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Ali K with Chemotherapy nurse Anne-Marie Well, it's Thursday, it's midday and I'm sitting here writing to you as opposed to lying in my hospital bed watching another bag of Taxol drip into me – YAY! :) Thank you so much for all your lovely supportive messages, your raising of glasses, your prayers and general celebrations – they've been almost tangible :) 

I still can't quite believe that my six months of chemotherapy has now finished and that the treatment, my lovely nurses and the little room I stayed in (usually 107 – I balked at room 101 for obvious reasons!) are no longer a part of my life…

I wanted you to see who's been doing such a grand job of looking after me, and so here are Anne-Marie (left in dark blue) and Roma (below) - the two incredibly kind, patient and professional women who have made what could have been a very difficult time, so much easier.


Ali K with Chemotherapy nurse Roma I remember when I first met them in February, and I was shown the room, the dispensing machine (for the chemo, not a warm beverage!) and also the cold cap. I always knew the latter wasn't for me, although many girls brave the minus 5 degree temperature and often keep their hair. 

Anne-Marie and Roma explained how long each treatment would take, the possible side effects, and most importantly that fact that they were at the end of a phone, night or day if ANYTHING worried me at all. There were only a couple of occasions when I was concerned or needed to clarify something, and they always reassured me or made time for me to pop in and see them – nothing was too much trouble.

In the early days when I was so ill with FEC, I often turned up on the wrong day for treatment or an appointment with the oncologist! I would arrive exhausted and they would gently sit me down and get me a cup of coffee whilst explaining that although it was lovely to see me, I wasn't needed until the following day…

By the time I moved on to Taxol in June, I was better organised and used to set the TV up to watch a bit of QVC, and because of Kathy's early morning shows she was invariably with me for my pre-meds… very comforting :)

But now it's done, and although today I still have relatively numb fingers, livid red blotches on my hands and feet, an ulcer and occasional nose bleeds, tomorrow I will begin to feel better, and the next day better still….

Best of all I will be in Brighton with some of the people I love most in the world and I can put it all behind me. The children will come home on Monday, but Colin and I will continue around the coast for a couple of days and see my sister and my mum. Then at the weekend I'm having an 'open house' for all my wonderful QVC friends who, like you, have seen me through this last six months… I'm hoping the sun will shine so we can be in the garden, otherwise it'll be sardine city indoors!! 

That said, just to see them all again will be brilliant, and I promise I'll take lots of photographs and blog again to fill you in on that and Brighton. In return, you look after yourselves, stay well and make the best of the Bank Holiday. My hand (albeit a little red and crepey) is firmly in yours, and we can continue on this journey together….

With my love,
Ali xx

293 Comments

  1. helen s August 25, 2011 at 3:19 pm -  Reply

    My dearest Ali, the tears are pouring down my face reading this blog, not with sadness but with utmost joy and respect. I remember as if it were yesterday when my Mum finished her chemo, and my God I felt that I should shout to the world how so very proud I was of her, and I have that same feeling now. You’ve become such a dear blog chum and I hold you very close to my heart, I have relived my Mums experiences with you over the past months and know how you have felt, the ups and downs.
    Now my lovely, the only way is up :) . Have a lovely time away and take it easy.
    Love and hugs as always,
    Helen s xxx

  2. angela white August 25, 2011 at 3:43 pm -  Reply

    you alright! hi ali,im so happy chemos all over for you-well done girl! i hope you have a lovely bank holiday and time with your family and friends. you have a good rest and get your strengh back. im so happy for you ali, take care and love to you,your family and ladies who blog x

  3. Pam August 25, 2011 at 4:22 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Just wanted to congratulate you. Have not written before but thought and prayed a lot for you.Have also been in awe of how you retained your humour during these months. Have a brilliant weekend,lots of treats! Party starts now ,glad you kept on dancing!!
    Much love to you and your wonderful family,
    Pam

  4. mrs janie dexter-helen August 25, 2011 at 4:52 pm -  Reply

    I would just like to send my love and best wishes to you and your family, and I will send out a pray to you on the half hour though the day. Bye for now xxx

  5. Susan August 25, 2011 at 5:32 pm -  Reply

    Ali,
    What a wonderful and humbling blog you have written. It is a lovely summary of your last 6 months and lovely for us all to know who was looking after you so very well for your treatments. What amazing jobs you do Roma and Anne-Marie…and how much we all appreaciate you and know how under-paid you girls and guys are!! You obvioulsy love what you do and we can never repay you.
    I hope you have a lovely weekend with your loved ones Ali, and I hope you have a lovely time with the QVC folks you will have over. Hopefully the sun will shine as you say…even if it doesn’t though…you will provide the sunshine as ever.
    Take care,
    Susan x

  6. Lin Craddy August 25, 2011 at 5:38 pm -  Reply

    Well Ali I will raise a glass to you and all your nurses, how brave you have been through all of this, the power of love is a mighty power indeed. May your future days be healthy and joyful and hope it won’t be long before we see you back on QVC. Love and light to you and your family.

  7. Christine Hodgson August 25, 2011 at 6:22 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali
    How lovely to hear from you again.I have read your blogs over the past months and you have moved me to tears on several occasions.You are incredible, so brave and focused and a true inspiration to so many.This must have been the hardest journey you have ever made and you have shared it always with your sense of humour you really are a star.Well this big part of your journey is now behind you,I am sure each day will get better for you and thank you for sharing these past difficult months.
    Much love and I’m still dancing with you.
    Chris.xxxx

  8. Julie August 25, 2011 at 7:15 pm -  Reply

    Ali
    Lovely to read another blog from you. You still have your sense of humour after all you’ve been through.
    I truly believe you have to be of a certain nature to do nursing of this kind. I remember when my Mum was ill the Macmillan Nurses were remarkable. She was in a local hospice November 1999. Whist we were there one day they were discussing the rotas for the Millenium-not one nurse refused to work on New Years Eve-where else would you see/hear that?
    Let’s hope you can most of this behind you now and look forward to a Happy and Healthy future.
    Hope you have a lovely break away with your loved ones and the following weekend with friends/colleagues. As for the weather-well I wouldn’t bank on it but who cares,enjoy yourself!
    Take care as always, much love
    Special hugs & kisses from Lily(who doesn’t stop talking!!)
    Julie xxxx

  9. Mrs Joan Carter August 25, 2011 at 7:27 pm -  Reply

    God bless you Alison, enjoy Brighton also hope the weathers good for your get together on Sunday xxx

  10. Doe Brown August 25, 2011 at 7:46 pm -  Reply

    God Bless you Ali, so pleased you have reached the end of the treatment, and the photo’s of you with the wonderful Nurses is just so inspiring, have a wonderful time in Brighton, and have a super time with your lovely Colin, and all your family and friends. Take care Ali, you are truly A STAR, lots of love Doe X

  11. Mrs Maria Johnson August 25, 2011 at 8:19 pm -  Reply

    Dearest Alison, How delighted I am to know that you have finished all your Chemo. I have been following your blogs with avid interest and am so delighted that you have managed to cope so bravely and with such a sense of humour!! I have always enjoyed all your QVC sessions. Your presence on set has always been such a sourse of fun. You have a wonderful way with you which I think has really shot to the fore during your present plight!! Onwards and upwards now. I apologise for not writing sooner but I could not find the words to convey to you how much I was hurting for you. You are such an inspiration to everyone going through similar trials and oh so brave to manage to convey it all so positively to us. We all love you as if you belonged to us and in a way you do. All part of the QVC family that has sprung up through that funny old TV screen. Hope that it won’t be too long before we see you back there where we all feel you belong (in our siting rooms) Loads of love and positive vibes to you my love
    Maria Johnson XX

  12. HELEN JONES August 25, 2011 at 8:39 pm -  Reply

    Ali, you go girl! In the last year it seems so many of my friends and colleagues have succombed to this dreadful disease and I feel humbled by their positive and ‘we can beat this attitude’. You really are an inspiration and you have my love and prayers whilst you make – and YOU WILL – a full recovery. I have missed you on QVC – although I am sure I recognised your voice in a few voice overs for what was coming up on QVC. You always were a very beautiful lady on the outside and you have shown us all how beautiful and full of character you are on the inside too. God Bless You. xx

  13. Sue August 25, 2011 at 9:38 pm -  Reply

    oh Ali you are such a lovely person, finding the strength to blog through thick and thin, you make me laugh, you make me cry, but you make me thankful for life, take care beautiful lady and look after yourself much love Sue xxx

  14. Christine Nicol August 25, 2011 at 10:04 pm -  Reply

    hi Ali, what good news, i hope you continue to get better each day, have a wonderful weekend and lets do hope the sun shines for you and all who are going to brave putting the BBQ on, take care loads of love chris xxx

  15. Karen Stafford August 25, 2011 at 10:42 pm -  Reply

    Ali
    I’m so so pleased to read this latest blog. Well done Anne-Marie and Roma for looking after our Ali so well.
    Lots of Love and prayers
    Karen xx
    PS – its lovely to hear your voice overs for such things s Yankee Candles on QVC!

  16. Jennifer West August 26, 2011 at 12:04 am -  Reply

    Alison, you are so beautiful in spite of all you’ve been through.I wish I could look as good!

  17. Jeannie August 26, 2011 at 7:50 am -  Reply

    Well done, Ali! It is a wonderful feeling when you receive your final doze of Chemo! However, don’t be surprised if some days you actually miss your hospital visits – it is a feeling of ‘OMG I am on my own now’ but this feeling soon passes and you can still contact your nurse for a chat. Your hair will soon start to grow (mine came in extremely curly!). Funnily enough, the first hair to re-appear 0n my body was actually on my chin!!!!!!!
    Onwards and upwards, Ali.

  18. Morag Cade August 26, 2011 at 8:16 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Great to hear you have finished your chemo, and I am sure will now begin to feel much better. Your blog has been an inspiration to many. Great to see pictures of the nurses who have supported you throughout – lovely recognition of their work.
    Looking forward to seeing your next blog, with your QVC colleagues all around. Enjoy your time round the coast first though!
    Mo xxx

  19. Sue August 26, 2011 at 8:22 am -  Reply

    Alison you are an inspiration to all. Still beautiful, still lovely and just hoping you get better so we can see you again soon. Think of you often as you are the voice of my sat nav. Big hugs.

  20. josephine ellis August 26, 2011 at 8:46 am -  Reply

    ali god bless you you have done so well and you luck so lovely now keep geting better and come back to qvc we all miss you…love and paryers jo yorkshire….xx

  21. Shauna August 26, 2011 at 9:22 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    What a relief for you to be finished your treatment, well done you and what a lovely blog.
    I hope you have a wonderful time with your family and then a quite few days just you and Colin
    I hadn’t written for a while, as hubby and I have had a few blippy (is that a word)worries, the outcome being that we now have weekend lodgers, thank goodness we did’t downsize. Anyway our son and his two boys are in Spain for a couple of weeks and as hubby works away from home, usually with son, we too are going to have a nice quite weekend…just the two of us.
    Talk about coincidences(I’ll try and keep this short). Son and boys went off to Spain with friends for a wedding on Monday…Tuesday out of the blue I received a phone call from a friend we have’t heard of in 15 years. Had a really good chat and they are now running a yachting business in Spain. He told me to look his website up so hubby can get back to him over the weekend. I did and the address jumped out at me……same place as son and boys are on holiday! Anyway he got in touch and friend and took him, pals and all the children out on a yacht! How about that, the way things happen.
    Anyway, you take care and enjoy and when my worries are keeping me awake I’ll be thinking of you, mind you I find reading at two o’clock in the morning for hours does take your mind off things!
    I hope to speak to you soon and all your lovely ladies.
    Much love
    Shauna xxx

  22. Gail August 26, 2011 at 9:27 am -  Reply

    Oh Ali, this so made me cry. You have had such a horrible 6 months; I’m really holding your hand tight this morning and sincerely hope that in the not so distant future you will snap back into your life as it use to be. This treatment, although necessary, sounded horrific and as time went by I was shocked by its brutality and side effects.
    I hope you all have a wonderful time down in Brighton. Never mind the weather, the fact that you are all together is what matters most. After all that you’ve been through, what matters most in life will now stand out for all time as clear as day. Take it easy, enjoy this time together and I hope the sun comes out for you.
    Lots of love and thanks also to the wonderful nurses xx
    Love to all my blog friends too. Haven’t had a chance to read your last blog Ali, but will do so this weekend to see what everyone has been up to. Take care and focus on that wonderful future ahead of you. All my love, Gail xxxxxxxxx

  23. kay salisbury August 26, 2011 at 10:02 am -  Reply

    Nooooooo-just lost my message to you-here I go again.Dear Ali-I am so very happy for you-you have done it-WOO HOO.I feel as though I REALLY know you after these months waiting for each blog to see how you are. You’ve done good girl and now go forward and enjoy life as a new person-you can’t go through your fight and be the same as before. All your blogs must confirm how much you have touched people’s hearts-and now I want to see you back on QVC-then I will know its truly ‘back to ‘normal’.That will be an emotional time for us all. WELL DONE-lovely lady.Enjoy life and all the rewards that you deserve.
    Love from K.XXX

  24. Babs Dyson August 26, 2011 at 1:09 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison,
    Thank you so much for your blog. So glad chemo is over, you are so lovely and your humour throughout amazing. Always thinking of you and missing your bubbling personality and wit. Enjoy all the times with your family and QVC pals no matter what the weather. Looking forward to next blog.
    Love Always and know that I am thinking of you.
    Love Babs xxxxxx

  25. Linda Marshall August 26, 2011 at 1:15 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,Well done your chemo is over just the future to look forward to.My husbands chemo finished a few months ago and he is slowly improving day by day.
    IT ONLY TAKES A THOUGHT AND YOUR ANGEL WILL BE THERE
    FOR ALTHOUGH YOU MAY NOT SEE THEM
    YOU’RE ALWAYS IN THEIR CARE.
    lots of love Linda xxx

  26. Caroline Clayson August 26, 2011 at 1:19 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali, I am wishing you well, I often think of you, and miss your bubbly personality on the screen. I am so glad you have completed your chemo, sometimes life deals out some horrid cards. I look forward to reading more good news, and wish you and your family, all my best wishes and love. xxxxx
    Regards
    Caroline

  27. Alpa August 26, 2011 at 1:21 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali,
    Thank you for such a heartfelt and heartwarming blog :) Lovely to have photos of you and see Ann-Marie and Roma who looked after you during treatment.
    Have a lovely time in Brighton and enjoy your ‘open house’ with your QVC friends.
    You have done so very well, Ali and may each day find you feeling better :)
    Take care,
    Lots of love, Alpa xx

  28. Liz August 26, 2011 at 1:25 pm -  Reply

    What a lovely blog Ali and how great to see the nurses who have cared for you over the last few months – they are fantastic. I am so glad you’ve come to the end of this stage of treatment and just think, radiotherapy will be over before you know it and you will be back on our screens!
    The nurses who looked after me and still give me a drug once a month are absolutely brilliant and I’ve never once felt scared, even at my first chemo. Now I go for a bone drug each month it’s like catching up with friends and we always have a laugh – usually about hunt-the-vein cos mine are soooo rubbish. You have to be in that situation to appreciate this odd sense of humour!!
    Have the most fantastic time in Brighton (never been myself) and on your other visits to friends and family. Celebrate in style – I’m sure you will!! Not forgetting wedding preparations…. It was quite nice up here in the North-West this morning but it’s all clouded over now so will probably be a normal wet bank hols weekend…
    Love to you Ali and to all the other ‘blog’ ladies,
    Liz x

  29. Liza August 26, 2011 at 1:40 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Delighted your treatment is over and hope you get stonger every day, I and all your QVC viewers will raise a glass….. or two to you at the weekend. I know it has been a hard slog for you but I have to say you have had us in tears and then howling with laughter you are a very special lady and I am sure you will give hope to others in the future.
    With thanks to all our nurses.

