’t spend precious time and energy worrying about what you look like. It really isn’t important in the big scheme of things and it’s only temporary remember xx Look after yourself and keep positive. Love to all the ladies. Lots of love, Gail xxxxxxx

  179. alison keenan July 29, 2011 at 4:41 pm -  Reply

    Angela how lovely to hear from you and with such a positive message too 🙂 I hope your birthday celebrations went well, and glad that you liked the poppies too. Have a great weekend, Love Ali x

  180. alison keenan July 29, 2011 at 4:57 pm -  Reply

    Mandy I am so sorry to hear about your mum, and hope very much that your life in Australia is good and will help and comfort you when you miss her…Thank you for your kind words and I will continue to fight to raise awareness and money for those who know, to research and eventually cure this wretched disease. My love and prayers to you too. ali xx

  181. alison keenan July 29, 2011 at 5:09 pm -  Reply

    Alpa, so glad I’ve converted you to Dinnerladies – Enjoy! Fingers less numb today, but we’ve decided to stay on course with the treatment unless it gets really bad. Tummy a bit of a bother at the mo, but nothing too drastic. Lucy has been hard at work trawling the internet for more outfits and has come up with a couple of lovelies, so watch this space! I hope you have a good weekend and are in good health now that your cold has gone, love Ali xx

  182. alison keenan July 29, 2011 at 5:16 pm -  Reply

    Debz you are funny 🙂 Vodka and cranberry sounds very tempting right now but tummy playing up so no alcohol – well today at least! I love the thought of you all there at the finishing line shaking your pom poms – its making me smile just writing it. Well done to your OH for painting the kitchen, and I’ve heard that furry skirting boards are very in this season 🙂 You take care of yourself and have a good weekend, with love from me and all your girlfriends 🙂 xxxx

  183. alison keenan July 29, 2011 at 5:22 pm -  Reply

    Hello Janet, lovely to hear from you and well done for starting early collecting the logs! the logburner I have is huge and I dread to imagine how many I’m going to get thru this autumn and winter. I can completely empathise with you about the playroom. The sole reason I sold my house was because I couldn’t bear being there without the children… Once Jack went to live with his Dad I physically couldn’t go into his room it made me too sad.. Tell you what though, once your son finishes Uni he’ll be back, with his mates, and they’ll fill your open plan space 🙂 I’m pleased to tell you the numbness has abated a little and the cough a lot better, but it’s the general tiredness that gets me down…but as you say not much longer, and I know you know just how that feels 🙂 Have a great weekend, love Ali xx

  184. alison keenan July 29, 2011 at 5:26 pm -  Reply

    Hiya Helen, sorry to hear you’ve been struggling a little with the ME – that and hormones a tricky combination! All that said, I very much hope it won’t spoil your birthday, and special day greetings in advance to you 🙂 I agree with you that it’s lovely the way our numbers keep increasing! It’s great that we can all help each feel better too – the perfect social networking site I say! Hope the hotdogs are a hit – lucky you with the sunshine – been grey all day here. Hope you have a fab weekend, and I look forward to hearing from you again when you have a mo. With love, Ali xx

  185. alison keenan July 29, 2011 at 5:28 pm -  Reply

    Elaine, thank you so much for taking the time out to look for me 🙂 Your kind words mean a great deal, and I hope that you will keep in touch. Love Ali xx

  186. alison keenan July 29, 2011 at 5:38 pm -  Reply

    Hi again Helen – hope your washing dried! It’s warm here too but overcast. Not the best of days as feeling a tad unwell I reversed into a car and broke a chunk off my bumper 🙁 £60 damage to the other car too! So glad to see you write of your mum’s recovery, and although I think I can understand why you might believe there’s a cure out there which isn’t being made available, I don’t want to believe it. The care I’ve had has been incredible, and I hope that like your mum I’ll get over it but there are no promises, so it would make me sad to think there was something out that could take it all away and I couldn’t get my hands on it… Love and hugs to you too Helen, ali xx