  30. Sue Gammack August 26, 2011 at 2:19 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Great to hear you have finished your treatment.Hope everything
    goes well for you,we all miss you on QVC.Have a lovely visit with
    your family.Well done to the lovely nurses for taking care of you.
    Lots of love
    Sue from Penkridgexxxx

  31. Eric Smith August 26, 2011 at 2:24 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Remember me? All your friends in sunny Shropshire want to wish you well.
    I can see from reading your posts that you
    have a very positive attitude to help you get through
    this very difficult time.
    Great to see you improving so much – look
    forward to seeing you back on the box very soon!
    Linda sends her love
    Eric

  32. Kathryn Sheehan August 26, 2011 at 2:40 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, so glad your chemo has finished, and hope you will feel better very soon. Looking forward to seeing you back on air we have all missed you so much. Take care and enjoy your break.
    Love
    Kathy x

  33. Helen August 26, 2011 at 2:42 pm -  Reply

    Ali, I’ve been holding your hand all the way throughout this journey, I’ve been with you on every bump and turn and like you feel that at last light can be seen at the end of the tunnel! Lovely one, you have been in my thoughts and those of my friends who love you as well, you have faced this whole thing head on, with courage that even the Cowardly Lion would have struggled to find! Now is time to look to the present (after all its a gift right?) get you back to rights, strong and healthy again. I think this time the tears I fought back whilst reading your blog were those of joy, relief and thanks that you have made it through what could only have been one of the darkest episodes of your life. You are a true inspiration to any poor person suffering the same illness, you deserve more than a medal, more than just a hug, in fact I’m not sure what it is but you deserve it!!! Have a lovely relaxing time, enjoy your travels and your shin-dig – can’t wait to see you back on the box, but you alone will know when that is the time. Love and Hugs always Helen xxx

  34. Erosyoda August 26, 2011 at 2:54 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Just wanted to wish you all the best. QVC was with me through my journey with Breast Cancer, I was diagnosed November last year at the age of 41, and I found it very comforting to watch everyday while I was at home recovering. I hope you continue to feel better every day that passes, and that you stay strong and well.
    Lots of love Janet

  35. Debz August 26, 2011 at 3:29 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    I too have cried my eyes out whilst reading this, not with sadness but with happiness that you’ve made it through the last six months just like I knew you would. We are all so, so proud of you as, at times you must have thought that there was no end in sight and here you are and, if I may say so, still looking fantastic!!
    Thank you for showing us those incredible ladies who helped you through the last six months. These nurses are truly heaven sent. I still remember the nurse who looked after my Dad when he had his operation to remove his cancerous tumour. She was so patient and kind to him as he was so confused due to the morphine he was on. He kept thinking that the IV line in his hand was coming out. It wasn’t but each time he called her over she patiently told him he was OK and that the IV line was fine. Whilst I was there, she came over 7 times and each time she was wonderful with him. Nothing was too much trouble for her. A truly special person.
    I do hope that you enjoy Brighton at the weekend and that the weather is good for your QVC get together. You take it easy mind you and don’t overdo it.
    I am holding your poor little hands as tight as I dare and shaking my metaphorical pom poms like there’s no tomorrow!!
    Lots of love to all my blog friends and hope you have a lovely Bank Holiday.
    Lots of love and extra special licks
    Debz & Ainzley (=^-^=)XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

  36. Lyn Hale August 26, 2011 at 4:41 pm -  Reply

    Dearest Ali, you lovely lovely girl. God bless you and I pray that you are soon fit and well again. We miss you.
    Get well soon.
    Lots of love
    Lyn Hale

  37. Mrs Janet Jones August 26, 2011 at 4:43 pm -  Reply

    My Dear Ali, oh the relief after the last chemo I remember it well!!!The strange thing is you will initially miss the nurses as you can feel quite alone once they let you go (until you start radiotherapy)I think it’s because you get used to someone being there for you all the time. Saying that you can always phone your breast care nurse if you are worried about anything.
    I had some grey hair before treatment but it grew back 90% grey, but I was just so glad it grew back, and I have now coloured it mid blonde.My eyebrows and eyelashes grew back not as strong as they were, but they grew back. I like you used my sense of humour to help me get through I think if you didn’t you would probably go mad!
    I am definitely on this journey with you Ali and my hand is firmly in yours,enjoy your weekend, speak soon love Janet xx

  38. Babs August 26, 2011 at 5:12 pm -  Reply

    Hy Ali I am overwhelmed at the way you have been so brave through all these months of treatment and i am so happy you have all that behind you. Well done! I raise my glass to you, every one who has been there for you, what would we do without our family,friends and nurses.I know you will but enjoy every day.Love, big hugs and kisses. xxxxxx

  39. Marg August 26, 2011 at 5:52 pm -  Reply

    Will Brighton ever be the same?
    Ali,s on the loose, and looking to enjoy her weekend.If ever anyone deserved to enjoy a family weekend surely its you, I hope you have a wonderful time, the sense of freedom must be so uplifting. I think you look so young and fresh in the picture with the nurse(angel) very fresh and neat, a start of things to come. Well by the sounds of the forcast we are all going to be dancing in the rain, so whats new,I will be dancing in the rain for sure Ali, it was worth the wait. I hope you are getting over your side effects and everything is on the up,
    Wishing you the happiest weekend for a long time,you did have to work for it, hope the family are all there to keep you under control and that they enjoy doing it,wish you all lots of love and laughs, lets read all about it when you get home and rested,
    Happy Holiday Ali,
    Marg.

  40. Joanna Downey August 26, 2011 at 6:03 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alison, I have tears coursing down my face as they did all those long, dark months ago when I read your blog telling us that you were ill. Then they were tears of anger and sadness, now they are ones of happiness and relief. The deep affection we all feel for you is matched by our respect for your courage, determination and grace. You make me feel very humble. Love and happiness, Jo x

  41. Martin forbes bucksburn aberdeen August 26, 2011 at 6:45 pm -  Reply

    good to see you getting on the mend alison hope you are getting better

  42. sharon brown August 26, 2011 at 7:24 pm -  Reply

    hi ali, so glad ur finished now, and ur on the road to recovery, i myself am in the process of chemo, ive just had my 2nd fec and got 1 more and then 3 tax, ur an inspiration and i love reading ur blogs… take care and hope ur feeling ok.xxx
    lol sharon.xxxx

  43. Denise August 26, 2011 at 7:26 pm -  Reply

    Dearest Ali I am so thrilled to hear that news. You are one very brave lady and such an inspiration. I am sure your sunny and positive nature has helped you through what must have been dark days. Anyway thats behind you now and I will raise a glass to you. Enjoy your trip away – you so deserve it. Whilst I realise you need to get your strength back I look forward to when you are on our screens again.
    Take care and thank you for sharing your blog with us
    Love Denise xxxx

  44. yvonne gillman August 26, 2011 at 8:52 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alison,you have moved me to tears, I am so glad your treatment has finished. It has bought back memories of my own Mum and her recovery, which was ten years ago, and still going strong!!!Bless her!!Bless YOU !!! love and all the very best Yviexxx

  45. SUSAN HULL August 26, 2011 at 8:52 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali I have not written before but have read all your blogs. It bought back memories as I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in 2003 The worst of the journey is over so thank you for sharing the last 6months with us you are in my thoughts & prayers and will make a full recovery.Now go and enjoy time with your lovely family & friends,have fun with your qvc friends YOu are an inspriration to us all, sending you much love & hugs SusanJane xx

  46. Kristina Moore August 26, 2011 at 9:42 pm -  Reply

    Yeahhh, brilliant Ali. Long may the cancer stay away – preferably forever. Whenever I read about cancer I remember a friend of my husband Paul’s who had colon cancer and who said that if you were going to come and be negative he did not want to know. Hence you had to be positive as I knew I would be told off. So long may you and those you love raise glasses (of the wine/drink variety)!
    Hugs
    Tina X0X0X0X0X0

  47. Marion August 26, 2011 at 10:11 pm -  Reply

    How brave and inspiring you have been through this awful time. It is fantastic you have let people into your life and told it warts and all. I will remember you in my prayers. Have a fntastic holiday with your family and friends. As someone else mentioned a friend of ours who lost her hair had auburn curly hair when it grew back. A whole new look to look forward to lovely lady!

  48. yvonne white August 26, 2011 at 10:16 pm -  Reply

    Beautiful Ali, the worst is over. You have been through so much and have been such an inspiration. Loving thoughts and wishes from so many of us surround you and always will. The worst is over. All will be good now – the sun will shine a litle brighter every day for you, candles will flicker a little more and you will blossom. Enjoy each new tomorrow
    Fondest love yvonne xx

  49. Tricia August 26, 2011 at 11:32 pm -  Reply

    I have not written before, but have thought of you often. I hope you are now on the road to recovery and would like to say how brave you have been over the past months. I hope you continue to have the stength and courage to battle forward and show the world what a lovely lady you are. I look forward to seeing you back on QVC, I have missed your humour.
    Good luck, good health and a very happy bank holiday weekend. Tricia :)

  50. Lois Turvey August 26, 2011 at 11:33 pm -  Reply

    This too is my first mail to you – what a brave and gracious person and an insparation to others you are. I have a friend too who had the same condition and has battled the same odds with the same dignity. We have all missed you Ali and look forward to the day when you once again smile on our screens back to a mixture of the old and new Ali Keenan. Have a lovely weekend with your family and we look forward to hearing all about your daughters forthcoming wedding, what a beautiful mother of the bride you’ll be. Take care lois xx

  51. Jane smith August 26, 2011 at 11:46 pm -  Reply

    Hi knew you could do it!! Lots of love and hope your future is bright Jane smith

  52. Gina Donnell August 27, 2011 at 12:16 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali, i am in awe of your courage through this traumatic time for you and your family, but be assured that because of your thoughts for others in keeping everyone updated of this journey that you have travelled, that you have encouraged others and certainly helped many women to be positive and to keep looking forward to better times. I have kept you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.
    God Bless X
    Gina

  53. Lesley Boath August 27, 2011 at 1:45 am -  Reply

    Beautiful inside and out…That’s you Ali.
    Love
    Lesley xXx

  54. Mary Lock August 27, 2011 at 7:04 am -  Reply

    Hello Alison,
    I am so glad you have finished with the chemo, you can now be sure that you have overcome a big hurdle with your head held high. You have been very dignified throughout and an inspiration to others. Your family must feel so proud of you and I do too.Well done, but take things easy don’t try to do too much too soon. I will keep in touch. Mary Lock x x x

  55. Marian Bolton August 27, 2011 at 9:39 am -  Reply

    Totally humbling and truly inspirational is what you are Miss Ali! That’s great news getting to the end of your treatment. God speed you on a full and permanent recovery. It will be great to see you back presenting on QVC. I totally agree with Maria that you are all like extended family. I’m usually watching in my kitchen – but don’t feel sorry for me, it’s a big kitchen with a big telly and a comfy ‘snug’ area. It’s like having friends round listening to you lot! Enjoy your party and I hope the sun is shining. There’s no doubt it should be on you sweetheart.
    Lots of love
    Marian
    xxx

  56. Marian Bolton August 27, 2011 at 10:14 am -  Reply

    Ali, I forgot to include the most important thing in my kitchen ……… THE PHONE!!!!! Lol!!!!!
    xxx

  57. Susan August 27, 2011 at 10:57 am -  Reply

    Ali, wonderful to hear your latest and best news from your blog and to see you and two of your lovely nurses. Well done and hope you have a wonderful time in Brighton and enjoy yourself at your ‘Open House’ event. I am sure that everyone will attend and be so delighted to be with you. Your blogs have been so inspirational and uplifting. It was great to hear your voice again on the trailer voice overs on QVC and let’s hope that you will soon be able to return as we all miss you. Glad to know that you have such good close and supportive friends as Kathy T and Debbie G. We all need our good friends and especially at times when the going is very difficult and challenging. Recover and enjoy the now time and continue to look forward. Sue xx

  58. ann cain August 27, 2011 at 5:43 pm -  Reply

    I am so pleased you are now seeing the light at the end of the tunnel,Iremember when you were on This Morning and you always had a beautiful smile and used to make me laugh when things wernt going as they should,so all I can do is wish you all the best and I will keep praying.Good luck Good health and God bless you.x

  59. Diane August 27, 2011 at 6:04 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali So pleased that you have finished your chemo. I like many others have followed your journey with great interest. You are a wonderfully positive, brave, beautiful person. Best wishes to you and your family.

  60. Sarah August 27, 2011 at 9:34 pm -  Reply

    Dearest Ali
    Your blogs are inspirational and I have, like others been humbled my your courage and dignity. My Dad always said “Sarah life is not a dress rehearsal …get on and live it…….laugh at it and love every minute!!!!!”
    Have fun with friends and family and here’s to seeing you back on screen in the not too distant future we’ve missed you. X x x

  61. Magda Chetty August 27, 2011 at 9:49 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    You don”t know how happy iam to read this blog, the chemo is over and bless you, you will get better every day and soon you will get back to normal. Trust me the radiotherapy is not that bad, I have finished all my 25 treatments and now apart from being tired every now and then, I feel better as the days and weeks go by, and like me you”ll be on the road to recovery very soon my love.
    As I said so many times before you are my inspiration and without you and your blog I would not have been that brave and get to where Iam now. Also if your skin burn after the radiotherapy don”t worry, mine started to heal and feel better and I only finished 3 weeks ago, so from here on you will just get better, and with our love and prayers will have you back on QVC in no time.
    Enjoy your break and I hope the weather is good for you, and I thank you for your blog and for the making of Ali”s army, we are all behind you till we get to the light at the end of the tunel.
    Much love
    Magda.

  62. Liz Vickress August 27, 2011 at 9:58 pm -  Reply

    Just finished reading your latest blog, and its so uplifting as we have a family friend who is due to start chemo in the next week or so, Keep on being you Ali K ~ you are an inspiration to many folks just starting this difficult road
    Happy Thoughts ~ Liz x

  63. jane hulley August 27, 2011 at 10:38 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali
    Been lovely hearing you these past weeks on the voice overs, I have been on school holidays and have watched QVC a bit too often!!
    I love this…
    tomorrow I will begin to feel better, and the next day better still…. Think i will nik this quote – I hope you dont mind its brilliant just like you. Take care hun look forward to reading your next blog xx
    lots of love Jane

  64. Hannah Lynch August 27, 2011 at 10:54 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali so glad to hear you have had your final chemo session.You are a truly special lady and an inspiration to us all. have a lovely week end and i hope the sun shines brightly on you.Roll on your return to qvc you are a big loss to them……cant wait for your return God bless and keep you in his care love Hannah xx

  65. pauline roe August 27, 2011 at 11:44 pm -  Reply

    i too was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008 aged 39.i had just married 2years previously and had two children aged 2 and 18 months. i thought my life was over and cant even begin to explain the utter terror i felt. i could not comprehend anybody looking after my babies but me. i donned the cold cap never again! i hope.the nausea was another treat i didnt quite expect.got admitted to hospital and they gave me too much fluids so resembled the elephant man! had fec and taxol ulcers followed hairloss and aching joints. best thing didnt have to shave legs again.bought great false eyelashes what a difference they make you feel feminine again.ive been watching qvc for 10 years now and addicted to beauty. i bet ali young has been taking great care of your skin ! i was really saddened to hear you had cancer your fab to watch and so down to earth cant wait to see you back !! i have been clear for 2 years now and feel healthy and well. i still have moments especially at night when i feel scared but then i wake up and look at my lovely family and think i aint going anywhere i have a family to raise and a life to live !!!! lots of love to you. you will get through this.

  66. Aisling August 27, 2011 at 11:47 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alison you are an inspiration and your bravery is so wonderful to see. I wish you and your family all the very best and hope you are back on QVC very soon. You are in my prayers.

  67. Mrs T.L.Shaddick August 28, 2011 at 9:58 am -  Reply

    Dear Alison, I have to agree with all the other ladies who have left their messages for you. You are so brave and full of hope. I was re-called when I had my first mamogramm and was absolutely petrified as my mother had had breast cancer. Thankfully it turned out to be only cysts. The relief I felt was unbelievable. It is something that is at the back of my mind always. Thankfully technology has moved on and we do have such wonderful care systems which were not so prevalent when my mother was here. I wish you all the health and speedy recovery. It has been very humbling reading your blogs. It brings it all home to me that we should live for the moment and really count our blessings. Kind regards Tina from S.Wales. xxx

  68. Teresa Karasavvas August 28, 2011 at 11:44 am -  Reply

    Ali
    I am sitting here crying my eyes out for you – you are such a lovely lady and I wish you all the very best now on your recovery.
    You are such a positive, happy person and that is what has got you through.
    You are truly amazing.
    Teresa

  69. Linda, Glasgow August 28, 2011 at 2:54 pm -  Reply

    Ali
    As i’ve explained to Julia(in her blog) my laptop went to laptop heaven a few weeks ago so i’ve not been able to catch up with everyone and leave comments on your blog – i’m now the proud owner of a shiny piano black Acer notebook(last notebook TSV) and am delighted to read that your chemo is finished(were did the six months go,although i’m glad it did go quick for your sakeX). As usual, you can make a blog explaining that chemo treatment is over so uplifting and positive,you are one brave,beautiful(inside and out)and positive woman. Both ladies who got you through this at the hospital are true angels(as are all health professionals) and are worth their weight in gold(QVC link eh!!). Hope you enjoy Brighton and the love and support of your nearest and dearest and that your QVC get together goes well(i’m looking forward to your blog piccies) Julia,in her recent “pink party” blog showed a piccie of Dickie – i was delighted as i had been hearing his name for years and it was lovely to put a face to the name. Lovely to catch up with you again Ali – i’m really looking forward to you returning to our TV screens soon(but only when your readyXX) Look after yourself, looking forward to your next blog. Much Love Linda, Glasgowxx

  70. Veronica Dennant August 28, 2011 at 2:58 pm -  Reply

    Just to raise a glass of rose to you for your bravery, your inspiration and your good health.. My prayers and love go with you for a speedy recovery. with love Veronica xx

  71. Jayne August 28, 2011 at 3:01 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    I am so glad that your treatment is now finished. I have read your blog with interest and admiration. I wish you lots of love and look forward to seeing you back on our screens.

  72. maureen August 28, 2011 at 3:50 pm -  Reply

    You are one remarkable lady..your resilience and inner beauty just bursts off the page.We are all willing you to make the best recovery and so look forward to seeing you back with us. Thankyou so much for sharing you time and thoughts with us when no-one would have blamed you for seeing us all far enough..I cannot begin to measure the impact you must have made on fellow sufferers – or indeed – those who have friends, or family who have been ravaged by this cruel disease. You are a true lady xxxxx

  73. Gill Odam August 28, 2011 at 4:57 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali, I so love reading your blogs and your great sense of humour and wit. I am relieved with you, and for you, now that you have finished the chemo and are now bedazzled by the light at the end of the tunnel. Onwards and upwards! Hope you have a lovely week with family and then the get-together with your QVC friends. Hope you’ll soon be back with your other QVC friends, (even though you can’t see us!)

  74. Denise Wilkinson August 28, 2011 at 6:22 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison – have been watching the progress and am delighted all taxol visits are over, take care, have a good bank holiday, enjoy your weekend and hope to see you on TV again soon – congrats. you have done it! love and peace from Denise

  75. caroline wessels August 28, 2011 at 7:18 pm -  Reply

    Im off to Bahrain this Thursday to teach English and Im taking you with me as inspiration. You have been outstanding Allison and I want you back on QVC ASAP. Ill be watching via the internet!! xx

  76. LucyJ August 28, 2011 at 7:53 pm -  Reply

    Best of luck Ali, I have enjoyed reading your blogs and gained strength from your upbeat comments and positive attitude. I have a different cancer but am having carbo and taxol, am due for an op then more chemo. so I sympathise with your ‘chemo brain’ moments. I am still coming to terms with hair loss, can you get QVC to stock decent headwear for such as us? I think your attitude will ensure all goes well for you. Good wishes for the future.

  77. elizabeth August 28, 2011 at 8:22 pm -  Reply

    god speed alison you are a star….x

  78. LOUISE PATON August 28, 2011 at 8:41 pm -  Reply

    What a lovely lady you are. So moving to read your account of what I’m not sure I could have tolerated in such a manner. May your God go with you and I send my utmost love and respect to you.

  79. Sylvia Pickles August 28, 2011 at 8:43 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    So wonderful to hear your chemo is finished. I have never met any one quite like you as you have gone through the last 6 months with such a wonderful sense of humour (as always), you really make me laugh and I must admit cry today reading your blog. You are a very special, and courageous lady.The love you receive from your family and friends is only what you deserve as you give out so much love and generosity to everyone. I can’t wait to see you back on the telly in your usual spot making us all giggle with you. Have a wonderful time with all your QVC friends this week-end. Take great care of yourself, nice and easy does it everytime.
    Lots of love to you
    Sylvia

  80. charlotte August 28, 2011 at 9:48 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali,
    Thrilled you have finished your chemo ( I have six more to go )
    I have found joy and insperation from your blogs.
    All the very best to you and your family. xxx Charlotte

  81. pam davies August 28, 2011 at 10:02 pm -  Reply

    Hello amazin Ali! So pleased that you are through your treatment………onwards and upwards now. You are an inspiration to all us ladies you really are! Look after yourself and stay strong. Lots of love to you and your lovely family x x x

  82. sue hateley August 28, 2011 at 10:51 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Glad to hear you have finished all your chemo hope you enjoy your weekend you are a lovely lady.
    Take Care
    Lots of love
    sue

  83. Susanna Redgrave August 29, 2011 at 9:06 am -  Reply

    May all that you believe in hold you close and continue to fill you with inspiration – a truly positive woman, we are all soooooo proud of you :))))
    ps I really smiled when I heard a voice over you did a couple of weeks ago, well done!!!
    Very much sincere love and affection
    Susanna (Lissi)xxxxxxxxxxx

  84. Patricia Kurton August 29, 2011 at 10:47 am -  Reply

    Dear Ali, What a beautiful and moving Blog. I can’t begin to say what a truly inspirational person you are.How wonderful to hear you have finished your treatment and come through the other end. You and I am sure other women who have gone though this are an inspiration to us all. It looks like you are having the greatest of weekends surrounded by Friends and Family. I wish you so much happiness and have to say can now breathe a sigh of relief that you have finished your treatment. I live abroad and QVC keeps me company on many a day and I look forward to the day when you are back on our screens again and I am sure that day is not too far off. In the meantime keep getting better, each day I am sure will be better than the last. Finally Ali, ‘keep on dancing’, With much Love to You, Anne x

  85. Pauline Johnson August 29, 2011 at 11:15 am -  Reply

    Dear Alison cannot put into words how I feel,my best friend of over 60 years has just had her operation for breast cancer and says she is feeling good,she does not start her treatment for a few weeks so I am printing off all your comments for her to read,hoping it will buck her up through the bad times,thank you Alison you are a inspiration to all women with this awful illness.
    Love and god bless you Pauline

  86. sharon wilson August 29, 2011 at 1:18 pm -  Reply

    hi Ali, I have read your blogs regarding your treatments with interest and today the tears are falling down my face. Brave lass, you have done really well. It takes me back 4 years when i had chemo, radio therapy and then herceptin. At first i hated going to the chemo unit, but as time went by i actually enjoyed seeing the lovely nurses and fellow patients, and it was always such an up beat place considering the circumstances. Any way Ali keep up the good work and best wishes for the future hope to see you on good old QVC soon xx

  87. Crazy chic August 29, 2011 at 1:23 pm -  Reply

    Ali, your’e a brave girl!Keep that cheerfulness and fighting spirit going, even though I expect you have good days and bad days. There is light at the end of the tunnel, you will come out of this at the other end and all will be well! I have a special friend who went through it all some years ago, and she was in her late 30’s and she is now in her mid 40’s and in remission. She looks so well and is getting on with life as normal, and you will too, just hang on in there and better times will come I promise you!As our friend Jenneifer Kirk always says.. Dream and Believe! Have faith, stay focused, have courage and expect miracles, because they do happen!!! We are all out here in QVC land routing for you ok? God Bless You and Yours! xxxx Dee in Cardiff

  88. kath August 29, 2011 at 1:41 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, They can’t keep a good woman down for long, you will feel much better soon. I just had my 5 year mot at the breast clinic and its all good for me. Its been an amazing 5 years for me, some high points and some low, but somehow you just buckle up and hang on for dear life and you do get through it. Glam up for bald head with glitter, I did and it and it made me smile on those days when I looked in the mirror and my face now looked like a beach ball!!! Hope you have a speedy recovery, it takes time, so don;t try to board the plane without checking in as my doctor once told me. God bless, keep smiling xx xx

  89. PATRICIA ELLIOTT August 29, 2011 at 2:31 pm -  Reply

    DEAR ALI, SO PLEASED YOU ARE ALMOST AT THE END OF YOUR JOURNEY, YOU HAVE BEEN SO VERY BRAVE AND STILL BEAUTIFUL, MY MUM HAS HAD CANCER 3 TIMES AND SHE’S 94, AND STILL CHEERFUL LIKE YOU, ALL MY PRAYERS TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY, I HOPE YOU CAN FEEL THE LOVE OF ALL THE QVC FAMILY WE HAVE MISSED YOU SO MUCH. HURRY UP AND COME BACK TO US. LOVE AND FONDEST REGARDS. PAT.

  90. Shirley Cummins August 29, 2011 at 4:05 pm -  Reply

    Hiya Alison you look absolutely beautiful considering what you have endured these last months. So glad you have had your last session, your an inspiration to us all. Have a lovely week-end with your friends and family and really look forward to seeing you back on our screens have really missed you.

  91. jennifer harris August 29, 2011 at 5:08 pm -  Reply

    Hey Ali,
    I know I have never met you but I am so proud of the way you have been so dignified throughout your illness. You truly are a huge inspiration with your positive attitude. I for one will raise my glass to you, god bless you. Cannot wait to see you back at QVC.
    Love & prayers
    Jenny from Warwickshire

  92. dawn August 29, 2011 at 6:44 pm -  Reply

    thinking of you, you are truly an inspiration.love and best wishes dawnx

  93. Dorothy August 29, 2011 at 7:30 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    Im am so pleased that the treatment is over.Your family must be so proud, you have stayed strong all the way and never lost your smile.Hope you enjoy the weekend and get your danceing shoes on.Next its lucy’s wedding, now thats something to look forward to. Alison take care and dont do to much at once get you strengh back and just enjoy.
    love best wishes.
    Dorothy xxxxxxxxx

  94. Margaret Richardson August 29, 2011 at 7:53 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali I remember reading your blog when you were first diagnosed and I felt devastated for you. Two months ago I had the same diagnosis. Have just had chemo number2 and from reading your blogs know what I am facing. God bless you keep well…Margaret…xx

  95. Margaret August 29, 2011 at 8:03 pm -  Reply

    Great news Ali- I hope you go from strength to strength. You really have been so inspirational throughout what must have been a frightening time sometimes. Hope to see you back on the screen fully recovered soon – Hope you enjoyed your get together with friends and family- God bless – Margaret Leics xxx

  96. nicki littlet August 29, 2011 at 8:16 pm -  Reply

    i hope so much that you get better soon, i lost my mum to the vile ‘C’ word 5 years ago, for some reason it always gets the good ones! be strong and stay positive we are all thinking of you and miss you much from our screens… xxx Nicki xxx

  97. Jenny Herring August 29, 2011 at 8:18 pm -  Reply

    Alison – you are so inspirational, brave and beautiful. I have nothing but admiration for you! Jx

  98. SUE RADFORD August 29, 2011 at 10:26 pm -  Reply

    Hi Lovely “Inspirational” Ali!
    HOORAY! HOORAY!!! HOORAY!!!! A NEW PAIN FREE LIFE IS ON ITS WAY!!!!!!
    You have portrayed your illness in a way that has touched everyone’s hearts – you have been so brave Ali, I will always think of you with the utmost respect for letting us have an insight into the most difficult time of your life – from now on life will get better and better for you. I’m so so so pleased that your treatment is over.
    My very best wishes to you (and your family, who must be so relieved not to have to see you go through so much discomfort) – it’s onward and upward from now on!!
    Love
    Sue Radford xx

  99. Julie Thorogood August 30, 2011 at 10:09 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali. So great to hear that your treatment is now finished. You have been so brave and I have shed many tears thinking about you, but you are now through the tunnel and out in the daylight.Well done. You are an inspiration to us all.It has been nice hearing your voice overs but it will be even better to see you on screen again. Look after yourself and again WELL DONE!!!