  187. alison keenan July 29, 2011 at 5:41 pm -  Reply

    Gosh Susan you’ve broken the news to me about Claudia and Sara!! Although in truth I know Claudia is so loving being with little Noah that it would have been a terrible wrench having to leave him even if only for a couple of days a week – they’re little for such a short while 🙂 Your rocking horse analogy is a good one – my sister has it pinned to her fridge – so true eh? Enjoy the weekend and I’ll look forward to hearing from you again soon, love Ali x

  188. alison keenan July 29, 2011 at 5:43 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Aisling, and well done to your mum! She sounds very much my kind of woman. I too hope that in 9 years time I’ll be living life to the full as she is – we only have one life and it’s there for the living, that’s exactly what I feel 🙂 Hoping to be back in the autumn, radiotherapy allowing. Take care and thanks again for writing, love Ali xx

  189. alison keenan July 29, 2011 at 5:49 pm -  Reply

    Angela best news I’ve had all week too!! Excellent and I’m really pleaed for you 🙂 Yup, I’m not going anywhere either, and as Lucy said we have to make you better forever… made me cry 🙂 So glad you are loving Dinnerladies… another brilliant line from Jean was when Dolly was reading an article about sex and who has time for an orgasm these days – “Not me, I’ve barely had time to sneeze this week!” Priceless as you say 🙂 have a good weekend too, love Ali xx

  190. alison keenan July 29, 2011 at 5:57 pm -  Reply

    gosh Elaine only a month to go before the Big Day – not surprised you’re feeling nervous but excited too I’m sure. Jodie does sound like my Lucy, but what an innovative idea for her bouquet! Lucy had hers made and sent from Australia and it is gorgeous. I’m going to wait until after the wedding to show you photos of EVERYTHING 🙂 I’m glad you’ve got the wedding to take your mind off your hosp appointment and I truly believe if your doctor was in any way VERY concerned, you would have been pushed through the system faster. I hope your son is OK too. Well done to your friend for coping without her eyelashes and brows – thank heavens for my 10 x magnified mirror is all I can say! I’d be lost without it 🙂 Have a great weekend, and I too love having you as part of our ‘family’ here on the blog. Hopefully a few more voice overs in the pipeline. Love Ali xx

  191. alison keenan July 29, 2011 at 5:59 pm -  Reply

    Alpa my pleasure to reply as I love hearing from you too! I think we’re creating a bit of a fan base for Dinnerladies on this site, and that can only be a good thing too. I’m sure even when you think you’re not coping you are… you still write to all of us here, and get up and get on with your day, I just know that sometimes it will be harder than others… 🙂 Glad you like the idea of the poppy prints – I’ll let you know how I get on. Love to you, Ali xx

  192. alison keenan July 29, 2011 at 6:03 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Gail, lovely to know you’ll be counting down with me. I have my ‘mapping’ appointment for the radiotherapy which is when they decide exactly where they need to pinpoint, what strength and for how long. I think I’ll have a four week break once chemo ends before radiotherapy begins and that will be lovely. I’ve planned a long weekend for all the family in Brighton at the end of August and that’s something I’m looking forward to very much. You’re right about how you look not really being important… I’ve got very used to the way I look now but every now and then I miss the girly aspect of it all… Have a great weekend, and thanks for writing, love Ali xx

  193. Susan July 29, 2011 at 7:31 pm -  Reply

    Hi again Ali,
    I just had to write after reading what you’ve written to Alpa..about looks and how you’ve adapted. I’m so pleased although I can totally see what you’re saying about missing the girlie aspect too. Not long my dear and you’ll be back to your ‘before’ days. You are gorgeous anywhichway though. I do totally agree people can get too fixated with it too though.
    Susan x
    PS Glad you love the rocking horse saying.

  194. LINDA HOULDEN October 26, 2011 at 6:52 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, just wanted to say that i really do hope you are feeling good today.It will be grand to see your beautifull smiling face on QVC again.
    Very much love, Linda.XXXX

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