  100. una August 30, 2011 at 11:58 am -  Reply

    Where did my post go???!!! Ahh, took me nearly 2 hours to type it on Saturday morning and its gone…..big boohooo!!
    In a nutshell. Ali, you did it. WOOOOOOOHOOOOOO! We all know its not been easy, but you have been amazing. Thank you for allowing us to be part of your life at such a difficult time.
    My eyes are playing up something rotten today, so have to make this a short one. unlike the missing epic one!!!!!
    My love as always Ali. Hello to all my lovely friends. i hope you are well and had a nice bank holiday weekend.
    lots of love
    una xxxx

  101. Susan August 30, 2011 at 2:21 pm -  Reply

    Hi to all of you amazing ladies out there who have written on Ali’s blog that you are going through the same journey as she. I just want to add my thoughts to you all. I am sure you will all be going through your own down times right now but I hope that you will all have a person/people in your lives to look after you and love you. All take care and take it easy,
    Susan x

  102. Christine Robertson August 30, 2011 at 3:44 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali,
    Well done you are a special and very brave lady. I have so much admiration for you and you are often in my thoughts. Your updates on QVC are an inspiration to everyone.
    with love Christine xxx

  103. Lynda Andrew August 30, 2011 at 6:15 pm -  Reply

    Dearest Alison, I have never written on a blog or found the need to (although I enjoy reading them) however, over the last few months your blog has touched me in ways you will never know. Your courage, bravery and above all your sense of humour in the face of adversity has taught me so much about life, Alison, you are an inspiration and a bright and shining STAR!
    I am saying lots of prayers for you, God is on your side, and He will never let you down. You are a winner!
    With Love, warm hugs and kisses
    Lynda xx

  104. Tracy King August 30, 2011 at 9:09 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    I too had tears in my eyes when I got to the end of your blog, You do truly feel like a friend and no-one likes to see a friend suffer, so it was tears of relief that its over and you can start the uphill (I was going to say slog but knowing you I’m changing it)jog haha. It was sweet of you to post pics of your nurses, as knowing their type they dont do it for the glory and I’m sure they have become VIP’s in your life.
    You will be looking forward to getting your strenght back as well as your hair, but I’m not sure if you’ll be heartened by the prospect of hairs on your chinny chin chin!
    No more treatments – what’s a girl to do?? Oh yes, concentrate on your very own royal wedding! That can take up all your concentration from now on, I bet your daughter is thanking her lucky stars that the last 6 months has passed and she’s got you to herself again instead of sharing you with U know what!! What a wedding it will be, there will be HUUGE smiles in the photographs.
    To all the other ladies in Ali’s army who are in the same boat as Alison, keep blogging on here so we can keep up to date with your progress as you all feel like family too and you have made pals here too. (See the effect you’ve had Ali) Big hugz to you all.
    Looking forward to your next installment Ali
    Luv n hugz n stuff
    Tracy (aka Fronk) and Cath (by proxy) xxx

  105. Liz Clements August 30, 2011 at 10:25 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, Great news that your treatment has finished. What a positive thinking Girl you are and now get well and enjoy the future. How thoughtful of you to let us see your wonderful nurses, words cannot describe what these ladies do for all their patients. Hope your trip round the south coast was great followed by your At Home for QVC friends on Saturday. Where are you getting all that energy?
    Love from all my family, Liz. xxx

  106. Mrs Jane Duff August 30, 2011 at 10:26 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali
    WHAT A TOTALLY INSPIRING BRAVE WOMAN YOU ARE!
    You now deserve to have nothing but health and happiness and long may it continue.
    God Bless you in your continued recovery
    love
    Jane

  107. Anne Clements. August 31, 2011 at 12:03 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali.So glad to hear thats the last of your chemo..Hope you had a wonderful time with family and friends.Take it easy get your strength back and wishing you every joy for the future.Its been a tough old journey but you have made it girl! Good for you!
    Take care and this is the beginning of a brand new you…Hugs and Love..xx

  108. Sandra Riley August 31, 2011 at 9:12 am -  Reply

    There are some people who are able to light up the world and you are one of them. I have read your blog throughout these past months and am unable to put into words how much I admire your courage and grace. I hope you have a wonderful late ‘summer’ with your family and friends, very best wishes, Sandra

  109. Christine O’Connor August 31, 2011 at 10:30 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali I am so glad your treatments are all behind you now and every day you will get stronger , have missed you on the shows, have a great time with family and friends, believe me they will not worry about the weather at all its you the all want to be with, take care cant wait for your pics
    love Chris xxxx

  110. elaine sallis August 31, 2011 at 5:00 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Hope you enjoy your break. How amazing you have been through all this and now hopefully each day will be a little easier and you will start to regain your strength. Well Jodie got married on Sunday and we had a fabulous day. The ceremony at the Rococo Gardens in Painswick was absolutely magical and the day could not have been any better. The rain stopped just before the ceremony and held off for the rest of the day. There were many tears shed, mostly by me!!!! The party in the evening was a great success and it was wonderful to see her playing her saxophone in the band, whilst wearing her wedding dress and having the time of her life. They went away for one night and then got back to the task of renovating the house they have bought. They work so hard.
    Poppy was a delight at the wedding and won a few extra hearts. Especially when at her first sight of Jodie and Geoff (my husband) walking up the hill to the wedding venue she shouted Grandad at the top of her voice. Was the tear in Grandads eye for his daughter or his grandchild? Think it was a bit of both.
    Well, mine over and yours to look forward to. It will soon be here and that means all the treatment will be over. That will be such a wonderful day for you.
    Lots of love Elainexxxx

  111. marie August 31, 2011 at 8:05 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali, Keep up being positive and believe with all your heart and soul that your treatment
    has worked.Take care.Lots of love Mariexxx

  112. Denise Copley August 31, 2011 at 9:03 pm -  Reply

    “My hand (albeit a little red and crepey) is firmly in yours, and we can continue on this journey together….”
    Alison I read your blog with tears in my eyes, but when it came to the comment above I just broke down. Do you know what an amazing lady you are, you’ve been through such a tough time and you’re comforting the rest of us, you are truly unbelievable?
    Have a wonderful time with your family and friends.
    Love Denise xxxx

  113. Gwen Tugwell. September 1, 2011 at 12:07 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali,
    So pleased for you, you have been so very brave througout this
    horrible time, things surely can only get better, I really hope
    so, please keep up the blogs as you really are an inspiration.
    Love from
    Gwen in Brighton.

  114. Lorraine Leslie September 1, 2011 at 3:35 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    I have been following your journey and having been there myself (6 years ago now)I know that your great sense of humour and positivity will take you to that wonderful finish line. I feel so priviledged to know you only through your blog and of course on screen and cant wait to see you back on QVC making me laugh again. Enjoy the recovery period post chemo when it arrives .Onwards and forever upwards we march my dear !!!
    Take good care , with love always,
    Lorr xxxx

  115. Lesley Williams September 1, 2011 at 6:24 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alison
    I have not blogged before but have been moved to tears by your last blog.
    You are so beautiful in body and in spirit. There is no doubt that you have been to hell and back these last few months yet you have retained your humour. No doubt there will have been many dark moments but hopefully the support of your family, friends and wonderful nurses have made these a little easier to bear. Celibrate being free of Chemo and I hope to see you back on QVC when your feeling stronger.
    Lots of Love Lesley x

  116. Moji Bamgbose September 1, 2011 at 8:05 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, it is so nice too see you, well done on completing chemo and i know you will get their, the old say where i’m from; ‘WHERE THEIR IS HOPE THEIR IS JOY AND LAUGHTER AT THE END. GOD IS IN CONTROL AND HE IS THEIR FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY, HE WILL GIVE YOU THE STRENGTH TO GET BY EVERYDAY, THE LORD IS YOUR STRENGTH, STAY BLESSED. LOTS OF LOVE TO YOU AND YOUR WONDERFUL FAMILY.

  117. mary morphy September 1, 2011 at 9:14 pm -  Reply

    Alison, your blog made me cry…you have let us all in to a very intimate and personal part of your own life journey and in some small way, I hope that the love, support, thoughts and prayers you have had from all of us ‘Bloggers’ has in some small way helped you along the way and given you a small insight into the crazy thing of Life.
    You look amazing in the photos and the nurses who helped you are true angels. Not much has been happenening in damp old Westgate; I returned to school today after 6 weeks of non stop cricket comps with the kids and cramming in days at the beach hut in less than favourable condition..thank goodness for slankets and hot chocolate. The weather has been miserable really, the sea has been cold, the seaweed smelly and because the rent and storage costs of the hut have gone up greatly we decided it was a luxury we could no longer afford so it was sold today. I have had a small personal triumph….I have been on the Cambridge Diet..agreed by my doc because of my medication for COPD and asthma and after 8 weeks of soup only have lost 2 stone and 1 pound after 8 weeks. Drastic I know but I needed to to something that had quick results to give me the confidence to carry on. I feel proud for sticking at it when others were dubious and look forward to the next two stone dissappearing. Onwards and upwards for us both. Hope you are feeling better already. Much love Mary xx

  118. Pam Richardson September 1, 2011 at 11:46 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali wonderful to read that you have finished your chemo. I hope you had a wonderful weekend with your family and will continue to get stronger and healthier day by day. I know you have Lucys wedding next month and I am sure that she will be as proud of you as you will be of her.
    I look forward to reading about life after chemo.
    Take Care
    Love Pam

  119. Gail September 2, 2011 at 6:43 am -  Reply

    Dear Ali, it always brings a smile to my face when I click onto your blog and see the number of replies. I hope you took your thermals with you to Brighton; I had my heating on a couple of nights last weekend. I’m sure the fresh air and being with family has cheered you up immenseley, although I’m sure you must still be very tired. Raise a glass you say; a bottle more like. A truly inspirational lady who has not only shared her journey with us, but has taken the time to reply to each and every one of us xx
    Una my friend, so so sorry to hear of your stroke. Lovely to hear from you though on this blog; you are sounding quite positive and cheerful, although it must be quite frightening for you. Take care and sending a big hug your way. Take care xx
    Magda, I am so glad your treatment has finished and, yet again, you sound so positive. Things can only get better. A big hug coming your way too xx
    Ali, hope you are resting and having a wonderful week. Lots of love. A big hug coming your way too xx
    Love to Una, Magda, Debz, Helen, Marg and anyone else I have forgotten xx
    Gail xx

  120. Polly Heathcote September 2, 2011 at 7:57 am -  Reply

    Ali, I know what FEC is like.I too had breast Cancer at 49 and I am still here 14years later. It’s grim when you live alone but hey you come out stronger (with curly hair).Have missed you on QVC but get your strength back (it took me a while). Look forward to seeing youl Love Polly.X

  121. Lorraine Martin September 2, 2011 at 1:18 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    You have never looked more beautiful. Enjoy your weekend and can’t wait to see you back on our screens (you are my favourite presenter)!
    Love
    Lorraine xxx

  122. Kath Kane September 2, 2011 at 3:05 pm -  Reply

    So pleased your chemo finished , you can try and get back to normal now ,that is if you can remember what normal is!!!When i heard about you i felt really upset as i was diagnosed 3 years ago when i was 52 . It was picked up on my 1st mammagram and its been a rollercoaster since having one procedure after another , however i now have a new breast and nipple which i am delighted with .Ive had a good surgeon and breast care nurse and obviously a good husband who has helped me every step of the way . Just go with the flow and im sure everything will be fine with you .My love and prayers are with you ,so keep on smiling and get well soon!!!! Kath from Durham xxx

  123. heston September 2, 2011 at 4:24 pm -  Reply

    Ali so happy for you ,wish you just the very best.
    I know you are a huge inspiration to me and Sharon.
    All your viewers have been asking how you are also sending there love.(if i had a pound for each time ,i’d be retired)lol
    Ali you keep well and if you need to chat know me and Sharon are only a call away.
    Hope to see you soon
    Hugs&Kisses
    Qvc Reception(shaz&Heston)

  124. Christine September 2, 2011 at 6:39 pm -  Reply

    Well Alison you have went through the wars, just hope and pray this is going to be last of this treatment for ever. just get better.
    GOD BLESS
    Christine x

  125. Gill Roberts September 2, 2011 at 7:52 pm -  Reply

    God bless you Ali. I spent many hours with my mum whilst she was going through her treatment so I know what you are going though. Be strong, there are so many people wishing you well.
    I am thinking of you.
    GIll Roberts x

  126. linda Steele September 2, 2011 at 8:30 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ali. I do hope that you re moving forward and getting alittle bit healthier every day the The Good Lord sends. I pray that you will soon be at home with your family & friends waving a goodbye to ill health upsets and worries. May the Lord protect you sending heartfelt wishes for your long happy healthy future, linda (Barnsley) looking forward to seeing your lovely smile back on our screens xxx

  127. Sue Abrahams September 3, 2011 at 1:06 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, So glad you got through the bad times! There are only better times ahead for you now. Wishing you a speedy recovery.
    God Bless
    Suexxx

  128. Gill September 4, 2011 at 12:13 am -  Reply

    Congratulations Ali. This is my first comment but followed your progress blogs with great admiration for you and how well you have kept your sense of humour. You will have given so much strength to others. Hope you have enjoyed your break and only upwards now. Look forwaard to seeing you back with QVC team. Well done. Take care. Gill

  129. Anne Pearson September 4, 2011 at 4:31 pm -  Reply

    As they say here Ali, keep taking the tartan tablets! All the best x

  130. jackie September 4, 2011 at 9:52 pm -  Reply

    hi ali, just wanted to wish you all the best i really miss you on qvc so hopefully it wont be to long until you are back on our screens
    take care jackie xx

  131. sue hughes September 4, 2011 at 10:11 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, glad to hear your treatment has ended and you can enjoy sometime with the family and friends.
    You look fantastic and as you say you have QVC to watch night or day to keep you company.So keep up the good work and we look forward to seeing you back on our screens soon..
    Take care love Sue.x

  132. Eileen. September 5, 2011 at 12:31 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali, lovely to read your blog as always, I hope your toe nails have now started to settle down/heal and you are able to wear shoes again. Your nurses sound lovely and I had to smile as I remembered my friend making the same mistake of going on the wrong day and she was so convinced that the nurses had got it wrong. They were lovely with her and it makes such a difference just to have someone smile at you and gently explain whats going to happen. I hope you had a lovely time in Brighton with the family and the weather kep dry at least. Look forward to your next blog. Take care of yourself. Love Eileen. xxx

  133. Eileen. September 5, 2011 at 12:37 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali, Forgot to say I’m really pleased your Chemo has finished and will definitly raise a glass with you. Take care. Love Eileen

  134. Jane Williams September 5, 2011 at 9:08 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison,
    I have not written before but have been reading all your blogs to follow your treatment. I am so pleased to hear you have finished your chemo.
    You are a very special Lady and through your blogs you must have inspired a lot of people to get up and fight.
    As the song says as I often sing to myself is ” The only way is up Baby ”
    I send you and your family all my love. I look forward to the day when I see that beautiful face smiling at me on QVC again.
    Have a lovely September.
    Love Jane x

  135. Trixie Collin September 5, 2011 at 3:00 pm -  Reply

    Alison,you have been and are an inspiration to us all. Thank you for staying in touch and we all look forward to seeing you before too long…ask QVC to give us some warning so we can record if needed!!

  136. kath williams September 5, 2011 at 8:48 pm -  Reply

    hi ali.my thoughts have been with you throughout your treatment.my 41 yearold nephew was diagnosed last october with cancer of the brain,sadly it is to far gone and has weeks to live.please get better soon as i miss your gorgeous smiling face on qvc.raising a glass of bubbly 2you.with love from the bottom of my heart kath.xx

  137. alison keenan September 5, 2011 at 9:36 pm -  Reply

    Helen, thank you so much for your lovely words and I can only hope that all that you went through with your mum is now a dim and distant memory. Onwards and upwards as you say, and my love to you my special blog chum :) Ali xx

  138. alison keenan September 5, 2011 at 9:41 pm -  Reply

    Hi Angela, y’am alright :) Had a lovely and restful break and am thrilled by the number of responses to my blog – thank you, and I’ll write again soon, love Ali xx

  139. alison keenan September 5, 2011 at 9:44 pm -  Reply

    Well Pam I thank you for making this blog the first one you respond to, and welcome to a fabulously friendly network! :) Did a little partying and dancing and am feeling a little stronger each day. Do keep in touch, love Ali xx

  140. alison keenan September 5, 2011 at 9:47 pm -  Reply

    Janie your prayers are so very much appreciated, as is your taking the time out to write. I hope that all is well with you and your family, love Ali xx

  141. alison keenan September 5, 2011 at 9:49 pm -  Reply

    Susan, yes we definitely had some sunshine and I have some lovely photos to share with you next blog, but I’m so glad you enjoyed reading about Anne Marie and Roma – two exceptional ladies whom I’m missing already!! :O) Do keep in touch, and I look forward to hearing from you, love Ali xx

  142. alison keenan September 5, 2011 at 9:51 pm -  Reply

    Dear Lin, love and light to you too – thanks for writing! I will have some lovely photos of my recent break to show you next time, so do keep in touch, love Ali xx

  143. alison keenan September 5, 2011 at 9:54 pm -  Reply

    Dear Chris, sharing the last six months with you has been the saving of me, and it has helped so much reading about your lives and all that’s been going on….. it has kept me focused…I will agree that it’s been a pretty difficult journey up until this point, but I’m expecting things to get a great deal easier from here on in. Look after yourself, love Ali xx

  144. alison keenan September 5, 2011 at 9:57 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Julie, lovely to hear from you and yes, even the weather was a tad dodgy on a number of occasions we still had a good time – at the weekend too. Thank you for your constant comments of support, and I hope that the week will be a good one, love Ali x

  145. alison keenan September 5, 2011 at 10:02 pm -  Reply

    Dear Doe and Joan, do hope you don’t mind a shared reply, but thank you both for writing, and yes Brighton was great fun as was the the week that followed. I will be writing about it towards the end of the week. Very much hope that all is well with both of you, love Ali xx

  146. alison keenan September 5, 2011 at 10:06 pm -  Reply

    Maria, you have nothing to apologise for! The fact that you.ve taken time out to write, and in such a positive and kind way means the world. Thank you very much and I would like to let you know that for all the positivity and inspiration I may have given to to others, they have MORE than given that back to me :) I very much hope it won’t be much longer before I am truly ‘back where I belong’ – as you so kindly put it. Love to you, Ali xx

  147. Morag September 6, 2011 at 1:27 pm -  Reply

    Alison
    I wonder if you really know how courageous you are. Maybe when we have to deal with something this momentous we get it from somewhere – but you have it in bucketloads and your sense of humour shines through it all. You have been in my prayers a lot over the last months and I hope that your recovery continues to full bloom, and that you will be back on our screens before too long. You really are an inspiration, and if I could raise a glass, bow, and take my hat off to you at the same time, I would ! Much love to you and yours. Morag, Aberdeen

  148. alison keenan September 6, 2011 at 6:35 pm -  Reply

    My dear Helen, it’s very hard to type whilst crying, but they are good tears…. trouble is I have read all the comments before beginning to reply to you all, and they are AMAZING!! :) Bless you for your kind words and thoughtfulness, with my love, Ali x

  149. alison keenan September 6, 2011 at 6:41 pm -  Reply

    Girls, I really hope you don’t mind a ‘collective’ reply, but to Sue, Josephine, Morag, Sue, Jeannie, Jennifer, Karen and Christine, THANKYOU!!! You’re right, the nurses made all the difference, and aren’t they gorgeous?! :) Jeannie, you’re so right, yes I do in a very strange way miss my weekly visits, but I have to say I never really feel “on my own” with all of you here :) And Sue… what can I say “you make me thankful for life”…. Ditto :) Love to you all xxxx Ali

  150. alison keenan September 6, 2011 at 6:44 pm -  Reply

    Shauna you have so reinforced my belief that things are meant to be :) How lovely for your son and his boys to have been treated by an old friend of yours :) Glad too that you didn’t downsize and that the lodgers are making life easier – it won’t be forever I’m sure. I am still reading my way through Julie Walters life – two and three o clock in the morning sometimes, and still tittering :) Thanks for writing – always good to hear from you, with my love, Ali xx

  151. alison keenan September 6, 2011 at 6:49 pm -  Reply

    Dear Gail, you like so many other of my friends here on ‘the blog’ are such a comfort to me, and I don’t want to make you cry! :) Side effects are subsiding, and yes we did have a good time on our holiday, although things a little tricky with Sam who is struggling at the moment, but we’re onto it :) I had fishcakes and chips out of the paper which was an education and delightful!! Aren’t my nurses lovely? Will be back to see them next visit to the oncologist, so they are not truly rid of me yet!! Love Ali xx

  152. alison keenan September 6, 2011 at 6:52 pm -  Reply

    Kay, what a sweetheart you are… it’s funny how you have all become part of my life, while I’ve been cataloging (spelling!!)the last six months or more….I’m glad you feel you know me, cos this is it, warts and all, and reading thru what some of the other girls have had to contend with, puts my situation firmly in perspective. Thanks for writing, and do keep in touch, love Ali xx

  153. alison keenan September 6, 2011 at 6:54 pm -  Reply

    Babs what can I say?!!!!I LUUUUUUUUURVE MY MEERKATS! :) You are so kind to have made that incredibly intricate piece of paperwork that quite frankly brought me out in a hot flush just working out how it should stand!!! Lovely to hear that life is good for you and think of you often too, love Ali xx

  154. alison keenan September 6, 2011 at 7:02 pm -  Reply

    Linda, I am sending you and your husband much love – so glad he is improving – and thanking you very much for your beautiful poem… I have written it out and stuck it on my fridge, which may sound strange, but means I’ll read it every day :O) Thank you, love Ali xx

  155. alison keenan September 6, 2011 at 7:03 pm -  Reply

    Hi Caroline, yes, not the best hand of cards I’ve been dealt, but feel there’s an ace up the sleeve somewhere :) My love and best wishes to you and your family too, Ali xx

  156. alison keenan September 6, 2011 at 7:06 pm -  Reply

    My dear Alpa, thank you for constantly keeping in touch, and supporting me. Yes the holiday was fun, and seeing all my lovely work colleagues was wonderful on Sunday – although in the morning I worried that I may have to send a boat out to bring them to the cottage the rain was so heavy!! :) And yes I am feeling a little better each day… here’s to the end of the year… with my love, Ali xx

  157. alison keenan September 6, 2011 at 7:15 pm -  Reply

    Liz you so have my sympathy when it comes to veins…. mine see the needle and there is an almost audible “dive, dive” :) I’m sorry that you have to continue with bone drugs every month but am glad that your nurses are like mine – lovely :) Lucy has given me a Wedding Planner magazine that has some lovely outfits in it, and hats!!! Toying with the idea of a long skirt…. will keep in touch, love to you, Ali xx

  158. alison keenan September 6, 2011 at 7:17 pm -  Reply

    Liza Bless you – where would we be without those lovely ladies in navy blue, torquoise – whatever the protocol is!!! It’s like a bloomin’ football strip, and I never quite got my head around that either! The thought that I could give hope to others is very humbling…. that would be quite something eh? Love to you, Ali xx

  159. alison keenan September 6, 2011 at 7:19 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Sue, had a lovely time seeing mum and Jenny – even got raspberry jam and courgettes into the bargain!! :) Anne Marie and Roma are in a league of their own – so grateful that I was in their care, love Ali xx

  160. alison keenan September 6, 2011 at 7:24 pm -  Reply

    Eric!!!! The man who sat me in his office and told me that if I could curtail my enthusiasm and hone my strengths I could have a future in radio! How grateful am I to you :) Seriously, you helped me to believe in myself and to give me the chance to take risks where I never would have before. Your Where, Why and When strategy has always stood me in good stead (the only exception being the current situation :) and I will be forever grateful…. I do hope that you, Linda and the boys are all well and happy and that life is as you would want it to be. With my love to you, Alison xxx

  161. alison keenan September 6, 2011 at 7:26 pm -  Reply

    Kathy, the break was lovely, and I am very much hoping (side effects allowing) that I will be back with you in November :) Thank you for writing, love Alixx

  162. alison keenan September 6, 2011 at 7:30 pm -  Reply

    Helen, it is with tears in my eyes I reply to you – which is bloomin’ difficult I can tell you! – but you’re right it has been a pretty dark episode of my life, and I am truly delighted to be out the other side of it. Much to look forward to – Lucy’s wedding just one – and a hug would be much nicer than a medal, so thank you for your kind words and sentiments and mainly for keeping in touch, love Ali xx

  163. alison keenan September 6, 2011 at 7:33 pm -  Reply

    Janet, I am so sorry….. 41 – so young to be diagnosed… I remember thinking.. even if I die at least my children are old enough now to have their own lives and will be OK…. how wrong was I…. so glad that QVC was a comfort to you, and that we kept you company thru such a difficult time. I very much hope that you are improving, and feel better each day. With love, Ali x

  164. alison keenan September 6, 2011 at 7:39 pm -  Reply

    Debz I am loving your metaphorical pom poms!! :) Bless you, considering all you’ve had to contend with over the last months I feel humbled that you’ve continued to keep in touch and entertain me :) So glad that your Dad too had loving care whilst he was ill – it makes all the difference. Brighton was good although Sam struggled, but we’re working through that, and Colin and I discovered Dorset which was wonderful. Take care, give Ainzley a stroke for me, and hope to hear from you soon, Love Ali xxx

  165. alison keenan September 6, 2011 at 9:19 pm -  Reply

    Lyn missing you too!! Missing all that represents normal life, and can’t wait to get back to it…. One step at a time as my dear friend Ros used to tell me…. I’ll be there. Love to you, Ali xx

  166. alison keenan September 6, 2011 at 9:23 pm -  Reply

    Janet, I so feel your hand and thank you for it!! What a *)%^*)&_{( That your hair grows back grey!! I only had the mildest smattering of the grey matter prior to this, but hey, if you can colour it, who’s the wiser!! thought you might like to listen to my new anthem – “Movin on” as per the cast of Chicago… very inspirational :) Love to you xxx

  167. alison keenan September 6, 2011 at 9:25 pm -  Reply

    Babs, raising a glass of Apple Vodka and ginger ale to you as I read your response… :) Beginning to enjoy every day. Love Ali xx

  168. alison keenan September 6, 2011 at 9:28 pm -  Reply

    Marg we were definitely dancing in the rain!! rotten weather but Jamie’s Italian helped and it was good to have all the children together. Very sweet of you to say I look young in the photos when in my soul I felt at least 90!! I know it takes time, and that it something I luckily have plenty of at the mo!! Love to you and do keep in touch, Ali xx

  169. alison keenan September 6, 2011 at 9:29 pm -  Reply

    Jo, so much I could say, but thank you so much for not just your comments but your beautiful letters…. you say it all for me… Take care lovely lady, Ali xx

  170. alison keenan September 6, 2011 at 9:31 pm -  Reply

    Martin, onwards and upwards as always :) Thank you for continuing to keep in touch, love Ali xx

  171. alison keenan September 6, 2011 at 9:32 pm -  Reply

    Sharon, stay strong, don’t let the bloomin’ chemicals wear you down, and always believe in the light at the end of the tunnel – that’s what my friends here have helped me do :) Take good care, and keep in touch, love Ali x

  172. alison keenan September 6, 2011 at 9:34 pm -  Reply

    Denise it has been my greatest pleasure sharing my blog with you all, and thank you so much for your continued support and lovely insights into your world..makes all the difference. Take good care, love Ali xx

  173. alison keenan September 6, 2011 at 9:38 pm -  Reply

    Yvonne, how wonderful to hear that your mum it still in good health ten years down the line :) Bless her as you rightly say!!! And thank you for taking the time out to give me hope, love Ali xx

  174. alison keenan September 6, 2011 at 9:40 pm -  Reply

    Susan Jane, you’re an inspiration to me! :) Thanks so much for writing, and do keep in touch…still a way to go, and it’s always good hear from those who have ‘been there and done that’….Love to you xxx

  175. alison keenan September 6, 2011 at 9:42 pm -  Reply

    Bless you Tina, and also your husband’s friend Paul who is very much in my camp – positivity I love :) More than a few glasses were raised at the weekend, and it did me so much good just to be in the company of those who truly know me :) Hugs to you too, Love Ali xx

  176. alison keenan September 6, 2011 at 9:46 pm -  Reply

    Dear Marion, auburn and curly sounds lovely!! I met Pipa’s daughter Ophelia at the weekend and she has the most beautiful hair – exactly as you describe. Such a beautiful child – like her mum – and I’m hoping I may be lucky and have hair like hers. Thank you for writing, love Ali xx

  177. jackie September 6, 2011 at 9:46 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali i am glad you are feeling stronger hope it wont be to long until you are back on screen to be part of the qvc family once again
    take care jackie northern ireland

  178. alison keenan September 6, 2011 at 9:47 pm -  Reply

    Yvonne, I’m looking forward to the sun shining and the candles flickering for that bit longer …. bless you for your good wishes, and may the sun shine for you also, love Ali xx

  179. alison keenan September 6, 2011 at 9:50 pm -  Reply

    Tricia, thank you so much. I hope you too had a lovely Bank Holiday weekend, and yes I do feel I am on the road to recovery… one day at at a time :) Bless you for your kind words, love Ali xx

  180. alison keenan September 6, 2011 at 9:57 pm -  Reply

    Gosh Lois really hope I can rise to the occasion for Lucy’s wedding!! So glad that your friend has coped with all that chemo has thrown at her, and I hope very much that she will continue to recover well. You’re right about it being a mix of the old and new me… not quite sure who I am at present…. Love to you, ali xx

  181. alison keenan September 6, 2011 at 10:02 pm -  Reply

    Mary, Lesley Gina and Jane, I really hope you don’t mind a joint reply – numb fingers beginning to irritate – but thank you so much for your encouraging words and your messages of hope. It would make me so proud to think that I may have in some small way helped other womenn in the same situation. The unknown is always what frightens you, once you pull back the covers, it’s all possible…. :) Thank you for your thoughts and prayers, love Ali xxx

  182. alison keenan September 6, 2011 at 10:06 pm -  Reply

    Mary,thank you so much for your lovely comment. When I was going through my very difficult divorce, my friend Ros always said to me to rememember “grace and dignity at all times”…. I tried to hang on to that and it helped me enormously… the fact that I might be an inspiration is a huge boost!! Frustrating not to be able to do all that I used to be able to to though… but hey tomorrow’s another day… Love to you, Ali xx

  183. alison keenan September 6, 2011 at 10:09 pm -  Reply

    Marian, I soooooooo envy you your kitchen, although I love my little cottage. I have always aspired to owning a kithen with an ‘island’!! Something for the future eh? :) The party was great fun, and so lovely to have a house full of small people as well as their gorgeous parents :) xxxxx

  184. alison keenan September 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm -  Reply

    Susan, yes, we had a lovely time in Brighton, although Sam wasn’t feeing 100%. It is a beautiful part of the world though, and we travelled from swanage to Portland Bill with all the stops in between and really enjoyed the views – nothing like a home from home! :) Yes Kathy and Deb have been amazing, as have Charlie and Claire too. Jilly has been in touch and Pipa, Claudia Craig, Simon, Dale,Catherine, Julia, Julian, Sara, Anne et al – very spoiled am I!! Everything i’ve needed when it’s been tough and challenging. Lovely to hear from you, Ali xx

  185. alison keenan September 6, 2011 at 10:20 pm -  Reply

    Gosh Anne you have a good memory …. This Morning seems like a lifetime ago, although ironically I remember being asked to present it by myself when I’d had a breast lump biopsy and didn’t feel up to it -I was gutted!! :) Very perceptive of you to suss when things weren’t going so well – and I thought we hid it from you!!! :) Love to you, Ali xx

  186. alison keenan September 6, 2011 at 10:21 pm -  Reply

    Sarah thank you for your positivity :) Love Ali xx

  187. alison keenan September 6, 2011 at 10:24 pm -  Reply

    Sarah I think I have dedicated the last reply to you rather than Diane, forgive me!! I think your Dad’s philosophy was the best one, and one that my Dad – were he still alive – would believe in :) I laughed at it and loved every minute of my time with my friends at the weekend, and they are very good memories to hold onto to. thank you for writing to me, love Ali xx

  188. alison keenan September 6, 2011 at 10:28 pm -  Reply

    Magda so pleased you have finished your radiotherapy and that you are gaining strength and improving on a daily basis. I’ve been recommended aqueous cream and aloe vera for the skin irritation, so am fully equipped and armed for the onslaught of radiotherapy!! I am so glad that you have continued to improve, and to blog in spite all that you’ve been through, and please do keep in touch, with love Ali xxx

  189. alison keenan September 6, 2011 at 10:31 pm -  Reply

    Liz, very much hope that your family friend will be strong and cope with all that comes her way. So pleased that by talking about my experiences it’s helped anyone who may be treading the same route!! Good friends like you are the saving of so many of us :) Take good care, and keep in touch, love Ali xx

  190. alison keenan September 6, 2011 at 10:33 pm -  Reply

    Jane hugely flattered that you will be nicking my quote!! Go girl – it works in all sorts of circumstances :) Glad you liked the voice overs – hopefully a few more in the pipeline before I become confidant and well enough to sit in front of a camera :) Please keep in touch, love Ali xx

  191. alison keenan September 6, 2011 at 10:35 pm -  Reply

    Hannah I can’t wait for my return either!! Been a long week away from the computer but lovely to be exploring the British coastline… very beautiful though windy!!! I have some lovely pictures to share with you, and will post them with my next blog. Thanks for writing, love Ali xx

  192. alison keenan September 6, 2011 at 10:38 pm -  Reply

    Hannah, the sun did shine on all of us for a while anyway!! Colin was actually sunburnt!! Amazing :) Bless you for your kind comments, and I too, can’t wait to get back in front of a camera and all of you!! Love Ali xx

  193. alison keenan September 6, 2011 at 10:42 pm -  Reply

    My dear Pauline, your story, was my nightmare…. in my darkest moments I believed that if I died at least my children were old enough to cope without me…. wrong of course… but the thought of having to leave such tiny wee ones would devastate me as it clearly did you. Thank the Lord that you were have made a full recovery and can be a mummy to your two gorgeous children…You’re right, the treatment is brutal, but then you’re living proof that it has worked, and so I will hold onto that if you don’t mind… so much better than the alternative that wakes you up in the wee small hours eh? My love to you and yours, and thank you for writing, Ali xx

  194. Debz September 7, 2011 at 3:45 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    So glad you had a good Bank Holiday. Sorry to hear that your Sam is struggling. I’m sure you will be able to sort him out. It doesn’t matter how old we are we still need our parents in times of trouble. I am so sad that you thought about dying and thinking that your children would be old enough to cope. How scared you must be in the wee small hours sometimes thinking thoughts like that.
    As I have said to you before “All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of one small candle” You, Ali, are that candle, still alight, flickering sometimes maybe, but still blazing away. Your courage and strength are what will see you through this. The people who love you have carried you when you were at your lowest but you Ali have always gotten up again and carried on. I for one am so proud of you as you must have visited some dark places on this journey of yours but have always managed to shine a little light into our lives with your humour, grace and kind words.
    Still holding your hand now and always.
    Love and licks
    Debz & Ainzley (=^-^=) XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

  195. Susan September 7, 2011 at 4:26 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    So pleased to hear you had a nice time with your lovely family on your break. I’m sorry that your Sam is struggling though and I know it must be a worry for you. But you will all get through as you always seem to do! You’re so strong.
    I’m also really looking forward to seeing your lovely photos and glad you, Kathy, Debs etc had a lovely time at your house.
    Take it easy,
    Susan x

  196. Caroline Donnelly September 8, 2011 at 11:01 am -  Reply

    Alison I have never written before but as others have said I was so moved by your latest blog. I too, was moved to tears just reading it. It brought me through so many emotions. Joy for you, sadness at what you have been through and tremendous admiration for your positive attitude throughout and ofcourse what really came shining through, your sense of humour!. Others have said it, but it is so true,you are such an inspiration. I have followed you the whole way through. I so admire how you have been so open and honest with something that is so deeply personal.Throughout all you have been through you still think of others and how your journey will help others. Amazing.
    Keep writing and inspiring all your loyal followers
    Caroline x

  197. lynda September 8, 2011 at 12:51 pm -  Reply

    Glad to hear that your chemo is over, Ali.My darling little sister is walking the same path as you and I think of you often when Im with her.Chin up and I hope to see you back on QVC before too long, you are missed big time!Love and hugs.Lynda

  198. Veronica Murphy September 8, 2011 at 12:53 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alison,
    so pleased for you.We all miss you and send our prayers and love.
    Take good care of yourself.
    Love Veronica.
    .

  199. Pam Lawson September 8, 2011 at 4:10 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    I was sitting watching QVC this week and suddenly thought where is Ali! Today I looked on the blogs to find where you were, I was saddened to read what had happened. You are a strong and beautiful person,I am glad to hear that your chemo is now over. Keep smiling that wonderful smile!! take care Ali…cannot wait for your return.
    Lots of hugs Pam xx

  200. alison keenan September 9, 2011 at 7:36 am -  Reply

    Dee, I was sorry to hear about your friend who was so young when diagnosed, but delighted to hear that all these years down the line she is in remission and ‘back to normal’…. I can’t wait for that to be me – although some would argue I’ve never been normal!! :) I’ll keep on dreaming and believing as you say, love Ali xx

  201. alison keenan September 9, 2011 at 7:39 am -  Reply

    Kath, ‘buckle up and get on with it’ – an excellent bit of advice :) Loving the glitter idea too – I took my wig off at the children’s request at the weekend, and they thought it was hilarious that I had no hair :) I think the glitter would have been the ‘peice de resistance’!! Soooooooooo pleased to hear that you’ve got through that all important 5 years and my you only have highs in your life from now on. Love Ali xx

  202. alison keenan September 9, 2011 at 7:41 am -  Reply

    Pat, your mum quite frankly sounds incredible!!! Please send her my love, and I thank you for yours – and yes I can genuinely ‘feel’the love of my QVC family – bless you all for it, love Ali xx

  203. alison keenan September 9, 2011 at 7:43 am -  Reply

    Shirley thank you!! “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder…. get it out with Optrex” is one of my favourite Spike Milligan quotes, but seriously, it’s very kind of you to say, and will certainly be back with you as soon as is humanly possible. have a great weekend, love Ali xx

  204. alison keenan September 9, 2011 at 7:45 am -  Reply

    Jenny, my dear friend Ros has always recommended Grace and Dignity, whatever life may throw at you… it’s not always that easy to maintain, but is worth aiming for :)Love and prayers to you too, Ali xx

  205. alison keenan September 9, 2011 at 7:48 am -  Reply

    Dear Dorothy, didn’t quite get my dancing shoes on (toe nails coming away cos of treatment) but my Birkies pounded the pavement and the pier in Brighton which was just as much fun :)I’ve just started to look at outfits for Lucy’s wedding online – will brave the shops once radiotherapy has finished, but yes, it’s only six weeks off, and I am very excited! Have a great weekend, love Ali xx

  206. alison keenan September 9, 2011 at 7:51 am -  Reply

    Margaret I am so sorry to hear of your diagnosis, but genuinely hope that all will go well for you. I know you have stuck with me on the blog and I hope that as you know, I’ve come out the other side relatively unscathed, you will do the same :) Stay strong and remain positive, it’s the only way. Sending you my love, Ali xx

  207. alison keenan September 9, 2011 at 7:53 am -  Reply

    Dear Margaret, I’d be lying if I said it hasn’t been frightening at times, but I can now put the worst of it behind me and as you say start to get better :) Thank you very much for writing to me, love Ali xx

  208. alison keenan September 9, 2011 at 7:55 am -  Reply

    My dear Niki, I am so sorry you lost your mum, and can only begin to imagine how hard the last five years have been without her…. I hope that you have family and friends who support and care for you and help you keep your positive spirit which is evident when you write. Thank you for taking the time out to write to me, love Ali xx

  209. alison keenan September 9, 2011 at 7:56 am -  Reply

    Dear Jenny, I thank you, and hope that you have a great weekend. Do keep in touch won’t you, love Ali xx

  210. alison keenan September 9, 2011 at 7:58 am -  Reply

    Sue, always good to hear from you and it has seriously been my pleasure to keep in touch with you all, and in truth very cathartic to write each month about how I’ve been.. One day when it’s all a long way behind me I may read what I wrote :) Love to you and your family, Ali xx

  211. alison keenan September 9, 2011 at 8:00 am -  Reply

    Yes Julie, definitely out of the tunnel and into the daylight – could do with a bit more sunshine though if I’m honest!!! :) Am hoping to be back on air in November, but plan a sneaky return on the 12th October for our Breast Cancer Care night – not sure which wig to wear yet tho!! Love to you and yours and thanks for writing, love Ali x

  212. alison keenan September 9, 2011 at 8:02 am -  Reply

    My dear Una, so sorry to hear that your eyes are bad – I’ll make this short so not so much to read!! You must take it easy and rest up – we all want you better :) Thank you for being a part of my life over the last eight months – you’ve made what could have been a particularly rotten time that much easier to bear…. Love to you, Ali xx

  213. alison keenan September 9, 2011 at 8:05 am -  Reply

    Dear Christine, so glad you’ve enjoyed reading the blog, and thank you for taking the time to comment. Do keep in touch – it’s a great way to socialise don’t you think?! :0 Love Ali x

  214. alison keenan September 9, 2011 at 8:07 am -  Reply

    My dear Linda, how very kind of you :) I know that I am being well looked after, and this episode in my life has certainly strengthened my belief. I hope that all is well in your world, and that you will keep in touch, love Ali xx

  215. alison keenan September 9, 2011 at 8:12 am -  Reply

    Dear Tracy and Cath, lovely to hear from you again, and yes you’re right about the nurses – they are the quiet voice of calm and support – always in the background, so absolutely right I felt, to put them in the spotlight :) Incredible women both of them…. Yes chemo done, and radiotherapy starting on Monday for three weeks, and then only three weeks to go before Lucy’s wedding!! Sooooooooo exciting – nearly as exciting as the thought of those hairs on my chinny chin chin!!! :) It’s lovely to keep in touch with you and as you rightly say, all the other girls who regularly update us on their lives… our very own social networking site :) Take care of yourself and your mum and I’ll be writing again very soon, love Ali xx

  216. alison keenan September 9, 2011 at 8:13 am -  Reply

    Liz I have to admit to feeling totally pooped after the week away and then my little get together, but I had such a lovely time. Took loads of photos on our trip around the coast and then left the camera on charge throughout the party!! Pipa luckily took some pics and so I should have a few to show you next week. Lovely to hear from you, Ali xx

  217. alison keenan September 9, 2011 at 8:15 am -  Reply

    Jane, Anne and Sandra I do hope you don’t mind a collective response, but thank you ALL for your incredibly kind words…. I feel truly humbled… and Sandra, you ALL light up my world…. Love Ali xx

  218. alison keenan September 9, 2011 at 8:17 am -  Reply

    Chris, bless you, and it’s a good job the children didn’t care about the weather, because it was awful for the most part!!! :) We did have a good time though, and I’ll be posting some of the photos next week. Hope you have a good weekend, love Ali xx

  219. alison keenan September 9, 2011 at 8:20 am -  Reply

    Elaine I thought of you as I clung on for dear life on a very windy pier in Brighton, and am so glad that the sun came out for Jodie’s special day :) How wonderful to see all the planning pay off and for your girl to have all that she wanted. Loving the idea of her playing the saxophone in her wedding dress!! Richard and Lucy will be having a party the week after the wedding and his band The Replicas will be playing there too! Don’t think he’ll wear Lucy’s dress though :) Bless little Poppy too for being such an angel: I’m sure you’ve got plenty of fab photos of the day too. Take care and do keep in touch, love Ali xx

  220. alison keenan September 9, 2011 at 8:22 am -  Reply

    Marie you’ve hit on my one little weak spot…..but I will do as you say and hold the faith that everything’s worked. My love to you, Ali xx

  221. alison keenan September 9, 2011 at 8:24 am -  Reply

    Dear Denise, thank you for your kind words and for continuing to stay with me and read the blogs… writing them has been very therapeutic, and the response – overwhelming!! Love to you and yours, Ali xx

  222. alison keenan September 9, 2011 at 8:27 am -  Reply

    Gwen, lucky you actually LIVING in Brighton! My sister Jenny already has her eye on a retirement home there!! :) I too am hoping that once radiotherapy is over I can get back to life as it was – coming back to work will be brilliant and help hugely in doing that. Have a great weekend, and thank you for writing, love Ali xx

  223. alison keenan September 9, 2011 at 8:30 am -  Reply

    Lorr, I raise my glass to you and am so pleased to hear that you’re going from strength to strength. Six years – wonderful! I have to admit I thought I’d feel a lot better a lot sooner, but six months worth of treatment is going to take a tad longer to work its way out of my system I realise. Each day is better than the last though, and your comment has given me renewed hope and belief that this time in my life will one day be just a memory…. Love to you, Ali xx

  224. alison keenan September 9, 2011 at 8:32 am -  Reply

    Lesley, I am so touched that you have decided to write for the first time, and you’re absolutely right – my friends, family and of course the lovely girls in the chemo unit and all the medical experts have been the saving of me :) All the lovely comments here too have given me a boost when I’ve needed it too, and I feel very lucky to have you all in my life. Have a great weekend, and do keep in touch, love Ali xx

  225. alison keenan September 9, 2011 at 8:34 am -  Reply

    Dear Moji – your inspirational words are just that! Where there is hope there is joy and laughter at the end…. Thank you for sharing that with me, and for taking time out to write, love Ali xx

  226. alison keenan September 9, 2011 at 8:37 am -  Reply

    Mary WELL DONE YOU!!!!! Losing over two stone is monumental! You’re right about sticking to something – it’s certainly paid off for you and you should be really proud of yourself. Sounds like you’ve not had the best of summers, but I hope the new, sylph like you will find life more fun and your renewed confidence will continue to grow. As you say, onwards and upwards – always, Ali xx

  227. alison keenan September 9, 2011 at 8:40 am -  Reply

    Thank you Pam we did have a good weekend away and I will be posting some of the pics next week. Can’t quite believe how close we are now to Lucy’s wedding and I’ve started to peek at a few outfit ideas online and in magazines…. waiting until I get my lymphodema sorted a little before I try anything on though – currently have Popeye’s right arm!! Love to you, Ali xx

  228. alison keenan September 9, 2011 at 8:43 am -  Reply

    Dear Gail, I too always smile at the number of comments, and love reading through them. The fact that I have the time to reply is a bonus – a relief now my fingers are less numb, ‘cos the typing’s easier :) I’ve had my heating on during the day this week – bloomin’ chilly, and I really wish I had taken my thermals with me to Brighton – the wind was bitter, but the fresh air a tonic in truth :) Love to you Gail from me xx

  229. alison keenan September 9, 2011 at 8:45 am -  Reply

    Polly you are the one whom I have utmost admiration for…. So pleased that 14 years on you are living proof that the treatment works. Just so sorry that you had to go through it all alone… that I don’t think I could have managed. I hope that there is someone special in your life now and that you have the love and support you should have, Ali xx

  230. alison keenan September 9, 2011 at 8:46 am -  Reply

    Lorraine, that is very kind of you to say…. the scarf definitely helps!! :) Have a great weekend, love Ali xx

  231. alison keenan September 9, 2011 at 8:51 am -  Reply

    Kath, thank heavens you went for the mammogram! Very happy to hear that you are well, and great to know your reconstruction has been a success! I will have both mine ‘recreated’ in the Spring next year, so just have to work out the best way to get the best look – well the surgeon will do that of course!! I’m glad too that you have the love a good man to keep you strong – it helps so much doesn’t it :) Stay well, and do keep in touch, love Ali xx

  232. alison keenan September 9, 2011 at 8:53 am -  Reply

    Lovely lovely Shaz and Heston – the two smiling faces on our QVC reception :) Bless you for writing, and I’ll be popping in again hopefully over the next month, so will see you then. Keep up the good work!! Love Ali xx

  233. alison keenan September 9, 2011 at 8:55 am -  Reply

    Christine, I sincerely hope you’re right, and I know that if it is the case I will be truly fortunate :) Thank you for writing, and have a good weekend, love Ali xx

  234. alison keenan September 9, 2011 at 8:56 am -  Reply

    Dear Gill, I am sure you were a Godsend to your mum and that your care will have helped her through her treatment. Thank you for supporting me through mine, love Ali xx

  235. alison keenan September 9, 2011 at 8:58 am -  Reply

    Linda, I am indeed moving forwards and getting stronger each day. My fingers and toes have most of the feeling back in them, and my ulcers have finally gone!! :) All things being even I should be back with you in November. Thank you for taking time to write,love Ali xx

  236. alison keenan September 9, 2011 at 9:00 am -  Reply

    Sue Anne and jackie – collectively – THANKYOU!! I’m planning to sneak in to QVC on the 12th October for their Breast Cancer Care fund raising night, and then hopefully back to normal with work in November. It’s been a long road, but is less uphill now :) Love Ali xx

  237. alison keenan September 9, 2011 at 9:02 am -  Reply

    Gill thank you so much for making this the place you make your first blog comment! Glad too that you’ve enjoyed keeping up with all the other bloggers – a great little social network we have going here :) Have a good weekend, and thank you for your support, love Ali xx

  238. alison keenan September 9, 2011 at 9:04 am -  Reply

    Sue it is definitely a relief to have more time outside of the strict hospital routine, although I do miss Anne-Marie and Roma! My radiotherapy is every day for three weeks, but only takes 20 mins, so as long as I’m not too tired that will free me up to start looking for mother of the bride outfits!! Have a good weekend, love Ali xx

  239. alison keenan September 9, 2011 at 9:06 am -  Reply

    Hello there Eileen, I am glad you enjoy reading the blogs and yes thank you my toe nails have settled down and I was able to put my trainers on for the first time yesterday! I have five very black finger nails though, but am hoping by keeping them short I won’t actually lose the nails… coloured varnish may well be the answer :)Brighton was lovely and the weekend too was fun, love to you, Ali xx

  240. Eileen. September 9, 2011 at 10:23 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, glad your toe nails have settled down, are your finger nails black due to the treatment or have you injured them? I went to the hospital again last Thursday to see about my wrist and the Osteoporosis. They want to see me again in four months and I have to carry on with the medication and the exercises for my wrist and hand. The side effects (joint & muscle pain) of the medication have thankfully got a little bit easier though still painful. Hope to see you on screen during the Breast Cancer Care night and look forward to you coming back in November all being well. I hope Sam is ok now and you get your outfit sorted out for the wedding. Take care and dont over do things. Love Eileen. xx

  241. harriet eirlys morris September 10, 2011 at 12:53 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali. I am so glad that you have finished your chemo and are on your way to a full recovery. I have missed you on QVC being that you are so down to earth. Everytime I see you I feel that I have known you for ever. Do look after yourself and have wonderful time with your family and friends. Looking forward to seeing you once again presenting take care and god bless.snowdrop.x

  242. una September 10, 2011 at 10:54 am -  Reply

    Hello my lovely Ali
    I was so glad to see that you had a great time away with the family. Hope all is well with sam now.
    Please take it easy, I know you want to get back to QVC, and we all miss you, but dont go back too soon. Not to put too fine a point on it. They have pumped you full of poison for 6 months and it has taken its toll. Your body has been battered and bruised and HAS to recover, SLOWLY!! We dont want you getting sick again. Remember what happened to Kylie when she came back too soon, she was even worse and took even longer to get completely well. I know you dont normally dance about shaking your pompoms on QVC, but you never know, LOL!!!
    I have yet another pair of pixie spex!! I had an eye test last week and they gave me new ones. I knew as soon as I put them on, that they were wrong, but they didnt check them and said it was due to a change in the prescription and I would need time to adapt. I accepted this, as you do. By the next day, I honestly thought i was going to die. It was horrendous. I called the shp, and they said it was too soon and to “persevere”. I did, for another 2 days, by which time I was being physically sick, and had the worst headache I have EVER had in my life. I eventually went back on Thursday and without even checking them, was told AGAIN, it was due to changes in the prescription. i actually cried in the reception area, i was so frustrated. I left the shop and went to another one. Asked them to check them for me against my prescription, and it turned out, they had the put the lenses in the wrong eyes. I was absolutely furious. Moral of the story. Trust your instinct, if you KNOW something isnt quite right, it probably isnt.
    Its all sorted now, and I can see, yay. Still feel a bit “off” and will likely take a few days to settle down again, but heyho, thats fine. At least i can watch QVC, and use my little netbook.
    All my love to all my little soldiers. Alpa and Helen, love to you. Hope Olivia is enjoying school helen, im sure you miss her.
    Gail, Magda, Susan, Shauna and all my other lovely friends, morning to you too. i hope things are going well for you. magda, i hope you are being well looked after.
    Think thats enough for my first venture into typing in days!!
    My love to all
    Una xxx
    P.S. Please all keep your fingers crossed for me. I am due to fly to Gozo next weekend, but need to get the go ahead from my GP on Friday. If he says NO, I may be knocking on your door Ali, and it will not look pretty, I can tell you that. Tears and snot EVERYWHERE!!!!!!!!!! X

  243. una September 10, 2011 at 11:02 am -  Reply

    Debz. How are you? I hope all is well. Im sure your boy is keeping you busy!!!!!!! Love to you both.
    Susan and Marg, my good wishes to you too, i hope you are both well.
    Una xx

  244. Christine Pierce September 10, 2011 at 4:03 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    So glad to read in your blogg that the chemo is over…Yey!!!
    Im sorry Im a bit behind the times… I dont know how I missed it, I have been following your bloggs avidly… reading about your highs and lows… but this really is a step in the right direction and you have kept going with smiles and dignity , which I can only admire. I have friends who have been through the same and can only admire in all, your strength and determination. They are all now very well and enjoying their lives to the full…. I wish the same for you. Im glad you have had such great support from friends family and “blogg readers” too. Im sure I join many more in sending you many healing thoughts, gentle hugs and much love for a bright happy and healthy future. Keep up the good work!!

  245. alison keenan September 11, 2011 at 5:14 pm -  Reply

    Dear Jane, thanks so much for writing to me, and I’m glad that you’ve kept in touch through the blog. I have to admit that a great many of the girls who write to me have inspired me to keep on keeping on, and I too love your choice of anthem – “The only way is up”- perfect :)! I too am looking forward to the day when I’m back at QVC Towers – sooner rather than later I’m hoping, love Ali xx

  246. alison keenan September 11, 2011 at 5:16 pm -  Reply

    Bless you Trixie – I’ll do my best to get an early warning set in place :) If you watch on the 12th October for our BCC fundraiser, you’ll see me then…. a bit of toe in the water before I hopefully make it back in November. Love Ali xx

  247. alison keenan September 11, 2011 at 5:18 pm -  Reply

    My dear kath, I am so desperately sorry to hear about your nephew… I just hope that you will get the chance to spend a little time with him. I’m feeling a little better each day, and radiotherapy starts on Monday, which is hopefully the last leg of the journey. Take care, and stay strong, love Ali xx

  248. alison keenan September 11, 2011 at 5:21 pm -  Reply

    Morag, your words are very kind, and I do believe that for most of us, we are only ever given what we can deal with….and I have also had an amazing support network, which has pulled me through the hardest times..If you could raise a glass, bow and take your hat off, I’d be cheering you!!! :) Thanks Morag, love Ali xx

  249. alison keenan September 11, 2011 at 5:25 pm -  Reply

    Jackie, yes definitely feeling stronger each day, and although radiotherapy starts tomorrow, it’s just three weeks and then it’s all done. Thank you for writing, love Ali xx

  250. alison keenan September 11, 2011 at 7:42 pm -  Reply

    My dear Debz, bless you for your sweet and kind reply…and yes, Sam is a great deal better now and building on his positivity. I too haven’t had any more truly ‘dark’ moments for a while, and it means a great deal to me that you are sending out such a positive message, when I know you too struggle with life at times. You shine light and positivity into my life, and also so much to smile about with your tales of Ainzley… Stay strong, and do stay in touch, because it’s always good to hear from you. Love Ali xxx

  251. alison keenan September 11, 2011 at 7:46 pm -  Reply

    Susan, yes it was a lovely break, and I’m glad to say that Sam is now feeling much better and happier, which in turn makes me happier too :)I should be posting my blog tomorrow hopefully (Monday) and have some lovely photos of not just the south coast but also some of the lovelies from QVC :) I have Jack driving me to and from radiotherapy this week as he doesn’t start college until October, so it’ll be good to have some extra time with him. I hope your week goes well, and thank you for keeping in touch, love Ali x

  252. alison keenan September 11, 2011 at 7:50 pm -  Reply

    Dear Caroline, I am touched that you have chosen to write for the first time, and with such kind words. To be honest, everyone who has given a little piece of themselves and their lives to me have inspired me hugely and made me realise the true power of friendship :) I’m an absolute believer in a problem shared is a problem halved, and reading through what others have had to contend with is a real leveller. I do hope you will stay in touch, and thank you for taking the time to contact me, love Ali x

  253. alison keenan September 11, 2011 at 7:53 pm -  Reply

    Oh Lynda, so sorry to hear that your sister is having to go through this wretched time too, but am very glad that you are there with her. I hope you’ll be able to take some of what’s been written here to help her see that it is just a matter of time before you come out the other end of the tunnel – I very much hope she remains well and strong throughout. My love to you both, and please do keep me in touch with her progress. Ali xx

  254. alison keenan September 11, 2011 at 7:54 pm -  Reply

    Veronica, thank you for your love and prayers :) I very much hope that life is good for you, love Ali xx

  255. alison keenan September 11, 2011 at 7:56 pm -  Reply

    Bless you Pam :) Yes chemo over, and only three weeks of radiotherapy to go. I’m hoping to sneak back on screen on the 12th october for the QVC BCC fundraising night, and then maybe a more regular slot in November! Hope all is well with you, Love Ali xx

  256. wendy hutchinson September 11, 2011 at 11:58 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Feel as though I know you very well from your blogs and your appearances on QVC. You have always been one of my favourite presenters ever. I am humbled at your bravery and how descriptive your blogs have been. You are as has been said in many of the comments an inspiration to us all. Your family are also very brave and by the sound of it have although given you the support you deserve have acted as normal as possible – a very difficult thing to do when you are hurting so much inside. I wish you all the best Ali and am relieved that this horrible treatment is over and now you can start to feel human again. Love you and all that you stand for. From a stranger who cares.

  257. Linda, Glasgow September 12, 2011 at 1:33 pm -  Reply

    Hiya Ali – I was just reading your replies to us all – Thankyou for taking the timex Anyway the reason for commenting again was to say it cant be long until your lovely daughter Lucy’s wedding? – its in October? now as we all said when you were first diagnosed what an event to look forward too – is your outfit organised?are you able to tell us anything about it?colour,style etc and are you wearing a hat or maybe one of your lovely scarves(you look fab in them and you’ve really mastered the different stylesx)I’m getting excited for you whilst typing this comment – here’s to one of the best days for you all,especially Lucyx – your not losing a daughter but gaining a sonxx Love and Light to you allxx Its so rainy and windy in Glasgow today – i was thinking about a wee dance in the rain but i fear i would be swept down south by the gale force winds!! I’ll stay indoors with a lovely hot coffee and some shopping therapy care of my favourite shopping channel(is there another?) QVC.By the way i always meant to ask – did you receive the cards we all sent via Dawn,i do hope(how many did you eventually get?) soxx Love Linda,Glasgow

  258. angela white September 12, 2011 at 2:36 pm -  Reply

    hi ali,you alright! how did your first day of radio go? did you come home covered in felt tip pen where they mark where to blast you! it was like “join the dots book” on me! did you get tattoed? dont worry you cant see them unless you look really close! it will soon be over times gone really quick hasnt it? its wonderful what the human body can endure isnt it when your told its c and it feels like the end of the world but then the will to survive and “i aint going anywhere!” kicks in and the support of family,friends and the wonderful team at the hospital gets us through it well we are still waiting to hear about extension so it looks like next year unless council get their fingers out! take care ali,dont overdue it i think radio can be more tiring than chemo sometimes cos you there everyday so take it easy lovely lady.love to you,your family and all ladies who blog

  259. brenda williams September 12, 2011 at 6:03 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, just wanted to let you know how humble you make me feel, you are such a brave lady, have been thinking off you and following your blog, well done with all the therapy, you truly are an inspiration to us all, take care Ali.
    Lots of Love B x x x

  260. Nikki Stanescu September 12, 2011 at 9:41 pm -  Reply

    My prayers and thoughts are with you. My ex has just finished with chemo and radiotherapy for throat cancer. A couple of years ago I lost a friend at work suddenly to breast cancer as we thought she was in remission.
    I hope you recover soon and we will see you back at qvc.
    Love from Nikki xxx

  261. Gerry mostyn September 12, 2011 at 11:28 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, great to hear you’ve got through your chemo, it’s time now to start looking forward, be kind to yourself and don’t try not to do too much too quickly, it takes time to get over chemo. Three years ago I was where you are now, at that point I could see the light at the end of the tunnel, but didn’t quite know what to do with my new found life, I had changed, I never thought I would, I thought that was something people just said when faced with adversity! I am a much stronger, confident, happier, positive person, the whole experience made me stop and re-evaluate my life. I have now gone through all my treatment and undergone reconstruction and feel as though I have come full circle. I applied and have been chosen, to be a model in the Breast Cancer Care fashion show in October….sooooo excited! with Tracy whom I met when we were both diagnosed together with breast cancer, we have become the closest and best of friends throughout these four years. It’s funny how so much good can come from something so terrible, everything happens for a reason! This is the most amazing experience we are now sharing, something we would never dared dream of! I wish this for you in the future, reaching goals that you never dreamed possible, and you will, you already are an amazing person. You take it easy and take care xxxx we may even get to meet you in October, I hope so.

  262. Alpa September 13, 2011 at 6:31 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali,
    Thank you so much as always for repying :) My last post has disparued, so I will try again! I was so sad to read of your thoughts when you were in a very dark place and I am happy that said thought have not visited you for a while. You are very brave to share that with us.
    I’m so glad that you enjoyed your time away and your party and that Sam is doing a little better now. With all the love and support around him, I hope that better days are on the horizon.
    Una, so sorry to hear of the drama with the prescription and hope the ‘right’ spex are helping your vision. Take care x
    Debz, hope you and Ainzley are both well my friend. I think of you often and how fabulous would it be to meet you and all my lovely friends here x
    Magda, well done on seeing the radiotherapy through. I hope you are feeling a little better everyday and that you are being very well looked after x
    Helen, Gail, Susan, Marj and Shauna, hope you are all doing ok. Love to you all and to everyone here I have misssed out x
    Ali, I hope that radiotherapy is going as well as can be expected.
    Take very good care
    Lots of love, Alpa xx

  263. Mrs Patricia Wilkinson September 13, 2011 at 6:57 pm -  Reply

    WELL DONE ALI,
    So glad its all out of the way now and life can begin again.
    Take it steady and build yourself up slowly, wishing you and your family all the best.
    Cant wait to see you back on QVC.
    Luv Trish x

  264. janet gwynn September 13, 2011 at 11:23 pm -  Reply

    Alison,you are truly inspirational.How you have kept going so positively is wonderful. My thoughts and prayers go with you.Look after yourself and know all around you love you.Janetx

  265. Hilary Keeling September 14, 2011 at 10:57 am -  Reply

    Dear Ali, So pleased your treatment is over. You are an inspiration with your positive attitude and your wonderful sense of humour. All my best wishes for your brighter future. God Bless. Love Hilary xxx

  266. KIM September 14, 2011 at 8:16 pm -  Reply

    I am saddened to say, I did not realise you had been so poorly and undergoing Chemo. I remember quite vividly how passionate/supportive you were during the qvc breast cancer care event, What a cruel twist of fate that you too should be affected by cancer, which just goes to show it can affect any one of us at any time. You, like all those undergoing such treatment are one brave lady. I wish you and your family well and hope you will soon be strong enough to return to work as I, like many of the other viewers miss your smiling face on qvc.GOOD LUCK ALI, ALWAYS IN MY THOUGHTS, KIMXXX

  267. Janice Williamson September 14, 2011 at 11:10 pm -  Reply

    So very happy you have completed chemo Alison, my own daughter had the same experience 9years ago now and I thank God every day for her continued good health. I also remember the bad times she had and can identify with your comments as if it all happened yesterday. You and her share more than the same name though, you both are so focused and immensely brave and deserve the very best in life now. Take good care of yourself Alison and rest well LOL

  268. alison keenan September 14, 2011 at 11:29 pm -  Reply

    Eileen I am so sorry to hear about your osteoporosis… sounds very sore, and I very much hope that your wrist and hand are feeling much better after the exercises. Sadly my nails are black due to the chemotherapy but tonight I have been to see Colette who has been my manicurist for the last 10 years…. she has cut them as short as she dare, and although it looks as though many of them will completely come away all may not be lost :) I will defininately be on screen on Breast Cancer Care night (with gloves on!) and hope to be back in November… just keeping everything that I can, crossed! Love to you, Ali xx

  269. alison keenan September 14, 2011 at 11:31 pm -  Reply

    ‘Snowdrop’ – how lovely a name is that?! Thanks so much for writing, and for your kind words. Just the radiotherapy to get through and then it’ll behind me :) I hope to be making a short appearance on the 12th for the BCC fundraising night on QVC and then all things being even, back in November. Love to you, Ali xx

  270. alison keenan September 14, 2011 at 11:37 pm -  Reply

    Una I am so cross for you, and sorry that you had to go through all that just because someone didn’t take the time out to listen properly…. I am so glad that the situation was solved and you are much better now, and I promise to listen to what you’re saying. Don’t know why the start of Radiotherapy plunged me into a deep despair, but I feel better now, and Sam is far more positive which always helps. I have EVERYTHING crossed for you and your flight to Gozo, which no doubt will get me into trouble when I turn up for treatment and they want me to put both arms – separated – above my head!! :) Am certain your GP will see how good a break will be for you and you’ll get your pass – and at least you’ll be back in time for the 12th October so you can call in for our fundraising evening for BCC. Wouldn’t it be great if we got to talk to each other??! Much love to you keep on keeping on = something you do so well xxx Ali

  271. alison keenan September 14, 2011 at 11:38 pm -  Reply

    Oh and Una if he does say no, I am here with tissues at the ready for major outpouring of tears and snot :)!!! xxxx

  272. alison keenan September 14, 2011 at 11:41 pm -  Reply

    Christine, I love it when you write and tell me about your friends who are well and getting on with their lives… I’m at that kind of ‘uncertain’ place where the future looks a tad shaky so your comment is most welcome :) Thank you for your healing thoughts and gentle hugs – so very much appreciated :) Stay well and do keep in touch, love Ali xx

  273. alison keenan September 14, 2011 at 11:53 pm -  Reply

    You see the funny thing Wendy is that you’re not a stranger…. you’ve given me your name and in words, told me how you feel, so I in turn, feel I know you… and thank you for that. This has been a particularly difficult time in my life but i can’t stress enough the difference all the wonderful comments you’ve written to me have made….but you’re right it does hurt… in all kinds of ways.. but I’m almost through it now..and am trying to look ahead to better times. Thank you for writing Wendy, no stranger to me xxxx

  274. alison keenan September 15, 2011 at 12:09 am -  Reply

    gosh Linda I’m so sorry that you didn’t receive my response to Dawn’s very kind passing on of all your cards. They were phenomenal and gave me great pleasure :) Now to the rest of your questions! Lucy’s wedding is on the 22nd October, and as you say I very much seeing it as gaining a son rather than losing a daughter. Richard is everything you’d ever want in a son and so I feel very lucky :) As far as the outfit goes…. truth?? Not doing very well. I’ve ordered a couple on line as I don’t feel very good about trying things on in stores but nothing seems to fit! Huge arm and larger than normal thighs (steroids not donuts) don’t help… All that said, I plan to shop probably with Deb Greenwood and Kathy nearer the time and just take day – ie not leaving until we’ve got something! Oh and definitely a hat – very large – is on the cards :) Probably gloves too the way my nails are, oh, and a large hanky :) Can’t wait xxxx Thank you for writing, and do keep in touch xx

  275. alison keenan September 15, 2011 at 12:14 am -  Reply

    Angela I’m loving your philosophy – the will to survive and “I ain’t going anywhere” kicks in – too $*&(&(*& right!!! :) Yes I have to admit to being somewhat disappointed that the tattoo was just dots!! And only three :( Makes a kind of flat pyramid if you join them so nothing that thrilling sadly. I very much hope the council ‘pull their finger out’ re your extension.. pain isn’t it having to wait? so hope you get some sort of decision prior to Christmas. Thanks for writing, and stay well, love Ali xx

  276. alison keenan September 15, 2011 at 12:16 am -  Reply

    My dear Brenda, thank you…so glad you’ve been following the blog and please do stay in touch… there’s all the celebrate as we get closer to the end of the year, love Ali xx

  277. alison keenan September 15, 2011 at 12:32 am -  Reply

    Nikki so sorry to hear about your friend… how awful for her family and friends… I’m very glad to hear tho that your ex is through the treatment and hope that all bodes well. It does seem like a long haul I’ll be honest, but hopefully I’ll be up to returning to work in November – that’s the plan! Thanks for writing, and hope this finds you well and happy, love Ali x

  278. alison keenan September 15, 2011 at 12:36 am -  Reply

    Wow Gerry what an inspiration!! I so hope you are doing the London Fashion Show because then we will definitely meet. How wonderful that through this rotten disease you have met and made such a fabulous friend and that you feel confident enough to perform in the fashion show – I have to say I am more than a tad nervous at the thought of making a speech, but hey it’s only 5 minutes!! I so believe in your philosophy that everything happens for a reason, just forgive me for not having quite worked my reason yet :) Stay strong and well, and my very best to you and your lovely friend, love Ali xx p.s. here’s to October xxx

  279. alison keenan September 15, 2011 at 12:41 am -  Reply

    Dear Alpa, clearly your french schooling was the same as mine – ‘disparued’ – arguably a word that should be included in the dictionary Francais :) Better days are on the horizon, and although poor Colin had to cope with a bit of a wobble on Monday it’s better now – my Sam being more positive for one, andhaving spoken to his consulant possible help at hand… Three Radiotherapy treatments down… Jack is driving me (can you believe my youngest behind the wheel) and it’s lovely to have special time with him :) I very much hope all is good with you too my friend, and that each day brings something to make you smile, love Ali xx

  280. alison keenan September 15, 2011 at 12:44 am -  Reply

    Trish, a chance for life to begin again …. I love that :) Thank you for it. Sending you my love, Ali xx

  281. alison keenan September 15, 2011 at 12:46 am -  Reply

    My dear Janet, I thank you for your prayers and thoughts. Am keeping on keeping on, and with you support and that of everyone else who writes to me, I know I’ll make it… Love Ali xx

  282. alison keenan September 15, 2011 at 12:48 am -  Reply

    Hilary a brighter future is what I wish for all of us :) thanks for your lovely wish, and I hope all is well with you. Do stay in touch, love Ali x

  283. Sue September 15, 2011 at 2:02 am -  Reply

    Dear Ali,
    You are so brave. I think you are just wonderful as are all women who battle this. God how I HATE this disease. Your positivity & braveness is an inspiration to us all. So looking forward to seeing you back at QVC soon.Keep smiling that lovely smile. Sue xxxx

  284. Sandra Hooman October 8, 2011 at 4:29 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, just wanted to say my thoughts are with you, I have only just read about your brave battle. I heard Pippa say you would be on the Wednesday Breast Cancer Care show, which I will be watching! I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009 and have just had my 2 year check up. Keep up the positive outlook and your brave fight.
    Love Sandra xx

  285. michelle October 9, 2011 at 8:44 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    ur blog has had me in tears, you are a truly inspirational lady with great humour and dignity, in 2004 i had a lump removed and was very lucky it was a benign tumour, i was 32 at the time and my son was 2. i know the support and care of the breast cancer unit were second 2 none and the same last year when i found my self yet again having more biopsy’s, yet agsin i ass lucky. i shall be watching the breast cancer care event as i do every year and look forward to your speach!
    Take care & keep smiling
    lots of love
    michelle
    xxxxxxx

  286. Jan October 10, 2011 at 1:30 pm -  Reply

    My dear QVC Friend, I have just found out why you’ve been missing from my regular viewing for so long and am so very sorry to hear you’ve been so poorly and am overjoyed to know that the worst is behind you now and that you can go forward. It’s eight years since I had the news you will have had and the dodgy treament similar to yours. But the love and support of my wonderful chap, my family and so many friends and of course the wonderful surgeons and nurses has brought me to SW France and we are living our dream. I am happy and healthy thanks to so many people and you have this all to look forward to now Ali. It’ll happen believe me. Take strength in your carers, family and friends and bless every day as it comes knowing that you’re getting stronger and that you are much loved. I’m praying that all of us
    who has been touched by this disease will feel as I feel today and I’m adding you to my list! God Bless you Ali and all who you love and who love you. Jan

  287. Kerry Meadows October 12, 2011 at 1:58 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali, I’ve just listened to your speech at the Breast cancer care event, and just finished reading your latest blog. I’m sitting here in floods of tears. I’m sooooo glad that your treatment is at an end and hope you are feeling better, and feel even better day by day. You are so very brave and an inspiration to us all. I sincerely wish you the very best for the future, and hope to see you back on air when you are fully recovered. Lots of love, Kerry

  288. Jo Harbinson October 12, 2011 at 9:03 pm -  Reply

    Ali, I had no idea what you were going through! Ive been thinking about you over the past few months and wondering where you had gone….I admit that i never read the blogs! Am watching you now on the BCC show and have so much more respect and admiration for you than ever. You are an inspiration to a lot of people and are sorely missed on QVC. Glad to see how well you are looking and to read your progress.
    Keep up the good fight and come back to our screens…i miss your wit xxxx
    PS NOW i will read the blogs!

  289. Frances McDermott October 12, 2011 at 10:28 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison. Don’t know what planet I have been on but only found out 2 weeks ago of your illness. Missed you off QVC but had no idea. So sorry to hear you have been unwell but great to hear you are on the mend. Saw you tonight on the Breast Cancer care programme and you looked fab. Friend of mine here in Ireland knows you so we are watching your progress with interest. Keep well Alison and glad you are surrounded by your partner, family and friends during this difficult time. Admire your poitivity.
    Love Frances

  290. Maureen I McDowell October 16, 2011 at 5:28 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Having gone on a savings stint and not been watching QVC so much and when I did was sitting on my hands but when I made an effort to watch the 3 hour Breast Cancer Care Show I was very sorry to hear that you had been ill. You are treating it in the right manner ie positively and that is the real winner in that battle. As one of the other ladies has said – after the 5 year stint you will catch on to the great impact the wonderful doctors and nurses had on your life in that you feel like your crutch has suddenly left you and your years with ‘white coats’ has suddenly stopped. Only thing to do is fill those appointments with others and put it firmly behind you and move on. You will have a gaping hole there but for the better and it is hard to not want to get checked as often as you are doing at the moment.
    It may be a football song but ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ (from Carousel sung chorally) is the most beautiful and moving song you can hear and remember those who are walking with you and supporting you.
    Reflexology and aromatherapy are great too! But NEVER feel bad about pampering yourself as often as you can.
    Maureen

  291. Pamela Steohens October 26, 2011 at 4:39 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali…this is my first time of ever writing on anyones blog but just felt I had to make you my first..What a joy to see you looking so well..Hurry back to Qvc everyone misses your lovely happy smiling face…Take Good care of yourself…Lots of Love Pam xx

  292. dawn kernaghan December 19, 2011 at 12:08 am -  Reply

    Hi alison please check out essiac tea and a canadian nurse who spent her life helping cancer patients.i hope it might benefit you.keep well.x

  293. Helen Reilly February 1, 2012 at 10:46 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali…so glad to hear that you are feeling better. My thoughts and prayers are with you and also your family. Keep up your inner strength. Please can we have an update on the lovely Amica. I am sure she too will be prayed for by the QVC viewers. As my mum says GOD IS GOOD. Take care. love and God Bless Helen xx

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